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Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Training Program

The Optimal State of Living™ (OSOL™) teacher-training program combines ancient wisdom of
traditional yoga and ayurveda, with modern kinesiology and neuroscience.

  • Hybrid program: in-person and online
  • 865-hour program
  • Pace yourself to finish in 36-48 months
  • 9-day modules make it easy for international students to attend
  • Competitive program cost
  • Supervised clinical internship
  • Mentoring for personal and professional growth
  • Located in Southern California (Ontario, CA)
  • Led by Amy Wheeler, Ph.D.

We are now able to provide Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists, LCSW, LPCC, LEP, LMFT and Nurses in California.
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865-Hour Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Program Information:
Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Program Overview
Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Program FAQs
Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Application Form


Learn at your own pace as you journey through the Optimal State Certified Yoga Therapist Program. There are 5 steps to the program. The following is a brief outline of the courses and links for more information. We encourage you to read through the Optimal State Yoga Therapist Program Overview and FAQs to get even more information.


STEP ONE - Distance Learning and Community Days

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

The pre-requisite to take this training is a minimum 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training or equivalent.

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 in an attempt to build community and outreach. We will teach topics from the IAYT standards at each Community Day.


STEP TWO - In-Person Training Programs with Zoom Friday Case Studies - Mental Health Series

Optimal State Yoga Therapy For Mental Health Series:
Upcoming Beginning Dates: January 12-20, 2019 • January 11-19, 2020 • January 9-17, 2021
186 hours of training over two 9-day in-person modules (4 instructional days - 1 day off - 4 instructional days) and a Zoom module spanning five months. The training starts in January with an in-person module, then Zoom module on Fridays, 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 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. 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.

Any C-IAYT may take the "Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Series" as a singular program.  This certification will enable the C-IAYT to be a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health Specialist.  Please send us an email via the Contact Page on this website for details.


STEP THREE - In-Person Training Programs with Zoom Friday Case Studies - Physical Health Series

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 over two 9-day in-person modules (4 instructional days - 1 day off - 4 instructional days) and a Zoom module spanning five months. The training starts in September with an in-person module, then Zoom module on Fridays, 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 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. 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.

Any C-IAYT may take the "Yoga Therapy for Physical Health Series" as a singular program.  This certification will enable the C-IAYT to be a Yoga Therapist for Physical Health Specialist.  Please send us an email via the Contact Page on this website for details.


STEP FOUR - Entering the Yoga Therapy Profession Weekend Retreats

THE OPTIMAL STATE WEEKEND RETREATS:
100 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.


STEP FIVE - Practicum and Practicum Mentoring

PRACTICUM:
207 hours supervised practicum at student’s home location. 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:
222 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.