I AM YOGA THERAPY
Bridge the Gap Between Yoga and Psychology
I AM Yoga Therapy™ is a total body stretch and energy opener. It uses wall, prop and assisted poses to help you move into areas of constriction, tightness and pain that you normally avoid. Unresolved mental and emotional tensions keep physical tightness intact and allow the body to continue to create misalignments and prevent optimal healing. I AM Yoga Therapy is designed to address both visible symptoms and invisible mental and emotional aspects.
The Integrative Amrit Method of Body Psychology
We approach the body as the product of both our internal environment (our thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs) as well as our external environment (injuries, exercise, sitting, sleeping, standing, walking habits, food). The two together create the body we see. Most styles of Yoga Therapy work with physical symptoms to help them go away. In the Integrative Amrit Method, we address the underlying invisible issues that are contributing to or exacerbating the visible symptoms. By using the visible symptoms as a roadmap to the invisible cause we can help resolve the issue at the root and symptom level.
HOW CAN YOGA THERAPY HELP?
Much of the pain and discomfort we experience is because of these structural misalignments that could be addressed by a simple regime of moving and stretching the body through its full range of motion. By holding the body in various positions for longer periods of time, combined with breath and meditative facilitation, we can move into these areas and gently and effectively release them.
Relieve Stress on Joints
Improve Range of Motion
Reduce pain, inflammation & stiffness
Calm the mind & release mental and emotional tensions
I AM YOGA THERAPY CERTIFICATION
100 & 800 hour trainings
The Integrative Amrit Method of Body Psychology Training
100 Hour Training
For those who want to learn and experience Yoga Therapy, the 100 hour training is a good choice. Whether you want to be certified or not, this is a great way to more intensely move into the body and listen to what it has to reveal to you. The body knows more than we realize, only the mind usually dominates the body’s wisdom. This is training is an opportunity for the mind to step back and the body to speak.
In this training your training will be directed by C-IAYT certified East/West trained yoga therapists into the wisdom of the body and the language of energy.
This training directly addresses how energy blocks are created through incomplete experiences and how these can become densified at subtle or gross levels. Yoga Therapy students understand how incompletions at any level can be addressed as the stagnated movement of energy through the body. Whether a condition is showing up at the subtle mental/emotional level or at the gross body level, students learn simple facilitation techniques to give it space to move and integrate itself.
You will learn how to use facilitation techniques in coordination with gravity or wall supported poses that enhance awareness of these blocks and encourage the release of blocks in body zones such as legs, buttocks, hamstrings, heart and shoulders.
Students also learn how to lead a Yoga therapy class and practice doing so with partners. Mid-training students give sessions to practice what has been learned. By the end of the training students will be able to successfully complete a full yoga therapy session including: intake, assessment, customized yoga therapy session, integration and debrief for an individuals’ specific needs.
This training can be used as a powerful tool for your own personal and professional journey.
Hours in this training count as hours towards module 2 in the Amrit Yoga Institute's 800hour IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training to become an I AM Yoga Therapist. Training hours can vary by location. Hours are eligible for transfer credit into the 800 hour program. Additionally required hours, assignments and content will need to be completed upon enrollment in this program.
This program is made up of 10 modules--each of which develop a Yoga Therapists' skills in different ways. The 100 hour Yoga Therapy module serves as the hub of the wheel with modules such as Yoga Nidra, Advanced Yoga Nidra and Advanced Yoga deepening skill sets in both group and individualized settings. Later modules put together all the information learned with specialized instruction in anatomy, assessment and other foundational concepts to prepare the yoga therapist. Upon registering for this professional training, you will have an opportunity to plan your 2-4-year program with our Assistant Program Director. This will help you decide what Modules you will take in what order to fit your goals. For programs taken 2013 or later, you may be eligible for transfer credits. For detailed information on this program click here.
