• July 13–26, 2020
  • 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 1 year of teaching experience.

This module provides an overview of the yoga therapy field and the 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

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Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme
All Yoga


Mary Northey, RYT-500, is Dean of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy and a certified teacher of Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Program.

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Ellen Schaeffer, C-IAYT, director of Integrative Yoga Therapy’s 200-hour affiliate program, is founder and owner of One Yoga Center in Foster, Rhode Island.

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Cathy Prescott, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a graduate and faculty member of the Professional Integrative Yoga Therapist program.

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Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, is an assistant professor in integrative health sciences, researcher, physical therapist, and yoga therapist specializing in chronic pain, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.

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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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