YT Course Description

**Course schedule will be finalized.**


March 18th-April 2nd, 2015

Friday, March 18, Evening 7 -9: Orientation and Introduction to Yoga Therapy Course

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’, M.Sc,E-RYT

An orientation to the Ananda Wellness Yoga Therapy Training. This will be an opportunity for participants to get acquainted with one another and the training schedule. A brief introduction to Yoga Therapy will also be included.

Saturday March 19: Introduction to Yoga Therapy

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’, M.Sc,E-RYT

A review of the history of the use of yogic practices for healing from Vedic times to the present, with special emphasis placed on the development of yoga therapy as it is practiced today.

March 19th: Yoga Psychology as a Context for Yoga Therapy

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’,M.Sc,E-RYT

This one-day course is an in-depth review of Samkya and alternative philosophies and their role in the field of Yoga Therapy as well as a concentrated overview of psychology and the human condition from the ancient Yogic perspective. It will review Yogic concepts related to understanding the mind, including koshas, lokas, kleshas, samskaras, gunas, Brahmachakra, samadhi, and enlightenment.

Monday, March 20- March22rd: Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists

Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT

Basic Ayurvedic concepts of anatomy and physiology will be discussed, including tridosha theory, agni, am, dhatus, ojas, etc., and the relationship of these concepts to illness and health. Students will receive a beginning understanding of how to determine the Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances of a client, including tongue diagnosis and digestive assessment. We will discuss Ayurveda/Hatha Yoga’s common toolbox: 1) diet and lifestyle 2) Yogic shat karma (kriya) practices 3) Yoga practices seen from an Ayurvedic perspective. In the experiential portion of the day, we will investigate Hatha Yoga Pranayama and meditation practices specific to each dosha, and for the seats of the doshas.

Wednesday, March 23rd: Client Assessment

Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT,

Students will learn the Ananda Wellness Yoga Therapy assessment process which involves client intake with questionnaire and interview, formulating goals of treatment and teaching the suggested yoga practices. You will learn to use and adapt forms, charts and tables related to this process. These skills will be used throughout the course as students gain competency in focusing their interviews and prescribing Yogic treatments.

March 24th,25th,2th6&28th: Structural Yoga for the Yoga Therapist

Nicole DeAvilla

During this time, we will study asanas and the body from a structural yoga point of view with an emphasis on body mechanics. Students will also learn how to diagnose the body to understand individual limitations and needed adaptations to postures. Students will learn patterns of body compensation, movement and adjustments, which facilitate and restore wholeness.

Friday,March 29th: An Exploration of Ethics and Yoga Cikitsa

Ananda Deviika Ma, M.Sc, E-RYT

We will discuss common ethical issues that may arise in clinical practice, including: financial issues, sexual boundaries, appropriate referral, and similar topics. We will also discuss the application of Yama and Niyama in a therapeutic yoga practice.
During this day, we will learn traditional asanas and ancient yogic health care techniques of North India for a variety of conditions, as given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, a highly esteemed and knowledgeable classical Tantric Guru.

Saturday,March 30th&31st, 2015: Anatomy and Pathophysiology


This course includes the review of human anatomy as it relates to Yoga Therapy. Students will already have an understanding of the anatomy of muscles, bones, and muscular-skeletal configurations and the role of the nervous system in movement from the anatomy taught for Yoga Teachers through Ananda Wellness Institute of Yogic Wisdom and Ayurveda, Inc.. This class covers pathophysiology (underlying problems) of ailments that are commonly seen in a yoga class. We will look at the cardiovascular system and frequently seen symptoms, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and poor circulation of legs. We will delve into the stress response and useful yogic treatments. We will explore the normal physiology of breathing and commonly seen conditions of the lungs and respiratory tract , along with common endocrine problems. This class is very straightforward and designed to gently illumine the Yoga Therapist so that you will be able to lead your students in a safe and knowledgeable manner.

Sunday,April 1&2, 2015: Yoga Therapy for Cancer

Antonio Sausys

In this seminar participants will begin to assimilate the large amount of information needed to work with this special group of people. Topics will include an overview of cancer and conventional cancer treatments, their common side effects, and its psycho-social dimensions as well as Yoga therapies and asanas.


May 13-May 28th, 2015

Friday, May 13, Evening 7 – 9: Review of Homework and Check-In

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’, M.Sc, E-RYT

This will be short check-in and review of the homework completed in the home-study program. There will be time for students to share what they have been doing and re-orient themselves to the training atmosphere.

Tuesday, May 14th,2015: Yoga Therapy of the Heart

Ananda Deviika Ma, M.Sc, E-RYT

This course includes a brief review of Ayurvedic and Western dietary strategies for preventing and managing the two diseases responsible for the largest numbers of deaths annually in North America. We will also explore Yoga Therapy research, asanas and other Yogic tools potentially helpful for treatment of heart disease and stroke.

