Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training

Learn, Inspire, and Grow.  Become a Health Educator.

Overview

Over the course of this 800-hour professional yoga health training, the student becomes versed in the therapeutic application of the Five Points of Yoga and the Four Paths of Yoga.

The goal of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator is to empower participants in their own Self-healing through the practice of asana, pranayama, conscious relaxation techniques, vegetarian diet, positive thinking tools, and meditation practices.

Practical tools, foundational concepts and philosophical knowledge are gained to create the framework for more advanced study as one progresses through the program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the subtler aspects of the causes of disease and stress in the individual.

Common health conditions addressed include respiratory disorders, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, psychology, etc.

Intensive study in Yoga psychology, the therapeutic effects of meditation practice, the theory of karma and disease, counseling techniques based in the Vedic sciences, Ayurveda psychology, as well as understanding the root cause of addiction and behaviors are covered in the curriculum. Thus, the Yoga Health Educator has the knowledge and intuitive capacity to be a positive and healthy instrument of healing.

The Sivananda Yoga Farm’s 800-Hour Professional Yoga Health Training is accredited with IAYT.

Once you graduate our accredited 800-hour Professional Yoga Health Educator Training you are eligible to apply for C-IAYT Certification

Student Information Guide

800-hour Professional Yoga Health Training

Course Format and Dates

The Sivananda Yoga Health Educator program is structured over two years and meets three times for 15-day intensives at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. Each intensive includes self-study materials with assignments of the program material, concepts, and their application.

Module 1 Friday, October 18–Saturday, November 2, 2019 Yoga and the Mind, Psychology and Mental Health

Module 2: Friday, April 10–Saturday, April 25, 2020 Ayurveda and Healing; Disease Process, Management and Prevention

Module 3: Friday, September 18–Saturday, October 3, 2020 Yoga Health Techniques: Therapeutic Application of Asana, Pranayama, and Relaxation

Module 4: Online Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology/ Biomedical Foundations

Practicum: Yoga Health Techniques Applied knowledge and techniques to educate individuals and groups under the guidance of a mentor in a medical clinic or yoga center.

Who benefits from this knowledge:

  • Yoga teachers
  • Health care providers
  • Hospitals
  • Acupuncture clinics
  • Physical therapist and chiropractor offices
  • Social workers
  • At-risk youth facilities
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Life coaches
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Those with a true passion for health and well-being

Practicum

As part of the Practicum Program, and under the supervision of an assigned Mentor, the Yoga Health Educator meets with participants in one-on-one Yoga Health Consultation sessions (observed and unobserved).

The Yoga Health Educator will conduct intake and assessment of the participant, develop protocols addressing the participant’s needs, and provide documentation for each case.

Follow-up, re-assessment, and adjustment of protocols to meet the participant’s evolving needs and goals are an essential component of the Practicum and the work of the Yoga Health Educator.

Therapeutic Application of Yoga

Be trained in the therapeutic application of Yoga techniques that show positive effects on the following health conditions:

Psychological and nervous system disorders
Psychosomatic diseases, sleep disorders, anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, trauma (PTSD), addiction, chronic pain
Health and Lifestyle
Daily routines, diet and nutrition
Cardiovascular conditions
Hypertension, heart diseases
Metabolic conditions
Diabetes, obesity, auto-immune disorders, chronic fatigue
Respiratory disorders
Asthma, improper breathing
Musculoskeletal conditions
Back health and spine issues, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, balance issues, mobility and stiffness due to age or sedentary/immobile modern lifestyle
Special populations
Senior and aging, multiple sclerosis, palliative care, rehabilitation and recovery after surgery and injury
Lack of spiritual health
Lack of self-discipline, self-care, meaning of life

Requirements

The completion of an approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is a pre-requisite for the Yoga Health Educator Training.

 To fulfill the program competencies the student must successfully complete the four designated Sivananda Yoga Health Educator modules along with 250 practicum hours under mentorship.

