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The advanced year is open only to select transfer students with 500-hour teacher training certifcation (200RYT + 300 RYT or 500RYT).


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.

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.


Dates, Locations & Tuition

Training Dates

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


Module One

July 14-23, 2017

You begin your journey to being one of the world's premier yoga therapists by full grasping the foundations of how yoga works to heal and vitalize, cleanse and balance each person in a perfectly tailored way. The Roots of this remarkable tradition, Yoga Psychology and the Mind, the Body in Motion, Analytic and Teaching Methods are covered, as is a review of and deepening into the anatomy of yoga practice. Individualized mentored practicum helps you integrate as you develop your skills. 

Module Two

November 3-12, 2017

Your journey continues with in-depth experiential anatomy, observational and analytic skills in biomechanics and movement analysis. The Roots of Spanda Yoga, Yoga Psychology and the Mind conclude in this module while you study in-depth yoga's view of health versus disease and the process of healing. Factors such as diet, environment, stress, trauma, constitution, mental habits, and more are presented from a holistic context. Individualized mentored practicum continues as you integrate your developing skills and understanding. 

Module Three 

April 13-22, 2018

Refinement of teaching methods enabling you to work with specialty groups becomes the focus as well as social and developmental factors that influence the whole person. A Back Care specialty certificate is earned at this time, as is one in Yoga Therapeutics for Vital Aging. Expanding beyond the postures, introspective, and meditative work central to yoga, correctives of Ayurvedic remedies, dietary recommendations, sleep aids, balance, agility, and other movement re-patterning training, and other lifestyle modifications that support wellness are addressed.

300-hour yoga teacher training certification is earned after Module Three.

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 an International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Accredited School.


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 (first three modules)

Extra Early:  $3,525  ($1,175 per module) if application is processed and $500 deposit is received by April 14, 2017

Early:  $3,900  ($1,300 per module) if application is process and $500 deposit received by May 14, 2017

Regular:  $4,275  ($1,425 per module)

Your deposit reserves your spot. Payment plans are available. Contact us for details.

Advanced (last three modules)
Extra Early: $7,050 ($2,350 per module) if $350 non-refundable deposit is received no later than May 10, 2018.

Early:  $7,350  ($2,450 per module) if application is processed and $500 non-refundable deposit is received no later than three months prior to that module’s start date. For example, for Module for beginning Oct. 5, 2018, deposit is due by July 5, 2018.

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

Payment plans are available. Contact us for details. 


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