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Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy

  • The Mind 

    Yogic, Ayurvedic and Western Perspectives 

    Course Description 

    Yoga therapy has proved helpful for many chronic mental health conditions, and these are explored with an overall orientation to body-mind integration. This course covers a multi-dimensional view of psychology and mental health, from Western, Ayurvedic, Yogic and Subtle Energy perspectives, all of which are addressed to guide the therapist’s choice of interventions. Vedic meditation, Tantric meditation forms, pranayama, kriyas to change brain chemistry and tested protocols for various conditions of the mind are taught and practiced in class. A basic overview of the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Pradipika, Vedas, Upanishads, and Patanjali’s sutras is explored regarding mental health and yogic perspectives. Therapeutic skills for communicating with and teaching clients are taught in class and are expected to be practiced in home study sessions. Also covered are working therapeutically with groups, practicing ethically, and how to develop and use referral networks with mental health practitioners. These three modules provide a basic introduction to many areas of yoga therapy subject matter and are a prerequisite for many other modules in this training. The modules total 180 hours. 

    Total hours = 196 hours 

    Live classes (online and in person): 108 hours 

    Home study practicum: 82 hours 

    Prerequisite 

    Graduate of a Yoga Teacher Training course (RYS -200 program or equivalent), one year of personal practice, and one year of experience teaching Yoga (minimum of 80 hours). 

    OR graduate of Sat Sangat teacher training program on how to teach therapeutically; a year of teaching yoga and a year’s personal practice is included in the training. 

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    Three five-day modules which include a combination of lecture, discussion, case study research, group work, and practicum (as Home Practicum Assignments). Students are expected to complete home practicum assignments. 

    Dates 

    The Mind Module One: 18-20 August 2023 & 25-27 August 2023; 8-12 August 2024 

    The Mind Module Two: 10-14 November 2023; 7-11 November 2024 

    The Mind Module Three: 21-25 March 2024; 20-24 March 2025 

  • Foundations 

    Course Description 

    This in-depth 5-day program is the foundational module of Sat Sangat’s Yoga Therapy Training. It provides many practical foundational skills necessary for a safe and effective yoga therapy practice including intake interviews, yoga therapy assessments using yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy, and documenting skills from Western and Yogic perspectives. The course explores a therapeutic understanding of structure and function, postural alignment, breath, subtle anatomy, prakruti, vikruti, and the gunas. Yogic philosophical models such as panchamaya kosha, human chariot theory, the prana vayus and others are studied using Bhagavad Gita, Sutras, Vedas, Samkhya Yoga, Ayurveda, and Upanishads. Intuition and energy healing are taught as essential skills for yoga therapists to cultivate. Therapeutic relationships are discussed as well as practiced by working with volunteer clients in class and at home. Documentation skills for the purpose of referrals to medical practitioners, and interpretation of referrals from medical practitioners is included, as well as the basics of the business aspects of becoming a yoga therapist. Study of the IAYT scope of practice and code of ethics is included in this course. Role playing is an important mode of instruction in this module. 

    Total hours = 74 hours  

    • In person = 42 hours(with 6 hours Practicum) 
    • Home study practicum = 32hours 
    • Total practicum = 38 hours (6 hours residential; 32 home study) 

    Prerequisite 

    • Graduate of a Yoga Teacher Training course, one year of personal practice, and one year of experience teaching Yoga (minimum of 80 hours). 
    • OR, graduate of a RYS-200 program. Must have a year’s personal practice. 

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a 5-day course which includes a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and practicum (both home study and residential). Students are expected to complete home practicum assignments. 

    Dates: 

    11 – 15 July 2024; 8 – 12 May 2025 

  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

    Course Description

    This seven-day training course gives participants a deep understanding of Patanjali’s Sutras, as they were written in his own time. The context of the philosophies of the day are explored and commentaries written by Vyasa, Swami Rama, Swami Veda, and other philosophers are explored. Participants are guided in the exploration of Patanjali’s eight-fold path in their own sadhana. Obstacles to their practice, as expounded in the Sutras and commentaries, are explored in peer groups. Understanding samādhi, in this first book of Patanjali’s Sutras is a primary goal of this course. Participants are encouraged to develop bhava (attitude/mood/feeling) in their sadhana and led to a deeper understanding of why this is an integral part of the journey of Yoga, which is samādhi. Students are taught to apply the sutras when teaching asana, pranayama, and meditation, and in their personal sadhana. Contemporary social justice issues, and personal and socio-political issues are explored from the perspective of the Sutras, the yamas and niyamas, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and Upanishads. Students gain a deep understanding of how the yoga sutras apply to the practice of yoga therapy.