800-hour Yoga Health Training Module 1

Yoga and the Mind, Psychology and Mental Health

Upcoming dates: Friday, October 18 – Saturday, November 2, 2019

 Module 1 Overview

  • Yoga philosophy on consciousness and the Self
  • Yoga psychology – (Raja Yoga) and meditation
  • The mind and its mechanics
  • Five modes of mind and concentration
  • Three levels of mind and evolution of consciousness
  • Inborn karmic tendencies and subconscious
  • Karma, dharma and relationships
  • Emotional healing: anger, fears, anxiety, depression, desire, addiction, grief, attachment, stress resilience
  • Guidelines for mental health
  • Positive thinking techniques according to the four classical paths of Yoga
  • Purification: going to the root cause of suffering
  • Yoga effects on specific conditions
Yoga and the Mind, Psychology and Mental Health
  • Yoga philosophy on consciousness and the Self
  • Yoga psychology – (Raja Yoga) and meditation
  • The mind and its mechanics
  • Five modes of mind and concentration
  • Three levels of mind and evolution of consciousness
  • Inborn karmic tendencies and subconscious
  • Karma, dharma and relationships
  • Emotional healing: anger, fears, anxiety, depression, desire, addiction, grief, attachment, stress resilience
  • Guidelines for mental health
  • Positive thinking techniques according to the four classical paths of Yoga
  • Purification: going to the root cause of suffering
  • Yoga effects on specific conditions
Foundations and Yoga Philosophy
Yoga Foundations for Stress Reduction and Health  Taught by Swami Sitaramananda

  • Study and practical application of the Five Points of Holistic Yoga for Integral Health and classical Four Paths of Yoga for Health and Well-being 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.
Raja Yoga
Yoga and the Mind 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.
Psychology and Mental Health
Conventional and Alternative Interventions Taught by Dr. Fred Luskin and Swami Sitaramananda

  • 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.
Asana Practice
Psychological and Health Benefits Taught by Swami Dharmananda

  • Yoga Health Educator students delve deeper into the health benefits of practicing yoga poses—physical, psychological, and energetic—learning to apply asana techniques to improve specific systems of the body. Concentration techniques will be included.
Gentle Yoga Training
Adapting Yoga Techniques to the Needs of the Individual Taught by Tara Durga Devi

  • Gentle Yoga 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.

800-hour Yoga Health Training Module 2

Ayurveda and Healing; Disease Process, Management and Prevention

Upcoming Dates: Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 25, 2020

Module 2 Overview

  • Physiology of stress response and relaxation response
  • Five causes of stress and how Yoga helps; Health and lifestyle
  • Ayurveda foundations: doshas, ama, prana, vayus
  • Sun/moon balance
  • From inborn constitution to acquired constitution: prakriti to vikriti
  • Detoxification
  • Nutrition and fire of digestion
  • Five layers of healing
  • Biomedical and psychological foundations: Anatomy and physiology
  • Illnesses process and categories/medical terminology
  • Group teaching to individual therapy cases
Yoga Philosophy
The True Nature of the Self Taught by Swami Sitaramananda

  • The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga will be presented in depth. The physical practices lead to inward awareness, concentration, and ultimately, samadhi.  Pacifying the senses leads to discrimination and detachment. Will you choose fear or faith?
Ayurveda Foundations
Framework for Health and Disease Taught by Mary Thompson

  • Ayurveda Foundations 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. 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.
Five Layers of Healing
According to Yoga and Ayurveda Principles Taught by Arun Deva

  • Five Layers of Healing 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 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.
Anatomy and Physiology
Communication, Protection, and Stress in the Body Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • You will learn anatomical and physiological functioning of all the systems of the body, and also the possible pathology to the systems, and the conventional treatments.
  • Providing in-depth knowledge of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. Bone and joint anatomy, muscle physiology and bio-mechanics 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Biomedical Knowledge
Insight into the Medical Process Taught by Suprabha Jain, MD

