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Digital Seminar

Therapeutic Yoga: Innovative Solutions for Improving Therapy Outcomes with Betsy Shandalov

Betsy Shandalov
6 Hours 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
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Sep 19, 2012
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Digital Seminar


As therapists you can expand your critical thinking skills by adding yoga, an ancient treatment philosophy that draws on all of our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and psychology, to maximize client function. There are now yoga studios in nearly every city and people are raving about the changes in their bodies and minds because of yoga’s healing qualities.

This interactive seminar will draw on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and use yoga techniques to enhance your treatment plans for clients with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, cancer and many other orthopedic disorders. You will learn a new way of using props and equipment to assist your clients and enhance their therapeutic outcomes. In group break-out sessions, you will problem solve with other health professionals on how to maximize function through yoga postures for each of your clients in a range of settings.

Health care professionals are challenged to find new ways to educate clients about their bodies and provide treatment plans across a variety of settings. More than ever before, the current climate in health care limits the number of visits and demands more of therapists. This exciting course is a must for therapists of any level wishing to expand their treatment tool kit. Bring yoga as a therapeutic modality to your clients today!



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Betsy Shandalov Related seminars and products: 3

OTR/L, C-IAYT, Occupational Therapist


Betsy Shandalov, OTR/L, C-IAYT​, has been an Occupational Therapist since 1992. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She has worked in adult acute care at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Ms. Shandalov also has worked in rehabilitation and community re-entry at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA as a clinician, educator and supervisor.

Ms. Shandalov has presented on multiple topics at the collegiate level to both undergraduate and graduate students in occupational therapy around the country. She moved to California and got her 200 hr. adult yoga teacher training with the focus on Iyengar yoga. Ms. Shandalov also received her certification as a yoga kids teacher and trainer with Yoga Kids International. She now teaches Therapeutic Yoga to adults and kids in a variety of health care settings and treats people privately using yoga as her main therapeutic modality. She lectures at Wellness Events and promotes yoga as an untapped therapeutic modality in healing an existing injury and for injury prevention.

In her practice, Ms. Shandalov draws from yoga's ancient philosophy of incorporating body, mind and spirit. She sees adults and kids with all ranges of diagnoses. Some are acutely ill and others have long standing disabilities or injuries. Ms. Shandalov combines her knowledge of western medicine with an integrative medicine approach. Her extensive knowledge of disease and disability in a variety of settings combines with her complementary yoga treatment to provide a new level of understanding of how the brain and the immune system can work together for natural and therapeutic healing.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Betsy Shandalov is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Betsy Shandalov has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Click here to purchase the DVD or CD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.

Additional Resources

To order the book, Cultivating Lasting Happiness: A 7-Step Guide to Mindfulness, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind, please visit our product store.

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Athletic Trainers, Yoga Instructors


  • Define Pranayama and how yogic breathing can influence pulmonary and immune systems.
  • Explain ways that yoga can provide therapeutic benefits to improve muscular and joint stability.
  • Describe the difference between active and restorative poses and list the therapeutic benefits of each.
  • Describe how to position a client with a disability using restorative poses and identify how positioning and Pranayama can improve your client’s overall wellness.
  • Demonstrate how to use basic yoga poses, sequences and deep relaxation using props for modification depending on client’s diagnosis.
  • Identify how to customize client treatment plans.


Yoga as a Therapeutic Modality

  • What is yoga?
  • Understand integrative medicine
  • Review body systems and how they work together
  • Yoga and its benefit in a variety of healthcare and home settings

Anatomy of Therapeutic Yoga: Cardiopulmonary System

  • Review pulmonary anatomy (case study)
  • Proper breathing and its benefits
  • Types of Pranayama
  • Breathing exercises
  • Therapeutic breathing and your clients
  • When to use Pranayama
  • Define breathing and positioning
    • upright
    • side-lying in bed
    • wheelchair
    • standing
  • Case study with group practice of Pranayama

Anatomy of Therapeutic Yoga: Musculoskeletal System

  • Living with disability - A client’s voice on body image and change (case study)
  • Anatomy of the hip joint (case study)
  • Opening the joint door: Muscle and body balance
  • Practical applications for diagnoses
  • Secondary disabilities and their consequences, dissecting the mechanics of movement
    • spasticity
    • hypotonicity
    • muscle imbalance
  • Yoga as medicine

Asana Application and Treatment

  • Asana poses
  • The science of restorative vs. active poses and the body’s response
  • Decide between restorative vs. active poses for treatment
  • Case studies in a variety of settings
  • Perform active poses

Poses: Props and Our Patients

  • Perform restorative poses
  • How do resting poses help clients with disabilities? (Client with cancer case study)
  • The importance of elongation and extension of the body and how props assist your clients
  • Pictures of supported and active yoga poses for clients with a variety of disabilities
  • Props for therapeutic use with spasticity, abnormal tone, weakness or imbalance
  • How do you decide if your client needs resting or active poses and how much?
  • Is the client prone, supine or in the wheelchair?

Pose Lab and Case Study Presentations

  • Practice poses and experience the therapeutic benefits of a restorative pose vs. an active pose
  • Using props through visuals and poses
    • Examine 5 different case studies and determine what poses are best for your clients
  • Therapeutic benefits of each pose for each diagnosis, and their contraindications
  • What props to use for each pose and why?

Yoga and Expanding Client Treatment

  • In your setting: Acute care, inpatient, outpatient, home health, and hospice
  • Throughout the lifespan
  • Giving client a gift in the community
  • Recent studies in medicine and yoga
  • Yoga and it’s future in healthcare
  • Yoga and the integrative medicine team

Yoga and Your Practice



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 20


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"Besty is very interesting and knowledgeable."

Clare P

"i would absolutely go to our listen to another one of Betsy's seminars...super job!"

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