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Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training ONLINE

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - December 20 @ 5:00 pm


Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training Online

October 19 – December 20, 2020

Taught by Hamsa Spagnola, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, T.R.M.
with assistants Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz and Tania Taravati Turcinovic

The Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training provides a solid foundation for Yoga instructors so that they will know how to adapt the traditional Yoga asana for those students who may be limited in movement owing to age, illness, disability, or injury. Through the use of chairs, the wall, straps, bolsters, blankets, blocks, and gentle assists, the teacher will receive an overview of how to adapt and work with students who have limitations ranging from arthritis to cognitive impairment, MS, spinal cord injuries, various diseases, and age-related conditions. This course prepares you, the teacher, to adapt, adjust, and accommodate the traditional Yoga class so that students of any age, shape, ability, or disability may enjoy the Hatha Yoga experience safely and comfortably.

While the bulk of the course focuses on asana (postures), you will also learn how to deepen the students’ experience through pranayama, meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Raja Yoga (Yogic philosophy). You will receive a rigorous review of anatomy and physiology as it relates to various conditions, including what to do and what not to do for specific issues. This is a very extensive and interactive training, and you will work one-on-one with your fellow Yoga teachers in-training, as well as with people living with some of the conditions mentioned above. We will have guest speakers offering information on specific conditions.

Your study will conclude with an in-depth exploration of a specific physical or mental condition of your choice, as well as a teaching practicum. There will be assigned readings, practice teaching with a mentor, and observing/participating in a number of Gentle, Chair, Restorative, and Deep Relaxation classes. Once you have met all requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Integral Yoga as an Adaptive Gentle/Chair Yoga teacher. Upon graduation, you can expect to be able to guide people who have limitations confidently and compassionately through a Hatha Yoga experience that is both safe and satisfying. You will be able to teach in many settings, including Yoga studios, gyms, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, veterans’ organizations, schools, prisons, and hospitals.


The program is open to certified Yoga teachers of all traditions with a minimum 200 hours of training.

Health care and movement therapy professionals without a 200-hour Yoga certification, but with comparable experience (such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, Feldenkreis trainers, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Technological Requirements

Please be aware that you must have regular access to the Internet to participate in this online training.  You must be able to run Zoom on your computer, and also have an active e-mail account for delivery of course materials.


Tuition includes a $100 non-refundable deposit due when submitting your application.  Tuition must be paid in full by Friday, October 16 unless you are enrolled in the payment plan (see below).  After the training begins, there are no refunds.

  • $1195 early bird tuition for applications received by September 19, 2020
  • $1295 regular tuition for applications submitted after September 19, 2020
  • $1200 for IY Therapy students
  • $1100 for IY Active Teachers
  • $650 for repeat students (no further discounts)

A payment plan is available in two installments due October 16 and November 16. There is a $50 administrative fee to enroll in the payment plan.


October 19 – December 8 • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays • 3:00p.m.–6:00p.m. E.T.
November 1 and December 6 • Sundays • 2:00p.m.–4:00p.m. E.T.
December 9 • Wednesday • 3:00p.m.–6:00p.m. E.T.
December 20 • Sunday • Graduation time tbd
No class on Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving

  • Application Deadline: October 14, 2020
  • We encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, admission is not guaranteed.

Certification and Continuing Education Credits

Click here to apply.

Approximate Cost: $ 1295


October 19 @ 3:00 pm
December 20 @ 5:00 pm
$ 1295
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Integral Yoga Institute NYC
227 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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