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Yoga Therapy Training Program

with Kate Graham

Yoga Therapy Training Program

Yoga for Emotional Health & Healing

Training and Professional Development Program

October 2019 - May 2020

Boston Yoga Union, Boston MA


Yoga therapy is the process of empowering the individual through yoga with a deep awareness and integrated understanding of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. Yoga techniques and practices are adapted to the client’s specific needs in order to restore balance and promote optimal health and wellness.  

This program is designed to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the core therapeutic yoga principals. Students will develop and refine the unique qualities and skills necessary to use yoga therapy with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression and trauma in a clinical and community setting. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to experience therapeutic yoga practices and apply their knowledge through teaching, assignments and small group work.

Program Overview:

Module I: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Module II: Yoga for Trauma 

Module III: The Unique Art and Science of Yoga Therapy

Module IV: Building Regulation and Resilience

Module V: Yoga Therapy Mentorship

Who is this program is for

  • Certified Yoga Teachers eager to understand how yoga can be applied therapeutically to promote emotional health in order to further benefit and support their students.

  • Licensed clinicians and health professionals (Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, RNs, OT, PTs etc.) wanting to learn an integrated embodied approach to promote optimal emotional health and well-being for clients suffering with depression, anxiety and trauma.

  • Certified Yoga Therapists interested in continuing education and gaining an in-depth knowledge specifically in the area of yoga therapy for emotional health and healing.

Module I: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to yoga therapy.

  • Learn the basic principles of yoga therapy.

  • Review fundamental yoga therapy perspectives and models for understanding and managing emotion.

  • Discover the interaction between the body, breath, mind, and emotions in health and well-being.

  • Understand how anxiety and depression influence the physical, energetic, mental, and emotional body.

  • Learn evidence-based yoga practices to meet and manage anxiety and depression with asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga nidra.

  • Learn how to create a safe therapeutic yoga sequence to meet your client’s needs.

  • Learn components necessary for creating a therapeutic yoga class.

  • Understand what is necessary to establish a safe and therapeutic relationship with your clients.

  • Take away specific evidence-based yoga techniques to manage mood in a clinical or private setting.

Continuing Education Credits available for Social Workers and LMHC. 


Module II: Yoga for Trauma

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basic principles of trauma informed yoga therapy.

  • Understand the neuroscience of trauma and how trauma influences the physical, energetic, mental and emotional body.

  • Review fundamental yoga therapy perspectives and models for managing dysregulation and trauma in the body.

  • Discover the interaction between the body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being.

  • Learn trauma informed evidence-based yoga practices including specific asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra techniques.

  • Learn modified practices such as chair yoga to accommodate diverse settings and support clients with a wide range of abilities.

  • Understand the elements necessary to create a safe space for trauma survivors.

  • Learn how to help your clients create a safe space for themselves within their practice.

  • Take away specific trauma informed yoga techniques for the clinical, group or private setting.

  • Learn components necessary for creating a therapeutic trauma informed yoga class.

Continuing Education Credits available for Social Workers and LMHC.

Module III: The Unique Art & Science of Yoga Therapy

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and understand how to help your clients cultivate balance the subtle body.

  • Discover the power of sound to heal.

  • Understanding the teacher/client relationship: how to build a therapeutic relationship.

  • The importance of communication skills and therapeutic language.

  • Understand the evolution of Yoga Therapy field and it's current landscape.

  • Review ethical principals, scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a Yoga Therapist.

  • Learn about the business of yoga yherapy in community and private practice settings.

  • The importance of self care as a yoga therapist.

Module VI: Building Regulation and Resilience

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to support clients in cultivating shame resilience.

  • Learn how to use safe touch to promote regulation.

  • Discover alternative ways to introduce support without touch by using props and ball rolling.

  • Understand the relationship between chronic pain and trauma.

  • Explore advance chair based yoga techniques to support clients with nervous system imbalances chronic pain.

Module IV: Mentorship

Join an intimate group of like minded teachers and caring professionals to discuss and address many of the questions and challenges that face those bringing yoga therapy techniques to various health and wellness settings. Learn how to navigate challenging situations, find your authentic voice, gather inspiration for your teaching and further hone your skills. This program will also be an opportunity to share ideas, build networks, and gain valuable feedback. Those who have previously completed a therapeutic yoga training or currently offer yoga therapy in a clinical or yoga setting to promote wellness will be best suited for this program. 

Learning Objectives

  • Refine the application of your therapeutic yoga teaching skills through case studies and on-going supervision.

  • Understand and implement intake and assessment/evaluation tools necessary to develop appropriate session strategies and practices.

  • Develop specific therapeutic yoga treatment plans and sequences based on client individual needs.

  • Recognize and manage the subtle dynamic inherent client/therapist relationship.

  • Understand professional issues and requirements such as documentation, ethics, business practices and legal aspects of practice.

  • Define your path as a yoga therapist.

  • Deepen your commitment to your personal practice and see how your personal practice supports your clients.

Program Format

Each module is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of yoga therapy in each area of study. Modules include lecture, yoga practice focused on clinical application, practical application of the material through teaching, assignments and small group work, group discussions, readings and homework assignments. The mentorship program will allow students to continue to develop and refine their personal practice and integrate their professional therapeutic yoga skills through case studies, session recordings, assignments and practical application of knowledge.

Program Hours & Training Requirements

To graduate from the program and receive the SYT certificate students must complete 100 contact hours of training, 8 group case consultation hours and 50 hours of assigned non-contact hours.

Additionally, you must receive 4 Hours of Personal Sessions and 4 Individual Case Consultation Hours from approved providers.

Personal Sessions and Individual Case Consult Fees

  • Session fees are set by individual approved providers. Rates may be subject to change by the Institute without prior notice.

  • Personal Session and Individual Case Consult fees are paid directly to the provider

Admission Standards

Students must be a certified 200-hour yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, a licensed clinician or mental health professionals (social workers, mental health counselor, psychologist, family therapist, expressive arts therapist, etc.) or a medical professional (medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, midwives, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors etc.) with a regular yoga practice for at least two years.

Enrollment Now Open! 

Program Dates

Module I - October 4-6, 2019  

Module II - November 1-3, 2019 

Module III - December 6-8, 2019 

Module IV - January 10-12, 2020

Mentorship - February 8, March 14, April 4 & May 2

Group Case Consultation Dates: 10/15, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/7 & 4/28

Program Hours

Weekend Module Program Hours: Fri 6pm-9pm; Sat 11.30am-7.30pm & Sun 11.30am-7.30pm

Mentorship Program Hours: Saturdays 12.30am-6.30pm

Group Case Consultation Hours: Tuesday 7pm-8pm EST via online conference


Boston Yoga Union

1112 Boylston St 3rd Floor,

Boston, MA 02215

Join the fall program!

Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing Training Program

Program Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Program Balance: $1,800

Full Payment: $2,300

The program must be paid for in full prior to the first day of training.

Earlier Event: September 21
200 Hour Teacher Training
Later Event: October 16
Building Foundations : 4 Week Series