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Why choose Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy 

Princeton 2019 Professional Yoga Therapist Training?

As a Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapist you’ll be able to elegantly design and sensitively implement therapeutic strategies that meet the challenges of being human. Our 800-hour IAYT accredited program provides substantial depth of knowledge and breadth of skill.

Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy is:


  • Comprehensive. Coursework is tailored to cover both eastern and western models of health, disease and healing at the functional, structural, mental-psychological, energetic and spiritual levels. Practical application arises from a well-articulated vocabulary of practice grounded in clinical use for the past forty years.


  • Integrative. Each aspect of your training is presented with the whole in mind and is carefully orchestrated to interweave your continuously deepening levels of knowledge, understanding and proficiency.


  • Visionary. You’ll have opportunity to develop reliable observation skills using multiple channels of perception that mature sensitivities befitting yogic adepts. Graduates are prepared to co-create the future of yoga therapy with integrity, imagination and wisdom.  


  • Rooted in Authentic Yoga. This training arises out of the Samaya Sri Vidya lineage (a layered compliment of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra) and complementary expertise in the lineage of Kundalini Vidya.


  • Informed by Western Medicine. Grounding in western biomedical research and practice gives you the ability to understand client’s concerns through the eyes of this perspective in order to seamlessly integrate your work with mainstream healthcare providers.


  • Taught by Clinically Experienced Experts. Every member of our unparalleled faculty is an expert with at least one decade—most with several decades—of therapeutic experience in their field. Our faculty consists of yogis whose lives have been devoted to alleviating others’ suffering through yogic methods.


Vedic inquiry defines things by stating what they are not. Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy . . .  

. . . is not a hodgepodge of workshops of potentially contradictory “yoga for…” segments by sundry presenters


. . . is not offered by yoga teachers with little-to-no clinical experience


. . . is not based on a smattering of popularist yoga practices that lack depth


. . . is not one-size-fits-all protocols for diseases.


Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy is focused on developing each yoga therapist’s skill, insight, and knowledge in addressing the unique pattern of concerns of individuals who find their way into this sacred relationship.


General Overview


The program is delivered through a series of progressive on-site modules accompanied by distance learning support. Click Course Tracks below to see our courses under each competency area. Our comprehensive, integrative  high-level program will enable you to work with practically any human condition. At the completion of each of the first three modules, we offer focused practice in Yoga for Vibrant Aging and Yoga for Back Care.


Who Should Apply?


Consider applying if you wish to:


  1. Become expert in applying authentic systematic yoga methods and practices to effectively facilitate health and the evolution of consciousness of others

  2. Develop your perceptual adeptness, interpersonal skill, and sensitive instructional ability

  3. Provide therapeutically-oriented group classes and individual sessions with confidence and skill

  4. Advance your understanding of how yoga works


Note: We understand many individuals have acquired significant yoga and complementary training outside of participating with the registry of Yoga Alliance. That is why our prerequisite for entrance is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training or its equivalent. If you are unsure as to whether your background meets our entrance standards, please contact us at: 609-474-6006. 


How to Apply


Click below for a guide on how to apply and what happens afterward.


Dates, Locations & Tuition

Training Dates

This 800-hour professional yoga therapist training takes place over twenty-four months primarily in a week-end format, with two clincal residencies taking place in the second year at The Himalayan Institute. The Himalayan Institute is located in the Poconos just outside of Honesdale, PA. Assigned homework, practice teaching, yoga therapy practicum sessions, online work, and long term projects take place between residential segments to support progress. 


Weekend Foundation Program Dates in Princeton

2019: September 21 & 22, October 12 & 13, October 25 & 26, November 9 & 10, November 23 & 24, December 21 & 22.

2020: January 11 & 12, February 1 & 2, March 21 & 22, April 18 & 19, May 16 & 17, June 6 & 7, June 27 & 28, July 18 & 19, August 1 & 2, September 19 & 20, October 17 & 18, October 31 & November 1, November 21 & 22, December 19 & 20.

Coursework to this point constitutes 300-hour yoga teacher training. ​

Weekend Advanced Program Dates in Princeton

2021: January 9 & 10, January 30 & 31, February 13 & 14, March 6 & 7, March 27 & 28, May 22 & 23, June 12 & 13,

June 26 & 27, July 10 & 11. 

Advanced Program Clinical Principles and Practice Residencies at the Himalayan Institute 

April 26 through May 1, 2021 (6 full days), and

August 3 through 8, 2021 (6 full days) includes professional practice and course conclusion

Graduates earn certification as Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapists and are eligible for IAYT's yoga therapist C-IAYT credential 


This course takes place primarily in a week-end format at Pinnacle Physical Therapy Services, in Princeton, New Jersey. 

In addition, two 6-day residential sessions are required at the Himalayan Institute, during which clinical practice and principles are learned, practiced and evaluated, as are professional issues. 

The Himalayan Institute's beautiful 400-acre campus is nestled in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Its picturesque views, scenic hiking trails, contemplative atmosphere, and peaceful natural setting support focus and integration of coursework. 


109 guest rooms are available with a range of single, double, deluxe, and apartment-sized accommodations. Three fresh, nutritionally and ayurvedically balanced vegetarian meals are served daily, and the Sacred Grove Café has beverages and snacks with plenty of delicious vegan and gluten-free options, with free wifi.

The PureRejuv Wellness Center offers various types of massage, chiropractic treatments, biofeedback, and one-on-one consultations with its integrative medical staff. A dedicated meditation hall (The Sri Vidya Shrine) is open for meditation practice to program participants at various times throughout the day.


Foundation (selected weekends over 15 months in the Princeton area)

Early:  $3,525  ($1,175 per module) if application is processed and $500 deposit is received by 3 months prior to module start date. Balance is due on first day of class. Payment plans are also available. Contact us for details. 

Regular:  $4,275  ($1,425 per module) if application and $500 deposit are received with 3 monhts of start date of the first and each consecutive module. Your deposit reserves your place. Space is limited. Payment plans are available. Contact us for details.

Advanced (weekends over five months with practicum mentoring and two clinical practice and principles residencies at the Himalayan Institute)
Early:  $7,050  ($2,350 per module) if $500 deposit is received no later 3 months priot to the first day of the Advanced training beginning on January 9, 2021. Payment plans are available. Contact us for details. 

Regular: $7,650 ($2,550 per module) with $500 deposit received in less than 90 days before the module’s start date.

Payment plans are available. Contact us for details. 


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