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YogaLife Institute Presents:
820 Hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training

"The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training was a fantastic experience. I especially enjoyed learning from such an interesting and experienced variety of holistic professionals. I have a clear sense of the value and purpose of yoga therapy, and feel that the CYT training program has given me all the tools I need to excel at being a yoga therapist."

Dear Friend in Yoga:

Welcome to the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training at YogaLife Institute - a uniquely powerful perspective on health and healing. We have been a destination for yoga lifestyle education for 25 years now, and in many ways, the transformational process of yoga therapy is at the heart of everything that we teach.

Our program is designed differently, with roots that started with my training at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India, integrated during my PhD studies in Yoga Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies and eventually grew into a full-scale training program. As you will soon learn, we are, in many ways, a world apart from other yoga therapy programs.

Being a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist is an amazing journey - a sacred calling to develop your yoga skills and personal gifts and take them out into the world. Is it the right program for you? We are here to help you answer that question. Please watch my video and then read on. Questions are welcome!

On behalf of our entire team, we look forward to helping you expand your knowledge and skillset and support your journey from Yoga Teacher to Yoga Therapist

Listen, Learn, Love & Live,
Bob Butera, Founder

Is Comprehensive Yoga Therapy the right program for you? Find out one of two ways.

  1. Contact us today to set up a Free Program Telephone Consultation where we will discuss your Yoga Journey and aspirations. We will be happy to offer specific details around how the study/time allocations will work.
  1. If you prefer to conduct more research on your own, please download our FREE GUIDE; titled "To Be or Not To Be a Yoga Therapist?" using form in this section.

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Level One Enrollment Now Open for September 2021

How & Why Our Classical Lineage & Modern Innovation Methods Deliver a Unique Yoga Therapy Training Experience.

The Purpose: Founder Bob Butera’s classical lineage is fused with wisdom with modern lifestyle innovations, developed during the 20 years he has been training yoga teachers. Bob’s heritage and wisdom, and years of experience, when combined with Kristen’s innovative somatic approach to adaptive yoga practices produces profound differences from other Yoga Therapy Trainings.

The YogaLife Institute program shifts the current cultural healthcare perspective from a passive disease-driven model to a more proactive model; where the client is continually engaging in the process of restoring or maintaining health. In the YogaLife Institute Model, the Yoga Therapist works with medical and healing professionals, augmenting the patient care plan with lifestyle interventions, stress management tools, movement, breathing and other practices.

In addition to Bob & Kristen Butera, the Comprehensive Yoga therapy teaching team are all practicing C-IAYT certified yoga therapists that bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the program. Everyone who teaches in the program has both designed parts of, as well as taken, the program. In addition to being experts in yoga therapy, each teacher brings a unique background of study with them into the program that influences their perspective on yoga therapy - Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy, Somatic Education, Speech Pathology, Early Childhood Development, Massage Therapy. Students will appreciate having an experience of variety of perspectives, as well as a clear and unified vision of yoga therapy that only happens when a team of teachers like ours co-create a program.




The Training Style: 6 Reasons Why It’s So Effective

Comprehensive Yoga Therapy empowers people to explore the deeper lifestyle issues that lie at the root of many modern disease conditions. The program shifts the current cultural healthcare perspective from a passive disease-driven model to a more proactive model where the Yoga Therapist and their clients are continually engaged in the process of restoring or maintaining physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health. 

In this program, Yoga Therapists learn how to guide clients using a holistic perspective that encompasses all of the transformative perspectives and practices of Yoga. Each aspect of the human experience is viewed as having the potential to be a source of healing and inspiration and is explored and mastered during the duration of the program.

This is not a one-size fits all program. Comprehensive Yoga emphasizes that addressing individual needs and goals is key. Two people with the same disease condition might walk on completely different pathways to healing. CYT focuses on creating powerful mind/body spirit/connections, and yoga therapists draw from a large database of practice experience to create personalized practice and self care protocols for their clients.

Comprehensive Yoga Therapy does not look to replace medical modalities, the focus is on helping clients to augment their current care model with a holistic focus that embraces the many different and interrelated levels on which health and healing can occur.

