865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program

Continue your yoga training and become an Optimal State™ Certified Yoga Therapist. The 865 Program combines the ancient wisdom of traditional yoga and ayurveda, with modern kinesiology and neuroscience. We bring eastern yogic wisdom of health and healing into the modern context of western healthcare via The Optimal State model created by Amy Wheeler.

The Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist program will prepare students to work in the field of Integrative Medicine at hospitals, senior centers, Veteran’s Associations, county and government facilities, and with individuals who desire to use complementary health modalities.

There will be approximately 600 hours of T. Krishnamacharya Yoga Therapy, 100 hours of Ayurveda/Samkhya & 165 Biomedical and Psychology. The Optimal State™ 865 dCertified Yoga Therapist Program requires daily yoga practice to prepare you to serve others and nourish yourself. The goal of this program is experiential in nature and will use ancient yogic knowledge to help people heal themselves in a modern context.

Prerequisite: IAYT requires at least 200 hours teacher training, a year of practice and a year of teaching experience.

Your transformation begins in January!

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW (865 Total Hours)

Distance Learning = 125 hours
Residential = 533 hours
• Practicum = 207 hours

When you apply to the yoga therapy program we will create a personalized advising calendar with specific steps and dates for you. 

Also, please note that when you are admitted into the 865 hour program, you are agreeing to do a daily practice in the tradition that we are teaching.  In most cases this will involve having a personal teacher/mentor in the Optimal State of Living family help you design a practice that will bring you into balance and be the best version of yourself that you can be!  You will write in a journal each day how you experienced your daily practice as part of your graduation requirements!


Optimal State Essential Framework Online Training:
Upcoming Start Dates: January 2, 2019 • January 2, 2020 • January 4, 2021
90 hours of online curriculum. The Optimal State Essential Framework Online Training includes curriculum from the Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and The Optimal State. This course includes online classes each Wednesday night from 4:00-6:00 pm (PST) for 12 months on the Zoom platform.

Community Days:
Upcoming Dates: January 5, 2019 • February 2, 2019 • March 2, 2019 • April 6, 2019 • May 4, 2019 • August 3, 2019 • September 7, 2019 • October 5, 2019 • November 2, 2019
99 hours in 9 days over the Essential Framework Online Training to build community and outreach. We will teach topics from the IAYT standards and we have a list of the topics for each one mapped out for you.  For those students out of area, we will stream community days online, but please keep in mind the attendance policy for the entire 865-hour course.  You may need to make up residential hours to complete the 865 hour course attendance requirements.


Optimal State Yoga Therapy For Mental Health Series:
Upcoming Beginning Dates: January 12-20, 2019 • January 11-19, 2020 • January 9-17, 2021
184 hours of training (165 residential + 19 online).  The residential portion is over two 9-day in-person modules (4 instructional days - 1 day off for digestion - 4 instructional days).  There is also an online Zoom module spanning five months. The training starts in January with an in-person module, then Zoom module on Fridays for 19 weeks, and finishes with the July in-person module each year. You must complete all three modules; both in-person modules and the all online Zoom module. When you apply to the yoga therapy program we will create a personalized advising calendar with specific steps and dates for you.

ZOOM FRIDAY MODULE:
Zoom Fridays are an integral part of your training and will be held from 9-10am PST for a total of 19 Fridays between February and June. It will include 1-hour case study sessions offered three to four times per month.  You will need to attend these online lessons in person.  The case studies will also be recorded. These hours will include intake and assessment, reviewing the case, and writing a therapeutic plan for real client.  These case studies will reinforce and show application of what the student learns in the residential modules and prepare you for the practicum in Step 5.


Optimal State Yoga Therapy For Physical Health Series:
Upcoming Beginning Dates: September 7-15, 2019 • September 12-20, 2020 • September 11-19, 2021
184 hours of training (168 residential + 16 online).  The residential portion is  over two 9-day in-person modules (4 instructional days - 1 day off for digestion - 4 instructional days).  There is also an online Zoom module spanning five months. The training starts in September with an in-person module, then  16 weeks of Zoom module on Friday mornings, and finishes with the March in-person module each year. You must complete all three modules; both in-person modules and the all online Zoom module. When you apply to the yoga therapy program we will create a personalized advising calendar with specific steps and dates for you.

ZOOM FRIDAY MODULE:
Zoom Fridays are an integral part of your training and will be held from 10-11am PST time on a total of 16 Fridays between October and February. It will include 1-hour case study sessions offered three to four times per month.  You will need to attend these online lessons in person. The case studies will also be recorded. These hours will include intake and assessment, reviewing the case, and writing a therapeutic plan for real client.  These case studies will reinforce and show application of what the student learns in the residential modules and prepare you for the practicum in Step 5.


THE OPTIMAL STATE WEEKEND RETREATS:
101 hours in 3 weekend retreats focused on preparing you for opportunities for professional growth in Mental Health, Physical Health, and Public Servant sectors. Each retreat will be a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The Optimal State Weekend Retreats will be held each year in June and will coordinate with SYTAR for travel convenience; especially for our international students. We encourage you to attend SYTAR.

Each retreat will be a multi-faceted weekend of learning by teaching in mentored and supervised sections of the weekend, learning how to work with specific populations, and learning how to start your own business. You will learn using the blueprint provided via your participation in the Optimal State Weekend Retreats. The OSOL Yoga Therapist Training Program has a strong focus on marketing your services to build your business.


PRACTICUM:
207 hours supervised practicum at student’s home location.  This will include 115 hours of one-on-one work with yoga therapy clients with the Optimal State Yoga Therapist as the main provider of care.  This experience will also include 35 hours of small group yoga therapy with the Optimal State Yoga Therapist as the main teacher.  In addition to the 22 hours of mentoring, the student will practice their yoga therapy documentation skills for 35 hours.

The hours include work with clients, mentor hours, and documentation. The practicum student will be asked to do a full assessment of the individual, write up of the practice and teaching the practice, as well as follow-up with the client. The practicum student will also be asked to do a self-analysis or observation of each session they conduct.

PRACTICUM MENTORING:
22 hours of one-on-one supervision. The mentor will track and offer suggestions for individual case and group class taught by the teacher-training student. This supervision will include discussion of assessment, short-term and long-term course planning and self-analysis of how it feels to be a yoga therapist.  This 22 hours of practicum mentoring is different from creating a personal daily practice or receiving advising about didactic learning.

865-Hour Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Program Information:
Optimal State 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program Overview
Optimal State 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Program FAQs
Optimal State 865 Certified Yoga Therapist Application Form


We are now able to provide Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists, LCSW, LPCC, LEP, LMFT and Nurses in California. Click here for more details!  

These CEC credits are only for people who are approved to be a part of the 865-hour Program  or are already a C-IAYT.