    Total hours = 46 hours

    • Live classes (online and in person) = 42 hours

    • Home assignment = 4 hours

    • No practicum for this module

    Prerequisites

    Graduate of a Yoga Teacher Training course (RYS -200 program or equivalent), one year of personal practice, and one year of experience teaching Yoga (minimum of 80 hours).

    OR graduate of Sat Sangat teacher training program on how to teach therapeutically which includes a year of teaching yoga and a year’s personal practice.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT)

    Teaching Format

    This six-day module can also take place over three consecutive weekends. The course can be attended online and in person. The course consists of a combination of lectures, discussions, peer group work, and advanced experiential meditation practice.

    Dates

    1 – 6 August 2024; 29 May – 3 June 2025

  • Insights into the Bhagavad Gita 

    with Swami Rama, Swami Chidbhavananda, and Paramahamasa Yogananda 

    Course Description 

    Students learn to unravel the deeper layers of meaning in the Bhagavad Gita and to apply the eternal wisdoms contained therein to their own internal growth and spiritual development. The course guides students to examine how attachment and desire, and their partner states of anger, greed and spiritual pride, are foundational to obstructing spiritual growth and how the application of techniques recommended in the Gita expel these. The Gita is explored through the writings of three Indian masters: Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Chidbhavananda, and Swami Rama. Their insights on the Gita are expounded and applied to the use of yoga therapy in contemporary healing environments. The teachings in the Gita are contextualised by examining earlier and later texts from the yogic tradition including and not limited to: the Vedas, Samkhya Yoga, Tattva samāsa sutras, and Patanjali’s Sutras. The teachings contained in the Gita are explored with reference to several yoga practices and their application in yoga therapy, and how the use of these enhance the yoga therapist’s intuition in service of the healing process.  

    Total hours = 45 hours 

    • Online (or in person) participation = 42 hours 
    • Home assignment = 3 hours 
    • No practicum for this module. 

    Prerequisites 

    Graduate of a Yoga Teacher Training course (RYS -200 program or equivalent), one year of personal practice, and one year of experience teaching Yoga (minimum of 80 hours). 

    OR graduate of Sat Sangat teacher training program on how to teach therapeutically which includes a year of teaching yoga and a year’s personal practice. 

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a six-day module which can also be held over three weekends. This module can be attended online and in person. It consists of a combination of lectures, discussion, peer group work, and advanced experiential meditation and asana practice.  

    Dates 

     10 – 12 May 2024; 17 – 18 May 2024; 25 May 2024 

  • Musculoskeletal I 

    Course Description 

    This course conducts a review of anatomy and physiology as it relates to the musculoskeletal system and yoga therapy. It includes common pathologies, structural imbalances, functional imbalances and more. Intake procedures, especially as they relate the musculoskeletal issues are reviewed and practiced. A review of evaluation procedures; decision-making; and delivery of yoga therapy interventions is conducted. For musculoskeletal conditions, “Quick Fixes” (those protocols which work in most cases), Level I Therapeutics (more in-depth), and Maintenance Therapeutics are covered. More severe conditions are discussed but yoga therapy interventions are not covered in-depth in this course as they will be covered in more detail in Musculoskeletal II. Adaptations as needed for daily living are covered for different conditions. Surgery basics are covered, including Total Hip and Knee Replacements. Students will participate in a residential clinic/workshop and be assigned one or more students/clients to work with for two days under supervision. Students prepare and deliver a presentation on an assigned musculoskeletal yoga therapy topic. The course combines lectures, group discussion, case-study observation, experiential components, student presentations and in-class practicum with volunteers. Q&A sessions are included in every segment so students and faculty keep abreast of material that may need reviewing. Student practicum with volunteers includes intake and assessment, one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, small group sessions, and program instruction for the client to do at home. Students meet with faculty and peers during the training to discuss their cases and design of their treatment plan. Other areas of study such as assessment theory and practice, Ayurveda, spiritual counselling, yoga therapy with members of marginalised communities (volunteers are drawn from Sat Sangat community projects), chakras, meditation, Bhagavad Gita, and more, are brought into the discussion, instruction, and practice. This prepares students for their home study practicum segment of the training. 

