About Us

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy was founded and is directed by Michele Lawrence. We are a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Our mission is a simple, yet important one: We educate yoga teachers and health professionals to apply the teachings and practices of yoga for client empowerment and healing.

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy was founded in 2009 and began offering 300-hour Yoga Therapy training courses for yoga teachers and health professionals in 2010. As the field of yoga therapy began to emerge as a recognized profession, the school evolved its offering into a full 800-hour curriculum to match the educational standards for the training of yoga therapists as defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In June 2014, Inner Peace was among the first set of schools who received accreditation by the IAYT. Since then, Inner Peace Yoga Therapy has been re-accredited by the IAYT (in 2018) and has certified over 65 individuals at the 800 hr level with over 200 students currently enrolled in programs today.

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy was founded and is directed by Michele Lawrence. We are a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

What is Yoga Therapy?

According to the IAYTs definition, “Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.” The ancient tradition of yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. Yoga therapy can be used as a complement to medical treatment of chronic and acute physical and/or mental conditions.

Who is a Yoga Therapist?

Yoga Therapists are yoga teachers who have additional training in therapeutic applications of yoga. They may specialize in teaching specific groups such as seniors, pregnant women, or people with cancer. They may work one on one with private clients and have other areas of training and expertise which they integrate into their practice such as health care, massage therapy, energy healing, counseling, or ayurveda.

What makes Inner Peace Yoga Therapy different?

Our program is one that honors and includes the teachings from a variety of yoga and spiritual traditions and yet ties those teachings together to provide a solid framework which empowers our trained yoga therapists to work with the unique individuals who seek their help. As a modular program, students can choose to take the full path toward an 800-hour certification or enrich their current yoga teaching credentials with our 300-hour Level 1 course, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level.* We believe that our key differentiator is our faculty, which is world renowned and includes the top experts in the fields of yoga therapy and ayurveda.

Is Inner Peace Yoga Therapy an accredited school of yoga therapy?

Yes! In June 2014, the IAYT recognized Inner Peace Yoga Therapy as one of the first programs to be accredited worldwide.

What does this mean to students?

Accreditation means that students are training in a program that meets the internationally recognized standards for the emerging field of Yoga Therapy and students who graduate from an accredited program like ours can achieve their Certification in Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT).  Inner Peace Yoga Therapy is one of a select number of IAYT Member Schools to receive this recognition to date.  

*The yoga therapy component of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy’s courses, classes, instructions, and materials is derived from accreditation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is not derived from any status granted by the Yoga Alliance Registry.

How are we evolving into the future?

As we look to the future, our mission is threefold: to provide accessible and equitable yoga therapy education offerings, equip current and aspiring yoga therapists with financial aid and opportunities to serve, and to connect individuals and communities with low- to no-cost yoga therapy services to ultimately spread the healing power of yoga.