Optimal State Specialist Certification Courses

Elevate your yoga and yoga therapy skill set and become an Optimal State® Specialist. These training programs bridge the Eastern Wisdom of Yoga & Ayurveda and Western Psychology. Our programs prepare Yoga Teachers,Yoga Therapists, Mental Health Professionals and Healthcare Providers to implement yoga practices into their work.  These programs prepare the trainee to work in the field of Integrative Medicine at hospitals, Senior Centers, Youth Centers, Veteran’s Associations, private practice in their own home or studio, and county or government facilities.

These three courses are considered “certification courses” and therefore more intensive than the ones listed below (professional development and continuing education courses).  Each Optimal State® Specialist course takes approximately 7 months to 1 year to complete.  The course methods include: lectures, practices, homework, quizzes and an individual project to complete the certification.  These courses are approximately 200 hours each.  You may add courses together to achieve credit towards 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Certification.


The application submission window for Therapeutic Specialist and Mental Health Specialist 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. 15th in special circumstances, but would prefer that you honor the application window.  
The application submission window for Physical Health Specialist is June 1st- August 15th each year for the September. 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 August 15th in special circumstances, but would prefer that you honor the application window.  

Yoga Therapy Courses, Professional Development & Continuing Education Courses

Optimal State Therapeutic Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist Course (Online)Starts in January each year!
Who this is for: Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists & Healthcare Providers who want CE’s in the areas of therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda
The purpose of this 100-hour online training program is to bridge the Eastern Wisdom of Yoga & Ayurveda with Western Healthcare and Psychology.

Optimal State Holistic Toolbox for Healthcare Providers Course Starts in January each year!
Who this is for: P.T.’s, O.T.’s, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists & Nurses that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga
The purpose of this 100-hour course is for yoga professionals and healthcare providers to add holistic yoga and yoga therapy skills to their toolbox.

Optimal State How To Build Your Yoga and Yoga Therapy Business Course- Starts in June each year!
Who this is for: Yoga Teachers & Yoga Therapists
The purpose of this 100-hour course is to help you develop your Yoga and/or Yoga Therapy Business.


Mental Health Series Courses

Optimal State Mental Health 1: Anxiety and Depression Course Starts in January each year!
Who this is for:
P.T.’s, O.T.’s, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Nurses that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga
The purpose of this 100-hour residential course on mental health is to learn how to use yoga and yoga therapy tools to influence the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the individual.

Optimal State Mental Health 2: Mental Health & Yoga Case Studies Practicum Course (Online)- Starts in February each year!
Who this is for: Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga
The purpose of this 20-hour online training program is to create an opportunity for yoga teachers and yoga therapists to go over mental health case studies with an expert in the field of yoga therapy.

Optimal State Mental Health 3: Trauma and Addiction Course– Starts in July each year!
Who this is for: P.T.’s, O.T.’s, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Nurses that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga
The purpose of this 100-hour residential course on mental health is to learn how to use yoga and yoga therapy tools to influence the symptoms of trauma and addiction in the individual.


Physical Health Series Courses

Optimal State Physical Health 1: Anatomical Assessment and Therapeutic Planning Course Starts in September each year!
Who this is for: P.T.’s, O.T.’s, Massage Therapists, Psychologists, Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Nurses that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga
The purpose of this 100-hour residential course is for healthcare providers who want to add holistic yoga and musculoskeletal assessment and therapeutic planning yoga therapy skills to their toolbox.

Optimal State Physical Health 2: Physical Health & Yoga Case Studies Course (Online) Starts in October each year!
Who this is for: Yoga Teachers & Yoga Therapists who want CE’s in the areas of therapeutic yoga and yoga therapy
The purpose of this 20-hour online training program is to create an opportunity for yoga teachers and yoga therapists to go over physical case studies with an expert in the field of yoga therapy.

Optimal State Physical Health 3: Physiological Assessment & Therapeutic Planning Course- Starts in March each year!
Who this is for: Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists & Ayurvedic Practitioners
The purpose of this 100-hour residential training program is to teach the Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist to assess the human being on the pranamaya layer (physiological perspective).