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Accessible Yoga Teacher Training with Jivana Heyman
A 400-hour Integral Yoga teacher training certification program specifically designed for training people with disabilities. It is the only program in the U.S. that meets national standards and focuses on being available to people who have paralysis, a disability, chronic illness, or physical limitation. The training is divided in two sections; phase one is Basic Training, which offers a foundation in basic Yoga principles and teaching methodology.

The second phase of the program, offered in alternate years, is Yoga for Healing Teacher Training. This program focuses on how to make the Yoga teachings available to anyone who is interested in using Yoga in their personal healing. Participants, who have already taken a basic Yoga teacher training, are introduced to the many ways that Yoga practice can be modified to suit students with disabilities or physical challenges. This can range from teaching slightly modified classes, to entire classes taught in a chair or in a bed. A large part of the program is dedicated to the study and teaching of Yoga philosophy, which includes how to prepare and present a public talk. These skills help teachers gain a clear understanding of the Yoga teachings so that they can teach with confidence and skill.

Read an Integral Yoga Magazine interview with Jivana Heyman


The Essential Low Back Teacher Training Intensive with Robin Rothenberg, based on the methodology used in the ground-breaking National Institutes of Health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. With Yoga-related back injuries on the rise and more than 30 million Americans suffering from chronic lower back pain, it’s time for Yoga teachers to be proactive! This training, based on the methodology used in the groundbreaking National Institutes of Health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, will teach you how to prevent future injuries and support your students in healing their backs with Yoga.In this 5-day intensive, you will develop the means to intelligently address the primary low back dysfunctions: hypo- and hypermobility, S.I. destabilization, pelvic misalignment, scoliosis, and lumbar-disc conditions. With Robin Rothenberg’s expert guidance, you will learn the importance of breathing, sequencing, and adaptation as key elements in addressing therapeutic issues.

The daily workshop format will include developmental and therapeutic practices, teaching practicum, and case studies to provide you with an abundance of skills to work confidently with chronic lower back pain. Tuition includes a manual. This training counts as 37.5 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits.


Yoga for People with Cancer Teacher Training with Jnani Chapman
YCaTT is a three-part certification program designed to train experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness.Part 1 is a weeklong residential program that provides an evidence-based experiential framework for adapting Yoga practices to the special needs of people with cancer. Educating Yoga teachers about cancer by studying the pathophysiology of cancer, the different types of cancer, cancer staging and grading, metastases, psychosocial issues, cancer treatments (e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and hormonal therapy), and common side effects (e.g., lymphedema, fatigue, pain, drug induced menopause, etc.) Reviewing and analyzing related research Studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as they apply to illness/disease, while simultaneously examining our personal relationship with death, dying and end of life issues Exploring adaptations in yoga postures and movement, breathing practices, relaxation techniques, imagery and meditation for people with cancer, developing a professional voice and communication skills for working with medical personnel.

Part 2 is a variable (6 months-2 years) practicum of extended supervision. The intern teachers apply the principles learned in Part 1. They conduct course classes and private yoga therapy sessions to people with cancer in settings of their choice. Interns interview, assess, plan, perform, document, evaluate and report. Application and payment for the part 2 internship is made directly to Jnani Chapman. The cost for the part 2 internship is $2000. Partial scholarships or work exchange are available. Part 3 is a five-day symposium designed for teachers to expand their knowledge by sharing with peers who are also engaged in this work. Part 3 may also experience conducting and teaching for a yoga retreat for people with cancer. Prerequisite for Part 3 is Part 1 and enrollment in the Part 2 internship. Application and payment for Part 3 is made directly to Jnani Chapman. The price is $500 and includes tuition, housing and vegetarian meals.

Conducted annually at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. Contact info: 1-800-858-YOGA or E-mail: info[at] and see information on past programs here.

