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  • 300 Hour Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training


    You built the foundation, now it's time to elevate your teaching and expand your offerings. This Fall, we invite you to join Noda Yoga with The Center For Integrative Yoga Studies’ 300-hour Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. Our advanced training was built to support your journey as a teacher, with the addition of an Internship Program. Interested in investing in yourself and in your teaching career?


    Have questions? Email jillian@nodayoga.com to set up a time to chat.


  • Yoga is a growing field which is gaining acceptance as a complementary modality with many body-based and mental support professions. More than ever, scientific research is demonstrating the therapeutic benefits of yoga and these ancient practices are becoming more mainstream as people turn to the mat to create a sense of strength, fluidity and harmony in their bodies and minds. Based on learning ancient yoga philosophy and experiencing practices that embody the teachings, this advanced training program offers a strong foundation for understanding and applying the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

  • Pay in Full with the Internship Program

    • Early Bird Pricing:  Pay in full by August 31, 2018 minus $400 application fee ($150 non-refundable & $250 goes towards your tuition) = $4050
    • Pay in full after August 31, 2018 (Deadline: September 28, 2018) minus $400 application fee ($150 non-refundable & $250 goes towards your tuition) = $4250

    *Internship fees included in tuition price.

  • Pay on a per Module basis with Internship Program*

    • After August 31, 2018 OR if you wish to participate on a per module basis = $5100 - $5800
    • Per Module:  $375 Early Bird or full priced at $425 & Internship Program*

    • *Internship Program:  Pay in Full Early Bird before September 5, 2018 = $600, Pay in Full after September 5 and no later than October 5, 2018 = $650,  after October 5, 2018, or if you wish to take advantage of Monthly Payments = $700 ($140/mth for 5 months)

    *Internship fees are paid directly to Tra Kirkpatrick at CIYS.


  • Wondering about a Payment Plan Option?!  Email us to discuss details: manager@nodayoga.com

    Note:  Please read through to the bottom of page to review Terms & Conditions and Refunds & Cancellations.

  • Format

    The training program is offered in a 13 month format + Internship as a set of 12 core in person modules with a 60 hour distance/online internship program that fully integrates all of the learning and supports students in applying the teachings in “real world” environments. While each of the modules focuses on a specific area, all program content combines the latest scientific research into the effects of yoga on improved health, transformation and well-being.

    In partnership with NoDa Yoga, the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies is now offering the certification program over 18 months with a well-discounted option to pay in full for the entire program.

    • We offer Two Options to complete the 300-hour program: An 13 month investment for all 12 modules and internship program OR you may decide to complete the modules and internship program at your own pace on a per module basis.
  • Certification & Requirements

    This training is designed for yoga practitioners, teachers and health care providers who want to specialize in applying yoga’s therapeutic benefits to improve well-being and quality of life. Successful graduates of this program may apply with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and will be certified as an Advanced Level Yoga Teacher with a speciality in the applications and benefits of therapeutic yoga.

    Students who successfully complete either pathway (pay in full or modular-based) are qualified to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT500. Students must be graduates of a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour teacher training in order to register with the Yoga Alliance as RYT200 or RYT500. Students currently enrolled in a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training may attend the 300-hour programs, but must meet the Yoga Alliance requirements in order to register with the organization as an RYT under any certification. In order to meet admissions into the CIYS 300-hour training, students must be enrolled in or graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved program.

    Pursuant to Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists rules and regulations, no graduate shall deem themselves a “yoga therapist,” but rather an advanced level yoga teacher with a speciality in the benefits and applications of therapeutic yoga.

