Yoga therapy is the next wave of holisitic health-care.
Are you drawn to be a true healer of body, mind and spirit? The healthcare industry is making large and fast strides in the integration of complimentary alternative medicine. Many integrative and holistically minded M.D.s are already including yoga therapy as part of their medically mandated treatment plans, even billing insurance for the care provided by yoga professionals. Healing professionals able to offer multi-dimensional holistic care are being sought out in the private sector and accepted by the medical industry at an unparalleled pace.
Yoga therapy is a complete mind body spirit therapeutic modality that utilizes all the tools of yoga including asana, meditation, pranayama, energy work, chanting and lifestyle suggestions.
Soul of Yoga offers San Diego’s only Yoga Therapy Training Program Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). This means our program has met the highest level of industry standards and is at the forefront of yoga education and certification. Our faculty are highly acclaimed world-renowned experts in their fields. This makes for an invigorating and inspired curriculum that will enrich your understanding, and enliven your spirit, and prepare you to improve the lives of your patients.
Tony has been a Holistic Health Provider and Cranial Sacral Therapist for 14 years, now operating his a private practice in Solana Beach, CA. Tony received a B.S. Degree in Injury Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with certifications in neuromuscular therapy, nutrition, and cranial sacral therapy. Anthony also graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver, B.C. with a D.O.M.P -Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice. Anthony is a Nationally Registered Craniaosacral Therapist (RCST®), one of only 200 in America, through the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA).
Nischala Joy Devi
is a master teacher and healer. For over 30 years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. She was a monastic student of the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda and offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program.
With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases, she created The Healing Path of Yoga, and the “Abundant Well-Being Series” CD’s. Yoga of the Heart, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.
Nischala Devi is now directing her energies to bringing the feminine heart perspective back into spirituality and the scriptures in her new book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras and The Secret Power of Yoga audio book (Nautilus Book Award Winner).
Dannette Mason, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
is the Founding Director of the School of Gentle Yoga, specializing in classes, trainings, and workshops that focus on the art and science of subtle Yoga. After sustaining a life-changing traumatic brain injury in 1996, Dannette began a journey of recovery that led to a regular practice and deep study of the healing aspects of Yoga. A graduate of the IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy program at The Soul of Yoga Institute in Encinitas CA, Dannette has studied with master teachers of many lineages, and developed a unique style, combining her studies with her personal healing journey.
Marcia Frescura, 500 E-RYT and KYT
has been practicing yoga since 1999. She has also pursued meditation and spiritual studies for over 25 years. Marcia is a certified Kundalini Instructor as well as a Reiki Master and Rising Star Healer. She is a facilitator for women’s circles and retreats that focus on the history and influence of the Divine Feminine. She has immersed herself in the study of kundalini energy, metaphysics, Goddess History and Light Work and is passionate about sharing the healing capacity of these energetics. Marcia says there is no greater joy for her then sharing the healing power of yoga and meditation with others.
is a Yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with 30 years of experience in the fields of Yoga, breath anatomy, and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading Yoga associations, schools, and training programs in America. Leslie is the founder of the Yoga blog, “e-Sutra,” and “The Breathing Project,” a New York City Yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered Yoga. Leslie teaches The Breathing Project’s unique yearlong course in Yoga anatomy, and is the co-author with Amy Matthews of the bestselling book, “Yoga Anatomy” published by Human Kinetics.
started her career as a dancer and actress, Trisha removed herself from the world of performing to become immersed in the study of Raja Yoga and meditation. She served for over 20 years at Paramahansa Yogananda’s International Headquarters in Los Angeles, which provided the bedrock for her spiritual and professional life. Her desire to share this lifestyle with others, along with her love of spiritual community, led to her co-founding the Soul of Yoga and its Teacher Training Institute with her husband, Tom. Trisha’s continued love and study of metaphysics, Divine Light and healing inspires her to facilitate workshops, retreats, metaphysical classes and yoga. She is a Divine Light Teacher of Spiritual Arts Institute, Spiritual Counselor, certified Metaphysician, Direct Divine Light Healer and Interfaith Minister.
