• March 24-28, 2017
  • Tuition: $750.00
  • Lodging: $315.00 to $760.00
  • Deposit: $400.00
  • $100.00 Early bird discount until December 24, 2016


with Sharanya Manner, E-RYT 500, Margabandhu Martarano, E-RYT 500, B.A.

Questions? 434.969.3121 x153 • IYacademy@yogaville.org

shutterstock_393590677-650Yoga for Autism Teacher Training helps you learn methods for healing symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and prepares you to instruct individuals with diagnosed with Autism.  Instructors Sharanya and Margabandhu explore the symptoms associated with ASDs (such as poor digestion, anxiety, and mania) and provide insight into how Yoga can begin to alleviate afflictions and heal the individual.

Beyond learning postures, you’ll become familiar with proper breathing techniques, relaxation methods, nutrition tips, and other practices that address the unique needs of people on the autistic spectrum. By combining Yoga and Western therapies, this model empowers and guides this population to peacefully achieve their highest potential.

These trainings were designed for parents and caretakers who want to integrate Yoga into their daily services.  The course is also open to Yoga teachers hoping to continue their education, as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists and special needs teachers who are working with those on the spectrum.  

Prerequisites: None.

Continuing Education

This program provides the following CE opportunities:

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 40 contact hours

  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approximately 40 contact hours
  • Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please contact CEU@iyta.org for details.

More Information

These trainings were originally developed for the Samadhi Spectrum, which was created in conjunction with Ashrams for Autism, a charitable foundation striving to create Yoga programs and facilities where individuals with autism can live, work, play, and contribute to their community.

Click here to sign up for Yoga for Autism Teacher Training- Level 2.  If enrolling in Level 1 and Level 2 the total for both programs is the discounted price of $1,250.


LOVED the training. It was so helpful and so interesting. I learned so many fun facts about the human body regarding breath and nutrition and the benefits of chanting and Yoga poses. Since the time of the training, I have enjoyed teaching this population even more than before. It’s no longer a guessing game. I know why I’m doing what I’m doing and how it is helping my clients. Having this training has made my job so much more interesting and rewarding. Thank you ever so much for your wisdom, insights and generosity in sharing what you know. —Past Participant

I strongly recommend [this training] for anyone who wishes to practice Yoga with students on this spectrum. The students that I have worked with since this training are developing a love of Yoga. Their teachers are very pleased with their progress.—Stacey Pinke, MS. RD. RCYT, Registered Yoga Teacher, Past Participant

Course Structure:
• Teaching from the heart
• Understanding autism
• What the autistic population needs from teachers
• Personal practice
• Chakras, meridians, and koshas specific to ASDs
Asanas, chanting, and pranayama specific to ASDs
• Nutrition and digestive issues that effect ASDs

About the Instructors

Sharon Manner Yoga AutismSharanya Sharon Manner is the creator and founder of Samadhi Sun Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance approved Yoga school specializing in 200 and 500-hour Yoga teacher trainings as well as a 100-hour Yoga for Autism Teacher Training. Sharon and her team have successfully guided countless trainees towards becoming compassionate and knowledgeable yoga teachers. Her teachers include Sri Swami Satchidananda, John Margabandhu Martarano, Swami Ramananda, Swami Brahmananda Sivananda, Swami Ashokananda, Mukunda Stiles, Nischala Joy Devi, Guru Darham, Gurmukhi of Kundalini Yoga, Dr. Rachel Hott of NLP Center of New York and many more.

Margabandhu Yoga AutismMargabandhu Martarano has served as Director of the New Jersey Integral Yoga Institute for 47 years.  Margabandhu is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspect of Yoga. He has a BA in Education and is a certified Massage Therapist, specializing in Acupressure and Reflexology, and is a Master Herbalist.  Margabandhu is also the Director of the Well Being Center in Montclair, NJ, a wholistic center specializing in all aspects of health and healing.  He is the co-creator for the Yoga for Autism Teacher Training.