In this model, the Yoga Therapist works with medical and healing professionals, augmenting the patient care plan with lifestyle interventions, stress management tools, movement, breathing, visualization, nutrition, changes of habitual thought patterns and other healthy lifestyle practices.

While a human being may not always be able to control pain or the outcome of the healing process, Yoga therapy teaches that each individual may overcome the resistance to pain or suffering and be more skillful at self-regulation and care regardless of health or disease conditions

Pathway to Becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist

The Three Levels of Training Defined

Level One

Build Foundations
  • Learn powerful yoga lifestyle principles, assessments and interventions. Dive deep into the applications of yoga philosophy and psychology.
  • Apply Yoga Therapy to your self - transform your perspective and experience of yoga therapy from the inside out.
  • Expand your skillset – create a database of new and exciting movement experiences that will innovate your classes and private teaching sessions.
  • Learn how to teach to the individual instead of teaching poses – gain insight into yoga poses and creating meaningful and innovative practice experiences
  • Gain concurrent RYT500 Certification - This program meets and exceeds the standards.

Level Two

Embody the Knowledge
  • Develop clinical skills. Dive deep into the applications of yoga philosophy and psychology via real-life case studies.
  • Apply Yoga Therapy to your case study clients – build confidence and experience with the support of your teachers, mentors and fellow students.
  • Gain deeper insights into a variety of disease conditions – learn how yoga therapy can support and guide specific healing processes.
  • Be empowered to take on the role of yoga therapist – apply what you know and learn more as you go. Get compassionate education, peer feedback and professional mentorship input as you take your skills to the next level.

Clinical Skills

Refine Expertise
  • Learn advanced client care and session management skills. Expand your experience to adapting with a client over an extended period of time.
  • Refine your ability to adapt practices to individual goals and needs. Learn to support clients with a variety of health conditions.
  • Help clients Identify their movement habits, Differentiate new options and Integrate what they learn in their movement practices in daily life.
  • Get personalized one-to-one mentorship as you develop your Yoga Therapy clinical skills.

Praise for the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training Programs

“The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training was a fantastic experience. I especially enjoyed learning from such an interesting and experienced variety of holistic professionals. I have a clear sense of the value and purpose of yoga therapy, and feel that the CYT training program has given me all the tools I need to excel at being a yoga therapist. I am truly grateful for the entire learning experience.”

“Going through the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training made me realize how much more there is to Yoga Therapy than I had originally anticipated. Bob Butera and the Yoga Life Institute faculty bring all aspects of Yoga into Yoga Therapy, and upon graduation the graduates are ready to carry that vision into the world. Yoga Therapy, as taught at the Yoga Life Institute, can make a significant impact on the future of health care in the US and the world”.


“The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training at YogaLife is a transformative experience that revolutionized the way that I think about and teach yoga practices. I really appreciated all of the knowledge and mentorship offered by Dr. Butera and the training team. I highly recommend this program to anyone who are looking to evolve their teaching skills and work with people in a therapeutic environment.”


"The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy is an in depth program that helps students experience yoga therapy as a holistic entity - the lenses of yoga psychology, theory, anatomy, and practices are all applied. The program empowered me to deepen my self knowledge, and create a platform from which I can serve others more skillfully." 

"I have attended a lot of Yoga trainings over the last 10 years. The CYT training has been the most organized, clearest and enlightened course that I have ever participated in. In addition, I also had a lot of fun hanging out with so many amazing yoga people. The friendships that I made in the program really supported my growth process."

"As a Physical Therapist, I have found that the spiritual piece of the healing process is often overlooked. This course has made my personal practice feel whole and helped me feel more in touch with my self, others and the divine. The simplicity and clarity of the CYT teachings are very powerful and clear. I am so grateful for this program and the learning opportunities it has provided."

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Bob Butera, PhD

Founder & Programs Director

Bob is the founder of The YogaLife Institute. He studied yoga at The Yoga Institute of Mumbai. He holds Masters in Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion and a Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy & Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

He is the author of several books, The Pure Heart of Yoga, Meditation for Your Life and Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety Body Mindful Yoga, (Llewellyn Worldwide) and the former publisher of Yoga Living Magazine. Bob has been training Yoga Teachers & Yoga Therapists for more than 25 Years.

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