Yoga Therapy is a total body stretch and energy opener. It uses wall, prop and assisted poses...

What is IAM Yoga Therapy?

The Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy is a total body stretch and energy opener. It uses wall, prop and assisted poses to help you move into areas of stiffness, constriction and tightness and pain that you normally avoid. Avoiding areas of tension keeps the tightness intact and allows the body to continue to build up tension and exacerbates misalignments in the body.


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.

Yoga Therapy gives you the same benefits of a Yoga class, but in a more pointed, directed and personal manner and gives you its physical and transformational results more quickly.

Feel your body move easier both during your day-to-day life activities and your high-intensity activities. 

  • Relieve stress on joints

  • Improve range of motion and mobility

  • Increase blood flow

  • Reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness

  • Calm the mind and release the mental and emotional tensions that accompany physical tensions.


Bridge the Gap Between Yoga and Psychology 

What Makes IAM Yoga Therapy,
The Amrit Method of Body Psychology, Different?

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.


What People Are Saying 

“The Yoga Therapy program is an innovative, profound, reflective healing modality. Brilliant!

“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 re-inspired me professionally. It created a deep healing that will affect my entire life."

Trainings & Workshops

Yoga Therapy Workshops


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.

Gain a basic introduction to the yogic perspective on energy and the development of energy blocks. You will practice yoga therapy daily to release blockages and restore balance and peace of mind. Amrit Yoga Therapy incorporates supported yoga postures and Yoga Nidra. These weekends are also a good introduction for those who are considering taking our Professional Yoga Therapy Certification training.


The Integrative Amrit Method of Body Psychology Training

“Your body has something to say, but you have to learn its language.”

For those who want to learn and experience more Yoga Therapy, the 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 Eastern and Western trained Yoga teachers and therapists into the wisdom of the body and the language of energy. Using the chakras as a basis you will learn about the anatomy of energy; how it gets blocked and how to use a very simple facilitation technique to release it.

You will learn how to use this facilitation technique 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. This training can be used as a powerful tool for your own personal and professional journey.

This rejuvenating and releasing experience enhances your understanding of the energetic aspects of yoga and how to use it for yourself and others as one of the most profound healing modalities you will ever encounter.

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 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

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Additional Information and FAQ’s

What is the Schedule?

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.

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.

  • Body Mind by Ken Dychtwald

  • by Eugene Gendlin


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.


How do I get CEC's?

Please contact our 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.


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 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, Yogi Amrit Desai. 

Gurudev, Yogi Amrit Desai, has been a pioneer in the field of yoga since the1960’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.

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  and Emotional Clearing by John Ruskan


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