Course Overview

1. Yoga Therapy Foundations, Practice 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

2018-2019 Course Dates

  • February 2nd, 2018
  • March 2nd, 2018
  • April 6th, 2018
  • May 4th, 2018
  • June 1st, 2018
  • August 24th, 2018
  • September 21st, 2018
  • October 26th, 2018
  • November 16th, 2018
  • January 18th, 2019


Class meets one Friday night per month from 6:00-9:15pm for 10 months. This course begins every February

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: 32.5 hours
  • Non-Contact Hours: 15 hours
  • Pre-Registration Cost: $600 before 1/19/17
  • Post-Registration Cost: $650 after 3/10/17
  • Course included in 300hr auto-pay contract

Kate Allen

Kate 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 850hr Yoga Therapist Training Program; which began in August 2016.