at the age of 24, entered the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Monastic Order in California. Founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF has roots that trace back to the ancient lineage of Swamis from India. After taking vows of simplicity, chastity, obedience, and loyalty, he spent the next 25 years as a monk deeply involved in meditation and humanitarian service. As an inspirational speaker, workshop, and retreat leader, Tom has traveled around the world to teach the sacred art of Raja Yoga. In the fall of 1999, Tom left the monastic life in order to expand his life learning, as well as share the fruits of his self-transformation and direct experience of Yoga with all. Whether Tom is teaching a Yoga class, giving an inspirational talk, or leading a seminar or retreat, his passion for communicating the joy of spiritual living is highly contagious.
Erin Fisher, C-IAYT, CAMTC
is an International Association of Yoga Therapists certified 1,000 hour Certified Yoga Therapist. She is also E-RTY 500, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Nutritionist. Her studies have taken her all over the world from Thailand to Sri Lanka, to London, NYC and ultimately California. She was the on-staff Yoga Therapist at the Eating Disorder Center of San Diego for 3 years working with teens and adults suffering from severe eating disorders, mental illness, and chronic pain. She has taught yoga and meditation in various therapeutic environments including military bases, addiction recovery centers, and mental health clinics. She is certified in Yoga of the Heart, Yoga for Recovery (Y12SR,) Warriors at Ease, and Yoga Nidra healing methods. She led meditations at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and is the co-founder Tiny Fish Co, a yoga- inspired clothing line.
BA, CAS, PKS, Yoga Acharya, is the founder of Yoga of Recovery. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500 through the Sivananda lineage and extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. A Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, Durga trained both in the US and India and has served as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California since 2003. She is a professional member and speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), also a member of Yoga Alliance. Durga has worked on her own path of recovery and has been a grateful member of 12 step fellowship for over 14 years.
Monique Lonner, E-RYT 500
Yoga Therapist, is the Director and creator of Soul of Yoga Institute Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. A Yoga teacher for 15 years, she studied in India, New York and California with Master teachers and spiritual sages including, most notably, the teaching faculty of the Soul of Yoga Institute Advanced Program. Drawing upon her professional skills as a non-profit event organizer she developed the Advanced Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Program for Soul of Yoga, bringing together those who are considered to be the best of the best Master yoga teachers in the world today. A devoted spiritual seeker, as well as an experienced anatomy and physiology teacher she has created a comprehensive program which balances the study of Yoga Therapy technique with the insight and wisdom of Yogic and metaphysical philosophy.
Richard C. Miller, PhD
is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang.
Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being.
Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he has developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders.
Raquel Jex, 500 RYT, C-IAYT
is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy program with Soul of Yoga Institute, nearing her certification through the International Association of Yoga in the spring. She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, graduating from Aura Wellness Institute in Massachusetts with High Honors and Soul of Yoga, in Southern California.
Raquel is a certified yoga therapist for Yoga of the Heart Cancer and Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs, certified in Chair Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Veterans with PTSD, and is a member of the International Yoga Therapist Association and Society for Integrative Oncology. She has a depth of experience in science and the body, including her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Microbiology, Graduate Work in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and has over 25 years of experience in drug development and marketing in oncology, hematology, pain, and serious liver diseases. Raquel specializes in creating therapeutic yoga therapy programs for people living through cancer, movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s, cardiac rehabilitation, trauma, and working with Seniors.
is Director of The Soul of Yoga Institute for Spiritual Yoga Teacher Training. She has been practicing and teaching Raja Yoga for the majority of her adult life, as well as training hundreds of Yoga teachers in an eclectic blend of Hatha Yoga. One of her main strengths is the application of yogic philosophy to everyday living. Flossie has an innate ability to inspire and fuel all those who learn from her.
Her Yoga Therapy practice has included individuals negotiating prostate, colon and breast cancer (both early and late stage diagnosis), mental illness, back pain, kyphosis, scoliosis, SI instability and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Shauna leads teacher trainings in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chakra Yoga, The Art of Teaching Yoga, Pranayama and Mindfulness Practice, and Yoga Through the Stages of Life. She also hosts workshops, yoga retreats and corporate mindfulness programs.
