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Yoga Therapy Professional Certification Training Program

The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda presents
Yoga Therapy Professional Certification Training Program
Offered in Two Segments

The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda presents our

325- hr Yoga Therapy Professional Certification Training Program
Offered in two training segments: June 14-July 2, and Aug 2-21: Daily 12:30-6:30 pm

Training Location in 2012

I. RMIYA, ( residential)
location to be announced
Inquiries: Dona Smith,,
303 499 2910

COST $3275 (includes a $75 internship fee)  **** food and lodging charged separately     note: there will be a $200 commuters fee

****if nonrefundable deposit of $900 received by April 20th than price comes down to $3075 ***  food, lodging  and commuters fee of $200 are charged separately

"RMIYA's Yoga Therapy Certification Program, under the careful direction of Professor Buhrman, opens the door for any diligent student to explore the vast therapeutic potential of the Yogic tradition in a contemporary context. After graduating, I came back to my small Midwest town and was immediately employed as the resident Yoga Therapist in the local Integrative Medicine Clinic."-- Matthew Remski, Baraboo Yoga and Living Arts

About the Program:
This Certification program, now in its eleventh year, offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study with a distinguished faculty of leading Yoga Therapists, each of whom has many years of professional experience. One of the most highly regarded and comprehensive programs in the country, it gives students exposure to important Yogic tools and techniques for bringing healing and well-being to others. This in-depth training allows certified or registered Yoga teachers and health care professionals with extensive Yoga backgrounds to develop the skills necessary to use the knowledge and techniques from all of the limbs of Yoga in a healing context.
Students will learn Yoga Therapy diagnostics which include patient intake and assessment from postural and movement perspectives, Yoga psychology, and Ayurvedic perspectives. The cause and development of diseases is studied from both Western and Ayurvedic viewpoints, and relevant research on Yoga therapy methods is presented. The training emphasizes Yoga Therapy methods for managing or healing a variety of conditions such as accidents and injuries, muscular skeletal disorders, diseases of aging, metabolic disorder weight gain, and diabetes, allergies and asthma, stress-related illnesses, digestive disorders, cancer, depression and anxiety, other mental and emotional disorders, and spiritual emergence difficulties. Client management, ethics, legal issues, and how to develop referral relationships with medical and other health care professionals will be included. Internship projects will be assigned, and each student will work with three patients for a period of approximately four months.
The application of Yogic knowledge and healing practices include the following techniques:
§ Yoga asana therapy appropriate for fit, injured, and aging persons.
§ Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and guided visualization techniques for the achievement of deep levels of physical and emotional release, relaxation and healing.
§ Pranayama and meditation techniques specific to certain diseases and doshic imbalances.
§ Yogic and Ayurvedic diets appropriate to specific diseases and simple Ayurvedic aids to healing.
§ The Shat Kriya practices of Hatha Yoga and their uses in disease management.
§ The use of Vedic Mantras for healing.
Outline of the Training:
All sessions of the seminar will meet from 12:30 to 6:30, EXCEPT FOR THE TWO MORNINGS NOTED IN THE SCHEDULE BELOW. Please plan to eat lunch prior to the start of class. Lectures will be given in the first part of each session, and the more experiential parts will follow. Project assignments of approximately 3 hours duration will be given approximately every other day. Students should plan to utilize the morning time for personal yoga practices and for completing assignments.
The training is composed of 1-4 day Courses on each topic included in the Training; with the number of days in each course shown in parentheses below.
Session One: Skills Development and Tools for Assessment
1. History and Scope of Practice of Yoga Therapy (1)
2. Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists (3)
3. Hatha Yoga Shat Karma (Kriya) Practices (2 mornings)
4. Yoga Psychology of the Yoga Sutras (2)
5. The Principles of Breath in Healing (1)
6. Structural Yoga: Musculo-Skeletal Reading and Adjusting the Body for Yoga Asana Therapy (4)
7. Restorative Yoga (1)
8, The Stress Response and Methods of Deep Relaxation (1)
9. Yoga Nidra (2)
Interim Internship Project/Client Assessment:
Research Paper (to be submitted in duplicate to internship director, plus one copy for each student in the program so that everyone can benefit from everyone else’s research): Students will research and describe one common disease, the traditional Yogic/Ayurvedic approaches to treating it, and report on and evaluate Yoga therapy research which has been done. The student will choose a specific disease or syndrome, describe it medically and ayurvedically and Yoga therapy research and treatment protocols which have been used to treat that disease. Students are expected to search both the IAYT and PubMed websites, as well as other sources.
Client assessment: In the month intervening between sessions, each student will interview three people who would like to be assessed for the purpose of receiving individualized Yoga therapies. The interview will include, for each person, history and symptoms of each complaint, medical history, Ayurvedic assessment of prakrti and vikrti, and structural Yoga analysis. There will be no charge to the client. During the second session of the training, the student will develop a Yoga Therapy treatment plan for each of the three clients which include asana, pranayama, shat karma, relaxation, meditation, and diet and lifestyle suggestions. This plan will be presented to the group and the internship supervisor during the “client management” days during session II of the training.
