Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease

Deepen understanding of the structure and function of the human body while examining pathophysiology that leads to suffering. From a model of ease, examine what processes lead to dis-ease and what interventions can assist in restoring the whole being to health and wellbeing.

Course Description:

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. (IAYT)

To investigate this multidimensional and integrated approach to wellness, dive deep into an educational and experiential exploration of the human body as it relates to the practices of Yoga.

Deepen understanding of the structure and function of the human body while examining pathophysiology that leads to suffering. From a model of ease, examine what processes lead to dis-ease and what interventions can assist in restoring the whole being to health and wellbeing.

Guided by Dr. John Murphy, DO and C-IAYT Satya Lynn, integrate relevant medical research with the tools of Yoga therapy. Using the branches of Integral Yoga Therapy, develop skills to support individuals in prevention and healing dis-ease and chronic conditions while cultivating a deeper understanding of the requirements to live in balance and ease.

Course Objectives:

In this 60-hour hybrid module, students will:

  • Study in-depth the structure and function of the human body
  • Review each basic body system to understand proper operation from a state of ease
  • Investigate the role of movement and Yoga practices on the body systems
  • Explore disease processes of the human body and connection to dis-ease
  • Discuss how dis-ease affects body-mind-spirit from an Eastern and Western perspective
  • Examine how healing works from a whole-system-science perspective
  • Incorporate tools of Yoga therapy with the knowledge of anatomy and current Yoga related medical research
  • Integrate clinical considerations with relevant basic science
  • Utilize critical thinking skills while observing and assessing students and clients, creating care plans, and evaluating effectiveness of practices for implementation
  • Develop communication skills and awareness necessary for interfacing with the medical community

Course Structure

Section A

Human Body : Ease–Structure and Function of the Human Body

Section B

Human Body: Dis-ease–Pathophysiology and Disease process

Section C

Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease– Integration, Application, and Assessment

Over the course of eight months, students will progress through three sections of learning. Section A and B consist of a series of pre-recorded videos and assignments students work through at their own pace. Meet-ups occur weekly to check in, review, and apply learning while keeping students engaged, motivated, and on-track with course material.

Prior to the start of the course, students complete a pre-module assessment to determine basic understanding and will have access to a series of videos to review the 200 hour YA standard competencies in anatomy and physiology before beginning the module.

The course meets weekly for live check-ins on Zoom. Students meet every Wednesday from 7-9 pm ET/ 4-6pm PT.

When attending live sessions, students are encouraged to bring questions and participate in group discussions and activities. Sessions will be recorded for review and accessible for reference throughout the course. Students must attend 95% of the weekly sessions. Those who are unable to attend will notify the faculty and staff of their absence. Students with excused absences will watch the session’s recording and write a one page reflection.

At the completion of the virtual learning Section A and B, students will assemble in person with a physician and Yoga therapist for review, application and assessment of information to complete Section C and complete the course. Students will be given case studies and asked to apply what they have learned, answering questions and demonstrating competencies relating to these cases.

Section C is mandatory for completion of the Human Body module certification and is currently scheduled to be held at the Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville campus in August 2022. However due to the current pandemic this location/date/format is subject to change.

Training Information:


  • Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT, similar certification, or related focused studies of human anatomy
  • Consistent personal Yoga practice for at least one year
  • Minimum of one year Yoga teaching experience
  • Successful completion of pre-module assessment with a score of 70% or higher.
    *students may retake the assessment until passing score is achieved

This module is one of nine core modules in the Integral Yoga Therapy 800 hour Certification Program.

Assessment and Certification

Students are continuously assessed throughout the course at all levels with written, verbal, and practical components. There is a practical exam at the end of the course during the in-person section to evaluate understanding of the application of anatomy and physiology in relation to Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. Live sessions will be recorded. Participants must pass all aspects of the course to be eligible for the course certificate.

Students are eligible to earn a 60-hour IY certification upon completion of the final assessment. All students who pass this course will receive a digital certificate of completion.
In addition, upon completion of this course, you can use your certification for Yoga Alliance and IAYT.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): 60 hours for continuing education.
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 60 hours towards RYT 500 designation.
  • Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist.
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): approximately 60 hours as an approved APD course eligible for continuing education credits (pending approval).

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