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Create a Change in Patient Care with Yoga; Jennifer Wilking PT DPT & Rebecca Meehan PT

Sep 2019

Is there a place for Yoga in your patient care? Are you in search of a way to bring more to your patients, to provide them with a more creative and different way to improve their function, to challenge them in balance, mobility, and strength? Would you like to improve follow through from clinic to home? to provide your patients (and yourself) with a different stress response? Yoga in Healthcare provides all of these opportunities, from an evidence-based perspective. 

Weekend Objectives: 

Introduce the physiology of yoga, the concept of balancing of HPA axis with benefit for patient and therapist alike, how to “take it off the mat” , use of guided meditation and changing the stress response.

Educate for progressive exposure and loading in building a client program.  Use of yoga to add variability, use of creativity in program development. 

Demonstrate the combination of physiotherapy and yoga in the patient care and clinical population, as well as the sharing of physio and yoga in the community for populations such as Parkinson and Osteoporosis.

Give permission to explore variations, to “push” mobility as well as to be still. Demonstrate modifications and discuss need for modifications, pros and cons

Introduce the work of Porges and Sullivan with Polyvagal theory.

Demonstrate the use of Yoga in Aging, both in “healthy” and less ideal aging population. 

Demonstrate the use of yoga to limit or change decline in progressive conditions such as Parkinsons

Demonstrate the use of yoga in patient population often told “not to do…” but that they should exercise such as in osteoporosis and arthritis, spinal stenosis

Demonstrate to health professionals the benefit of yoga for self care in the clinical setting while sharing with their patients

Offer 1-2 classes for the public and class participants to share with community but also show the teacher/student interaction and that those with physical limitations (perception of?) can participate in a graded and more progressive yoga program. We are great teaching one to one with our clients. This is a way to explore teaching and challenging in a non-hands on setting. 

Discuss documentation and coding when incorporating yoga into the clinical practice. 

This weekend course will be interactive, combining science and evidence with motion and practicing the poses and postures. As noted modifications will be demonstrated and taught. Participation is encouraged but not required. 

PA PT CE pending: 13.25hrs

Cost: $390.00 prior to August 31, 2019

         $430.00 after August 31, 2019

         Student discount available; please contact to learn more and to register (discounts not offered on online          registration)

Registration limited to 20 participants. 


Saturday September 28

9 AM               Registration

9:15                Welcome, introduction

9:30-10:45      Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Physical Therapy and Medical Practice

                        Definitions, science and research

                        Patient and Self care opportunities in Yoga. Neuromuscular and autonomic input and management

11-1:00           Polyvagal Theory and yoga. Creating changes in the nervous system.

                        Review of Sullivan and Porges work, with body scan and intro to yoga nidra

1:00-2   Lunch. On your own. Explore the Village of Sewickley and enjoy some movement

2:00-4              Yoga in Bone Health, Arthritis, and Spine/Stenosis.  Research and Evidence, poses and modifications, contra-indications

4-4:15              Break and room prep

4:15-5:30         Slow flow, "gentle yoga", and Yoga Nidra class. Modifications to meet your patient needs.

5:30-6:00         Questions, discussion. 

Sunday September 29

9 AM                   Questions from Saturday

9:15- 11:30         Yoga in Parkinsons, neuro, limiting decline and challenging the patient

11:30-12             Break and light lunch prep (lunch will be a working lunch) Coding, Charging, Documentation. 

12-12:30            Case Discussions

12:30-12:45        Break and room prep     

12:45-2               Yoga Class and practice: Bone health, Spine, Aging and modifications and challenges for clinical population   

2:00-2:30            Discussion, questions, adjourn



Jennifer Wilking PT DPT E-RYT, C-IAYT is a creative, compassionate physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher who integrates these disciplines in her clinical practice and presentations. Her holistic approach to health begins with a foundation of breathing, posture, and stress management. Whether she is practicing or teaching, her engaging and open-minded style sparks curiosity and earns the trust of clients and professionals alike. Learn more about Jen’s clinical practice at or her perspective on yoga and anatomy at


Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2017)
MS - Exercise Science & Wellness (1999)
BS - Physical Therapy (1995)
300-hour teacher training at Kindness Yoga - Denver, CO
200-hour teacher training at Cambio Yoga - Colorado Springs, CO

Rebecca Meehan PT WCS PYT  Rebecca utilizes physioyoga in her PT practice at Embody, working with clients on an indvidual basis as well as in classes. She incorporates "Bones for Life®" into her yoga classes,  and seeks to provide students and clients with strength and confidence as they explore new and different movment, balance, and breath opportunities. Her classes are often open discussions with students asking about ways to improve or strengthen a pose, or for ways to modify. Rebecca works with her clients to find the "how" and "can" in order to promote wellness, health, and function. Many of our clients have been told "don't" and have significantly limited their mobility. Rebecca works with clients to modify their programs to meet their needs and "take it off the mat".


BSPT  Medical College of Virginia (1982)

PYT- Professional Yoga Therapist (Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, Emerald Isle NC)

WCS- Women's Clinical Specialis  (ABPTS)

Bones for Life® 90 hour Training



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