Yoga Therapy Teacher Training -Kansas City

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program-IAYT Accredited 

This module introduces the basic skills needed for client intake, observation and assessment, as well as practical, effective tools for addressing specific aspects of the body, mind and spirit. Upon completion of Module 1, students will satisfy the requirements to be a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and be eligible continue on to Module 2: A Career in Yoga Therapy, as well as the Practicum & Mentorship. Upon the successful completion of Module 1, Module 2 and the Practicum students will be eligible to apply as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through IAYT, the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Module 1 Content:

    • The evolution of yoga philosophy and teachings as a current model for the application of yoga therapy
    • The Pancamaya Model as a framework for understanding and applying yoga therapy
    • How to evaluate and address a client’s needs in the context of the yoga therapy relationship
    • Skills and methods for interviewing and assessing clients
    • How to effectively communicate with students based on their learning style
    • How to construct and deliver a yoga therapy session addressing concerns and goals
    • Specific asana, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation techniques, and how to apply them to affect your client’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being
    • How to allocate and apply yoga techniques towards a client’s health and wellness goals
    • Advanced Western anatomy and kinesiology, and their application to asana
    • Benefits and contraindications of yoga tools and practices specific to conditions
    • How to apply yoga to the most common health complaints, including: back pain, joint pain and mobility issues, digestive issues, insomnia, headaches, anxiety and depression
    • Subtle yoga anatomy in relationship to healing and wellness, including education and practice
    • Practical understanding of Ayurveda and how to apply principles within a yoga therapy context
    • Common Western treatments for health concerns, and working in collaboration with allopathic health professionals
  • Understanding scope of practice and referring students to appropriate health care providers


In Module 2, you will refine your skills and apply them to more complex health challenges. This module covers the following content:

  • The fundamentals of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes; disease symptoms, causes, concerns and allopathic treatment
  • Advanced yoga therapeutics application, and adaptations for chronic disease
  • The fundamentals of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia causes, concerns and allopathic treatment
  • Advanced yoga therapeutics application and adaptations for neurological conditions
  • Working with clients presenting with multiple health issues
  • Applying advanced principles of yoga philosophy as the basis for assessment, planning, and delivery of yoga therapy
  • Advanced Ayurvedic principles for client care
  • Ethical principles for the therapist and client relationship
  • Pertinent psycho-emotional aspects of physical conditions, and their impact on the yoga therapy process
  • Social, cultural, and religious sensitivity while working with clients
  • Adaptive programs of study according to auditory, visual, or tactile learning styles
  • Building ongoing effective communication dynamics
  • Creating a supportive and healing environment for students experiencing life-threatening illnesses, trauma, or abuse
  • The science of behavior change and maximizing client success
  • Developing a consulting network with other yoga therapists and mentors
  • Best business practices for yoga therapists

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Emily Smith, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapy Faculty-Lead Trainer

Emily Smith (C-IAYT) has been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2003. While the roots of her personal practice lay in more vigorous forms such as Ashtanga and Jivamukti, she found relief from her arthritis and scoliosis when her practice shifted to a slower, more alignment-based Hatha practice under the tutelage of Doug Keller, with whom she continues to study. She has undergone extensive training in yoga therapy, meditation, and pranayama with such teachers as Mahadevi Sandra Summerfield Kozak, Leslie Kaminoff, and Tias Little. Emily has completed over 500 hours of training in Para Yoga with Yogiraj Rod Stryker, is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner, a certified Y12SR instructor under Nikki Myers, and has completed iRest levels I & II with Richard Miller. A former yoga studio owner, she possesses an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and has 23 years of experience as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor & Certified Case Manager.  She is also certified as a Main Street Vegan Lifestyle Coach, and is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition.

Wendy Landry, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapy Faculty-Lead Trainer

Wendy Landry (C-IAYT, E-200 RYT & E-500 RYT) has been practicing yoga since 2000, and teaching since 2005.  Through the years she has found relief from an overworked nervous system with restorative yoga.  Her extensive studies have taken her on many adventures around the country where she has trained with Anodea Judith, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Nischala Joy Devi.  Wendy’s advanced training was completed at the Himalayan Institute, where she received induction into the Institute’s linage and is honored to have studied with Shari Fridrichsen, Andra Anderson and Rolf Solvic.  She has a Masters in Counseling and an MBA in Strategic Leadership.  Wendy has specialty training in cardiac and cancer yoga therapy and completed Nischala Joy Devi’s Yoga of the Heart Teacher Training Program. She owns Om Prana Yoga in Parkville, MO.

Jennifer Parker, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapy Faculty

Jennifer, C-IAYT, has been practicing Iyengar-inspired hatha yoga and Insight Meditation since 2000.  She became interested in yoga therapy when she realized, after several years of practice, that she was no longer finding herself mired in episodes of clinical depression that had plagued her since childhood. Jennifer completed her 200-hour certification in Kansas City, her yoga therapy training with the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program (based in Durango, CO) in 2012. She has been an assistant teacher for clinical research trials sponsored by the Kansas University Medical Center on the suitability of yoga practices to manage heart arrhythmias and she subsequently designed and implemented a KUMC sponsored trial to test the usefulness of asana and pranayama to manage neurocardiogenic syncope.  A former hospital and hospice chaplain with a Master’s degree in Divinity, Jennifer has also taught undergraduate courses on world religions and developing a devotional life.  As a chaplain she learned to listen and observe, and she uses these skills to establish therapeutic relationships with her yoga students and yoga therapy clients. She is the owner of Urban Monastery, a studio in Leawood, KS, where she teaches meditation and wellness-focused hatha yoga and conducts a private yoga therapy practice.

