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.


  • 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

++Students should expect to spend approximately two-three hours outside of class each week to read, watch, review, and complete self-paced course materials in addition to the weekly live sessions.++

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

Technical Requirements:

To participate in this online training, access to the Internet is required. Additionally, the ability to use Zoom video sessions on a computer or tablet and access the online learning platform with an active email account is necessary.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): approximately 60 hours
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): approximately 60 hours as an approved APD course eligible for continuing education credits (pending approval).
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 60 hours towards RYT 500 designation
  • The IYTA can provide a printed certificate for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members). For more information email

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3-Month Payment Plan

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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.

Refund Policy

After December 20th, 2021 the deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. If canceling before December 20,2021, the balance will be refunded minus $125 administration fee.

For more information or payment plan request–IYTh students contact Satya at and public students please contact Diana at

Bonuses for Enrolling

When students enroll in Human Body: Ease and Dis-Ease, they will receive:

  • Link to access course on Online Learning Platform
  • Pre-course review materials to refresh and remember basic level anatomy and physiology
  • Hard copy of Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson mailed upon enrollment
  • Materials to build the Human Body: Ease and Disease manual during the course for future reference
  • Link to virtual manual, printable PDFs, and supplemental resource materials
  • Access to course videos and materials – Stream from the site or download to your computer
  • Full text transcripts and closed captioning – Perfect for note-taking or ESL students
  • Recorded and Live Hatha sequences with specific focuses to integrate the teachings from senior Integral Yoga Teachers
  • Access to virtual message board and community forum to connect with other students and Yoga therapist
  • Certificate of Completion – Submit to Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists or other professional organization for continuing education credit
  • Real Live Human Being Support Team – utilize the discussion board and forums. We are Yogis too, and we’ve got your back!
  • Access to Integral Yoga virtual Hatha classes, meditations, and inspiring talks!

Additionally, when you become a member of the Human Body community, you’ll discover…

  • Essential Content: 60 hours of material plus live sessions, led by subject-matter experts.
  • Integrated Perspective: Your experience will explore and incorporate Yoga, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathophysiology, osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, bioplasticity, neuroplasticity, somatic movement, and more!
  • Curated Community: You’ll have colleagues, peers & mentors built in, because though this journey is deeply personal, we are at our best when we’re in community…
  • Course Access: Come back and revisit any lesson, in any sequence, at any time you are enrolled in the IYTh program.

For More Information
Please email Satya Lynn at

About the Course Facilitators 

Dr. John Murphy, IV DO

Dr. John Murphy, IV, is an osteopathic family physician practicing in Dayton, Ohio. John completed his undergraduate degree at Case Western University, his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his residency in family medicine at Grandview Hospital

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Satya Lynn, MS, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YACEP

Satya Lynn is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Sports Medicine Specialist, and Holistic Health Educator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health/ Physical Education and Athletic Training plus a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Health Promotion specializations.

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Dr. John has a humble attitude and kind heart which makes his teaching a joy! He gives students a chance to succeed and truly understands how people learn.”

I was impressed with the depth of knowledge Dr. John shares with the students. I feel more comfortable speaking to a medical audience and am inspired to go out and share what I have learned with the world!

Satya teaches from her peaceful and loving spirit. She is extremely knowledgeable with a contagious positive attitude! She is very motivating because her comments and suggestions are authentic and constructive.

“Satya lives and breathes Yoga. She brings a positive approach and knowledge to her teaching that seamlessly integrates the theory with the practical.”

Dr. John is a fountain of knowledge –combined with his down-to-earth approach–he makes learning engaging and relatable.

I am THRILLED at the prospect of learning A & P from Dr. John Murphy who has served as a family medicine physician for 13 years– I could not be more excited.

As a research health psychologist who has worked with a range of doctors over the past 20 years, I can say with confidence that hearing someone chose the DO (rather than MD) path AND chose Family Medicine as their area [rather than anything else] tells me a lot about that person. It helps to understand that these choices are the choices that typically go with folks who want to practice patient centered care. These are the choices made by folks who support the biopsychosocial model and seek to treat the whole person. In hearing him describe his practice and his decision to step away from insurance based decision making and toward Integrative Direct Care based out of a HOME, I am all the more enthused [and possibly erroneously seeing him as a modern day Patch Adams]. All in all, I could not be happier and am excited at the prospect of taking a deep dive into a critical part of our training.

Satya is unlike any other teacher I have had because she not only is certified as a Yoga therapist but also has a background in exercise physiology, athletic training and physical therapy. She understands the body so well that she is able to explain how to adapt the practices for those with physical limitations. Above all, she is easily approached when I have a question or concern. Her knowledge of the spiritual side as well as the subtle practices add much to her teaching that I don’t get with other instructors. She is inspiring!

The information on this site is provided as an information and educational resource only, is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes, and should not be used as a substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Reliance on any information provided in this course is solely at your own risk.

“Health, not disease, is your birthright. Strength not weakness is your heritage; courage not sorrow; peace not restlessness; knowledge not ignorance. May you attain this divine heritage and shine, radiating joy, peace, and knowledge everywhere.”

Sri Swami Satchidananda