Level 1 Training
Foundations in Yoga Therapy
A 300-hour course for yoga teachers to build the foundation on your path to becoming a yoga therapist. This is the first course in our 800-hour accredited Yoga Therapy Certification Program. Offered in person and virtually.
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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: Intro to Yoga Therapy; Functional Yoga Therapy[TM]; Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy; Yoga for Depression; Yoga & Stress Resilience; Pain, Science, and Therapeutic Yoga; Yoga of Recovery; Bedside Yoga; Yoga for Grief; The Chakras and Healing; Yoga for Cancer.
- April 30 - December 11, 2022: [FULLY VIRTUAL] One module per month beginning April 30, 2022 and concluding December 11, 2022. Download Detailed Course Outline for dates, details and virtual classroom hours.
- October 2022 - April 2023: [PART VIRTUAL/PART IN-PERSON] This course includes virtual/online modules from October 2022-March 2023 and a final week in person in Austin, TX (April 21-29, 2023). Download Detailed Course Outline for dates, details and classroom hours.
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.) Register here.
Students interested in registering for individual topics/sessions can do so on a space-available basis. Cost for individual sessions is $175 per day. All of the modules below are now being delivered virtually. Follow the links below to register.
- September 16-18, 2022: Yoga of Recovery with Durga Leela
- October 21-23, 2022: Yoga and Stress Resilience with Dr. Shailla Vaidya
- November 11-13, 2022: Yoga across the Cancer Care Continuum with Smitha Malliah and Anne Pitman
- December 2-4, 2022: Chakras & Healing with Jessica Patterson
This is the first course in our 800-hour accredited Yoga Therapy Certification Program.
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 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.)
- The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey (or another anatomy book of your choice)
- The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
- Yoga and Science in Pain Care by Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko & Marlyssa Sullivan
- Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles
- Functional Yoga Therapy Ball Kit: Purchase online here
- The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
- Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
- Yoga for Grief Relief by Antonio Sausys
- Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph & Lillian LePage
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as interpreted by Mukunda Stiles
Pre-requisites for entry into the program include:
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 course is now being delivered virtually (live online) as 3- or 4-day modules 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.
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.
Students must attend the entire course, arrive on time for each class, and stay until the course ends. Absence may result in a student being dropped from the class.
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