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Why Choose Optimal State Lifestyle Wellness Counselor, Yoga & Yoga Therapy Schools?

The Optimal State Lifestyle Wellness Counselor & Yoga Therapy Training School is one of the accredited training programs that specialize in the area of embodied mental health and yoga therapy. We teach you how to bring the Autonomic Nervous System back into balance, which has profound effects for mind and body healing. We call this Embodied Mental Healthcare, where we ask the physiology to train the brain over time, allowing both come into their Optimal State.

Amy is teaching a 20-hour course for the Polyvagal Institute with Marlysa Sullivan and Stephen Porges if you would like to get a taste of what we do. This brand new Certificate Course, Therapeutic Yoga Tools: A Polyvagal Informed Certificate for Body-Mind Practitioners, starts October 6! In this live, online course, you’ll learn how yoga therapy can be a holistic and embodied approach to practitioner self-care and client care. Expand your skill set and knowledge in learning to assess clients and create personalized care plans. This is an opportunity to improve your own wellbeing while empowering clients in their own transformation.  The link to register for the course, which begins again Fall 2024:


We also offer a 200-hour yoga teacher training program.  If you take this program with us, and then continue onward to yoga therapy, we give you the 200-hour for FREE!

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Our program is over 800 hours of curriculum plus the highly recommended 200-hour yoga teacher training course. We believe in providing extensive curriculum so that you are well prepared to be a yoga therapist when you graduate!

As part of our 865-hour Yoga Therapy Certification, you will also become a Certified Yoga Nidra Facilitator. New program starting in October 2024! Contact Us

You will receive certificates of completion for every level of our training program.  These correspond with the hours set by Yoga Alliance for 200/ 300/ 500 hour certifications.  Ask us for more details.

We welcome all people!  Men, women, non-binary gendered, elders, young people, black and brown bodies, white bodies, larger bodies, more slender bodies, people of color, indigenous wisdom holders, people from every race and ethnicity in the world, all accents, neurodivergent people, those with trauma, all religions or spiritual traditions, agnostics, atheists and anyone else who has a heart for learning more about yoga therapy.  We have a strong Anti-discrimination Policy complete with grievance procedures should a situation arise that needs attention and reparations.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

Definition of Yoga Therapy “Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.”

Scope of Practice for IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists  “While yoga therapists want to do all they can to assist their clients’ return to good health, it is important for all yoga therapists to understand the limit or boundary (scope) of their expertise, as defined by their education, experience, and competency (qualification). The SoP gives clear guidelines to yoga therapists in relation to what they are qualified to do and what they are not qualified to do.  Applicants for IAYT Certification (C-IAYT) must affirm that they have read and understand the IAYT Scope of Practice.”

The values we hold close to our heart at the Optimal State Lifestyle Wellness Counselor & Yoga Therapy Program are:

  1. Welcome and include people of all ages, gender orientations, ethnicities, races, religious or secular belief structures and socioeconomic statuses
  2. Training excellent yoga therapists that will be able to attract and retain clients because they get results
  3. Teaching our yoga therapists how to create and market a profitable business
  4. Maintain long-term relationships with our students so that we can support them for years to come.

The Mission of Optimal State is “To Provide a Container for Exploring & Creating Deep Connection: Inside of Ourself, With Others & to Something Larger than Ourselves.”  Our Core Values are: Inspiration-Communication-Belonging.  We believe that a vocation should be a way that you can contribute to the world in a way that is bigger than you.  We believe great things happen in a supportive community.  We believe that you are here for a purpose and we want to help you uncover what you are here to do in the world!

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“I have known that Yoga was helpful for my mental and physical wellbeing for quite some time. I joined Amy Wheeler at Optimal State for her Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Therapeutic Specialization in January of this year. In these three months I have realized that what I thought I was experiencing on a mental and/or physical layer, is actually much more complex. This helped me dig in and realize areas where I could improve my life immediately, such as setting healthy boundaries. I am in awe with what I have learned so far, and I look forward to what is ahead of in my Yoga Therapy path, as well as how I will be able to apply this knowledge in helping others.” – Maurizio Caputo, Florida