Shauna loves to mentor yoga teachers. She’s been a mentor in YogaWork’s Professional Teacher Training Program and is a mentor in Prana Yoga Center’s 300-hour Teacher Training program. In 2003, she was certified as a Master Integrative Coach and brings a coaching approach to mentoring yoga teachers that includes asking powerful questions, collaborating, defining intentions and setting goals.
is a graduate of Soul of Yoga’s 200 hour training and a four year training program with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute, she is a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Teacher and a 500 hour AVI Certified Yoga Therapist. Justine specializes in structural yoga therapy, specifically spinal disc injuries, back pain management, structural instability, as well as shoulder and knee therapy. She teaches students and trains teachers in Yoga for Healthy Backs and runs the cancer recovery yoga program at Yoga Vista Academy. Many people know her through her video “Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Low Back” by Yoga Journey Productions (www.yogaJP.com). Her passion is working with people who have different forms of catastrophic disease, helping them to manage their condition, minimize and cope with pain and, most importantly, helping them to realize they are not their condition.
is a deeply spiritual teacher with roots in both the Western Medical field and Eastern Holistic disciplines. She was a pediatric nurse caring for her young patients in intensive care when she followed her longing to learn about holistic approaches to health by studying Ayurvedic Medicine with Vaidya Baj Rathod 33 and Kiran Vyas at the most respected Ayurvedic and Yogic Ashram retreat center in Europe. While Western medicine taught her how to work with the physical structure, Eastern medicine deepened her understanding of how to help people gracefully deal with difficulty, prevent illness, and live a joy-filled life. Chinnamasta’s true gift is her ability to identify the root cause of a disease (physical, emotional, mental or karmic imbalances) and understand how these causes can lead to health issues and deep suffering in the individual. Chinnamasta is also an editor and a contributing author of Mukunda Stiles’ book Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine. She is a 500-ERYT Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practictioner and trained as an End of Life Counselor.
Stephani Sutherland, PhD, RYT500
earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience in 2001 and has worked as a freelance science writer for the past 15 years; her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, Pain Research Forum, and The Journal of Neuroscience. Stephani has practiced yoga for over 20 years, and she trained with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga Institute. Find more about Stephani at stephanisutherland.com, facebook.com/StephaniSutherlandPhD, and @sutherlandphd.
MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton) and numerous articles and book chapters. Amy is involved in ongoing research on the impact of Yoga on mood. Her evidence-based Yoga protocol for managing mood is used in health care settings globally and is featured on a number of audio-visual products, including the LifeForce Yoga series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. She maintains an archive of news and research on, www.yogafordepression.com.
Sherry Zak Morris
is owner of the Yoga Vista Studio in Vista, California and studied under the tutelage of octogenarian yoga teacher, Mary Cavanaugh, who studied with octogenarian Indra Devi. As a corporate marketing road warrior for 25 years, Sherry experienced first-hand the ravages of stress and found relief through gentle and chair yoga. In 2004, she founded Yoga Journey Productions, a company that specializes in gentle, senior and chair yoga videos and DVDs. In 2005, she bought her local neighborhood yoga studio that continues to serve thousands of baby boomers and seniors in the San Diego area with creative and specialty offerings. As Co-Director of the Yoga Vista Academy, Sherry has a proven track record for empowering and igniting passion for 50+ yoga and wellness and has presented for 3 consecutive years at the annual Yoga Alliance Conference, the professional and trade association of the yoga world.
Erika Lee E-RYT 500, RMT
Erika Lee walked into her first Yoga class when she 18 years old, and her world was literally and figuratively flipped upside down! Through her years of practice, Erika felt her life transform in powerful and positive ways. She felt her life begin to shift not only in the physical realm by the healing of her chronic back pain, but also emotionally and spiritually. After over ten years of personal study and practice, Erika decided to share the healing power of Yoga and meditation with her loved ones and became a teacher in 2008. She holds several certifications and is currently a student of Soul of Yoga in Encinitas where she will soon earn her degree in their extensive Yoga Therapy program. She loves Yoga for countless reasons, however to her one of the most beautiful aspects of the practice is that it evolves with age and is available to students of any walk of life. In addition to her Yoga training Erika is also a Reiki Master and leads powerful Reiki circles and trainings. She is a philanthropist and donates a great deal of her time and teachings to benefit charities and local non-profit organizations. She has led several retreats around the world. Erika believes that Yoga is for everyone and strives to create a safe and sacred environment for her students to learn and transform. Let the journey begin…Namaste!
