Course Overview

1. Yoga and Public Health

This foundation course begin in March every year and continues for 10 months throughout the year.

Please call the studio to pre-register (714) 417-9834. If trainees are enrolling in the entire 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Program, they will receive pre-registration pricing. We ask that trainees pre-register at least 2 weeks before the course begins to get a final headcount to prepare course materials.

This course provides the backbone to the 300hr Teacher Training Program, as it pulls together the information from all of the other 300hr courses. 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, including: musculoskeletal ailments, heart disease, respiratory / energetic imbalances, addiction, obesity, relationships etc.

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 obesity related 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.

 What Will You Gain?

– A deeper understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of the human experience.
– The factors that influence our physical, mental, emotional health.
– How to apply Yogic tools for specific health conditions.
– How to conduct a Community Needs Assessment Report.
– How to design, implement, and evaluate a Yoga Therapy Community Intervention Program.
– Learn to work with clients one-on-one, assess their needs, and apply the appropriate Yogic practices to empower the individual to create a joyful, healthy and purposeful existence.
– Basic understanding of how to teach Yoga in Spanish

2017-2018 Course Dates

  • March 24th, 2017
  • April 21st, 2017
  • May 5th, 2017
  • June 2nd, 2017
  • July 14th, 2017
  • August 25th 2017
  • September 29th, 2017
  • October 27th, 2017
  • November 17th, 2017
  • January 26th, 2018


Class meets one Friday night per month from 6:00-9:30pm for 10 months. This course begins every March.

Non-contact hours include the final project where each student will choose one specific group or a specific client to develop, implement and evaluate a 6-week Yoga program.

  • Course Title: MOD1YPH
  • Contact Hours: 35 hours
  • Non-Contact Hours: 15 hours
  • Pre-Registration Cost: $525 before 3/10/17
  • Post-Registration Cost: $575 after 3/10/17
  • Course included in 300hr auto-pay contract

Katie Allen

Katie Allen leads the Yoga and Public Health course. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University in 2006 and wrote her thesis on Yoga’s ability to prevent and treat chronic diseases. She completed her Yoga Therapy training at Loyola Marymount University and has continued her private studies with Robert Birnberg since 2009, focusing on the Yoga Sutras and Positive Psychology.

She spent a month studying the Yoga Sutras at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India in 2011. She developed and implemented the first Yoga Therapy Program at Newport Academy; which is an adolescent treatment facility in Orange County, CA.

She leads 200hr and 300hr teacher trainings at Be The Change and most recently developed Orange County’s first 800hr Yoga Therapist Training Program; which began in August 2016.