About This Program
Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care. In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) with a mind toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki and contemplative care.
Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT trains members of the healthcare and yoga communities to provide its cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness, injury or stress, those in and out of a hospital setting, including senior care facilities, hospice, nursing schools and as well as serving staff at secondary schools. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic symptoms associated with illness: Exhaustion, Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia and Constipation (PANIC™).
UZIT Intensive Training
Lectures and practice sessions include training in the 4 Urban Zen modalities and how to layer them to alleviate the symptoms of PANIC™ (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation):
- Yoga Therapy including in-chair and in-bed movement, restorative yoga, breathing practices and guided meditation/body scans
- Reiki includes Level 1 reiki training for self practice and for use in clinical setting
- Essential Oil Therapy training and practice with 10 therapeutic-grade essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense and other special blends. Participants will learn benefits and contra-indications for each essential oil.
- Contemplative Care training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm and effective in the midst of suffering.