How Yoga Therapy Works + Assessment Models

The Methodology Behind Yoga Therapy + The Panchamaya Kosha Model

Our Mission

I believe that teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling and purposeful vocations one can pursue. Nothing feels better than building a heart-to-heart relationship with a student and growing together over time with a shared love for the practice. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga and Iā€™m extremely passionate about educating high quality yoga teachers and finding innovative ways to spread the teachings of yoga far and wide. These online courses are part of this collective effort...

This Module

Module 4: How Yoga Therapy Works + Assessment Models provides a clear understanding of what yoga therapy is and how it differentiates from regular yoga; which includes the following:

  • Level of Training
  • Assessment Component
  • Development of Therapeutic Plan based on Assessment

I'll introduce the primary assessment model (Panchamaya Kosha Model) that we use as yoga therapists that views each person as a multi-dimensional being, where imbalances can originate on any layer and impact other layers.

You'll learn about the basic principles of developing a therapeutic relationship, how to ask basic questions to assess clients physical, mental, emotional wellbeing and offer basic yoga therapy practices to address imbalances identified in the assessment.

**This module is not a substitute for a yoga therapist training. If you are not a yoga therapist, you cannot claim to be a yoga therapist and use these tools without completing a minimum of 800-hours with an IAYT accredited program.

If you are a yoga therapist, you can integrate these tools into your practice or if you are contemplating becoming a yoga therapist, this module will provide great insight into the work we do as yoga therapists.

Module lectures include:

  • MOD4L1 Basic Principles of Yoga Therapy
  • MOD4L2 The Panchamaya (Kosha) Model
  • MOD4L3 The Vyuda Model
  • MOD4L4 Basic Principles in Designing Yoga Therapy Practices
  • MOD4 Case Studies and Key Concepts

Course Topics

  • How Yoga Therapy works
  • Contemporary definitions of Yoga Therapy
  • The difference between a disease-based approach and wellness-based approach to assist the client in creating conscious practices to move towards optimal health
  • Understanding yoga therapy as replacement therapy: replacing old, bad habits with new better ones (Yoga Sutra I.12- I.18)
  • Developing a heart-to-heart relationship
  • Basic intake questions
  • Introduction to the Panchamaya model
  • Broad strokes overview of the Vyuda model (to be explained in more depth in Level 2)
  • Overview of yoga therapy tools
  • Broad strokes principles of designing a yoga therapy practices

The Complete Course

This module is part of a lager course titled "Yoga Therapy Foundations and Public Health Tools" is the cornerstone of our Level 1 Foundations of Yoga Therapy Training and is part of our 850-hour IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist Training.

I am most proud of this course, as it combines my Masters Degree in Public Health with decades of Yoga Therapy philosophy and practice. I LOVE teaching this 13-month course at our studio Be The Change Yoga and it was THIS course that inspired me to start cataloguing my brain into these online courses, as I had many students from out of state wishing to take this course but unable to attend in person.

This module can be purchased a la carte or is included in the Yoga Therapy Tools and Public Health Course.

Your Instructor

Katie Allen
Katie Allen

Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT co-founded Be The Change Yoga, a studio and Center for Higher Education in Orange County, CA. The studio is deeply rooted in the philosophical foundations of yoga and understanding of yoga as a therapeutic modality. The studio offers Orange County's only Yoga Therapist Training program.

Katie is the Founder and School Director of AlcheMe Yoga Therapy; a yoga therapy company that offers professional training, comprehensive clinical programs, research and outreach initiatives. She received her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University and wrote her thesis on Yoga's ability to prevent and treat chronic disease. She has built successful community-based relationships with hospitals, health systems and clinics to integrate yoga therapy services into their offerings.

She has presented at SYTAR on 'How to develop and market comprehensive yoga therapy programs within clinical settings using a public health perspective' and 'Yoga Therapy as a Health Promotion Strategy for Underserved Communities'.

Katie is also passionate about bringing yoga to under-served communities and has implemented and directs yoga therapy programs at Hoag Hospital, Serve The People Clinic and Korean Community Services Clinic. She's currently building out a Yoga Promotores Program to train Spanish-speaking students to become yoga teachers to spread healthy living practices throughout various community organizations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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