  • Topics & Highlights

    Based on the belief that each person desires harmony and health and has the inner guidance to move forward on that path, this program offers a yoga education that fosters physical and mental safety, inspires inner exploration and growth, and is founded on the idea that community support lifts up all people. In summary, the program provides grounded and well-rounded information on:

    • Understanding common physical imbalances and dysfunctions from both a western model and a Yoga model
    • Evaluating a client for musculoskeletal imbalances and applying yoga techniques as appropriate and developing a plan that supports the client’s needs and goals
    • Integrating yoga asana, pranayama and meditation as a way to work with various musculoskeletal conditions
    • Evaluating a client for musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and applying yoga techniques as appropriate
    • Understanding the effects of chronic pain and certain psychological conditions on the nervous system and applying yoga techniques for optimal well-being and peace of mind
    • Using pranayama and meditation as a way to address nervous system imbalances
  • Fall is the season of transformation.  As the weather gets cooler, we begin to draw energy inward, allowing us time to slow down, reflect and get grounded.  Join us this year -- it’s time to root down and rise up!


  • Application Process

    Start by selecting your payment method:  Pay in Full or Per Module

    If you wish to take advantage of the discount price and pay in full, complete the 2 Step Process below!

  • Step 2 - Fill Out Application & Return to terri@nodayoga.com

  • If you choose to complete the training on a per module basis, click below to enroll yourself as you see fit!

  • Training Dates

  • To view the full description of each training module,

  • Each module is a 3 day weekend training: Fridays 5:30p - 9:00p, Saturdays 9:00a - 6:30p, & Sundays 8:30a - 4:30p

    All modules are 20 hours and are offered as 20 contact hours, with the exception of the internship program.

    The internship is 60 hours and offered as a distance course with both contact and non-contact hours.

    2018 Dates

    Weekend 1: October 5-7 - Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Upper Limb

    Weekend 2: November 9-11 - Pranayama’s Deeper Practices: Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga

    Weekend 3: December 14-16 - Philosophy & Meditation

    2019 Dates

    Weekend 4: January 4-6 - Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga

    Weekend 5: February 1-3 - Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Myofasciae, Prana & Bandhas: Merging Anatomy & Spirit

    Weekend 6: March 1-3 - Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Lower Limb

    Weekend 7: April 5-7 - The He(ART) of Hands-on Assisting

    Weekend 8: May 3-5 - Yin Yoga

    Weekend 9: May 31-June 2 - Experiential Anatomy & Therapeutic Yoga: Spine, Breath & Bandhas

    Weekend 10: August 23-25 - The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain

    Weekend 11: September 13-15 - The Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Well-Being

    Weekend 12: October 4-6 - Seeds of Change: Yoga & Dialogue for Transformation

    Internship Program: 4 Month format - following program completion (The internship program will be scheduled with each student individually.)

  • Meet Your Program Directors

  • Marlysa Sullivan

    MPT, C-IAYT E-RYT 500

    Marlysa is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative health sciences and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed courses in the yoga therapy curriculum as well as being the founding clinic director for the  Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program at MUIH.

    Courses she created and currently teach include: Anatomy and Kinesiology, Yoga Perspectives on Health and Disease, Yoga for  the Chronic Pain, Orthopedic and Neurologic client populations and Physical Activity and Health. She also currently teaches Physiology.

    At Emory University, Marlysa teaches a semester long elective on yoga and mindfulness for physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

    As a co-founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, she helps lead the 200 hour training, as well as, courses in the 500 hour training including yoga for chronic pain, anatomy and meditation. She is also on faculty at Omega Institute and teaches at Kripalu. Marlysa is currently consulting on yoga research for both neurocognitive disorder and osteoarthritis and has consulted on research for low back pain. Additionally, she has published several papers and research articles in Yoga Therapy Today, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and other well-known journals.

    Marlysa has been an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists where she served on the educational standards committee to create the competencies for yoga therapists’ education.

    Marlysa has a strong passion for understanding both the more modern and scientific understanding of the body and mind and integrating this information with the ancient teachings, philosophy and practices of yoga. She believes in teaching from an experiential place - that the teachings and practices of yoga must be felt to be understood and to be integrated into caring for our clients. She is excited about the potential that yoga therapy can bring into our current healthcare climate and bringing both the scientific and ancient teachings into the education of our future healers, teachers and practitioners.

  • Holle Black

    C-IAYT, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

    Holle is a yoga therapist with additional certifications in prenatal yoga and kids yoga and has also studied with Matthew Sanford, David Emerson, Tias Little and Mark Lilly.

