Due to the CV19 situation we’re going ahead with our RYT500 Transfer Program path to IAYT yoga therapist certification all online
If you're certified to teach yoga at the 500-hour level,
or feel you have commensurate background & experience,
you may be eligible for advanced placement
in this IAYT accredited 800-hour yoga therapist training
Our next Program begins October 2, 2021
Email to learn more, see if you qualify,
or fill out the contact fields below and we’ll get in touch with you!
START THE TRANSFER PROCESS HERE TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY
There is no application fee.
To see if you qualify and apply please do the following:
1. Submit this advanced placement application.
2. Send an email to with:
a. a copy of your RYT 200 and RYT 300 certificates or RTY500 certificate, or record of equivalent training/experience/expertise.
b. your availability for a phone conversation with Dr. Schmitt the program director
and creator of this course. This is a great time to have all your questions answered!
You'll then be asked to fill out our transfer-credit evaluation form.
You could get credit for an entire year's worth of training!
Please email: with any questions or fill out the contact form below!
Why You’ll Be Glad YouTrained With Us
Expert faculty with decades of clinical know-how
The bedrock of an authentic yoga lineage
Integrated curriculum lovingly designed by a doctor of education
Spanda® Functional Movement Rehabilitation
Spanda® Myofascial Activation
Spanda® Self-Reflective Inquiry
Spanda® Somatic Accessing
Been accredited since 2015
Your best interest at heart!
This program brings an astounding breadth to the practice of yoga therapy. The developmental movement work was a game changer in working with injury-recovery and with seniors. Moving better is what’s missing in most rehab work!
Johnathan Brinkley, M.S., C-IAYT
Dr. Schmitt is a pinnacle teacher. She humbly brings decades of deep committed practice to the classroom. The faculty has a wealth of knowledge and long experience. A combination of deep-dive study, experiential work, co-partnering projects and group activities, is well-paced, well thought-out and beautifully executed. It first addresses the person with well-assembled holistic tools, then teaches how to apply them to others. This program is life-changing; I’m still integrating it and benefiting.
Doreen Corwith Eckert, C-IAYT
I'm so happy I found the Spanda yoga Movement Therapy training. Jaime creates such a wonderful and safe learning environment- even when exploring challenging concepts, I always felt supported and welcome. The breadth and scope of this training is large, while also going into significant depth. I found the training to be rigorous and challenging, while also making room for play and laughter, so that learning felt fun. I emerged from this training with confidence as a yoga therapist and greater understanding of myself.
Mikayla Morley B.F.A., C-IAYT
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.
Dates & Tuition
This 800-hour IAYT accredited professional yoga therapist training takes place monthly through synchronous online sessions over 15-19 months. Additional training hours take place through asynchronous online learning and mentored yoga therapy practicum sessions.
This online version of the Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy Professional Yoga Therapist Transfer Training Program is identical in content to the blended combination residential plus online version of the program.
The Entry Bridge Program: October 2 & 3, 2021, plus November 6 & 7, 2021. The program times are listed as US eastern time.
There is asynchronous distance learning, practicum and homework between all sessions. The Continuing Program dates:
Nov. 20 & 21, 2021 Dec. 18 & 19, 2021 Jan. 8, 2022 Jan. 22 & 23, 2022
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022 March 12, 2022 March 26 & 27, 2022 April 23 & 24, 2022
May 21 & 22, 2022 June 25 & 26, 2022 July 23 & 24, 2022 Aug. 20 & 21, 2022
Sept. 24 & 25, 2022 Oct. 15 & 16, 2022 Nov. 5, 2022 Nov. 19 & 20, 2022
Dec. 10 & 11, 2022.
Class Meeting Time:
Weekends US eastern time: 9 am - 12:30 pm, and 2 pm - 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Bridge $350, plus
Continuing Program Early Bird $7150 with enrollment and deposit received by June 30, 2021.
Continuing Program Regular $7550. Reasonable payment plans are available. Email .
Provisions are in place to accommodate other than eastern US time zones. Please email Danielle Leone for more information at: .
You are welcome to contact us for more details regarding any of the above! We’d love to hear from you!
Completion of all course content earns enrollees certification as a professional Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapist from our International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Accredited School, making graduates eligible for the C-IAYT certified yoga therapist credential.
About Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy
The mission of Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy (SYMT) is to propagate its natural, holistic approach to yogic healing-as-transformation through the formal education of yoga therapists. The main teachings and yogic framework of this work was received by Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt through training with masters of the Himalayan Tradition of Samaya Sri Vidya and the related specialization of Traditional Kundalini Vidya.
SYMT’s vision is to graduate practitioners with the highest possible level of integrity, knowledge, insight, and sensitive application of skill so they may employ yogic means to provide preventative, restorative, palliative and even at times, curative care to individuals through yoga therapy.
SYMT’s professional yoga therapist training arose out of Dr. Schmitt’s private yoga therapy practice of over 30 years and the training of yoga therapists individually over most of that time. Her Teacher, H.H. Sri Swami Rama gave her resources and guidance as well as direction to other teachers within and outside the Tradition for more specialized study. Dr. Schmitt’s work developed under the individual mentorship of H.H. Sri Swami Rama, H.H. Swami Veda Bharati, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Psy.D, and H.H. Sri Swami Chandrasekharanand Sarasvati. As is customary in this Tradition, Dr. Schmitt was sent to study with others outside the Tradition with the expectation that each perspective to which she was exposed was to be woven back into the matrical fabric of the Samaya Sri Vidya Tradition and therapeutic framework.
About the Advanced Transfer Portion of the Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapist Training Program
In this program, Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine, is the foundational text. Its author, Rudolph Ballentine, a yogi M.D., (now Swami Ravi Rudra) was the president of the Himalayan Institute for several decades, and director of its Combined Therapy Program that brought together eastern and western methods of health and healing long before IAYT came into being.
Similar to taking wholesome raw ingredients, prepping and cooking them in a particular way so an invalid can digest readily, we focus on understanding the essential values of each element of practice. We do this in order to develop a high level of understanding, awareness and ability to modifying (prep and cook) each “raw” practice ingredient, so it can be appropriately useful to individuals with specific needs.
In this the continuing part of the program classwork centers on:
o A yogic view of health, disease and healing, and how people find their own agency in this process
o Orchestrating and tailoring functional and formal adaptations of yoga movements and practices to specific needs
o Designing Immediate and Eventual Therapeutic Programs that are practical, doable and effective
o Movement analysis and functional repatterning for rehabilitative bodily use
o Self-reflective work to address the nexus of deeper patterns of behavior for fundamental positive change
o Polyvagal theory as it relates to trauma, samsara and vasana imprinting and revisioning
o Western allopathic pathophysiology and methods of treatment
o Topics in western psychology for the yoga therapist
o Social and developmental influences on the individual in the context of healing
o Interaction and guidance skills in the therapeutic encounter
o Somatically-oriented body-mind approaches to positive change
o Marketing and other professional issues of the yoga therapist
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