  • Familiarization with symptom-based history-taking. An overview of commonly-used drugs and procedures for a wide variety of ailments, including the cardiovascular/pulmonary system, immune and endocrine system, musculo-skeletal system, reproductive system and skin.
Asana Practice
Adapting Yoga for Special Groups Taught by Swami Dharmananda

  • Yoga Health Educator students learn how to appropriately adjust students in asanas. Guidelines will be shared for teaching children, increasing their awareness, coordination and concentration. Adapted yoga to support pregnant women will be presented, including yoga practice for general reproductive health and disorders. Asanas affecting the digestive system will also be discussed.

800-hour Yoga Health Training Module 3

Yoga Therapeutic Strategies and Protocol Development for Common Health Conditions

Upcoming Dates: Friday, September 18–Saturday, October 3, 2020

Overview

  • How to conduct Intake/Assessment
  • How to develop protocols as part of a Plan of Care, individually or in groups
  • How to conduct follow-up
  • How to adapt the protocol to changing client needs
  • Develop knowledge of common ailments and Yoga therapies to address them
  • Scope of practice of the Yoga Health Educator
  • Knowing when to refer a client to a health professional
  • Managing and working with groups
  • Group dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Practices
  • Understanding Common Physical Ailments Taught by Arun Deva
    • Principles of Ayurveda Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy
    • Creating protocols with Ayurveda Yoga Therapy for diabetes and weight management; joint pain and rheumatism; digestive disorders; respiratory disorders
    • Ayurveda Yoga Therapy to integrate meditation, asana, pranayama and relaxation techniques
Yoga Practices
Understanding Common Physical Ailments Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda and Sandhya Dharmadas

  • Yoga for back and spinal column pain. Physiology of back pain. Includes conditions: slipped disc, herniated/bulging discs, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, weak backs, lumbar pain, cervical pain, disc degeneration. Understanding common complaints of the neck, upper spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Variations for postural ailments, including alignment and breath work.
  • Yoga for Balance due to brain conditions; inner ear disorders, visual impairments, obesity, sacral and hip instability. Discussions and practice on mental balance and emotional stability.
  • Yoga for people recovering from surgery, including spinal surgery, caesarian birth, heart surgery, shoulder/hip surgery.
  • Chronic Pain management research
  • Yoga techniques to address Chronic Pain
  • Yoga Nidra: deep relaxation for healing
  • Sound, mantras, and rituals for healing
Ethical Principles
Wisdom in the Therapeutic Relationship Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda Ethical considerations grounded in the Yamas and Niyamas, serve as the guiding principles that define the Yoga Health Educator’s sense of purpose and service to others. Leading with Ahimsa: practice of respect, non-violence, gentleness in thoughts and deeds—without anger or frustration. Self-control must be cultivated in sensual and sexual matters. Mental restlessness gives way to contentment. Satya is the practice of telling the truth with consideration and sincerity. The adoption of a positive lifestyle and taking appropriate action leads to sattva, purity, serenity, Self-knowledge and balance. A simple life is healthy life.
Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship
Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship Taught by Mary Thompson and Swami Dharmananda

  • How to use the Yoga Health Assessment Guide, observation and assessment of physical and mental/emotional states.
  • Writing up SOAP Notes. How to adjust the protocol based on client needs; monitoring the effects of change(s), and how to support the client in the process of change.
  • Identify professional behavior in therapeutic practice. Discuss professionalism as a means for managing subtle dynamic situations. Maintain communication with clients that supports clarity and awareness of subtle dynamics. Three aspects of subtle dynamics: power, trust, and termination.
  • Recognizing symptoms which merit referral and knowing when to refer to a health care provider.
  • Working with groups—communication skills, time management/establishing priorities
Accessible Yoga
Yoga for All Taught by Jivana Heyman Accessible Yoga focuses on how to make the Yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. Integrated Accessible Yoga classes can be created where all students can practice together, with the practice modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, as well as seniors. We’ll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way.
Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga Training Taught by Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati) 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 post-surgery 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.
Restorative Yoga
Restorative & Gentle Movement Practices Taught by Nora Benian (Sundari) 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.

