Personal Trainer Yoga, Fitness, Therapeutics, in Laguna Beach
Dr Rick Morris, DC
The Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center
Rick H. Morris, D.C., C.C.S.P., Q.M.E., A.B.A.A.H.P.
1243 7th Street #B Santa Monica, CA 90401
P (310) 451-5851 F (310)458-0051 www.SpinalStenosisandDisc.com
September 24, 2009
Re: Lynn Barclay
To Whom It May Concern:
I am the associate director of the Yoga Therapy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. We have a 1-3 year program that allows experienced, certified yoga teaches to engage in a program with doctors and therapists from many fields.
The students undergo a rigorous program including: Anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and diagnosis of spinal disorders (eg. disc herniations, spinal stenosis, degenerative and autoimmune types of arthritis, sciatica, brachial neuralgia, thoracic outlet syndromes…). Disorders and diseases of the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and respiratory systems. Anatomy, biomechanics and pathologies of the extremities.
We graduate students with the ability to work symbiotically with allopathic and alternative physicians, to understand the conditions they face and to develop a yoga program that safely and effectively restores the patient’s function and well-being.
Yoga has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase well-being, restore loss of movements and improve functions of daily activity. Yet it is underutilized and poorly understood by primary care physicians. Further complicating the problem, yoga teachers usually don’t have the required understanding of diseases and disorders. This program is designed to bridge that gap.
Rick H. Morris, D.C., C.C.S.P., Q.M.E.
Associate Director Yoga Therapy Program, LMU