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Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training

Online Training

April 20-25, 2020


Join us for the Mental Health and Wellness online yoga teacher training from the comfort of your home. This online training is designed for our advanced teachers and will be co-taught by Senior Yoga Medicine Teachers and Therapeutic Specialists — Valerie Knopik Ph.D, Diane Malaspina Ph.D, and Tiffany Cruikshank L.AC. MAOM. Valerie’s expertise includes over 20 years of study and research on the intersection of biology and environmental stressors on various domains of mental health. Diane uses research-based interventions to coach clients on behavioral change that reduces stress, enhances relationships, and fosters healthy growth.

Together, these expert instructors will offer (i) an in-depth look at the science and therapeutic theory behind psychological health and wellness, (ii) interactive exercises and case studies to integrate the material, and (iii) the application of yoga and related approaches to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of mental wellness ailments that may arise with yoga students and private clients.

COVID-19 Training Update

In-line with the current educational industry standards under COVID-19, just like universities, schools and Yoga Alliance recommendations, we will be offering this training as an online home retreat. The training will be provided on the scheduled training dates so that we can all practice together and benefit from the content in the safety of our own homes as well as stay connected and supported through this difficult time. The content will be provided on this training’s Event Hub with discussion boards, live Q & A and the course videos to bring the content to life. It is our hope that each of you will find a way to bring this important information back to your communities to support those around you. If you’re signed up for this training, you should have received an email with more details. We are also re-opening this training to those on the waitlist and anyone else in our 500hr program that is interested in this content. Please check our COVID-19 resources page for informational resources and training updates.

Who is This Training For?

For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.

The Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training is a 55-hour advanced online training for active yoga teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering to enroll is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic setting.

Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a benefit in conjunction with the healthcare network; and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a wide range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches within a yoga practice so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.

Program Structure

Each day will consist of:

– Asana practice
– Teacher training lectures
– Live Q & A (recorded & posted)
– Discussion board (where you can also post questions for the Q & A’s if you’re unable to attend)
– Group discussions
– A checklist to keep you on track
– Quiz at the end to get your certification

You’ll receive an email with more details the week prior to the training.

Program Curriculum

Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training (55 Hours)

Many yoga practitioners seek out yoga to relieve the effects of stress on both body and mind as well as to find support in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotions. This intensive yoga teacher training begins with a deeper look at the biological and environmental factors that make us ‘the way we are’. The curriculum examines the biology of behavior and emotion (i.e., genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience), common environmental stressors, and therapeutic theory with an exploration of the most common psychological difficulties, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Importantly, this yoga teacher training is not designed to teach yoga teachers to be therapists. Rather, this course will provide yoga teachers with tools to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of psychological ailments that may come up in client sessions as well as in group classes. This training will also teach you how to understand the effects of stress and emotion on your own psychological health – i.e. the importance of self-care. A combination of case studies, journaling, and stress management planning will help to integrate the information. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how biology and environment interact with one another to affect mental health and wellness as well as strategies that will support and enhance your interactions with students as well as your individual practice.

This intensive yoga teacher training counts as 55 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine® certification. Directly following the intensive yoga teacher training you will be invited to take an online exam to receive your certificate of completion.

Pricing Options



Includes full online training and a digital custom-made manual.

Register here >

Pricing and Policies

  • Payment Option

    A deposit payment of $500 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit will secure a spot for teachers enrolled in our 500-hour/1000-hour program. When registration opens, a payment option will become available at the top of this page.

    For new participants joining the online training:

    A full payment of $1390 will secure a spot for teachers enrolled in our 500-hour/1000-hour program. Please return to the Pricing Options section to register today!

  • Price Includes


    • Enrollment in the full online training
    • A custom made, digital training manual
    • Online community of YM teachers

    Not Included 

    • Accommodations
    • Meals
    • Airfare
    • Ground transfers to/from the event venue
  • Final Payment

    Due January 24, 2020

    In order to attend the online training, your final payment (minus the $500 deposit) must be received by the final payment date on January 24, 2020. In the months leading up to the final payment date, you will receive multiple reminders to complete your payment. If we do not receive your payment on time, your spot will be made available to those on the waitlist. The final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after Friday, January 24, 2020.

    For new participants (only) joining the online training:

    In order to attend the online training, your full payment must be received by April 17, 2020. The final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable after Friday, April 17, 2020.

  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

    There are no refunds or transfers of payments after the final payment deadlines (for original and new participants, respectively) due to the fact that we are required to make retreat payments that are no longer refundable after this time.

    We realize that some extenuating circumstances may prohibit you from attending, which may include inclement weather and other circumstances beyond your control. Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.).

    Due to non-recoverable payments that we must make in advance to secure the retreat centers, we cannot make exceptions regardless of the circumstance. We appreciate your understanding.

Before You Register

If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the Yoga Medicine® 500-hour program. An in-depth overview of the 500-hour curriculum and structure can be found here. Once your application has been approved, please proceed with registering for the room and payment plan of your choice.

If you have any questions about this training or the application process, please contact us at Info@YogaMedicine.com.

Note: if you have already submitted an application or you have been approved for the 500-hour program, then you do not need to re-apply.

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