Yoga Therapy Training Program

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Yoga for Emotional Health & Healing

Training and Professional Development Program

October 2019 - May 2020

Boston Yoga Union, Boston MA


Yoga therapy is the process of empowering the individual through yoga with a deep awareness and integrated understanding of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. Yoga techniques and practices are adapted to the client’s specific needs in order to restore balance and promote optimal health and wellness.  

This program is designed to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the core therapeutic yoga principals. Students will develop and refine the unique qualities and skills necessary to use yoga therapy with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression and trauma in a clinical and community setting. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to experience therapeutic yoga practices and apply their knowledge through teaching, assignments and small group work.

Program Overview:

Module I: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Module II: Yoga for Trauma 

Module III: Building Regulation and Resilience

Module IV: The Unique Art and Science of Yoga Therapy

Module V: Yoga Therapy Mentorship

Who is this program is for:

  • Certified Yoga Teachers eager to understand how yoga can be applied therapeutically to promote emotional health in order to further benefit and support their students.

  • Clinicians and health professionals (Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, RNs, OT, PTs etc.) wanting to learn an integrated embodied approach to promote optimal emotional health and well-being for clients suffering with depression, anxiety and trauma.

  • Certified Yoga Therapists interested in continuing education and gaining an in-depth knowledge specifically in the area of yoga therapy for emotional health and healing.


Module I: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression


Learning Objectives

  • Introduction to yoga therapy

  • Learn the basic principles of yoga therapy

  • Review fundamental yoga therapy perspectives and models for understanding and managing emotion

  • Discover the interaction between the body, breath, mind, and emotions in health and well-being

  • Understand how anxiety and depression influences the physical, energetic, mental, and emotional body

  • Learn evidence-based yoga practices to meet and manage anxiety and depression with asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga nidra

  • Learn how to create a safe therapeutic yoga sequence to meet your client’s needs

  • Learn components necessary for creating a therapeutic yoga class

  • Understand what is necessary to establish a safe and therapeutic relationship with your clients

  • Take away specific evidence-based yoga techniques to manage mood in a clinical or private setting

Continuing Education Credits available for Social Workers and LMHC. 


Module II: Yoga for Trauma

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basic principles of trauma informed yoga therapy

  • Understand the neuroscience of trauma and how trauma influences the physical, energetic, mental and emotional body

  • Review fundamental yoga therapy perspectives and models for managing dysregulation and trauma in the body

  • Discover the interaction between the body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being

  • Learn trauma informed evidence-based yoga practices including specific asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra techniques

  • Learn modified practices such as chair yoga to accommodate diverse settings and support clients with a wide range of abilities

  • Understand the elements necessary to create a safe space for trauma survivors

  • Learn how to help your clients create a safe space for themselves within their practice

  • Take away specific trauma informed yoga techniques for the clinical, group or private setting

  • Learn components necessary for creating a therapeutic trauma informed yoga class

Continuing Education Credits available for Social Workers and LMHC.


Module III: Building Regulation and Resilience

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to support clients in cultivating shame resilience

  • Learn how to use safe touch to promote regulation

  • Discover alternative ways to introduce support without touch by using props and ball rolling

  • Understand the relationship between chronic pain and trauma

  • Explore advance chair based yoga techniques to support clients with nervous system imbalances and chronic pain

Prerequisite: Completion of Module I & II


Module VI: The Unique Art & Science of Yoga Therapy

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and understand how to help your clients cultivate balance in the subtle body

  • Discover the power of sound to heal

  • Understand the teacher/client relationship: how to build a therapeutic relationship

  • The importance of communication skills and therapeutic language

  • Understand the evolution of the Yoga Therapy field and it's current landscape

  • Review ethical principles, scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a Yoga Therapist

  • Learn about the business of yoga therapy in community and private practice settings

  • The importance of self care as a yoga therapist

Prerequisite: Completion of Module I, II & II


Module IV: Mentorship


You’ll join an intimate group of like-minded teachers and caring professionals to discuss and address many of the questions and challenges that face those bringing yoga therapy techniques to various health and wellness settings.

You’ll learn how to skillfully navigate challenging situations, find your authentic voice, gather inspiration for your teaching and further hone your skills. This program will also be an opportunity to share ideas, build networks, and gain valuable feedback.

