What is Therapeutic Yoga?
Therapeutic Yoga is a blend of restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided visualization techniques combined in such a way that makes it an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance. It is a particularly good practice for those recovering from or living with injury or illness.
The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program was developed as a continuing education program for yoga teachers and health care professionals. We have also opened the training up to those who would like to learn more about Therapeutic Yoga for personal growth, often to meet a need for greater self-care or care for a loved one.
How do I sign up?
All signup and administration is handled by the hosting center. Identify the training you would like to attend on the Upcoming Trainings page and click on its link to see more information including hosting center phone number, email, and website link.
I am a nurse, can I take the training?
Absolutely! Our course is a great option for nurses looking for continuing education units. We’ve had nurses coming to our training since we first started in 1998 – you are an integral part of our broader focus on introducing Therapeutic Yoga to clinical settings.
We recommend visiting our nurses page for video testimonials from nurses who have taken the training as well as more nurse-specific information, such as CEU’s for nurses.
I am a doctor, can I take the training?
Certainly! We get a steady flow of doctors in our trainings, everyone from neurologists to podiatrists. Typically, a doctor will be looking for additional strategies they can provide for patients to do outside the office, and Therapeutic Yoga is a great choice for this because it is designed to work with those recovering from or living with injury or illness. Some MDs who take our training will bring the techniques from the training into individual office visits, while others have incorporated yoga classes and sessions into the scope of offerings at their practice. You’ll also learn a lot of different yogic techniques that you can incorporate immediately into your patient practice and self-care routine.
We recommend visiting our doctors page for more information on how doctors are using the material taught in the training.
Where can I find a Therapeutic Yoga practitioner?
You can find a list of practitioners available for private consultation on our Therapeutic Yoga site’s practitioner listing page, along with other information relating to the practice.
I am still receiving my yoga certification, can I take the training?
Yes. Our training provides a lot of information on how to work with different populations, including seniors, pregnant women, and those living with or recovering from illness or injury. As a yoga teacher it is helpful to have the knowledge we offer in this training so that you can modify postures to enhance the benefits for these populations.
I am a licensed psychologist, can I take the training?
Yes! We have had quite a few psychologists take the training and right away implement much of what they learned directly into their practice. We believe you will find this training beneficial personally as well as professionally. We do suggest that you have some experience / exposure to yoga in general, such as taking classes, so that you have a framework in place for the material we cover. Depending on the licensing rules in the state where you practice, you may not be able to implement the hands-on work covered in the training, but you will still be able to offer the yoga poses that we cover as well as many techniques for helping anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
How much does the training cost?
The cost of the training is specific to the location and format (residential vs. non-residential, two-weekends vs. weeklong). To get specific price information, visit our upcoming trainings page. In general, prices range from approximately $950-$995 for non-residential and $2300 for residential. Residential trainings that include food and lodging can be more expensive, please check with the respective training center for exact pricing.
Can a physical therapist or an occupational therapist take the training?
Yes! We have had many PT’s and OT’s take the training, and the feedback we have gotten is that it is highly applicable to their work in the field. Since the practice of Therapeutic Yoga is specifically geared towards those recovering from injury or illness, it is especially appropriate for those populations OT’s and PT’s generally work with. The poses are quite gentle, relying on gravity to mindfully open the body, and we also cover techniques such as breath work and guided visualization that can be done by those who are in an acute stage of recovery where movement is not yet advisable. The program curriculum covers scar tissue and how to use the yoga techniques to work with adhesions as well as other mobility restrictions. In addition, we cover working with patients suffering from chronic stress and anxiety via in-depth lecture and experiential practices.
I am a massage therapist, can I take the training?
Yes! The Therapeutic Yoga Training offers many useful techniques that massage therapists can seamlessly incorporate into their practice. The energy work, breathing practices, guided visualization, and aromatherapy are easily combined with a typical massage session. In addition, massage therapists who take our training are able to offer their clients yoga along with massage, which can work well to help open chronically tight areas. The poses also have the advantage of not requiring a massage table – the yoga poses can be done on the floor or bed using props available in the client’s home.
To get the most out of the training it is best if you have some understanding of the teachings of yoga and exposure to basic anatomy concepts and theory. If you are thinking about becoming a yoga teacher, i.e. wanting to teach yoga classes, then you will want to take a yoga teacher certification course first, then take the Therapeutic Yoga training – this is due both to the way Yoga Alliance certification units are offered, and also to ensure you get the most out of our training.