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Yoga: An Integrative Practice for Life

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the philosophical foundations of yoga, the eight-limb path of yoga, styles of yoga, Western yoga, benefits of yoga, contraindications and risks of yoga, factors to consider when choosing a yoga class, and the safe practice of yoga for children, adolescents, and seniors.
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The practice of yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance well-being of the mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that more many people are open to it and are using holistic approaches to manage their pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. Yoga provides an integrative, healthy way to connect mind, body, and spirit, resulting in improved physical, mental, and emotional health.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the philosophical foundations of yoga.
  • Explain the eight-limb path of yoga.
  • Differentiate between the styles of yoga.
  • Discuss Western yoga.
  • Describe the benefits of yoga.
  • Identify the contraindications and risks of yoga.
  • Compare factors to consider when choosing a yoga class.
  • Describe considerations for the safe practice of yoga for children and adolescents.
  • Describe considerations for the safe practice of yoga for seniors.

Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. This ancient practice links mind, body, and spirit through a combination of postures, breathing, and conscious relaxation and meditation (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [NCCAM], 2017; White, 2009).

By emphasizing postures (to strengthen the body), controlled breathing (to create a chemical and emotional balance in the body and mind), and meditation (as a form of prayer), yoga stimulates powerful healing abilities in its practitioners.

Iyengar (2006) explains that yoga’s goal “is nothing less than to attain the integrity of oneness—oneness with ourselves and as a consequence oneness with all that lies beyond ourselves. We become the harmonious microcosm in the universal macrocosm. Oneness, what I often call integration, is the foundation for wholeness, inner peace, and ultimate freedom” (p. xiv).

Derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “yoke, “constellation,” “conjunction,” or “union,” yoga is the integration of physical, mental, and spiritual energies that enhance health and well-being. It is a way to live in harmony with nature, and good health is the result (Leddy, 2006; Miryala, Micozzi, Vlahos, & Singh, 2010; Seaward, 2013).

One of yoga’s greatest gifts is an increase in body awareness that happens when individuals link their body movements with their breath. As Iyengar (2006) says, “The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center of our being, the soul.

The aim is to integrate the various layers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass” (p. 3).

With the growing popularity of yoga in the West, researchers are studying the benefits of therapeutic yoga (also called integrative yoga therapy). It is used as an adjunct treatment for specific medical conditions such as clinical depression, heart disease, and relief of symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis (WebMD, 2017).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

December 15, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.