therapeutic yoga ayurveda and mindfulness program
This advanced study program is an in-depth look at the delicate navigation of using yoga, Ayurveda and human potential work as therapy. The program offers yoga teachers, health professionals, and licensed practitioners alike, a deeper understanding of the inner workings of disease, it’s stages, and the impact that it can have on both the patient as well as the caregiver.
Our curriculum has been sourced from decades of study and experience in the field of Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Somatics, human potential lineages and other subtle body healing approaches. It is a blend of traditional yoga and Ayurvedic philosophy, trauma-informed yoga knowledge, therapeutic physical and cognitive practices, and our personal extensive experience with instigating and sustaining deep healing on all levels - physical, emotional and cognitive.
Students will learn the concepts, as well as the practical therapeutic application of a wide range of practices, techniques, and theories including:
traditional yoga poses and various modifications of those poses with props
pranayama for particular outcomes
how to guide meditation, prana vidya techniques, yoga nidra and other subtle body practices
cognitive awareness and emotional intelligence in relation to disease and trauma
therapeutic Ayurvedic physiology, functional yoga therapy, and somatic movement
The above practices and tools will provide our students with the necessary skills for teaching a therapeutic yoga class in a group setting, implementing a customized yoga protocol in a private setting, and/or offering viable therapeutic options and practices to clients within a professional health setting.
Who is this training for?
This training is open to students who have completed certification of a 200-hour yoga teacher training through an approved and accredited Yoga Alliance yoga program/school. It is especially applicable for health professionals who would like to offer yoga or other alternative healing tools as a complimentary healing modality in an existing health or wellness focused practice. It is also appropriate for students who are interested in teaching public or private yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, as well as anyone wishing to expand and strengthen their own awareness, self-care and yoga practice.
Swastha Yoga advanced program graduates are asked to develop and implement yoga programs for special populations dealing with health considerations such as depression, anxiety, grief, caregivers, cardiovascular wellness, cancer, diabetes, mobility limitations, back pain, hospice etc. For those interested in pursuing higher level certification in the field of Therapeutic Informed Yoga, this training provides an excellent foundation and will support a smooth transition into the next level of teaching.
Swastha is the sanskrit word meaning to be fully rooted in oneself, aligned, and established in a complete balanced state of optimal health on all levels of our being. Based in Ayurveda, Yoga and Human Potential, we view the self through a holistic lens - physical, emotional and cognitive layers of our being. Our approach to healing begins by building awareness around the nervous system and awareness of our physical body experience. We describe this as top-down (thoughts to body), bottom-up (body to mind) and inside-out (body to behaviors). Top down approaches can increase awareness and insight into how thoughts affect our behaviors, our interpersonal relationships, and our daily functioning. Bottom up approaches can help people learn to re-inhabit and re-associate with their body after injury, illness, and trauma. The combination of both approaches, along with disrupting automatic mind and body processes can support the pathway to deep acceptance, courage and healing.
The inside out approach involves cultivating a set of habits and practices which access the nervous system. All experiences leave an imprint on the nervous system; thus, the first step is to regulate the experience; creating the safety needed in order to reduce hyperarousal and calm the nervous system enough that the person is able to explore further healing practices. We explore various regulating practices that promotes awareness of body sensations, teaches skills to increase safety in the body, and offers choice and control to the individual. Our integrated therapeutic yoga model encourages individuals to learn skills to feel, self-regulate, and use alternative and adjunctive healing methods as low-to-no-risk treatment.
Our program is intended to promote healing through the practical use of fundamental yoga postures adaptable for all body types; experiential physical, Ayurvedic & Functional Yoga Therapy techniques; breath awareness, prana, and other subtle body practices; meditation, yoga nidra, and somatic movement practices; as well as ethical implications and responsibilities of the role of a yoga teacher (Yamas & Niyamas as our guide). This integrated model aligns to a formula and practice that is relatable, practical and that addresses the fundamental needs of all living beings - ingest, digest, assimilate, eliminate - resulting in consciously living well. As such, our Therapeutic Program is designed to support our students in remaining committed and open to exploring, developing, and implementing new ways to achieve and to maintain overall wellness, for themselves, as well as for those with whom they work. Students will be learn a variety of invitational and non-directive healing practices and apply them through practical teaching, observation, assisting, and appropriate application of therapeutic Ayurveda Yoga techniques; all supporting dynamic and supple physical strength, developing emotional maturity, and cultivating new mind-sets.
