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IAYT Accredited Professional Yoga Therapist Training for Himayalan Institute tradition 500-hr yoga teachers 


Get credit for your 300-hrs of training in our tradition

by joining us in progress at the Himalayan Institute for the advanced training year starting October 5, 2018

Are you certified to teach yoga at the 500-hour level in the Himalayan Tradition?
Would you like to earn your C-IAYT credential?
You are now eligible for advanced placement in our IAYT accredited
professional yoga therapist training

Here's How to Apply to Join the Program in Progress

1. Fill out the advanced placement application

2. Send a copy of your 500-hour (or 200-hr plus 300-hr) certificate and your yoga resume outlining any other yoga education and experience to

3. Schedule a brief phone interview with program director, Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt. Once we receive your application and certificates, we'll email you to schedule an interview. Dr. Schmitt will go over your qualifications with you, and answer any questions, and let you know what to expect in the training.

4. Attend the required 5-day HI Transfer Bridge Program at the Himalayan Institute Honesdale campus July 18-22, 2018 (details below).

5. Complete the SYMT study guide preparing you for an emphasis on yoga therapy.

6. Complete the preparatory homework for the advanced training year.

Once the above is completed, you'll join the program for its three advanced training modules at the Himalayan Institute on October 5-14, 2018, March 29-April 7, 2019, & September 6-15, 2019. The Himalayan Institute is located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Space is very limited, so please apply early. 

Because Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy has its roots firmly established in the Himalayan Tradition as brought to the United States by H.H. Sri Swami Rama, we are excited to be able to offer this unique advanced training~!

Why choose Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy 

Professional Yoga Therapist Training at the Himalayan Institute?

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.


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

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.


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. .


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 and clinical ability

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

  4. Advance your understanding of how yoga works on every level of being​


Dates, Location & Tuition

Training Dates

This 800-hour professional yoga therapist training takes place in residential modules at The Himalayan Institute, located just outside Honesdale, PA. Homework, practice teaching, yoga therapy mentored practicum sessions, and long term projects take place between residential segments to support progress. 


HI Transfer Bridge Program

July 18-22, 2018

A five full-day intensive focused on unique elements of this approach to insure you are ready to enter the courswork for the advanced year. Preparatory study is required for this program to fully orient participants to the therapeutic work ahead. 

Module Four

October 5-14, 2018

More clinically oriented coursework takes the lead in these three advanced modules as you study Western Psychology and Western Pathophysiology in courses designed solely for the needs of the practicing yoga therapist. You also deep your understanding of anatomy as we work hands-on and instructionally with common yoga injuries, and common physical mis-alignments, mis-use issues, and ailments. Interaction and guidance skills are explored as mentored practicum continues.


Module Five

March 29-April 7, 2019

Integration of all you have learned takes the lead as you refine knowledge, understanding and skill in working with each unique client's Body in Motion, and design and apply therapeutic methods for most common ailments and conditions. The focus is on competence and confidence during observation and discussion during and after grand rounds. Establishing rapport, safety, deep listening, and attunement and engagement skills are refined throughout the onsite mentored practicum as well as mentored practicum in one's home community.


Module Six

September 6-15, 2019

In this final module you demonstrate your mastery of high level refinement and proficiency in working with individuals from in-take to conclusion using all your clinical skills and course knowledge. Professional issues concerning healthcare codes, scope of practice, regulation, co-care, professional networking, best business practices and more prepare you for practice. 

Completion of all six modules earns enrollees certification as a professional Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapist from our International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Accredited School, making grduates eligible for the C-IAYT certified yoga therapist credential.


This course takes place on the beautiful 400-acre campus of the Himalayan Institute, 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: Transfer Bridge Program

Due to your certification at the 500-hour level by the Himalayan Institute, you have acquired much of the foundational content for the Spanda Yoga Movement Therapist Professional Training Program. Our school is rooted in this tradition, so much of the foundational work is the same. To cover additional foundational content unique to our program, you'll need to attend the bridge program taking place at the Himalayan Institute on Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22, 2018. The tuition for this program is $650. Space is extremely limited! There will also be homework and reading assignments to insure your prepareness for the advanced year. 



In the advanced year, you join the modular program in progress. Between modules there are homework and practicum assignments with mentorship sessions. Tuition for this aspect of the program is as follows:

Early:  $7,050  ($2,350 per module) if $500 deposit for the first module is received by August 1, 2018, by Jan 1,2019 for the seond module, and June 1, 2019 for the third module. 

Regular: $7,650 ($2,550 per module) when $500 deposit is received in less the early due dates above for each module’s start date.

Payment plans are available. Space is very limited. Contact us for details. 


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