Tibetan Healing Initiative
The Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) conducts scholarly work about Tibetan medicine, Ayurveda and yoga. These ancient, interrelated healing traditions come from India and Tibet and are relevant today.
Yoga, union within and with the universe, is a way of life to develop optimal health. Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda teach us how to create and maintain a healthy mind and body in order to live a yogic life. These holistic traditions offer a timely model for the promotion of health and treatment of dis-ease by teaching individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices based on their own unique in-born nature or constitution.
Led by Miriam Cameron, PhD, RN, the Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Tibetan Healing Initiative is a hub of Tibetan healing in North America. We seek to contribute to the community. Our three areas of focus are research, education, and service.
Research: Our THI research team developed, tested, and published the “Constitutional Self-Assessment Tool” (CSAT) and the “Lifestyle Guidelines Tool” (LGT) based on Tibetan Medicine. Anyone can go to this free website and complete these tools anonymously.
Education: We developed and teach undergraduate and graduate courses about Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga. These courses include a three-course series, “Hatha Yoga Teachers Training,” leading to registration with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level (RYT-200).
Service: We give presentations in the community and hold workshops and conferences for the community. Plans are underway to conduct our Third International Tibetan Medicine Conference at the University of Minnesota.
We collaborate with organizations in the U.S. and India. During May Session, our students travel to Dharamsala, India, to study Tibetan Medicine at the Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Students study Yoga and Ayurveda at Sadkhaka Grama Ashram near Rishikesh, India, during Winter Break.