Yoga for Athletes: Centered, Strong, and Fluid

Yoga for Athletes at Yogaville (2)Yoga is the perfect complement to athletic training, and athletes of all levels are realizing this truth. Yoga is showing up in collegiate and professional athletics more and more, and professional athletes and amateur athletes alike can benefit from the mind-body connection that a Yoga practice fosters. As everyday athletes, we focus on building drive and endurance, but we need to do so without over-training or creating injury. This can be a delicate balance, and Yoga postures and mental practices can help in this pursuit.

Whether you have a regular Yoga practice or are just exploring Yoga, this weekend will offer a fresh take on the complementary practice of Yoga and sports training. Class sessions will include Yoga poses, breathing exercises and discussions about key aspects of the eight limbs of Yoga and their applicability to athletic focus and training.

In our movement sessions, you’ll learn to cultivate strength from the core, increase flexibility with poses that work for any body, find ease in balance, savor recovery and examine how Yoga philosophy can make you a better athlete—whether your athletic pursuits are to run a 5k or participate in an Ironman. Participants will leave the weekend with practical, easy routines to build strength, increase fluidity and speed recovery.

The sessions will include handouts for short routines to incorporate into training—during off-season, recovery and in active training. We’ll discuss why Yoga for Athletes is not Athletic Yoga; it’s Yoga to cultivate our athletic abilities, not demonstrate them on the mat.

Participants in Yoga for Athletes: Centered, Strong, and Fluid can expect to:
• Learn routines that work to enhance training and encourage recovery
• Discover the ways that Yoga philosophy and athletic focus connect
• Explore the way that Yoga can offer a fresh approach to a sport
• Experiment with appropriate application of effort and breath in Yoga poses

Details on Workshop Sessions and Content:

Friday: The Six Movements of the Spine and Effective Yoga
In this session, we’ll look at the many ways we can stretch and move the spine. We’ll explore fluidity in the body prone, seated and standing—noticing where the stretches feel best. We’ll also begin our discussion here of effective Yoga for the ebb and flow of athletic training.

Saturday Morning: Core Strength, Hip Flexibility, and Athletic Focus
In our most active session, we’ll build strength by through intensive core work and focus on keeping the knee safe in effective hip-opening poses. Our discussion here will focus on cultivating athletic focus through balance, meditation,and a consideration of the eight limbs of Yoga.

Saturday Afternoon: Yoga for Athletic Recovery
This part of the weekend intensive will be an invitation to recover and restore. We’ll spend some time in easy and effective static stretches and then stay in longer holds of gentle, supported, restorative poses. Discussion will focus on the need for preemptive rest and the use of Yoga as a recovery tool.

Sunday: Balance, Breath, and Appropriate Effort
In this closing session, we’ll revisit some discussion of ideas already covered. We’ll break the practice into mini-routines that can be used for any aspect of athletic training. We’ll also spend some time exploring balance in body and mind.

Yoga for Athletes at Yogaville

Lucia Jones, E-RYT 200, RAYT, RALC is a student of life who loves sharing the gift of yoga. She encourages students to listen to and honor their own bodies, and offers teachings based in mindfulness. She employs a yoga practice to clear her mind, and to improve her sense of physical and emotional balance. Her interest in the relationships between mind, body, and health also led her to study nutrition, Pilates and other holistic approaches to life, which inform her belief that wellness comes from considering and supporting all aspects of the self. Her yoga for athletes instruction incorporates key elements of her own practice–mindfulness and balance–in the belief that the fully present and balanced athlete is able simultaneously to perform his or her best and reduce the likelihood of injury.

Lucia has worked with athletes at different stages of their training cycle, and creates yoga routines based on the needs of her students. She has studied with yoga for athletes expert Dr. Sage Rountree, and has taught sports teams at the University of North Carolina, as well as led Yoga for Athletes sessions at local races, training courses, and other venues. Lucia believes that bringing mindfulness to training and improving flexibility and recovery through yoga leads to fewer injuries and healthier and happier you.

