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The inaugural program begins on June 11, 2017 and consists of 427 study hours.  


Ashram Immersion 1

Yoga Foundations for Stress Reduction and Health (10 days)
June 12–23, 2017 • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm • Taught by Swami Sitaramananda, SIHY Faculty and Paul Epstein 

  • This 10-day residential immersion introduces SIHY’s Yoga Health Educator program. Begin with the study and practical application of the Five Points of Yoga and classical Four Paths of Yoga to form the foundation of all future teaching within the program. Included will be an overview of the course schedule, plus integration of teaching flow, assignments, grading and details of the practicum.


How Hatha Yoga Heals

Prana, Pranayama and Movement for Stress Resilience
July 15–17, 2017 • San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SF Sivananda Center) • Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • This module focuses on the therapeutic effects of Hatha Yoga practice as it addresses stress and stress resilience. The Yoga Health Educator student is introduced to the physical application of classical asanas and their modifications for varied health conditions, including physical and mental benefits; breathing exercises and classical pranayama techniques applied to appropriate conditions, including physical and mental benefits; classical theory of prana and physical and mental purification for health, increased concentration and will power. 



Meditation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
August 4–6, 2017 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Swami Sitaramananda

  • Yoga Health Educator students will gain practical understanding of the body-mind relationship through the application of specific Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga techniques. Yoga Health Educator students learn how to train others to recognize the mind’s karmic tendencies and negative behaviors; and further learn how to apply Yoga practices and techniques in response to those tendencies and behaviors to reduce stress and anxiety. 


Anatomy & Physiology 1

Structure and Movement of the Body
September 8–10, 2017 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • Providing in-depth knowledge of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. Bone and joint anatomy, muscle physiology and biomechanics of movement will be introduced as well as common problems and the effects of aging on the functioning of bone, joints, and muscle, counter-indications, and common medical interventions. 


Raja Yoga

Psychology for Emotional Health
October 6–8, 2017 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Swami Dharmananda and Fred Luskin

  • Raja Yoga is the royal path of mind control and meditation. Yoga Health Educator students learn to apply the classical teachings of the Raja Yoga Sutras in the context of daily life, gain understanding of the workings of the mind, and learn techniques to systematically identify the causes of suffering, design methods and techniques to alleviate suffering; learn methods to help reduce distractions and increase concentration and peace of mind; learn methods to overcome bad habits and addictions by changing existing mental patterns. 


Anatomy & Physiology 2

Delivery and Transport in the Body
November 3–5, 2017 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • Covering the structure and function of the respiratory, circulatory, lymph, and digestive systems. Healthy functioning of the systems will be discussed as well as common diseases, counter-indications, and the effects of aging. 


Ayurveda Foundations 1

Introduction to the Healing Science of Ayurveda
December 1–3, 2017 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Durga Leela

  • The Ayurveda Foundations module introduces key principles and concepts of Ayurveda that form the basis of all future Ayurveda course work of the Yoga Health Educator program. Ayurveda is the ancient Vedic science known as the “Science of Life”. Ayurveda is a comprehensive holistic healing tradition and sister science to Yoga that addresses the health of the physical body, mind, emotions, and spirit—seeking to bring balance and integration to one’s daily life, relationships, aspirations, well-being and sense of Self. 


Five Layers of Healing

According to Yoga and Ayurveda Principles
January 5–7, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Arun Deva

  • The Five Layers of Healing module introduces the Upanishadic model of the Pancha Maya Kosha to develop understanding of the five koshas as seen through Yoga and Ayurveda and their therapeutic application. Special reference is made to the Pancha Maya Kosha and the chakra system. Practical applications and remedial practices are given to promote healing for physical and emotional well-being. Practical sessions include movement, breath work, imaging, chanting and contemplation.


Yoga Nidra Training

Conscious Relaxation for Deep Healing
February 2–4, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Dr. Marc Halpern

  • The Yoga Nidra module advances the Yoga Health Educator’s knowledge and training in the application of deep relaxation techniques to support those suffering from stress, anxiety, trauma, and other associated health conditions. The Yoga Health Educator will learn techniques that lead others to new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both the physical and subtle bodies, and the flow of prana removing energetic blockages.


Gentle Yoga Training

Adapting Yoga Techniques to the Needs of the Individual
March 2–4, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Tara Durga Devi

  • The Gentle Yoga module gives Yoga Health Educator students the necessary training and skills to adapt and modify asanas as needed—due to age, weight, illness, injury or limited flexibility. Workshops will include discussions on the philosophy and psychology of Gentle Yoga and aging, combined with practical hands-on instruction in the application of Yoga techniques to address the special needs of the individual; the philosophy and psychology of Gentle Yoga; experiences of Gentle Yoga; how to work with varied populations, and common ailments associated with back pain, joint pain, bone strength, balance and more. 


Yoga of Recovery

Yoga and Ayurveda Practices to Support Recovery
April 13–15, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Durga Leela

  • The Yoga of Recovery integrates the healing potential of Ayurveda and Yoga to address those suffering from addiction, harmful habitual behaviors or for those in recovery. Comprehensive knowledge gained includes understanding the root causes of addiction in the human mind from the view of Yoga and Ayurveda and correlated to the 12 steps; the definition of addiction and disease according to Yoga and Ayurveda; how addictive tendencies play out according to the doshas and gunas; understanding addictive behavior as seen in relationship to prana and the senses, and much more. 


The Art of Asana Alignment

Techniques for Injury-free Yoga Practice
May 4–6, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Steven Weiss

  • The goal of the Art of Asana Alignment module is for Yoga Health Educator students to develop the necessary tools and knowledge to educate individuals in various proper body alignment techniques. One gains hands-on experience working with the principles of alignment and concepts to understand physical anatomy and structure through the lens of asana practice.