IAYT Yoga Therapy Letter of Intent for New York’s Prema Yoga Institute

It’s begun!  IAYT has accepted Prema Yoga Institute’s initial materials for full accreditation as an IAYT Yoga Therapy Training School.  This application process will take 5 months to complete, and additional time for review.  Our promising start means great news for previous, current, and future PYI students:
  • PYI intends to honor all completed hours in current and prior trainings.  We will offer an opportunity to audit updated courses when needed.
  • Should you wish to be certified with IAYT, expect to complete 800 hours of training AND 200 hours of guided Practicum – which can include paid hours in your private practice!
  • PYI is expanding with 200+ hours of online content, including a Yoga for Osteoporosis Certification with Dr. Loren Fishman, and a 3-part Embodied Philosophy course with Jacob Kyle.
  • PYI continues to expand its scholarship program through work study and placement programs with our partners at Kula for Karma.
  • As we expand to exceed the international criteria for Yoga Therapist certification, PYI will continue to be the most affordable Yoga Therapy training in the Northeast.
  • Our modular enrollment process makes it possible to pay as you go, and join when ready.

Thanks to all the students who have been taking this incredible journey with us – with grads working at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYU Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, ICahn School of Medicine, The Oscar Center, and at studios and wellness centers across the Northeast, we are thrilled to see what the next graduating class will do.

Be sure to check out the trainings below.  They are required for graduation, and spots are limited!

Yoga for Positive Body Image” September 23 -24,  Prema students get a $50 discount!

Yoga in Healthcare” October 6 – 29 with Dr. Loren Fishman, Dr. Chris Walling and more.

Excerpts from my “Pop into an Amazing Workshop this February″ Newsletter

Hello, Om-mie Hommies!

Can’t commit to a whole training, but wish to deepen your practice, to study with the leaders in therapeutic yoga, and to feel like a college kid again? These amazing workshops are now open to the public. Please reserve your spot ASAP- slots are limited!

Your Fan,


The Neuroscience of Yoga:
Yoga As Psychotherapy

with Dr. Chris Walling
Saturday, Feb. 13th 2:30-6 p.m.
Pure East

Since the days of Freud, research into the mind-body relationship has come a long way. Studies show that not only are your mental health and mood dependent in large part on physical factors like exercise, but also unchecked stress, anxiety and depression can affect physical health, increasing blood pressure, heart disease and even risk of death. With the advent of sophisticating imaging technologies, the neurobiological revolution has revolutionized our understanding of the mind body connection, and psychotherapy has changed by abandoning so called “talking cures” and bringing the body into the sense of mental health interventions. Join International Yoga therapist and body psychologist Dr. Chris Walling as he summarizes the latest cutting edge research into the psychological impact of yoga on the brain.

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Yoga Therapy for Spine Care & Joint Health

with Dr. Loren Fishman
Friday, Feb. 19 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pure East

Loren Fishman, MD, will share his pioneering, prize-winning research – both published and unpublished – on how yoga heals medical conditions. There will be asana and explanation for the seven major causes of back pain, spinal and bone issues, shoulder pain and more. Dr. Fishman studied with BKS Iyengar for a year in Pune, India, before establishing his 30+ year medical practice in New York.

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Tulum Update:

Be impulsive! One king room & two double rooms to share are left!

Rooms are filling fast.
Reserve your spot today!


Drishti 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training

Costa Rica
April 1-25, 2015

Have you always wanted to do your teacher training, but need a vacation first? Why not do both? I’ll be teaching in this fantastic teacher training in one of the prettiest places in the world: Costa Rica. Be sure to tell them Slampy sent you!

