Yoga Therapy Teacher Training - 200 RYT

Who is this training for?
IYT’s 200-hour training includes all of the foundations of yoga required by Yoga Alliance, with additional comprehensive focus on yoga as therapy. The primary focus of this training will help medical and mental health professionals and caregivers incorporate yoga into their professional life as well as use the practices for wellness in their own busy lives. Our focus is not specifically Vinyasa yoga or sequencing, but how to use all of the tools of yoga to facilitate healing. It is also a great foundational training for those who want to continue their studies in Yoga Therapy at the 1000 certification level through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Additional Benefits:
1) Small class size - This training is limited to 8 participants. 
2) Emphasis on embodying the yoga principles taught. Students will have the opportunity to practice and receive all of the techniques taught, giving a personal experience of the benefits of yoga. Yoga Nidra/Relaxation will be included in each weekend session.

3) The schedule for this training is one weekend a month: Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday to fit conveniently into your professional working schedule. You will be required to take 20 additional yoga classes, at your convenience to fulfill the 200 hour requirement.
4) You will have the opportunity to apply the tools of yoga to real life situations you encounter in your everyday practice in the medical/mental health field as well as to learn from others in those fields.
5) You will have access to my personal library of yoga therapy books - which you can borrow throughout the training for free (as long as you return them!)

In choosing a training, it is important to know who your teachers are. Cheryl Sidwell will be teaching the bulk of the material, with guest teachers brought in so that you can experience experts in the field of yoga therapy, as well as other yoga teaching styles.
The 200-hour IYT curriculum was designed by my teachers: Joseph and Lillian LePage, who have over 25 years of experience training yoga teachers and therapists.

My own personal teachers who heavily influence my style and skills include Marianne Wells (200 RYT); Joseph & Lillian LePage (Founders of Integrative Yoga Therapy, now housed at Kripalu Yoga School); Kaelash Neels (Thomas Hanna Somatics & Feldenkrais); Maria Mendola (Former Orthopeadic Nurse – Functional Movement Therapy, Maria was also my mentor for IYT training); Suzy Amendola (Dean Ornish’s Healthy Heart Program); David Emerson (Trauma Informed Yoga); Sat Bir Singh Khalsa (prominent researcher in the field of body mind medicine, specializing in yoga therapy, Kundalini yogi under the tutelage of Yogi Bhajan); Amy Weintraub (Founder of LifeForce Yoga, yoga for depression); Ellen Schaeffer(Director of IYT’s 200-hour training and owner of One Yoga Center in Rhode Island. Ellen has a foundation in Psychology and human development), and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, MD (Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India, one of India’s best known yoga therapists, Chairman of Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of yoga, author of 21 books on yoga, with more than 200 published papers, compilations and abstracts on yoga research. Dr. Ananda is the sole successor of the internationally acclaimed yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananada Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamamani Ammaji, Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani).

The Foundations of the IYT 200 Yoga Therapy Teacher Training includes the following:
1) The Five Koshas in Yoga Therapy: Physical Body, Energetic Body, Psycho-emotional Body, Wisdom Body, Bliss Body
2) Yoga Anatomy and Physiology - How the Tools of Yoga relate to the human body systems and various conditions of the human body/mind
3) Ayurveda and Yoga - a Basic understanding of the principles of Ayurveda and how they relate to Yoga Therapy
4) Yoga Postures (Asana)
5) Chakra Therapy - Working with the Energy Body
6) Pranayama, Mudra and Bandhas
7) Yoga and Mind/Body Health
8) Stress Management
9) Body Awareness, Meditation, Imagery, Relaxation and Yoga Nidra

10) Yoga History, Philosophy, Methodology and Support Materials

Dates of Training 2021 - 2022:
September 10-12

October 8-10
November 12-14
December 10-13
January 15-17
February 12-14
March 12-15
April 9-11
May 7-10


Daily Schedule:
Fridays: 6pm-9pm
Saturdays: 8am - 7pm (Saturdays will end w/ practice teaching, if you end earlier, you will be able to leave earlier)

Sundays: 9am-4:30pm
Each day/weekend will include sadhana (yoga practice), lectures and exercises in yoga therapy, relaxation, healthy food and practice teaching. Although this is an in-depth training, you will be both receiving and teaching - so, in many ways each weekend is like a mini-retreat! 

Cost: $2800 (Payment Plan Available)
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit Due by 
August 16, 2019 to reserve your spot. Full Payment DUE September 15, 2019)
Cost includes your manual and light lunch/water/tea provided on Saturdays and Sundays of Teacher Training. You are also welcome to bring snacks, drinks.

There will be 3 additional books required for reading (See Reading List Below!), Plus a Recommended Reading list that is not required but helpful resources as you continue your study of therapeutic yoga. You will have access to my personal library throughout the training.

Required Reading:
 (All of these may be purchased through
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Recommended Translations: Sri Swami Satchidananda, Mukunda Stiles, Alistair Shearer, B.K.S. Iyengar, Georg Feuerstein)

Science of Yoga, Ann Swanson OR The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long OR Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews 

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers & Students, Joseph LePage & Lilian LePage (also available at:

*Please have a copy of Yoga Sutras and Yoga Toolbox with you at our first session. If you would like, you may wait to purchase your anatomy book after looking at mine – but you must have a copy by the 2nd weekend session.

Suggested Reading:
(Suggestions for over the course of your yoga journey! Please share some of your favorites too!)

The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita, Sri Swami Satchidananada
The Heart of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice, T.K.V. Desikachar

Yoga Tools for Psychotherapists, Amy Weintraub
Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat Zinn
Light on Life, and Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Svatmarama and Brian Dana Akers

Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda
The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice, Georg Feuerstein
IYT Mudra cards or Mudra Book by Joseph Le Page, (available at:

Will I be able to register with the Yoga Alliance?
IYT's 200 hour yoga teacher training and Shining Waters Yoga are registered with the Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of all requirements of this training, you will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance if you so desire, but this is NOT required as a licensed health professional for you to use yoga in your modality. It is often a requirement for finding employment in yoga studios and fitness centers.

What if I miss a weekend?
If you need to miss part of a weekend due to illness, professional or family obligations, you will be able to make it up via Skype and written assignments given by the teacher. If you miss an entire weekend, you will need to schedule a meeting in person with Cheryl. There will be a $100 fee for this additional time (most places charge an hourly rate of $75/hour for missed time). You will be required to do a written assignment and Skype session as well. You may not miss more than one weekend! If you cannot commit to the weekends listed above, please do NOT register, as there are limited slots available. 

How do I register?
Please fill out the registration form above, and email it to by August 16 to reserve your space, or mail with $500 non-refundable deposit to: 113 Parker Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804 (checks made payable to Cheryl Sidwell, or PayPal is also available, contact me for details). The deposit covers the cost of curriculum and your training manual which must be pre-ordered.