Listen to I Am Healthy Radio interview with Jnani Chapman

OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee and Tari Prinster    OMTT

Offers certified Yoga teachers the opportunity to learn about the limitations imposed by breast cancer surgeries, the many lifelong side-effects, the vulnerabilities of cancer treatments and reconstruction. Gain the skills and confidence to teach a Yoga class that cultivates hope, removes stigma and provides healing and benefit for these warrior women.

The singular 45 hour training includes:

o daily OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivor classes to give the immediate experience of this special practice;
o lecture and discussions about diagnoses, treatments and long-term side effects;
o analysis of poses with attention to the special benefits for cancer survivors;
o practice adjusting and modifying appropriate asanas through props and hands-on work;
o how to make simple vinyasa sequences that move lymph and strengthen bones;
o class planning based on the OM Yoga teaching methodology of creativity, precision & soulfulness;
o practice teaching to develop confidence in explaining Yoga benefits to cancer survivors;
o discussion of common fears and feelings that arise when teaching cancer survivors, and
o how to get referrals and start a survivor Yoga program.



Children’s Yoga Teacher Training

A residential program held annually (generally during the summers) at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. Learn to teach Yoga postures, deep relaxation and meditation to a population that can benefit and make a difference in the world: children ages 5-12.

This course is based on the innovative curriculum that has been consciously constructed over the past thirty years at The Yogaville School (Yogaville Vidyalayam). In this course you will learn to:

o Adapt the basic Yoga poses for children
o Introduce optional postures that are great for kids
o Teach children how to relax and meditate
o Educate kids in yogic philosophy they can grasp and incorporate
o Teach children how to chant
o Develop stories with spiritual teachings and lessons
o Adapt yoga to various environments, including public schools, gyms, preschools and religious houses of worship (churches, synagogues, etc.)
o Teach kids ranging in age from preschool to elememtary school

Contact info: 1-800-858-YOGA or see past programs here.

Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training

Each intensive provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of unique NGY methods for combining the ancient practice of Yoga with the playful nature of children. Age-appropriate poses, thematic classes, child development principles and behavior management techniques are sure to fill your yoga bag with proven practices for developing meaningful Yoga experiences with children.

The learning environment of Yoga Teacher Trainings is experiential, filled with demonstration classes, lesson planning techniques and ready-to-use teaching tools. Whether you are a first-time teacher trainee or a well-schooled, experienced yoga teacher, we offer a detailed and individualized study of yoga for 2-7 and 8-13 yr. olds. Upon completion of your Yoga Teacher Training, you will receive a graduation certificate and be ready to teach yoga to either 2-7 or 8-13 yr. olds.

Watch a video here

Contact info: 1-866-NGY-YOGA or e-mail: ngy[at] or visit the website.


Yoga for the Special Child ® with Sonia Sumar
YSC training programs offer a unique learning environment for children and their parents, special education teachers, Yoga teachers and health care professionals. Courses are taught by internationally renowned Yoga therapist and author Sonia Sumar, whose innovative teaching methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for more than 30 years.
The one-week certification program incorporates the following:
o Specific techniques for evaluating infants and children
o The different components of interacting and bonding with infants/children
o The components of Yoga Therapy
o The description of the physiological/psychological benefits
o The four stages of development:
1) Preparatory Stage (birth – 6 months)
2) Inductive Stage (6 months – 1 year)
3) Interactive Stage (1 – 2 years)
4) Imitative Stage (2 – 3 years)
Videos and/or working with children 3 – 12 years old
o Contra-indications
o Relaxation techniques
o Yoga for adolescents and young adults
o Challenge of adolescents
o Consultation with parents

Watch a video here.

Contact info: YSC annual training program at Yogaville

Find Sonia’s training schedule on her website


Cardiac Yoga® with M. Mala Cunningham, PhD

The Cardiac Yoga Teacher Training Program is an internationally renowned certification program designed to educate and train medical personnel and Yoga instructors to work with cardiac patients and their spouses in the area of Mind-Body Medicine and Yoga. Participants in this comprehensive training program learn how to adapt the basic concepts of medical Yoga, mind-body medicine, and stress management to the special needs of the cardiac patient and their spouses.

