Integral Yoga® Therapy
Certification Program

Become a Certified Integral Yoga Therapist!

Enhance your career and empower those you serve with lasting, positive change and optimal health.

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.

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800 Hour Module-Based Training Program

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Choose a schedule that works best for you

5 years to complete 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training

Program Details & Requirements

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Prerequisites

  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered certification or equivalent yoga training
  • A minimum of one year teaching experience
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Program curriculum

The 800-hour program is made up of:

  • Nine separate Core Modules
  • One Integral Yoga Therapy elective
  • One Integration module
  • 150 hours of Practicum independent Yoga Therapy work with clients
  • 55 hours of mentoring and documentation

Course Work

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Core Modules

All required

  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Raja Yoga
  • Stress Management
  • Healing Relationships
  • Restorative | Therapeutic Yoga
  • Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy
  • Basics of Ayurveda
  • The Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease
  • Psychology and Mental Health
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Elective Modules

At least 1 needed for separate IYTh designation beyond the required core modules.

  • Yoga for the Special Child – Part 1
  • Yoga of the Heart
  • Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness – Part 1
  • Yoga for Arthritis – Parts 1&2
  • Yoga of Recovery – Modules A & B
  • LifeForce Yoga – Parts 1 & 2
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Practicum/Internship

  • Integration Module (Capstone coursework)
  • Practicum, Mentoring, and Documentation
  • 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

Who Should Enroll?

Anyone who wants to grow personally/professionally and share the empowering practices of Yoga Therapy 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.

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.

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

Additional Information

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants learn of acceptance within one month of their application submission.
Students then enter the program in one of two cohorts each year: Spring and Fall.

Your “Home Center” is where you submit your application and payments and also where you work with your mentor, peer cohort group, and local Center Manager on administrative items.

For more information please Review our FAQ or contact your preferred center:

You may also contact your preffered center below:
IYI New York: [email protected]
IYI San Francisco: [email protected]
Yogaville Virginia: [email protected]

Home Centers/Training Locations 

Virginia
San Francisco
New York

Governing Board Members

Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda

Governing Board Member

Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director 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 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.
Swami Sarvaananda

Swami Sarvaananda

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.
Lakshmi Sutter

Lakshmi Sutter

Governing Board Member

Lakshmi Sutter 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.
Chandra/Jo Sgammato

Chandra/Jo Sgammato

Governing Board Member

Chandra/Jo Sgammato is a certified beginning and intermediate level Integral Yoga instructor, who is also certified in Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett. She has served in many capacities at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York since 1999, including most recently as the Executive Director.

Ram Wiener

Ram Wiener

Governing Board Member

Ram Wiener is a senior administrator and teacher at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia. He is an Integral Yoga certified Meditation, Raja Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Intermediate Hatha Yoga teacher. Ram is also the Vice President of Programs, overseeing the Integral Yoga Academy, all teachers’ programs, the Department of Program Development and Advertising, as well as the Yogaville businesses.

Faculty

Swami Karunananda

Swami Karunananda

Raja Yoga

Swami Karunananda has taught Yoga for fifty years. Today, she specializes in programs that focus on Raja Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and personal transformation. In 1989, she developed the Integral Yoga Teacher Training program in Raja Yoga and in 1991, in Meditation, and has conducted trainings for students since then.
Swami Priyaananda

Swami Priyaananda

Raja Yoga

Swami Priyaananda is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with thirty years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She served in the Integral Yoga Health Services division and the Distribution Department at Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut, as well as Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Living Yoga Training program at the Ashram in Virginia.
Swami Vidyananda

Swami Vidyananda

Stress Management

Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, has enjoyed many different roles in her life, including radio news reporter, translator for Swami Satchidananda and video producer. She has been teaching Integral Yoga since 1972. She is a versatile teacher, specializing in workshops on Stress Management as well as Yoga and the Emotions.
Durga Leela

Durga Leela

Ayurveda

Durga Leela (spiritual name) is the founder of Yoga of Recovery R. Durga 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 US and India and serves as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California, since 2003.
Mala Cunningham

