Online Program

Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program, Module 4


For students who have completed Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1. Scholarship eligible.

In Module 4, students gain basic 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.
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 navigate the world of Western medicine as an alternative wellness practitioner. By the end of this module, students will be able to access and utilize research as it relates to the field of Yoga Therapy and create a session based on this knowledge. 

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

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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, E-RYT 500, is a physician, medical acupuncturist, certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and coauthor of Yoga for Healthy Aging.

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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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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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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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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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