Part Two begins March 30th, 2018



Part One: Tools for Promoting Vibrant Health

Monday – Thursday, 30 hour modules

October 23 – 26, 2017
November 27 – 30, 2017
February 5 – 8, 2018
March 5 – 8, 2018

Part Two: Spiritual Vitality & Wholeness

Friday – Sunday

March 30 – April 1, 2018
April 27 – 29, 2018
June 1 – 3, 2018
June 29 – July 1, 2018
July 27 – 29, 2018
September 7 – 9, 2018
October 12 – 14, 2018
November 16 – 18, 2018

Plus Final Immersion Module for Program Completion

Monday – Thursday, 30 hours

December 10 – 13, 2018

Important Information


  • Join Sarahjoy for an information session on September 6th, 6 – 7pm at yogajoy
  • Work Trade, Financial Planning and Training Scholarships are available for those who qualify (applications required – click here to submit)
  • Our 800-hour IAYT school curriculum is being reviewed by their Accreditation Committee at this time. 

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Training Overview

Curriculum includes the tools of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and philosophy/psychology), the art of yoga teachers (seeing students, choosing therapeutic interventions, authenticity, resilience, intrapersonal and interpersonal development, sequencing based on Ayurveda, physical capacity, and the psycho-spiritual goals of yoga), and the internal processes of self-nurturance, self-regulation, and the ability to use one’s own body gestalt as a therapeutic tool.
This comprehensive trauma-informed, neurobiologically-grounded training is open to both yoga teachers and allied health professionals and consists of Part One (160hrs) and Part Two (142hrs) which can be taken in whole or in part depending on what you want to study as well as what type of certificate of completion you want to obtain. Yoga Teacher Professional Training is a Yoga Alliance registered training at the 300/500hr level.

Part One: Tools for Promoting Vibrant Health

Vibrant Health: learn to facilitate vibrant health through the physical tools of yoga which address structural health, musculo-skeletal health, pre-op and post-op health and conditioning, and yoga to restore the vital body via reducing adrenal overload, soothing an over-activated nervous system, and re-wiring chronic activation of the catabolic system.

Four 30-hour modules, Monday-Thursday    

  • Mindfulness-based Yoga
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Yoga and Strength Conditioning
  • Ayurvedic Restorative Yoga

Two research projects




Each module will increase the knowledge base and application skill of the trainees in areas such as:

  • Assessment and observation skills
  • Anatomy, kinesiology, reciprocal muscle inhibition
  • Anterior, posterior, and contra-lateral slings
  • Therapeutic sequencing
  • Breathing tools and pranayama
  • Mindfulness, brain science, trauma-informed
  • Myofascial release
  • Teach according to the students’ doshas and their dosha imbalances
  • Incorporate Ayurvedic lifestyle suggestions
  • Develop short/long term protocols and relationships with clients
  • Self-care techniques and self-regulation skills that provide consistent therapeutic presence for clients/students


During modules, trainees will also observe and participate in specific therapeutic, adaptive, and restorative yoga classes alongside of Sarahjoy’s yoga therapy clients and adaptive yoga students. As trainees progress through the modules they will have opportunities to assist classes, teach poses within classes, shadow Sarahjoy or Lynn in hands on assisting tools, and mentor in private lessons. Throughout the training, trainees will learn how to apply the techniques and information in these modules to either private yoga therapy sessions or group yoga classes.


Part Two: Yoga for Vitality & Wholeness, Mental, Psychological & Spiritual Vitality

Co-taught by Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500, and Jay Gregory, PhD
Learn to facilitate psychological, mental, and spiritual vitality, incorporate the lifestyle tools of yoga, which address our emotional, psychological, spiritual, intrapersonal and interpersonal vitality, integration, and spiritual development.


Part Two incorporates the teachings of the psychology and philosophy of yoga and prepares yoga teachers to more deeply address mental well-being, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and the spiritual journey of yoga. Throughout the training, teachers will learn the therapeutic techniques specifically appropriate for private yoga practice or small group yoga programs, such as yoga for addiction or depression.
Trauma-informed, neurobiologically-grounded, and compassionately delivered, trainees learn how to apply the teachings of yoga that aim to reduce suffering, increase equanimity, overcome trauma, develop well-being, and cultivate a life of vibrancy and clarity. Teachers are trained in both the therapeutic tools as well as the self-care and self-development practices that make them better yoga teachers with a range of students. Therapeutic tools include mindfulness, asana, pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, and chanting; and the application of the psychology of yoga for individual and small group mental health yoga programs.
Training will include development of empathic resonance, attunement and attachment overviews, body-centered sensory interventions, and teaching self-processes as a resource. Yoga Psychology tools are drawn from the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita and include teachings such as the psychology of the five mind states, five ways of knowing, five core attitudes, brahmaviharas, kleshas, koshas, gunas, doshas, samskaras, and the four paths of yoga: karma, bhakti, raja, and jnana.  Western psychology tools are drawn from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, neuroscience, and mental health counseling.


