A minimum of 200 hours must be completed from the following electives with speciality schools. Students must register with the specialty school directly and complete these courses in the given timeframe. Certificate of completion awarded by the speciality school must be presented to Inner Peace Yoga Therapy in order to gain credit for these course elective hours. Students will not be able to complete their 800 hour coursework from Inner Peace Yoga Therapy without proof of completion of these electives. If a student has previously completed one of these courses prior to enrolling in the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, they may count it toward their elective hours, as long as they can prove their completion of the course.
Students have some degree of choice as to which electives as long as they total at least 200 hours. However, all students must complete the Healing Relationships course with Nischala Joy Devi and the Advanced Assessment Techniques Treatment Planning course with Maria KaliMa Mendola.
Healing Relationships (30 hours)
Nischala Joy Devi
Knowledge can make you a therapist. Intuition will make you a healer. Recognizing the difference between intellectual knowledge and a deeper experiential understanding of the tools of yoga, Nischala Devi will devote this workshop to focusing on the primary importance of the healing relationship between student and teacher and that most essential ingredient: human connection. Through lecture, practice and discussion, we will examine techniques to enhance the individual clients mind-body consciousness and increase awareness of your own deeper wisdom. This workshop will help you develop, inform and refine your intuitive skills to support healing on a deeper level.
Advanced Assessment Techniques Treatment Planning (65 hours)
Each day will focus on a specific body region (feet, lower body, pelvis/hips, torso, shoulders, neck/jaw) integrating anatomy, physiology, pathology/structural conditions, Yoga therapy applications and case studies. In addition, specific assessment techniques and treatment planning will be taught aligning with evidenced based practices and yoga therapy protocols.
In addition to the above, there is preparation work required prior to arriving for workshop (approximately 12 hours non-contact).
LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 (58-64 hours) Level 2 (64 hours)
In addition to learning an evidence-based practice for both depression and anxiety, the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP) will learn ancient strategies from both Tantric and Classical Yoga traditions for self-care. LFYPs learn Yogic practices supported by current research in psycho-neurobiology to help clear away the obstructions (chronic tensions, constricting beliefs, limiting emotions) that may be keeping trainees and their students from knowing and expressing their own authenticity and fullest potential.
The LFYP learns how to create and sustain a safe container for students and clients so that learning can occur in an atmosphere of acceptance and love. The LFYP learns how to assess mood and constitution from a Yogic perspective. Throughout the training, LFYPs personally experience each exercise and have opportunities to observe their own sensations, feelings, and reactions. Trainees learn how to teach each exercise, have opportunities to practice teach with others and get feedback from the LFYP staff. Distinctions are made between those practices that may be safely led by a Yoga Teacher and those that may be suitable in a clinical setting, led by a psychotherapist or other health professional. These Yogic tools include: Asana; Pranayama Kriya; Mantra; Bhavana; Sankalpa; Mudra; Meditation; Yoga Nidra; Therapeutic holding of posture; Nondual Strategies for working with negative self-talk. This training is also suitable for those working with trauma. Psychotherapists who also practice Yoga, find they are able to offer their clients an alternative and/or adjunct treatment to medication, and to provide them with tools for internal mood-regulation and self-care. Level 1 training prepares the Practitioner to work with groups and individuals, offering training in the Yogic strategies described above. Level 2 Continues training in the Yogic strategies for balancing mood, with more practice teaching. The emphasis here is working one-on-one and leading workshops.
Yoga of the Heart – Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training (100 hours)
Nischala Joy Devi
This comprehensive program is a certification course offered for Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals teaching the general population who would like to share Yoga with people living with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases. It is also useful for people with family histories and/or risk factors. The focus of this training program is theory and practice of asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, imagery and meditation as applied for people with cardiac, cancer, and other life threatening diseases and general health and prevention. We will also learn the virtues of a low fat vegetarian diet, the psychological and social aspects of disease. The course will be didactic as well as experiential. This will allow for a full and rich experience for us as teachers and practitioners alike. Upon completion of the course you will have the skills to teach patients in a hospital or clinic setting as well as on a private or individual basis.
Yoga of Recovery for Counselors Training Certification Course (100 hours)
This course will make you uniquely qualified and more confident to teach yoga in rehabs or to people in recovery from any addiction. You will fully understand the root of the problem and the holistic approach, extended from limited understanding of substance abuse/behavioral problems to be treated with asana alone, to a full range of therapies for mind, body and spirit from these powerful healing modalities. Become able to correlate and discuss the many similarities between the foundations of Classical Yoga and those of the 12 Step Programs. This course expands your awareness and understanding of the 4 Paths of Yoga and how these spiritual practices can be integrated with the tools of 12 Step Programs.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course (100 hours)
Dr. Marc Halpern
This course emphasizes the energetics of each asana and each form of pranayama, so that the pose and the breath can be used to support balancing the physical and subtle energies of the body and mind, to help heal the client. Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists can work on their own to support the healing process, hold classes in studios or work as a part of an integrative team in a healing center.
Students of this course will be introduced to:
- Foundational Ayurvedic principles
- Ayurvedic lifestyle
- Ayurvedic psychology
- Energetics of Asana & Pranayama
- Yoga Nidra for health
- Pratyahara as a healing tool
- Introduction to Ayurvedic diet and nutritional concepts
Pain Care Yoga Certificate (50 hours)
This course provides an understanding of pain, chronic pain, and the lived experience of pain sufficient for healthcare professionals intending to integrate yoga into their clinical practice, and for yoga teachers and therapists who wish to bring a greater understanding of pain and pain care to their teaching.
Components required for Pain Care Yoga certificate:
- Attendance at a Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga workshop/retreat.
- Completion of the Pain Care Yoga workshop/retreat.
- Completion and acceptance of a case study. To demonstrate knowledge of pain, pain self-management principals and the use of yoga techniques for people in pain.
Yoga for Grief Relief Professional Training Levels 1 2 (140 hours)
In the current state of the field of Grief Counseling and Therapy little is dedicated to the body related symptoms of grief and how they can be addressed. The proposed model for a healthy resolution of the grieving process rests on the goal of generating newer, healthier, attachments. While this model offers certain releif to the pain associated with grieving, it also ensures future pain for those objects of new attachment will, inevitably, too dissapear. Yogas phylosophie and practice offers a different relationship to attachment and therefore to resolving suffering; its methods and concepts can be applied by any professional, regardless of credo or theoretical work phrame. This training is suitable for Health and Mental Health Care professionals and Yoga Therapists interested in adding Yogic techniques to their existing toolbox. It is also beneficial to those interested in deepening their personal knowledge of how yoga can aid the grieving process. CEUs are available for MFT, ASWB, NBCC and BRN.