Yoga Therapeutics Certification

Yoga for Spinal Health & the Whole Being

March 29 - May 19, 2019

 "The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole." -Plato
This unique new training is designed for certified Yoga teachers desiring to deepen their knowledge in spinal health, anatomy, bio-mechanics, pathologies, and the therapeutic applications of Yoga.  Reaching beyond the physical & anatomical aspect of Yoga postures, this program offers a multi-faceted curriculum with in-depth areas of study providing an effective & sustainable approach to Yoga Therapeutics. Participants will gain an enriched skill set to support the healing and well being of the whole person.


+ Physical therapeutic Yoga postures for specific pathologies and areas of the body, including various modalities of Yoga such as Yoga for strength, flexibility, relaxation or traction

+ The layers of the Panchamaya Koshas will be woven in to create a holistic intervention for students and clients when combined with asana, meditation, pranayama, and essential oils

+ Intro to Purusharthas (the 4 aims including dharma, artha, kama and moksha) and how they relate to injury and recovery

+ In each module, students will learn about relevant anatomy, bio-mechanics, and physiology to make a technique appropriate for the given pathology. Various therapeutic applications will be explored through their own Yoga practice and in a group setting. An opportunity to implement therapeutic Yoga techniques will be given in lab time. The training also includes the therapeutic use of the Great Yoga Wall TM system.

+ Participants will develop a specific skill set, tools and confidence to help their students prevent, manage and heal injury, as well as work with students with specific medical concerns and special needs.

This Therapeutics Certification consists of

4 weekend modules, a case study project and mentor meetings

. Each module includes pathology, physical Yoga postures, as well as principles of emotional, mental & spiritual health and well being, and essential oils as a therapeutic modality.


Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics & the Koshas
Overview of concepts and Introduction to Essential Oils
Lumbar Spine


Healing Touch/Energetics




Shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand
Assessment of the Whole Person
Special Populations & Case Studies

Why a “Yoga Therapeutics Certification?”

• Learn a holistic way to assist your students with preventing, managing or healing injury
You will learn how to work with a variety of students and have a larger set of tools and skills to draw from. Deepen and solidify your understanding of how anatomy and biomechanics of the whole body, including the spine, impact beyond the physical impact healing.

• Define your niche
Set yourself apart with an expanded knowledge base and a definitive niche. With this training you will learn how to assess a variety of students and choose modalities - such as Yoga for a Healthy Back, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Wall classes, and Meditation among others - to feel confident working with special populations.

 Expand your reach
Learn how to network and communicate with other healthcare providers and teachers to grow your reach as a teacher. You will gain confidence through lectures, lab, hands-on case-studies and practice to work with students/clients with injury, pain and limitations.  Grow your classes and private sessions to create a livelihood with doing something you love and are passionate about.

Prevent and heal injuries

Often Yoga instructors feel unprepared to properly address student injury and pain in group classes or private lessons. Many begin teaching soon after completing a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, which often lacks the anatomy training needed to prevent and heal injury. This certification program is a perfect addition to basic or advanced yoga teacher training and provides the tools to work with individuals with injuries and limitations.

Keep yourself and others safe while enjoying Yoga practice!

Yoga is meant to be a sustainable, life-long and enjoyable practice that ultimately unites the mind, body and soul and allows people to connect more deeply with others. In that process, a Yoga practice can help us stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and allow our bodies to perform everyday activities with more ease and joy. In order to make a yoga posture practice sustainable, we must learn how to create safe practices built on a solid understanding of anatomy and biomechanics and how they relate to movement and posture. This program provides the skills necessary to adapt any practice to enhance life and avoid injury.


Program Details

Training Dates:

4 weekend sessions: March 29-31, April 12-14, May 3-5 & May 17-19, 2019

Training Hours:

Friday, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday, 12pm-8pm
Sunday, 12pm-5pm
80-Hour certification includes 64 contact hours, 10 hours independent case study, and 6 hours of virtual mentor/review meetings.


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, or experience students or health or wellness professionals upon individual approval.


$1525 super early bird by Feb. 2, 2019
$1750 early bird by March 4, 2019
$1950 full tuition
*PYTT Alumni Rate: $1525

$150 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a space. Space is limited.
*Monthly Payment Plans are available by request.

Cancellations/Refund Policy:
Refunds available less $100 non-refundable deposit 2 weeks before the course. After that, credit can be applied towards any future course.


Dr. Alison McLean & Elia Nikolaev

Dr. Alison McLean, DPT, E-RYT, C-IAYT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Yoga Therapist & Teacher. She teaches anatomy and aligment in Prana's 200hr & 300hr Teacher Trainings as well as the The Yoga Wall Method. A skilled teacher and passionate Yogi, she teaches Happy Back and Therapeutic Yoga classes and workshops all over San Diego. Her approach to Yoga Therapeutics is holistic and comprehensive, reaching beyond the physical. Learn more at

Elia Nikolaev E-RYT, YTRX is Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist based in North County, San Diego. He obtained his first teaching certification in 2006 and has studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages. Elia completed a 2-year Teacher Training in Yoga Therapy with Larry Payne, MD and Lori Rubenstein Fazzio, DPT at Loyola Marymount University, which culminated in an invaluable clinical internship. He is also a certified Happy Back Yoga teacher. Some of his most influential teachers & mentors include Roger Cole, PhD, Richard Freeman, Carolyn Belko and Usha Devi of Rishikesh, India. In 2013, a 7-month study at the Iyengar Institute in India (RIMYI) with the Iyengar family and their teachers has allowed him to understand and refine his own grasp on the subject and lay the framework for creating his own classes, workshops and trainings. Learn more at