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Niroga Yoga Therapist training encompassed 2 years and was comprised as follows.  I share what the …. I was doing the last 2 years to earn my 800 hrs. Yoga Therapist certification – what a journey !  While the faculty and their teachings were absolutely brilliant, I have to say, I also learned so much from the cohort – other yoga teachers I had the honor to learn with and from.  Here’s the calendar, an excerpt from the Niroga’s archive. :


Year 1 Curriculum (2016)

According to the World Health Organization, “Chronic diseases cause increasing numbers of deaths worldwide.” Diabetes, heart disease, and strokes are among the top 10 causes of death. Yoga therapy can have a significant impact on these lifestyle related chronic conditions. During Year 1, students focus on the connections between physical systems, stress, trauma and chronic conditions.

Yoga History and Philosophy
with B.K. Bose, PhD, RYT-500 and Saraswathi Devi
Skeletal System
with Tianna Meriage-Reiter DPT, PT, PYT
Ayurveda and Yoga
with Durga Leela RYT-500
Muscular System
with Baxter Bell MD, RYT-500
Cardiovascular System
with Miriam Shipp MD, MPH, CYT and Kate Bisharat MD
Respiratory System
with Saraswathi Devi
Endocrine System
with Baxter Bell MD, RYT-500
Nervous System
with Mitch Hall PhD, RYT-500
Immune System
with Mitch Hall PhD, RYT-500
Digestive System
with Baxter Bell MD, RYT-500
Mid-Terms with Lifestyle / Ethics / Business of Yoga
with B.K. Bose, PhD, RYT-500

Year 2 Curriculum (2017)

In Year 2, students shift their focus and learn through the lens of special populations.  Unique characteristics associated with these groups are explored incorporating physical, mental and emotional states. Niroga offers programs and classes in the community for many of these special populations. Research results from these programs are here along with other important studies and papers related to yoga and health.

Aging Gracefully
with B.K. Bose, PhD, RYT-500
Trauma Informed Yoga
with Antonia Fokken LMFT, E-RYT 500
Prenatal and Pregnancy
with Saraswathi Devi
Cancer and Yoga
with Cheryl Fenner-Brown PYT, RYT 500
Youth and Education
with Danielle Ancin RYT-500, Annika Hanson CYT, and Jonathan Relucio, RYT
Addiction and Recovery
with Durga Leela RYT-500
Adaptive Yoga
with Saraswathi Devi
Reproductive Health
with Miriam Shipp MD, MPH, CYT and Baxter Bell MD RYT-500
Sports / Occupational Health
with Baxter Bell MD, RYT-500
Chronic Pain
with Neil Pearson MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT 500
Final Presentations and Graduation
with B.K. Bose, PhD, RYT-500

Thank you Niroga and 2017/2018 graduates for the transformative experience.  Very grateful to have had this journey and to witness so much goodness in people’s hearts – there are a lot of negativity these days but when you witness those with the following intention, we can’t help but to feel their light brighten our horizons and warm our hearts.  That’s the real strength, strength of our will, our resilience – it’s not just about flexing our muscles physically:

SEVA – Seva is a Sansrit word, translates to “selfless service”.  It can also be referred to as Karma Yoga.  A person who engages in Seva, a random act of kindness, is a Karma Yogi.  It is work performed without expectation, recognition, or repayment.

I am still not there but … it’s a long journey that takes a lifetime and then some – it’s said that life is short but eternity … is not.


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