• July 22–August 4, 2019
  • Monday–Sunday: 13 nights

Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1 Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy

For yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered program and have at least one year of teaching experience.

This module provides an overview of the yoga therapy field andthe yoga therapy methodology specific to Kripalu Integrative Yoga Therapy. You gain a strong biomedical and mental-health foundation, including an introduction to the current field of scientific research on yoga therapy. You also learn the philosophical underpinnings of the evolution of yoga therapy in India and in the West as well as a survey of how to incorporate various yoga tools  in yoga therapy clinical practice including asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, guided relaxation, and imagery.

In this module, you are guided through the Five Kosha Model to describe all dimensions of a particular health condition and learn to develop a curriculum for a 10-week group series that you can put to use at the end of the module. In-depth training in facilitating a group experience and in conscious communication is covered, as well as the ethics and best business practices of delivering professional yoga therapy. Lastly, you are guided in ways to manage your experience of personal transformation through your training as a yoga therapist throughout the 800-hour certification program.

Learning Objectives

  •  Design and be able to lead a 10-week yoga therapy group series
  • Describe the application of yoga tools for therapeutic needs
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills for assessing imbalances
  • Explain the unique methodology for practicing yoga therapy as taught by Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy
  • Communicate consciously and effectively with clients, instructors, and colleagues
  • Manage the business of running a yoga therapy practice
  • Describe the principles of a therapeutic relationship

Required Resources

  • Anatomy of Movement, by Blandine Calais-Germain
  • Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page
  • Pranayama, by Allison Gemmel LaFramboise with Yoganand Michael Carroll
  • The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell
  • The Principles and Practice of Yoga Therapy in Health Care, by Sat Bir S. Khalsa, et al.
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky
  • Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

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Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme
All Yoga


Joseph Le Page, founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT), has trained more than 3,000 teachers and therapists.

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Mary Northey, RYT-500, is an IYT graduate and Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Program teacher.

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Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs. She also serves as medical director of the nonprofit Nutrition Center.

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Kaelash Neels holds a degree in somatic psychology, is a certified yoga therapist, and completed the four-year Feldenkrais training program in 2003.

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