Integral Yoga® Therapy Certification
About our program
The Integral Yoga Therapy Certification offers a special path to a career in Yoga therapy. Our program combines the time-honored heritage of a classical Yoga lineage with practices adapted for contemporary times. Drawing from the roots of classical teachings, our therapists receive a balanced and thorough training exemplifying the essence of Yoga, while providing applicable skills for modern-day implementation.
The flexibility and adaptability of our unique modular 800-hour program allows students to work at their own pace and smoothly integrate the training into their current life. With three locations across the country offering courses and a personal mentor guiding the process, students are assured options and support during the program.
Due to the international nature of Integral Yoga and combined with its stature and size, students can feel confident they are joining a global community of Integral Yogis who work together in supporting and uplifting each other.
Integral Yoga Therapy students study with our esteemed faculty in both a traditional Yoga ashram and urban ashrams/city centers. Our faculty has a long history of providing Yoga therapy services, and many Integral Yogis are innovators in the field. Their programs are well established and offer opportunities for comprehensive training, practical experience, and future employment.
As an organization, Integral Yoga is a pioneering force in the field of Yoga therapy. The work of Dean Ornish, M.D. a student of Swami Satchidananda, applied the teachings of Integral Yoga for reversing heart disease. We are committed to training the next generation of Integral Yoga Therapists to continue to build on this powerful, healing legacy.
Who Should Enroll?
Anyone who seeks to enhance their career and share inspired change and growth with others!
The Integral Yoga Therapy Program is open to anyone who seeks to enhance their career and share inspired change and growth with others! If you desire to work with the growing number of individuals and groups searching for holistic therapies and integrative health care, this program is for you.
Today more people are turning to mind-body practices such as Yoga to address chronic and acute conditions negatively affecting millions of Americans and people across the globe. With the increasing cost of healthcare and rates of disease, Yoga therapy stands out as a practical and cost- effective way to promote wellness lifestyles and positive transformation for individuals.
Yoga Therapy Professionals are employed to evaluate clients’ varied needs, design and implement effective wellness programs, and play a crucial role in natural health care. As an Integral Yoga Therapist, you are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to influence and impact the future of wellness.
Become a confident Yoga Therapist
After completing the Integral Yoga Therapy Program, graduates can be confident in their ability to:
- Integrate Yoga therapy principles effectively for evaluating, creating, implementing, and monitoring Yoga therapy programs for individuals and groups
- Adapt asana safely for specific conditions and populations with mobility challenges
- Share stress management techniques tailored to a variety of settings from corporate to under-served populations
- Establish appropriate personal and professional boundaries
- Develop effective daily recommendations and lifestyle routines based on Ayurvedic principles
- Understand conditions and diseases affecting individuals and guide them in therapeutic Yoga practices to facilitate balance and healing
- Interpret Yoga psychology and philosophy while developing public speaking and teaching skills to share the workings of the mind in various settings
- Guide students to cultivate inner connection using principles of deep relaxation and postures to passively release tension in the body
- Modify Yoga practices allowing the teachings of Yoga to be available and accessible for all individuals
- Incorporate both the Eastern yogic and Western medical perspectives on interaction of body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two closing dates of July 1 and February 1 annually. Applicants learn of acceptance within one month following the nearest closing date to their application submission. Students then enter the program in one of two cohorts each year.
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- 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered certification or equivalent yoga training
- A minimum of one year teaching experience
The 800-hour program is made up of:
- Nine separate core modules
- One integration module
- 150 hours of Practicum independent Yoga therapy work with clients
- 55 hours of mentoring
- One Integral Yoga Therapy elective
- Adaptive Yoga 1
- Raja Yoga 1
- Stress Management
- Healing Relationships 2
- Restorative | Therapeutic Yoga
- Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy 2
- Basics of Ayurveda 2
- The Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease 2
- Psychology and Mental Health
At least 1 needed for separate IYTh designation beyond the required core modules.
- Yoga for the Special Child
- Yoga of the Heart
- Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness
- Yoga for Arthritis
- Yoga of Recovery
- LifeForce Yoga
- Integration Module (Capstone coursework) 3
- Practicum Cohort Learning Groups
1 The first set of modules to complete
2 The second group of modules to complete (before remaining modules)
3 Final module taken upon completion of all other coursework
Governing Board Member
Swami Ramananda, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is the Executive Director and President of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years. Swami Ramananda became a Swami in 1984 and he was directly trained by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Governing Board Member
Swami Sarvaananda, Ph.D., has lived at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville since 1980. She works with the Yogaville Vidyalayam (children’s school) and with community service projects. She is a Board-certified Chaplain where she serves on national committees, since retiring from local hospital and hospice service. At Yogaville, she serves …
Governing Board Member
Lakshmi Sutter, Ph.D., serves as the Program Director of the Integral Yoga Therapy program. Lakshmi previously served in the Integral Yoga Academy at Yogaville as Academy Director, as Integral Yoga Teachers Association Director, and as Teacher Training Planning & Development Director. She is a trainer of Integral Yoga Hatha Yog…
Governing Board Member
Chandra/Jo Sgammato, a former book publishing executive and author, serves as the Executive Director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, where she has worked in a variety of capacities since 1999. In addition to overseeing all operations at the Institute, she directs Integral’s Yoga At Work© program. She is also the founder of IYI’s Yoga At School …
Governing Board Member
Durga Leela, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP, is the founder of Yoga of Recovery®. She holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained both in the USA and India and is serving as the Director of the Ayurveda progra…
Psychology and Mental Health
Arturo Peal is an Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) instructor and a certified Yoga therapist. He co-leads the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program. He holds a Master’s degree in Chinese medicine, practices craniosacral therapy, and has been involved in the alternative health-care field for more than 30 years.
The Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease
Born in Slovenija, Iris was first introduced to Yoga by her father who admired its principles and used them to guide his life. However her first and second loves were figure skating and dance. She studied modern dance at London School of Contemporary dance in London, then transferred to the North Carolina School of the Art…
Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy
Center Manager, SF
Nancy O’Brien, is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a certified Integral Yoga Hatha I, Hatha II, and Restorative Yoga teacher and graduate of Therapeutic Yoga Training and Yoga4Arthritis. She is an advisor for the Arthritis Foundation on the Arthritis-friendly Yoga video and trains certified Yoga teachers in “Yoga for Arthritis.” She helped the Integral Yoga Institute…
Brahmi Romero, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, sees clients for individual and group Yoga Therapy and instructs private and group Yoga classes. She is the Director of St. Mark’s Yoga Center on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, and an adjunct instructor for Prince George’s Community College teaching Therapeutic Yoga to seniors. For seven years, she was the Yoga therapist at the …
Center Manager, Yogaville
Center Manager, NY
Kali Morse, E-RYT 500, RPYT, C-IAYT, is director of the Teacher Training programs at the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Kali’s dedication and service to the art and science of Yoga spans four decades. She has taught Yoga in many settings including schools, colleges, hospitals, businesses, etc. She is certified to teach Integral yog…
Satya Greenstone, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda for over 40 years, sharing the teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds. Since 1999 she has been a primary teacher for the Basic Yoga Teacher Training program. While serving as Teacher Training Coordinator, she helped to develop and teach the Integral Yoga Gentle Yoga Teacher Training program.
Nischala Joy Devi
Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful and compassionate teacher. She is highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. She was a monastic disciple of Sri Swami Satchidanandaji for over 20 years and has studied with other masters in India and worldwide. She developed the Yoga portion of the landmark research in pioneering Yoga for life threatening diseases…