This course will emphasize both experiential and theoretical studies of how world medical systems can be integrated into Lifestyle Medicine to promote health, mental clarity and stress reduction to promote a culture of prevention and wellness. World medical systems that will be studied include Ayurveda, the oldest medical system in the world, Medical Qigong, the oldest branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Jin Shin Jyutsu self help , a Japanese physio-philosophical health care practice. Students will be supported in developing a Dinacharya, a concept in Ayurvedic medicine that looks at the cycles of nature and bases daily activities around these cycles. The class will include experiential movement sequences to strengthen and balance the physical body as well as the more subtle energies of emotions, mind and spirit. These gentle movements combined with breath and awareness can restore the natural flow of energy in organs and channels in the body. Students will keep practice logs, write reflective papers and and create a Dinacharya plan to promote wellness for either oneself, a family system or a community group. The course will explore how these applied world medical practices are being implemented in health care and psychology practice.
Program work will include integrative health labs, dialogue, seminar and practice support groups.
The program will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions. Students will need a 5 by 5 space for movement, and the ability to connect to the internet via Zoom with a webcam and audio participation. Alternatives to synchronous participation can be arranged due to unexpected disruptions. To successfully participate in this program, students will need online access. We will rely on asynchronous (online/videos/readings) and synchronous (live participation) options throughout the program using Zoom and Canvas. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
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health care, psychology and social work
$65 for medical qigong library subscription
Lifestyle Medicine Kit with art materials and Jin Shin Jyutsu charts available from the bookstore for approxiately $30 plus tax