Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. (IAYT)
To investigate this multidimensional and integrated approach to wellness, dive deep into an educational and experiential exploration of the human body as it relates to the practices of Yoga.
Deepen understanding of the structure and function of the human body while examining pathophysiology that leads to suffering. From a model of ease, examine what processes lead to dis-ease and what interventions can assist in restoring the whole being to health and wellbeing.
Guided by Dr. John Murphy, DO and C-IAYT Satya Lynn, integrate relevant medical research with the tools of Yoga therapy. Using the branches of Integral Yoga Therapy, develop skills to support individuals in prevention and healing dis-ease and chronic conditions while cultivating a deeper understanding of the requirements to live in balance and ease.
In this 60 hour hybrid module, students will:
- Study in-depth the structure and function of the human body
- Review each basic body system to understand proper operation from a state of ease
- Investigate the role of movement and Yoga practices on the body systems
- Explore disease processes of the human body and connection to dis-ease
- Discuss how dis-ease affects body-mind-spirit from an Eastern and Western perspective
- Examine how healing works from a whole-system-science perspective
- Incorporate tools of Yoga therapy with the knowledge of anatomy and current Yoga related medical research
- Integrate clinical considerations with relevant basic science
- Utilize critical thinking skills while observing and assessing students and clients, creating care plans, and evaluating effectiveness of practices for implementation
- Develop communication skills and awareness necessary for interfacing with the medical community
- Section A: Human Body : Ease--Structure and Function of the Human Body
- Section B: Human Body: Dis-ease--Pathophysiology and Disease process
Section C: Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease-- Integration, Application, and Assessment
Over the course of eight months, students will progress through three sections of learning. Section A and B consist of a series of pre-recorded videos and assignments students work through at their own pace. Meet-ups occur weekly to check in, review, and apply learning while keeping students engaged, motivated, and on-track with course material.
Prior to the start of the course, students complete a pre-module assessment to determine basic understanding and will have access to a series of videos to review the 200 hour YA standard competencies in anatomy and physiology before beginning the module.
The course meets weekly for live check-ins on Zoom. Students meet every Wednesday from 7-9 pm ET/ 4-6pm PT.
When attending live sessions, students are encouraged to bring questions and participate in group discussions and activities. Sessions will be recorded for review and accessible for reference throughout the course. Students must attend 95% of the weekly sessions. Those who are unable to attend will notify the faculty and staff of their absence. Students with excused absences will watch the session’s recording and write a one page reflection.
At the completion of the virtual learning Section A and B, students will assemble in person with a physician and Yoga therapist for review, application and assessment of information to complete Section C and complete the course. Students will be given case studies and asked to apply what they have learned, answering questions and demonstrating competencies relating to these cases.
Section C is mandatory for completion of the Human Body module certification and is currently scheduled to be held at the Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville campus in August 2022. However due to the current pandemic this location/date/format is subject to change.
- Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT, similar certification, or related focused studies of human anatomy
- Consistent personal Yoga practice for at least one year
- Minimum of one year Yoga teaching experience
- Successful completion of pre-module assessment with a score of 70% or higher.
*students may retake the assessment until passing score is achieved
++Students should expect to spend approximately two-three hours outside of class each week to read, watch, review, and complete self-paced course materials in addition to the weekly live sessions.++
This module is one of nine core modules in the Integral Yoga Therapy 800 hour Certification Program.
To participate in this online training, access to the Internet is required. Additionally, the ability to use Zoom video sessions on a computer or tablet and access the online learning platform with an active email account is necessary.
Assessment and Certification
Students are continuously assessed throughout the course at all levels with written, verbal, and practical components. There is a practical exam at the end of the course during the in-person section to evaluate understanding of the application of anatomy and physiology in relation to Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. Live sessions will be recorded. Participants must pass all aspects of the course to be eligible for the course certificate.
Students are eligible to earn a 60-hour IY certification upon completion of the final assessment. All students who pass this course will receive a digital certificate of completion.
In addition, upon completion of this course, you can use your certification for Yoga Alliance and IAYT.
After December 20th, 2021 the deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. If canceling before December 20,2021, the balance will be refunded minus $125 administration fee.
Bonuses for Enrolling
When students enroll in Human Body: Ease and Dis-Ease, they will receive:
- Link to access course on Online Learning Platform
- Pre-course review materials to refresh and remember basic level anatomy and physiology
- Hard copy of Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson mailed upon enrollment
- Materials to build the Human Body: Ease and Disease manual during the course for future reference
- Link to virtual manual, printable PDFs, and supplemental resource materials
- Access to course videos and materials - Stream from the site or download to your computer
- Full text transcripts and closed captioning - Perfect for note-taking or ESL students
- Recorded and Live Hatha sequences with specific focuses to integrate the teachings from senior Integral Yoga Teachers
- Access to virtual message board and community forum to connect with other students and Yoga therapist
- Certificate of Completion - Submit to Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists or other professional organization for continuing education credit
- Real Live Human Being Support Team - utilize the discussion board and forums. We are Yogis too, and we've got your back!
