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Professional Yoga Therapy Training

Professional Yoga Therapy Training (800hr)

This 800 Hr Professional Yoga Therapy Training program, led by Dr. Deborah Norris and James Foulkes of The Mindfulness Center, is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

become a certified yoga Therapist

EXPLORE THE therapeutic applications of yoga for group and individual sessions

  • Rolling Admission allows you the flexibility to start at any time and finish at your own pace 
  • Unique program focus explores the scientific, evidence basis for the therapeutic benefits and health applications of yoga and related mind-body practices.
  • Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, providing CEs for mental health workers.
  • Mentored practicum provides clinical experience as well as personal and professional growth.

Launching September 17th, 2021!

Professional Yoga Therapy Training

Focusing on the clinical and therapeutic applications of yoga and 
related practices.


Deborah Norris, Ph.D. – Founder of The Mindfulness Center™, based in Washington, D.C., & author of In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness, and Editor-in-Chief of MindBodyJournal.com. Dr Norris is Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University, and past professor at Georgetown University Medical School.

Graduates will be equipped to design and teach therapeutic yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of the philosophy, theory and application of yoga therapy as well as understanding of scientific research methodology in the field of yoga therapy.

As a modular program offering rolling admission, students can work toward their full path of an 800-hour certification over the duration of 2+ years, giving them time to incorporate skills and gain practical experience. Program schedule features bimonthly 5-day intensive on-site modules as well as online distance training, mentorship and community practicum. Graduates will receive additional certification through The Mindfulness Center’s Meditation Teacher Training program.

Students entering our Professional Yoga Therapy Training program must already be 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance registered teachers with a minimum of 1 year teaching experience. At the completion of our program, graduates are eligible to achieve their professional Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) certification with the IAYT.G

What Students are saying...

“I am very glad for choosing The Mindfulness Center for my Yoga Teacher Training program. I instantly fell in love with the program and the instructors. The program has rolling admission which is very convenient and each session is conveniently scheduled. The program gears the students towards gaining a thorough knowledge of the theory and how to apply the learned principles into practice. .”

“The Mindfulness Center’s Yoga Teacher Training was an incredible experience for me. The program prepared me to be a confident yoga instructor not just at the technical level, but also at a deeper energetic level. I am more prepared to teach than I could have imagined when I started this program. Both Dr. Norris and Jessie have a wealth of knowledge to share with their students and do so in an engaging and joy-filled manner. . Thank you! ”


Program Requirements

SOMA 800 Hr. Professional Yoga Therapy Training is an intensive, advanced certification program for yoga instructors and other health care workers who are passionate about helping individuals or groups work through specific health concerns to find improved wellbeing through the tools of yoga, mindfulness and healthy lifestyle practices.


  • Applicant must be 18+ yrs of age
  • Applicant must have at least one (1) year of yoga teaching experience
  • Applicant must be a Yoga Alliance 200RYT or hold a minimum of equivalent training and certification.

are you ready for a life changing experience?

Program Cost: $12,590

Total Program Cost Includes:

  • Online Intro Module 
  • Thirteen course intensives 
  • Mindfulness Meditation Practices in Yoga Therapy, Online (140hrs, Meditation Teacher Certification included)
  • Practicum
  • Yoga Therapy Mentorship 
  • Professional Yoga Therapy Training Final Exam 

Additional Costs and Expenses (not included in program cost):

  • Texts and other reading materials: $450-$600
  • Materials and supplies: (Students are responsible for purchasing their own mats and equipment.)


  • Room & Board available at the Norris residence: $150/night

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

  • See Refund and Cancellation Policy on Program Enrollment Form for details.
  • Deposit is nonrefundable.
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