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Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation: Learning New Tools & Expanding Your Practice

Betsy Shandalov
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Yoga has become increasingly popular in the western mainstream world these days, but its therapeutic applications are relatively unknown to most rehabilitation clinicians. This recording is specifically designed for therapists! You will expand your therapeutic repertoire and improve client functions through incorporating yoga in nearly any setting. This material is highly useful for both adult and pediatric clients, and it can be used to assist with pain management too. In fact, yoga therapy can be used with the clients therapists struggle most to help!

Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation will tap into your knowledge of anatomy and physiology (not to mention a little psychology) in order to enhance treatment plans for clients with issues ranging from multiple sclerosis and cancer to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and many orthopedic and neurological disorders. You will discover innovative ways to use props and equipment to assist your clients' therapeutic outcomes. You will view group breakout sessions in which you will discover ways to maximize function using yoga postures for clients in a wide array of settings. By incorporating yoga into your therapeutic practice, you will begin to see health care in a whole new, expanded way. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to bring yoga as a treatment modality to your clients.

This recording is designed for people of all skill levels. You do not need to be experienced with yoga to be able to watch this recording or integrate its benefits with clients!



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. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. 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

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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.

Florida Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits.

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

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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.

Arizona Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This course has been approved by the Arizona Physical Therapy Association for .6 CEUs or 6.0 hours of continuing competence credit. Course approval #: CEUL031550.

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.

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: 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.

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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. Describe how yogic breathing can influence pulmonary, cardiovascular, and immune systems while alleviating pain.
  2. Cite ways that yoga can provide therapeutic benefits to improve muscular and joint stability.
  3. Explain the difference between active and restorative poses and list the therapeutic benefits of each.
  4. Identify how positioning and pranayama can improve your clients’ overall wellness.
  5. Demonstrate how to use basic yoga poses, sequences, and deep relaxation using props for modification depending on client’s diagnosis.
  6. Create customized client treatment plans that incorporate yoga.



  • What is yoga?
  • Understand Integrative Medicine
  • Review body systems and how they work together
  • Understand types of yoga and how yoga therapy aids body systems
  • Define Ayurveda and it’s compliment to Yoga
  • Neuroplasticity of the brain and eye, and brain exercises for adults and kids
  • Polyvagal Theory and stress responses
  • The nervous system and pain control
  • How yoga comforts our pain clients


  • The 3 diaphragms
  • Review pulmonary anatomy (case study)
  • Lower cardiovascular risks (cholesterol levels, blood sugars, stress hormones)
  • Poses can be energizing or calming
  • Evaluation of breathing
  • Proper breathing and its benefits
  • Define inhalation, exhalation, holding and suspension
  • Connection between breathing and movement
  • Basic pranayama
  • Therapeutic breathing exercises for adults and kids
  • Therapeutic breathing by diagnosis
  • Posture and breathing
  • Define breathing in a wide variety of positions
    • Upright
    • Side-lying in bed
    • Wheelchair
    • Standing
  • Case studies and group practice of pranayama, seated and standing pose demo


  • Define Asana
  • Posture and nerve and muscle communication
  • Anatomy of shoulder, hip joints
  • Opening the joint door: muscle and body balance
  • Movement: part of the body moved, direction of the movement and position of the body
  • Asana and diagnosis
  • Dissecting the mechanics of movement
    • Spasticity
    • Hypotonicity
    • Muscle imbalance
  • Yoga as medicine for adults and kids from dependent clients to active clients


  • Asana poses
  • Active vs. restorative poses, how to decide for your client
  • Developing strength, flexibility and alignment
  • Importance of twists
  • Props: How to use straps, blocks, balls in treatment in active poses
  • Props: How to use bolsters, blankets, straps and eye pillows for restoration
  • Case studies in a variety of settings from hospitals to schools
  • Precautions
  • Importance of position in poses
  • Case studies of adults and kids using props prone, supine and in wheelchair


  • Perform active poses
  • Perform 1 restorative pose and experience it’s benefits for all body systems
  • Examine 5 different case studies and determine what poses are best for your clients
  • Understand therapeutic benefits and contraindications
  • What props do you use and why


  • In your setting: acute care, inpatient, outpatient, home health and hospice
  • Empowering your client to have an active role in treatment
  • Yoga throughout the lifespan
  • Evaluation, documentation and CPT codes
  • Recent studies in medicine and yoga


  • Yoga and it’s future in healthcare
  • Yoga and the integrative team
  • How to become a yoga therapist
  • Yoga and community

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Activity Directors
  • Recreational Therapists



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"Very pleased with the course!"

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