Stress Management Teacher Training Online
April 26–June 28, 2022

with Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT and Swami Ramananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
TUITION* $995.00
$900.00 Early Bird exp. 3/27/2022

Dates and Times (PDT)
April 26-June 28, 2022
(no class 5/8, 5/28-29, 6/19)

Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:00 pm (7:30– 10:00 pm ET)
Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00 and 11-1:00 pm (11 am–1 pm and 2–4 pm ET)
Sundays  8:00-10:00 am (11 am–1 pm ET)

Yoga Alliance: 80
IAYT hours: 82

Integral Yoga® 300-hour Program

For Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists and trainees, and health professionals.

Program details

In this online training, you will gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments, including the workplace, healthcare facilities, schools, and Yoga studios.

Learn Yoga practices that can help your students recover from past stress, cope with stress as it arises, and develop resilience for the future. Learn to adapt a variety of Yoga practices—including Hatha Yoga poses, relaxation and breathwork, Raja, and Karma Yoga—to be accessible to any population.


  • Yoga Postures adapted for stress relief, including standing and seated chair poses for different levels of physical capacity
  • Breath-work, both adapted and remedial, designed to lower stress quickly
  • Meditation and mindfulness as stress reduction tools
  • Scientific evidence on the benefits of Yoga-based stress reduction
  • Adapted relaxation techniques
  • Mental and emotional practices of Yoga for stress relief
  • Strategies for designing and marketing classes, workshops, and courses
  • Methods for leading group discussions for peer support
  • Fundamentals of trauma-sensitive Yoga practices

Stress is a component of nearly every illness, either as a cause or an effect, so this course is also a part of the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification Program curriculum. It provides a solid foundation for many other specialized Yoga Therapy trainings, including cardiac, and cancer care. This course provides thorough understanding of PTSD, but further training is recommended if you choose to specialize in teaching for PTSD.

Attendance and Homework

Attendance at live sessions is required for certification. The live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be available for review for 8 weeks after the program ends.

In addition to the live sessions, there are 15 hours of pre-recorded lectures and Yoga classes to watch before and during the course. These hours are counted as course hours.

Please plan for an average of 4 to 7 hours of homework a week. Many optional learning tools are also available to students.

You will have access to all San Francisco IYI’s online and in-person Hatha Yoga classes during the course.


200-hour Yoga teacher certification and at least 6 months of teaching experience. Certified clinicians with a good background in Yoga practice may also apply.

There are online reading assignments and videos before the course begins. These are counted in your course hours and prepare you for the practical training.

*Payment information and Refund Policy:

A $25 non-refundable application fee will be applied towards the tuition. After your application has been accepted, you will be prompted to submit payment. Full payment is required one week before the start of the program, unless a prior payment plan has been arranged.

We offer partial scholarships for this training when possible. We accept applications up to one month prior to the start of the training. BIPOC are encouraged to apply. For information on financial aid and payment plans, please contact us

Once the program begins, the deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. If canceling before the start of the program, the balance will be refunded minus $125 administration fee.


This course was a gift for the times we are in and a great resource for all the times we feel overwhelmed in the middle of a pandemic. I expected to learn Stress Management tools from yoga that I could apply to my private sessions and workshops and I did get that. What was unexpected was all the new coping skills so naturally became a part of my life in such a short amount of time. This training has not only prepared me to teach in a variety of environments to help those who suffer from stress and anxiety, it has given me the tools to make relaxation a priority for my own well-being too. I cannot think of two better teachers to learn from or think of a better time to learn this than now. — Brigitte Arle

AMAZING! Changed my life! I was inspired to do some deep soul searching to facilitate my personal growth. The teacher-trainers are the best I have come across in years. It includes discussion of how yoga intervenes in managing stress for people of color and for those who are incarcerated. Can’t get better than that! I am taking a lot of what I learned back to the women and girls of color SisterMentors serves. I highly recommend this course. — Shireen K. Lewis, Ph.D.

I would highly recommend the SMTT Program for EVERYONE. It doesn’t matter what your background is, your profession, age, or current situation in life, this program brings you the tools to make living everyday life easier. The tools that you learn in the SMTT course build your resilience and are accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. And the best part is that you learn how to share this information! — Raisa Punkki

Everyone should take this course. I was told by a former student that the course changed her life. That raised my expectations and the course did not disappoint! The course has helped me personally since week one and continues to do so. Now having the gift of this knowledge to share with people is amazing. I don’t think there is anyone who does not have stress in their lives and so many of us don’t realize the impact it has on us. Having the tools to manage how we cope with stress is more realistic than thinking you can get rid of stress. This course makes finding balance feel possible. — Anne Tedesco


Swami Vidyananda

Has been teaching Integral Yoga® since 1973. She has taught Yoga Stress Management for over 30 years around the world. She Co-developed and teaches the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training with Swami Ramananda. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), currently serves as chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council. She is a certified yoga therapist with 40 years experience, and trained as a Hospital Chaplain. Vidyananda lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA. Her teaching is relaxed, humorous, and practical. When not in lockdown, she travels widely teaching Integral Yoga and Stress Management. See more at

Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

He leads beginner, intermediate and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the U. S., Europe and South America. Ramananda trains teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 80 total hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information. Integral Yoga 300-hour: Approximately 80 hours towards RYT 500 designation Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist.

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Stress Management Teacher Training ONLINE

In this online training, you will gain the essential skills and confidence to teach Yoga as stress management in a wide variety of environments with practices that can help your students recover from past stress, cope with stress as it arises, and develop resilience for the future.