Session II: Yoga Chikitsa: Yogic Treatments for Disease
10. Body Systems, Physiology, and Pathology (4)
11. Yoga Therapies for Allergies and Asthma (1)
12. Yoga Therapies, Diet, and Lifestyle for Metabolic Syndrome, Weight Reduction, Diabetes, Heart
Disease (2)
13. Yoga Therapy for Cancer Patients (2)
14. Accidents and Injuries (2)
15. Repetitive Strain Injuries (1)
16. Yoga Therapy for Frail Elders (1)
17. Applied Yoga Psychology for Depression, Anxiety, Spiritual and other Mental and Emotional
Disorders (2)
18. Client Management and Referral, and Presentation of Case Studies (3)
Completion of Internship and Awarding of Certification:
Returning home, students will implement the selected Yoga therapy program for each of their original three clients, and follow up with each client according to established protocol and regular, scheduled consultations with the internship director. Certification will be given at completion of treatment protocol, final evaluation of progress of each client, and submission to the internship director of a formal. There will be no charge to the client.
Part Five: Completion of the Yoga of the Heart Program taught by Nischala Devi (Optional)
Details of this 75-hour cardiac training are available at This training entitles the graduate of RMIYA’s program to a 375-hr Yoga Therapy Certification from RMIYA.
Faculty members who participate in teaching our Yoga therapy trainings:
Dr. Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D. RYT (E-500)
Felicia Tomasko, R.N.
Dr. Gary Brown, D.O.
Jnani Chapman, R.N.
Swami Brahmananda
Swami Dharmavati
Swami Karma Karuna
Mangala Warner, M.S. RYT (E-500)
Deborah Quilter (RYT-E500)
Jonas Westring,, P.T.
Patricia Hansen, M.A., RYT (E-500)
Hansa Knox, RYT (E-500)
Dr. John O’Hearn, M.D.
Faculty bios are available upon request.
Texts required for the training:
Training Manual
Structural Yoga Therapy, Mukunda Stiles
An anatomy text of your choice
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—A Study Guide to Books I and II, Baba Hari Dass
Ayurveda and Panchakarma, Sunil Joshi
Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes, Swami Shandkardevananda
Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD
A History of Modern Yoga, Elizabeth de Michaelis
The Gherandha Samhita (Kaivalyadham version preferred
The Healing Path of Yoga, Nischala Devi
Who May Attend:
Registered or certified Yoga teachers, health care professionals with substantial yoga asana experience, and trainees in 500-hr Yoga or Ayurveda programs. Our instructors for this intensive represent several different traditions of teaching; and participants from all Yoga traditions are welcome. Please include 1) a copy of your 200-hr YTT certificate, 2) a resume, and 3) an application letter documenting your qualifications along with your registration fee.
Program Certification:
RMIYA will award a 300-hr Yoga Therapy Certificate to all participants who complete this training. No certifications will be given until all assignments have been completed. Transcripts of all completed courses are available on request from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. A 375-hr Yoga Therapy Certification will be awarded when participants have completed both this intensive and The Yoga of the Heart Cardiac Yoga training with Nischala Devi, which is offered approximately four times per year in various locations. Information on this training can be obtained at www.
Application of Yoga Therapy Hours toward 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training.
RMIYA is careful to distinguish between advanced Yoga teacher training (advanced training in the practices and philosophy of Yoga and teaching methodology which allows the teacher to teach intermediate and advanced practices of Yoga sadhana), and Yoga Therapy training (which is focused on using the practices of Yoga for the purposes of healing and requires a great deal of specialized training which is entirely different from that of a Yoga teacher). The first session of the Yoga therapy training, approximately 140 hours, may be counted toward our 500 hour Yoga Teacher training program, because it is applicable to both Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists. The second session, which is entirely focused on disease management, is not applicable to the 500-hour certification.
In some of our trainings, however, a 500-hr program may run concurrently with the Yoga Therapy training. In this option, students also meet 6:30-10:30 am. each morning of the Yoga Therapy Training, for specific training in intermediate and advanced practices of Yoga. One additional training period of approximately 8 days is then required for a certification as a 500-hr teacher.
About RMIYA:
The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, founded in 1990, is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the purity and preservation of the ancient teachings and an exploration of their application to modern life. Founded by Sarasvati Buhrman, Patricia Hansen, and Richard Freeman in 1990, we are the oldest school of Yoga and Ayurveda in Colorado and are approved by the Yoga Alliance, the International Yoga Federation World Council of Yoga, and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. We are dedicated to the preservation of the ancient traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, and to exploring their applications to modern life. We offer training programs in Yoga Teacher Training (200 and 500-hr programs), Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Medicine (750- and 1500-hr programs), Ayurvedic Postpartum Care, and Yoga Therapy.