The Cardiac Yoga Certification Program is a competency-based program that includes training and instruction in the following areas:

o Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
o Risk Factors and Diagnostic Procedures
o Mind-Body Medicine
o Psychosocial Aspects of Heart Disease
o Guided Imagery for Healing
o Relaxation, Breathing, and Mindfulness for Heart Patients
o The adaptation of Yoga Postures for Heart Patients
o Communication Skills and Group Dynamics
o How to Market Cardiac Yoga

Cardiac Yoga Teacher Training Manual by Dr. Mala Cunningham. Designed for individuals and teachers who would like to learn more about mind-body interventions for people with heart disease.

Yoga of the Heart® with Nischala Joy Devi

Adapting Yoga for heart disease, cancer and other life threatening diseases. This comprehensive program is a certification course offered for Yoga teachers and health professionals teaching the general population who would like to share Yoga with people living with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases. It is also useful for people with family histories and/or risk factors.



o Classes–adapted and applied for patients    
o Breathing practices
o Physical Postures         
o Low-fat vegetarian diet
o Imagery          
o Physiology of disease
o Relaxation         
o Research findings
o Meditation        
o Interfacing with the Medical Community
o Psycho-social        
Each day will also include: Hatha Yoga, group meditation & discussion

Contact info: visit the website Yoga of the Heart


Yoga for MS Teacher Training with Karen O’Donnell Clarke
Continuing education program for certified Yoga Teachers committed to offering therapeutic and adaptive Yoga to students who have MS. The focus of this program includes an understanding of multiple sclerosis, common symptoms and their effects on the body, mind and spirit, and the many ways that the eight-fold path of Yoga can reduce symptoms and improve movement, health, and feelings of well-being.
Topics to be covered include:
o What is MS?
o Adaptive Asana
o Modifications for students who attend traditional yoga classes
o Modifications for chair and mat classes
o Modifications for chair only classes
o Disability awareness
o Class Design for students with limitations
o Teaching considerations
o When and how to assist
o Private lesson how to’s
o Practicum
o Community workshop for people who have MS and other health challenges

Contact info: Visit the website for further information and training schedule


Integral Yoga Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings

Pre-Natal & Labor Teacher Training: This training prepares Yoga teachers to teach classes in Prenatal and Labor Yoga. The specialized prenatal practices help the students tune into the needs and changes of pregnancy and promote relaxation and suppleness. The Prenatal Yoga pranayama, chanting, and visualizations are powerful tools for the mother to attune to her baby and its needs. An in-depth review of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth sets the foundation for teachers’ understanding of the myriad benefits of hatha yoga for pregnancy and labor. Teachers will gain extensive experience with asanas well-suited to pregnant women and a thorough understanding of contra-indications during pregnancy.

Post-Partum Yoga Teacher Training: This training prepares Yoga teachers to teach classes in Post-Partum Yoga. They will learn specialized Yoga poses that help the mother’s body get back into shape in an easeful way. The asanas are taught with emphasis on posture, abdominal muscle strength and pelvic floor work. Breathing practices and relaxation techniques are also presented as tools that will help women to be strong and vital in their role as a new mom. Babies are welcome in the class, and there are special poses and exercises that help the mothers integrate their Yoga practices with their new babies.

Residential programs held annually at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. Contact: 1-800-858-YOGA for more information. These programs are also held at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York: 1-212-929-0586.


Relax and Renew

These trainings are for Yoga teachers who want to learn how to teach Restorative Yoga and become a Relax and Renew Trainer®. The training is 20 hours over five days and is offered by Judith Hanson Lasater, usually in  conjunction with Roger Cole, Ph.D.

Contact info: Visit the website

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