    Holle has a strong interest and passion for teaching yoga therapeutically and in underserved populations, especially in the trauma population. This has led her to being involved in a research group between Emory University and the Atlanta VA. She is part of an ongoing study and has led 2 pilot groups and 2 research groups studying the medical benefits of yoga on women with PTSD from sexual trauma while in the military. As part of this project, she has received individual training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center.

    Her love of teaching yoga and seeing the benefit of yoga for both underserved and the trauma population has also led her to co-develop and co-direct Centering Youth. A nonprofit organization whose mission it is to bring Yoga and Mindfulness to people in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system, those who have been sexually exploited, abused or are homeless and others who have not had the opportunity to experience the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness. You can learn more about this organization at www.centeringyouth.com. Her other current and past classes have included teaching in a battered women’s shelter, homeless youth, women who have been sexually exploited and schizophrenia.

    Teaching yoga teachers and therapists in how to teach trauma informed yoga has brought her the opportunity to teach at Emory University in the physical therapy department, she had created a module on trauma for a 500 hour yoga therapy training which is being taught across the country. She is currently developing a certificate in trauma informed yoga for Centering Youth. As part of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies she teaches a trauma module as well as the Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Well-being which explores the yogic and western views of the mind and how yoga can be used for mental health and transformation.

  • Tra Kirkpatrick

    C-IAYT, E-RYT500, CPC

    Tra is a yoga therapist and certified professional life coach with many years of experience leading groups and working with individuals to transform their lives. Tra’s work as a yoga therapist integrates Tantra Hatha Yoga practices and philosophies in the areas of biomedical science and psycho-emotional health.The goal of her work is to help empower people to recognize and shift patterns that can lead to imbalance and dysfunction, despite whether the imbalance manifests physically, psychologically or emotionally. Combining the areas of coaching, research science in behavior, and yoga therapy, Tra’s niche is supporting those who want to make life-long change.

    Inspired by the therapeutic benefits of yoga and the healing qualities Tra experienced as a student during her time on the mat, Tra was inspired to change careers to the field of yoga after a 15 year career in software development and technology. At that time Tra had been practicing yoga for nearly eight years and saw teacher training as a way to learn more about the deep and intrinsic history and powerful techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Before the training program was even complete Tra began teaching several classes per week, juggling a passion for sharing the practice of yoga with a full-time, highly demanding day job. Her experience in the field of yoga therapy, coupled with the years of practical and professional experience in project development, team management, and training curriculum development and delivery provide Tra a solid and well-rounded breadth of experience that is not often found coupled together.

    Feeling called to learn and immerse more into yoga, soon after graduating teacher training Tra ended her corporate career to pursue further education and a new profession in yoga and healing arts. In addition to her yoga therapy training, Tra studied with renowned teacher Saul David Raye to learn the intricate healing qualities for the physical and energetic bodies inspirited through Thai Yoga Therapy. Today, Tra infuses her work with both traditional yoga therapy and Thai yoga therapy to empower and support a variety of client needs including Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke and traumatic brain injury, and those healing from cancer.

    In addition to her work with groups and clients, Tra trains teachers and yoga therapists through the 200-hour and advanced level certification programs with the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, which she co-founded with her two partners Marlysa Sullivan and Holle Black. Drawing upon her corporate background, Tra also administers the functions of the school. Tra has presented at several yoga conferences and has contributed articles to Elephant Journal and Yoga Therapy Today. You can also find Tra’s work on the international YogaMate website where she is the featured yoga therapist for Fibromyalgia.

  • Jeffrey Shoaf

    C-IAYT, LMBT, E-RYT500

    Jeffrey has been an avid practitioner of yoga since his first class 2002. His certifications come from the Pranakriya School of Healing Arts (RYT 200) and the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (E-RYT 500). His teachers and mentors are Yoganand Michael Carroll, Jacci Reynolds, Marlysa Sullivan and also includes extensive early influence from the work of Gary Kraftsow and Eric Schiffman.

