Embodied Yoga Therapy Certificate Program

Study with leading experts in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine and contemporary Yoga Therapy with this somatic-contemplative method for healing professionals.


Gain a comprehensive understanding of yoga therapy and how it can be supported by the healing practices of Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism

Bridge ancient wisdom with modern healing practices to address various health conditions and concerns

Cultivate awareness of the mind-body connection, promoting psychological well-being and personal growth


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This certificate program offers a comprehensive exploration of contemporary yoga therapy and the historical lineages of Tibetan Buddhist, Contemporary Somatic, and Ayurvedic-informed practices that incorporate yoga as a form of adjunctive medicine. This program is designed for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of yoga's therapeutic potential and its integration with holistic healing modalities. Participants will delve into the nuances of yoga therapy, combining ancient wisdom with modern scientific research to develop a well-rounded approach to supporting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, deep healing, and the integration of ancient wisdom with modern science through the Embodied Yoga Therapy Certificate Program.

Contemporary yoga therapy can be traced back to the ancient origins of yoga itself. While yoga has been embraced across cultures for self-realization and holistic well-being, yoga therapy as a distinct discipline within healthcare is a relatively recent development.

Yoga therapy continues to evolve and gain recognition as a valuable and evidence-informed healthcare modality, providing a holistic approach to supporting health and well-being across various populations and healthcare settings.


This certificate program is suitable for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare professionals, counselors, psychotherapists, and individuals with a keen interest in yoga, holistic healing, and personal growth.

It is designed to provide foundational knowledge and practical skills for those wishing to integrate yoga therapy, Ayurvedic principles, and healing modalities from Tibetan Buddhism into their professional practices or personal lives.

- Arin Halicki, California

"Truly informative and impactful. The professors were very well-qualified. The course content definitely challenged my world view (in a good way). I learned so many amazing perspectives, skills for critical thinking, and increased my compassion all in addition to learning about embodied practices."

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  • Gain knowledge in yoga therapy and in the healing practices of Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Acquire practical skills in applying yoga as a form of healing for various health conditions including chronic pain, traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and more.
  • Link the historical lineages of both Ayurvedic-informed practices and Tibetan Yogic practices with their relevance to contemporary yoga therapies.
  • Develop the ability to apply therapeutic yoga sequences tailored to individual needs and health concerns.
  • Cultivate a deepened awareness of the mind-body connection and its impact on psychological well-being through practicing research-informed breathing techniques and movement practices.
  • Enhance personal and professional growth through self-reflection, self-care practices, and ethical considerations.

Participants in this certificate program will:

Why should you enroll in the

Embodied Yoga Therapy Program?

Contemporary yoga therapy — a wide range of applications in healthcare.

Yoga therapy is utilized to support recovery from injuries, surgeries, or chronic pain conditions. It focuses on restoring physical function, improving mobility, and enhancing muscular strength and flexibility.

Yoga therapy is employed as a complementary or integrative approach to conventional medical treatments and is often used in conjunction with other modalities such as physical therapy, psychotherapy, and occupational therapy. Some of the key applications of yoga therapy in healthcare include:


Physical Rehabilitation


Mental Health

Chronic Disease Management

Yoga therapy is increasingly recognized as a beneficial adjunct to conventional mental health treatments. It is utilized for stress management, anxiety reduction, depression management, and improving overall emotional well-being.

Yoga therapy is utilized as part of comprehensive treatment plans for chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disorders, and autoimmune conditions. It can help manage symptoms, improve quality of life, and support self-care practices.


Pain Management

Stress Reduction & Wellness

Palliative Care

Yoga therapy offers techniques for managing and reducing pain, both acute and chronic. It incorporates gentle movement, breathing exercises, meditation, and mindfulness practices to alleviate pain and promote relaxation.

Yoga therapy is utilized for stress reduction, relaxation, and promoting overall well-being. It provides tools and techniques for managing stress, enhancing resilience, and improving the mind-body connection.

In the context of end-of-life care, yoga therapy can offer physical and emotional support to individuals and their families. It focuses on reducing discomfort, improving relaxation, and fostering a sense of peace and acceptance.


- Joanna Lean, Toronto

"This program has given me the vocabulary and education of what I knew deep in my soul of how incredibly powerful and healing the body is but before could not articulate it. It affirms the reason I believe with every inch of my being, that the body is the healer and when we give it time, space and permission to be, there is so much infinite wisdom. I have absolutely LOVED the diversity of the teachers, the topics and pace of the course. I would highly recommend this course for any practitioner or wisdom seeker that is looking to heal and understand the role of the body in the healing journey."