    Total hours = 115 hours 

    • In person = 73hours (with 12 hours practicum) 
    • Home study practicum = 42hours 
    • Total practicum hours = 54 hours (12 Residential + 42 Home study) 

    Prerequisites 

    To be eligible for acceptance into Musculoskeletal I, students should complete the following: 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview).                                                                    
    • The Mind (three modules).                                                                                                     
    • Foundations module.  

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This course can be run over four weekends, spread out over a three-month period, to give students the opportunity to work on the home practicum component and bring their observations and questions to the group. The alternate in-person format is two five-day retreats separated by a period of three months. Students are expected to complete home practicum assignments. 

    Dates 

    31 January – 4 February 2024 (part 2); 27 April – 1 May 2024 (part 1). 

  • Musculoskeletal II 

    Course Description 

    This course involves additional training in acute and chronic care. It focuses on integrating all areas of learned subject matter and putting it into practical use for people with primarily musculoskeletal issues. The course builds upon the knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal I and assigned practicum experiences. Anatomy and physiology are reviewed in the context of working with clients with musculoskeletal issues and communicating with other healthcare providers. Students will have opportunities to practice: 

    • Intake and assessment. 
    • Evaluation of treatment plans. 
    • Critical thinking skills. 
    • Communicating with potential clients and service providers. 
    • Leading and teaching appropriate yoga therapy techniques including both subtle and gross interventions. 
    • Conducting one-on-one and group sessions. 
    • Providing daily living advice for maintenance and upkeep. 
    • Giving home routines as appropriate to clients’ needs, constitution and circumstances. 
    • Follow-up. 

    Practicum with volunteers is included in the module, with peer and faculty observation and feedback. The clinic/practicum is with Sat Sangat’s community program. Students are expected to teach group and individual sessions under the supervision of faculty with a focus on integrating and practicing learned concepts, techniques, and skills. A home study component includes 10 hours of one-on-one therapy with a volunteer client based on the structure shared in the module. 

    Total hours = 46 hours 

    • In person = 36hours (with 5 hours practicum) 
    • Home study practicum = 10hours 
    • Total practicum hours = 15 hours (5 Residential + 10 Home study) 

    Prerequisites 

    To be eligible for acceptance into Musculoskeletal I, students should complete the following: 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview).                                                                    
    • The Mind. (three modules).                                                                                                     
    • Foundations module.  

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    The course is delivered as a 5-day in-person module. It includes pre-recorded slides, lectures, case studies, instruction on therapeutic interventions, and information that can be used for assignments due in class and as part of home study. Students are expected to complete home practicum assignments. 

    Dates 

    19 – 23 September 2024. 

  • Restorative Yoga 

    Course Description 

    The Recovery Yoga course is designed to deliver yoga therapy to chronically ill, injured, postoperative, and traumatised people. The course considers any person who feels their body is not operating the way they would like it to, whether it is the result of a physical injury, a chronic physical condition, or a mental malaise from any kind of trauma. The aim of the program is to encourage clients to take responsibility for their own health maintenance, providing practical tools to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. An additional component to this course considers the impact of ethnic and race-based stress and trauma. Students are expected to teach a restorative yoga class in a group and individual session during the supervised residential practicum using techniques learned in previous modules, that is, conducting intake interviews, assessments, and designing a group and individual treatment plan with provision for monitoring and evaluation. Students present poses to the group while catering to the individual needs of each person. Though the course focuses on restorative yoga, other areas of study and of yoga therapy (such as pranayama, chakras, visualisation techniques, yantra meditation, chanting, and meditation) are brought into discussion, instruction, and practice. Common cautions and contraindications and/or injuries are covered relating to each restorative asana.  

