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Dr Timothy McCall Yoga As Medicine

  • all saints church 90 Hamilton Road Wellington, Wellington, 6021 New Zealand (map)

Yoga as Medicine

Yoga As Medicine

The Art and Science of Yoga Therapy

Dates: 9th-13th of February, 2019

With over 100,000 copies of his book Yoga as Medicine sold, Dr Timothy McCall is a leader in the teaching and practical applications of yoga as medicine.

If you are interested in yoga as medicine and you want to enhance your skills enormously so you can “see” students better, work more skillfully with the breath and nervous system and understand the principles of adapting a practice to the individual then this course is for you. Most attendees report they also end up learning a lot about themselves and how to make their practices better serve them. If you haven’t gone too deeply into Ayurveda, this workshop can be an eye-opener.


Saturday 9th, 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4.30pm

Sunday 10th, 1-6pm with a small break

Monday 11th, 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4.30pm

Tuesday 12th, 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4.30pm

Wednesday 13th 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4.30pm

Venue: All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai, Wellington New Zealand.

Course Description:

 Yoga As Medicine is a 5-day,  hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves intensive workshop, with much of the time spent doing yoga therapy in small groups under Timothy’s supervision. Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analyzing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants.

During case work, which begins Monday, and in detailed discussions of selected cases, we evaluate “patients” in five categories, using the acronym SNAPS: Structural, Nervous System and Breath, Ayurveda, Psychology and Spirituality.  This holistic roadmap allows for a systematic assessment of function on all levels of body, mind and spirit. YAM uses the full palette of yogic tools including poses, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

Past attendees have included healers, health care professionals, yoga students and teachers, as well as those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression. Familiarity with basic yoga concepts and practices is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.


1)What is Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy—or as we call it Yoga As Medicine— is the selective use of various yoga tools — such as poses, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises and meditation, as well as dietary and lifestyle advice — to help people with virtually any health condition, physical or psychological. Because people’s health and fitness vary, we often modify poses or use props to make the practices safe and effective. In Yoga As Medicine, we perform detailed holistic assessments of each client—evaluating body, mind, spirit and environment—and then craft a personalized yoga program. And that’s precisely what we teach in our seminars and teacher trainings. Yoga therapy can be used by itself or as an adjunct to any conventional or alternative medical treatment.

2) Is there Asana as a class or scattered throughout the day, if so what ‘type’ or what would this practice look like.

There are several practices spread throughout the course, to illustrate various points in the teaching. Everyday, following the SNAPS protocol  is a specific practice that deals with that area. Some are active, some more restorative, some pranayama, meditation, etc. But this is a yoga therapy immersion, not a practice intensive. Students wanting a strong daily practice should plan on practicing before or after the workshop or during the lunch break.


Timothy McCall, M.D. is a specialist in internal medicine, the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of the bestselling Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam).  He is one of the co-editors of the just-released medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing). He teaches Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings in the U.S. and worldwide.

Dr. McCall is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he also attended medical school. After completing his residency in primary care internal medicine, he practiced for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full time to writing and research. His main focus since the year 2000 has been investigating the therapeutic aspects of yoga, as well as the scientific explanations of yoga’s effects. He became Yoga Journal’s medical editor in 2002.

He has traveled extensively, studying with many of the world’s leading yoga teachers and yoga therapists including BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. His primary teachers have been Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker and Donald Moyer. He has practiced yoga and meditation from various traditions for over 20 years and Tantra for more than a decade. Since 2005, he has studied with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, Chandukutty Vaidyar, and has spent more than a year at his clinic in Kerala, India.

Timothy’s articles have appeared in dozens of publications, both scientific and popular, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Journal of Yoga Therapy (where he serves on the Editorial Board). He has appeared repeatedly on national radio and television programs, given keynote lectures and workshops at numerous conferences including ones sponsored by Yoga Journal and The International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution.

Enrolment Procedures:

Enrolment: Note for your place to be confirmed please pay your deposit of $400 to the account below.Your deposit will be acknowledged and a full receipt will be emailed on final payment.

Enrolment conditions: Your enrolment is non refundable. Demand for places will be high so if you decide to withdraw and you are able to find someone to take your place then it is possible that your deposit can be transferred.

Investment: $950 Early bird before 1 October, 2018. After 1 October $1100

To pay by Credit card please click below note 2.9% CC fee is added. If you want to pay by bank transfer please contact me


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