Learning Objectives

  • Refine the application of your therapeutic yoga teaching skills through case studies and ongoing supervision

  • Understand and implement intake and assessment/evaluation tools necessary to develop appropriate session strategies and practices

  • Develop specific therapeutic yoga treatment plans and sequences based on client individual needs

  • Recognize and manage the subtle dynamic inherent within the client/therapist relationship

  • Understand professional issues and requirements such as documentation, ethics, business practices and legal aspects of practice

  • Define your path as a yoga therapist

  • Deepen your commitment to your personal practice and see how your personal practice supports your clients


Program Format

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Each module is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of yoga therapy in each area of study. Modules include lecture, yoga practice focused on clinical application, practical application of the material through teaching, assignments and small group work, group discussions, readings and homework assignments. The mentorship program will allow students to continue to develop and refine their personal practice and integrate their professional therapeutic yoga skills through case studies, session recordings, assignments and practical application of knowledge.

Program Hours & Training Requirements

To graduate from the program and receive the SYT certificate students must complete 100 contact hours of training, 8 group case consultation hours and 50 hours of assigned non-contact hours.

Additionally, you must receive 4 Hours of Personal Sessions and 4 Individual Case Consultation Hours from approved providers within 24 months of starting the program.

Personal Sessions and Individual Case Consult Fees

  • Session fees are set by individual approved providers. Rates may be subject to change by the Institute without prior notice.

  • Personal Session and Individual Case Consult fees are paid directly to the provider

Admission Standards

Students must be a certified 200-hour yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, a masters level counselor or licensed mental health professional (social workers, mental health counselor, psychologist, family therapist, expressive arts therapist, etc.) or a medical professional (medical doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, midwives, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors etc.) with a regular yoga practice.


Program Founder & Director

Kate Graham

I am a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Yoga Therapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. At the Brookline Trauma Center, I assisted in research studies on yoga and post traumatic stress disorder and was privileged to lead the women's trauma sensitive yoga group for five years - a program initiated by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson.

I passionately believe in a full body approach to health and wellness. The "top down" nature of psychotherapy and the "bottom up" nature of yoga therapy are a powerful combination for healing. This program is my hearts work.


Program Faculty

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Alex Bauermeister, C-IATY

Alex has over a thousand hours of training as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Kripalu yoga teacher, social change activist and group facilitator, complemented by life-long apprenticeships in body-based healing and psychology.


Sarah Harmon, LMHC

Sarah is a Licensed Mental Health therapist, mindfulness/yoga teacher, and corporate wellness expert. She is passionate about supporting people on their unique wellness journey with a holistic approach to mind and body wellness.


William Jackson, PsyD

William is a clinical health psychologist and researcher at Cambridge Health Alliance and the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC). William has spent the last 15 years studying mindfulness based meditation and six of those years as a fully ordained Buddhist monk.


Kate O'Donnell, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner

Kate is the author of two Ayurvedic Cookbooks,The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. She is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner an authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher based in Boston, and still travels to India annually for study.


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Program Dates

Module I - October 4-6, 2019  

Module II - November 1-3, 2019 

Module III - December 6-8, 2019 

Module IV - January 10-12, 2020

Mentorship - February 8, March 14, April 4 & May 2

Group Case Consultation Dates: 10/15, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/7 & 4/28

Program Hours

Weekend Module Program Hours: Fri 6pm-9pm; Sat 11.30am-7.30pm & Sun 11.30am-7.30pm

Mentorship Program Hours: Saturdays 12.30pm-6.30pm

Group Case Consultation Hours: Tuesday 7pm-8pm EST via online conference




Boston Yoga Union
1112 Boylston St 3rd Floor,
Boston, MA 02215


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Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing Training Program

Program Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Program Balance: $1,800

Full Payment: $2,300

The program must be paid for in full prior to the first day of training.

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Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program

People of color registering for this training can use discount code Diversity and receive 25% off. In addition, there are a small number of partial scholarships available for applicants who qualify, on a first come basis. Once your program application has been accepted, please email for further details.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations made 21 days prior to the commencement of training start date are eligible to receive tuition less $500 deposit. Cancellations made within 21 weeks or during the training will not receive a refund or transfer. Soulful Yoga Therapy’s cancellation policy is firm.

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