Mental Health Specialist for C-IAYT & 200 Hour TT Grads in the T. Krishnamacharya Tradition

Students must have a certificate of completion from an accredited Yoga Therapy program, have participated in the grandfathering in of C-IAYT or other equivalent education.

We are also likely to accept students from the Krishnamacharya Tradition who have a 200-hour or 500-hour Teacher Training Certification.  Please apply to the Yoga for Mental Health Training!

MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST POST-DEGREE EDUCATION PROGRAM for C-IAYT Program Director: Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.

Refine your skill set, define your life.

Your transformation begins in January!

Continue your Yoga Therapy training and become an Optimal State™ Mental Health Specialist. The goal of this training program is to bridge the Eastern Wisdom of Yoga & Ayurveda and Western Psychology. This program will prepare Yoga Therapists to work in the field of Integrative Medicine at hospitals, Senior Centers, Youth Centers, Veteran’s Associations, private psychology practices, and county or government facilities that have a mental health aspect.

  • Total hours: 186
  • In-person Residential Modules (two 9-day modules): 167 hours
  • Distance learning: 19 hours
  • Final project
  • Program Length: 7 months (January to July each year)
  • In-person Residential Module located in Southern California
  • Led by Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.


In-Person Residential Modules: Two 9-day modules in January and July for a total of 167 hours of in-person training. Both modules must be completed. There is a one day break in between two 4-day segments to digest and relax. Community is created with students. All residential modules are held at a hotel minutes from the Ontario Airport (in Southern California), for ease on traveling students.

Distance Learning/Zoom Online Classes: 1 hour online interactive classes held Friday mornings 9:00am-10:00am PST. These hours will include reviewing case studies of real people. Classes are held on the Zoom platform, making it an interactive class with students from around the world.

Final Project: Create and present a 45-minute presentation on the application of the Optimal State Mental Health Model to an under served group. A summary of the presentation including; the population served, your presentation, photos/video of the event, and feedback forms from the participants is required. All presentation documents, including power points, must be pre-approved prior to the presentation. The outreach program highlights our desire to bring yoga and Yoga Therapy to under served and diverse communities.

Daily Yoga Practice: In order to serve others, you must nourish yourself with a practice each day. You will be asked to record a short journal entry about your practice several times a week. You will work with your mentor, peer-mentors and intuition throughout the program to develop a practice that is right for you. It might include postures, breathing practices or meditations. This is mandatory to graduate from the program.

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