Level 1 Training

Foundations in Yoga Therapy

The required first course in our 800-hour accredited Yoga Therapy Certification Program. This 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.

May - Dec 2024 program offered in collaboration with Santosha Yoga Collective | Loomis, CA

Santosha Yoga Collective
RYS 300 Yoga Alliance

This program is Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 300hr level 

A flexible and immersive learning experience.

A personally and financially rewarding yoga career working in private practice or as part of a collaborative healthcare team

Guide others into deeper healing through their yoga practice.

Learn from industry leaders and gain in-depth knowledge and practical applications of yoga therapeutics.

How to get started


Review the course outline to get the dates and details for our next course.


Schedule a consult to discuss your needs and receive guidance.


Submit an application!

What you'll learn

You’ll be introduced to modalities of Yoga Therapy as applied to various health conditions. You’ll learn foundational skills and tools required to build your knowledge and set you on a path to become a Yoga Therapist.

How you'll learn

All the flexibility you need in a certification program. You’ll have the convenience and accessibility to learn from home, in-person, or both. 

Alternatively, you may register for the individual modules of our Level 1 program. Here's what's included:

Module # 1:
Introduction to Yoga Therapy
Virtual | May 4-5, 2024

FACULTY: Michele Lawrence

Module # 2:
Functional Yoga TherapyTM Preparatory Skills and Tools | In-person June 6-9, 2024 Loomis, CA

FACULTY: Maria Shamas

Module # 3:
Yoga Therapy Virtual | July 12-14 +19, 2024

FACULTY: Chinnamasta Stiles

Module # 4:
The Subtle Body Hybrid | Aug 2-4, 2024

FACULTY: Jessica Patterson

Module # 5:
Yoga for Grief Relief Virtual | Aug 16-18, 2024

FACULTY: Antonio Sausys

Module # 6:
Yoga of Recovery Virtual | Sept 13-15, 2024

FACULTY: Durga Leela

(Self paced) Pain Care Aware Foundations training.

FACULTY: Neil and Lisa Pearson

Module # 7:
Pain Care Aware Certificate Level: Teaching Groups In-person | Oct 17-20, 2024 Loomis, CA

FACULTY: Neil and Lisa Pearson

Module # 8: Yoga Therapy across the Cancer Care Continuum Virtual | Nov 1-3, 2024

FACULTY: Anne Pitman and Smitha Mallaiah

Module # 9:
Yoga of Stress Resilience Virtual | Dec 6-8, 2024

FACULTY: Dr. Shailla Vaidya

Wrap up &
Celebrating You

FACULTY: Michele Lawrence

By the end of your Foundations In Yoga Therapy - Level 1 Training, you will walk away with:

The four guiding principals of yoga therapy

to guide you through your therapeutic work with clients

A broader perspective

of yoga as a preventative and rehabilitative modality

A clear understanding

of the panchamaya kosha model and well as other frameworks for assessing individuals and how yoga therapy supports healing through asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation

Advanced knowledge

of human anatomy and physiology and how it relates to the specific structural and physiological issues within the body

A tool and skill set

for 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

A special skill set

to 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.

Be able to offer

a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors with the combination of Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools

Be able to transform

chronic and acute back issues with this customized therapeutic program.

...and more! Are you ready?


Hear from Inner Peace Yoga Therapy students about their experiences

Wonderful Wonderful experience- great instructors, wide variety; depth of content. Flexibility to meet student’s needs is unmatched. Content widely applicable to personal growth and continued/more specialized work with clients
Audrea Sullivan
This program was life changing and provided the connection to like minded individuals that I was needing in my life. Each and every teacher had a unique and powerful way of presenting their specialty and making sure that each student was understanding the information. Michele is absolutely one of the most wonderful, authentic and patient human beings I have ever met. It was truly an honor to be a part of this training.
Susie Burns

What it's like to be a student at Inner Peace Yoga Therapy



You can expect to become a part of a community of passionate yoga professionals who are dedicated to learning and practicing.

Immersive Learning

Each module includes meditation and asana practice, lecture, application, practice, discussion and observation.