800-hour Yoga Health Training Module 4

Distance Learning

In this module, spread over more than one year, students will continue learning about Anatomy and Physiology, plus Ayurveda: daily routine, how to adapt to seasons, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic herbs, Ayurvedic therapies.

There will be in-depth teaching on the psychological causes of addiction, offering holistic strategies on how to manage addictions and self-destructive behaviors. There will be discussions on Ayurveda practical therapies in relation to the disease of addiction, as well as understanding of the human condition through Yoga and the 12 Steps.

Students will be familiarized with different types of addictions, their medical classification and terminology. During the final distance learning sessions, students will learn the basic principles of the therapeutic relationship, and revisit the ethical principles of a YHE, as well as the legal and the business of Yoga Health Education.

CA-BATCH 1: Monthly 2-hour sessions • May 2018-April 2019

Anatomy and Physiology Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

CA-BATCH 1: Monthly 2-hour sessions • May 2018–February 2019

Ayurveda Taught by Mary Thompson

CA-BATCH 1: Monthly 2-hour sessions • May–December 2018

Health and Disease: Addiction Taught by Durga Leela

CA-BATCH 1: Monthly 2-hour sessions • March–July 2019

Therapist/Client Relations Taught by Mary Thompson

CA-BATCH 1: Four 2.5-hour sessions • August 2019

Business of Yoga Therapy: Legalities and Networking Taught by Suprabha Jain, MD and Swami Sivasankariananda

CA-BATCH 1: Four 2-to-2.5-hour sessions • September 2019

Ethical Principles and Continuing Education Taught by Swami Sitaramananda

Online sessions will be recorded and, with advance permission, may be available in lieu of real-time participation. Note that instructors are subject to change without notice. 

Faculty

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Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda and was nominated acharya, senior teacher, by him in 1989.  She is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam, China, and Japan. Swamiji has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is teaching regularly at Sivananda Yoga Retreat in Nassau Bahamas. Swami Sitaramananda is the author of Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy…

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Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor. Swami Jnaneswariananda has a Phd in Biomedical Engineering and is an excellent teacher of anatomy and physiology and yoga philosophy. She is a senior teacher and director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga…

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Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the Yoga Farm for many years and is in charge of the karma yoga program.  He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

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Swami Sivasankariananda

After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014 and  has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015.  Swamiji completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008 and has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. Swamiji took sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist.

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Suprabha Jain, MD

Dr. Jain was born in India but has been trained in medical school in USA.  She is director in charge of an integrative medical clinic in Walnut Creek, CA.  She has a natural interest in yoga and ayurveda and is passionate about holistic healing.  Dr. Jain has developed, designed and delivered many ways of treating and managing true health and has coached her loyal clients the science of inner well being.  This enlightened doctor endeavors to bridge modern medical science and traditional healing sciences of yoga and ayurveda.  She is on the faculty of the Sivananda Yoga Institute of Health and…

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Arun Deva

Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YTRx, BA, is a well known Senior Ayurvedic Practitioner, ayurvedic yoga therapist (AYT and C-IAYT) and certified teacher of Vinyasa Krama Yoga (E-RYT500).  He has served both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications; including peer reviewed Ayurveda Journals, and has been featured on both radio and television. He is faculty for yoga studies at Loyola Marymount University. Arun has been a friend of the Yoga Farm for over 9 years and has taught the Emotional Intelligence course here for the last 7 years. Currently he chairs…

