Every student in our yoga teacher training has the opportunity to create a capstone project. Capstones are an opportunity to explore personal & professional interests as related to yoga. Below are select examples of these capstone projects.
"If ever there was a need to discuss the vital topic of self-care and self-compassion it’s during the pandemic which changed the course of life for ourselves and for the people everywhere. How do we care for the patients on our couch during a time of global crisis? My project was called "Mind the Body/Embody the Mind: Is there room for self-care AND the couch?".
A board certified family physician treating common mental health concerns and related medical conditions created a video for her patients educating them about their nervous system and how yoga and mindfulness can be used as a helpful tool.
"Yoga with a 5 Iron" is a program designed for senior golfers with common injuries that affect their backs, knees, and shoulders. Many have limited flexibility and are not necessarily receptive to the idea of yoga. All of these elements were considered when designing a program for this population.
"My independent project emerged from this desire to reconnect with the creativity and curiosity side of my nervous system, which led me to design a website: Shift Change." The main components of website
included an innovative intervention to incorporate yoga practices with nurses working in a hospital setting in order to reduce burnout and increase resilience."
“I designed a workshop about the power of using props during yoga practice. Props help me access poses in a stronger and safer way, and I’ve noticed that many students don’t use props and/or don’t know how to use them effectively, and too many teachers don’t demonstrate or cue with props. Instead of addressing teachers with my project, I decided to reach out directly to students in hopes of empowering them to understand how props support their practice and encourage them to incorporate props whether or not a teacher suggests them."
“I was inspired to create this offering based on my own history of mind-body disconnection including complex trauma, anxiety, chronic pain and alcohol abuse and familial history of limited health literacy. I designed it for a community health center that offers healthcare to those experiencing homelessness.”
"This training has changed my life in so
many wonderful ways. I never thought I’d be interested in using this information for others. However, I realized this information should be shared so I created a book club as encouragement for others for how yoga (asana, meditation, mindfulness, pranayama and all of the methods I choose to
use) can positively benefit our lives, if utilized.
The Life Alchemist is an assessment of organizational well-being that informs a curriculum for self-care courses that employers can deploy to engage their workforce in developing these practices inside and outside of the workplace.
A yoga class was designed to support adolescents with ADHD and anxiety. Created by the mother of a teen navigating ADHD, this capstone combined research and personal experience to create a meaninful and impactful offering.
Designed by a physical therapist and yoga student, this capstone designed a class for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. This “brochure” included images and descriptions of each pose including cues and intent of the postures.
An outdoor space was created to practice yoga and meditation as a family. Not only did it offer a contemplative environment to practice, but provided loved ones with a special space to gather.