Expert Teachers

Learn from a group of renowned leaders who are committed to the path of Yoga Therapy.


Practical and Integrative

With time to integrate and apply what you’d learned between each module, you’ll avoid overwhelm and retain what you’ve learned.

Who this is for?

  • Yoga teachers with at least 200 hours of training, looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga and its therapeutic applications.
  • Yoga teachers who have done additional training, but feel that the training fell short.
  • Yoga teachers that want to receive training in yoga therapy without committing to a full 3 year program right away.
  • Yoga teachers who are dedicated to their learning and their practice.
  • Yoga teachers who want to do yoga therapy training without leaving their life behind to make time for training.
  • Yoga teachers who want time to integrate what they’ve learnt from each module before moving on to the next.

Who this is NOT for?

  • Anyone who does not have at least a 200 hour yoga certification.
  • Students who are not ready to put in the time and energy into participating in class, reading, and completing assignments.
  • Someone who wants to learn every topic all at once.
  • Someone who thinks getting a certification is all it takes to become a successful yoga therapist.

This is for me! I'm ready.

Your new career is in reach! Start with our

Foundations in Yoga Therapy Program

It offers 300 hours worth of yoga training, and gives you a strong understanding of how yoga can be applied in a therapeutic context. It starts you on your path to Professional Yoga Therapy Certification. And, if you are not already an RYT 500 you can achieve this designation upon completion of this Foundations course.

Take the next step in your yoga career.


Full Tuition
Up -Front Payment of

$4400 USD

Discount of $500
Payment Plan
First Payment

$750 USD

10 monthly installments of $415 USD

Answers to the most common questions

Yes. The Pre-requisite into the program includes:

  • 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.

The next session starts Oct 2024. You can download the complete detailed course outline for more details and the dates. Click here.[12]

  • Generally speaking, the program’s daily schedule is as follows:
  • 6:30–8:30 Morning Practice
  • 8:30–9:30 Break
  • 9:30–1:00 Morning Class
  • 1:00–2:00 Break
  • 3:00–5:30 Afternoon Class
  • 5:30–6:30 Daily wrap up, integration, meditation and closing

We do have an Attendance Policy​.
Students must attend the entire course, arrive on time for each class, and stay until the course ends. Students who miss classes must make them up at a future date.

Email Michele Lawrence, the Program Director. We can address this on a case-by-case basis.

Important question!  Tuition & Registration is : $4900 USD
Complete the application and secure your space with a $750 deposit (refundable until 30 days prior to program start.)

Payment plans are welcome and are structured as follows: After $750 deposit is paid, 10 monthly installments of $415

A deposit of $750 holds your space. (This deposit is refundable up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Tuition balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the program unless you opt for a payment plan.
You can save $500 if you pay in full 30 days prior to the start of the training.

Yes! We do! We want to help make yoga therapy training more affordable for individuals who need financial support. Click here to read more about our scholarship program.

Receive a refund of your application deposit if you cancel 30 days or longer before the program start date. Start the program, and then decide it’s not for you?
We offer tiered refund amounts, depending on how much of the training has gone by. After 49% of the training, there will be no refunds.

Want more details?

Meet our Program Director, Michele Lawrence, and watch the 30min webinar where she outlines the entire certification process.

Still have questions? Schedule a free 1:1 consult to see if our program is right for you. 

Module # 1: Introduction to Yoga Therapy

  • In our first module together, we will overview the expectations and outline of the course
  • Get to know each other through group exercises and ice-breakers
  • Discuss the panchamaya kosha model and well as other frameworks for understanding and assessing individuals.
  • Learn the four basic guiding principles of yoga therapy.[3]

Module # 2: Functional Yoga TherapyTM Preparatory Skills and Tools

  • Explore advanced human anatomy and its relationship to physical movement
  • Learn how to conduct postural assessments and apply practical treatment applications
  • Get understanding in practitioner sensitivity & awareness
  • Participants will both experience and facilitate all assessment techniques taught

>> Register for this module

Module # 2: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

  • Understanding āyurvedic yoga therapy as a multi-dimensional approach
  • Learn and practice of three vinyasas for vāta, pitta, kapha balancing
  • Gain insight into the “gunas” or qualities of nature and their interpretation and application
  • Discover the pillars of health
  • Learn practical tools to support your personal sādhanā, or practice, prevent illness and support health and well-being
  • Includes daily talks on the Sutras of Patanjali Chapter II, integrating an āyurvedic and yogic point of view

>> Register for this individual module.