    Jeffrey is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing integrative bodywork with a focus on myofascial release since 2004. He is an avid student of Tom Myers, Robert Schleip and Art Riggs, pioneers of the work and teachings of Structural Integration with Dr. Ida Rolf. He works with clients and students individually, integrating bodywork and yoga therapy techniques to improve and unite the body/mind connection. The primary areas of focus his work are deep tissue massage, trigger point, myofascial release, and Ayurvedic therapies.

    Blending his knowledge from both massage and yoga therapy, Jeffrey teaches with the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies offering programs that involve extensive research in the myofascial system as it applies to Yoga postures, holistic fitness, and advanced breath techniques. He teaches yoga programs and workshops throughout the U.S., and practices massage, bodywork, and yoga therapy in Charlotte, NC where he is based.

  • Tracey Sondik

    C-IAYT, E-RYT500

    Tracey is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been drawn to both traditional asana-based yoga practices along with the quiet contemplative practices of meditation, Yin and restorative yoga for the past decade. She has been strongly influenced by the wisdom traditions of Buddhism, Tantra Hatha yoga, and western psychology and infuses her teaching, workshops, and teacher trainings with these contemplative traditions.

    She has studied extensively with Sarah Powers and is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher, one of only 9 teachers in the US and Europe to receive this designation. In addition, she has studied with other Yin teachers including Paul Grilley and Josh Summers. Tracy is also a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher completing a practicum training program at UMASS Medical School directed by Jon Kabit-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She has studied extensively with different Buddhist teachers including Tara Brach, John and Jennifer Welwood, Norman Fisher, Thanissara, Stephen and Martine Bachelor, Pema Chodren, Rebecca Bradshaw, and Sharon Salzberg.

    As a psychologist, Tracey has expertise in neuropsychology and integrative medicine. She has spent most of her professional career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with clients that have a wide-range of mental health and brain-based disorders. In addition to my background in neuropsychology, she has a strong commitment to integrative medicine, specifically the utilization of yoga and mindfulness to treat complex mental health and behavioral problems. She formed an integrative medicine committee at the hospital where she works and developed a yoga therapy program utilizing restorative yoga therapy for patients with extreme self-harm and aggressive behaviors.

    Tracey teaches the Yin Yoga module with the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies’ advanced level certification and is serving as an advisor and chair for mental health services on for the “Looking for the Good Project”, a gratitude project directed to shift attitudes with gratitude to empower resilience for children, college students, and adults.

  • Terms & Conditions

    • In order to meet successful completion of this program, students must attend every module as scheduled on the NoDa website and as outlined here. If a student misses any part of a module, she or he is responsible to receive private instruction with the appropriate Program Director at an additional fee of $75/hour, payable directly to the Program Director. Make-up time may be offered in person or via teleconference.
    • Students who opt for the modular-based training pathway may enroll in any of the scheduled modules and may take the modules in any order, with the exception of the internship. All modules must be complete prior to enrollment in the internship.
    • Modular-based enrollees are not required to submit an admissions form nor pay a deposit for the training.
    • In order to qualify for certification, students who utilize the modular-based training must complete all modules and the internship within three (3) years of the first module taken. Student must pay a $50 review and certification fee directly to CIYS when applying for graduation.
    • The pay in full pathway minimum enrollment of eight (8) students must be met in order for the pay in full program to take place. Otherwise, the program will default to the modular-based pathway as outlined here.
  • Refunds & Cancellations

    • Pay in full refunds (less a $150 nonrefundable administrative fee) will be given according to the following schedule: For cancellations 31 or more days prior to the start of the program, 100% of monies paid will be refunded (less NRF). All cancellations within 30-28 days are eligible for a partial refund (50% of monies paid, less NRF). Cancellations within 2 days prior to start of training will be eligible for a partial tuition credit only. Notice of cancellation should be sent in writing to CIYS and NoDa Yoga.
    • Modular-based refunds are given according to the following schedule: For cancellations 31 or more days prior to the start of the program, 100% of monies paid will be refunded. All cancellations within 30 days are eligible for a partial refund (75% of monies paid). Cancellations within 2 days prior to start of module will be eligible for a tuition credit only at NoDa Yoga. Notice of cancellation by student should be provided to NoDa Yoga and to CIYS.