Mala Cunningham

Psychology and Mental Health

Dr. Cunningham is a leading speaker, author, and educator in the field of Mind-Body Medicine and Health Psychology. She is the President of Positive Health Solutions and is the Founder and Director of the renowned training program Cardiac Medical Yoga. Dr. Cunningham is also a Counseling Psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Va. and has been a business consultant for over 20 years.
Cheri Clampett

Cheri Clampett

Therapeutic Yoga

Cheri Clampett is a certified Yoga therapist with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She is the founder and director of the Therapeutic Yoga training program. She has also co-led the Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher training and has presented Therapeutic Yoga at the White Lotus Foundation teacher training, the Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Rusk Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Arturo Peal

Arturo Peal

Therapeutic Yoga

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.

Iris Savernik

Iris Savernik

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 which she pursued for 20 years of her early life and what brought her to New York City. In 1983 she moved into the New York Integral Yoga Institute and became immersed into the study of the yogic life.
Steffany Moonaz

Steffany Moonaz

Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy

Dr. Steffany Moonaz founded Yoga for Arthritis after 8 years at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the effects of Yoga for people living with arthritis. She now serves as the Director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the nation’s only Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy.
Diana Meltsner

Diana Meltsner

Center Manager, SF

Diana Meltsner started to offer individual yoga therapy sessions and worked in a clinical setting for Kaiser Permanente in 2005. Diana Meltsner currently teaches various group classes and health education workshops in the Bay Area and is an Integral Yoga teacher trainer. She also offers yoga therapy privately and at Integral Yoga Therapy Clinic in San Francisco.
Nancy O’Brien

Nancy O’Brien

Mentor

Nancy O’Brien is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance; a certified Integral Yoga Hatha I & II and Restorative Yoga teacher; and graduate of Therapeutic Yoga Training and Yoga4Arthritis. She is an advisor for the Arthritis Foundation, is on the Arthritis-Friendly Yoga video, and trains certified Yoga teachers in Yoga for Arthritis.
Brahmi Romero

Brahmi Romero

Mentor

Brahmi Romero sees clients for individual and group Yoga Therapy and instructs private & group Yoga classes. She is the Director of St. Mark’s Yoga Center on Capitol Hill, 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 DC Family Court Residential Drug Treatment program for women.
Raama Das

Raama Das

Center Manager, Yogaville

Raama Das is a former director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association and has been an instructor of Integral Yoga since 2009. He is a lead trainer for the Integral Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Yogaville and co-presents both the 200 and 500-hour Yoga Alliance programs at Heal Me Institute in Fredericksburg.
Claudia Bartsch

Claudia Bartsch

Mentor

After moving from Berlin to San Francisco in 1996, Claudia became certified as a Shiatsu Massage Practitioner which deepened her understanding of the energetic structure of the body and the way it relates to health and well-being. Yoga became a journey to healing because it supported her on all levels.
Rashmi Dianne Galliano-Grigsby

Rashmi Dianne Galliano-Grigsby

Center Manager, NY

Dianne Galliano-Grigsby, MS, I-IAYT, E-RYT500, is a lead Yoga teacher-trainer at Integral Yoga Institute in NY. Introduced to Yoga through a video tape by Raquel Welch (1985), and since has been steadfast in both her Yoga practice and Yoga career, dedicating herself to the art and science of Yoga. 

Satya Greenstone

Satya Greenstone

Restorative Yoga

Satya Greenstone has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1971. She has shared the teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds and combines a natural, practical, down to earth approach to Yoga with a gentle humor. Since 1999, she has been a primary teacher for the 200-hour and the Intermediate Yoga Teacher Training Programs at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Virginia.
Hamsa Spagnola

Hamsa Spagnola

Adaptive Yoga

Judi Hamsa Spagnola is Integral Yoga Certified and has been teaching various styles of Yoga for more than 30 years. She created and developed the Gentle/Chair Yoga Teacher Training Program & Manual for The Integral Yoga Institute and teaches for the MS Society. She teaches stress management, meditation and offers Reiki Healing Circles throughout NY & NJ.
Nischala Joy Devi

Nischala Joy Devi

Healing Relationships

Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts.