The Kunga Yoga Therapeutic Essentials track is devised for yoga teachers, practitioners + health care providers who are interested in specializing in yoga as therapeutically-oriented, whether it be for musculoskeletal conditions, psychological states or a combination of both. This 300hr track combines the expertise of five highly accredited and nationally recognized yoga teachers + our own senior Kunga faculty.
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Therapeutic Essentials Track Modules Schedule
2017 Training Dates Below
- January 27-29:The Yoga Way: Toward Psychological Health + Emotional Wellbeing
- February 10-12: Experiential Anatomy I: Hips, Knees + Feet
- February 24-26: Pranayama’s Deeper Practices: Modern Applications in the Ancient Tradition of Tantric Hatha Yoga
- March 9-12 Service Leadership: Yoga for PTSD + Special Populations*
- April 28-30: Yoga for Trauma
- May 11-14: Kunga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training*
- June 23-25: Kunga Senior Yoga Teacher Training
- July 21-23: Kunga Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
- July 28-30: The Yoga Approach to Chronic Pain
- August 10-13: 5ELements Flow + Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training*
- October 6-8: Experiential Anatomy II: Shoulder Neck + Arms
- October 20-22: Myofasciae, Prana + the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy + Spirit
- November 9-12: Hands on Assisting Yoga Teacher Training*
- December 1-3:Experiential Anatomy III: Spine, Breath + Bandhas
*Four-Day Core Kunga Curriculum Modules
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- 300 CEU Hours toward RYT500.
- $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration if not taking the entire track.
- Participation in full track required to receive RYT500.
About Marlysa Sullivan, MPT + ERYT500
Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500 is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative science and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed many courses as well as being the founding clinic director for the Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy program at MUIH. Courses she created and currently teach include: Anatomy and Kinesiology, Yoga Perspectives on Heath and Disease, Yoga and the Mind, Yoga for the Chronic Pain, Orthopedic and Neurologic client populations and Physical Activity and Health. She also currently teaches Physiology.
At Emory University Marlysa teaches a semester long elective on yoga and mindfulness for physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
As a co-founder of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies she helps lead the 200 hour training as well as courses in the 500 hour training including yoga for chronic pain, anatomy and meditation. She is also on faculty at Omega Institute and teaches at Kripalu.
Marlysa is an active participant in research and has been involved in research on yoga for anxiety and on yoga for low back pain at Walter Reed.
She was on the educational standards committee with the IAYT to create standards for the field of yoga therapy
Marlysa has a strong passion for understanding both the more modern and scientific understanding of the body and mind and integrating this information with the ancient teachings, philosophy and practices of yoga. She believes in teaching from an experiential place- that the teachings and practices of yoga must be felt to be understood and to be integrated into caring for our clients. She is excited about the potential that yoga therapy can bring into our current healthcare climate and bringing both the scientific and ancient teachings into the education of our future healers, teachers and practitioners.
She has had the opportunity to study and mentor with amazing teachers including Julie Wilcox, Geshe Phende, Priti Robyn Ross, Sue Hopkins, Sherry Brourman, Neil Pearson and Matthew Taylor. She is currently studying with Richard Miller and the iRest Integrative Restoration Institute
About Tra Kirkpatrick, RYTE500
I was led to yoga in the spring of 1998 when I unexpectedly came upon an open house at a local yoga studio. At the time, I was in a place of Divine Discontent – unhappy, unhealthy, and unsettled. Despite that I had no yoga experience and no language to describe what I felt during my first experience on the mat, I knew that I was deeply touched by the practice so I kept going back. My life has never been the same.
Inspired by the healing powers of Yoga ~ not just the stuff we do on the mat, but the deeper, magical qualities that help us unfold ~ I eventually let go of a 15-year career to pursue further education and training in yoga and healing arts. In 2005 I became certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, studying with Yoganand Michael Carroll, and began sharing the practice of healing and wholeness that comes from our willingness to go within.
My desire to know more about the human body and the ways in which we are intricately woven led me to become certified as a Yoga Therapist, using the tools and techniques of Tantra Hatha Yoga to restore balance, increase vitality, and improve mental well-being. Simultaneously, I began to study the art of Thai Yoga Therapy and found that these two therapeutic modalities offered clients a place where compassion, love, and acceptance supported their paths of healing and wholeness.
Because community and collaboration are intricate aspects of the practice, in 2014 I joined my two friends and colleagues to launch the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. The Center offers two training tracks, including a 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher, which focuses on the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga and a 500-hour yoga therapy program, both of which are hosted at studios across the country.
In addition to teaching in both the 200 and 500 hour programs, I offer regular workshops and programs, weekly classes in Decatur and Atlanta, as well as see private clients for both yoga therapy and Thai Yoga in Decatur. You can learn more about my offerings at www.growithin.com.
About Holle Black, RYT500
Holle Black is an E-RYT 200 and RYT 500. She has a certification in Yoga Therapy in which she has studied extensively with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Marlysa Sullivan and Stacie Smith. She holds additional certifications in Prenatal yoga and Kids yoga and has also studied with Matthew Sanford, Tias Little and Mark Lilly. She has a strong interest and passion for teaching yoga therapeutically and in underserved populations, especially in the trauma population. This has led her to being involved in a research group between Emory University and the Atlanta VA. She is part of an ongoing study and has led 2 pilot groups and 2 research groups studying the medical benefits of yoga on women with PTSD from sexual trauma while in the military. As part of this project she has received individual training with David Emerson at the trauma center as well as ongoing mentoring with him.
Her love of teaching yoga and seeing the benefit of yoga for both underserved and the trauma population has also led her to co-develop and co-direct Centering Youth. A nonprofit organization whose mission it is to bring Yoga and Mindfulness to people in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system, those who have been sexually exploited, abused or are homeless and others who have not had the opportunity to experience the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness. You can learn more about this organization at www.centeringyouth.com.
About Jeffrey Shoaf, ERYT500
Jeffrey Shoaf E-RYT 500 has been an avid practitioner of yoga since his first class at Main Street Yoga in Illinois in August of 2002. His trainings from the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts include 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, 500 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Certification, and will also incorporate the 500 hr. advanced teaching certification in 2014. His teachers and mentors are Yoganand Michael Carroll, Jacci Reynolds, Marlysa Sullivan and Debra Risberg, of the Pranakriya and Kripalu lineages, and also included extensive early influence from the work of Gary Kraftsow and Eric Schiffman. Jeffrey is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing integrative bodywork, with a focus on myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. Additionally, he offers ayurvedic body treatments with the direction and assistance of Dr. Ashlesha Raut, a Board Certified Ayurvedic Physician here at our Healing Arts Center in Illinois. He works with clients and students individually, integrating bodywork and yoga therapy techniques to improve, integrate, and unite the body/mind connections.
About Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center, David Emerson
Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction with severely traumatized adults with PTSD. Mr. Emerson has extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD in various populations, and has developed, conducted, and supervised yoga groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several scholarly articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of the forthcoming, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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- Upon enrollment in a track, student will be registered in all required workshops in that calendar year. With 30 days notice, students are permitted to “swap” one module from the calendar year in which they enrolled for the same module in the following calendar year.
- With 30 days notice, students are permitted to “swap” additional modules with the payment of a $150 administration fee.
- If notice is given within less than 30 days of the workshop start-date, then the total tuition for the individual workshop is non-refundable + non-transferable. The workshop will be re-purchased (early bird pricing is available if applicable), upon enrollment to make up the late-cancel training.
- No refunds will be given for any portion of the tuition regardless of whether the student completes the program.