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Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya), is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda and senior teacher with certifications as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist. Mary is a graduate of the first graduating class of the College in 1997. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title “Ayurvedacharya” (respected teacher of Ayurveda) by Dr. Halpern. She has been an invited speaker at several Ayurvedic conferences and is a founding member and former Secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She is also the founder and Executive Director…

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Durga Leela

Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is Director of…

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Tara Durga Devi

Tara Durga Devi has been teaching yoga and meditation for 32 years and was co-founder and owner of The Yoga Center, an affiliated Sivananda Yoga center in Stockton, CA. She has been trained in Yoga Therapy and is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) and Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course (ATTC). Tara Durga Devi is one of the rare yoga teachers trained by Swami Vishnudevananda, with whom she took TTC in 1976.

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Jivana Heyman

Jivana Heyman, C-IAYT, eRYT500, is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers Conferences, Trainings, an Ambassador program dedicated to sharing yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over twenty-five years of training and teaching in a classical yoga tradition, Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on sharing yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone.  Over the past 20 years, Jivana has led more than fifty yoga…

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Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)

Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati) is the creator of “Sunlight Chair Yoga: Yoga for Everyone” book and teacher traninings.  A Sivananda Yoga instructor since 1995, she is also certified in Gentle, Integral, Kundalini, and prenatal yoga.  She leads the Chair Yoga Teacher Trainings at Sivananda ashrams in the US and Bahamas. She also teaches at companies, senior homes, libraries, and community expos.  In 2011 Stacie was featured on CBS Ch. 4 Miami News Healthwatch teaching “Yoga for Seniors” and on KQED/NPR radio in 2013.

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Nora Benian (Sundari)

Nora Benian (Sundari) E-RYT 500, is a Yoga therapist, professional counselor and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and has a diploma in Homeopathy. Nora teaches yoga workshops and teacher trainings across the continent and in the Caribbean, specializing in Restorative, Yin, Therapeutic and Hatha Yoga. The lectures, classes and courses she offers provide the foundations, theory and practicum necessary for her students to teach these styles of yoga to their students confidently. Her knowledge and experience in yoga is extensive; she communicates information with ease—inspiring students and teachers to keep learning and sharing the wisdom found in yoga.

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Dr. Fred Luskin

Dr. Luskin holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University. He is Co-Director of the Stanford-Northern Ireland HOPE Project, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on the victims of political violence. He served as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, the largest research project to date on the training and measurement of a forgiveness intervention. He currently works as a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation.

Tuition and Testimonial

2-Year Program Tuition

The full tuition for the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training is $10,000.  The following tuition payment schedule is for all SYHET students: Deposit at time of application: $1,000 (non-refundable; credit only) 1st payment: October 18, 2019: $3,000 2nd payment: April 10, 2020: $2,000 3rd payment: September 18, 2020: $2,000 4th payment: October 18, 2020: $2,000

Accommodations

Accommodation costs are not included in the program Tuition.  SYHET students receive a special discount on accommodations.  Accommodations include two meals per day.

Testimonials

The SYHET has been transformative. I signed up for the training wanting to infuse Eastern therapy practices into my Western clinical psychology career. After just the first module of the training, I came to realize that the reverse will be true – I will be infusing a bit Western psychology into my Yoga Health Education career. Kelly Erickson (Kamala)

Yoga Teacher

As a trained yoga teacher, I saw the power of yoga to impact the lives of my students inside the classroom, but I did not know how to take yoga outside the classroom, how to tailor it to the specific health-related needs of an individual.  The Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Program (SYHET) has given me this knowledge. SYHET featured a variety of health experts from both Western and Eastern perspectives, and Swami Sitaramananda did a fantastic job of grounding us in their underlying unity.  The diversity of perspectives gave me a variety of tools I could use with different kinds of people in different circumstances.

