7Saraswathi Vasudevan, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT, Founder of YogaVahini, is yoga teacher, trainer, and therapist in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya. She has over three decades of study, practice, and teaching experience in this tradition, having studied directly with Sri TKV Desikachar for 17 years and continues to study and teach with senior teachers in this tradition.
She has two Masters Degrees in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Madras, Chennai, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Yoga Studies from Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai. In 2010, she founded YogaVahini, a Specialised Yoga Training, Therapy and Research Centre along with her husband Sundar, with the aim of making the transformative and healing wisdom of yoga and personalised yoga therapy more accessible to everyone. YogaVahini has centres in Chennai & Hyderabad and presence in other cities in India and around the world. In 2016 she co-founded Yoga Vahini Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust that aims to bring yoga and yoga therapy to rural and under-served populations through yoga camps and awareness programs.
YogaVahini’s study programs offer a strong scaffolding for an aspiring yogi, leading one through every step of learning and teaching using traditional learning methods adapted to the rapidly changing modern context. YogaVahini was the first school in India to receive accreditation for its Yoga Therapist training program (Yoga Vaidya) from IAYT.
Saraswathi currently serves on the Voluntary Board of Directors of Yoga Alliance, the largest international yoga certifying and credentialing body which provides strategic direction that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals across the world.
For Yoga teachers and therapists seeking to understand the healing process through Yoga
The desire to alleviate human suffering has propelled mankind to seek myriad paths and solutions from time immemorial. But the Yogis took it to a different level, discovering that the root of the problem lies within us and therefore sustainable solutions can only come through a deeper understanding of the self, its relationship and interactions with the world around us.
Healing through yoga therapy, therefore, is the process of discovering one’s relationship with our body, vital energies, mind, and deeper self, and reconnecting with our inner Intelligence. Through this process, healing happens in the most harmonious manner and has the potential to become a self-transformative journey!
In this workshop we will explore:
- What is yoga therapy, its foundation principles based on Yoga, Sankhya, Ayurveda, and the Upanishads.
- An introduction to the basic frameworks used for yoga therapy from Yoga Sutra and Upanisads
- An overview of body, breath, and mind as tools in Yoga therapy
- Demonstration of the consultation process and designing a personalized yoga therapy practice.
This workshop is ideal for:
Yoga teachers/therapists and healthcare professionals (practicing conventional and alternative/complementary health sciences) who are aspiring to study personalized therapeutic approaches to Yoga.
10–10:30 a.m. A short practice
10:30–11:30 a.m. Theoretical foundations of yoga therapy
11:30–11:45 a.m. Tea break
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Frameworks for application of yoga therapy 12:45–1:15 p.m. Practical exploration: observation and inquiry
1:15–2:30 p.m. Lunch break
2:30–3:30 p.m. Exploring the tools and application
3:30–3:45 p.m. Tea break
3:45–5.00 p.m. Demonstration of consultation & designing a therapeutic practice.
This course is eligible for six hours of Approved Professional Development (APD) credit with IAYT.
This is an in-person program.