Sivananda Institute of Health & Yoga


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Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training

Mission Statement

The Sivananda Institute of Health & Yoga (SIHY) seeks to empower individuals with classical Yoga tools and Self-knowledge to promote integral health, to reduce stress, to restore balance and a sense of purpose in one’s life. 

Program Start Dates

Our next two-year, 800-hour Yoga Health Educator Training will begin in October 2019 

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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


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

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • 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
  • Psychological and nervous system disorders: Psychosomatic diseases, sleep disorders, anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, trauma (PTSD), addiction, chronic pain
  • 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


This training offers the opportunity to apply classical Yoga teachings to empower others in their own self-healing.



Over the course of the training, the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator becomes versed in the therapeutic application of the Five Points of Yoga and the Four Paths of Yoga—Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga (includes Hatha Yoga), and Jnana 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.


Course Format

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: October 21–November 5, 2017
- Yoga and the Mind, Psychology and Mental Health

Module 2: April 13–28, 2018
Ayurveda and Healing; Disease Process, Management and Prevention

Module 3: September 7–22, 2018
Yoga Health Techniques: Therapeutic Application of Asana, Pranayama, and Relaxation

Module 4: 
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.



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.



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

Successful completion of the four designated Sivananda Yoga Health Educator modules are required to fulfill the program competencies. 


Are you ready for the next step in creating a more peaceful world?


"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way." –Swami Vishnudevananda