    Total hours = 68 hours  

    • Hybrid online and in-person = 48 hours(with 6 hours residential practicum) 
    • Home study practicum = 20 hours 
    • Total practicum hours = 26 (6 hours residential + 20 home study practicum) 

    Prerequisites 

    For students who are not enrolled in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training: 

    • Graduate of a Yoga Teacher Training course (RYS -200 program or equivalent), one year of personal practice, and one year of experience teaching Yoga (minimum of 80 hours). 
    • OR graduate of Sat Sangat teacher training program on how to teach therapeutically which includes a year of teaching yoga and a year’s personal practice. 

    For students who wish to certify as Sat Sangat yoga therapists and use this module as a credit: 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview).                                                                    
    • The Mind (three modules). 
    • Foundations module.  

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a 6-day course which can be attended either online or in person. It includes a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential practices, practice teaching restorative yoga asanas and programs for individuals and small groups, and residential practicum. Students also complete a home practicum assignment. 

    Dates 

    23 – 28 January 2025 

     

  • Basic Ayurveda 

    Course Description 

    This course, which builds on the introduction to Ayurveda and basic Ayurvedic assessment that was part of The Mind and Foundations modules, addresses a variety of medical conditions from an Ayurvedic perspective, and introduces simple/basic Ayurvedic therapies appropriate for inclusion in yoga therapy sessions. Basic concepts such as prakruti/constitution, vikruti/current state of doshas, the doshas and their relationships to the elements, dosha qualities, and signs of balance and imbalance in the doshas are reviewed. The course has a residential clinic in which student gain experience with volunteers in assessing predominant doshas, dosha imbalances, status of the gunas, and doshic responses to stress. Students learn how to lead yoga postures and pranayama in a session of restorative yoga, with a focus on ‘dosha awareness’, and to help keep the doshas balanced. 

    The module covers how to bring doshas back into balance via appropriate yogic and ayurvedic therapies that are appropriate for use by yoga therapists. It reviews Ayurvedic perspectives on stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and immunity. The course also presents the study of a range of fundamental Ayurvedic concepts to understand Ayurvedic perspectives of: 

    • health and disease. 
    • anatomy & physiology. 
    • mental & emotional correlates with doshas. 
    • the disease process (Samprapti). 
    • how Ayurveda views the integration of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. 

    An overview (and review) of the Vedic Sciences and how they apply to Ayurveda and Yoga and the practice of yoga therapists is provided, with emphasis on Sankhya, Vedanta, Tantra, and Yoga philosophies and how they impact the practice of yoga therapy. Students also learn about Ayurvedic therapies beyond the scope of practice of a yoga therapist, knowledge of which is important for appropriate referrals to qualified Ayurvedic practitioners. The course does not prepare yoga therapists to be Ayurvedic practitioners, nor does it qualify them to determine a person’s constitution/prakruti. The goal of the course is to learn enough about Ayurveda to identify probable doshic dominance, signs of doshic imbalances, and to apply simple Ayurvedic therapies assisting clients to restore doshic balance (including using asana, opposite qualities, and basic Vata management). Students are also instructed in very basic Ayurvedic approaches to proper eating and diet for balancing doshas. Basic tenets of Ayurvedic lifestyle (vihara) are also presented. 

    Because of the Ayurvedic view of its critical role in health, a variety of digestive disorders are discussed. Students learn the importance of how lifestyle, diet and digestion are key factors in the maintenance of health or the development of disease. They learn simple Ayurvedic strategies for keeping digestion healthy, with some variations for each dosha. 

    Students have a home practicum assignment in which they are expected to do a basic assessment of the primary dosha/s, the guna constitution, and any obvious dosha imbalances with a volunteer, and to develop and deliver a treatment plan which demonstrates their ability to apply the knowledge of Ayurveda into the practice of yoga. 

    Total hours = 46 hours 

    • In person and online = 36 hours(with 4 hours practicum in class) 
    • Home study practicum = 10 hours 
    • Total hours of practicum = 14 hours (4 hours residential + 10 hours home study) 

    Prerequisites 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview). 
    • Foundations. 
    • The Mind (three modules). 
    • Restorative Yoga. 