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Yoga of Devotion with Krishna Das

Includes Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday evening’s program is open to the public – $30 entrance fee





Immerse yourself in the sacred sounds of Sanskrit chanting. Join renowned musician Krishna Das in an experiential weekend filled with joyful kirtan (chanting of sacred sounds) yoga and devotion. Let your participation in chanting these holy mantras elevate your mind, relax your body and open your heart.

A master kirtanist, Krishna Das will guide you in these ancient chants, making the practice fun and easy. Through his personable manner, he will lift any hesitation or fear beginners might feel and entice everyone to dive into lively, responsive chanting.Krishna-Das-at-Yogaville1-300x155

He will also take a little time to share insights he has gained on the spiritual path and tell stories of his own ashram experiences in India. Make this Memorial Day Weekend one you will never forget! There will also be special group chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa. For more information visit


Krishna das portrait laugh 2Krishna Das is a Western musician who has created a wave throughout the American Yoga scene with his rousing, soulful kirtans. He has led kirtan on a regular basis in Yoga centers all over the world, has taught with Ram Dass and sung for many saints and Yogis in the US and India.

By simply chanting from the heart and making kirtan fun, Krishna Das has ignited a new enthusiasm for chanting these ancient sacred mantras. His music was recognized by the American Recording Academy when his album ‘Live Ananda’ was nominated for 2012 Best New Age Album and he performed kirtan at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremonies in February 2013.

In 1970, he made his first trip to India and became a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba. Since then, Krishna Das has made numerous pilgrimages throughout India, meeting teachers and saints of many spiritual traditions on his quest to open and purify his heart. He has studied Buddhist meditation and has been initiated into Tibetan Buddhist practices by lamas from various lineages.

Peaceful Weight Loss Workshop

Peaceful Weightloss Workshop at Yogaville3Join nationally recognized weight-loss facilitator and the author of Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga, Bhanu Passalacqua, as he introduces you to the concepts and practices that have helped him and his students lose weight and find balance in their lives. Explore easeful, breath-based Hatha Yoga as the foundation for developing eating and lifestyle patterns that will help you find your balance.

Peaceful Weight Loss, created and taught by Bhanu, who has lost one hundred pounds using this easy, gentle, restorative practice, is appropriate for everyone. Yoga postures, breathwork, meditation, suggestions for dietary change and time for questions will all be included.

No previous Yoga or Peaceful Weight Loss experience is required. If you have already attended a Peaceful Weight Loss workshop, you will have an opportunity to deepen your practice here.

Note: This program continues for three more days into a six-day weight loss retreat.


Peaceful Weightloss Workshop


Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua is a certified Integral Yoga® teacher and Structural Yoga Therapist™. After struggling with weight, food and substance addiction, and serious illness, he discovered an easeful, restorative Yoga practice. He teaches Yoga for weight loss, injury and chronic conditions privately in Manhattan, NYC and Northhampton, MA. He is the author of Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga.



Peaceful-Weight-Loss-Workshop-at-Yogaville-2Anna Neiman Passalacqua
is a food and lifestyle coach and certified Hatha and Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga teacher. After years of struggling with weight and body image issues, Anna discovered Yoga and the power of a daily practice. As her perspective and lifestyle shifted, so did her body. Today, in addition to teaching group Yoga classes, Anna works with private clients of all ages, helping them to connect with their own best selves and make lifelong change. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, she is co-creator of At Home with Peaceful Weight Loss.


Free All-Day Laughter Yoga Workshop in Yogaville~Live, Laugh, Love! – 2016

Upcoming Laugha Yoga Certifications click here

 Join us and spend a day Laughing for No Reason! And experience the Joy of Laughter and the Bliss of Yoga with our “Laughter Ambassador”,  Bharata Wingham.

Come and celebrate Being Alive!

Laugha Yoga Certification at Yogaville

Laugha Yoga® is an ancient, new idea for reconnecting us to our true self.

Through prolonged Laughter sessions,  pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and Laugha Nidra® (laughing meditation with guided deep relaxation) we can reach a profound level of peace, joy and relaxation.

Read an article by Bharata in Hektoen International Journal published by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine about how medical science is discovering the how laughter can be very beneficial to the overall health of people.