Module # 4: The Subtle Body

  • Discover how understanding the subtle body and the chakra system can clear and heal obstacles, freeing you to move closer toward balance, gratitude, and grace. Closer, that is, to yoga.
  • Find out how the chakras provide us with a structured model for deep therapeutic inquiry and transformation, as well as a map for understanding the evolution and expansion of our consciousness (the knowing principle, what we are aware of).
  • You will learn how Chakras are the energetic centers where prana, or the vital life force, is either channeled or trapped.
  • You will learn how each chakra corresponds to unique relationships in our lives and is associated with specific physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual considerations.
  • Deepen your understanding of the energetic centers through their associated asanas, bija (seed) mantras, elements, intentions, and qualities.
  • Using these powerful investigative tools, you will explore the central qualities and questions governed by each chakra, and listen into the conversations among them. begin to reveal (and help heal) emotional, energetic, psychological, physical, spiritual, and relational imbalances.

Module # 3: Yoga for Grief Relief

In this module, participants will learn about the physical symptoms of grief, its psycho-neuro-immunological basis and a set of simple Yoga exercises to address them while aiding the psychological transformation of grief into a resource of personal growth. 

>> Register for this individual module

Module # 9: Yoga of Recovery

  • This is the first comprehensive course that combines Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors.
  • You’ll learn the empowering approach to counseling from the west (12 Steps) and the East (Yoga and Ayurveda)
  • You’ll get the skills to introduce the healing potential of the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga into your own life and those around you.

(Self paced) Pain Care Aware Foundations training

  • Online, self-paced with weekly check-ins.(30 hours)
  • Part of your professional development program, you will dive deeply into yoga teachings and the science of pain
  • Explore pain as a human condition and learn how to foster fearlessness, hope and resilience in yourself and your students.

Module # 8: Pain Care Aware Certificate Level: Teaching Groups

In this course, you will build upon what you learned in the Pain Care Aware Foundations course and apply it to a group class setting. Specifically you will learn:

  • How to apply awareness regulation and the Pain Care Movement Guidelines in practice
  • Ways to reconceptualize Yoga cueing language and compassionate skills practices

At the end, you will receive and give peer feedback and participate in Pain Care Aware (PCA) group teaching evaluations. Receiving your PCA Teaching Certificate in our final ritual/ceremony will complete our time together.

Module # 6: Yoga Therapy Across the Cancer Care Continuum

You will discover yoga therapy across the cancer care continuum from diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship and beyond.

  • You will be able to review case studies and create yoga class sequences for particular cancer care.
  • You’ll learn about specific topics related to this unique care:
    • Side effects of treatment and yoga therapy response
    • Guidelines for safety precautions and contraindications
    • Cancer perspectives, beliefs and attitudes, cancer in different age groups
    • Shock of diagnosis, PTSD and Cancer-related trauma, stress and cancer
    • Prehabilitation: working with caregivers and couples
    • Benefits of individual and small group yoga therapy
    • Cancer and yoga research
    • Adjusting to the new normal after cancer

>> Register for this individual module.

Module # 5: Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

For thousands of years, yogis have understood what current research in neurobiology and clinical observations are demonstrating — that, working with a body and breath-based practice, we can manage our moods. In this 3-day training, you will learn and practice 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. Register for this individual module January 19-21, 2024.

Wrap up & Closing: Celebrating You

On our final day of this Level 1 training, wrap up together and prepare students as they embark upon the rest of their studies in the 800 hour certification course. A certificate ceremony will be held to recognize and congratulate students for completing this portion of the training.