Application Deadline

June 26, 2020

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Training Information

Price: $950 - Apply today with a $100 application fee

JULY 5–AUGUST 30, 2020

Live Training
Live Training
Live Breakout Groups
10:30 am–12:30 pm 10:30 am–12:30 pm 7 pm–9:30 pm

1:30–3:30 pm

If you are interested in taking the course but the times above are inconvenient, please enquire about options at


This program is for Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists, and healthcare professionals.

Gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments, including the workplace, healthcare facilities, schools, and Yoga studios. 

You will learn the physical and mental Yoga practices that can help your students recover from past stress, cope with stress as it arises, and develop resilience to react with less stress in the future. Learn to adapt a variety of Yoga practices—including Hatha, Raja, and Karma Yoga—to be accessible to any population. 

Stress is widespread in the world today. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 60% to 80% of primary care doctors’ visits have a stress-related component, yet only 3% of medical doctors do stress management counseling. As more studies are published on the benefits of Yoga for stress relief every year, people are looking to Yoga for help with their stress. But they often find Yoga classes that are so physically challenging that they increase stress, and lack the mental training and breath-work that are important components of Yoga stress reduction.

Stress is a component of nearly every illness, either as a cause or an effect. So this course is also a part of the Integral Yoga Therapy curriculum. This training provides a solid foundation for many other specialized Yoga Therapy trainings including cardiac, cancer, and arthritis. This course provides good basic skills for PTSD, but further training is recommended if you want to specialize in teaching for PTSD.

Program offers Integral Yoga 300-hour credits


In this program you will learn:

  • Asanas, primarily chair poses, adapted for stress relief--including standing and seated poses for different levels of physical capacity

  • Breathwork, both adapted and remedial, designed to lower stress quickly

  • Meditation and mindfulness as stress reduction tools

  • Scientific evidence of the benefits of Yoga-based stress reduction

  • Yoga Nidra and adapted relaxation techniques

  • Strategies for designing and marketing classes, workshops, and courses

  • Fundamentals of trauma-sensitive practices

  • Ways to adapt the mental and emotional practices of Yoga for stress relief

  • You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

Training Features

  • Live Breakout Groups

    Join in small group discussion and practice

  • Live Training Sessions

    Join with your trainers and fellow students in live training sessions through the course

  • 15 hours of video

    Pre-recorded lectures and Yoga classes to watch throughout the course

  • 80 Contact Hours

    Receive 80 Contact Hours with Yoga Alliance upon completion of this course

  • RYT-500 Credit

    Receive 80 Hours toward your RYT-500 designation

  • Integral Yoga Therapy Module

    This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist

  • International Association of Yoga Therapists

    Approved Professional Development (APD) course eligible for IAYT 73 continuing education credits.


200-hour Yoga teacher certification and at least 6 months of teaching experience.

Certified clinicians with a good background in Yoga practice may also apply.

There are online reading assignments and videos before the course begins. These are counted in your course hours and prepare you for the practical training.

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Video Testimonial


Graduates share their experience

The essential Yoga teachings re-framed for a general audience

Rikki Donahoe

I took the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training in 2012. Since then, I have taught Stress Management in a Pharmaceutical Residency program, to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, at women’s and men’s maximum-security prisons, the South Carolina Department of Water Works, Michelin Tire Company, a large Belgian manufacturing company, and four law firms. In many settings, I don’t even mention the word “Yoga”. It’s the essential Yoga teachings re-framed for a general audience.

Integral Yoga Stress Management Training is the backbone of everything I teach

M. Heron

I have 7 different Yoga teaching certifications. IYI Stress Management Training is the backbone of everything I teach because it takes Yoga off the mat and into people’s lives. I can give people a prescription to reduce the negative effects of stress. It’s a wonderful roadmap to the refuge of a calm mind, and a relaxed, awakened body. I’ve also written a book called “Yoga Inflight” that is based on Stress Management TT.

One of the best programs I have ever attended.

D. Thompson

Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training was one of the best programs I have ever attended. Everything was covered, from a deep understanding of stress and Yoga stress management to teaching many different groups of people. It included how to modify poses for people with special needs, how to structure classes, and how to effectively market your newfound skills. I continue to use the written manual often.

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Gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments, including the workplace, healthcare facilities, schools, and Yoga studios.


Get to know your instructors!

Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition who has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the US, Europe, and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital, and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

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Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Swami Vidyananda

Swami Vidyananda has been practicing Yoga since 1969, and teaching Integral Yoga internationally since 1973. She has served as a Yoga Therapist since 1979. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training program with Swami Ramananda.

Vidyananda has taught in many therapeutic programs, including Smith Center Cancer Retreats, and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She has taught Yoga for Stress Relief around the world. She trained as a hospital chaplain at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda serving as his translator into French. She lives in Yogaville, Virginia, where she teaches Meditation and all branches of Integral Yoga.