     

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a 5-day residential course which can also be attended online. The alternate format is two consecutive weekends. The course includes a combination of lectures, discussions, review sessions, case studies, and practicum. 36 hours are classroom hours (which include 4 hours of practicum delivered one-on-one to a volunteer during classroom hours) and 10 hours are home study practicum. 

    Dates 

    20 – 24 February 2025 

  • Health Challenges I 

    Course Description  

    Yoga therapy has proved extremely helpful for many chronic health conditions. This course covers the provision of yoga therapy for the conditions of insomnia, hypertension, stroke, cancer, pre-menstrual Syndrome, PTSD, dysmenorrhea, and menopause. We review the anatomy of systems involved, basic pathophysiology in an overview of the condition, consider personal testimonials and case studies, scientific evidence, analyse asana and pranayama for each condition, including an overview of the basic tenets and practices of trauma-sensitive yoga, and study contraindications and special considerations and modifications. This provides a good foundation for practical application of the concepts presented in class, in combination with appropriate yoga therapy protocols, during the residential practicum, which consists of role play, case study analysis, and class discussion. Medical, Ayurvedic, and subtle energy perspectives on these health challenges are addressed to guide and inform choices of therapeutic interventions. A salutogenesis perspective is studied. Case studies are presented for practical application of the concepts in class in combination with appropriate yoga therapy protocols. The course also studies the therapeutic relationship and students are expected to apply concepts learned during role plays and case study analysis. The business of yoga therapy covers aspects of taking yoga therapy into professional environments, some legal requirements, financial and administrative aspect, and professional ethics and standards. Students apply and consolidate their knowledge by writing up their experience working with volunteer clients sourced through their communities of practice during home study practicum, which comprises 27 hours of one-on-one yoga therapy with two volunteers. 

    Total hours = 69 hours 

    • Hybrid format of online and in person = 42 hours  
    • Home study practicum = 27 hours  

    Prerequisites 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview). 
    • The Mind (three modules). 
    • Foundations. 
    • Basic Ayurveda. 

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a 6-day course, which can be attended in person and online. It includes a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies and practicum (as part of the home study practicum assignment). The alternate format for this course is two consecutive long weekends of 3 days each. 

    Dates 

    27 March – 1 April 2025 

  • Health Challenges II 

    Course Description  

    Yoga therapy has proved extremely helpful for many chronic health conditions. This course covers the provision of yoga therapy for the conditions of obesity, diabetes, thyroid disorders, congestive heart failure, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches (tension and migraine), asthma, COPD, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. We review the anatomy of systems involved, basic pathophysiology in an overview of the condition, consider personal testimonials and case studies, scientific evidence, analyse asana and pranayama for each condition, including an overview of the basic tenets and practices of trauma-sensitive yoga, and study contraindications and special considerations and modifications. This provides a good foundation for practical application of the concepts presented in class, in combination with appropriate yoga therapy protocols, during the residential practicum, which consists of role play, case study analysis, and class discussion. Medical, Ayurvedic, and subtle energy perspectives on these health challenges are addressed to guide and inform choices of therapeutic interventions. A salutogenesis perspective is studied. Case studies are presented for practical application of the concepts in class in combination with appropriate yoga therapy protocols. The course also studies the therapeutic relationship and students are expected to apply concepts learned during role plays and case study analysis. The business of yoga therapy covers aspects of taking yoga therapy into professional environments, some legal requirements, and financial and administrative aspects. Students apply and consolidate their knowledge by writing up their experience working with volunteer clients sourced through their communities of practice during home study practicum, which comprises 27 hours of one-on-one yoga therapy with two volunteers. 

    Total hours = 69 hours 

    • Hybrid format of online and in person = 42 hours  
    • Home study practicum = 27 hours  

    Prerequisites 

    • Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview). 
    • The Mind (three modules). 
    • Foundations. 
    • Basic Ayurveda. 

    Faculty 

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT). 

