Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy – Online
with Lakshmi Sutter, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D. and Steffany Moonaz, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D.
November 9 - December 21, 2021
For Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and health professionals
Dive into the richness of therapeutic Yoga within the authentic lineage of Integral Yoga. In this training, we will use the panchamaya kosha model to explore human health. Using the panchamaya kosha (five layers of being) model as a guide, we also will review common disease processes from both yogic and Western medical perspectives. Discover new ways to integrate the six branches of Integral Yoga into a therapeutic practice, whether it is adapted asana (posture), devotional practices outside of a “traditional” Yoga setting, or using service as a healing modality.
Participants will review the practical skills required of a Yoga Therapist, develop a mock treatment plan for a client, as well as deepen and review their understanding of therapeutic relationships, assessment skills, and therapeutic plans. Inactive Yoga therapists interested in kick-starting their service will find this course an excellent source to restart.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Define Yoga Therapy
- Understand the scope of practice of a Yoga Therapist and the Integral Yoga’s vision of Yoga Therapy
- Design a client intake form
- Create a client action plan
- Recognize the role of negentropy in dis-ease
- Understand the aging process in health and disease
- Recognize common medical conditions
- Understand the client-therapist relationship
- Determine appropriate breathing practices for common conditions
- Integrate branches of Integral Yoga into client action plans
Approximately 50 training hours total:
35 hours live + 11 hours of pre-recorded material + 4 hours of final assessment and care plan
Adaptive Yoga TT and Raja Yoga TT are prerequisites for participants of the 800-hour Integral Yoga Therapy Program (this requirement may be waived for those currently enrolled in the IYTh Program).
This training is available for 200-hour Yoga teacher training graduates who are interested in the Yoga Therapy pathway and have sufficient teaching experience and those with IAYT certification who are interested in deepening their understanding.
Regular access to the Internet is required to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet and have an active email account for the delivery of course materials. We will use the Thinkific learning platform and Zoom.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 50 total training hours: 35 hrs live + 11 hrs of recordings + 4 hrs for final assessment and care plan. You can input your CE hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email [email protected].
- Integral Yoga 300-hour: 50 hours towards RYT 500 designation.
- 800-hour Integral Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist.
Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. Students will be asked to keep their cameras on during the live online sessions unless accommodations have been arranged with the instructors in advance. In these synchronous sessions (3 hours total), students have the option to watch the recording and then write a page.
The live sessions will be recorded and the recordings are usually posted within one day for program participants to review. Recordings will be available for review for 8 weeks after the program ends, until February 15, 2022.
In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talks with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.
Complete videos with quizzes by November 9, before the first day of class. Students will receive access to the learning platform upon registration.
Lakshmi is a wonderful example of a teacher who blends her head and her heart. Not only is she able to present complicated information clearly and concisely, her warmth made it exceedingly easy to approach her with questions. Preparedness and thoroughness were hallmarks of her teaching, which gave me the confidence to explain what I learned outside the classroom. — Erin Shanthi Haddock
Lakshmi Sutter is one of the best prepared, funniest teachers I’ve learned from. Her lesson plans are well organized and feature beautiful illustrations. Her quirky sense of humor makes her classes fun, and Lakshmi is happy to answer questions and help people if they need help. — Lynn Anjali Somerstein
Steffany was very knowledgeable and experienced on the topic and always had a very positive and welcoming attitude. — Carol LePage
Lakshmi has practiced movement for much of her life. Integral Yoga® captured her heart and mind in the 1990s, and the richness of Yoga began unfolding in her life. With a deep understanding and appreciation of Swami Satchidananda’s teachings, Lakshmi weaves the wisdom from contemporary yogins throughout her practice. She is a trainer of Integral Hatha Yoga teachers at the basic and intermediate levels and enthusiastically shares her fascination with the human body during basic anatomy workshops. Lakshmi served as the Director of the Integral Yoga Academy and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville for five years. Her current…
Learn more about Lakshmi Sutter, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D.
Steffany is a Yoga therapist and researcher specializing in rheumatic diseases. She currently serves as director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She received her 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in 2003 and her 500-hour training from Yama Therapeutics. Steffany spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University, developing and evaluating a Yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which has been replicated in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. She is the founder of Yoga for Arthritis, an organization bringing evidence-informed Yoga programs to people, nationwide, with arthritis, as…
Learn more about Steffany Moonaz, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D.