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A CAREER PATH THAT CHANGES LIVES THROUGH THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA

We are an integrative professional program that teaches you the how and why behind the transformational & evidence-based practices of yoga that will empower yourself and others on a path toward holistic healing.

Reduced Deposit through January 22nd

From now until January 22nd we're offering a reduced deposit of $300

This means you can reserve your place in the program (after acceptance of your application) for $300 rather than the standard $500 deposit.  Please note, this does not discount the tuition of the program, it only lowers the up-front deposit required to reserve your spot.

WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?

Yoga therapy is a process of healing and wellness that is steeped in the wisdom scriptures of yoga.

It utilizes the time-honored best practices of yoga as related to wellness, wholeness, overcoming obstacles, and achieving liberation to equip individuals to take charge of their own lives.

The Practice School of Yoga Therapy’s approach to yoga therapy is grounded in the philosophical principles and practices of yoga, behavioral change, and western science.

Yoga therapists provide skillful assessment, therapeutic relationships, and daily personalized practices so individuals may not only reduce suffering in their lives but also to live their best life.

Yoga therapy may be provided as a solo therapeutic modality in many cases, and also as part of an interdisciplinary therapeutic team.

WHO WE ARE

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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
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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
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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

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Yoga Teachers

Our program benefits teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge in order to alleviate suffering and improve the overall wellbeing of their clients and students.

Most yoga teachers have experienced the transformative power of yoga and are on a mission to share its benefits. 

The reality of the modern yoga world makes it difficult to do that.  Group classes can be a revolving door of students and the economics can leave teachers feeling burnt out and depleted.

Our yoga therapy program provides students with the knowledge necessary to stand in your own authority and provide lasting value for your clients.

Licensed Professionals

Our program is designed to help integrate yoga with other western modalities. 

A significant portion of our student base is seeking a dual license.  If you’re a yogi looking to integrate yogic tools into your existing practice, we can help.

Our student base includes a whole spectrum of yogis who currently practice other healing modalities. Anyone from a massage therapist seeking to help clients retrain functional movement patterns to a licensed clinical social worker looking to integrate somatic practices into their clients’ healing journey.

Our teaching staff has the expertise to guide you into a whole-human approach to healing. 

Please note, all students are required to have at least a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate (or equivalent) in order to be considered eligible for our program. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

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 April 9, 2021.  We will be accepting new students until this date, space permitting

• Module 1 •

300 Hours

Start Date: Apr 9, 2021
End Date:
Nov 21, 2021

Early-Bird Price: $3,600
(On or before Feb 1, 2021)

Regular Price: $4,100
(Enroll by Apr 9, 2021)

• Module 2 •

260 Hours

Start Date: Jan 21, 2022
End Date: Aug 28, 2022

Early-Bird Price: $3,100 
(On or before Oct 10, 2021)

Regular Price: $3,600
(Enroll by Jan 21, 2022)

• Module 3 •

260 Hours

Start Date: Oct 7, 2022
End Date:
Jul 23, 2023

Early-Bird Price: $3,100
(On or before Jun. 1, 2022)

Regular Price: $3,600
(Enroll by Oct. 7, 2022)

• Practicum •

180 Hours

Early-Bird Price: $2,200
(On or before Jun. 1, 2022)

Regular Price: $2,500
(Enroll by Oct. 7, 2022)

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.

Payment Plans

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 5% payment plan fee 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 2021, we are making decisions as new information becomes available. However, we anticipate that virtual hours will be necessary, and will work to accommodate students as needed.

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: 7am – 4pm

Week Intensive Training Hours

Wednesday: 1pm – 6pm
Thurs – Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: 8am – 3pm

Weekly Virtual Learning Hours

Wednesday: 4pm-6pm

PROGRAM COURSES

Embodied Therapeutic Philosophy

• 32 HOURS •

Eastern Philosophy & Subtle Body

• 53 HOURS •

Essential Sciences for Yoga Therapy

• 103 HOURS •

Yoga Therapy Interview & Assessment

• 49 HOURS •

Intersectional Psychology: Eastern & Western Perspectives

• 63 HOURS •

Essential Applied Yoga Therapy

• 183 HOURS •

Yoga Therapy Tools & the Subtle Body

• 65 HOURS •

Yoga Therapy &
Trauma

• 47 HOURS •

Ayurveda for
Yoga Therapy

• 31 HOURS •

Vihara

• 8 HOURS •

Professional Practice & Ethics

• 49 HOURS •

Applied Myofascial Health & Wholeness

• 24 HOURS •

Yoga Therapy, Addiction & Recovery

• 42 HOURS •

Traumatic Brain Injury & Resiliency

• 7 HOURS •

Practicum &
Mentorship

• 180 HOURS •

Academic Mentoring & Specialization

• 65 HOURS •

PROGRAM FACULTY

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

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.

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Jenny Orona

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.

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Whitney O’Baugh

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.

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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.

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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.

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Shanti Kelley

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.

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Jenn Wooten

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.

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Kat Scherer

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.

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