Yoga Volunteers for Palliative Care - Part 1

By Dr Manjunath N K | Dr Vijaya Majumdar | Dr Ritesh C   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 191
This course is intended to train the volunteers for Palliative care through Yoga. The course is divided into theory and practical. The theory part will give knowledge about Palliative care, and the symptoms targeted in palliative care. It will focus on understanding the yogic view of palliative care, and the similarities between the concept of palliative care and yogic therapy. The course will train the aspirants to understand the mainstream and yogic approach to palliation. It will give a deeper understanding of the yogic concept of disease, suffering, and the Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) to improve the Quality of Life (QOL) and well-being in subjects receiving palliative care. It will also include the importance of spirituality and the role of different streams of yoga in uplifting the overall status of subjects under palliation. The other part of the course will concentrate on practical sessions involving, loosening, Asanas, Pranayama, evolved techniques of yoga, and relaxation.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Aug 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 20 Sep 2023
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Theory Modules:
Week 1 – 
Module 1 – Understanding Palliative care
Module 2 – Current Indian Scenario for Palliative care & its future
Week 2 – 
Module 3 – Introduction to Symptoms in Palliative Care and its management
Module 4 – Pain in Palliative care and its Management – I
Module 5 – Pain in Palliative care and its Management – II
Week 3 –
Module 6 – Fatigue in Palliative care and its Management – I
Module 7 – Fatigue in Palliative care and its Management – II
Week 4 – 
Module 8 – Cachexia in Palliative Care 
Module 9 – Management of Cachexia 
Week 5 – 
Module 10 – Dyspnoea in Palliative Care and its Management
Module 11 –Yogic Concept of diet and its Relevance in Palliative Care
Week 6 – 
Module 12 – Yogic view of Palliative care
Module 13 – Palliative Diet
Module 14 – Palliative Diet  
Week 7 – 
Module 15 – Concept of Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) for Palliative Care
Module 16 – Introduction to Asana, Pranayama, and their role in Palliative care
Module 17 – Introduction to Meditation and role of Meditation in Palliative care
Week 8 –
Module 18 – Mind Sound Resonance Technique (MSRT) for Palliative care
Module 19 – Cyclic Meditation (CM) for Palliative care
Module 20 – Summarised evidence of Integration of Yoga and Palliative Care 

Practical Module:
Week 9 –
Module 21 – Sukshma Vyayama I (Neck Movements –Shoulder Movements,Elbow Movements Wrist Movements , Finger Movements).
Module 22 – Sukshma Vyayama II (Sitting Hip Movements , Knee Movements,Knee cap tightening, Ankle Movements, Toe Movements).
Week 10 – 
Module 23 – Breathing Practice I (Hands in and out breathing, Hand stretch breathing, Ankle stretch breathing).
Module 24 –. Breathing Practice II (Tiger breathing, Shashankasana breathing, Setubhandasana breathing).
Module 25 – Chair Surya Namaskar 
Week 11 – 
Module 26 – Asana I – Tadasana, Arda Kati Chakrasana, Kati Chakrasana
Module 27- Asana II- Vakrasana, Janushirshasana, Bhadhakonasana, Sukhasana
Module 28 – Asana III – Makarasana, Bhujangasana, Ardha Shalabhasana
Week 12 – 
Module 29 – Asana IV -– Shavasana, Straight leg raising, Lumbar Stretch, Pavanamukthasana.
Module 30 – Relaxation - Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT) & Quick Relaxation Technique (QRT), Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT).
Module 31 – Pranayama I – Sectional Breathing (Vibhagiya Pranayama), Surya Anuloma – Viloma, Chandra Anuloma – Viloma
Week 13 – 
Module 32 – Pranayama II – Nadishuddi, Seetali, Shitkari, Sadantha.
Module 33 Pranayama III – Bhrahmari, Nadanusandhana
Module 34 – Pranic Energization Technique (PET)
Week 14 – 
Module 35 – Mind Sound Resonance Technique I
Module 36 – Mind Sound Resonance Technique II
Week 15 – 
Module 37 – Cyclic Meditation I
Module 38 – Cyclic Meditation II
Week 16 – 
Module 39 – Overall IAYT Module 
Module 40 – Overall IAYT Module