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In this Play/Workshop you will:

  • Participate in freestyle “laughter games,” which release endorphins and T-Cells to produce immediate and profound boosts to your mood, immunity, health, creativity and confidence levels.
  • Learn how laughing for no reason can lead to being happy for no reason.
  • Discover why prolonged intentional laughter, a simple technique that has been overlooked for centuries, is being recognized again as a therapeutic method (first publicized in the West by Norman Cousins in his book Anatomy of an Illness).
  • Learn how laughter can be used as a form of social medicine spreading social health to the world.
  • “Release the imprisoned splendor” within and boost your aliveness, vitality and fun.
  • Acquire the skill of “Spontaneous Self Liberation.”
  • Learn about Laugha Yoga® and the opportunities to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Comments from participants:
“It worked! Thanks for bringing this simple act back into my awareness.” ~Annie

“Thank you so much. I really feel connected to myself and the Source. I’m looking forward to doing this a lot!” ~Carrie

“Very enjoyable! I had forgotten how great laughter can feel.” ~Arjuna

“Using laughter as a focus for meditation is such a great idea. It has increased my desire to meditate more!” ~Joy

“This is a blast. I want to do it with all my friends!” ~Francis

“I saw Laughing Yogis in India and now I see why they did it so much.” ~Georgia

Laugha-Yoga-at-Yogaville-January-2013Bharata Wingham, CLYT, E-RYT 200, a Laughter Ambassador is a versatile teacher best known for teaching Laugha Yoga and laughing meditation. He was trained and certified by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the world-wide laughter clubs. Bharata is also an Integral Yoga® instructor, guiding students in physical postures, deep relaxation and meditation. He is the author of Laugha Yoga: Combining the Joy of Laughter and the Bliss of Yoga.

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Laugha Yoga Resources: You may also practice Laugh-a Yoga with the DVD Laugha Yoga: Your Health is a Laughing Matter or the CD and Mp3 Laughing Meditation, all are available from Shakticom.





Yoga of the Heart® – Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training – 2015

Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training for Yoga Teachers and Health-Care Professionals with a Yoga Background.
July 10 – 19, 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 100 (approximate) RYT 500
Approved as an International Association of Yoga Therapy elective for most accredited Yoga Therapy Programs.
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*This program begins with registration on Friday, July 10 from 1:45pm – 3:00pm and ends at 11:30am on Sunday, July 19.*

Yoga-of-the-Heart1-at-YogavilleWould you like to share yoga with those at risk for, or living with, heart disease, cancer and other life-altering illnesses? Taught by renowned expert Nischala Joy Devi, this training includes theory and practice of asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, imagery and meditation as applied to disease and general health. If focuses on the proven approach of allowing the heart to expand through compassion and love for self and others.

This training also addresses

  • How to safely tailor the practices for the individual
  • The psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of disease
  • How to interface with the medical community
  • The virtues of a low-fat vegetarian diet
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and immune systems.

Each day of the training includes adaptive hatha yoga, practices classes, group meditation and discussion. Upon successful completion, you leave with the skills needed to teach yoga in a hospital or clinic setting, on an individual basis and in your own health-care practice.

Adapting Yoga for Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Life Threatening Diseases

Yoga-of-the-Heart2-at-YogavilleThis 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.

The focus of this training program is theory and practice of asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, imagery and meditation as applied for people with cardiac, cancer, and other life threatening diseases and general health and prevention. We will also learn the virtues of a low fat vegetarian diet, the psychological and social aspects of disease.

The course will be didactic as well as experiential. This will allow for a full and rich experience for us as teachers and practitioners alike. Upon completion of the course you will have the skills to teach patients in a hospital or clinic setting as well as on a private or individual basis.

