East Meets West Yoga Center

Teacher Training

Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program with Bob Butera, PhD (IAYT Accredited)

Enhance Your Teaching Skills and Take Your Personal Practice to the Next Level with this training

If you are a yoga teacher certified at the 200-hour level (in any tradition), our program will help you enhance teaching skills and continue your journey of self discovery.


Many yoga teachers looking for a 500 hour certification (Yoga Alliance registered) that will guide their personal and professional growth while improving their teaching skills and honing their abilities to work with a wider variety of students in small specialized groups or one-on-one sessions.    If this sounds like you, then this program is what you have been searching for.


300 Hour Course Overview/Topics of Study:


o Yogic Diagnostic Tools for Yoga Lifestyle Coaching
o Models for Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Healing
o Practical Yoga Psychology & Healthy Relationships
o Functional Anatomy, Systems of the Body & Applied Practices
o Yoga Principles Navigating Home & Work Life
o Networking, Boundaries & Professional Ethics
o Stress Management as Preventative Care
o Personal Mentoring & Peer Support



Why Comprehensive Yoga Therapy? (continuing the program in Levels 2 and 3)

There’s no denying that we are in a state of health crisis in the Western world. As many great minds work toward evolving the current system of patient care, the certified Comprehensive Yoga Therapist will be in a unique position to pick up where modern medicine leaves off, empowering clients to augment their current care model with exploration and resolution of the deeper lifestyle issues that lie at the root of many of modern disease conditions.

Students join the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT) training for a variety of reasons. Many are yoga teachers looking for a 500 hour certification (Yoga Alliance registered) that will guide their personal and professional growth while improving their teaching skills and honing their abilities to work with a wider variety of students in small specialized groups or one-on-one sessions.

Others are professionals like Doctors, Nurses, Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists and Personal Trainers who see where the current healthcare model is failing and are looking for new ideas on how to enhance their current approach with tools and models of assessment and understanding that reflect more inclusive, holistic paradigms.

A large portion of CYT students are looking for a new profession, and start the program with the intent of pursuing the 1000 hours of training (offered in CYT Levels Two & Three) that will be designed to meet with the developing standards from the International Association of Yoga Therapists. CYT is committed to supporting IAYT and meeting their standards, and two of the program’s primary teachers, Bob Butera, PhD and Staffan Egelid, PhD work directly with IAYT in committee and/or board positions to help bring more awareness and structure to this developing profession.

Why Comprehensive Yoga Therapy? A Holistic Yogic Lifestyle Approach

The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program at YogaLife views each aspect of the human experience as having the potential to be a source of healing and inspiration. Fragmentation and stress is universal, yet each individual experiences stress as well as health & healing very differently. This program aims to assess and understand the whole person with an eye towards cultivating the Yogic approach of embracing the many different and interrelated levels on which healing can occur – energetic, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. While a human being may not always be able to control pain or the outcome of the healing process, Yoga teaches that each individual may overcome the resistance to pain or suffering.

This program intends to shift the current cultural healthcare perspective from the passive patient model to a more active model where the patient is a student of their own processes and becomes empowered to be a proactive participant in their own healing. The course does not intend to make the Yoga Therapist into a Doctor, Psychologist, Physical Therapist or other therapeutic professional who deals with acute disease conditions. In this model, the Yoga Therapist works with other medical and healing professionals as a supporting expert offering clients a highly personalized lifestyle, stress management and holistic health plan.

The YogaLife Institute programs are based on the work of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India, which was the first Yoga Center in the world to open their doors to the general public in 1917. The Yoga Institute has researched and offered Yoga Therapy programs for more than 90 years and continues to be a leader in the field. The key principles of Psychology & Spirituality, Lifestyle & Philosophy, Meditation & Psychosomatic Practices, Healthy Routines & Yoga Hygiene, Yoga Postures & Breathing Exercises offer a strong and scientifically proven approach for creating and/or maintaining a Healthy Yoga Lifestyle.

Graduates will be qualified to pursue Level 2 & Level 3 Trainings that will be designed to meet the developing 1000 HR. IAYT Standards for Yoga Therapy.


Course Logistics:

300 hours of Study: 200 Contact Hours, 80 Practicum Hours, 50 Hours Home Study, 9 Weekend Intensive Trainings, 8 Mentoring Study Sessions, 8+ Formal Case studies

Contact Dawn Curtis (dawn@eastmeetswestcenter.com) for specifics

Space is limited.   Contact Dawn Curtis at dawn@eastmeetswestcenter.com  or call 703-356-9642  for more information.


FEE:    $4,000.00 

Early Registration:    Payment made by August 1, 2014   $ 3,750.00

(Payment plan is available upon request.)


Bob Butera, Phd: Bob is founder of The YogaLife Institute and publisher of Yoga Living Magazine, author of The Pure Heart of Yoga (2010) & Meditation for Your Life (2012) has been teaching Yoga & Meditation for over 20 years. Bob was originally trained by pioneers in the field of Yoga Therapy at The Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India, and holds a PhD in the field of Yoga Therapy from The California Institute of Integral Studies. He is currently serving as the Vice President on the Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Staffan Elgelid, PT, GCFT, PhD: Dr. Elgelid is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College. At Nazareth College he teaches health and wellness and is the director of the college’s health and wellness programs. He has presented on a multitude of topics both nationally and internationally. He is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been active in the Feldenkrais and Somatic Education community both at a national and international level. Staffan is on the Advisory Council for the International Association of Yoga Therapists, has published several articles in IAYT publications and holds a yoga therapy certification from YogaLife Institute.

Kristen Butera, ERYT-500, PYT: Kristen is the co-owner of the YogaLife Institute and the editor of Yoga Living Magazine. With more than 2000 hours of Yoga Philosophy & Anatomy training, she is certified in multiple styles including Kripalu, Classical, Vinyasa & Yoga Therapy. Voted one of Philadelphia Magazine’s 10 Best Yoga Teachers in 2010, she teaches a variety of classes, trainings and workshops that employ the principles of functional anatomy, yoga philosophy and practical adaptability in order to to empower students of all levels to work at their own pace, be at home in their bodies and use the tools of Yoga to live a richer, fuller life.

Erin Byron is the Director of Welkin YogaLife, Brantford, Ontario and has been teaching Yoga and providing counselling for over ten years. She leads the Yoga Teacher Training, Chakra, and Meditation for Your Type programs, as well as many Yoga classes on the schedule. She offers private sessions in Yoga Therapy, Expressive Arts, and Psychotherapy at Welkin YogaLife. Erin’s Master of Arts research studied the benefits of Yoga practices in coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the literary review of the study equipped her for helping people with a range of physical and mental health concerns.

Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program Dates:

September 26 – 28, 2014
October 11 – 12, 2014
November 7 – 9, 2014
December 12 – 14, 2014

January 9 – 11, 2015
February 6 – 8, 2015
March 6 – 8, 2015
April 11 – 12, 2015
May 15 – 17, 2015

June 12 – 14, 2015

FEE:    Early bird registration by August 1, 2014     3,750.00

After August 1,  $ 4,000.00

(Payment plan is available for this program — please inquire)