Neuroscience and Yoga Teacher Training Certification

with M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT
Price: $495.00

For Yoga teachers, therapists, and health professionals

Neuroscience can explain how and why Yoga works for healing the body, mind, and emotions. In this 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, July 14 at 4:00 – 6:30 PM

Friday, July 15 at 7 – 8:30 AM, 9 – 11:30 AM, and 2:45 – 5:45 PM

Saturday, July 16 at 7 – 8:30 AM, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, and 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Sunday, July 17 at 7 – 8:30 AM, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, and 2 – 6:30 PM

Monday, July 18 at 7 – 8:30 AM and 9:30 – 11:30 AM

NOTE: All workshops after 11:30 on Sunday are Teacher Trainees only.

Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. The live sessions will be recorded and the recordings are usually posted within one day for program participants to review. Recordings will be available for review for 8 weeks after the program ends, until September 12. Students will be asked to keep their cameras on during the live online sessions.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Online Hatha Yoga classes, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talks with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

Training Information

The Neuroscience and Yoga Teacher Training Certification is made up of 3 parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

19 hours

18 hours

8 hours

Online self-paced

July 14–17

July 17–18

Open to the general public

Open to the general public

For training certification and/or IAYT-APD credits

Part 1

The Online Self-Paced Part 1 provides a foundational understanding of Neuroscience and Yoga. It is a prerequisite to complete Part 1 before the in-person training. The self-paced Part 1 costs $196 and it is not included in the tuition for this training at Yogaville.

Sign-up here for Online Self-Paced Part 1: Neuroscience, Yoga and Mindfulness.

Part 2

Part 2 provides an in-depth understanding of how and why Yoga works and how the intersection of Yoga and neuroscience provides a more complete framework for healing physically, emotionally, and mentally.

If circumstances prevent you from taking the full training, you have the option to take Neuroscience and Yoga Workshop, July 14–17.

Part 3

Part 3 provides experiential opportunities for teachers and health professionals to understand and apply specific asanas, breathing practices, meditation, and cognitive revamping through a combined lens of Yoga and neuroscience.


To receive a 45-hour teacher training certification and/or to apply for IAYT-APD credits, students are required to complete Dr. Mala’s Online Self-Paced Part 1 (19 hours) by July 13, before this training. The online self-paced Part 1 costs $196 and it is not included in the tuition for this training at Yogaville.

Sign-up here for Online Self-Paced Part 1: Neuroscience, Yoga and Mindfulness.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 45 hours.
    You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 26 hours towards RYT 500 designation
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approved Professional Development (APD) course eligible for IAYT continuing education credits for those who successfully complete all three parts of Dr. Mala’s training course and additional homework. (It is the students’ responsibility to request a certificate of completion and submit all required documents, hours, syllabus, etc. on the IAYT website.)


Dr. Cunningham is an extremely knowledgeable, patient and compassionate teacher. She was able to take a challenging subject and make it accessible to everyone. — Nancy Indrani Grossman

Mala is a caring and highly knowledgeable teacher. She does not just lecture; she wants you to understand. I highly recommend taking her class, you will not be disappointed. — 2021 Participant

The program was life-changing, informative, inclusive, and stimulating. I felt a true connection with dedicated participants and learned the subtleties that are occurring in the brain and being. — 2021 Participant



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.