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  • Classes–adapted and applied for patients
  • Physical Postures
  • Imagery
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Psycho-social
  • Breathing practices
  • Low-fat vegetarian diet
  • Physiology of disease
  • Research findings
  • Interfacing with the Medical Community
  • Each Day will also include: Hatha yoga, group meditation & discussions
  • Pricing (as accommodations vary in each location) please check with each site.
  • Please be sure to fill out the Application and Register Early, as Enrollment is Limited

Materials Include:

  1. The Abundant Well Being Series, 4 CD’s used in the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease
  2. A 300 Page Manual specifically written for this course.
  3. The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Devi

Research: American Medical Association – Lifestyle Heart Trial Study
Research: Intensive Lifestyle changes may affect the progression of Prostate Cancer


Certification Training Report (Published in International Association of Yoga Therapists Magazine)

Additional Testimonials: Life at Yoga of the Heart

“I am a graduate of 2004 “Yoga of the Heart” you trained me at Kripalu. My students love the deep relaxation I use from my training. I so agree with the idea of compassion for others and ourselves. I will never forget my training , Nischala. I used the techniques on myself in 2004 when I was told I would need a stent for an 80% blockage. When it came time for the surgery, I was told it wasn’t needed and that I had the arteries of an 18 yr.old. It works!!!!!!” -CR

“I went to the Yoga of the Heart course to learn how to assist others in healing and I was healed. I experienced joy and deep healing internally and physically and my heart was opened in a way that I have not experienced before. With happiness I share this with others. I carry this with me into every yoga class and into every relationship in my life.” -JN, Florida

“The program was incredibly powerful and will reverberate through my perusal life and my work with those faced with illness.”-CR, Ohio

“Beautifully organized curriculum, warm and knowledgeable teacher steeped in yogic tradition.” -JW, California

“Nischala’s compassion and love is palpable, you can reach out and touch it and can’t help having it touch you. This has been the most wonderful experience.” -DM, New Jersey

“Came with the intention to learn more about conditions and I am leaving with a spiritual awakening.” -AP, United Kingdom

“I really enjoyed this program. I really liked the mixture of the information about the heart, the experience of participating as a student in the asana/pranayama/meditation relaxation and the depth of spiritual teaching.” -NW, Ontario

“This is an excellent program. I’d recommend it to all who wish to open their hearts get healthy and help others on a road to better health. All was enhanced by the compassionate and beautiful open hearts of Nischala and Bhaskar.” -EP, Texas

Yoga Teacher Training
Basic Certification – July 2015

Yoga Alliance: 200 hours upon successful completion.
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asana-outsideSatchidananda Ashram’s comprehensive Yoga Teacher Certification Program provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing one’s own practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. You will receive training in teaching all of the aspects of the Integral Yoga Beginners Hatha Yoga class consisting of asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting and meditation.

The Integral Yoga Teacher Training curriculum includes the following:

  • Instruction in teaching the Yoga postures, deep relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Guidance in your personal Yoga practices
  • Monitored teaching practice
  • Classes in vegetarian diet
  • Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology
  • Meditation workshops focusing on a variety of effective meditation techniques
  • Instruction and practice in chanting – both for personal practice and teaching
  • An in-depth course in Raja Yoga: The philosophy and psychology of Yoga covering such
  • topics as the nature of the mind, the science of meditation, and yogic lifestyle guidelines
  • Study and practice of the other branches of Integral Yoga:
    • Jnana Yoga: The path of discrimination or self-analysis, inquiry into the nature of the Self, and witnessing
    • the mind
    • Bhakti Yoga: The path of devotion, which includes chanting, worship, and self-surrender
    • Karma Yoga: The path of dedicated action and selfless service
  • How to set up, publicize, and conduct classes

For Full Details on Integral Yoga’s renowned Residential Yoga Teacher Training please follow this link.

Applicants should be regular practitioners of Hatha Yoga for 6 months, preferably one year. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking classes at an Integral Yoga Institute or from an IY teacher. Information on Integral Yoga teachers in your area can be obtained from the online Teachers Directory at or by contacting the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at 434-969-3121, ext. 177. If this is not possible, you may purchase the DVD Yoga with a Master and the Integral Yoga Hatha I thirty minute CD from the Integral Yoga Multimedia (Shakticom) at Tel: 434-969-1347.

At the end of the course, graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Hatha Beginners Level I. Integral Yoga is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance, a voluntary alliance of organizations and teachers dedicated to uphold the integrity of Yoga, establish voluntary national standards for Yoga teachers, and provide support for the Yoga professional in the United States.
Integral Yoga may award 200 hours towards Yoga Alliance registration with the completion of this course.

