Yoga Therapeutics Certification


Happy Back Yoga Teacher Training

NEW!  Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training:      April 13 - June 3, 2018

This unique program, Yoga for Safe Spinal Health, is designed for certified Yoga instructors and will be offered in an intensive format, covering two sections:

Lower Back, Pelvis and Hips
Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

Students receive a certificate of completion after each section. The full "Yoga for a Happy Back" Certification will be awarded when students complete both sections and a case study project, a total of 100 hours of training for 70 contact hours of credit.

Prerequisite: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

Training Hours: 10am-5pm daily


Happy Back Yoga

This is a special certification program designed for Yoga teachers who wish to continue their education in anatomy, therapeutics and Yoga for spinal health. The training includes therapeutic use of the Great Yoga Wall TM system.

The Upper Back Workshop covers functional anatomy and biomechanics of the thoracic and cervical spine and shoulders and how it relates to posture and movement. Through Yoga practice and hands-on lab time, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the biomechanics associated with Yoga postures and how injuries can develop as a result of incorrect alignment. Experientials will also cover therapeutic sequences for upper back, neck and shoulder pain including degenerative disc disease, nerve root impingement, reversed cervical curve, rotator cuff tear/tendonitis, bursitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Lower Back, Pelvis and Hips Section will cover the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis and hips and how it relates to posture and movement. Participants will learn specific therapeutic sequences for conditions including sciatica, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint dysfunction as well as be able to identify improper movement and alignment and how those relate to pain and injury.

The training will offer experience building Yoga programs tailored to the needs of individuals with specific conditions. Participants will emerge with skills to prevent and heal injuries by creating safe Yoga programs that include modifications, adjustments, use of props and the Yoga Wall.


Why a “Happy Back” Certification?

Work confidently with students who have special needs

Today, more people seek Yoga as a way to rid the body of pain and injury. The "Yoga for a Happy Back" Certification Program is designed to help Yoga teachers have a clear understanding of the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the spine and surrounding areas and how those relate to both posture and movement. By including varied learning modalities-such as Yoga practice, lecture, hands-on lab, practice teaching and adjustments-this certification gives Yoga teachers what they need to work comfortably and correctly with people experiencing specific conditions, injury or pain.

Attract a larger student base to your classes

This knowledge will help attract more students to group classes and private sessions. Yoga teachers with a broad understanding of anatomy, injury assessment and management skills are an asset to any Yoga studio or sports facility and are sought after by students seeking private Yoga classes for healing. The "Yoga for Happy Back" Certification offers instructors advanced knowledge and specialized skills equipping them to teach a wider range of students.


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. The "Yoga for a Happy Back" 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. The Yoga for a Happy Back Certification Program provides the skills necessary to adapt any practice to enhance life and avoid injury.

Gain continuing education credit through the Yoga Alliance.

All hours count toward Yoga Alliance continuing education for Yoga teachers (100 hours for the full course).


$1,525 by April 22, 2017 - must be paid in full to receive discount
$1,625 - early bird by June 1, 2017
$1,875 thereafter
PYTT Alumni discount: $1,525

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

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.



Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT & Jaimie Perkunas, DPT, E-RYT

Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT is a skilled physical therapist who combines 16 years of PT experience with more than 10 years of Yoga studies. Her treatment methods involve a unique and highly effective approach to healing the whole person. She uses Yoga postures and sequences, breath, and meditation to cultivate awareness and promote healing. Rachel trained with Master teacher Aadil Palkivala, and received his 2000-hour certification as a Purna Yoga instructor as well as continuing education credits in Yoga therapeutics.   During her 13 years as a Yoga instructor, Rachel has also assisted Aadil at Yoga Journal conferences and at workshops in the U.S. and abroad. She continues her training with him in Yoga therapeutics and with master teacher Judith Hansen Lasater.

Jaimie Perkunas, DPT, E-RYT has been working in Physical Therapy since 1998 and has been practicing yoga since 2000. Jaimie graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2005. She attended her first yoga teacher training in June 2006 with Manju Jois in Ashtanga Yoga, and completed her 200hr Anusara Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell. Jaimie is a Relax and Renew Trainer for restorative yoga with Judith Hansen-Lasater. She has completed a 100 hour Happy Back Certification and 100-hour mentorship with Rachel Krentzman. Jaimie teaches workshops nationally and internationally, and enjoys teaching about the therapeutic effects of yoga physically and emotionally. Her passion is to share her deep understanding of the body with her unique therapeutic approach to yoga. Jaimie is the author of the book Therapeutic Answers to Common Yoga Pose Questions and owns a yoga studio called Yoga is Therapy in Tucson, AZ, where she has her own private practice combining yoga and physical therapy techniques. To find out more please go to