The Art & Science of Yoga Therapy

A 36-hour live virtual training Feb 26 - May 21, 2023

Meets weekly on Sundays from 8:30-11:30 AM Mountain Time

Whether you are a student on the path to becoming a yoga therapist or a yoga therapist already working with clients, this course will integrate and deepen your understanding of the Yoga therapy process, models and methodologies needed to help empower clients and be successful in the profession. 

Based on Joseph Le Page’s experience of over three decades in the field, this course will cover essential areas of Yoga therapy including:

  • The Twenty-five essential qualities of a Yoga Therapist: The practice of Yoga therapy involves thorough understanding of tools, techniques, and methodologies. The practice of Yoga therapy also requires the cultivation of essential qualities, such as careful listening and conscious communication. This course will present and discuss the twenty-five essential qualities of a Yoga therapist. Students will then implement specific qualities to reflect upon and integrate personally over the duration of the course. 
  • Developing multi-week programs for individual clients: Participants deepen their understanding of the process of developing programs that encompass all the dimensions of healing within the model of the five koshas, the physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, intuitive, and spiritual facets of being. Based on case studies, students will work in pairs and develop and share individualized yoga therapy plans.
  • Developing multi-week programs for therapeutic groups: Participants deepen their understanding of the process of developing Yoga therapy group classes. Participants receive program design with scripts for the twelve-week Healthy Heart Program, used in health care settings for over fifteen years.
  • Pranayama and Mudras: These facets of Yoga are essential tools for the Yoga therapist, and when combined they offer a wide range of possibilities for adapting and modifying pranayama practice to the needs of the students. This segment will also introduce mudras for specific health conditions and how to choose the right mudra for your client.
  • Yoga Therapy for depression and anxiety: Due to its prevalence in our current society, and the positive impact that Yoga Therapy can have on mental health, participants explore this area based on the course design and daily lesson plans for the week-long retreat, Yoga for Opening the Heart, a Yoga therapy program for depression and anxiety based on the chakra system. 

This 36-hour course will meet virtually on Sundays from Feb 26 – May 21, 2023. Class time is 8:30—11:30am MT each week. (There is no class on Sunday, April 9th) Students are expected to attend sessions live, but each session will be recorded and placed on our learning platform. Students are expected to listen to the recordings from any missed session before the next week’s session takes place. Each class will include lecture, practice, and discussion.

Upon completion of this course students will:

  • Understand and practice the essential qualities of a Yoga therapist. It is the integration of these qualities, along with an in-depth knowledge of the techniques that allow the Yoga therapist to practice authentically.
  • Be able to assemble and offer the components of an individualized 5 Kosha treatment plan, specific to the needs of an individual client.
  • Deepen their understanding of how to design and implement Yoga therapy group classes.
  • Understand how to interface professionally with the medical community.
  • Gain knowledge of mudras and pranayamas for specific health conditions and determine how to choose the right technique for your client.

Recommended texts:

  • Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph Le Page and Lillian Aboim
  • Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Joseph & Lillian LePage

Fees, Eligibility and Continuing Education:

  • This course is open to all Inner Peace Yoga Therapy students as well as yoga teachers/yoga therapists from other schools
  • This course (or its equivalent prior to 2022) is a requirement for all Inner Peace Yoga Therapy students pursuing their 800-hour certification
  • For those already certified as Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), this course offers 36 hours of continuing education via Approved Professional Development
  • Tuition fee $500 payable below.

About Joseph

Joseph’s innate desire for wholeness led him to his first Yoga class in 1973, and his first meditation retreat at the Tibetan Buddhist Samye Ling Tibetan Center in Scotland, with his first trip to India in 1975. He made six subsequent journeys to India for study in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Ayurveda. He is a graduate of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training. His master’s degree in teaching has supported his development of experiential education methodologies.

He founded Integrative Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1993, and is a pioneer in the field of Yoga therapy training programs. He began teaching yoga therapy in hospital settings in 1995 and continues up to the present as Director of The Healthy Heart Program, which conducts Yoga Therapy group programs in public health settings throughout Brazil.

Joseph has been a speaker at major conferences including Yoga Journal, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s Association, the International Association of Yoga and Ayurveda, and others. He is co-founder and director of the Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center in Garopaba, Brazil, one of the largest Yoga retreat centers in South America.

He is the co-author of the book Yoga Toolbox for Teacher and Students, one of the most widely used materials in teacher training programs in the US and in Brazil, published by Integrative Yoga. He is also co-author of the book Mudras for Healing and Transformation, also published by Integrative Yoga.