Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training
Second Year Overview

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Health Educator Training

First Year Overview

Second Year Overview



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The second-year program runs June 2–November 20, 2018
and consists of 261 study hours.


Ayurveda Foundations 2 (online study course)

Healing Science of Ayurveda
Dates tba • Taught by Durga Leela

  • Ayurveda Foundations 2 module builds on knowledge gained in the Ayurveda Foundations 1 module. The Yoga Health Educator student will be exposed to the subtler aspects of Ayurveda to deepen their existing knowledge of concepts including Ayurveda psychology, constitution, the disease process and treatments, structure of tissues, subtle anatomy, and Hatha Yoga practices combined with Ayurveda to bring physical and psychological balance and health.


Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga Training
June 2–3, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Stacie Dooreck

  • Chair Yoga is simply Yoga done in a chair or standing and sitting using the chair as a prop for support and more stability than the floor or standing may offer. Chair Yoga is ideal for seniors or those needing a Gentle Yoga class; those with chronic illness; pre- and postsurgery or injury modifications; those in wheelchairs or those with disabilities; Yoga at work (in conference rooms or at your desk); and for those in post-traumatic stress recovery.


Anatomy and Physiology 3

Communication, Protection, and Stress in the Body
July 6–8, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • Providing knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems of the body. Common disorders of the systems will be introduced as well as autoimmune diseases and common interventions. The effects of physiological and psychological stress on health and well-being will be introduced.


Restorative Yoga

Restorative & Gentle Movement Practices
August 3–5, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Nora Benian

  • Restorative Yoga is designed to give Yoga Health Educators the knowledge to work with participants to re-align the physical body and restore inner balance by soothing overstimulated nerves, easing the mind from unnecessary concerns, breathing into new spaces and relaxing organs and muscles. The Yoga Health Educator learns the skills to guide participants to move slowly through specifically selected Yoga postures with and without props, incorporating breathing exercises (Pranayama), and following Ayurvedic and Yoga therapeutic principles to free the flow of Prana. In rebalancing and bringing harmony to the body and mind we support the natural healing process, relieve tension and prevent build-up of stress.


Pain Management

Vital Energy Centers for Healing
September 7–9, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Neil D. Pearson

  • The Pain Management module gives Yoga Health Educator students the knowledge and skills to provide therapeutic Yoga practices to individuals and groups experiencing pain. Holistic Yoga practices and techniques will be offered on how to decrease and to manage pain more effectively. Modern science-based views on chronic pain will be explored to broaden understanding of current approaches to pain-management.


Yoga Business Practices

Business Practices and Professional Development
October 5–6, 2018 • SF Sivananda Center • Taught by Stacie Dooreck

  • This 2-day module gives practical knowledge on how to develop and manage a successful professional practice as a Yoga Health Educator; how to organize and manage records while maintaining confidentiality as well as learning tools for marketing and networking with healthcare providers, hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Personal and professional ethics are addressed along with the scope of work of the Yoga Health Educator in relationship to peers and healthcare providers.


Ashram Immersion 2

Spiritual Counseling, Using Yoga Psychology and the Vedic Sciences
November 10-20, 2018 • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm • Taught by Swami Sitaramananda, SIHY Faculty and Komilla Sutton

  • The second year 10-day residential immersion provides the Yoga Health Educator student with the culminating experience and knowledge to properly counsel participants using the Vedic Sciences and their application to all aspects of one’s life: emotional, family, professional, role in society, and includes discussion of positive and healthy ways to deal with life’s challenges. Most of the teaching will be presented as case studies. Guidance will be based on the Vedic view of life using the Vedic sciences of Vedanta philosophy, Raja Yoga psychology, Jyotish for understanding karma, and Ayurveda, the science of life, as a basis for health.