Yoga Therapy Training

Yoga Therapy Training


All Day

Arsha Yoga

  • Thambankadavu PO

In ancient times, yoga used to be taught one-on-one. Today, group yoga classes are a more common phenomenon. However, if we want to assist our students in the most efficient way in response to their specific needs, we need individual yoga or in another words yoga therapy.

In this four weeks course we build on a concept that each body and mind is unique. It is impermanent and can be moulded at any given time. It changes with time, disease or as adjustment to external conditions. If we want to improve health in a holistic way, we need to look closely at a few factors that compose the human existence: body, breath and its associate prana, different parts of the mind, the concept of soul and eternal happiness that we call in yoga Pancha Kosha – five sheath existence. 


It is the birth right of every human being to feel healthy and fulfilled. You don’t have to change your partner, your house or the country of residence. You only need to change your attitude and restore the feeling of completion which is already within you but has been covered by layer of conscious or unconscious thoughts, impressions and experiences. In this sense yoga therapy doesn’t mean learning but rather “unlearning”.

Join us for the one month journey within! Only when you know yourself, you will be able to direct others on the similar internal quest for sustainable happiness.

This course deals with topics such as comprehensive yoga therapy, Panchakosha Tattwa (five sheaths existence), Adhi (distress), Vyadhi (disease), Svastha Vrittam (prevention according to Ayurveda), consultation, Vijnanopadesa (yogic counselling), basics of anatomy and physiology, rehabilitation and psychosomatic diseases. Besides the classical yoga techniques, you will acquire many special techniques from yoga therapy such as cyclic relaxation or prana channalizing. Part of the course is also a detailed study and practice of the cleansing techniques – Shatkriya.
Today, where almost everyone suffers of one or more chronic diseases is the individual approach of outmost significance. After completing this course you can either treat people in the form of individual consultation sessions or you can implement the teachings into your yoga classes.

After having passed the practical and written exam and having proven your abilities to become yoga therapy instructor during the whole course of training, you will be awarded a certificate bearing the title Yoga Therapy Instructor certified by both Arsha Yoga as well as Yoga Alliance International. We are also under process of acquiring the QCI (Quality Council of India) certification awarded by the Indian government.

Practice (118 hrs): therapeutic effects in asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, kriya
Theory (48 hrs): 4 paths of yoga in yoga therapy, pancha kosha tattwa (5 sheaths of human existence), adhi (distress), adhija vyadhi (psychosomatic disease)
Specific practices for Yoga therapy (48 hrs)
Special techniques for yoga therapy (24 hrs): cyclic relaxation, prana channalizing
Hormone Yoga Therapy (8hrs)
Anatomy and physiology according to functional anatomy by Paul Grilley (6 hrs)
Guest lectures (8 hrs): Ayurveda by dr. Prasad and Naturopathy by dr. Niveda
Self-study (80 hrs) non-contact hrs: karma yoga, revision

Staff teachers and guest lectures
main Acharya: Harilalji (India)
course co-ordinator: Marie Meera Karanath (Czech Republic, India)
practical: Angela Pradhipa Cresswell (UK)
kriya (cleansing techniques): Pradhipa, Meera
mantra and hormone yoga therapy: Meera
yoga anatomy and physiology: Meera
Puja and Homa (vedic ritual): priest Krishnakumar
Ayurveda: Dr. Prasad (Sunethri Ayurveda Hospital, Thrissur)
Naturopathy: Dr. Nivetha (Surya Naturopathy hospital, Tamil Nadu)

