Health Educator Training

Mission Statement

The Sivananda Institute of Health & Yoga (SIHY) seeks to empower individuals with classical Yoga tools and Self-knowledge to promote integral health, to reduce stress, to restore balance and a sense of purpose in one’s life. 

Join us for the inaugural two-year, 900-hour Yoga Health Educator Training beginning June 11, 2017 in Grass Valley Yoga Farm

Join us for the second 900-hour Health Educator Training beginning January 2018 in Dalat, Vietnam

Who benefits from this knowledge:

  • Yoga teachers
  • Health care providers
  • Hospitals
  • Acupuncture clinics
  • Physical therapist and chiropractor offices
  • Social workers
  • At-risk youth facilities
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Life coaches
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Those with a true passion for health and well-being


Be trained in the therapeutic application of Yoga techniques that show positive effects on the following health conditions:

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Cardiovascular conditions: Hypertension, heart diseases
  • Metabolic conditions: Diabetes, obesity, auto-immune disorders, chronic fatigue
  • Respiratory disorders: Asthma, improper breathing
  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Back health and spine issues, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, balance issues, mobility and stiffness due to age or sedentary/immobile modern lifestyle
  • Psychological and nervous system disorders: Psychosomatic diseases, sleep disorders, anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, trauma (PTSD), addiction, chronic pain
  • Special populations: Senior and aging, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, palliative care, rehabilitation and recovery after surgery and injury
  • Lack of spiritual health: Lack of self-discipline, self-care, meaning of life

This training offers the opportunity to apply classical Yoga teachings to empower others in their own self-healing.



Over the course of the training, the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator becomes versed in the therapeutic application of the Five Points of Yoga and the Four Paths of Yoga—Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga (includes Hatha Yoga), and Jnana Yoga.

The goal of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator is to empower participants in their own Self-healing through the practice of asana, pranayama, conscious relaxation techniques, vegetarian diet, positive thinking tools, and meditation practices.

Practical tools, foundational concepts and philosophical knowledge are gained to create the framework for more advanced study as one progresses through the program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the subtler aspects of the causes of disease and stress in the individual. Common health conditions addressed include respiratory disorders, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, psychology, etc.

Intensive study in Yoga psychology, the therapeutic effects of meditation practice, the theory of karma and disease, counseling techniques based in the Vedic sciences, Ayurveda psychology, as well as understanding the root cause of addiction and behaviors are covered in the curriculum. Thus, the Yoga Health Educator has the knowledge and intuitive capacity to be a positive and healthy instrument of healing.

Currently being accredited through the International Association of Yoga Therapists