Advanced Requirements

The Art & Science of Yoga Therapy (36 hours)

Joseph LePage
Whether you are a student on the path to becoming a yoga therapist or a yoga therapist already working with clients, this course will integrate and deepen your understanding of the Yoga therapy process, models and methodologies needed to help empower clients and be successful in the profession.

Based on Joseph Le Page’s experience of over three decades in the field, this course will cover essential areas of Yoga therapy including: Yoga Sutras as a Foundation of Yoga Therapy; The Twenty-five essential qualities of a Yoga Therapist; Developing multi-week programs for individual clients; Developing multi-week programs for therapeutic groups; Pranayama and Mudras; and Yoga Therapy for depression and anxiety.

More details and registration for this offering.

Advanced Assessment Techniques Treatment Planning (65 hours)

Maria Mendola
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).

Locations & dates of this elective offering.

All students must take the above two courses. Students may choose one more course (min of 50 hrs) from the following list of approved courses:

Trauma Informed Yoga Certification Levels 1/2 (50 hours)

Genevieve Yellin
LEVEL 1  This training is designed to teach Trauma Informed Care practices as they apply to teaching public Yoga classes. Trauma Informed Yoga Teaching requires cognizance of the consequences of trauma and adversity, as well as the potential for Yoga practitioners to re-experience post-trauma symptoms while practicing Yoga.  The focus of this training is creating a safe space, prevention of negative responses to Yoga practice in a public setting, recognition of issues and troubleshooting if such an event occurs. Time is also dedicated to an introduction of Interpersonal neurobiology, neuropsychology as it applies to Yoga practices, self-care, and deepening personal practice. (25 hrs) Format: In-Person; Offered Worldwide. Details, locations & dates of this elective offering.

LEVEL 2  This training is designed to teach the TIYT™ methodology to Yoga, allied health, and mental health professionals who are presently working with, or interested in working with clients who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or acute cumulative stress; in Yoga Therapy terms, all are fluctuations of the mind (vṛttis). The focus of the training is practical applications of ancient yoga psychology, philosophy and practices as well as the Polyvagal Nerve theory, Somathesis and other neurophysiological principles. This methodology is currently employed in hospitals, in-patient psychiatric units, addiction recovery programs, schools, healthcare facilities, Yoga studios, and prisons as stand-alone programs and as a complementary modality in an integrative healthcare setting. (55hrs total) Format:  Ea & W are In-person (50hrs); Fire is online (5hr) If prerequisites are met, Ea & W may be done back-to-back. Details, locations & dates of this elective offering.

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy: 50hr Training + Practicum

Alex Bauermeister
Join a cohort of amazing individuals to study Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy in this engaging online training. You’ll learn the defining elements, benefits, and applications of yoga therapy, and gather tools that you can immediately apply to your work and life. Details and registration here.

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 (65 hours)

Rose Kress
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.

Locations dates of this elective offering.

Yoga of Recovery Between the Mat and the Meeting (50 hours)

Durga Leela
Embody health in recovery from all addictive disorders, (substances, food/sugar and behaviors) through Ayurveda, framed in the most accessible, relatable and practical way. Address the needs and vulnerabilities that underlie these habits with pioneering look at our stress-response tendencies. We’ll look at our ‘acting out’ tendencies, and how physical practices and daily routines can widen the window of tolerance. We come to deeper self-understanding and self-regulation for resilience one day at a time.
Locations & dates of this elective offering.

Pain Care Yoga (30-60 hours)

Neil & Lisa Pearson
Several options are available, read more below..

Pain Care Aware : Level 1, Foundations. Self-paced online training course
PCA is essential continuing education for yoga teachers and therapists and informs an awareness approach to teaching any and every style or lineage of yoga.

In this foundational Pain Care Course, traditional yoga meets pain science, accepts that there is pain in yoga while promoting a teaching approach using language that promotes resilience and safety without inadvertently creating fear of movement, helplessness when there is pain, or a sense of fragility. This is the next level education from the IPYT 300 Pain Care module of study and includes a deep pain science review, current pain informed research, and all new compassion-based practices, rituals and techniques that you can put right to use in your own teaching/offerings.

PCA Level 1:  stand alone, 30 hours online, also eligible for APD-C-IAYT. To register:

PCA Level 2: Practicum and Certification; an additional 20 hours in person/in studio or in person/virtual using Self, Peer and Trainer teaching evaluations to support growth and change in our teaching habits. PCA Level 2 qualifies those who complete this 20 hour, two day event with a Pain Care Aware Teaching Certificate and the use of PCAYT credentials. This is an opportunity to hone the language changes and practice pain care aware techniques when leading yoga classes, whether for people with persisting pain or classes not intended to be therapeutic.

PCAYT Certificate : total (level 1 and 2) 50 Hours also eligible for APD-C-IAYT

Pain Care Yoga Therapy Certification Course

(60 hours CE)  also eligible for APD-C-IAYT.

