Inner Peace Yoga Therapy

Level 1

Level 1 Training – Foundations in Yoga Therapy
This 300-hour, Level 1 Foundations in Yoga Therapy course is designed to introduce you to the vast field of yoga therapy, overview the teachings and philosophies of the yoga tradition and their relevance and application to yoga therapy, introduce you to modalities of yoga therapy as applied to various health conditions, and provide you with a solid foundation to build your knowledge on your path to become a yoga therapist.

Topics include: Functional Yoga Therapy[TM]; Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy; Yoga for Depression; Pain, Science, and Therapeutic Yoga; Yoga of Recovery; Healing with the Chakras; Yoga for Cancer; and more.

Current and Upcoming Trainings:

Chicago, IL:
One weekend per month (Fri-Sunday), beginning September 24, 2016 and concluding June 10, 2017.
Held at One Key Yoga
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Austin, TX:
Held residentially in 2, two-week segments at the Ancient Yoga Center.
September 17-30, 2017 (session 1)
February 2-18, 2018 (session 2)
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Chicago, IL:
One weekend per month (Fri-Sunday), beginning September 30, 2017 and concluding June 9, 2018.
Held at One Key Yoga
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Michele Lawrence, Maria Mendola, Dr. Marc Halpern, Chinnamasta Stiles, Marisa Laursen, Durga, Nischala Joy Devi, Neil Pearson, Amy Weintraub, Laura Kupperman, Antonio Sausys

Course Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should have understood, completed or demonstrated the following:
– The pancamaya kosha model and well as other frameworks for understanding and assessing individuals
– The four basic guiding principles of yoga therapy
– How the practice heals through asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation
– Advanced anatomy & physiology and its relationship to specific structural and physiological issues within the body
– The use of asana, pranayama, chanting, and meditation for healing based upon ayurvedic principles
– Breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for mood management that are not often taught in regular yoga classes but are useful in working therapeutically with individuals and groups
– How to meet the special needs of cardiac patients
– How to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors
– Common injuries, diseases and pain from a biopsychosocial perspective. This knowledge will be integrated with the wisdom of yoga, enhancing and broadening your perspective of yoga as a preventative and rehabilitative modality
– Skillfully work with survivors of any type of cancer, at any stage of recovery. We will explore how yoga can positively impact the physical effects of cancer and its treatment, and also how to address the energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of a cancer diagnosis
– Learn how to transform chronic and acute back issues with this customized therapeutic program

A 50 hour homestudy assignment in between sessions that includes 3 case studies with clients and a research paper on the the Yogic Treatment of Disease. (Topic can be chosen by the student.)

Pre-requisites for entry into the program include:
– RYT 200*
– Minimum of 1 year teaching experience and
– 1 year of yoga practice experience
– Completion of pre-reading assignments/ articles

*A 200-hour yoga teacher certification is required for participants seeking 800-hour certification with IAYT-International Association of Yoga Therapists. A 200-hour yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite for attendance for health professionals, body-workers, and/or holistic practitioners who are not seeking IAYT certification.

Class Format:
The course is held either as a residential program in two sessions (28 days total) or as 3-day weekends over the course of 8-10 months (28 days total). Each day is divided into segments, including: meditation & asana practice, lecture, application, practice, discussion and observation. Students are expected to participate.

Course Requirements:
Students are required to keep up with reading, participate in class discussions, and complete homestudy assignments. Homestudy assignments will be turned in (either via hard copy or electronic file) and reviewed by Inner Peace Yoga Therapy faculty and/or mentors. Written feedback will be provided at the end of this course.

Attendance Policy:
Students must attend the entire 28 days, arrive on time for each class, and stay until the course ends. Absence may result in a student being dropped from the class.

Required Texts & Materials:
The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
Functional Yoga Therapy Ball Kit: Purchase online here

Daily Schedule: Generally speaking, the program’s daily schedule is as follows:
6:30–7:00 Morning Meditation
7:00–8:30 Morning Asana Practice
8:30–9:30 Breakfast
9:30–1:00 Morning Class
1:00–3:00 Lunch and Free Time
3:00–5:30 Afternoon Class
5:30–6:30 Daily wrap up, integration, meditation and closing
6:30–on Dinner and free time

$4500. (A $750 deposit reserves your space and is applied toward tuition. Any earlybird discounts offered are taken off the total tuition amount.)

For residential program, tuition does not include room & board. Please see our location pages for accommodation choices and fees.

Students interested in registering for individual topics/sessions can do so on a space-available basis after full program registration is closed. Cost for individual sessions is $175 per day. Please contact Michele ( directly to inquire.


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