- Access to Integral Yoga virtual Hatha classes, meditations, and inspiring talks!
Additionally, when you become a member of the Human Body community, you'll discover…
- Essential Content: 60 hours of material plus live sessions, led by subject-matter experts.
- Integrated Perspective: Your experience will explore and incorporate Yoga, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathophysiology, osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, bioplasticity, neuroplasticity, somatic movement, and more!
- Curated Community: You'll have colleagues, peers & mentors built in, because though this journey is deeply personal, we are at our best when we’re in community…
- Course Access: Come back and revisit any lesson, in any sequence, at any time you are enrolled in the IYTh program.
For More Information
Please email Satya Lynn at YogaTherapy@IntegralYoga.org
About the Course Facilitators
Dr. John Murphy, IV DO
Dr. John Murphy, IV, is an osteopathic family physician practicing in Dayton, Ohio. John completed his undergraduate degree at Case Western University, his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his residency in family medicine at Grandview Hospital. During the next twelve years, he worked in private practice, taught anatomy and pathophysiology to medical students, and precepted numerous students, interns, and residents. As a third-generation D.O., John strives to incorporate the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole patient — mind, body, and spirit — into all patient care and integrate these teachings into his own life.
In 2020 John opened his new practice, Sugarcreek Direct Family Care, which fuses the concepts of direct primary care, optimal healing environments, and integrative health care. At the practice farm, he offers primary care services as well as educational classes, including nutrition and culinary workshops, yoga and meditation courses, and nature journaling to encourage healthy lifestyles in patients. John’s goal is for this new concept of medical practice to become a blueprint for other communities, providing an alternative to the insurance-based healthcare model and affordable health care to all individuals.
Outside of work, John enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with his three daughters and his eighty-pound Bernese Mountain dog.
Satya Lynn, MS, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YACEP
Satya Lynn is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Sports Medicine Specialist, and Holistic Health Educator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health/ Physical Education and Athletic Training plus a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Health Promotion specializations.
Using her background in Kinesiology and Yoga, Satya encourages balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit with those she serves. Satya's strengths include applying Yoga as a therapeutic modality to assist in recovery and rehabilitation; to complement current treatments for conditions and diseases; and to cultivate healing and resilience at any point on one’s wellness journey.
Satya has an exceptional ability to adapt practices, making wellness accessible for all individuals, and empowering others with a positive and playful attitude. Her focus is working with those who are challenged by addictions, mental health issues, trauma, and chronic pain/stress. Satya’s passion is to inspire others to promote their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing, recovery, and growth.
“I am THRILLED at the prospect of learning A & P from Dr. John Murphy who has served as a family medicine physician for 13 years-- I could not be more excited.
As a research health psychologist who has worked with a range of doctors over the past 20 years, I can say with confidence that hearing someone chose the DO (rather than MD) path AND chose Family Medicine as their area [rather than anything else] tells me a lot about that person. It helps to understand that these choices are the choices that typically go with folks who want to practice patient centered care. These are the choices made by folks who support the biopsychosocial model and seek to treat the whole person. In hearing him describe his practice and his decision to step away from insurance based decision making and toward Integrative Direct Care based out of a HOME, I am all the more enthused [and possibly erroneously seeing him as a modern day Patch Adams]. All in all, I could not be happier and am excited at the prospect of taking a deep dive into a critical part of our training.”
“Dr. John is a fountain of knowledge --combined with his down-to-earth approach--he makes learning engaging and relatable.”
Dr. John has a humble attitude and kind heart which makes his teaching a joy! He gives students a chance to succeed and truly understands how people learn.”
“I was impressed with the depth of knowledge Dr. John shares with the students. I feel more comfortable speaking to a medical audience and am inspired to go out and share what I have learned with the world!”
"Satya lives and breathes Yoga. She brings a positive approach and knowledge to her teaching that seamlessly integrates the theory with the practical."
"Satya teaches from her peaceful and loving spirit. She is extremely knowledgeable with a contagious positive attitude! She is very motivating because her comments and suggestions are authentic and constructive.”
"Satya is unlike any other teacher I have had because she not only is certified as a Yoga therapist but also has a background in exercise physiology, athletic training and physical therapy. She understands the body so well that she is able to explain how to adapt the practices for those with physical limitations. Above all, she is easily approached when I have a question or concern. Her knowledge of the spiritual side as well as the subtle practices add much to her teaching that I don't get with other instructors. She is inspiring!"