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Excerpts from My September Newsletter

Follow Your Bliss in the New “School” Year

Hey Om-y Homies!  I trust you had an amazing summer.  In Prema Yoga Therapeutics, we graduated 14 teachers from the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Training Immersion, and still had time for a great vacation.  As we transition to fall and vata season, it seems the whole world is in transition as well.  Now is a time to empower our inner guide, and to seek outwardly what the heart inwardly desires.
In class,  we’re exploring the archetype of the eagle. Garudasana is commonly translated as “eagle pose,” but is named for a greater mythological creature named Garuda, the king of the eagles.  Garuda helps Vishnu – god of love and life – to see above the terrain and to go where he wishes to go.  Pursuing “garuda” energy means  developing one’s vision past your current drama, and honing in on just where your dharma (or truth) is meant to take you.
This coming year, I’m deeply pleased to join forces with some of the greatest “heart teachers” I know – all of them experts in their knowledge base – who follow their bliss with such a trailblazing presence that they light up the path for the rest of us.
I know that if I’m to ask you to follow for your bliss, I must do the same.  Each project is a true labor of love – come join us!

Follow Your Bliss  2015/2016

Yoga Sound Therapy Immersion with Jessica Caplan
Tulum Sweat & Surrender Retreat with Halle Becker
> Advanced Trainings at Yoga Vida and Ohra Yoga
> 200 Hour Teacher Training offerings with Drishti Yoga in Costa Rica and Three Sisters Yoga in Portland
And the granddaddy of them all….
> Medical Yoga Therapy Training with Dr. Chris Walling,  Dr. Loren Fishman, and Karen Nourizadeh.

Where is you bliss leading you?  I’m thrilled to see where our paths will connect this coming year!
Looking forward,

Yoga Sound Therapy Immersion:

With Jessica Caplan

Friday-Sunday Nov. 6-8 and Saturday Nov. 14

Pure West

Immerse yourself in the transformative healing of sound with Jessica and Dana. Learn how sound creates the world, and how to use mantra, music, vibration and rhythm for healing effect. Review the science of sound therapy, and how music can improve mental processing. Learn to chant, play harmonium, tuning forks and Tibetan bowls, and deepen strength of and connection to the voice. Apply classic Vedic, Hindu, and Tibetan mantras to group and one-on-one yoga sessions for a comprehensive list of ailments. Musical instruments are welcome – not required. All curious yogis, teachers, and wellness professionals are welcome to join!
Tulum Sweat & Surrender Retreat with Halle Becker:

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort in Tulum, Mexico

February 17-22, 2016

Indulge in a 6 day, 5 night Power Yoga retreat in paradise. Tag-team workshops twice per day with Halle & Dana, power beach walks, snorkeling, bike rides, and Mayan adventures fill your days for a retreat to strengthen your mind and your core.

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Medical Yoga Therapy:

with Dr. Chris Walling, Dr. Loren Fishman and Karen Nourizadeh
February 5 – 28, 2016

Learn how the movement and meditation techniques of Yoga Therapy can powerfully compliment Western medicine. Practice evidence-based mindfulness meditations, Yoga Nidra, and breathing skills that can easily be incorporated into conventional treatment models for both behavioral medicine and chronic disease management. Dive into the literature on cutting-edge somatic psychological theory, and learn evidence based mind body interventions for chronic pain, depression, burnout, or anxiety. Practice assessment strategies to apply Yoga Therapy, and the appropriate indicators for referrals. Participants will also learn how to apply Motivational Interviewing skills – a proven peer coaching technique that can help overcome client resistance in promoting healthy choices in health and wellness practices. Learn how to use the HeartMath (TM) system to manage stress, increase resilience and more. Perfect for yoga teachers, therapists, mental health and allopathic medical providers alike.

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Shop Prema Style!

Now introducing Prema Therapeutics’ new “Shopping” page! Shop for Hyde Organic Yoga Apparel and Banyan Botanicals here! When shopping with Hyde, be sure to use the code “Dana10”! I absolutely love the products these companies provide, and, most importantly, how they produce them. They have both positively influenced my yoga journey so much. Hyde is a locally-owned company that sources organic, breathable cotton from fair labor businesses. Banyan Botanicals is the leader in providing Ayurvedic products you can count on.