A short list of the many teachers who have influenced Jennifer must begin with Rafael Duran (asana) and Larry Rosenberg (Insight Meditation).  Patricia Walden and Loren Fishman, M.D. introduced her to therapeutic yoga and the collaborative work of David Frawley and Sandra Summerfield-Kozak guide her personal practice.  She credits Bo Forbes with helping her understand how asana and conscious breathing calm anxiety and lift depression.  Most recently she has been studying Tom Myers’ cutting edge work demonstrating the important role fascia plays in posture and movement.  Jennifer delights in discovering the places where contemplative Christianity, Buddhist thought and yoga philosophy intersect and is inspired by the contemporary spiritual teacher Adyashanti.

Nandini Pachalla, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapy Faculty

Nandini has taught yoga therapy for the past 20 years using techniques acquired from her studies in India. Her practice focuses on yoga philosophy, personalized meditation and yoga practices to improve balance, deepen awareness and bring an overall sense of emotional balance and spiritual benefits. Nandini moved to the US in 1995 and continued to work in the Kansas City community to offer her expertise in yoga therapy in a group and private setting, where she works to customize her client’s treatment plan. Her approach to her practice is to combine evidence informed practices of yoga therapy, knowledge in nutrition and Ayurveda diet to bring a well-balanced plan for her clients. She is a C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Nandini has a Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences from Gandhi Nature Cure College, in India and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Central Missouri. She is a member of Kriya Yoga Gurukulam, Temple of Harmony Meditation Center.

Mary Duryea, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Therapy Faculty

Mary Duryea is a retired Family Practice physician who has turned to yoga as a both second career and a passion. She holds her C-IAYT and E-RYT 500. She is a seasoned teacher trainer. Her personal training has been with leading yoga therapists and teacher trainers including including Aadil Palkhivala, Doug Keller, Ray Long, Jason Crandall, Bo Forbes and Richard Freeman.  She also completed the Duke Integrative Medicine Yoga for Seniors Professional Training.  Her strong belief is that yoga gives the individual powerful tools to make lifestyle changes to improve the body, mind, and spirit. Promoting yoga therapy as an important evolving part of integrative medicine is dear to her heart. She believes one should never stop learning, and that starts with keeping an open inquiring mind. Mary’s strengths are her love and fascination for anatomy and physiology, and how they relate to the practice of yoga. She is able to use simple language to explain and connect the western medicine attitude toward the body with benefits one receives from yoga.


All classes meet at Om Prana Yoga  according to the following schedule:

    • Thursday from 11:00-5:30 with a 30-minute break
    • Friday 9:00-5:30 with a 1 hour break
    • Saturday 10:00-6:30 with a 1 hour break
  • Sunday 9-4:00 with a 1 hour break

Next Module 1 to begin January 2020-Check back for Schedule

Module 1/Cohort 2

2018/2019 Schedule

    • Weekend 1: October 11-14, 2018
    • Weekend 2: November 8-11, 2018
    • Weekend 3: December 13-16, 2018
    • Weekend 4: January 10-13, 2019                                             
    • Weekend 5: February 7-10, 2019
    • Weekend 6: March 7-10, 2019
    • Weekend 7: April 11-14, 2019
    • Weekend 8: May 9-12, 2019
    • Weekend 9:  June 6-9, 2019
  • Weekend 10: July 11-14, 2019

Module 2 2019 Schedule

2019 Schedule:

  • September 19-22, 2019
  • November 7-10
  • January 16-19, 2020
  • April 2-5, 2020
  • June 11-14, 2020
  • September 17-20, 2020
  • October 22-25, 2020

Next Module 1 to begin January 2020-Check back for Schedule


  • There will be a total of 112 hours of online modules delivered via 50 Zoom meetings ( over the course of Module 2. These online lessons will take place on Tuesday evenings from 4:00-6:00 pm, Central Standard Time. These online sessions will include all Yoga Therapy faculty, and help to integrate content covered during Module 2 and introduce new material.
  • Zoom is an interactive, online environment that feels very much like an in-person class. Participants are able to see and interact with everyone attending the class, including raising your hand, asking verbal questions, and sending written messages/chats to others. Participants are asked to arrange their schedule so that they can be present, relaxed, focused, and able to fully participate in these classes.
  • Each class will be recorded and available for viewing up to 45 days after the class in the event that a participant is not able to attend in real time.
  • On-line content will begin after the start of Module 2 course work

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Yoga Yoga and OmPrana Yoga are proud to partner to offer our IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy Program. Designed for 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers who are passionate about their students’ well-being.  This professional program will equip you with the specialized knowledge and practical tools to offer yoga’s healing benefits to individuals and groups with a wide array of health and wellness goals.  Yoga Yoga’s Yoga Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. For more information, contact: