Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program

Yoga Therapy Training

The Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program

Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga offers the highest quality training and experience for individuals seeking to apply Yoga and Ayurveda in the manner in which it was originally intended, as therapy.  We believe that integrated training and practice is essential for a yoga therapist.  Rasa Yoga trainings feature the Rasa Yoga Learning Method which closely aligns with Elaborative Rehearsal Learning, a method that has been proven to allow for a 90% retention of material learned. 

Acceptance into the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Training requires the prior completion of a 200-hour teacher training course.  Students may obtain this level of training through several paths:

  • Rasa Yoga Virarupa I Certification
  • Rasa Yoga TT200 certification plus the Bridge Program
  • 200-hour Teacher Training course from another yoga school plus the Bridge Program

In addition to a 200-hour teacher training certification, students applying to the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program must also have a minimum of:

  • One (1) year of personal practice
  • One (1) year of teaching experience

IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Program

Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breath work, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Yoga therapists have in-depth training to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific goals while considering any limitations you might be experiencing. The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.

Our Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program will fully prepare you to work one-on-one or in small group sessions.  

To learn More, Check out our 

RYCP Curriculum Manual

Program Format

An ongoing series of workshops, assignments and practicum that requires a minimum of 4 years to complete.

 

 

Focus

Transforming knowledge into wisdom and service – assisting the student in taking the information understood and applying it to become a professional level therapist with the ability to move students forward on a path of evolution.

Who it Serves

The committed student seeking personal mastery and the ability to empower the reduction of suffering in the lives of others through the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practices of Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga Cikitsa Training Components:

Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga Cikitsa program consists of a total of 1,291.75 hours.

Upon acceptance to the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program, students complete the following training components:

  • Foundations of Yoga Cikitsa
    • A series of courses and assignments that can be completed within ~1-2 years.
    • Builds on the foundation of yoga teacher training, imparting the next stage of understanding on all levels with emphasis on moving toward becoming a yoga therapist & mentor.
    • Upon completion of Foundations of Yoga Cikitsa, students are eligible to apply through Yoga Alliance as RYT-500.
  • Ayurveda Cikitsa
    • A series of courses and assignments that can be completed within ~3-4 years (courses can be taken concurrently with Foundations of Yoga Therapy courses after 6 months or more of Foundations of Yoga Therapy).
    • Focus on knowledge and experience of the philosophy, science and art of Ayurveda, disseminated over time allowing for practice & integration.
    • Upon completion of Ayurveda Cikitsa, students are eligible to be certified as an Ayurvedic Educator through Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga.
    • Upon completion of both Foundations of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Cikitsa, students are eligible to apply for Practicum.
  • Practicum: ~1-2 years
    • Mentored internship of a minimum 300 hours Practicum Delivery (~2-3 years) + 108 hours documentation and mentoring.
    • Student interns begin working with peers in clinical settings, document all sessions and receive feedback to support continued growth.
    • Focus on application and integration of knowledge gained through direct experience.
    • Upon completion of all three components, students are eligible to apply for certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as C-IAYT.  

Note: Being Yoga and Being Ayurveda are currently offered in a  Synchronous Distance Learning format.

Program Schedule

See our current schedule of Workshops and Cikitsa Modules here:

Workshop Schedule

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Applicants to the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program must meet the following pre-requisites for admission:

  • 200 Hour yoga teaching certification or the equivalent
  • At least one (1) year of yoga teaching experience
  • At least (1) year of personal practice

The Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program Application form is available here:

Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program Application

Current Rasa Yoga Students

Active Rasa Yoga students in good academic standing and meeting the above pre-requisite requirements may enroll by:

  • Completing the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program Application
  • Paying applicable tuition and fees
  • Scheduling an admissions interview and induction session with the Director of Yoga Studies
  • Begin attending workshops and trainings as guided by Director of Yoga Studies and assigned by mentor

New  Students

Students applying to the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program from outside Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga and meeting the above pre-requisite requirements may enroll by:

  • Completing the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program Application
  • Paying applicable tuition and fees
  • Scheduling an admissions interview and induction session with the Director of Yoga Studies
  • Completing the Bridge Program 
    • Bridge Program courses may be completed in person or via distance learning as determined by the Program Director, mentor and student.
  • Begin attending workshops and trainings as guided by Director of Yoga Studies, and assigned mentor

Transfer Credit

Students are welcome to apply to Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga at any stage of their training, however Rasa Yoga does not currently accept transfer credit from other yoga therapy training programs. Students may apply, successfully complete the Bridge Program and then begin the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all members, students, volunteers, clients, vendors and staff.  Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga does not discriminate in its programs or employment opportunities in regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or military status. Rasa Yoga School of Ayurveda Yoga complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination.

Tuition, Fees & Refund Policy

Tuition & Fees

All program fees and other fees must be paid in full before certification can be given. Full payment agreement becomes binding at the first payment of the program to which the student has been admitted.

The tuition amount for the full Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program is $20,695. This amount covers all courses as outlined in the Training Booklet, induction, mentoring, 10 Private Lessons, assessment and administrative fees. Not covered in program tuition is the cost of books & supplies (~$2,500), accommodations and travel to residential training ($5,000) and any voluntary retreats or workshops not outlined as part of the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Program (see Training Booklet).

Accommodations/travel and books & supplies must be paid separately.

Refund Policy

No refunds or transfers on class tuition, workshops, upper level programs, private or group yoga therapy sessions, sound healing sessions, or chiropractic.
Boutique credit on unused and unopened items purchased within 14 days. No refund or credit on books. 5 class card is valid for 6 months; 10 class card is valid for 1 year.

Our Faculty

Meet the Rasa Yoga Cikitsa Faculty

Padma Shakti

Yoga Teachings and Philosophy, Yoga and the Mind, Framework for Health and Disease (Ayurveda), Biomedical and Psychological Foundations, Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills, Principles of Therapeutic Relationship, Principles and Skills for Educating Clients/Students, Principles and Skills for Working with Groups, Practicum, Mentoring, Professional Practice, Ethical Principles, Personal and Professional Development and Continuing Education, Mentoring: Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the practicum and all areas mentoring

Gracie Alcocer

Yoga Teachings and Philosophy, Yoga and the Mind, Ayurveda – Framework for Health and Disease, Psychology and Mental Health, Yoga Therapy Tools and Skills, Practicum Mentor

Denise Ngo

Yoga Teachings and Philosophy (Nada Yoga and Primal Sound), Yoga Therapy Tools (Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Bandhas, Kriya) and Therapeutic Skills (Teaching Methodology)

Ande Smith

Functional Biomedical Foundations: Anatomy and Physiology, biomechanics of movement, additional biomedical knowledge, Yoga Therapy tools and therapeutic skills, Asana techniques and therapeutic effects, Principles and skills for educating clients and students (teaching methodology)

Paul Hatton

Advisor on Anatomy and Physiology, Additional Biomedical Knowledge, Psychology and Mental Health, Professional Practice, Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians and Organizations

Dr. Araceli Casso

Western Psychiatric Perspective, Biomedical Knowledge, Polyvagal Theory, Yoga Teachings and Philosophy, Yoga and the Mind, Ayurveda – Framework for Health and Disease, Psychology and Mental Health, Therapeutic Skills (Teaching Methodology)

* Pending as part of IAYT Reaccreditation

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Rasa Yoga

17226 Mercury Dr

Suite #108

Houston, TX 77058

281.282.9400

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