200-hour Therapeutic Essentials and Meditative Yoga Teacher Training:

The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies is holding its 2017 200-hour Therapeutic Essentials and Meditative Yoga Teacher training at Decatur Yoga and Pilates in Decatur, GA. This training offers a unique yoga educational experience through its focus on the therapeutic benefits and meditative aspects of yoga. Exploring asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga lifestyle and philosophy, the program’s primary goal is to infuse yoga teachings with the latest research information for a well-rounded understanding of yoga’s applications for optimal balance and well-being. By learning about the unique and multidimensional view of yoga and its integration with current scientific research we study how the path of yoga helps to cultivate vitality, presence and ease in the body and mind.

CIYS’ 200-hour training offers a strong foundation in anatomy, with an understanding of using asana safely and effectively for common musculoskeletal imbalances and dysfunctions. Further, participants will learn how to sequence postures for various imbalances and conditions. The program also delves into the philosophies of yoga and how to incorporate these teachings in a modern world. Various emotional imbalances and conditions are also discussed (e.g., anxiety/stress, depression, trauma) so that yoga can be applied in the most beneficial manner while maintaining security for the student population being served by the practice.

Participants in the training not only learn through dynamic lectures and discussions, but actively apply the information through hands-on experiences and teaching practicums. Successful graduates of this training may apply with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 following completion of the program.

The program consists of nine 3-day weekends over the course of several months:

Feb 3-5
Feb 17-19
Mar 3-5
Mar 17-19
Apr 7-9
Apr 28-30
May 5-7
May 19-21
Jun 2-4

Program hours are:
Friday 6pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 8:30am – 6:30pm

The application form can be downloaded here CIYS 200 Hour Admissions Form

Early Bird Rate: $2800 (by 1/3/17)
Regular Rate: $3000 (by 2/2/17)
Includes all weekends and materials.


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Training is co-led by Holle Black, E-RYT500, Tra Kirkpatrick, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500.

The yoga therapy components of Tra Kirkpatrick’s teachings are based on Yoga Therapist designation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

The yoga therapy components of Marlysa Sullivan’s teachings are based on licensure as a Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist designation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.