Yoga has always been heralded for its therapeutic and healing properties. Over the course of the last thirty years, it has evolved into specific applications of yogic tools (postures, breathwork, meditation techniques and more) to address individual physical, mental and emotional needs. Today throughout the world there are thousands of providers who identify as yoga therapists, and nearly two hundred schools that train them in comprehensive clinical yoga therapy education programs that certify yoga therapists. The incorporation of integrative healthcare into modern medicine is ever the more dependent upon a shared understanding of how these ancient traditions may help advance the clinical outcomes of a number of health challenges which creates an urgent need to help advance the findings of an evidence informed practice of yoga. This endeavor is of course creating a need for research literacy within yoga practitioners who seek to serve within a more integrated continuum of care.
This course will help introduce students to the fundamentals of contemporary yoga therapy research, explore guidelines for yoga therapy research and practice, and survey the current and emerging body of knowledge within the peer-reviewed yoga therapy literature. Join us as Dr. Walling makes research inspiring and fun as we explore the intersections of scholarship and embodied practices.
Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist and an active leader in the biobehavioral sciences. His work integrates the developmental, neurobiological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry at some of the top academic medical centers in the United States. Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology, and Associate-Deputy Editor for the International Body Psychotherapy Journal. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuro-psychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. Dr. Walling is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California. He is currently a Clinical Research Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University where he is working with the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium on advancing the science of body psychotherapy and trauma psychology.