Leticia Padmasri 2014Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500, is a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as a certified Raja Yoga teacher. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, a Masters Degree in Education and many years of dedication towards Exercise Physiology. Her interest for the body’s structure and function combined with her love for the Yoga Philosophy support students in experiencing the depth of the Yoga asanas. Letícia teaches Hatha Yoga classes along with personal training where she integrates the Eastern and Western Philosophies. She teaches workshops in Yogaville and Brazil, and is one of the Trainers for the Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings, as well as the primary Anatomy & Physiology Teacher. She also has been administrating Yoga teacher trainings and workshops at the Integral Yoga Academy since 2008.

Sadasiva 2014Sadasiva (Kurt) Schroeder, E-RYT 500, began his yoga career as a karma yogi in 1996. Since then he has enjoyed continuous practice including instruction to other like-minded individuals seeking optimal health, inner peace and a deeper understanding of existence. Sadasiva began assisting teacher trainings in 2007 at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco (SFIYI). In 2009, he took on the role of main teacher of the basic level teacher trainings. He has taught hatha and other forms of yoga at workshops, retreats, college campuses and a variety of other settings. He currently lives in Boulder, CO, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University. He is also in the Integral Yoga Ministry program.



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Yoga Teacher Training
Advanced Certification – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 170 (approximate) RYT 500
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Advanced Hatha Teacher TrainingThe Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification course provides you with the opportunity to further update your yoga teaching skills and expand your services by learning how to instruct a more advanced class. You will continue developing new teaching skills and further your study of Raja Yoga. There will also be time to share experiences and new ideas, and to address challenges you may have encountered in teaching or your personal practice. In Yogaville’s peaceful, supportive environment, you will further your own growth and continuing study of the science of Yoga.

The course is available to all certified Integral Yoga teachers who have completed Integral Yoga Intermediate Teacher Training. Applicants are required to have at least six months experience teaching at the Intermediate Level before applying.

“The amount of new poses and subtleties of each were far more than I expected. The caring and effort of the teachers was more than I could have ever imagined! They were completely there for us. The experience was transformative.”

—Teacher Trainee

Swami AsokanandaSwami Asokananda, E-RYT 500, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, known for his warmth, intelligence and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, having absorbed the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda since the age of nineteen. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the yogic philosophy (especially the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga, and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. He presently serves as president at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Before this position, he served as the President of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International.


Madhuri Flynn Madhuri Flynn, E-RYT 500, a dedicated yogini, found and fell in love with Yoga on her arrival in San Francisco from London. She has been teaching Integral Yoga since ’97. At the Integral Yoga Institute, she has served as Head of Teachers and as a trainer for Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainings. Her passion is sharing the deeper teachings of yoga, which offer the precious treasure of true freedom and liberation.


Yoga for the Special Child™ Teacher Training – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 55 (approximate) RYT 500
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yoga for the special child at yogavilleLearn to teach yoga to special-needs children. This comprehensive training program provides the essential tools for working with children with special needs. Using hands-on instruction, Sonia (Sivakami) Sumar, guides program participants through each stage of the special child’s development. Topics include: how to evaluate infants and children, how to create the optimum home environment and how to work with specific syndromes and disorders. Designed for parents, special education teachers, massage therapists and Yoga teachers, it is also appropriate for the continuing education of nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

The one-week certification program incorporates the following:

  • Specific techniques for evaluating infants and children
  • The different components of interacting and bonding with infants/children
  • The components of Yoga Therapy
  • The description of the physiological/psychological benefits
  • 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
  • Contra-indications
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Yoga for adolescents and young adults
  • Challenge of adolescents
  • Consultation with parents

This course is available to anyone with an interest in working with this population. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the IY method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking classes at an Integral Yoga Institute or from an IY teacher. Information on IY teachers in your area can be obtained from the online Teachers Directory at or by contacting the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at 434-969-3121, ext. 177. If this is not possible, you may purchase the DVDs Yoga with a Master or Intermediate Yoga Class with Swami Asokananda from (Shakticom) at Tel: 434-969-1347.
Also recommended is the CD or audiotape Guided Relaxation by Sri Swami Satchidananda.

