Health care professionals are inspired to serve their patients and profession. But in the process of caring for their patient’s needs the care provider is subject to many stressors, all of these can lead to stress and physician burnout.

The Living Well: Intensive Retreat for medical doctors and health care professionals integrates ancient and modern sciences for stress management and self-development. Together, with Dr. Bharti Verma and Sejal Shah, you will be guided in learning simple and effective self-care practices that:

  • Reduce stress, exhaustion and compassion fatigue.
  • Enhance physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.
  • Enrich quality of life.
  • Help to navigate the challenges of personal as well as professional life with more tranquility and dynamism resulting in improved performance.

By the end of the retreat you will be equipped with specific techniques that can be practiced daily. This intensive retreat is also designed to provide physicians and allied health professionals with an update on the latest research in yoga, breathing practices and meditation and their therapeutic applications, including benefits and risks.

A retreat for health care professionals of all levels, in good physical condition.

20 CME / CNE credits available for MDs and nurses, as provided by NYU Post-Graduate Medical School.

About the Teachers

Dr. Bharti Verma, MA, MD, FCFP
Dr. Bharti is currently in active practice at Duffus Health Centre, a multidisciplinary health care team, including psychotherapy and counselling, women’s health, chronic disease management and acute medical care services. She is President of Duffus Health Centre since 2010.

Dr. Bharti has varied experience in all aspects of family medicine including long term care, obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychotherapy and counselling. She is affiliated with Department of family medicine Dalhousie University as Lecturer/preceptor and is keenly interested in promoting preventive health and patient education.

She is actively involved with Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) Canada since 1986, and is Vice-President of AOLF Canada from 2010 to 2017 and is also Chair Person SSY school of yoga from 2016 to present.

She is a certified instructor with 500H E-RYT Yoga Alliance and a very senior instructor in yoga and meditation with Art of Living Canada.


Sejal Shah BHMS, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Sejal is a certified Art of Living Instructor and E-RYT® 500, YACEP® through Yoga Alliance and a writer. Having a strong foundation for understanding health, in terms of mind-body-spirit state with her academic training in homeopathy, yoga and Ayurveda, she teaches people of all walks of life about healthy living, how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives. She has facilitated more than 15,000 hours of programs in mind-body wellness. Her gentle, loving, and authentic approach brings profoundness in her teaching that helps her students to experience the depth of yoga and its relation to life. She has been with Art of Living Foundation since 2009.

She is the former Founder of Wellness and Life Style Excellence Center, a member of Yoga Academic Council at Sri Sri University, India, and a research associate with WISE (World Wide Scientific Explorations).

Recently Dr Bharti Verma and Sejal worked with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to create a yoga journal on “Integrated Medicine – Integrating Ancient Science with Modern Medicine – An Illustrative guide for Physicians”.


Gain a deeper understanding and practical insight into the knowledge of:

  • The basics of yoga philosophy from ancient scriptures and the physiological benefits of easy, gentle yoga practices like postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), concentration or one pointed attention (dharana) and meditations (dhyana)
  • The basics of yoga’s subtle anatomy – sheaths (koshas), energy channels (nadis) and energy centers (chakras)
  • The science of breath and how the breath can be used as a tangible tool to increase energy, reduce stress and manage our emotions
  • Sources of energy that can be optimized to maximize personal well-being
  • Mind and its tendencies, three golden rules of effortless meditation

Gain mastery over the practices through experiential processes

Incorporate the course’s knowledge and techniques into your daily routine as regular self-care practices for life-long benefits

Curriculum & Accreditation

  • Learn a specific sequence of invigorating and soothing yoga postures that attend to your entire body – all major muscle groups, joints and physiological systems.
  • Practice a variety of breathing techniques (Yogic breath, Om breath, Alternate Nostril breathing, Shining Skull breath, Bellows breath, Bee breath, Fire breath) that help with energy, focus, reducing anxiety and improving digestion.
  • Experience Body Scanning or Progressive Muscular Relaxation technique (Yoga Nidra) that can serve as a power nap in hectic lives.
  • Introduction to the ancient knowledge of yoga, applied for modern use.
  • Research presentations and case studies.
  • A yoga home practice and instruction.
  • Introduction to Ayurveda – an ancient healing science.
  • Sahaj Samadhi Meditation: “Sahaj” means natural or effortless. “Samadhi” means the state of deep peace and rest that underlies thought and activity. This is an ancient meditation practice that allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into itself in a natural, effortless way.
  • Meditations (Panchkosha and Hari Om®) to release stress, cleanse energy centers, and settle the mind.

This program, in addition to learning and developing a self-care practices, is also an opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education Credits for physicians and other health care professionals who may accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

CME Accreditation Statement
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provided by
NYU Post-Graduate Medical School

Health Benefits

Research has demonstrated that various yoga practices can have the following benefits:

  • Enhances secretion of antioxidants that promotes defence mechanism and immunity
  • Stimulates parasympathetic nervous system reducing stress
  • Help one to stay in present – mechanics of neuroplasticity
  • Promotes hormonal health and balance
  • Increases muscular flexibility, strength and resilience
  • Improves postures and energy levels


Friday – 3 hours

3-5 pm: Check-in

5-6:30 pm: Session- SSY 1

6:30-7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm: Session- SSM 1


Saturday – 11 hours

6 – 7 am: Sunrise and Nature walk

7:00-8:30 am: SSY 2

8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast

9:30 am- 1:00 pm: Session SSY 3 + SSM 2

1:00-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00 pm: Free/Spa time

3:00-6:30 pm: SSY 4  

6:30-7:30 pm: Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm: Session SSM 3


Sunday – 6 Hours

7:00-8:30 am: Yoga SSY 5

8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast

9:30 am-12:30 pm: Session  Research presentations and therapeutic applications

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00 pm: Session Q-A and Home Practice Instructions

*Free time to enjoy a range of activities such as hiking, pottery, spa treatments, or simply unwind with a book whilst admiring the vastness of the mountain range

Date & Time

Starts: Nov 02, 2018 05:00 PM

Ends: Nov 04, 2018 03:00 PM


Dr. Bharti Verma

Sejal Shah


Starting at $875
Includes room, meals & tuition

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