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Curriculum Includes

40 Hours
of On Demand

18 Lectures
with Embodied Yoga
Therapy Faculty

3 Integration Sessions
with Embodied Yoga
Therapy Faculty

Access to a library of Resources, Case Studies & Reading Materials

Support from Faculty and Fellow Students in an Online Community

36 CEUs through the International Association for Yoga Therapists.


The Embodied Yoga Therapy Certificate Program is Approved for 36 Continuing Education Units through the International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


Faculty members of this certificate program are registered as Continuing Education Providers with Yoga Alliance (YACEP). Hours of this Certificate Program can be registered as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance.

Program Curriculum

1. Foundations of Yoga Therapy


  • Learn the foundational principles of yoga therapy
  • Understand the mind-body connection in the context of healing
  • Explore the role of consciousness and spirituality in yoga therapy

2. Ayurvedic Perspectives on Healing


  • Learn about daily routines (dinacharya) and how small, consistent efforts can improve health and mental acuity.
  • Recognize the individual body in a greater context of natural cycles, both internal and within the natural world around us.
  • Learn specific cleansing practices for the senses
  • Absorb a historical overview of Ayurveda and its relationship with yoga
  • Grasp Ayurvedic principles and their integration into yoga therapy
  • Define the Doshas and their impact on health and healing

3. Yoga Therapy Techniques


  • Study Asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) for therapeutic purposes
  • Acquire meditation and mindfulness practices for stress reduction and emotional well-being
  • Understand the Complexities of Trauma from a scientific perspective and learn to incorporate trauma informed Yoga techniques

4. Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives on Yoga and Healing


  • Find out what’s unique to Buddhist yoga and tantric meditation
  • Identify key Tibetan Yoga Practices and how they relate to healing modalities
  • Gain insight into subtle body healing methods in Tibetan Yoga

5. Applied Anatomy and Physiology


  • Explore the physiological effects of yoga on the body’s systems
  • Investigate common health conditions and their yoga therapy treatment
  • Adapt yoga practices for different populations and individual needs

6. Therapeutic Yoga Sequencing


  • Design therapeutic yoga sequences for specific health conditions
  • Adapt yoga practices for different levels of mobility and ability
  • Incorporate sequencing for trauma-informed yoga therapy

7. Yoga Philosophy and Psychology


  • Examine the philosophical underpinnings of yoga and the influences that have contributed to the development of modern, yoga therapy
  • Understand the role of the mind and emotions in the therapeutic process
  • Incorporate yogic philosophy into counseling and psychotherapy

8. Integration and Practice


  • Digest case studies and practical applications of yoga therapy
  • Understand ethics and professional considerations in yoga therapy practice
  • Develop personal practice and self-care routines

Meet The Faculty

Dr. Chris Walling

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Stephanie Corigliano

Dana Slamp

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Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya

Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio

Natalie Malone

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Jill Miller

James Bae

Andrew Holecek

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"This course has been so interesting and I have learned a great deal of helpful information. I will integrate this work in my practice as a psychologist and a depth hypnotherapist. I think all of the teachers have been amazing and wonderful to learn with! I will be taking more classes with Embodied Philosophy! Thank you!"

- Jen Maitreya, Massachussetts

"This certificate program has been truly a gift and delight. The quality of the lecturers have been astounding, thought-provoking and the course materials wonderfully inspiring. I have enjoyed getting to know my cohort and look forward to bringing these practices to my clients, friends and family. This is my second course of study with Embodied Philosophy and I look forward to more."

- Alenka Loesch, Oregon

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Three Additional On-Demand Courses for a Limited Time...

24 Bonus Hours | 3 On-Demand Courses | Available On Demand Upon Enrollment

This course explores the mind/body mechanisms and methods of stress-reduction, self-healing and optimal health based on a growing body of neuropsychological research and clinical application of contemplative techniques like mindfulness, compassion and embodied practices drawn from the traditional healthcare systems of Asia.

Contemplative Therapies

A 4-Module Course (8 Hours)

Yoga Therapy Research

A 4-Module Course (8 Hours)

Contemporary Somatic Psychology

A 4-Module Course (4 Hours)

This course will help introduce students to the fundamentals of contemporary yoga therapy research, explore guidelines for yoga therapy research and practice, and survey the current and emerging body of knowledge within the peer-reviewed yoga therapy literature. Join us as Dr. Walling makes research inspiring and fun as we explore the intersections of scholarship and embodied practices.

Join the President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, Dr. Chris Walling, for a special two-part series on modern psychotherapy research & skills application. Dr. Walling is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified-Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Clinical Research Fellow at Dr. Steve Porges’ lab at the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive continuing education credits?


