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4/27 Yoga Therapy + Public Health Course

April 27 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am


Course Overview

This course explores the various factors that influence health at the macro-level using a public health lens, while at the same time, exploring the inner world of the human being using Yoga models to identify and treat imbalances.

This course explores the various factors that influence health at the macro-level using a public health lens, while at the same time, exploring the inner world of the human being using Yoga models to identify and treat imbalances.​Class lectures provide an introduction to the primary yoga therapy assessment models based upon the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya. Students will learn how to use these models to assess client imbalances, identify contraindications and implement appropriate tools based on client assessments. You will learn broad strokes yoga therapy practices for conditions that include: low back ailments, heart disease, respiratory/energetic imbalances, addiction, digestive ailments, and relationship issues.

In addition, the public health perspective examines why current interventions have been ineffective at curbing the chronic disease epidemic with the majority of Americans dying from heart disease, smoking, cancer, diabetes and digestive illnesses that can largely be prevented with changes in diet, lifestyle, and stress management.

After understanding current disease trends and behavioral risk factors, we seek to remedy these conditions with the myriad of tools and practices that yoga has to offer. In fact, Yoga addresses the underlying causes of chronic conditions and provides a time-tested holistic healing system with the sole purpose of creating a clear, stable, rational mind that will make good choices. Thus Yoga provides the sound methodology that our current public health educators lack to empower the individual with tools to change and sustain positive health behaviors.

In addition, this course weaves in an invaluable public health perspective to empower yoga therapists with language to advocate for yoga therapy services within health systems. Trainees will gain knowledge of the risk factors that influence health behaviors and how yoga therapy intervention programs can be applied to improve health outcomes for specific conditions. Trainees will also learn how to develop, implement and evaluate group yoga therapy programs for specific populations or health conditions.

Course Details

Course Tuition:

  • $450
  • Included in 300hr auto-pay
  • 24 Contact Hours

Course Dates:

  • Class 1: 4/27/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM – The Human Condition from a Yoga Perspective
  • Session 2: 5/4/24 8:30 – 11:30 AM – Intro to Yoga Philosophy: How to Alleviate Suffering  and the Human Condition from a Public Health Perspective
  • Session 3: 6/1/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM – The Spine: physical imbalances (strained low back muscles, herniated discs, sciatica), The Abdomen and Digestion: physical / mental / emotional / energetic factors and treatment tools
  • Session 4: 6/23/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM– How Yoga Therapy Works + Assessment Models
  • Session 5: 7/13/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM – Bringing Yoga Therapy into Vulnerable Communities
  • Session 6: 11/9/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM – Yoga Therapy for the Heart and Lungs.
  • Session 7: 11/23/24, 8:30 – 11:30 AM – Yoga Therapy for Creating a Balanced Mind. Final Exam Review.
  • Session 8: 12/7/24 – Final Presentations and Exam


Next Course Begins 4/27/24!

Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

This course is led by Katie Allen. She co-founded Be The Change Yoga and is the School Director for the 300-hour Teacher Training Program and 850-hour Yoga Therapist Training. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University and wrote her thesis on Yoga’s Ability to Prevent and Treat Chronic Diseases.

Since then, her mission is to use her public health lens as a means of advancing the field of Yoga Therapy.  She develops yoga therapy program for hospitals, health systems and founded AlcheMe Yoga Therapy, a professional yoga therapy organization consisting of education, research, program implementation and job creation.


April 27
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Be The Change Yoga Staff
(949) 551-5300


Be The Change Yoga
14988 Sand Canyon Ave, Studio 5
Irvine, CA 92618 United States
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(949) 551-5300