WHO WE ARE
An Integrative Professional Program
Our program is designed to provide the tools, knowledge, and support necessary for you to confidently and competently apply the practices of yoga in a multitude of settings. Our Staff includes dual-licensed yoga therapists who help you:
- Prepare for a career path that will help shape the future of modern medicine by teaching you how to integrate yoga with western medical approaches
- Acquire the training required to effectively interact with both medical professionals and clients
A Path Toward Holistic Healing
We teach a whole-person approach to wellness that allows you to look beyond your client’s symptoms to identify obstacles and apply tools that address the root cause of their suffering
- Learn how to apply yoga-based philosophy and mindfulness techniques to achieve mental, emotional, and energetic shifts
- Understand the interconnected relationships in the body and how to develop asana and breathing techniques to improve functional movement and release tension
Transformational & Evidence-Based Practices Of Yoga
Yoga therapy is rooted in the practice of helping people understand their experience and find balance so they can recognize their innate sense of wellness. We don’t ‘treat’ or ‘heal’, we guide people toward their own capacity to heal themselves, and we use well-researched practices to do so.
- Learn to apply yoga philosophy with your clients and patients to apply mindfulness-based problem solving, emotional regulation, and healthy coping strategies
- Learn the skills to confidently incorporate evidenced-based yoga, meditation, breathing, and mindfulness-based practices into your current (therapy) practice, increase self-regulation and general wellness
The program is intentionally structured so Module 1 can serve independently as a 300-hour yoga teacher training certification. This is a wonderful alternative to traditional 300-hour teacher training for students interested in pursuing a more therapeutic approach to yoga teaching or who are looking to integrate private sessions into their offering.
The next program start date for Module 1 is January 14, 2022.
Applications must be received by December 31, 2021 to be considered for the 2022 - 2024 Yoga Therapy Program.
Registration will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis, and acceptance into the program does not guarantee students a spot in the training. You can find more information on the upcoming program here.
• Module 1 •
Start Date: Jan 14, 2022
End Date: Nov 20, 2022
Early-Bird Price: $3,600
(On or before Nov 1, 2021)
Regular Price: $4,100
(Enroll by Jan 14, 2022)
• Module 2 •
Start Date: Jan 7, 2023
End Date: Sep 24, 2023
Early-Bird Price: $3,100
(On or before Nov 1, 2022)
Regular Price: $3,600
(Enroll by Jan 27, 2023)
• Module 3 •
Start Date: Oct 6, 2023
End Date: Sep 8, 2024
Early-Bird Price: $3,100
(On or before Aug 1, 2023)
Regular Price: $3,600
(Enroll by Oct 6, 2023)
• Practicum •
Early-Bird Price: $2,200
(On or before Jul 1, 2023)
Regular Price: $2,500
(Enroll by Sep 25, 2023)
Note: There is a book list containing required reading that accompanies this course. Students are required to purchase these books separately. The estimated cost of these materials is $325.
Students are required to place a deposit for each Module to secure their spot in the course. After paying the deposit, students can choose to pay-in-full for the Module prior to the program start date or set up a payment plan.
Module 1 is paid individually. After completion of Module 1, students can choose to enroll in Modules 2, 3, and the practicum at the same time and with a combined payment plan.
Note: All payment plans incur a $150 payment plan fee per module to cover the costs associated with our payment plan software. Payments are split into convenient installments with the intention of allowing the student to pay over the span of the course.
Schedule Format (Updated for COVID)
Our program was originally designed to include a combination of virtual hours and in-person learning hours. Due to the pandemic, we have had to adjust accordingly. Our students' safety and maintaining the integrity of the program are our top priorities. Currently, we have transitioned to virtual class meetings for all program hours. For the program starting in 2022, we are making decisions as new information becomes available. We anticipate that our program schedule will be able to return to its original format.
Once there is consensus about the safety of meeting in person the program will return to its original format which is as follows:
Weekend Training Hours
Friday: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Week Intensive Training Hours
Wednesday: 1pm – 6pm
Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 8am – 5pm
Weekly Virtual Learning Hours
Weekend classes will meet approximately once per month. You can find a more detailed outline of the program dates here.
M.Ed., CRC, CCM, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
All my life, I have been drawn to human services. I began working with individuals who had disabilities when I was 19 and became a rehabilitation counselor in 1992. I started my yoga practice in 1998. At the time, I had a little baby and a 5-year-old. I needed yoga to clear my head, help with stress, and offset the pain from training. I was working as a full-time rehabilitation counselor and became a yoga teacher. At this point, I was well aware of the pitfalls and gaps in traditional allopathic medicine. There was a pivotal time in my career when I was working with an incredible man as a counselor. I was at his side during his treatment. At this time, mind-body techniques were not even considered a valuable tool in medicine.