has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher and writer. He is the author of numerous books, most recently the acclaimed American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. The co-host of the podcast Spirit Matters, he blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and Spirituality and Health online. He is currently working on a biography of Paramahansa Yogananda. See www.PhilipGoldberg.com and www.AmericanVeda.com.
Antonio Sausys MA, IGT, CMT, RYT
is a somatic psychotherapist and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions as well as emotional imbalance.
He studied with Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Swami Shankaradevananda and Larry Payne and has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Reiki.
Antonio’s work has been or is presented periodically at U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies, Kripalu, is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a TV Host for YogiViews and the founder and Executive Director of ‘Yoga for Health’ the International Yoga Therapy Conference. He is the author of ‘Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body’ (New Harbinger).
Yoga Therapy Curriculum Outline
805 Hours comprised of:
600 Hours of Required Courses
155 Hours of Practicum Case Studies
50 Hours of Mentoring
600 Hours of Required Courses
Soul of Body 8-day Immersion
December 4-11, 2019 - Anatomy & Physiology
December 4-11, 2019
This 8-day intensive is an interdisciplinary collection of teachings from masters in the fields of medicine, yoga, biology, and spirituality. You will further understand how mental, emotional, spiritual and physical states interact to create balance or imbalance in the body and learn how to restore balance through practice.
This 10-day intensive is the other of our duo of interdisciplinary courses. All stages of life walk into your yoga class. Most students fit classes in where they can, often ignoring level or ability suggestions. Be prepared to safely address any students’ needs, at any age or stage of life, with accurate training.
Holistic Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga provides you with an understanding of structural anatomy and holistic physiology as it relates to yoga. The course is segmented by areas of the body. In each session you will explore common injuries, illnesses, and therapeutic practices associated with the topic.
LifeForce Yoga practices are evidence based and are supported by current psycho-neurobiology research. This training will teach you yogic practices used in healthcare settings for managing various psycho-emotional imbalances including depression, panic attacks, trauma and OCD.
Ayurveda means the “science of life”; it is the study of life, balance and health as a spiritual practice. In this course you will learn to fine tune your awareness of your own innate constitution to establish harmony and balance and gain basic skills to apply this understanding to the lives of your clients and students.
This course will explore the nature of each chakra, its characteristics, temperaments, and their relationships with each other. For each center you will consider the associated modern maladies and examine the question, “Are they preventable or inevitable?”
This course will teach you to perform a professional intake, how to use this information in a therapeutic context, and use it to develop your treatment plan. By work in dyads and on case studies you will understand the function of the therapist and how to effectively deliver benefit. This course is crucial to working as a healer.
Join Nischala Joy Devi on her popular 10-day training to explore the physical, emotional, and spiritual components of cancer and heart disease. In this training you will learn how yoga can be an effective therapeutic application.
Yoga and meditation have been scientifically proven to foster health, resiliency, well-being and healing for physical, psycho-emotional, and spiritual challenges. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali affirms that the path of Self-Realization needs to include a complete path of emotional, cognitive and meditative practices if one is to truly experience spiritual transformation.
Yoga of Recovery is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools to offer a more holistic mind, body, spirit approach to addictions, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors.
Diving into foundational yogic concepts to help bridge your past studies for the best possible start in the Yoga Therapy training program.
Date Dependent on Graduation Date
Exploration of the business of Yoga Therapy, presentation of one Graduate Case Study and final closing ceremony.
155 Hours of Practicum Case Studies
HAPY Case Studies
HAPY Case Studies - 50 Hours - 16 case studies
Address client situations related to the topics of HAPY. Each case studies requires one SOAP note and a follow-up write up.
