2016- 2018 Yoga Therapy Professional 300 Hour Training

Join Sarahjoy for the Part 1 information session on September 6th, 6 – 7pm. RSVP to support@sarahjoyyoga.com.


Training Schedule

PART 1: $2,300
Tools for Promoting Vibrant Health: next series begins October 23rd, 2017


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


PART 2: $2,500
Vitality + Wholeness: next series begins Spring of 2018

Training Overview

Curriculum includes the tools of yoga therapy (asana, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and philosophy/psychology), the arts of yoga therapy (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 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 Therapy Professional Training is a Yoga Alliance registered training at the 300/500hr level.


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Vibrant Health: learn to facilitate vibrant health through the physical tools of yoga therapy which addresses structural health, musculo-keletal 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
  • Two research projects
    • Adaptive Yoga
    • Yoga and Strength Conditioning
    • Ayurvedic Restorative Yoga
    • Mindfulness-based Yoga




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
  • Hands on assisting
  • Breathing tools and pranayama
  • Myofascial release
  • Working with the gunas
  • Teaching according to the seasonal, daily, and life cycle considerations of the students’ doshas and their dosha imbalances
  • Incorporating Ayurvedic lifestyle suggestions
  • Developing short and long term protocols and relationships with students/clients
  • Self-care techniques and self-regulation skills that allow the teacher/yoga therapist to provide consistent therapeutic presence for their clients/students.



women in dog poseDuring 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 opportunity 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. (The tools of yoga therapy can be applied to group classes of various kinds, including therapeutic or adaptive yoga, but also classes for “regular” students, vinyasa classes, alignment-based classes, and classes for students with anxiety, injury, athletic pursuits, and so on.)



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Yoga Therapy for Vitality and Wholeness: Mental, Psychological and Spiritual Vitality (142 hours of training)

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 therapy practice or small group yoga therapy programs, such as yoga for addiction or depression.  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 therapists with a range of students. Therapeutic tools include: mindfulness, asana, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and chanting; and the application of the psychology of yoga for individual and small group mental health yoga therapy.

Training will include development of empathic resonance, attunement and attachment overviews, body-centered sensory interventions, and therapist self-process as a resource. Yoga Psychology 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.



Yoga Teachers

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 Yoga Therapy Training. Upon completion of all 300hrs,  they are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Yoga teachers who want to take either Part One or Part Two, can do so upon acceptance of their application. These hours can be used for CEU’s with Yoga Alliance.

Allied Health Professionals

Allied health professionals are welcome to enroll in either Part One, Part Two, or both.

If allied health professional are interested in being registered with Yoga Alliance, they must take a 200hr teacher training (such as amrita yoga teacher training or Yoga & Social Justice), in addition to taking both Part One and Part Two of Yoga Therapy Training. Upon completion of these trainings, they would be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT-500.

Note: Enrollment confirmation is dependent on acceptance of your application.


“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 clean 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.”


Who Is Eligible for this training?

You are a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher (with at least two years 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 see 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, developing a yoga therapy practice working with private clients/students.

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 a 300-hr program.  The option of participating in this training appeals to allied health professionals who desire the skills and tools of yoga therapy, but may not desire a teaching certification.)

To be added to our list of people interested in future programs, please send us a note.



What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy 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 therapy 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 therapy as an intervention towards health and wholeness as well as preventatively and curatively.


“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner.  Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.” – TKV Desikachar                               


 I’m a Yoga Teacher, how can I incorporate Yoga Therapy into my classes and private sessions?

Sarahjoy is an extraordinary example of weaving yoga therapy 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 therapy, 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:

1) 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.

2) If you are an Allied Health Professional who works primarily with the body, and you want to add to your body-centered tool kit 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.

3) 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 were interested in incorporating the physical tools of yoga therapy into your professional practice.


I’m an Allied Health Professional, how can I incorporate Yoga Therapy 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 skill 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.


Do I need a license to practice Yoga Therapy?

No.  Currently there are only certification processes.