Saturday May 15th&16th: Yoga Therapy for Grief

Antonio Sausys, BA Psychology, MA Body-Oriented PsychotherapyTuesday and Wednesday May 24th & 25th: Yoga NIdra

Ananda Deviika Ma

During this workshop you will be will guided you through the process of Yoga Nidra, the original form of this therapeutic process will provide both you and your students with a clear-cut process for transformation, a context for how transformation unfolds as well as a framework for accessing the healing presence of pure Awareness in the healing process. This presentation will challenge and inspire you to approach yourself, your students and yoga therapy as a portal for experiencing the healing modality that originate through tantra Niyasa.

Wednesday, May 19th: Pain Management

Ananda Deviika Ma, M.Sc, E-RY

Gain a clear framework for working with clients with chronic and acute pain that takes into account ayurvedic understandings and is grounded in the pañcamaya model from the taittirīya upaniṣad & the saṁkhyā tattva model of being. These methods have been clinically tested and shown to help clients in pain

Saturday,May 20 &21st, 2015: Yoga Therapy for Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Obesity

Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD

These two days will cover the ayurvedic perspective and treatment on these prevalent metabolic diseases. Metabolic syndrome is now recognized as the precursor to both heart disease, diabetes, premature aging, and a host of inflammatory diseases. It is often linked to diet, stress, insomnia, overweight, and sedentary lifestyle. We will investigate the social, biological, and lifestyle dimensions of the problem, and explore Yogic, Ayurvedic, and nutritional approaches to this widespread problem.

Friday, May 22nd: Healing Dynamics of Breath and the Three Doshas

Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD

Early yogis noted that regulation of the breath could be used to calm the mind and stop the thoughts. The Hatha yogis also used breath and bandhas ayurvedically, to balance the doshas, heal disease, and enhance prana and ojas. Modern therapeutic use of the breath has focused on the effects of regulated breathing on the nervous system and the stress response. All of these approaches are relevant to the practice of Yoga therapy. Specific practices relating to each approach will be taught as time permits.

May 23rd and 24thh: Applied Psychology: Aa Western and Ayurvedic Perspective

Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD

We will look at common psychological conditions from a Western diagnostic perspective and treatment from a Yogic orientation. Conditions that may be reviewed will include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, spiritual emergence, panic attacks, trauma, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

In Yogic and Ayurvedic thinking, different types of mental and emotional disorders are differentiated by which gunas and doshas are most at play. This class will focus on understanding and treating psychological conditions from an Ayurvedic and yogic perspective using pranayama and meditation therapy and Ayurvedic treatments for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and spiritual emergence difficulties

Monday, May 25th: Shat Karma and Yoga Therapy for Respiratory Diseases

These two days will cover the ayurvedic perspective on prevalent respiratory diseases including asthma and offer possible treatments for these widespread conditions. We will explore breathing practices, visualizations, and Ayurvedic tools for the treatment of asthma.

Thursday May 26th: Yoga Therapy for Recovery from Addiction and an Exploration of the State of Samadhi

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’

Learn to help people struggling with addiction with compassion and understanding. Additionally, gain a deeper understanding of the highest state of meditative experience, samadhi.

Friday & Saturday, May 27&28th, 2015: Review, Testing & Graduation

Ananda Deviika’ Ma’

During this day, we will review the diagnostic and treatment methods learned during the training. Utilizing client intake forms, students will do full assessments and for testing purposes, present their case and treatment program for the individual assessed before the class. Students will be evaluated on the depth of their assessment and quality of their recommendations and feedback given. Afterward, we will celebrate with a wonderful graduation ceremony and Yogic feast.


May 29th, 2015 – May 29th, 2016

The Ananda SWellness Yoga Therapy program is held in two 14-day sessions, and includes a Home-Study or Internship module between the first and second sessions. Hours earned during this module will give students the necessary non-contact hours in order to obtain 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification. This internship module is a very important part of our program, as it allows students to integrate and utilize what they are learning. It is designed to give students hands-on experience with interviewing clients, completing assessments and prescribing yogic tools. Internship assignments will include the following:

  • Case assessments of at least 3 clients in which someone is interviewed, their situation assessed and yogic tools prescribed. This includes follow-up sessions, as needed, to check in with clients and adjust practices as per individual needs and progress.
  • A short write up for each client about your assessment experience, incorporating your feelings and the learning process.
  • Self-assessment for yourself, including prescription of techniques and tracking your efforts to follow them. It is highly recommended that during this interim period you continue regular daily meditation and a personal asana practice as well as any other practices you assess as beneficial. This includes a write-up of your personal assessment and your experience with following your own guidelines.
  • A research paper on a yoga therapy topic of your choice, such as yoga for cancer, obesity, etc. Research papers will include description and assessment of the topic chosen, as well as therapeutic application of related yogic techniques.
  • Any remaining hours can be logged in for yoga therapy related research, observing or teaching. This can consist of projects such as researching herbs, visiting a yoga class for special needs (cancer, obesity, etc.) and/or teaching a class for special needs. Any of these additional hours are to include write-ups of what you have done and what you have learned.

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