IAYT Approved Professional Development (APD) CREDIT You can easily submit the 36 CE credits for this certificate by locating the listing here and clicking on the course Verify Credits link. You will answer a few questions about your satisfaction with the course, upload your certificate of completion, and the CE credits will be posted to your profile. (Your course input is private. Any data shared with course leaders and Embodied Philosophy from IAYT will be de-identified and provided only in aggregate.)

Yoga Alliance This certificate program can be registered for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.

Why Embodied Yoga Therapy?


The Embodied Yoga Therapy for Embodied Philosophy Certificate Program is led by some of the leading experts in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine, Buddhist psychology, and contemporary Yoga Therapy trainings from throughout the world. The certificate is delivered through a combination of online lectures, interactive workshops, case studies, and practical exercises. Participants will engage in both individual and group learning activities to deepen their understanding and application of the material. The program will be facilitated by experienced faculty members who are experts in the fields of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and integrative healing.

How many hours a week can I expect?


Students can expect around 4 - 6 hours per week of work throughout the program. Each week will have 2 courses, with 2 hours per session. Courses will include suggested & required readings, which will be provided ahead of time. In addition, there will be 3 separate, 90-minute Integration Sessions over the duration of the program. Integration Sessions will be a time to reconsider the material presented in the general lectures through conversation with a faculty member and through small group discussions with fellow students. Students are required to keep a private written journal of reflections (not submitted) responding to question on the course syllabi.

Are all courses live and is attendance mandatory?


All sessions were recorded with a live cohort and are now available on demand.

What are the program requirements for completion?

  • Watch recordings of all course sessions.
  • Students joining us during the live release of the program must attend at least one of the integration sessions live to complete the program. Students enrolling after the live sessions have taken place are required to watch at least one replay.
  • Keep up with required readings for each module.
  • Keep a private journal of syllabus reflections (not turned in). This does not need to be extensive writing. Free write a half-page or a page for each session.

What is the course schedule?


Orientation info will be held on October 8, 2023, 3-4 pm PT / 6-7 pm ET. Live sessions begin Monday, October 9. Weekly sessions are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm ET / 4-6 pm PT (with the exception of the week of November 21, class will be held Monday and Tuesday 3-4 pm PT / 6-7 pm ET) . Live Integration Session dates are October 28, November 18, and December 2, 10 am - 11:30 am PT / 1 pm - 2:30 ET (there will be access to Integration Session recordings for those who cannot make it or enroll after the live dates).

What will I get for completing this program?


Graduation from this program does not qualify you as a “Yoga Therapist,” (This requires additional training according to the Professional Standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Graduation from this program does not authorize you as a yoga teacher, somatic health coach, somatic counselor, or any other role that implies health/medical diagnosis, advice, or treatments.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion from Embodied Philosophy. A certificate program can prepare you to advance in your career, or to gain the extra knowledge needed to stay competitive and up-to-date within your scope of practice. A certificate program does NOT lead to a professional certification. Earning a certificate is not the same as becoming certified.

Will I receive guidance during the program?


Live students received feedback and the chance to interact with faculty in the three Integration Sessions with program faculty. The program is now on-demand and self-guided, without faculty interaction.

Who should participate in this program?


This certificate program is suitable for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare professionals, counselors, psychotherapists, and individuals with a keen interest in yoga, holistic healing, and personal growth. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge and practical skills for those wishing to integrate yoga therapy and Ayurvedic principles into their professional practices or personal lives.

Will I have direct (online) contact with faculty members?


Yes, faculty will be a part of the Integration Sessions and there will be time for discussion and questions during each live module. Additionally, for those watching the recordings or for questions and reflections that arise after the live lecture(s), the faculty will be participating in the private online community forum.

Are there scholarships available?


Scholarships were only available for the live offering of this program. If you have a financial need, please write to hello@embodiedphilosophy.com.

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$597 for Wisdom School Members*

  • 40 Hours of Curriculum
  • 3 Integration Sessions
  • BONUS 1: Contemplative Therapies
  • BONUS 2: Yoga Therapy Research
  • BONUS 3: Contemporary Somatic Psychology
  • 40 Hours of Curriculum
  • 3 Integration Sessions
  • BONUS 1: Contemplative Therapies
  • BONUS 2: Yoga Therapy Research
  • BONUS 3: Contemporary Somatic Psychology

$951 Total

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Scholarship Opportunities

Embodied Philosophy offers a limited number of scholarships intended to support dedicated individuals that aim to be spiritually-informed citizens and agents of positive change, who otherwise would not be able to enroll in our offerings. All scholarship applications must be submitted on or before September 20, 2023 to be considered.

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