My UZIT Training has Begun

Last Saturday was an amazing 1st day of training with Rodney Yee and Collenn Saidman-Yee, the designers of UZIT. This will be an accelerated program. I should complete it in the Spring 2014 after clinical rotations at either Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, and/or Wexner Heritage Village in Columbus, Ohio.
What is UZIT? (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy). The rest of this blog is from Yoga on High’s website. Yoga on High is the first site outside of New York City to offer the accelerated version of this program.

“Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.

In 2009 the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman-Yee, UZIT trains members of the health-care and yoga communities to provide its cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness or injury, in and out of a hospital setting. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic symptoms associated with illness: exhaustion, pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation (PANIC™).

Lectures and practice sessions include training in the 5 Urban Zen modalities and how to combine them to alleviate the symptoms of PANIC™

  • Yoga Therapy including chair and in-bed movement, restorative yoga, breathing practices, body scans
  • Reiki includes Level 1 reiki training for self practice and in clinical setting.
  • Essential Oil Therapy Training and practice with 9 therapeutic grade essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense and other special blends.  Participants will learn benefits and contra-indications for each.
  • Nutrition nutritional support for care-givers as a form of self-care.
  • Contemplative Care training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm and effective in the midst of suffering.

The UZIT program equips therapists with the necessary tools to avoid the burnout that is rampant in the nursing and caregiving communities.  UZITs learn to balance and fill themselves before they serve.  As Roshi Joan Halifax says, “Healthcare without self care is sick care.””

This is all so Amazing and I’m so excited to be a part of it!

Since this is an accelerated program my life will be pretty much dedicated to weekly homework and hands on training. So a lot of my future posts, until completing the UZIT program, will include things I am learning along the way like Restorative poses and the use of different Essential Oils, what they are and what they can do for you.

Definitely Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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