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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Allison Mitch, PT, DPT, MS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"The Science of Yoga -
how yoga can be used therapeutically for patients/clients with 2 different health conditions "

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Allison Mitch, PT, DPT, MS presents her research on "The Science of Yoga - how yoga can be used therapeutically for patients/clients with 2 different health conditions."


Archeological evidence suggests that yoga is a spiritual practice thousands of years old. Historic yoga was a vastly different practice than that utilized today in the west. And yet, despite the adaptations of yoga, it is shown to be a scientifically valid healing modality. In this short webinar, we will explore yoga, the yogic view of anatomy, the possible mechanisms of healing, how yoga can be used therapeutically, and what science shows for 2 conditions: low back pain and MS.


Upon completion of this virtual learning webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Examine the historical context and practice of yoga, compared with today’s western practice
  • Discuss the anatomy of yoga (ie different “models” for the body)
  • Explore the health benefits of yoga and the mechanisms of how yoga impacts the body
    • Compare contract complementary alternative medicine and complementary integrative medicine
  • Discuss the differences of yoga, adaptive yoga, and therapeutic yoga with inclusion of further resources for participants to explore with suggestions of clinical applications
  • Examine 2 conditions (orthopedic and neuromuscular focus) that support the use of yoga clinically and independently



Dr. Allison Mitch, PT, DPT, MS is a physical therapist (DPT), having graduated from Georgia State University (GSU; Atlanta, Georgia) in 2012, and trained yoga instructor (RYT 500). She worked at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and currently teaches part time via online courses at GSU. Through her business Wild Woman in the Suburbs, LLC, she facilitates women’s’ meditation circles, leads the Naperville Family Nature club, assists the greater Chicagoland Free Forest School and sees one on one clients for physical therapy, reiki, and yoga. All of her current and near-future professional endeavors incorporate aspects of nature for wellbeing. Allison’s interests outside of physical therapy and yoga include mothering her 3 young children, reading, writing, obstacle racing, and being outdoors as much as possible. More information about Allison and her offerings can be found at



You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: The Science of Yoga
Time: Feb 7, 2019 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or Telephone:
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   US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429


ZOOM Virtual Meeting Information -

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.

Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



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