“Health, not disease, is your birthright. Strength not weakness is your heritage; courage not sorrow; peace not restlessness; knowledge not ignorance. May you attain this divine heritage and shine, radiating joy, peace, and knowledge everywhere.”
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda
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1. This course is an investment in time, resources, and energy. How do I know if it is right for me?
This essential course is designed for current Yoga teachers, serious Yoga practitioners, and Yoga Therapists to become familiar with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology while improving teaching skills, learning how to guide students safely and effectively, and enhancing the ability to design balanced sessions.
The faculty have distilled the subject of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology into a dynamic, practical course that is directly relevant to Yoga practice, teaching, and applying concepts within the context of Yoga therapy. Retain and incorporate what you learn as you examine and apply concepts with peers, and then explore further with corresponding anatomy-focused Hatha practices with senior Integral Yogis and wellness professionals.
2. I already learned anatomy and physiology in my past studies. Can I test out of this class?
- As part of the IYTh 800 hour program, IYTh students may not test out of this course.
- If you are part of the IYTh program and have extensive experience in anatomy and physiology, you can join the Student Support Team which is a peer-led opportunity to share your knowledge with those students who are newer to studies of the human body.
- Those students who are taking the course for continuing education must complete all course requirements to receive the certificate of completion.
3. If I can’t test out of this course, can I just audit the course?
After a qualifying evaluation, IYTh will provide a tuition adjustment for those students who can provide documented proof of equivalent anatomy and physiology study in addition to a medical license or certification to validate proficiency in application and knowledge of competencies.
4. This class spans over a long period of time. What if I have to miss some live sessions?
Each Wednesday evening is a live session to keep students on track and apply concepts learned. Students are required to attend the live sessions, and must attend at least 95% of these live sessions for certification. If a session is missed, students make up the absence by writing a summary after watching the recording.
5. Is this course just about learning anatomy and physiology or will there be some relevance to Yoga Therapy and sharing the practices of Yoga?
The basis for this course is to deepen the student’s understanding of the structure and function of the human body, both in a healthy and diseased state. By learning these underlying concepts, students can then integrate and apply the knowledge as Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists by understanding how to choose evidence-based practices and why these practices are effective for a specific individual, condition, or situation.
During the course, students will learn concepts during the self-paced sections and practice relevant application of Yoga skills in the live sessions.
6. What do I need for this course?
- Computer / Tablet/ Smartphone with camera
- Strong and reliable Internet connection
- Valid email address
- Ability to log onto Zoom
- Yoga Blocks, Strap, Pillow, Bolster, or Cushion
- Yoga mat
- Note taking materials
- Required texts and other resources will be provided via the online platform
7. Can I get continuing education hours by taking this course?
This course qualifies as professional development training and continuing education for Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, pilates teachers, dance teachers, personal trainers and other movement professionals.
8. What’s the language of the course?
The course will be taught in English, and closed captioning and live transcription are standard for all live/recorded materials.
9. What if I have questions during the self-paced work portion of the course?
Each unit will have a discussion forum where questions can be asked and responded to by both peers and faculty.
10. How long does my enrollment last? Does it expire?
Your access to the online portal and to the material lasts for two years or until students complete the course. IYTh students will have access to the materials for the length of time in the program. For those who are interested in adding yearly or lifetime access, an extension can be purchased for a small fee. You're welcome to come back and revisit any lesson at any point in the future.
11. How much time do I need to set aside for this course?
There are 60 hours of live sessions via zoom plus the culminating in-person integration portion of the course. The pre-recorded videos, reading materials, quizzes and assignments could add an estimated 2-3 hours outside of class each week. Any additional time you put into this course can be as efficient or as open-ended as you prefer. Throughout the course, we will also offer many opportunities to engage with the material, and with faculty/staff, in ways that will enhance your learning and cultivate your curiosity.
12. Is there a set schedule to work through this course, or is it on my own time?
Because we understand students have lives outside of taking courses and balance many responsibilities, our aim is to provide learning materials for students to work through when it works for their schedules and time zones. Weekly check in/ live sessions with faculty and staff allow for students to stay on track with the material while working together to process and apply what is learned outside of the live sessions. We prioritize flexibility as engaging in our daily lives inevitably provide unexpected surprises. We are here to support you on your timeline, not the other way around!
13. Is there homework in this course? A Final Exam? How do I get credit?
If you're taking the course for your own education only, we encourage you to work through the materials in the way that best supports your growth. Those who are taking this course as part of the IYTh program or for continuing education will be required to complete the assigned homework, pass course assessments with a 70% or higher, and successfully complete the final project and in-person practical final examination in order to earn the certificate of completion.