Yoga & Tibetan Medicine

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The Yoga and Tibetan Medicine (YTM) focus area, which began as the Tibetan Healing Initiative, does scholarly work about Yoga and Tibetan Medicine. Led by Dr. Miriam Cameron, PhD, MS, MA, RN, YTM faculty contribute to the local and world-wide community through their work involving Yoga and Tibetan Medicine.

Relationship between Yoga and Tibetan Medicine

Yoga and Tibetan Medicine are ancient, interrelated healing traditions from India and Tibet. These holistic teachings and practices still are incredibly relevant today. Yoga and Tibetan Medicine offer timely models for the promotion of health and treatment of dis-ease. They teach us how to make mindful, healthy lifestyle choices based on our own unique in-born nature or constitution.

Yoga, union within and with the universe, is a way of life to develop optimal health. Tibetan Medicine is similar to Ayurveda, a holistic healing tradition from India. Tibetan Medicine, as well as Ayurveda, teach us how to create and sustain a healthy mind and body in order to live a yogic life. Yoga and Tibetan Medicine/Ayurveda are like two sides of the same coin. One tradition is insufficient without the other one.

Research, Education, and Service

Faculty do scholarly work involving three areas: research, education, and service.

Research

The Yoga and Tibetan Medicine 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 complete these tools anonymously at no charge. Faculty conduct many other research studies about Yoga and Tibetan Medicine. 

Education

Faculty developed and teach graduate courses about Yoga and Tibetan Medicine and teach an undergraduate three-course series, Hatha Yoga Teachers’ Education and Training.  

The Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota is a Registered Yoga School at the 200 hour level (RYS), according to Yoga Alliance. 

Service

Faculty teach classes, as well as conduct workshops and conferences, for the local, national, and international community. Among many other activities, faculty conducted seven Yoga classes with Swami Veda Bharati and invited the community to attend for free. Faculty conducted two workshops about Tibetan Yoga. Moreover, faculty conducted two international conferences about Tibetan Medicine in connection with visits by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the University of Minnesota.

Partnerships

The Tibetan Healing Initiative has formed strategic partnerships with diverse organizations including the Men-Tsee-Khang and Sadhaka Grama Ashram in India, health care institutions in Minnesota, and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. Recent events included the “Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference at the University of Minnesota,”; “Silence: The Deeper Dimension of Yoga” with Swami Veda Bharati,”; and “Tibetan Yoga: Awakening the Sacred Body,” with Dr. Alejandro Chaoul. Annual academic trips with students to India foster international and interdisciplinary partnerships.

International Collaboration

Faculty collaborate with international organizations in the U.S. and India. During May Session, 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 at Sadkhaka Grama Ashram and Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and Ayurveda Center near Rishikesh, India, during Winter Break.

Faculty collaborate with Hatha Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Tibetan Medicine Practitioners, and Ayurveda Practitioners to carry out their work involving research, education, and service.