The professional life of a yoga therapist is very different from that of a yoga teacher and making the transition can be exciting! The field of yoga therapy presents many opportunities for those willing to commit to an incredibly rewarding academic and professional experience. In this webinar, we will explore the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be a yoga therapist and what it means to actually practice. It is necessary for a yoga therapist be grounded in foundational philosophy, the yoga principles and the practice of yoga and have a thorough understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, biomedicine, anatomy and kinesiology so that they can apply the tools of yoga safely and appropriately in a therapeutic context. Having a working knowledge of medical terminology equips the yoga therapist with tools to participate as a member of an integrative health team. We will explore the competencies required to be a yoga therapist, the perquisite preparation and training and identify key steps to making the transition – yoga teacher to yoga therapist.
Diane Finlayson, M.A. C-IAYT, ERYT-500, program director and faculty of the MS Yoga Therapy program brings to her position deep institutional history in the field of Yoga Therapy as well as experience in curriculum development, program design and teaching. Her master’s thesis was on the practice of Ayurveda in America.
Prior to joining MUIH, Diane was the owner of yama studio (Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation Arts) where she trained over 400 Yoga Therapists, therapeutic Yoga teachers, Ayurvedic Wellness Coaches and Meditation facilitators between 2000 and 2015. Hers was one of the first three studios to offer Yoga Teacher Training in the Baltimore area. Additionally, she developed a series of Yoga and Mindfulness classes for staff and faculty and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions which were offered consistently on five campuses as weekly programs as well as in workshop formats. She has taught Yoga Philosophy courses at Johns Hopkins Odyssey and Osher, Towson Osher, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Carroll Community College and the former Baltimore Hebrew University. She also served as program director for the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University and has taught various aspects of Yoga Therapy at studios and schools all along the east coast.
As an avid lifelong learner, Diane feels it is important to foster the ongoing love of learning and curiosity in those she teaches, and is committed to maintaining her connection to being a student as well as a teacher. She continues to learn about ways to work with writing, narrative, expressive arts and spirituality as means of enriching her own life and of adding depth to the possibilities of Yoga Therapy.
Diane was drawn to MUIH for its values of community, mindfulness, integrity, inquisitiveness and discernment and looks for ways to live out those values in her work within the university environment and in Yoga Therapy.
Diane Finlayson holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She was recently honored with the new credential of Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has held the Yoga Alliance status of ERYT-500 for some years.
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