Yoga Therapeutics Training Module 1

Trainees learn and experience the practices of Ayurveda, yoga asanas, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, meditation, and hands-on touch. This module also includes training in leading classic yoga nidra, a systematic method of inducing complete mental, emotional, and physical relaxation as well as various applications for stress reduction and healing. You gain skills and confidence in working with people with disease, illness, and injury related to the nervous system and chronic stress as well as digestive issues, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and insomnia.

You develop a deep healing approach to guiding your students and clients towards an experience of wellness and wholeness, despite their medical conditions, and gain insight into your own well-being and balance as a healer and practitioner. You take home a rich tool bag of techniques, modalities, and approaches and leave with the ability to address a wide variety of therapeutic needs. The training culminates with hands-on practice with real people.

Jillian generously shares herself in this super rich, intelligent and creative training. One of the most meaningful elements of the training for me was learning how to observe and ask questions of the body’s unique wisdom and then to trust that with an open and compassionate heart I will receive an informative reply.
— Rachelle, Yoga Teacher

Designed for

New and experienced yoga teachers as well as health professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental-health professionals, counselors, body workers, mind-body fitness instructors, health coaches, and others working in healing, helping, and teaching professions.


Lecture, discussion, experience of techniques, questions and answers, a training manual, hands-on teaching with other students, as well as a one-hour private session with two trainees working with a person with a relevant condition (such as chronic stress, digestive issues and diseases, insomnia, chronic tension and pain from stress, breathing issues, immune system issues, or fertility issues).

Topics covered

  • Healing illness and disease with the basic principles of Ayurveda and yoga
  • Physiology of stress and chronic illness
  • Nervous system and endocrine system
  • Approaching illness and wellness through the kosha model
  • Science of guided imagery, meditation, and placebo medicine
  • Adapting breathing practices for specific conditions 
  • Working with the most common side effects of illness: insomnia, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, and pain.
  • Relaxation as medicine
  • Applications of meditation, imagery, progressive relaxation, and yoga nidra
  • Healing with compassion practices (metta, mudita, gratitude) and meditation
  • Specific sequences, including Chair Yoga, Ayurvedic yoga for balance, yoga for insomnia, and addressing digestive health, and somatic movement for pain and healing
  • Self-care

You will receive

  • A Certification of Completion. This can be used for 30 hours of Yoga Alliance CEU hours.
  • An extensive training manual compiled by Jillian
  • A list of recommended reading and resources
  • A listing on Jillian Find A Teacher Graduate Page
  • An extensive follow-up guide to online resources for continued study and practice
  • An invitation to join an ongoing discussion and resource group for Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics teachers

Special Notes


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