At the end of the course, graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Hatha Yoga to Children with Special Needs.
Integral Yoga may award approximately 55 hours towards Yoga Alliance registration with the completion of this course.

yoga for the special child  at yogaville 2Sivakami Sonia Sumar, E-RYT 500, is internationally known for her pioneering work using Yoga therapy with special children. She has owned and directed centers for Yoga for the Special Child™ in Chicago and in Brazil, where she achieved remarkable results working with children who have Down Syndrome and other challenges. She travels extensively, conducting workshops and training programs throughout the United States, Portugal and South America. She is also the author of the book Yoga for the Special Child.

Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training – Adapting Yoga Practices to the Individual – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hours:
Approved for 100 hours of Credit, for CEU’S for Yoga Alliance and as an elective for most established Yoga Therapy Schools.
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Adaptive-Yoga-Teacher-TrainingHari Om Dear Yoga Teacher: Have you ever had this happen? One or more students arrive at your class and due to some condition they are unable to perform even the most basic aspects of the Hatha 1 level yoga class. You want to accommodate them, but you are not sure what to do. This Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training is the training for you!

The Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training Certification program is a 10 day course which teaches one to adapt the Integral Yoga practices to meet the needs of any individual. We will look into the essential benefits of each asana and yoga practice to determine how to best implement these practices without strain, regardless of one’s physical, mental or emotional condition. Poses and practices will be adapted to sitting on the floor or a chair, lying down, and standing with and without support.

Adaptive Yoga gives us the tools to reach various populations that may not have access to the benefits of hatha yoga. In addition to yoga studios, adaptive yoga classes can be offered in, senior centers, rehabilitation facilities, recreation centers, hospitals, churches and community centers.

An Adaptive Yoga class provides all the benefits of the basic Integral Yoga Class at the level that the individual student is capable of practicing. You will learn to create safe, comfortable yoga sessions for all of your students. Teaching techniques learned in this training will give you more options for working with people with limited mobility, individual students in private classes and accommodating the various levels of the students in your group classes.

Adaptive-Yoga-Teacher-Training-2This Training Includes:

  • Adaptation of asanas
  • Modifications: how to safely and effectively modify specific asanas to meet the needs and abilities of the student. When to substitute an alternative pose that has an equivalent benefit.
  • Chair Yoga: a complete sequence of poses performed in chairs. Chair yoga is helpful for students with limited mobility and in situations where floor space is not available, such as offices, schools, and senior centers.
  • Warm-Ups: gentle joint mobilization techniques and stretches to prepare the body for the asanas.
  • Use of Props: How and when to use props to safely enhance or support a pose
  • Strategies for introducing the more subtle aspects of yoga practices such as meditation, chanting, deep relaxation and yoga nidra

Pre-requisities: Integral Yoga Basic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training or the equivalent. Certified Teachers from other traditions may also apply for consideration.


adaptive-TT-at-Yogaville2Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda for over 40 years. Throughout this time she has shared the Teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds. In 1978 she and her husband started the Yogaville Vidyalayam- Temple of Learning, an elementary school for the ashram community children. For 17 years they taught the children, developing a full academic curriculum based on the principles and teachings of Yoga.

Since 1999, she has been a primary teacher for the Basic Yoga Teacher Training Program. While serving as Teacher Training Coordinator, she helped to develop and teach the Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Program. In 2005 she received certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She has taught restorative yoga for over 10 years. In 2011 she developed and taught the Integral Yoga Teaching Training Program for Restorative Yoga. She gently adapts the yoga practices to meet individual needs, always finding a way encourage and inspire the students which allows them to experience the peace and joy derived from Integral Yoga practice.

YCat Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer & Chronic Illness Training – Level I – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: Level I, 90 Hours which includes 12 hours of pre-program assignments. RYT 500

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Cancer TTYCat Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness is a professional, three-level certification designed to train health professionals and experienced Yoga teachers to work safely with cancer patients at any stage of illness as well as people with stable chronic illness. Students learn to adapt traditional Yoga practices to meet the physiological and psychological needs of these populations and to communicate effectively as professionals at medical and community sites. For each level of training completed, participants receive certificates of attendance. Only at the completion of all three levels of training is a certificate in this specialty, YCat Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness, awarded.

