Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy Online

Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy Training Online

February 20 – March 27, 2021
Taught by Lakshmi Sutter, Steffany Moonaz, and Swami Vidyananda

Dive into the richness of therapeutic Yoga within the authentic lineage of Integral Yoga! In this training, we will use the panchamaya kosha model to explore human health. Using the panchamaya kosha model as a guide, we also will review common disease processes from both Yogic and western medical perspectives. Discover new ways to consider the six branches of Integral Yoga into a therapeutic practice(s), whether it is adapted asana, devotional practices outside of a “traditional” Yoga setting, or using service as a healing modality. Participants will review the practical skills required of a Yoga therapist, develop a mock treatment plan for a client, and deepen/review their understanding of therapeutic relationships, assessment skills, and therapeutic plans. Inactive Yoga therapists interested in kick-starting their service will find this an excellent source to restart!

Learning objectives:

  • Define Yoga Therapy, Scope of Practice of a YTh, and Integral Yoga’s vision of YTh
  • Design a client intake form
  • Create a client action plan
  • Recognize the role of negentropy in dis-ease
  • Understand the aging process in health and disease
  • Be familiar with common medical conditions
  • Understand the client-therapist relationship
  • Determine appropriate breathing practices for common conditions
  • Integrate branches of Integral Yoga into client action plans

This training is open to:

  • Yoga teachers with a 200-hour teaching certification recognized by Yoga Alliance and sufficient teaching experience, who are interested in the Yoga Therapy path
  • Participants in the IYTh800 program who have completed Adaptive Yoga and Raja Yoga (this requirement may be waived for those currently enrolled)
  • C-IAYTs interested in deepening their understanding of the material

Technological Requirements:

Regular access to the Internet is required to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active email account for delivery of course materials.


For payment plan requests, please contact the IYTh800 Certification Program Center Manager at


February 20 – March 27, 2021

Saturdays (weekly) • 12:00p.m.–2:00p.m. and 3:00–5:00p.m. E.T.
Sundays (2/21, 2/28, 3/7) • 2:00–4:00p.m. E.T.
Tuesdays (2/23, 3/2, 3/9) • 7:00–9:00p.m. E.T.

No class 3/14–3/19.

Students will spend some additional time outside class hours with pre-recorded material and working together. Attendance at all live sessions is required.

Certification and Continuing Education Credits

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* This training is being hosted by the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco.

Lakshmi SutterLakshmi Sutter, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP serves as the Program Director of the Integral Yoga (R) Therapy program. Lakshmi previously served as Yogaville Academy Director, as Integral Yoga Teachers Association Director, and as Teacher Training Planning & Development Director. Integral Yoga captured Lakshmi’s heart and mind decades ago, and the richness of Yoga began unfolding in her life. She is an engaging trainer of Integral Hatha Yoga teachers and enthusiastically shares her fascination with the human body during basic anatomy workshops. With a deep understanding and appreciation of Swami Satchidananda’s teachings, Lakshmi weaves the wisdom from contemporary Yogins and western approaches in her classes. She imparts even the most complex information with great clarity and a warm sense of humor.

Steffany MoonazSteffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP received her 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Yogaville® in 2003, followed by a 500-hour program in Yoga therapy at Yama Studios in Baltimore, MD. Through her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation, she worked to develop and evaluate a Yoga program specifically for the arthritis population. Dr. Moonaz now serves as the Associate Academic Director of Integrative Health Sciences and as faculty in the Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also serves as a consultant on Yoga research for underserved populations and mentors several emerging researchers. As an athlete and dancer, she has always wanted to bring the gift of joyful movement to persons with chronic pain.

Swami VidyanandaSwami Vidyananda, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, has been teaching Integral Yoga® since 1973. She has taught Raja Yoga, Meditation, and Yoga for Stress Management for over 45 years around the world. She co-developed and teaches the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training. She is a certified Yoga therapist with 40 years’ experience adapting Yoga for people with cancer, eating disorders, emotional distress, and children with Down Syndrome. She also trained as a Hospital Chaplain. Vidyananda lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, and serves as the chairperson of the Integral Yoga Teachers Council. Her teaching is relaxed, humorous, and practical. She travels widely teaching Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Stress Management.




Integral Yoga Institute offers 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers who graduate to become either an RYT 200 or an RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. Our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program can be customized to fit your individual interests. You may select from our many graduate-level Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy training is a required core module in the 800-hour Integral Yoga Therapy Certification program.


Call 212-929-0585, ext. 16


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Cancellation Policy

Once the program begins, the deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. If canceling before the start of the program, the balance will be refunded minus $125 administration fee.