STAFF teachers:
Acharya Harilalji:
was born in 1970 and comes from a traditional family in Kerala, South India. He was born and brought up in a traditional IndianIMG_4733 environment with agriculture, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga. After attaining the title ‘Yogacharya’, he lived and taught yoga in Sivananda ashram in Kerala, Delhi and the Himalayas. Later he studied and practiced yoga therapy at sVYASA -the university for yoga- in Karnataka and completed a full time diploma course with an ‘A’ grade. The subject of his thesis was ‘Integrated approach of yoga therapy for psychosomatic diseases’. Curious to experience the western culture, which was the background of most of his students in India, he came to Germany for the first time in the spring of 2001 and has been visiting Europe ever since. He gives seminars and courses on Yoga Therapy, yoga psychology and yoga philosophy in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Germany as well as individual yoga therapy. He is also Yoga acharya /Therapist in Nangelil Ayurveda Medical College near Ernakulam in South India. Harilalji is currently studying under his guru Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha.

Marie Meera Karanath:
was born in 1980 in the Czech Republic. Besides her translation and interpreting studies, Meera completed her two years yoga teachers` training course in 2006 and one year yoga therapy instructors’ course in 2008. After gaining experience for three years as a yoga teacher in Germany she continues her teaching practice at Arsha Yoga. She is one of the teachers and the course coordinator of Arsha Yoga, at the moment also a full time mother. Her main passion is yin yoga, individual yoga therapy, kirtan, mantra chanting and vedic meditation. “You can learn something from everyone, especially your enemy. The qualities you see in people reflect your own personality. Living in a different country teaches you to set your ego aside, to reassess your social and cultural background, to come out of the cocoon and become a butterfly. My daugther, Gayatri, is the greatest teacher in this regard.”

Angela Pradhipa Cresswell:
Born in 1981 in the UK, Pradipa Angela first started practicing Yoga more than ten years ago. It wasn’t long before her passion for the practice took her to India where she completed her Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher Training with Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham. During the four years since qualifying as a Yoga Instructor, Pradipa has taught a wide variety of students in Thailand, India and the UK. She has spent time living and serving Arsha Yoga Gurukulam, during which time she completed her Yoga Therapy training and various other courses with Harilal. She returns to India every year to run retreats and continue her studies. She says “Yoga has changed the way I live my life. I have gained a deeper understanding and awareness of myself and now live my life with passion and faith. I believe Yoga is for everyBODY no matter your age or size and strongly encourage an individual approach to your practice, respecting your body and mind’s limitations.
Yoga Therapy is a vital practice of honoring your individual yoga needs and those of your students. It doesn’t always have to be a race towards standing on your head :-)”

Recommended texts:
1. Yoga Vasishta
2. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha from the Bihar School of Yoga
3. Bhagavad Gita interpreted by Swami Dayananda Saraswati
4. Course manual – will be distributed at the beginning of the course

PLEASE NOTE: The teaching and schedule will be in a traditional Indian Gurukula system which may be different from what you have experienced until now. All participants should be physically and mentally fit when joining the course in order to be able to feel and experience the wisdom of the ancient science of yoga. All sessions are mandatory and the course is not to be regarded as a personal vacation. If you wish to travel, plan your travels before or preferably after the course.
ARRIVAL: arrive at the latest on January 10th by 4 pm. You can arrive 1 or 2 days in advance to settle in or recover from jet lag. DEPARTURE: the course finishes on February 7th evening. Plan your departure for February 8th or 9th.
The closest international airport is Cochin that is 1,5 – 2 hrs drive from our centre. An airport transfer can be arranged upon request for approximately 1.800 INR. The closest railway station is Thrissur that is 1 hr drive from our centre. A taxi pick-up can be arranged upon request IMG_8961

PREREQUISITE: 200-hrs yoga teacher’s training of any tradition (basic yoga philosophy must be included) and sound mental and physical health

FEE: early bird until August 31, 2017 – 1.450 USD, thereafter – 1.550 USD, Indian nationals 35.000 INR.

Payment and registration: for registration send an email to and we will send you a binding application in return. A non-refundable/ non-transferable deposit 150 USD is due upon completion of the application. ONLY in the case of sickness or another such unexpected event, the deposited amount will be transferred to another Yoga Therapy Training Course.


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