30 Day Yoga Therapy Program

June 15 – July 16, 2015


7 Centers Yoga Arts offers a 30 day program of advanced yogic studies in a four week format with 285 contact hours with faculty. This experiential immersion introduces yoga therapy as as a holistic modality that includes ayurvedic assessment to support the healing of chronic medical conditions as well as recovery from injury and surgery through a diversity of yogic practices.

Trikonasana w/ chair

Rama Jyoti Vernon assisted by her daughter, Mira

The primary yogic lineages guiding this program are that of Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India and Rama Jyoti Vernon, founder of the International Yoga College. The curriculum is also inspired by the teachings of Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute and Dr. David Frawley of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. This yoga therapy curriculum includes a strong emphasis on Ayurveda, which is foundational is developing skills in assessment of imbalance. One focus will be on food and culinary herbs as a support for yoga therapy. In addition, the psychology around imbalance, chronic conditions and health dysfunctions will be addressed through the practices of Yoga Nidra and the yogic philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  The Anatomy portion will emphasize the muscular and skeletal systems addressing common spine, back and joint issues related to injury – an area where yoga in mainstream is known for being particularly effective.

During the four weeks, there is study of the primary systems of the body:  nervous, digestion, cardio-vascular, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, muscular-skeleto, immune and endocrine systems. Then we examine a system from the point of view of beneficial yoga practices (which include asana, cleanses, pranayama, yoga nidra), anatomy -both physical and energetic bodies, ayurveda, nutrition, and yoga philosophy. The faculty designs a personal yoga therapy program for each student which they do first thing in the morning before starting their day. In this way there is a deeper understanding of the challenges people face in following a daily program.

Typical Day  (Monday through Friday)

5:30am – Yoga Therapy Sadhana
7:45am – Breakfast
8:30am – Karma Yoga
9:00am – Asana I
12:30pm – Lunch
1:15pm  - Nature Walk
2:15pm – Yoga Nidra
2:45pm  Break
*3pm- Ayurveda Principles
5pm Completion of Day

*Each afternoon there is a different lecture that includes Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy, Food & Nutrition and Ayurvedic Principles. If students are interested there is a 5:30 yoga class that is optional after the day completes.

On Saturdays we review the week’s teachings and integrate them into a yoga therapy clinic where we invite volunteers from the community to participate in doing a yoga therapy program. Initially students observe faculty in yoga therapy sessions and eventually lead their own under mentorship.

We begin the program with a special 4 day workshop on Conflict Resolution Based upon Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras .  This workshop becomes the basis for looking at the psychological aspects of illness and the relationship between thoughts, emotions and how they express in the body.


Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Banda by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yogic Management of Common Diseases by Dr. Swami Karmananda
Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing – A Practical Guide, Dr. Vasant Lad
7 Centers Yoga Arts Yoga Therapy Manual


One must have a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate from a registered Yoga Alliance program.   Upon acceptance, students will be a sent a required reading list along with an open book review of basic Anatomy as well as Ayurveda that must be completed  prior to the start of the program.

Licensed Health Practitioner

This program may be helpful additional experience to those already in the healthcare field. If you are interested in pursuing this as ongoing vocational education call Sydney to discuss the possibility. Acceptance into the program will depend upon background and a personal interview process.


The tuition for the course is $4,500. Tuition includes an ayurvedic breakfast and lunch five days a week and two textbooks, Yogic Management of Common Diseases by Dr. Swami Karmananda and Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Banda by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

A enrollment fee of $200 along with your completed  form, will reserve your place. The balance of $4,300 is due 30 days before the start of the course.

To apply for the yoga therapy program, please fill out and return the form at the top of the page along with a current photo of yourself . You will then be contacted by phone and sent an orientation package with housing logistics, preliminary materials and reading lists and a client intake form.


We are a non-residential yoga center however we will provide assistance in finding appropriate housing during the immersion which may be with friends and families of 7 Centers that are accustomed to hosting students in our programs. You can expect to pay between $650-$850 for the four weeks, including utilities for a room and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities for evening meals. Other housing options may be available such more economical, shared spaces or high end accommodations. Upon receiving your registration form we will send you the names and contact numbers for potential housing situations. All financial agreements will be made directly with them.

Course Leader:
Ruth Hartung (Sraddhasagar), E-RYT 500
Zac Occhiline, RYT-500
Jeff Masters, LMT, Anatomy & Physiology & Yoga Therapy, RYT-200/500
Melissa Camacho, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Mally Paquette, Center Manager & 500RYT

For bios on the faculty please go to Overview/ Teachers.