Yoga Yoga Partners with Om Prana Yoga to Bring First IAYT-Accredited Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program to Kansas City
Industry leader Yoga Yoga and yoga studio Om Prana Yoga in Parkville, Missouri, are partnering to bring the first Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) to Kansas City. Launching in February 2018, this program will allow Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) to gain specialized knowledge and practical tools to offer yoga’s healing benefits to a wide range of people exhibiting a variety of conditions.
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga, according to IAYT. “Yoga as a tradition encompasses a wide range of mind and body practices, including breathing exercises, deep relaxation, meditation, and the well-known asanas or physical exercises,” explains Wendy Landry, founder of Om Prana Yoga and IAYT-certified yoga therapist. “Yoga therapy tailors these yoga practices to the specific health needs of an individual, in many cases collaborating with medical professionals. This promotes a holistic approach to improvement of health and can assist in the treatment of specific medical conditions, including back pain, injury recovery, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, insomnia and much more.”
Research shows that yoga is poised to make major breakthroughs in mainstream healthcare as a powerful, non-invasive and cost-effective complement to Western and Integrative Medicine. According to the 2016 Yoga in America national study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, over 36 million U.S. adults practice yoga. The study indicated that almost half of current practitioners started practicing yoga to improve their overall health. One significant trend to emerge from the study is the use of yoga as medical therapy. According to the study, top reasons for beginning a yoga practice include stress relief, physical therapy, a medical condition, mental health, and prenatal health. Research studies have shown yoga to be beneficial for people with a wide variety of health conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, eating disorders, and chronic pain. General health benefits of yoga include stress relief, increased strength and flexibility, and improved concentration.
Yoga Yoga’s innovative and comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training Program, one of only 21 accredited programs in the U.S., bridges the gap between classical yoga practice and modern healthcare, preparing today’s yoga teachers for careers on the cutting edge of healthcare in America. Yoga Yoga has been training yoga teachers at the 200 and 500-hour level since 1997 and offering Yoga Therapy Training Programs since 2014. Upon completion of the 800-hour Yoga Therapy Training Program, students are eligible for certification by IAYT, the most distinguished designation in the industry.
About Om Prana Yoga: Founded by IAYT Yoga Therapist Wendy Landry in 2010, Om Prana Yoga studio in Parkville, Missouri, specializes in offering yoga therapy in both class and individualized sessions, along with meditation, corporate wellness, various levels and styles of yoga classes, continuing education programs, and workshops. Since 2014, Om Prana Yoga has been training yoga teachers at the 200-hour level. The addition of a Yoga Therapy Training Program will allow teachers to apply for 500-hour registration at completion of Module 1. For more information, visit www.ompranayoga.com or call (816) 876-4638.
About Yoga Yoga: An industry leader both nationally and locally, Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, is the premier source for yoga with four locations, over 325 classes weekly, and an Ayurvedically-inspired wellness spa. With more than 100 registered yoga teachers, Yoga Yoga provides a wide variety of yoga styles for new and continuing students, including Hatha, Kundalini, and Ashtanga. Yoga Yoga Teacher Training offers a nationally recognized program with 200 and 500-hour courses approved by the Yoga Alliance and one of only 21 IAYT-Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Programs in the U.S. A thought-leader in the realm of Integrative Medicine and Health, CEO Rich Goldstein is at the forefront of integrating yoga into healthcare. For more information, visit www.yogayoga.com or call (512) 358-1200.