Yoga as Therapy North America (YATNA)
The YATNA yoga therapist training program provides 800 hours of in-depth training in yoga therapy in the tradition of Śri T. Krishnamacharya and Mr. TKV Desikachar. Through its comprehensive curriculum, practical internships and individual mentoring, the training offers an opportunity for thorough grounding in the therapeutic application of yoga as well as foundational knowledge of the integration of yoga with allopathic medicine. Trainees will also gain knowledge on the modern scientific evidence of yoga as a therapy and approaches to integrate yoga with allopathic medicine. Graduates of the program will be equipped to practice yoga therapy in both private one-to-one sessions and small group classes.
Yoga therapy is an integrative and holistic practice of healthcare and wellness. It uses a broad range of tools to support health, promote healing and facilitate personal transformation. An ancient and self-empowering healing discipline, YATNA’s yoga therapy is rooted in the Yoga of Patañjali, the Āyurvedic system of health and wellness, and the wisdom of the Vedas. Modern science has begun to recognize the value of yoga’s ancient wisdom as it is being integrated into conventional medical care around the world. Yoga offers an immensely practical method for improving quality of life, psychological wellbeing, and joyful living.
YATNA’s yoga therapy approach to the human system is both holistic and specific: it recognizes that a person’s body, breath, mind, behavior and emotions are distinct dimensions that are also deeply interconnected and influencing of one another. This holistic, yet differentiated, understanding of the human system creates a rich frame of reference from which to understand the needs and capabilities of the people with whom we work. Accordingly, in creating individual treatment protocols, this multifaceted framework provides the yoga therapist with a wide array of tools and techniques. Each of these tools is capable of addressing one specific dimension of the human system, as well as influencing the entire system as a whole. This yoga therapy framework allows the therapist to address each person’s unique needs, continually adapting the therapeutic practice to meet the person’s needs as they change over time.
There are many personal benefits to becoming a qualified yoga therapist. By committing to the discipline, we ourselves are inspired to transform into more clear, stable, compassionate and confident individuals. By understanding the appropriate application of yoga to the human system, we are equipped with a truly holistic guide for achieving health, healing and happiness within ourselves and in our lives. Yoga therapy is a genuinely healing technology of great variety and nuance.
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The Meaning of YATNA in Sanskrit
The choice of the word ‘yatna’ for the Yoga Therapist Training Program acronym is related to the meaning of the word in Sanskrit. Yatna means effort or attempt. In Patañjali’s Yogasūtra 2:47, we find the word prayatna, which means intelligent or appropriate effort. In sūtra 2:47 prayatna is paired with śaithilya, which means the release of unnecessary tensions. In his book, Liberating Isolation: the Yogasūtra of Patañjali, Frans Moors comments as follows: "Relaxation is possible because the effort is appropriate." The concept of giving intelligent effort applies not only to our āsana practice, but also to our prāṇāyāma practice and to meditation. Indeed, the concept applies to how we live our lives. We give our most intelligent and appropriate effort and then let the results go with detachment. This is how we live our yoga.