Integral Yoga Therapy


Integral Yoga Therapy


  • Swami Ramananda
    Swami Ramananda
    E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

    Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition who has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

    He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the US, Europe, and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital, and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

  • Swami Vidyananda
    Swami Vidyananda
    E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

    Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga and Stress Management teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India.

    She presently lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on meditation, stress management, Yoga and the emotions, and mid-life meaning.

    Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda worked as a broadcast news producer and reporter. Since 1983, she has produced and edited dozens of Yoga videos and audio recordings for Integral Yoga including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda herself is featured in audios and videos, including Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga for the Emotions, and Deep Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Healing.

    Over the years, Vidyananda has taught Yoga for many different populations, from college students to corporate managers, and children with Down syndrome. She has taught Yoga in therapeutic programs such as the Smith Center Cancer Retreats and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training. She trained as a hospital chaplain and is a certified Yoga Therapist. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), and currently serves as chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council.

    Swami Vidyananda served as director of the Montreal Integral Yoga Institute. For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda, serving as his French translator. She taught and translated at the European Yoga Union Conference in Zinal, Switzerland, for ten years.

    Vidyananda’s wisdom and heartfelt enthusiasm have made her one of Integral Yoga’s most widely traveled teachers. She has a practical approach to Yoga and spirituality, making it real for everyday life.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 08 2021 - Oct 03 2021
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Aug 08 2021 - Oct 03 2021




3 Days a Week,

Stress Management Teacher Training

Live sessions on
Thursdays at 7– 9:30 pm
Saturdays at 11 am–1 pm and 2–4 pm
Sundays at 11 am–1 pm ET.

For Yoga teachers and health professionals

In this online training, you will gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments, including the workplace, healthcare facilities, schools, and Yoga studios.

Learn Yoga practices that can help your students recover from past stress, cope with stress as it arises, and develop resilience for the future. Learn to adapt a variety of Yoga practices—including Hatha Yoga poses, relaxation and breathwork, Raja, and Karma Yoga—to be accessible to any population.

You will learn:

  • Yoga Postures adapted for stress relief, including standing and seated chair poses for different levels of physical capacity
  • Breathwork, both adapted and remedial, designed to lower stress quickly
  • Meditation and mindfulness as stress reduction tools
  • Scientific evidence on the benefits of Yoga-based stress reduction
  • Adapted relaxation techniques
  • Mental and emotional practices of Yoga for stress relief
  • Strategies for designing and marketing classes, workshops, and courses
  • Methods for leading group discussions for peer support
  • Fundamentals of trauma-sensitive Yoga practices

Stress is a component of nearly every illness, either as a cause or an effect, so this course is also a part of the Integral Yoga Therapy curriculum. It provides a solid foundation for many other specialized Yoga Therapy trainings including cardiac, and cancer. This course provides good basic skills for PTSD, but further training is recommended if you want to specialize in teaching for PTSD.

Live sessions on Thursdays at 7– 9:30 pm, Saturdays at 11 am–1 pm and 2–4 pm, and Sundays at 11 am–1 pm ET.

Please plan for an average of 3 to 5 hours of homework a week. Many optional learning tools are also available to students.

If you are interested in taking the course but the evening time is inconvenient, please inquire about options at

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talks with Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Guest teachers: Sarala Sue Evans, MBA/MHA, C-IAYT, RYT 500, Rashmi Galliano, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, and Nirmala Habib.

Training Information


200-hour Yoga teacher certification and at least 6 months of teaching experience. Certified clinicians with a good background in Yoga practice may also apply.

There are online reading assignments and videos before the course begins. These are counted in your course hours and prepare you for the practical training.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 80 contact hours.
    You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 80 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): Approved Professional Development (APD) course eligible for IAYT continuing education credits. (It is the students’ responsibility to request a certificate of completion and submit all required documents, hours, syllabus, etc. on the IAYT website.)


Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. The live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be available for review for 8 weeks after the program ends, until November 28.

In addition to the live sessions, there are 15 hours of pre-recorded lectures and Yoga classes to watch before and during the course. These hours are counted as course hours.


This course was a gift for the times we are in and a great resource for all the times we feel overwhelmed in the middle of a pandemic. I expected to learn Stress Management tools from yoga that I could apply to my private sessions and workshops and I did get that. What was unexpected was all the new coping skills so naturally became a part of my life in such a short amount of time. This training has not only prepared me to teach in a variety of environments to help those who suffer from stress and anxiety, it has given me the tools to make relaxation a priority for my own well-being too. I cannot think of two better teachers to learn from or think of a better time to learn this than now. — Brigitte Arle

AMAZING! Changed my life! I was inspired to do some deep soul searching to facilitate my personal growth. The teacher-trainers are the best I have come across in years. It includes discussion of how yoga intervenes in managing stress for people of color and for those who are incarcerated. Can’t get better than that! I am taking a lot of what I learned back to the women and girls of color SisterMentors serves. I highly recommend this course. — Shireen K. Lewis, Ph.D.

I would highly recommend the SMTT Program for EVERYONE. It doesn’t matter what your background is, your profession, age, or current situation in life, this program brings you the tools to make living everyday life easier. The tools that you learn in the SMTT course build your resilience and are accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. And the best part is that you learn how to share this information! — Raisa Punkki

Everyone should take this course. I was told by a former student that the course changed her life. That raised my expectations and the course did not disappoint! The course has helped me personally since week one and continues to do so. Now having the gift of this knowledge to share with people is amazing. I don’t think there is anyone who does not have stress in their lives and so many of us don’t realize the impact it has on us. Having the tools to manage how we cope with stress is more realistic than thinking you can get rid of stress. This course makes finding balance feel possible. — Anne Tedesco