Yoga As Medicine - Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015

UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

San Diego, CA

Yoga As Medicine - Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Early Registration (before October 31) $399.00 $19.92
Regular Registration $499.00 $22.92
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 Yoga As Medicine

  A rejuvenating three-day weekend retreat exploring the integration of Yoga into the practice of Medicine.

In this experiential workshop, you will learn how Yoga can be a powerful tool for healing and transformation.  Over the course of the retreat, you will have the opportunity to:

 -  examine current research and outcomes for various health conditions,

 -  participate in daily classes in Yoga, meditation and breathing techniques,

 -  understand the applied philosophy of Ayurveda, and

 -  receive instruction for integrating Yoga into your own personal and professional practices. 

NOTE:  Registration includes all classes, materials, and snacks during breaks as indicated on schedule above.

Seats are extremely limited.  However, we have a "Scholarship Wait List" for students or others who would like a lower priced ticket, and are willing to take any last minute seats that may be available, at an amount they choose.  Note that the higher amounts will get seats first.  If you sign up for a scholarship, but do not end up with a seat, then your amount will be refunded the day before the event begins.

  Schedule of Events  (subject to change)

Friday January 30

5:30 p.m.

Arrive & Check in

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Research on Yoga As Medicine: Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Yoga in Health Care

Amy Wheeler and Eric

Saturday January 31

7:45 a.m.


8 -10 a.m.

Introduction and Practical Applications of Yoga: General class for stress-related conditions

10-10:15 a.m.

BREAK (and healthy snacks)

10:15 -12: 00 p.m.

Integrating Yoga into Medicine

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Yoga Philosophy 101

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Chronic Pain Case Studies

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.


4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Making Appropriate Referrals

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Instructional Applications of Yoga and Yoga for Lower Back Pain

Sunday February 1

7:45 a.m.


8 - 9:15  a.m.

Yoga for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulder Tension

9:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30- 12 p.m.

How Yoga Works to Heal & Intro to Ayurveda

12 – 1:15 p.m.

About Pranayama & Meditation

1:30-2:15 p.m.

How to Integrate Yoga into Health Care Practices & Closing Remarks





This activity has been reviewed and awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ approval. Yoga as Medicine is eligible for a maximum of 15.25 credits.


Rachel Krentzman RPT, E-RYT, is the owner and director of Embody Physical Therapy & Yoga.  She received her degree in Physical Therapy from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 1996 and has worked in a variety of acute care, rehab and outpatient facilities. After healing herself from a severe back injury using yoga and related therapies, she began to develop yoga based physical therapy programs for patients in the health care setting. She then went on to study at the College of Purna Yoga in Bellevue, WA with world renowned instructor, Aadil Palkhivala and received her 2000 hour certification in Purna Yoga.  In addition, she has studied with Judith Hanson Lasater as well as Iyengar instructors Aman and Sunny Keays and Jo Zukovich. Rachel  is also a certified Pilates instructor and Reiki practitioner.  With this background, Rachel combines a deeper understanding of movement patterns and biomechanics and a greater ability to draw upon the body’s innate capacity to heal with unique and highly effective treatment techniques.  Her classes are fun and inspiring and she encourages each individual to discover the best way for them to open up and transform both the body and the mind using mindful movement, breath and awareness. Rachel is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Education Society (Y.E.S).  Rachel is a regular contributor to and has been published in LA Yoga and San Diego Dance Magazine.

Melanie Fiorella, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine as well as the Department of Reproductive Medicine at UC San Diego (UCSD).  She serves as a founding member on the Executive Board of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine and is the Director of the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program.

Based on her long history of yoga and meditation practice, Dr. Fiorella has spent her career integrating her knowledge of the benefits of mind-body-spirit practices with her study of Allopathic medicine.   She is passionate about helping patients discover their personal state of optimal health and supporting them in maintaining it.  She utilizes the full spectrum of Integrative Medicine, starting with the fundamentals of a healthy diet, appropriate exercise and a healthy stress response.  The “Sister Sciences” Yoga and Ayurveda are of special interest to Dr Fiorella. She is a certified Yoga teacher at the 200h level and has completed Level One Ayurveda training for health professionals through the Scripps Clinical Ayurveda Program. She finds these ancient systems to be of particular benefit in many areas of Women’s Health as well as gut and mood disorders. Dr. Fiorella is also applying her knowledge in Integrative Medicine to a research team that is investigating ways to help women modify their risk factors for breast cancer.

Educating other clinicians about the many uses for integrative medicine is also of central importance for Dr. Fiorella.  As a founding member of the Education Committee for the CIM, Fiorella works with a diverse integrative team to train Residents and Medical Students, her colleagues, and the public.  She shares the goal that many in the field have of making Integrative Medicine “just good medicine.”  Dr. Fiorella completed her medical school training at the University of Buffalo, where she was awarded membership into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, and came to UCSD for her residency training in Family Medicine.  After serving as Chief Resident, she stayed on as faculty at UCSD and subsequently completed her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona.  Personally, Dr. Fiorella loves cooking with fresh ingredients, being outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation, and especially being home with her husband and two children.


  • Analyze research studies that assess the integration of Yoga into standard medical practice for various health conditions.
  • Discuss the validity of individual studies and how applicable their results are to clinical practice.
  • Formulate ideas for new clinical trials to study the Integration of Yoga and Medicine as well as funding for those trials. 
  • Receive instruction for integrating Yoga into your own personal & professional practices
  • Examine current research and outcomes for various health conditions,
  • Discuss the applied philosophy of Ayurveda



Have questions about Yoga As Medicine - Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015? Contact UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine


UCSD La Jolla campus
Copley International Conference Center- Malamud Rm
(Off Pangea Rd)
San Diego, CA 92093


UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

The UC San Diego - Center for Integrative Medicine focuses on whole-person wellness by addressing physical, as well as lifestyle, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Blending science with the art of healing creates an environment throughout UC San Diego that supports the best in clinical care, and offers opportunities for research, education and community partnerships.



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