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Yoga and Mindfulness for Therapeutic Rehabilitation: New Tools for Healing Your Patients & Making You a Better Therapist

Betsy Shandalov
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Awaken your practice and your own well-being through yoga and mindfulness – a perfect complement to your treatment toolbox to assist in treating cardiopulmonary, neurological, orthopedic, and immune-compromised body systems.

In this interactive live webcast, Betsy Shandalov, OTR/L, C-IAYT will show you how to integrate yoga poses and mindfulness techniques seated, standing, and lying down. Borrowing from 20 years of incorporating these practices into her therapy sessions, she’ll show you how you can use them in a variety of settings.

Watch breakthroughs in your treatment of multiple sclerosis, cancer, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism, and many other conditions with customizable, evidence-based plans, so you can see faster yet lasting results. By doing so, you pass along tools patients can continue to incorporate beyond therapy, making them happier and healthier. Finally, learn how to code these therapy sessions for best reimbursement practices.

Come away feeling refreshed and energized to incorporate these new tools not only in your practice but in your life. Those feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed at work or with patients will soon make way for more compassion and more mindful listening so you can assess dysfunctions earlier and treat more effectively.

Designed for all skill levels, so no experience in yoga is necessary to integrate its benefits with your patients.

Sign up today to ignite your practice and renew your well-being in this unique and interactive live webcast.



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 live interactive webcast. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are 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.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Athletic Trainers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 6.0 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists

ASEP members will earn 5.0 CECs for full attendance at this seminar. The ASEP allows members to earn a maximum of 10 CECs in any one 5 year period.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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 6.0 continuing education credits.

Personal Trainers

This course has been approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-BOC) for .6 CEUs. PESI, Inc.’s Provider Number is 544.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

California Physical Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This course will qualify for 6.0 continuing competency hours.

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 course qualifies for 6.0 CE Credit Hours.

Minnesota Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 6.25 hours. Course approval #: 2408.

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 course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. 

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.0 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 6.0 continuing education minutes 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: 4

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.

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Define how Yoga and Mindfulness can help our Pulmonary and Immune Systems while alleviating pain.
  2. Assess how to customize yoga therapies for many types of disabilities for the adult and pediatric client.
  3. Demonstrate how to use basic yoga poses, sequences (seated, standing and lying down) and deep relaxation using props for modification depending on the client’s diagnosis.
  4. Create customized client treatment plans that incorporate yoga and mindfulness.
  5. Explain how Yogic Breathing and Mindfulness can help the clinician with stress relief and burnout.
  6. Define the future of Yoga and Mindfulness in Integrative Medicine in the future of healthcare.
  7. Restate proper coding tips to improve reimbursement.


Why You Should Start Using Yoga As A Therapeutic Modality
  • What the evidence says about integrative medicine
  • Yoga for the nervous system and for chronic pain
  • The connection of yoga and mindfulness as medicine for trauma
Impact of Mindfulness For Your Patients
  • Latest health research on both mindfulness and meditation
  • Mindfulness vs meditation – what’s the difference
  • Reduce inflammation with the help of mindfulness
  • The connection of mindfulness and meditation as medicine for trauma and pain
Assess What Type of Yoga Is Best For Your Patient
  • Various types of yoga and how to choose the right one for your patient
  • Define Ayurveda and how it complements yoga
Treat Cardiopulmonary System With Therapeutic Yoga
  • 3 Diaphragms
  • Review pulmonary anatomy
  • Evaluate breathing in the following positions:
    • Supine
    • Side-lying
    • Wheelchair
    • Standing
  • Lower cardiovascular risks
  • Important connection between:
    • Breathing and movement
    • Posture and breathing
    • Mindfulness and breathing
  • Therapeutic breathing and COPD, ALS, SCI, CYSTIC FYBROSIS
Case Study
  • Using pranayama for asthma/COPD
Treat Musculoskeletal System With Therapeutic Yoga
  • Define Asana and its postures
  • Importance of diagonals, using straps to assist
  • Importance of yoga for clients with:
    • Spasticity: cerebral palsy
    • Hypotonicity: pelvic floor imbalance
    • Muscle Imbalance: shoulder overuse injury
Case Studies
  • Using Asana for spinal cord injury and scoliosis
Group Practice: LAB
  • Perform “Right Angle at the Wall” pose
  • Define client and therapist roles
Treat Neurological Disorders
  • How yoga and mindfulness change the brain
  • Tools to increase focus, memory and attention
  • Tools to assist vestibular and proprioception systems
  • Mental health: Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Pediatrics: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder
Case Studies
  • Using Asana for ADD, Parkinson’s, and MS
Asana Application And Mindfulness In Treatment
  • Active vs. restorative: how to decide what’s best for your patient
  • Props: how to use straps, blocks, and balls in treatment in active poses
  • Props: how to use bolster, blankets, straps, and eye pillow for restoration
  • Precautions
Pose Lab
  • Active poses both seated and standing
  • Restorative pose and experience its benefits for all body systems
  • Importance of props and why we use them
How To Incorporate Yoga And Mindfulness In Your Setting
  • What it looks like in: acute care, inpatient, outpatient, home health, hospice, and schools
  • Empower your patients to take an active role in treatment
  • Evaluation, documentation, and CPT codes
    • Optimizing reimbursement
Transforming Your Practice – Next Steps
  • Tools to help you relieve stress and prevent burnout
  • Incorporate yoga into the integrative team
  • Building yoga and mindfulness in the community

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapists Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Personal Trainers
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Activity Directors
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Behavioral Health professionals 



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