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

Increase

Circulation

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. 

800 Hour I AM Yoga Therapy Training

IAYT ACCREDITED

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

Benefits:

“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.” 

-John R.

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.

The Amrit Yoga Institute is a member school of IAYT.

Call for details at : 352-685-3001 or admissions@amrityoga.org

I AM Yoga Therapy™ Certification
at the Amrit Yoga Institute - Salt Springs, FL

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?


Depending on where you take the training it may be taught in two segments or one 13 day training. You will receive a schedule to your training. Generally the training times run as follows: Registration on first day 1-4 pm. Welcome Yoga begins at 4pm. Your program ends on the lastday at 12 noon, followed by lunch. Sessions will run most days from 7-8:30am (yoga therapy class), 9:30-12:30, 2:30-5:30 and 7-9pm. For those doing the 13 day training -the middle of the program there will be a few days where the program runs half days. For those in the two-part training, practicums will take place between both halves of the training. During that time we will be reviewing what you have learned and you will have an opportunity to practice on others.




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.





Preparatory Reading

What is the Required Reading?


Please note that there is required reading, which is ideally complete or mostly complete by the start of the training. Both can be purchased online at Amazon either new or used.

  1. Body Mind by Ken Dychtwald
  1. by Eugene Gendlin




Is there additional suggested reading?


These books will deepen your understanding of what is covered in class, but are not required:

  1. The Pathwork of Self Transformation by Eva Perriakos
  2. Emotional Clearing by John Ruskan





Certification & CEUs

How do I get Continuing Education Credits?


Please contact the Amrit Yoga Institute office AHEAD OF TIME to let us know you want CEC’s. We will have the paperwork ready for you when you arrive. Here is the link to apply: https://amrityogainstitute.formstack.com/forms/ceurequestform Continuing Education: Massage therapists/bodyworkers – 21 hours
Registered Yoga Teachers – 21 hours The Amrit Yoga Institute provides CE's through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #450048-00. Courses offering approved Continuing Education hours are for personal self-care only. CE's for Yoga Alliance requirements also provided. Please request a packet upon registration, before arrival. The person to email for this is: uchita@amrityoga.org or admissions@amrityoga.org.




How do I get certified?


Upon completion of the training you will need to practice until you feel you have reach a level of competence. Then, you will give 8 GOOD yoga therapy sessions and submit the results to teaching staff for review. You will have 4 months to complete these sessions. Time extensions may be made on a case by case basis and by request only. If for some reason you cannot do the entire training at one time, you may ask for an exception, provided space is available. Please note that precedence will be given to those taking the entire training. In this case, you may do up to 4 of your required 8 practice sessions before you come back for part II. In this case you would be using the two sequences you have already learned to complete these four sessions. The remaining four would be completed after completion of the entire training. If we are not sure of your competence, please note we may ask for a video of your session work for verification.




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.





Origins

What are the origins of this style of Yoga Therapy and how is it unique?


This training is a distillation and culmination of a half century of teachings given by Gurudev Shri Amritji. Amritji has been a pioneer in the field of yoga since the 1960’s. His work has served as the basis of this training and many of the techniques. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy was created by Michael Lee and inspired by the work of Yogi Amrit Desai. The Wave Work, created by Sandra Scherer and others was also based on his teachings. This training builds on these and other techniques including Yogassage and Contact Yoga, developed by Ken Scott, Restorative Yoga Techniques, and classic non-directive facilitation. This training draws on all these modalities and uniquely combines them to serve the intention of the Integrative Amrit Method (IAM) of Yoga Therapy. This is not therapy. It is not simply about releasing the past through the body. It is ultimately a practice of clearing the obstructions to the True Self with the help of a facilitator who acts as the witnessing presence in which energy is allowed to move. This approach to yoga therapy is first and foremost a spiritual practice of integrating the human experience back to source.





 

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