 325-hr Yoga Therapy
Professional Certification Training
(500 hour Yoga Teacher Training can be run concurrently with this program

* the first half of the Yoga Therapy program is also part of our 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training

*those wishing to take the 500 hour will have an extra session in the mornings from 6:30am-10:30am each day

You must be a 200-hr or 500-hr certified Yoga teacher to attend the Yoga Therapy Program.
Tuition Costs: $3275 plus commuters fee of $200, or $3075 if a non-refundable $900 deposit is paid by May 18th, 2012.(PLUS COMMUTERS FEE of $200.)
Lodging and meals, additional for aprox $75 a day: which includes light liquids before morning meditation, brunch and dinner

For more information, email us at, or call us at 303-499-2910, or visit our website at The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda is a nonprofit, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) approved school and is registered with the Yoga Alliance and the International Yoga Federation.


Some Classes can be taken separately as long as you have the prerequiste for any given class

Yoga Therapy Certification Program Schedule for 2012

Session 1: Skills Training (all classes in session I count toward
fulfillment of requirements for YTT-500)

JUNE 14 (Thur) : The History and Scope of Practice of Yoga Therapy
(Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 15-18 (Fri-Mon) : Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 19 (Tues) : Shat Kriya morning practice session (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 20-23 (Wed- Sat) : Reading and Adjusting the Body in Yoga Asana Therapy
(Mangala Warner, M.S.)

JUNE 24 (Sun) Reading the Body Practicum with Mangala

JUNE 25, 26 (Mon-Tues) : Yoga Psychology (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 27 (Wed) : Restorative Yoga (Hansa Knox)

JUNE 28 (Thur) : The Stress Response and Yoga (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 29 (Fri) : Healing Dynamics of Breath (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

JUNE 30-JULY 1 (Sat-Sun) : Yoga Nidra (Swami Brahmananda and Swami Dharmavati)

Session 2: Yoga Chikitsa: Yogic Treatment for Disease

AUG 2-5 (Thur-Sun) : Body Systems and Pathology (Felicia Tomasko, R.N.)

AUG 6-7 (Mon-Tues) : Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, and Diabetes
(Sarasvati Buhrman Ph.D.)

AUG 8 (Wed) : Yoga Therapies for Asthma and Allergies (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

AUG 9 (Thurs) : Varisaur Dhauti: Shat Kriya morning practice session
(Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

AUG 10 (Fri) : Yoga Therapy for Repetitive Strain Injuries
(Deborah Quilter, M.A.)

AUG 11 (Sat) : Yoga Therapy for Frail Elders (Deborah Quilter)

AUG 12-13 (Sun-Mon) : Yoga Therapy for Cancer Patients (Jnani Chapman, R.N.)

AUG 14-15 (Tues-Wed) : Yoga Therapy for Accidents and Injuries
(Patricia Hansen, M.A.)

AUG 16-17 (Thurs-Fri) : Applied Yoga Psychology: Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental and Emotional Disorders (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

AUG 18-21 (Sat-Tues) : Client Management and Closing Ceremony (Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D.)

AUG 21: Closing Ceremony 4pm or 5pm


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