    Teaching Format 

    This is a 6-day course, which can be attended in person and online. It includes a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies and practicum (as part of the home study practicum assignment). The alternate format for this course is two consecutive long weekends of 3 days each. 

    Dates 

    10 – 15 July 2025 

  • Seniors & Bone Strength

    Course Description

    This course gives an overview of the physiological and psychological changes that commonly occur in seniors (60 years and older), and how the yoga therapist can help clients optimize function and emphasize the positive aspects of gracefully moving into this stage of life.

    Since more and more people over age 50 are being diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, these conditions are also addressed in this course.

    Students learn cautions that need to be observed for seniors and for those who are at risk for or who have low bone density, so that they can practice yoga safely, with a special emphasis on posture, yoga asanas, pranayama, and general lifestyle factors. Students will also learn and practice a variety of yoga interventions that therapeutically address the need for increased bone density for all who may be at risk for this condition, regardless of their age.

    • This course covers how to help older people:
    • Practice yoga postures and pranayama safely.
    • Use yoga asana practice to optimize bone strength.
    • Maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.
    • Embrace a positive attitude about aging.

    Further aspects included in the training:

    • Research on how Yoga helps to build bones and prevent age-related frailty.
    • Preventing fractures – bone physiology and yoga.
    • Exploring new developments in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of osteoporosis.
    • Hyperkyphosis: assessment, medical treatment, yoga practice, yoga therapy.
    • Drawbacks of medicine for osteoporosis.

    The community service aspect of this course requires identifying an elder residence and setting up a program to work with the elderly in their place of residence. If an elder residence is not accessible, students are required to find an elder in their community with whom they can complete their practice.

    Total hours = 52 hours

    In-person and online = 42 hours

    Home study practicum = 10 hours

    Prerequisite

    Enrolment in Sat Sangat Yoga Therapy training (application process includes forms and an intake interview).

    The Mind (three modules).

    Foundations.

    Restorative Yoga.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT).

    Teaching Format

    This is a 6–day course which includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and case studies (with students working together in study groups), and an opportunity for small groups of students to provide components of a sample yoga therapy session for clients. There is also a home study practicum assignment (10 hours) and the opportunity to engage in community service as part of the certification requirements. This course can be attended online as well as in-person.

    Dates

    28 August – 2 September 2025

  • Meditation Practice and Theory

    Course Description

    In this 8-day training, students explore how to use meditation for finding solutions to daily life problems. Meditation teachers and yoga therapists will gain skills to use personally and to teach their students. The 8 days can also be split into two long weekends of 4 days each with a 3-day break in between. Spiritual teachings in the Tantras, Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas, are examined as the foundation for a meditation practice. Students are taught how to sit, when and where to practice, how to progress gradually and steadily in their meditation practice and how to deal with disturbing thoughts. Aids to meditation such as kriya, diet, prayer, and silence are explored. The course examines ethical principles and guidelines to uphold in the therapeutic relationship. A unique perspective in this training is the application of specific meditation practices to personality disorders and examining existing research on brain anatomy and meditation. Different techniques of meditation are explored such as meditations from the Tantras, mantra and the science of sound, stages, and depth of absorption in dhyana, mindfulness, reflection and contemplation, Saundarya Lahari, and meditating on Siva and Shakti. There is no practicum with this module.

    Total hours = 56 hours.

    In person and online = 56 hours.

    Prerequisite

    Application forms obtainable from itta.roussos@gmail.com must be filled out and approved by course faculty for attendance of this module.

    Intake interview with Program Director.

    The Mind (three modules).

    Foundations

    One year of teaching meditation.

    A regular home practice of daily meditation is ideal.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT).

    Teaching Format

    The course can be run as a full 8-day training or two consecutive long weekends of 4 days each, with a 3-day break in between. One of the days (24 hours) is spent in full “wooden silence” using some of the practices taught during the module.

