Yoga Therapy

Bridging Classical and Modern Approaches to Integral Therapies

The Lotus Way has created its flagship certification for YOGA HEALTH EDUCATOR & THERAPISTBorn from the ancient philosophies and practices of yoga (which included many East Asian influences from India, Tibet, China, and beyond) and informed by modern knowledge and sciences. Students may complete our Foundations Program to receive a Foundations certificate for YHET. If you are ready to develop a hands-on pracitce as a therapist, our Advanced Program will prepare you to become a C-YHET and eligible for IAYT accredidation. Our lead instructor is nationally certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (c-IAYT); The Lotus Way is an IAYT member school and is working towards becoming an accredited nationally certifying (c-IAYT) school.

The aim of these programs is to educate, empower, and enable individuals to take an active role in their own healing; and to support students who wish to carry this knowledge forward to serve others on their healing journeys. We use frameworks from the Yoga and Ayurveda traditions, as well as other classical and natural healthcare systems, combined with modern/western medicine research and perspective to help clients improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. YHETs apply yoga techniques to specific health conditions, therefore, must be trained in both the techniques (ie: asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy, and meditation, diet, lifestyle choices) and the therapeutic applications of these techniques.

What are the benefits of getting your Yoga Health Educator and Therapist (YHET) certification?

This point in time represents an exciting opportunity for YHETs! Though based in a long tradition of healing, yoga therapy is a relatively new occupation gaining awareness and recognition as an effective healing modality. This opening in healthcare is creating a new paradigm in wellness between the modern/western medical and classical/eastern medical fields from which yoga therapy evolved. Career opportunities are emerging at a rapid pace due to public demand and greater attention to research and use of natural healthcare systems and practices like yoga therapy.

YHETs are easily integrated with other healing modalities, used in conjunction with other classical/eastern and western medical practices, and can be practiced as a stand-alone therapy. As a YHET, you are trained to meet individuals where they are and support their unique healing and wellness needs regardless of age, gender, condition, health history, physical and mental ability.

YHETs help individuals find more ease with any number of physical conditions such as back pain, shoulder injury, sciatica, pelvic floor dysfunction, and plantar fasciitis. They also have therapeutic practices to address anxiety disorders, PTSD, insomnia, depression, autoimmune diseases, addiction, obesity, cancer support, and more.

Graduates of The Lotus Way’s advanced  C-YHET program are ready to successfully work as general practitioners helping clients with a wide variety of health challenges, and often as effective specialists working with specific conditions and populations. Many integrate this certification with other professional healthcare credentials to provide the highest levels of care to their patients, students, and clients. The Lotus Way is an IAYT member school and is working towards becoming an accredited nationally certifying (c-IAYT) school. Graduates with then be c-YHET/c-IAYT.

We Offer Two Comprehensive Yoga Therapy programs:

a YHET Foundations Program

and an Advanced Program that certifies you as a C-YHET.


Our YHET Foundations Program will teach you anatomy, philosophy, theory, and how to apply this information and tools in a therapeutic setting. This program consists of 50 pre-recorded lesson lectures, forum, coursework, and assignments augmented with opportunities to attend regular live Q&A’s with head teacher and YHET creator, Dr. Heather George, providing superior mentoring and guidance as well as community building and support among students. These courses total an excess of 300-hours of instruction. Many of these courses are available for open enrollment, require no pre-requisites, and are often eligible for use as CEUs for various healthcare professionals (inquire with us & your professional organizations requiring CE hours).

Our Advanced Program C-YHET will prepare you to become a C-YHET and eligible for IAYT accreditation. This program consists of the online portion of the Foundations Program; 7, 8 day residential retreat-style trainings offered throughout the year in West Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, and Hawaii. These provide time for live immersive educational experiences. These retreats ground the information gained from online learning. Students receive guidance and expert instruction from Dr George, as well as hands-on experience with other teachers and students to support integration and embodiment of information. All of these courses are required for those seeking YHET/IAYT accreditations and who wish to serve within TLW’s healthcare ministry. The final component of C-YHET is the Mentored Practicum & Capstone where the student becomes the teacher.