Upcoming Start Dates:  January 8, 2020 • January 6, 2021
Enrollment Window Open November 1st- December 15th each year

Refine your skill set, define your life. Your transformation begins in January!

For who?  C-IAYT’s and 200/ 500 hr graduates (or equivalent experience) of any Yoga Teacher Training Program

Continue your yoga therapy training and become an Optimal State Therapeutic 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 and health practices, and county or government facilities.


  • Total Hours: 189 + homework
  • Distance Learning: 90 hours
  • Community Days: 99 hours
  • Final Project
  • Program Time: 12 months from January to December every year.

Distance Learning/Zoom Online Classes: 45 2-hour online classes held Wednesday evenings 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST on the Zoom platform, making it an interactive class with students from around the world. It is an advanced program of Yoga Therapy teaching. The five segments of the program include: The T. Krishnamacharya Teachings, Asana Vinyasa Krama & Therapy Modifications, Asana Class Sequencing for Groups and Individuals, Pranayama Techniques, Ratios and Sequencing, Meditation Steps, Sequencing and Chants.

Community Days: These full Saturdays held monthly will have didactic teachings on IAYT standard topics. Classes will be held at the Optimal State Retreat Center in Southern California and online for your convenience.  We encourage potluck foods and community building.

Final Project: Create and present a 45-minute presentation on the application of the Optimal State 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.

Therapeutic Specialist Info Packet
Therapeutic Specialist Outline
Therapeutic Specialist Application

The application submission window is Nov. 1st- Dec. 15th, each year for the Jan. start date. If you would like to turn in your application before that, we would be happy to receive it.  We will accept applications after Dec. 1st in special circumstances, but would prefer that you honor the application window.  

Please note that this program is a combination of 2 separate IAYT APD Courses.  If you take this course you will receive 2 separate CE certificates to use with IAYT as continuing education units.  The benefit of taking the entire course (instead of 2 separate parts) is that the fee is greatly reduced and there is a payment plan.  If you take the 2 courses separately, we ask that you pay each course fee up front and we do not offer a payment plan.  For more details contact us at