Incorporating the ancient wisdom of Bhrigu yoga into occupational therapy education: the global-holistic occupational therapy course
Tsipris, Michal O.
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A central concern being addressed in this project is the acknowledged gap between reductionist Western and holistic Eastern approaches to healthcare and the growing global movement aimed at narrowing this gap. In contrast to biomedicine, where the body is understood in terms of the operation of its constituent parts, Eastern medicine is based on recognition of the interconnection of bodily systems and the environment. The Global Holistic Occupational Therapy (GH-OT) course is an intensive program designed for occupational therapy practitioners in India that are interested in expanding their current biomedical based clinical methods by incorporating Eastern medical philosophies and practices. It is comprised of three instructional modules delivered over six days. The teachings of yoga and Ayurveda brought forth by the Bhrigu Yoga BCP Trust, which offers a non-religious method for enhancing human potential, provide the basis for instruction designed to prepare participants to make appropriate use of the ancient wisdom and to integrate an expanded Eastern holistic and inner vision perspective with the customary logical and analytical mindset of clinical reasoning in a way that upholds the theoretical foundations of OT practice. The educational activities include experiential practice of yoga exercises, examination of the current healthcare system and exploration of emerging world trends for promoting health and wellness. The GH-OT course is the beginning of an effort to achieve a transformation in OT education that will be applicable in the future to other regions such as Israel and the United States.