My favorite moment was witnessing the dialog between Swami Sita and an individual suffering from cancer, who was a patient of one of the SYHET teachers, Dr. Jain.  It was instructive to hear how Swami Sita diagnosed the patients’ underlying emotional and spiritual challenges and then offered her a specific personalized prescription of Bhakti Yoga. It was inspiring to see how Swami Sita and Dr. Jain (an M.D. physician) could work together in such harmony towards helping the same patient.

 

Satya

Yoga Teacher

Just finished the second module of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator-2 year, 800 hours long Yoga Therapy course, with contact, practical & online modules-aiming to bring western medicine & holistic healing techniques of Yoga & Ayurveda together, providing a much needed & balanced approach to health & healing. 

I am loving the content of the course -learning about how the mind & body work & helping people to move towards a balanced state of mental & physical health- by using the tools of Yoga & Ayurveda – Raja Yoga (the 8 part Ashtanga yoga), Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga – Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Positive thinking, Kriyas, Mantra chanting, Yoga Nidra & the teachings of the Gita.

Thank You Swami Sita & all the teachers & organizers of this course for putting together this amazing content.

Rudrani

Yoga Teacher

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q&A with Swami Sitaramananda

Director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams (SYVC) on the US West Coast and in Asia

Q. Why is SYVC only now implementing the Yoga Health Educator Training?

A. The international Sivananda organization has taught the holistic health benefits of classical Yoga for more than 50 years. Today, Yoga is widely known as a powerful way to deal with stress and is recognized as an alternative approach in health and preventative care. The Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training offers the opportunity to apply the classical Yoga teachings to empower others in their own self-healing.

Q. How will Yoga teachers from schools other than Sivananda benefit from this course?

A. Yoga is universal. Yoga teachers differ in their approach to physical postures, sequences, priorities, outlooks and class curriculum. Sivananda Yoga integrally includes breathing exercises (pranayama), relaxation (savasana), vegetarian diet and positive thinking, meditation (dhyana) and Yoga philosophy (Vedanta). Teachers from other hatha Yoga lineages would especially gain an opportunity to experience immersion to the Yogic lifestyle.

Q. How do I find a job as a Sivananda Yoga Health Educator?

A. The program is constructed following the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) curriculum. SYVC and IAYT are two well-known Yoga organizations. You will stand out in the alternative health field, backed by these two credible organizations. With this training, you can mediate between health care providers and Yoga schools, either referring to existent Yoga courses or provide courses tailored to your specific interest.

Q. Who can I serve and how do I get clients?

A. There are many possible venues. Bring practical Yoga knowledge into hospitals, health clinics, acupuncture clinics, PT and chiropractic offices, social work, at-risk youth facilities, corporate wellness programs. Serve clients struggling with addiction, stress/anxiety, PTSD (survivors of violence—domestic, sexual, personal or military), depression, nervous system disorders, recovery from injury/surgery, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, behavioral issues and more. Learn how to create a clientele in the “Yoga Business Practices” module during year two.

Q. How does the Yogic lifestyle complement the health care system?

A. Yoga helps restore the immune system and builds resilience to the effects of stress. It addresses deeper issues related to aspects of life such as:

  • karmic issues (deep issues from the past)
  • subtle energy flow and blockages
  • interdependence between our thinking, our emotions and and our energy and vitality
  • direct connection between our consciousness, our sense of meaning of our life, our zeal to live and our capacity of healing
  • relationship between beliefs and healing

Attention to these underlying causes of disease can have remarkable results in the effectiveness of treatments.

Q. What if clients do not believe in the astral body or the connection between mind-body-spirit?

A. There are countless modern scientific studies on the therapeutic effects of Yoga in specific incidences of disease. This brings light to the relationship between body-mind-spirit. It is not a question of belief, but rather viewing each individual as a whole and providing healing practices based on one’s specific needs.

Q. What about Sivananda Yoga Health Educator liability?

A. You are required to follow the protocol of the health institute you are affiliated with. If you consult independently, you can obtain any insurance policy with coverage for Yoga teachers.

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