Online Program

Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program


For students who have completed Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1 & 2, In-Depth Anatomy of Asana, and Practicum Immersion.

In this module, students gain fundamental knowledge of many of the more common manifestations of disease in the West, including metabolic syndrome and diabetes, autoimmune disorders, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This overview, guided by medical experts, is followed by sessions devoted to the use of therapeutic yoga tools and applications to promote well-being among these populations.
Using case studies and live demonstrations, students gain a thorough understanding of the scope of practice for yoga therapy in medical settings while learning how to  skillfully navigate the world of Western medicine as an alternative wellness practitioner.
Upon completion of this training, you will be able to
  • Access and utilize medical research as it relates to the field of Yoga Therapy and create sessions based on this knowledge 
  • Understand and describe common manifestations of Western diseases including common symptoms, management, illness trajectories, and contraindications as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Become familiar with the common medical terminology necessary to understand these conditions and collaborate with other health care providers 
  • Understand the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning in the medical perspective related to these common illnesses 
  • Interface with the Western medical system as a yoga therapist on these issues 
  • Create a therapeutic plan for a variety of conditions based on the intake and assessment through the lens of the five koshas—a physical, mental, and energetic approach to viewing an individual, rooted in a yogic system of healing and wholeness. 

This course is an online program fulfilling 75 hours. These hours are applied toward the 800-hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Prerequisites Foundations of Yoga Therapy Part 1 and Part 2, In-Depth Anatomy of Asana, and Practicum Immersion 

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Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Min 1 year
Suitable For
Program Theme
Therapeutic Yoga


Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is a family practice physician, Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs, and a Kripalu faculty member who has trained thousands of individuals in mind-body practices for health and vitality.

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Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, YACEP, is coauthor of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging and a leading voice internationally for the benefits of yoga as we age.

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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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Jaime Boswell, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a graduate, mentor, and faculty member of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

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Tam Terry, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a graduate, mentor, and faculty member of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

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Shelly Prosko PT, C-IAYT, PCAYT, is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, educator, author and pioneer of PhysioYoga.

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