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Jun. 17, 2021

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Neuroscience and Yoga Teacher Training

with M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT
Price: $295.00–$350.00 – Sliding Scale Tuition

Neuroscience can explain how and why Yoga works for healing the body, mind, and emotions. In this online program and certification training, Dr. Cunningham will share with you some powerful techniques and strategies for increasing healing, happiness, and peace; and conversely, you will learn how to reduce negative emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that tend to take over our lives.

Researchers are now able to understand how Yoga and mindfulness practices can help us to heal, restore vibrancy, and increase resiliency. Over the last twenty years, research has proven that Yoga and mindfulness techniques can increase empathy, compassion, and optimism, and can significantly reduce negative emotions such as chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. We now know that certain Yoga and mindfulness practices can have a positive impact on our neurobiology and our neuropathways.

Explore and discuss:

  • Scientific ways you can rewire the brain, releasing old patterns and introducing new, healing energy into the body, mind, and emotions
  • Powerful hands-on healing methods designed to help with emotional balance through their positive impact on anxiety, depression, addictions, anger, stress, and other emotional and mental issues
  • Established tools for helping with physical healing

These ideas and tools are on the cutting edge of neuroscience and therapy. Come learn about this fascinating new field and discover what neuroscience, Yoga, and mindfulness have to offer you.

Live sessions on Thursday at 11 am–1 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm  and Friday at 11 am–1 pm and 4–6 pm, on Saturday at 11 am–2 pm and 4–6 pm  and Sunday at 10:30 am–1:30 pm and 2:30–4:30 pm ET. The schedule includes 18 hours of live sessions. For those in the teacher training track and/or seeking APD credits, an additional 8 hours of practice and lecture will be required for certification.

Attendance at live sessions is required for certification.

In addition, you will have access to Ashram’s Hatha classes, meditations, and an inspirational talk. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

The main program sessions are live and all sessions are in ET. Attendance is required during the Live sessions for certification. Students need to keep cameras on (especially if taking for APD). If internet problems, they can let the moderator know. The live sessions will be recorded and posted to the Online Programs access page if you wish to review any sessions. Recordings are usually posted within one day and are available to program participants and presenter(s) only.

You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until Aug. 15.

Training Information


Anyone can take this live online training (Part 2) for their own learning experience. 

Those who wish to receive a 45-hour teacher certification as well as to apply for IAYT-APD credits are required to complete:

  1. Dr. Mala’s self-paced – Part 1: Neuroscience, Yoga and Mindfulness before this live online training – Part 2. The self-paced – Part 1 costs $196 (not included in the tuition for this live online training – Part 2).
  2. This live online training – Part 2.
  3. Homework and attend Live Sessions on:

Fri. June 25 at 5–7 pm
Sat. June 26 at 11 am–1 pm
Tue. June 29 at 7–9 pm EDT

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 26 total hours
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 26 hours towards RYT 500 designation
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approved Professional Development (APD) course eligible for IAYT continuing education credits. Those taking this program for APD hours/credits will need to complete an additional homework and section of Mala’s self-paced course – Part 1 in order to receive a 45-hour certificate of completion for this course. (It is the students’ responsibility to request a certificate of completion and submit all required documents, hours, syllabus, etc. on the IAYT website.) 

Program offers Integral Yoga 300-hour credits IAYT-APPROVAL-MARK


All of it was fantastic...Mala was amazing and so is Yogaville. — Mary Carson

I particularly enjoyed looking at the relationship between thought, behavior, and yogic healing. — Past Participant

Mala was absolutely terrific! Great intersection and synthesis of neuroscience with Hinduism science/philosophy! — Dan Saint


  • 1

    Welcome !!

    • Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    • Welcome to Neuroscience and Yoga Teacher Training

    • Resources, Materials, and Assistance

  • 2

    Day 1 | Jun. 17

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 1 with Mala – 11 am–1 pm ET

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 2 with Mala – 3:30–5:30 pm ET

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    Day 2 | Jun. 18

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 3 with Mala – 11 am–1 pm ET

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 4 with Mala – 4–6 pm ET

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    Day 3 | Jun. 19

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 5 with Mala – 11 am–2 pm ET

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 6 with Mala – 4–6 pm ET

    • LIVE – Saturday Evening Satsang – 7:30–9:30 pm ET

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    Day 4 | Jun. 20

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 7 with Mala – 10:30 am–1:30 pm ET

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 8 with Mala – 2:30–4:30 pm ET

    • LIVE – Integral Yoga® Hatha – 5–6:30 pm ET

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    Evaluation, Extras, and Special Offers!

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M. Mala Cunningham

Mala Cunningham is a Counseling Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist in Charlottesville, VA. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches courses in Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals. Dr. Cunningham is also the president of Positive Health Solutions and is the founder and director of Hospital Bed Yoga and the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also the co-director of Medical Yoga at the University of Virginia and is involved in several Yoga-based initiatives, including a research study exploring the impact of Medical Yoga on lupus patients. She has developed and teaches CME and CEU courses in Medical Yoga for physicians and healthcare workers offered through the University of Virginia Professional Development office.

Dr. Cunningham specializes in Neuroscience, Yoga Psychology, Cardiac and Medical Yoga, and mindfulness. She is an Integral Yoga Minister and a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 35 years. She is also the author of Medical Yoga: A Gentle and Modified Practice of Yoga for Assistance in Healing; and produced several CDs entitled: Healing Journey, and Before and After Surgery: Guided Imagery & Relaxation for Surgery Patients.

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Neuroscience can explain how and why Yoga works for healing the body, mind, and emotions. Dr. Cunningham will share with you some powerful techniques and strategies for increasing healing and happiness.