Yoga Volunteers for Palliative Care - Part 2

By Dr Manjunath N K | Dr Vijaya Majumdar | Dr Ritesh C   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 169
This course is intended to train the volunteers for Palliative care through Yoga. The prime focus of this course will be on Palliative care needs for the geriatric population. The course will give knowledge about Palliative care, and the scope of Yoga in Palliative care for the geriatric age group. The course is divided into two parts. The theory part will include concepts of Healthy aging, demographics of aging, geriatric palliative care, and morbidities in the aged population like geriatric depression, frailty, and memory disturbances. It will also include the yogic approach towards healthy aging, and diseases and/or disability management related to aging through yoga. The second part will concentrate on practical sessions related to asanas, pranayama, relaxations, adopted techniques of yoga (chair yoga), and specific modules for frailty, geriatric depression, voice changes, and eye sight. Come let us work with the knowledge of yoga to improve the health of our elderly population.
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 – The Aging Landscape, Population Ageing and Demographic Transition. 

Module 2 – Age related diseases and Geriatric Palliative Care

Week 2 – 

Module 3 – Geriatric Palliative Care

Module 4 – Understanding Aging and the Concept of Healthy Aging

Week 3 –

Module 5 – Role of Yoga in Healthy Aging

Module 6 – Palliative Care in Frailty

Week 4 – 

Module 7 – Depression in Older Adults 

Module 8 – Role of Yoga in geriatric depression

Module 9 – Dementia and Palliative Care in Elderly

Week 5 – 

Module 10 – Memory, Dementia, and Assessment of Dementia

Module 11 – Symptom Management in Dementia

Module 12 – Role of Yoga in Dementia and Cognitive Disability

Week 6 –

Module 13 – Introduction to Parkinson’s Disease 

Module 14 – Palliative Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Module 15 – Role of Yoga in Parkinson’s Disease

Practical Module:

Week 7 –

Module 16 – Sukshma Vyayama I (Neck Movements –Shoulder Movements, Elbow Movements Wrist Movements, Finger Movements).

Module 17 – Sukshma Vyayama II (Sitting Hip Movements, Knee Movements, Knee cap tightening, Ankle Movements, Toe Movements).

Week 8 – 

Module 18 – Breathing Practice I (Hands in and out breathing, Hand stretch breathing, Ankle stretch breathing).

Module 19 –. Breathing Practice II (Tiger breathing, Shashankasana breathing, Setubhandasana breathing).

Module 20 – Chair Surya Namaskar 

Week 9 – 

Module 21 – Asana I – Tadasana, Arda Kati Chakrasana, Kati Chakrasana

Module 22- Asana II- Vakrasana, Janushirshasana, Bhadhakonasana, Sukhasana

Module 23 – Asana III – Makarasana, Bhujangasana, Ardha Shalabhasana

Week 10 – 

Module 24 – Asana IV -– Shavasana, Straight leg raising, Lumbar Stretch, Pavanamukthasana.

Module 25 – Relaxation Techniques - Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT) & Quick Relaxation Technique (QRT), Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT).

Module 26 – Pranayama I – Sectional Breathing (Vibhagiya Pranayama), Surya Anuloma – Viloma, Chandra Anuloma – Viloma

Week 11 – 

Module 27 – Pranayama II – Nadishuddi, Seetali, Shitkari, Sadantha.

Module 28 Pranayama III – Bhrahmari, Nadanusandhana

Module 29 – Pranic Energization Technique (PET)

Week 12 – 

Module 30 – Mind Sound Resonance Technique I

Module 31 – Mind Sound Resonance Technique II

Week 13 – 

Module 32 – Cyclic Meditation I

Module 33 – Cyclic Meditation II

Week 14 – 

Module 34 – Yoga for Eyesight 

Module 35 – Voice culture

Week 15 –

Module 36 – Overall IAYT Module for Frailty

Module 37 – Overall IAYT Module for Geriatric Depression

Week 16 – 

Module 38 – Chair Yoga I

Module 39 – Chair Yoga II

Module 40 – Bhajan 

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

Subject Matter Experts
Dr Manjunath N K
Pro Vice Chancellor & 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.

Subject Matter Expert and Course Coordinator
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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