Prerequisite: Any 200 hour RYS Yoga Teacher Training*
Module 1 I AM Yoga Nidra™ Professional Training
Module 2 I AM Yoga Therapy™ Body Psychology Training
Module 3 Integral Breath Therapy Training
Module 4 I AM Yoga Nidra™ Advanced Training
Module 5 I AM Yoga™ Advanced Training: Meditation in Motion
Module 6 Anatomy & Physiology, Applied Anatomy, Applied Psychology
Module 7 Principles of Ayurveda
Module 8 General Assessment
Module 9 Putting It All Together
Module 10 Practicum
*If you took a 200-hour yoga training in a tradition other than Amrit Yoga you are required to register for and successfully complete the online course “The Posture of Consciousness Intensive”. Teachers must have one year teaching experience, and one year of personal practice which may occur concurrently.
100 hour Training
You will learn:
How to use a variety of prop and partner-assisted yoga postures to intensify energy flow and encounter holding patterns
Facilitation Techniques to listen to the intuitive energy body and gently release physical and emotional blocks
Understanding and exploration of the anatomy and physiology of energy
Four chakra based made-for-you sequences
Basic Protocols for dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, low back pain and tight neck and shoulders
Building Blocks to create a yoga therapy experience tailored to specific needs, whether physical, mental or emotional
How to lead a yoga therapy class or one-on-one session from intake to completion
How to healthfully integrate and release emotions for yourself and others
Re-program mental and emotional patterns that produce dis-ease
Improve posture and range of motion
Reduce chronic pain and tension
Help restore of body function after injury or surgery
Increase energy, mental clarity, emotional balance and assistance to transform unhealthy thinking patterns
“This program opened me up, cleared out the fear, and replaced it with love and compassion. I will never look at therapy the same way again.”
This training is appropriate for counselors, mental health professionals, yoga teachers, bodyworkers, health professionals and alternative healers. Experience with yoga or some form of bodywork is recommended. For those who are new to body-centered practices, or who have physical limitations, be aware that not all practices and techniques may be easily accessible to you but that there will still be plenty for you to take away from the training. We will work with you to assist you.
Yoga Therapy Workshops
Bridge the Gap Between Yoga and Psychology
Do you have areas of chronic tension, pain or tightness? Do you sit a lot and not move around? Are you experiencing emotional stress, transition or pressure at home or work?
A Yoga therapy workshop is a great way to release those tensions from the inside out. The body houses tensions and tightness based on the way we sit, stand, think and feel. By gently and consciously opening the body we can return to our rightful state of freedom, ease and balance. Yoga therapy is accessible to anyone – even beginners-regardless of experience. It gently allows you to move into target areas at your own pace. Come spend a weekend being good to your body and soul.
Additional Information & FAQs
Training Schedule & Accessibility
What is the program schedule like?
Can I do this program for myself?
Absolutely. This program is not only educational, but experientially based. You will receive a lot of insights and openings as a result of this training.
Is it okay to take this program if I have injuries?
This program contains about 60% of elements that are helped by a body that is in good general shape- not recovering from major injuries or surgeries and generally strong. If you have limitations you can still give an excellent yoga therapy session using the wall and prop-assisted poses--however be aware that you may not be able to access all the techniques we will be teaching you. This is not a problem. Just something to be aware of.
Will I learn specific tools to help people with medical conditions?
The theory you will learn is more oriented to the subtle and internal causes of dis-ease in the body. There are various types of yoga therapy. This one is centered on the emotional/energetic components of holding in the body and releasing at the root cause level rather than the symptom level. This style of yoga therapy is of great benefit to physical conditions.
What is the Required Reading?
Body Mind by Ken Dychtwald
by Eugene Gendlin
Is there additional suggested reading?
These books will deepen your understanding of what is covered in class, but are not required:
The Pathwork of Self Transformation by Eva Perriakos
Emotional Clearing by John Ruskan
Certification & CEUs
How do I get Continuing Education Credits?
Registered Yoga Teachers – 21 hours
How do I get certified?
Do I need to do the 8 sessions with 8 different people?
The 8 sessions don't need to be with 8 different people, but it would be nice to have a variety of at least 4 or 5 different people for you to get experience. Your certificate will be sent out once your session reports have been handed in and approved.