• February 1–10, 2019
  • Friday–Sunday: 9 nights

Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental-Health Field 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program, Module 5

For students who have completed Integrative Yoga Therapy Foundations of Yoga Therapy: Module 1. Scholarship eligible.

Explore yoga therapy’s applications in the mental-health field. Each day focuses on a different facet of mental health, including depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, addiction recovery, and yoga in social work settings. Delivered by leaders in the field, each presentation outlines

  • How yoga can be used to support treatment
  • Specific applications that are most helpful
  • Contraindications.

Enjoy daily morning asana classes that center on one of the conditions being covered that day. Joseph Le Page, founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy, presents a detailed protocol for one condition highlighted that day, and leads a practice based on that protocol. Participants also learn yoga nidra and meditation techniques appropriate for each mental-health condition.

Required Reading

  • Robert Sapolsky Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers.

Recommended Reading

  • Frances Vaughan, Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through Spiritual Illusions
  • Swami Rama et al, Yoga and Psychotherapy
  • Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Depression
  • Bo Forbes, Yoga for Emotional Balance
  • Mary NurrieStearns, Yoga for Emotional Trauma
  • Richard Miller, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD

Teaching Format and Contact Hours

This course is a one-week residential program, fulfilling 65 contact hours. Classes are held daily, beginning at 6:00 am and ending at 8:30 pm. These hours can be applied to the 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


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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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Lisa Cavallaro, C-IAYT, a licensed psychologist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine.

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