Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program Launches at Omega

(by Kim Seelbrede, originally posted on urbanzen.org)

Are you a yoga instructor looking for a deeper connection to your students as well as your personal practice?  Perhaps like many healthcare professionals, you feel challenged by the demands, both physical and emotional, of caregiving?  This 300-hour advanced training at Omega is a special opportunity for yoga teachers, nurses, doctors, and allied healthcare workers to experience cutting-edge medicine led by some of the nation’s leading instructors. I’m excited to share with you the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, New York Masters Program, which I’ve been honored to participate in as a student, practitioner and mentor. Imagine a health-care system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. A system where complementary healing modalities such as yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care are integrated fluidly into mainstream medicine in a holistic approach to patient and self-care, creating a sustainable foundation for the health-care system.

In 2009, Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation launched a new program designed to meet this holistic vision. The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) New York Masters Program at Omega offers a 300-hour advanced training program focused on integrating complementary healing modalities into mainstream medical care. During this month long intensive, students are trained in four healing modalities: yoga therapy (in-bed movements, restorative poses, breath work, and guided body scan meditation), Reiki, essential oil therapy, and contemplative care. Upon completion of the training, 2012 UZIT students are required to complete the traditional 100 hours of clinical rotation experience in order to be assessed and certified as a UZIT practitioner.

No longer a 12-month program, 2012 UZIT students can now take the UZIT Master Program in a four-week, in-residence training at Omega Institute of Rhinebeck, NY.  In this serene environment, nestled in Hudson Valley, UZIT students will be surrounded by nature in the Fall, at its most brilliant. Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society. Surrounded by woods and trails, the UZIT modalities are now shared in an environment that supports deep learning and mindfulness in a tranquil, natural setting. Featuring: Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee, Robert Chodo Campbell, Koshin Paley Ellison, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Susan Luck, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Richard Rosen, Ed Dailey, Geoffrey Roniger. Teachers are subject to change. Requirements: Yoga professionals must be 200-hour registered yoga teachers and health-care professionals must have two years of yoga experience. All applicants must have training in first-responder CPR and first aid. Additionally, all applicants must name Urban Zen as insured. Graduates of this first level UZIT program are cleared to begin their 100-hour clinical rotations and final assessment with an UZIT instructor. Application required.

To learn more about the UZIT Master Program at Omega, please visit Omega Online, or use the links provided in this package. Important links to follow this groundbreaking healthcare movement, or to learn more or sign up: Urban Zen FoundationOmegaFacebookYoga Works

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York City Therapist + Coach with a private practice in Manhattan.