    Dates

    18 – 21 September 2025; 25 – 28 September 2025

  • Spiritual Counselling

    Course Description

    This program includes specialized exercises, introspection, practice counselling sessions, and faculty feedback. Part of the training is focused on learning about oneself– strengths and weaknesses, and reactions to different situations. This is to encourage svādhyāya with reference to yogic scriptural teachings in the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas, the Upanishads, Patanjali’s Sutras, and the Tantras. With developed and mature self-knowledge, when students counsel others they can remain even minded and neutral because of the self-introspection they have in their own lives. This module is last in the training so that students have the opportunity to integrate the teachings in the prerequisite modules and apply these to the art and spiritually mature skill of spiritual counselling.

    Some unique aspects in this module are:

    training students in ecological consciousness and aligning true health with the health of the earth,
    examining chakra development and how this relates to the study of character structures and Western psychological models,
    how closely aligned spiritual counselling and the use of yogic techniques is with certain areas of psychotherapy.

    Students deepen their knowledge and understanding of how to counsel others effectively and to help bring out their students’ divine nature. The aspect of faith and trust in a higher power is also presented and discussed, to help students re-evaluate their belief systems and clarify their relationship with the divine. All the awareness and skills developed during this course will enable the yoga therapist to function more effectively and sensitively. This module is essential to any specialist training therapists wish to undertake after qualifying as a yoga therapist.

    Total hours = 65 hours

    In person and online = 50 hours
    Home study practicum = 15 hours

    Prerequisite

    Application form obtainable from itta.roussos@gmail.com must be filled out and approved by course faculty for attendance of this module.

    Intake interview with Program Director.

    The Mind (three modules).

    Foundations

    Insights into the Bhagavad Gita.

    Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

    Meditation Practice and Theory.

    A regular sadhana of daily meditation must be well-established.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT).

    Teaching Format

    This is a 7-day residential course which includes a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential practices, practice counselling sessions through role play and reflection, and 15 hours home study practicum. The alternate format is 3 consecutive weekends.

    Dates

    6 – 8 February 2026; 13 – 15 February 2026; 20 – 22 February 2026

  • Advanced Pranayama

    Course Description

    Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga postures and meditation. In this course students will learn the anatomy and physiology of breath on the physical and subtle levels and how to teach advanced pranayama or energy control techniques, bandhas, and mudras. We will go deeper into understanding how subtle anatomy, especially the chakras, relate to energy control.

    Total hours = 42 hours

    In person and online = 42 hours

    Prerequisite

    C-IAYT or equivalent yoga therapy training certification.

    Sat Sangat Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 certification.

    Teaching Format

    This is a 6-day residential course which includes a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential pranayama/asana workshops and teaching practicums. The alternate format is over two consecutive three-day weekends.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT).

    Dates

    Dates for this course will be made available in March 2024.

    Addiction – Twelve steps, Masterson’s approach to personality disorders and Yoga Therapy

    Course Description

    This advanced training course trains yoga therapists in an approach that combines the twelve steps as outlined in the “Big Book, the Basic Text for Alcoholics Anonymous”, and other texts of this nature such as “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” for both AA and NA, the Masterson Approach to the personality disorders, and yoga therapy. This course is the first of its kind, to the author’s knowledge, and is an approach that the author has used with many individuals with great success. The course takes therapists into each of the steps, as well as into an explorative study of the personality disorders according to Masterson, and studies them through the lens of yogic philosophy according to the Upanishads, the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Sutras, and the Tantras. Each of the twelve steps and each personality disorder described in the Masterson approach is studied from a yoga therapy perspective to understand how the emphases used in these separate traditions reflects the spiritual understanding of the science of Yoga. The author’s treatment plans, case studies, and personal experience with the subtleties of addiction forms a strong foundation for group discussion, study group work, role plays, and other forms of didactic and peer-group learning that takes place during this training. Therapists are guided through a process of self-examination to see how they fit into Masterson’s quadrant approach to personality disorders, and how addiction relates to this in their own lives. This is an in-depth self-development training for therapists to enable their understanding of how addiction goes beyond mere substances and to create a powerful capacity to guide others in this understanding.

    Total hours = 144 hours

    In person and online = 72 hours

    Practicum = 72 hours (24 weeks, 2 sessions per week of 1.5 hours each)

    Prerequisite

    C-IAYT or equivalent yoga therapy training certification.