C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
I hit the bottom of a pool at my birthday party in my late 20’s, I suffered from continuous numbness on my entire right side due to a reverse curve in my neck and compression in the lower lumbar area. For almost 10 years my back was in constant pain, no one could do anything for it other than put me into the hospital in traction and give me pain pills. Then I remember having this conversation with my dear friend who said “try Yoga”… of course I thought she had absolutely lost her mind, “Yoga” I replied what good is that going to do me, I don’t even understand that concept. I continued on with my life and with my pain. I remember one night just turning the wrong way, I knew there was no way that I was going to be upright the next day. So I woke up at 2 am in the morning got fully dressed, especially shoes cause I know that was going to be a problem, and spent the night sitting, laying, flailing about in the living room until I could call a cab to take me to my doctor's office. I had had enough.
C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
I had my first experience with yoga in the late 1990s. I was a student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Theatre and Dance. While pursuing my BFA in dance, one of my professors began to introduce the principles of yoga as a means to combating the physical and emotional stress that we were under.
Dr. Sandi Russom
PT, DPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
My introduction to yoga and meditation began during rehearsals for a play while I was completing my bachelor’s degree in theatre in 2002. We used movement and meditation techniques to build a deep bond among the cast members. To my surprise, I walked away from each rehearsal feeling light and calm and noticed over the months that my anxiety and associated symptoms had been relieved. After completing my degree, yoga became a more integral part of my daily life. I was attending bi-weekly classes at my local YMCA when I felt the call to deepen my study of yoga and share the practice with others. I soon moved to Austin and completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Yoga in 2006.
Dr. Mark Uridel
DPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
I began my yoga journey in 1985. I was an amateur runner and was very tight from 13 years of training 5-10 miles a day and competitive running. I took my first yoga class at the Town Lake YMCA with Peggy Kelly, an Iyengar teacher. I liked the slow stretching, the attention to detail, the mindfulness, and I sensed a spiritual dimension. I was hooked.
MSP., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
I was born Shanti Nicole, my father being in seminary school and getting his Masters in world religions liked the word and the meaning. I guess it was all circumstance from there. I traveled a lot as a young person, saw a lot of things. By 15 I was inducted into the Suzuki Roshi method of Zen practice and studied under this austerity for many years. By the time a friend suggested I join her for a yoga class, I was 20 years old. I needed a change but didn't know it. Upon returning home I enrolled in yoga at the local Community College. This began the next 7 years of study with the most groovy and seasoned Yoga and Thai Chi master named Swami Budhaprem. After 4 years of practice and dedicated studentship, he gave me a certificate to teach in the Indra Devi system of Elemental Yoga. What I learned there, I still teach to this day.
C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, YACEP
I've been exploring the practices and path of yoga for over 20 years. My commitment to practice deepened when I realized that yoga made me feel far less erratic and much saner. I eventually turned that commitment to my own care and growth into a commitment to support others through their own journey of growth and healing. I have found that my life is better lived when I can be in the service of others. I have delved into the study of stress, trauma, and the nervous system for over a decade which I bring to the yoga therapy program. I have studied in Somatic Experiencing touch modalities, Trauma Release Exercises, resilience tools building for those with complex trauma, and yoga for social justice. My own experiences with chronic pain have led me to study the effect of trauma on the body and how chronic pain can be addressed by working with the nervous system and the myofascial system of the body.
I love helping students learn to respond more skillfully to life’s stressors so they can live more courageously in pursuit of their dreams.
PhD, MFT, C-IAYT
I am a faculty member of the Practice School of Yoga Therapy and a Psychologist in private practice. At the school, I teach about the intersection of yoga therapy and psychology, focusing on the role of psychology in yoga therapy. As a psychologist, I also teach classes on mindfulness, social-emotional development, neurobiology, and relational attachments in various settings including universities, professional conferences, community centers, and schools.
Shruti Mehta has been working in the field of mental/behavioral health for more than two decades. Shruti RYT 500 and a lifelong student of Sanskrit language, philosophy of Vedas. She is also a teacher of Sanskrit with Samskrita Bharati. Shruti has authored two books that are self-published, namely Yog Sanskriti, the Culture of Yog and India, A Poetic Journey. As an artist, Shruti likes to paint regional art of India and European art styles. Her art has been displayed in various places in Austin, and she has been featured by Austin PBS in December 2020. In her free time, Shruti likes to try new recipes from Indian cooking, spend time with family, and go for walks in nature. Recently with a friend, Shruti has started a podcast called Saarthika, geared towards nourishing the mind and body.
Vivek Bakshi, Ph.D.
Vivek is the founder of Sangam Retreats, the spiritual arm of The Writing Barn, a writing retreat and workshop space in Austin, Texas, that he owns and operates with his wife, Bethany Hegedus. Born in Lucknow, India, and a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, he received his Ph.D. in the US. Vivek has long been a seeker of spiritual wisdom, including meditation, Sanskrit, and the study of various religious traditions, even as he is a leading and in-demand expert in the technical field of computer chip manufacturing. His latest book, Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, is a bestseller. A student of yoga for the past fifteen years, coupled with his studies of Sanskrit at the University of Texas, has led Vivek to develop programming in an effort to serve yogis and yoga therapists, as well as other spiritual seekers, in reading, writing, and understanding the meaning of Sanskrit words, shlokas and scriptures. Scriptures such as Ramayana, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita are among his favorites. Learn more at sangamretreats.com.