YCat Level 1 (May 7-17, 2015)

As an eleven day residential program conducted at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, May 7 – May 17, 2015, Level 1 provides a research-based, conceptual framework for adapting Yoga practices to the varied and specific needs of people at any stage of cancer treatment, recovery or end of life and stable chronic illness. The Level 1 curriculum includes:

  • Learning about cancer by studying the pathophysiology of cancer, the different types of cancer, cancer staging and grading, metastases, psychosocial issues, and cancer treatments—e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and targeted and hormonal therapy—and common side effects—e.g., lymphedema, fatigue, pain, nausea, neuropathy, menopause, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief
  • Discussing other common chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disease, specific adaptations for each will be included
  • Reviewing cell biology, body organs and systems for conceptual understanding
  • Exploring adaptations in Yoga postures and movement, breathing practices, relaxation techniques, and imagery for people with cancer and chronic illness
  • Studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as they apply to illness and disease, while simultaneously examining one’s personal relationship with death, dying, and end-of-life issues
  • Reviewing and analyzing related research in Yoga, cancer, and other chronic illnesses
  • Developing a professional voice and communications skills for working with medical personnel
  • Developing skills in a) researching and preparing professional presentations and b) giving and receiving evaluation and feedback

YCat Level 2

A two year internship of extended supervision and mentoring by YCat faculty and staff over the phone and on the internet. The intern-teachers apply the principles learned in Level 1 with cancer patients in both individual and group settings. They conduct course classes, drop-in classes, and private Yoga therapy sessions for people in active cancer treatment and may also choose to work with people at the end of life. The intern-teachers interview, assess, plan, perform, document, evaluate, and report while remaining in contact with faculty and staff by phone and e-mail. Anyone enrolled in the Level II internship can review Level I as frequently as desired for $600 tuition. While YCat teachers are seeing clients they are expected to maintain weekly contact with faculty by phone and e-mail. While intern teachers are working to establish classes they need to maintain monthly contact with faculty. These are the YCat Level 2 internship completion requirements:

1) Maintain monthly contact with mentor
2) Teach a minimum of two-eight week course classes to cancer patients in active treatment
3) Follow private clients in active treatment or at the end of life for 2-3 months for a minimum of four to six sessions
4) Submit timely curricula, case plans, student profiles, and other documentation
5) Submit a presentation CD/DVD teaching the primary content of a YCat adaptive Yoga class with rationales for each aspect of the curriculum explained
6) Ensure that intern and faculty agree on readiness for completion. Highly motivated Level 2 interns may complete all assignments in six months or less, while most active interns will take two or more years to complete this level.

Prerequisites for Level I

These prerequisites may be completed during enrollment prior to completing the YCat three levels of training. Any Licensed Health Professional (LHP) is welcome to attend all levels of the YCat training. LHPs will receive certificate of attendance. To receive certification of training, LHPs will need to obtain a basic 200-hour yoga training certificate. A minimum of one year of teaching experience for certified Yoga teachers from any tradition or a minimum of three years of teaching experience for Yoga teachers without certification. Participants should have some familiarity with the branches of Yoga (Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Karma, Bhakti, and Japa) as well as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking classes at an Integral Yoga Institute or from an IY teacher. Information on Integral Yoga teachers in your area can be obtained from the online Teachers Directory at or by contacting the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at 434-969-3121, ext. 177. If this is not possible, you may purchase the DVDs Yoga with a Master and Integral Yoga Hatha I (2013 version, 2 CD-set) from IY Distribution at 1-800-262-1008 (outside US, call 1-434-969-1049).


Jnani Chapman Jnani Chapman, R.N., B.S.N., E-RYT 500, founder and director of YCat Yoga Therapy
Jnani is a clinical integrative medicine specialist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, CA and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. She was a founding clinitian for the UCSF, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jnani is a former executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and was a stress management specialist for Dean Ornish, MD’s Heart Disease Reversal Program and currently teaches for his prostate cancer research group. In addition, Jnani serves as a consultant and co-principal investigator on research studies using YCat curriculum for people with cancer and she is on the faculty of many yoga therapy training programs.