The Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program was built on the intention of bringing together leading teachers in the spheres of yoga and ayurveda. This cohesive training honors the teachings from a variety of yoga and spiritual traditions and ties those teachings together into a solid framework, empowering our trained yoga therapists to serve the unique individuals who seek their help. The framework is based on two models: the principles of yoga therapy we have defined to offer guidelines on how to work with clients and the panchamaya kosha model, which offers guidance on how to address the individual holistically as a multifaceted being who is more than just their physical structure. Our “Principles of Yoga Therapy” provides guideposts for how to interact meaningfully and compassionately with clients: how to be authentic, place the client first, hold “safe space,” and be empowering. We believe the blending of both, which we refer back to in all the applications of yoga therapy taught, sets us apart.
Many of the program’s faculty members specialize in a particular area of yoga therapy or aryurveda, such as depression, grief, trauma, chronic pain, Functional Yoga Therapy, recover, and cancer. The certification program consists of a Level 1 foundations course, specialty courses, a Level 2 applied yoga therapy course, and a home-based practicum/mentorship and a distance learning component. The Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program was one of the first to receive IAYT accreditation in 2014. As a modular program, students can work toward full 800-hour certification over three to five years, giving them time to incorporate skills and gain practical experience. Many students have entered our program while still working in other careers, so the flexibility of navigating the learning path over the course of several years has been appealing.
Over the past few years, the delivery of the Level 1 foundations has changed from a four-week residential course to a long-weekend format delivered over ten months at various locations. This revision has made the program more practical for students who cannot get away for weeks at a time, and also more affordable, since room, board, ad airfare is not necessary for students who can now access the course closer to home. Inner Peace expects to expand its locations in 2018/2019 to include Chicago, Denver, West Palm Beach, and additional locations on the East Coast.
Students love the variety of specialty courses that gives them the chance to become specialists in the fields that resonate with them. Some of the specialty courses offered are Healing Relationships, LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, Yoga of the Heart—Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, Yoga of Recovery for Counselors, Pain Care Yoga, and Yoga for Grief Relief. Although students need to satisfy their specialty courses, they can sign on to take them with the instructor directly. For example, students can g to Kripalu and study with Amy Weintraub, MFA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, or Yogaville and study with Durga Leela, BA, CAS, PKS, RYT 500.
The program prides itself on faculty members like these but also on its alumni. Students come from a variety of backgrounds—some have other healthcare degrees or certifications, others have opened private yoga therapy practices and clinics, and some work in military and hospital settings. Most students have remarked on the incredible transformative process that they went through as a result of participating in the training. They often experience profound healing in their own lives that enables them to better serve their clients, their families, and their larger communities.
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