Books and references

Yennurajalingam, S., & Bruera, E. (Eds.). (2012). Oxford American handbook of hospice and palliative medicine. Oxford University Press.
Nagendra H R. Yoga its basis and application. Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Prakashana.
Donnelly, M., & Martin, D. (2016). History taking and physical assessment in holistic palliative care. British Journal of Nursing, 25(22), 1250-1255.
Saraswati, S. S., & Hiti, J. K. (1996). Asana pranayama mudra bandha. Bihar, India: Yoga Publications Trust.
Vivekananda, S. (1978). Bhakti yoga: The yoga of love and devotion. Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math).

Instructor bio

Dr Manjunath N K BNYS., PhD, DSc

Pro-Vice-Chancellor & the Director of Research

Dr. Manjunath N K is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor & the Director of Research at S-VYASA University. He has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences from Mangalore University and a Ph.D. in Yoga & Geriatric Medicine from S-VYASA University. He has also been awarded the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa) from S-VYASA University for his contributions to Yoga Research. He has 26 years of Academic, Research, and Administrative experience and has published 70 research papers in journals indexed in international bibliographic databases. His research interests include Psychophysiology of Yoga, Neural correlates of meditation, Aging and rehabilitation. He has guided several students of Ph.D., M.D., and M.Sc. He is also the Editor of International Journal of Yoga (IJOY) and reviewer of various international journals. Dr. Manjunath has delivered lectures on evidence-based Yoga therapy and conducted workshops at prestigious institutions and Universities across the world including Harvard Medical School, USA, Monash University, Australia, Royal College of Medicine, London, Shanghai University of Sports, China, Pharma University, Italy etc. He serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Science and Technology, Research advisory committee, Integrative Medicine initiative, Niti Aayog, Core committee, Yoga accreditation in higher education, NAAC, Govt. of India and Steering committee, Yoga programs and accreditation, Yunnan Minzu University, China etc. He is the Vice-President of Vivekananda Yoga University, California, USA, Vice-president of Asian Yoga Therapy Association, Singapore, and the Founding Director of the global chain of Integrative Medicine clinics and hospitals with the brand name Vivekananda Health Global

Dr Vijaya Majumdar
Associate Professor, SVYASA Deemed to be University

Dr. Vijaya Majumdar is the Associate Professor, In the Department of life sciences at S-VYASA Deemed to be University. She did her MSc in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindhu University and Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences.  Presently working with Molecular Bioscience Lab at Anvesana Research Laboratories, S-VYASA her primary area of research is in establishing Yoga's role in the human system’s biology concerning aging.  She is involved in research related to longevity (healthy aging) and other parallel health-related aspects of Yoga. Her work also involves exploring the plausible peripheral molecular links that could relate to the influence of yoga as a systemic anti-aging strategy, along with the neurodegenerative effects. She is also exploring the mechanistic links between important molecules in cognition using cell models.

Dr Ritesh C
Assistant Professor, SVYASA Deemed to be University

Dr. Ritesh C is a BNYS  MD (Naturopathy) graduate from RGUHS University who is presently educating and guiding students in The School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine as an Assistant Professor. He is working with cancer and Neuro-rehabilitation at S-VYASA deemed to be University and helping to improve their well-being and quality of life with the holistic approach of Yoga and Naturopathy. His field of interest is sleep medicine, lifestyle medicine, and rehabilitation care.

Course certificate

Grading Policy:

There will be (a) Internal Assessment and (b) Final Exam.

Internal Assessment: This will carry 30% weightage. MCQs for all the Weeks 
Final Exam: This will carry 70% weightage.  The final exam will have questions from all the weeks.

Passing Marks:
You will be eligible for a certificate only if you score a minimum of 50% in the Internal Assessment and a minimum of 50% in the Final Exam. 

Final Examination:
Type of exam: Computer-based proctored exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency
Exam Center: You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and take the exam in person. (You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the admit card (hall ticket)).
Admit Card: You can download the Admit card (Hall ticket) around one week before the exam. 
QP Pattern: All the questions will be in the format of MCQs. 

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