    Teaching Format

    This is a 10-day program that is conducted in a hybrid format of in-person and online instruction. The course includes a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential workshops, and teaching practicums. The format is two five-day programs, separated by a period of 40days for individual development between segments.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT).

    Dates

    Dates for this course will become available in September 2024.

  • Addiction – Twelve steps, Masterson’s approach to personality disorders and Yoga Therapy

    Course Description

    This advanced training course trains yoga therapists in an approach that combines the twelve steps as outlined in the “Big Book, the Basic Text for Alcoholics Anonymous”, and other texts of this nature such as “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” for both AA and NA, the Masterson Approach to the personality disorders, and yoga therapy. This course is the first of its kind, to the author’s knowledge, and is an approach that the author has used with many individuals with great success. The course takes therapists into each of the steps, as well as into an explorative study of the personality disorders according to Masterson, and studies them through the lens of yogic philosophy according to the Upanishads, the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Sutras, and the Tantras. Each of the twelve steps and each personality disorder described in the Masterson approach is studied from a yoga therapy perspective to understand how the emphases used in these separate traditions reflects the spiritual understanding of the science of Yoga. The author’s treatment plans, case studies, and personal experience with the subtleties of addiction forms a strong foundation for group discussion, study group work, role plays, and other forms of didactic and peer-group learning that takes place during this training. Therapists are guided through a process of self-examination to see how they fit into Masterson’s quadrant approach to personality disorders, and how addiction relates to this in their own lives. This is an in-depth self-development training for therapists to enable their understanding of how addiction goes beyond mere substances and to create a powerful capacity to guide others in this understanding.

    Total hours = 144 hours

    In-person and online = 72 hours

    Practicum = 72 hours (24 weeks, 2 sessions per week of 1.5 hours each)

    Prerequisite

    C-IAYT or equivalent yoga therapy training certification.

    Teaching Format

    This is a 10-day program that is conducted in a hybrid format of in-person and online instruction. The course includes a combination of lectures, discussions, experiential workshops, and teaching practicums. The format is two five-day programs, separated by a period of 40 days for individual development between segments.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT)

     

  • Pregnancy and PTSD

    Course Description

    This advanced course trains yoga therapists to work with pregnant people who have PTSD, C-PTSD, or symptoms of trauma, either from a previous traumatic birth experience, experiences of abuse throughout childhood, and/or one, or more than one, more recent experience of trauma in adulthood such as physical, sexual, or emotional violence. This vulnerable population is particularly sensitive; the correlation between experiences of trauma and people of child-bearing age is statistically relevant, and the impact of this relevance has far-reaching implications for our species. Female bodies are traditionally under-catered to medically, and even more so in areas of research, and this shows up particularly strongly with pregnancy and trauma. The combination of pregnancy, trauma and yoga therapy is unknown. The author conducted a comprehensive literature search for an experiential, qualitative study on trauma, yoga therapy and pregnancy with seven South African women (thesis available on request). The outcome showed no published literature available on this intersection. The course is based on the author’s considerable experience with pregnancy, yoga therapy and trauma. Course content includes protocols that were used in the above study, studying PTSD as it relates to birth trauma, conditions that make the state of pregnancy particularly vulnerable to trauma, minimal provision in many countries in the world, particularly developing countries, for mental health during pregnancy, the resistance to treatment of complex PTSD (C-PTSD) and how yoga therapy breaches this gap, and how to ethically work with this vulnerable population so as to avoid risk or harm. The training also studies how working in groups with this demographic benefits trauma healing.

    Total hours = 114 hours

    In person and online = 72 hours

    Practicum = 42 hours (12 weeks, 1 session per week of 1.5 hours in second trimester; 12 weeks, 1 session per week of 1.5. hours in third trimester, 6 weeks, 1 session per week of 1 hour post birth)

    Prerequisite

    C-IAYT or equivalent yoga therapy training certification.

    Teaching Format

    This is a 10-day program that is conducted in a hybrid format of in-person and online instruction. The course includes a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential workshops, and teaching practicums. The format is two five-day programs, separated by a period of 40 days for individual development between segments.

    Faculty

    Itta Roussos (C-IAYT)

    Dates

    Dates for this course will become available in June 2024.

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