Niroga Yoga Therapy Training
IAYT Accredited 2-Year Yoga Therapy Program
Yoga Therapy is the application of yoga practices (movement, breathwork and meditation) for optimal health and well-being. Validated by the latest medical research, Yoga Therapy is one of the most effective complementary and integrative therapies for many common chronic conditions (e.g. hypertension and diabetes, asthma and arthritis, anxiety and depression), as well as special populations (e.g. aging, addiction, pregnancy and childbirth, chronic stress and trauma).
What Makes Niroga's Yoga Therapy Training Unique?
Faculty Experience: Learn the therapeutic application of yoga from faculty members that integrate the authentic practice of yoga with the latest scientific findings. Niroga's core faculty have extensive experience as yoga therapists, physicians, mental health professionals, and physical therapists to support you in addressing the holistic needs of your clients.
Hands-On Learning: Gain the necessary skills to work with a wide range of clients through specialized classes and workshops, as well as community partnerships. Driven by evidence-based research, Niroga Institute has been fostering the health and well-being of communities for over 10 years in clinics, hospitals, rehab facilities, senior centers, and beyond.
Learning Community: Immerse yourself in Niroga's supportive and nurturing learning community as you deepen your growth in the traditional practice of yoga. In our small group setting, you will connect with others who share your values, your dedication to personal growth, and your commitment to the well-being of our larger community.
Building on our highly regarded training program for Certified Yoga Teachers, Niroga Institute offers a 2-year Certified Yoga Therapist program.
This training is designed for Yoga teachers, Social workers, Psychotherapists, Personal Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and other health professionals who would like to supplement their practice with yoga therapeutic techniques.
With 75% of the nation’s healthcare budget spent on chronic conditions and lifestyle-related disease, Yoga Therapy is an emerging field that offers low-cost tools for disease prevention and management.
Niroga’s Yoga Therapy program is one of the few Bay Area programs to be accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). Each training year is an advanced Yoga Teacher Training addressing chronic conditions (Year 1) and special populations (Year 2). Please note: the yoga therapy components of our 800 Hour Yoga Therapy Program are based on our International Association of Yoga Therapists Accreditation and not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.
If you are already a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher:
- Completion of one year (Year 1 or Year 2) qualifies for the Yoga Alliance RYT-500 hour certification
- Completion of both years qualifies students to receive IAYT’s yoga therapy certification, C-IAYT
If you are not a registered yoga teacher, you are still welcome to join the Yoga Therapy Program, but you may not be eligible to receive IAYT’s yoga therapy certification.
Instruction during each training year mainly takes place during weekend modules. Modules are generally held one weekend of every month, on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm each day. Each weekend consists of theory and practical components as well as a public workshop open to all levels.
Sunday public workshops provide the opportunity for hands-on learning as students assist faculty in demonstrations and assessments. This experience provides valuable information and insight for future individual and group yoga therapy sessions.
Year 1: Common Chronic Conditions
Year 1 focuses on yoga therapy for common chronic conditions including arthritis, asthma, back and neck pain, diabetes, depression, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, IBS and much more.
The first year provides an in-depth immersion in the anatomy and physiology of all major physical systems as well as the latest research in neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, trauma research and somatic psychology.
By focusing on the different physiological systems of the human body and their interconnections, a strong foundation is built for understanding how to approach individual and group yoga therapy sessions.
Year 2: Special Populations
Year 2 builds on the foundation laid in Year 1 and further prepares students to work with individual clients with attention towards special populations such as seniors, cancer survivors, at-risk youth, and addiction, as well as people experiencing persistent pain, the effects of trauma, and those with special needs.
While many students may not choose to work with a particular population studied during Year 2, each module provides an opportunity to further integrate and develop skills learned in Year 1. Case study reviews and mentored group yoga therapy practice sessions provide opportunities for students to further refine their skills.
Niroga's Year 2 Yoga Therapy Training prepares yoga teachers to work with populations beyond the typical yoga studio.
- Attend all 22 weekend modules. Accommodations will be made for one make-up per year
- Assist weekly therapeutic yoga classes
- Complete monthly assignments and research
- Complete at least 150 yoga therapy practicum hours over the course of two years
- Maintain a regular daily practice in asana, pranayama, meditation
Niroga Yoga Therapy weekend trainings are held at the Niroga Training Center at the Oakland Peace Center's Fellowship Hall.
Weekly therapeutic classes are held at Yogalayam and other sites throughout the Bay Area.
Remote students may make special arrangements for assisting weekly therapeutic classes.
The training is led by Bidyut Bose, PhD, Yoga Therapist in the Raja Yoga tradition and Executive Director of Niroga Institute. Bidyut has been researching the application of yoga therapy for common chronic conditions and special populations and has also been training senior yoga teachers in yoga therapy for many years.
Along with Bidyut Bose, there are several accomplished faculty members with a wide range of relevant expertise and years of experience practicing and integrating Yoga Therapeutic techniques. Read more detailed biographical information on the faculty members.
The Yoga Therapy Program is managed by Rosalind Lwin, RYT and Heidi Brown, RYT.As alumnae of Niroga's Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Trainings, Rosalind and Heidi are deeply committed to paying forward the profound gift of personal and professional growth they experienced, to each new generation of yoga teachers and yoga therapists.