How Therapeutic Informed Yoga Differs from Traditional Yoga?
A common experience of people exposed to illness, injury or trauma is a disconnection and dissociation to their body, as the body has, many times, been the source of suffering. Therapeutic informed yoga is specifically designed to support the body’s own capacity to heal. Through the use of specific postures that can be adapted for all body types and abilities, we are able to create an adaptive, supportive and safe environment aligned with our Therapeutic informed yoga approach. We have created therapeutic yoga-based practices for intervention that, when done, regularly, can cultivate specific and effective results; empowering individuals to regulate their thoughts and behaviors in the moment of dysregulation. The aim is to increase body awareness, improve the mind-body connection, and to bring attention to the breath, balance, sensations, pressure, and contractions of the body. This combined with empowering, invitational and non-directive language helps redefine the individual’s experience. As the tolerance for the discomfort of the physical experience is increased, emotional regulation is enhanced and cognitive abilities are boosted, the feelings of safety, and therefore healing on all levels of our being, also increases. This approach supports the individual to empower themselves to always be in charge of his or her own experience. Over time, the body and mind become less threatening and the disconnection lessens. No longer working to keep threatening and uncomfortable aspects of body sensations and mind at bay (sympathetic nervous system on alert), the more we can cultivate creativity and a harmonious relationship with ourselves.
Students will be able to:
Develop an understanding of the six stages of disease, the body’s response to stress, and the complex response to trauma.
Learn the principles of self-regulation, a variety of breathing techniques, classical pranayama practices, as well as other therapeutic strategies to use to instigate a desired outcome when individuals are dysregulated; effectively empowering individuals to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.
Develop, a yoga nidra (emotional), learn the effective use of props to help support individuals with various abilities (physical), and develop effective language that supports transforming limiting beliefs into life affirming thought patterns (cognitive).
Acquire hands-on practical skills to execute, facilitate, and develop a private yoga session and customized protocol.
Learn to embody self-care practices and the methodology in order to define their own strengths and limitations as a therapeutic yoga teacher, caregiver and healer, clarify their vision, and promote their programs with authenticity and integrity.
10-day THERAPEUTICALLY-INFORMED YOGA immersion
At the idyllic setting of Peace Retreat, in Costa Rica, we are offering our unique therapeutic informed yoga program specifically designed for certified 200-hour yoga teacher graduates from an accredited yoga program/school who have a desire to take their teaching to the next level and to learn how to contribute intelligently to students living with illness, injury or trauma in a way that supports the evolution of their whole being.
By joining us for our 10-day Therapeutically Informed Yoga program, you will have the opportunity to:
learn in a small group setting with plenty of mentorship and guidance
teach a variety of students, in a retreat setting, under the guidance of dedicated facilitators
apply the techniques of Therapeutic Ayurveda Yoga that will be practiced in class, discussed intellectually, and materialized through experiential demonstrations.
build on what you have already learned and hone your teaching skills
participate in a wide-range of powerful discussions, learning experiences, and practices
design a therapeutically informed yoga-based session for a demographic (or individual) that/who inspires you and to whom you can commit following through within your own community after you leave the training.
Our commitment is to provide you with a unique development program that allows you to explore the art of teaching therapeutic informed yoga. We are also committed to creating an intimate experience and, as such, we are only accepting up to 16 participants for this program. Our aim is that, by the end of the training, you will feel empowered to inspire and activate change with purpose - both in yourself and in your students. This is the opportunity to build deeper connections which support and drive real transformation on and off the mat - propelling both yourself, and your teaching, to new levels of effectiveness. Our purpose is to provide you with an experience that will facilitate the teaching of yoga at its highest purpose, as a vehicle for personal growth and integrated evolution. This provides our students with a multidimensional approach towards integrating the therapeutic aspects of yoga into existing practices and current professional fields.
This program is designed as an intensive immersion of education and experience which will give you the skills to teach therapeutic informed yoga; making your teaching experience more robust and powerful.
**NB. This program qualifies for 100 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and can be used towards the Swastha Yoga International 500-hour yoga teacher training certification.