“It’s difficult to choose the most useful as all aspects have been so helpful. I have never studied with a teacher who could explain these things in such a clear, comprehensible way… This training was expertly organized and executed… Any workshop with Sarahjoy is well worth your time! Sarahjoy has a very clear and comprehensible way of explaining materials from anatomy to the Yoga Sutras…”
“An authentic and holistic curriculum that strikes the ideal balance between theory and practice, philosophy and asana… Very polished and refined presentation style, easy to follow, receptive to questions. Felt comfortable engaging in group discussions and seeking clarification at times.”
“The breadth and depth of the teacher training with Sarahjoy transformed my life! As a result, I changed not only my career but also my way of interacting with myself and the world.”



Total Program: $4,400
(receive $400 off when registered by September 30th)
Part 1 tuition: $2,300 (for Allied Health Providers in body sciences)
Part 2 tuition: $2,500 (for Allied Health Providers in mind-body-health practices)



What You Can Earn Upon Completion:
Yoga teachers who want to obtain Yoga Alliance RYT-500 must have already completed a 200hr training and attend both Part One and Part Two of the Yoga Teacher Professional Training. Upon completion of all 300hrs, they are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.
Allied health professionals are welcome to enroll in either Part One, Part Two, or both.
If allied health professionals are interested in being registered with Yoga Alliance, they must take a 200hr teacher training (such as the amrita or Yoga & Social Justice teacher trainings), in addition to taking both Part One and Part Two of Yoga Teacher Professional Training. Upon completion of these trainings, they would be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500. Note: Enrollment confirmation is dependent on acceptance of your application.
Who Is Eligible for this training?
A) You are a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher (with at least one-year teaching experience) and eager for the next level of training. You would like to have your 500-hour Yoga Alliance registration and are interested in: expanding your teaching skills; increasing your ability to support your students’ alignment, both physically and energetically; deepening your understanding of sequencing; learning effective hands-on adjustment to facilitate increased range of motion or stability; and/or developing a private yoga practice working individually or in small groups.
B) You are an allied health professional (massage therapist, nurse, chiropractor, Chinese medicine doctor, physical therapist, mental health therapist, psychologist, etc) and want to add tools to your toolkit for helping others with either mental or physical health. You may also be eligible for CEU credits, depending on your professional field. (To be eligible for a 500-hr Yoga Alliance Certificate, a 200-hour training certificate is required prior to entering the 300-hr program.  The option of participating in this training appeals to allied health professionals who desire the skills and tools of yoga, but may not desire a teaching certification.)
How is Yoga a tool for therapeutic experiences & transformational life seasons?
Yoga is a personal and inter-personal journey toward wholeness. The tools of yoga invite students to learn about and relate to their symptoms, imbalances, injuries, or life events as opportunities for self-discovery and for inspiring the process of transformation from illness to vitality, from limitation to capacity, or from disintegration to re-integration.  Yoga addresses all of our symptoms from a multidimensional and profoundly compassionate perspective.  We learn to understand and respond to our personal experience of both our human conditioning, which, when misunderstood, is prone to suffering, and our human potential, which, when understood, is capable of love, generosity, kindness, and equanimity.  Yoga is non-invasive, personally-crafted for each individual, and constantly fresh.  The tools are adapted to the student, rather than the student having to adapt to the tools.  We use yoga as an intervention towards health and wholeness as well as preventatively and curatively.
I’m a Yoga Teacher, how can I incorporate the tools of this training into my classes and private sessions?
Sarahjoy is an extraordinary example of weaving yoga principles into all of her public classes, private lessons, workshops, retreats, and training sessions.  Observing her teach or participating in her classes one realizes that every undertaking is a chance for students to experience the essence of yoga. With the tools of yoga, the lens through which we look as yoga teachers is transformed from the Western approach of yoga that is asana-driven, to an approach that is driven by creating the opportunities within which students experience yoga: healing, wholeness, inspiration, or transformation on many levels, including their nervous, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems, their mind, their sensory body, outdated thought habits, and more intimate than that, at the deeper layers of intuition and love.
I’m an Allied Health Professional and not a yoga teacher, can I take this training?
Yes. You may participate in this 300-training program. There are a few options:
A) If you would like to pursue 500 RYT registration with the Yoga Alliance, you would need to take a 200-hour training program in addition to this 300-hour training in order to be eligible for their 500-hour certificate.
B) If you are an Allied Health Professional who works primarily with the body and you want to add to your body-centered toolkit using the yoga techniques, you are welcome to apply to Part One.  You may go on to Part Two and incorporate the mental, psychological, and lifestyle tools of yoga into your profession as well.
C) If you are an Allied Health Professional who works primarily with mental and psychological health, and you want to add yoga therapy to your toolkit, you are welcome to apply to Part Two. You may also apply to Part One if you are interested in incorporating the physical tools of yoga into your professional practice.
I’m an Allied Health Professional, how can I incorporate Yoga into my private sessions?
Each professional does this in his or her own way.  Many incorporate the breathing, mindfulness, and self-awareness tools into their professional work.  Some provide clients with yoga-based homework in the form of restorative yoga poses, breathing practices, meditative practices, and life skills tools that support clients in living more resiliently with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Health professional trainees have also reported benefiting from and integrating the tools of self-care, self-regulation, and body-centered interpersonal neurobiology into their development of the therapeutic relationship. Additionally, all of our allied health professionals have reported integrating the teaching of yoga psychology and philosophy into their work as it widens the lens through which they experience the healing process and the potential of the human spirit.