For those who wish to focus their service toward communities and people with ongoing persisting pain as a 1:1 or small group yoga therapy practice. We offer the Pain Care Yoga Therapy Certification Course to expand your approach and perspectives on pain, people living in pain, and ‘yoga as pain care’.

PCYThCC teaches health professionals and yoga teachers/therapists an integrated pain science and yoga-informed approach to individualized pain care.

Part 1 – begin with our Pain Care Aware Online Foundations which prepares you for further study.

Part 2: an additional 30 CE hours focuses on the lived experience of pain, includes 4 scheduled days of ‘live’ instruction, and culminates with registrants demonstrating new competencies through a submitted case study report. Registrants and their invited guest (a person in pain) experience three days of gentle yoga and contemplative practices specifically addressing pain’s biopsychosocial interactions prior to completing the case report, and then receive expert feedback on their report to reinforce and enhance their learning.

Yoga for Grief Relief Professional Training Levels 1/2 (140 hours)

Antonio Sausys

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.

Details, locations & dates of this elective offering.

Yoga Therapy for Children Training Modules 1 & 2 (67 hours)

Module 1: Learn to Teach Yoga to Children Through a Trauma Informed Lens (32 Hours)

This 32 hour training will help you learn how to format a children’s yoga class, teach poses that are appropriate for different age groups, learn games that help children focus and concentrate, build mindfulness to reduce stress and help children learn to self regulate behavior in addition to team building activities- skills that you can use with any group of children you work with. In i, we will explore the background behind trauma and educating children of trauma. This course will provide therapeutic options for children in your classes who may have experienced trauma – behaviors to look for, way to intervene in a safe non-threatening way and tools that can help students begin to heal through movement, meditation, and nervous system regulation. Great for teachers, day care providers, home school groups, youth camp leaders and parents! Apply this to a 95 hour Yoga Alliance training or receive CE credits.

Module 2: Beyond Asana ( 35 hours)

In this class, students will learn how the developmental stages of children effect the muscles, brain and emotions. Then we will add the trauma informed lens to this study, exploring how trauma at different developmental stages effects the child and then bringing in tools to stabilize the whole child- mind, body and spirit. Using this information, students will learn to plan appropriate classes for each age group. Students will also study the yoga sutras, chakra’s, mudras and the subtle body( the kosha model), learning how to integrate this knowledge to develop a balanced class including important concepts such as forgiveness, compassion and empathy.

Details, locations & dates of this elective offering.

Gentle Somatic Yoga with James Knight: 50 hour Online Advanced Study Program

Learn why this method of yoga is gaining worldwide recognition for easy and reliable everyday self-care.

Somatic Movement Flows® are corrective and therapeutic sequences that are ideal for healing injuries, erasing chronic pain & stiffness, improve postural imbalances, and will significantly increase flexibility through brain-to-muscle re-education. Most clients  experience immediate and long-lasting results.

Yoga Therapists are drawn to this work because Gentle Somatic Yoga® goes to the root cause of muscular pain and utilizes the technique of pandiculation to reprogram muscle groups to their most optimal length in a resting position. The founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga®, James knight, is one of the early pioneers of bridging yoga with Somatics.

Our 50-hour online and livestreaming programs include training courses, Levels 1 and 2. Explore this Life-Enhancing Curriculum that you won’t find anywhere else!

What will you learn?

  • 55+ Somatic Movement Flows®. Each Flow has a specific anatomical focus with the intent to retrain the nervous system to release involuntary muscular contraction and restore natural movement
  • Leading-edge neuroscience balanced with heart-centered wisdom
  • Skills to alleviate common conditions such as chronic pain, lack of mobility, joint pain/inflammation, muscle spasms, sciatica, poor posture, scoliosis, TMJ, headaches, PTSD and more
  • How to practice mindful and compassionate movement in a way that inspires deeper connection and awareness within the body
  • How to replace static stretching with an innovative technique called pandiculation.  This method, which is the hallmark of GSY, targets the root cause of muscular pain and unwinds deep stress holding patterns within the body
  • Cueing, modifications, tips and guidelines for customized private sessions and/or group movement classes

Prerequisite: Level 1 must be completed before moving to Level 2. There is a certification add-on option for both levels.

Learn more about each level and register here.

Skill in Action 75 hour Online Continuing Education Program

Michelle C Johnson and Guest Teachers
The Skill in Action 75hr Online Continuing Education Program for Yoga Teachers is designed for 200hr and 300hr-trained teachers looking to deepen their spiritual practice and teaching and learn more about the intersection of justice and yoga.

This 75hr continuing education program will offer a comprehensive, inspired approach to transformational social change work. Throughout this training, you will gain knowledge and skills to connect the transformation on the mat to the change that is possible off of the mat. Many people come to their yoga mats to escape the larger cultural context.

More details and registration.

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