Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy
Apr. 13–May 27, 2023

with Lakshmi Sutter, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D. and Steffany Moonaz, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D.S
Price: $750.00

Thursdays: 7–9 pm ET
Saturdays: 10 am–3 pm ET

For Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and health professionals

Dive into the richness of therapeutic Yoga within the authentic lineage of Integral Yoga. In this training, we will use the panchamaya kosha model to explore human health. Using the panchamaya kosha (five layers of being) model as a guide, we also will review common disease processes from both yogic and Western medical perspectives. Discover new ways to integrate the six branches of Integral Yoga into a therapeutic practice, whether it is adapted asana (posture), devotional practices outside of a “traditional” Yoga setting, or using service as a healing modality. 

Participants will review the practical skills required of a Yoga Therapist, develop a mock treatment plan for a client, as well as deepen and review their understanding of therapeutic relationships, assessment skills, and therapeutic plans. Inactive Yoga therapists interested in kick-starting their service will find this course an excellent source to restart.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define Yoga Therapy
  • Understand the scope of practice of a Yoga Therapist and the Integral Yoga's vision of Yoga Therapy
  • Design a client intake form
  • Create a client action plan
  • Recognize the role of negentropy in dis-ease
  • Understand the aging process in health and disease
  • Recognize common medical conditions
  • Understand the client-therapist relationship
  • Determine appropriate breathing practices for common conditions
  • Integrate branches of Integral Yoga into client action plans

Training Information

Adaptive Yoga TT and Raja Yoga TT are prerequisites for participants of the IYTh-800 Program (this requirement may be waived for those currently enrolled in the IYTh Program).

This training is available for 200-hour Yoga teacher training graduates who are interested in the Yoga Therapy pathway and have sufficient teaching experience and those with IAYT certification who are interested in deepening their understanding.

Technological Requirements
Regular access to the Internet is required to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active email account for delivery of course materials. We will use Thinkific platform and Zoom.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. Students will be asked to keep their cameras on during the live online sessions unless accommodations have been arranged with the instructors in advance.

The live sessions will be recorded and the recordings are usually posted within one day for program participants to review. Recordings will be available for review for 8 weeks after the program ends, until Jul. 22, 2023. 


Lakshmi is a wonderful example of a teacher who blends her head and her heart. Not only is she able to present complicated information clearly and concisely, her warmth made it exceedingly easy to approach her with questions. Preparedness and thoroughness were hallmarks of her teaching, which gave me the confidence to explain what I learned outside the classroom. — Erin Shanthi Haddock

Lakshmi Sutter is one of the best prepared, funniest teachers I've learned from. Her lesson plans are well organized and feature beautiful illustrations. Her quirky sense of humor makes her classes fun, and Lakshmi is happy to answer questions and help people if they need help. — Lynn Anjali Somerstein

Stephanie was very knowledgeable and experienced on the topic and always had a very positive and welcoming attitude. — Carol LePage

Anyone who wants a deeper dive into what Yoga can do for them or their students should take one of your courses. Beyond professional and actually some of the best Yoga courses I’ve ever taken. — Clarissa Riely

IY Therapy Module Cost:

  • $750.00

    IY Therapy Student Price

  • 3 x $250.00

    3x monthly payment plan

  • $1,080.00

    Non-IY Therapy Student Price


Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 80 total hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information. Integral Yoga 300-hour: Approximately 80 hours towards RYT 500 designation Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist.

Refund Policy

After Mar. 31, 2023 the deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. If canceling before , the balance will be refunded minus $125 administration fee. This course may be cancelled two weeks prior to the start of the course due to low enrollment, in which case you will receive a full refund for the course tuition.

For more information or payment plan request--IYTh students contact Satya at [email protected]


C-IAYT, PhD, E-RYT500, YACEP Lakshmi Sutter

Lakshmi has practiced movement for much of her life. Integral Yoga® captured her heart and mind in the 1990s, and the richness of Yoga began unfolding in her life. With a deep understanding and appreciation of Swami Satchidananda’s teachings, Lakshmi weaves the wisdom from contemporary yogins throughout her practice. She is a trainer of Integral Hatha Yoga teachers at the basic and intermediate levels and enthusiastically shares her fascination with the human body during basic anatomy workshops.

Lakshmi served as the Director of the Integral Yoga Academy and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville for five years. Her current seva is developing the Integral Yoga Therapeutic Yoga certification program. Lakshmi’s supportive instruction is suitable for a wide range of abilities, with different classes ranging from gentle and restorative to energetic and challenging.

E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D. Steffany Moonaz

Steffany is a Yoga therapist and researcher specializing in rheumatic diseases. She currently serves as director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She received her 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in 2003 and her 500-hour training from Yama Therapeutics. Steffany spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University, developing and evaluating a Yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which has been replicated in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. She is the founder of Yoga for Arthritis, an organization bringing evidence-informed Yoga programs to people, nationwide, with arthritis, as well as educating Yoga professionals to work safely and effectively with this population.

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Dive into the richness of therapeutic Yoga within the authentic lineage of Integral Yoga. In this training, we will use the panchamaya kosha model to explore human health. Using the panchamaya kosha (five layers of being) model as a guide, we also will review common disease processes from both yogic and Western medical perspectives.

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