Progressive Case Studies
Progressive Case Studies - 50 Hours - 9 case studies
Address client situations related to the topics of the required training modules and indicate your progression through the training. Each case study requires an initial intake, a follow up SOAP note and a final write up.
Graduate Case Studies
Graduate Case Studies - 30 Hours - 5 case studies
Each should address a Yoga Therapy situation. There are no specific topics required, but all your learning in the program should be indicated. Each Graduate Case Study requires an initial intake, two follow up SOAP notes and a final conclusion.
Karma Yoga Project
Karma Yoga Project - 25 Hours - 12 sessions
Organize and teach to a group or individuals that need yoga for healing, but can’t necessarily afford it. For this project you’ll need pre-approval from the program director, individual pre-class intake forms for each student in your class, and a final conclusion paper.
50 Hours of Mentoring
Join our yoga therapy clinic and learning support group. This option allows you to work in the Soul’s free-clinic to gain clinical skills and build your professional practice. This option also includes mentoring sessions to review cases, receive feedback, and share learning and insight. This is a wonderful opportunity to build a supportive community with fellow students and instructors.
50 hours ~ 2-6.5 hours per month
With This Training Every Student Receives:
Support to build your professional practice
Under the guidance of regionally-established faculty members you will be supported to build your professional practice and establish a successful career
Our Faculty have been practicing for a cumulative 455 years.
The Soul Institute has fun and educational classes beyond the typical yoga teachers school. I have attended their classes (and a lot of others around the country). I am consistently impressed with both the teaching quality and the broad spectrum of classes they offer. There is a nice community, and everyone is so happy and grateful to be there. It is clearly money and time well spent!
Christina W. Boston MA
Wonderful faculty, supportive and multi-faceted. I really appreciated the rolling curriculum, so if “life” happens and you miss a module, there’s always an opportunity to make it up. The Holistic Anatomy and Physiology Course is online, as well as the majority of mentoring. There is an in-house clinic if you live in or near Encinitas, where they service the community, and give budding Yoga Therapists a valuable practicum experience. Each new training was like an integral piece of the puzzle, and I was able to grow as a Yoga Therapist. This is a special program, with teachers like; Richard Miller, Nischala Joy Devi and Tom Myers to support your foundational training. After just over 2 years of hard work, I’m about to graduate in a few weeks. I can’t say enough positive things about this training. I feel well equipped to support my patients/clients, and I know I can always lean on my Soul family when I need them. Best of luck on your journey, whichever direction you take. 🕉
The Yoga Therapy program at the Soul of Yoga was a tremendous learning experience for me as a yoga teacher. There was a lot of soul to the program without comprising depth of knowledge on yoga anatomy and philosophy. I feel abundantly grateful for all the wonderful master teachers that I studied under. Committing to a program like this is always a big deal because one has to take an honest look at aspects of one’s life where healing is required. I was deeply touched by the incredible support I received in my journey into healing. The Soul of Yoga exemplifies what yoga is all about and they’re not afraid to show their love for humanity here. At the end of the program, I felt 100% ready to bring my yoga therapy skills to the world. This experience will stay with me throughout my life. If you’re a yoga teacher looking to get deeper into what yoga is all about, look no further!
You will then be interviewed over the phone or in-person by Program Director, Monique Lonner
Accepted registrants will be contacted by Shannon Ramo to arrange tuition payment
You will receive a Welcome Packet and Essential Program Details prior to the start of your course
Room & Board: Approximately $1815, this added cost varies based on dates & locations
Includes 25 class-pack
A list of required and recommended reading will be provided with your admission material.
$300 Paid-In-Full Discount is available to students who pay-in-full before the first day of class
15% Military and Senior
Alumni discounts. Please inquire in person about these opportunities.
The Soul Institute offers payment plans. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, plus an 8% service fee, will be placed on your account. Monthly auto-payments will be drawn using a Visa or MasterCard.
Questions? Email our Assistant Program Director, Shannon Ramo below.
MyCAA Funding gives eligible military spouses the opportunity to train for portable jobs in growing career fields, including becoming a Yoga Teacher. Soul of Yoga Institute is MYCAA approved. Click below for more information about MyCAA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.