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.

This is the first course in our 800-hour accredited Yoga Therapy Certification Program.

Topics include: Intro to Yoga Therapy; 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: We are currently offering the following trainings virtually due to COVID-19 and will continue to do so through 2021.

Sept 2020- May 2021:
One module per month beginning September 2020 and concluding May 2021. 
Originally scheduled at The College of William & Mary.  Now being delivered online/virtually.
Download Detailed Course Outline to get course dates, details and class hours.

May – December 2021
One weekend per month (Friday-Sunday), beginning May 2021 and concluding December 2021. 
Originally planned for Denver, CO. Now being delivered online/virtually.
Download Detailed Course Outline to get course dates, details and virtual class hours.

Tuition & Registration: $4500  (Save $500 if you pay in full prior to the start of the training.)

Register here. 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.)


Michele Lawrence, Maria Mendola, Chinnamasta Stiles, Durga, Nischala Joy Devi, Neil Pearson, Lisa Pearson, Amy Weintraub, Laura Kupperman, Antonio Sausys, Marisa Laursen, Jessica Patterson

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 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 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.

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 course, 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 (or another anatomy book of your choice)
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
The Namaste Effect by Nischala Joy Devi
Yoga and Science in Pain Care by Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko & Marlyssa Sullivan
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles
Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
Functional Yoga Therapy Ball Kit: Purchase online here

Recommended Texts & Materials:

The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
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

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
1:00–2:00 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

Individual Topics/Modules:

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.

January 15-17, 2021: Yoga for Depression & Anxiety with Amy Weintraub

February 19-21, 2021: Pain Care Yoga with Neil and Lisa Pearson

March 12-14, 2021: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Chinnamasta Stiles

April 16-18, 2021: Yoga for Cancer Survivors with Laura Kupperman

May 13-15, 2021: Yoga for Grief Relief with Antonio Sausys


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