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Professional Certificate of Yoga Therapy for Acute Care (application required)

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MUIH Professional Certificate of Yoga Therapy for Acute Care at Howard County General Hospital

Program Description

More and more healthcare institutions and agencies are coming to understand the value of true integrative practices for their patients. New research on Yoga Therapy shows the efficacy of this modality to address patient concerns with stress, anxiety and even pain management.  This elite program offered in partnership with Howard County Hospital will provide you with unique experiential training to help you position their private practice for specific populations with an integrative health focus.  It will also benefit those or who are interested in learning specific techniques for patient care in an acute hospital setting.

Who should attend?

Yoga Therapists with a C-IAYT designation, who want to position their private practice for inclusion in integrative health or who are interested in learning specific techniques for patient care in an acute hospital setting will benefit from this 50 hour professional continuing education program offered at Howard County General Hospital by the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH).

Yoga Therapists who take part in this program will learn assessment modalities and medical terminology that will allow them to explain their Yoga Therapy approach in a manner comprehensible to any licensed health care practitioner with whom they are partnering for patient care.

Additionally, Yoga Therapists in attendance will have the opportunity to attend doctors rounds at the hospital to watch and learn how an integrated health care team works together to create plans of care for the patients in their care and how Yoga Therapy can be part of that plan of care. They will learn basic acute care protocols and learn how to apply them in real time under the supervision of experienced MUIH faculty. 

Note:  There are only 8 available spots for this program.  Acceptance into the program is REQUIRED prior to enrollment.


Application Deadline:  September 13, 2019


  • Prepare participants to apply and refine yoga therapy skills in an acute care/active medical setting
  • Provide participants with professional development and direct experience working as part of an integrative hospital team
  • Receive direct supervision & mentorship of experienced clinic supervisors


  •  Assess patients bedside (previous medical history, current condition, and primary discomfort) within the pranamaya kosha model
  • Provide safe therapeutic yoga practices within our scope of practice including: limited gentle movement, breathing practices, meditation and relevant lifestyle modifications
  • Communicate succinctly and effectively with patients to educate and improve compliance with self care practices
  • Work collaboratively in a hospital setting, attend doctors’ rounds, and communicate effectively with hospital staff to improve overall patient care
  • Provide each patient with an individualized home plan of care that is effective considering patient history, condition and goals
  • Provide case reports to supervisors (patient information, integrated assessments and plan of care rationale) clearly and succinctly in order to receive constructive feedback
  • Maintain patient records in a clinical setting inclusive of:  data collection from patients, written Yoga Therapy SOAP Notes, record of session and patient response
  • Adhere to IAYT Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogen regulations and stipulated hospital safety precautions
  • Understanding common contraindications/red flags and refer to the appropriate medical professionals when necessary
  • Understand and apply basic clinical medical terminology regarding the most common conditions within the context of yoga therapy in a clinical setting
  • Critically review medical and yoga research to inform practices offered as well as possible related contraindications
  • Evaluate post-session patient outcomes with effective feedback and measurement tactics


  • MUIH Professional Certificate of Completion: Yoga Therapy for Acute Care (50 hrs)
  • 50 IAYT CEUs – submit with IAYT

Note:  This is a Hybrid Program (a combination of online and onsite coursework) totaling 50 hours.

Onsite Program Dates: October 13-18, 2019

Online content will be accessible upon enrollment and pre-work must be completed by September 17, 2019.


  • Online via MUIH Canvas learning management system
  • Onsite instruction at Maryland University of Integrative Health Main Campus and Howard County Hospital (clinical experience)

50 Hr Total Program (1-week intensive onsite)

  • 18 hours online
  • 32 hours face-to-face

Onsite Agenda:

Sunday, Oct 13:


MUIH Main Campus

(Check schedule at the MUIH front desk for room assignment)


Noon to 4pm

Introduction to the program and meet your colleagues

A box lunch will be served and is included in the program tuition.  All other meals will be on your own.

Monday, Oct 14 - Thursday, Oct 17

Location:  Howard County General Hospital ward 4P conference room (directions will be provided upon orientation)


9:45am Doctor’s Rounds

10:30 to 5pm Working with patients in Acute Care ward

Friday, Oct 18

Location:  MUIH campus

(Check schedule at the MUIH front desk for room assignment)


9am to noon

Debriefing on the week’s events and sharing

A box lunch will be served and is included in the program tuition.  All other meals will be on your own.

Program Tuition:

MUIH Alumni: $999

C-IAYT Yoga Therapists:  $1235

*Program tuition includes 2 boxed lunches.  Program tuition does not include additional costs for background checks and immunizations, meals on own, textbook, lab coat, transportation or lodging accommodations.  Full Program Tuition is to be paid upon acceptance into the program.  MUIH Alumni are eligible for tuition discounts. Program tuition is not eligible for federal financial aid, however, payment plans may be available upon special request to

Program Materials:

Required Text:

Medical Terminology – A Short Course 6th Edition
by Devi-Ellen Chabner (Author)

Recommended Text:

Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care 1st Edition

Hospital Consultation Coat:  Order Online

Order details:  Three pocket unisex consultation coat in olive green.  You may wish to have “Yoga Therapist” and your last name embroidered on the pocket.


All pre-course modules must be completed by May 13, 2019  

Cancellations must be requested to a minimum of 7 days prior to the start of the program.  No refunds will be given after the start of the program.

MUIH has the right to cancel any courses for insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be issued to those that registered.

Facilitator Bios:

Julia Romano

Julia Romano is a Certified Yoga Therapist (2016) with Masters degrees in Yoga Therapy (2015), Clinical Psychology (2013), and Conflict Management (2009). Julia is adjunct faculty with the MUIH MS in Yoga Therapy program, and also administers both individual and group yoga therapy in private practice.


Offering Details:

This program is NOT eligible for the MUIH Community Benefit.