Essential Yoga Therapy offers a gentle, therapeutic orientation to yoga that is supportive of those with limited mobility, or who are living with chronic pain and illness.


EYT has two missions:

  • To offer a means for safe, personal healing to people living with chronic pain or illness through customized yoga therapy.
  • To help develop highly qualified yoga teachers and subsequently to provide comprehensive training in yoga cikitsa or yoga therapy for teachers who are motivated to go deeper.

The spring board for developing these programs arises from the same fundamental teaching of yoga: That we bear responsibility for reducing suffering in ourselves; and once we have achieved a level of health we are to be of service to others.

Essential Yoga Therapy provides high quality and skilled therapeutic application of yoga.


The education and skills required to work as a yoga therapist surpass those of a yoga teacher, necessitating a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology and psycho-spirituality from both the eastern and western traditions.

Benefit of Yoga

Essential Yoga Therapy is one of the first therapy training programs to be accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

Essential Yoga Therapy is nationally recognized for its innovative yoga teacher and yoga therapist training programs. Our highly regarded programs produce the very best yoga teachers and therapists, helping them advance in their own journey as they prepare to teach their own students. Our expert faculty brings years of knowledge, experience and technique to each class, delivering an unmatched learning opportunity.

EYT Therapist Training

The Essential Yoga Therapy Therapist Training program takes seasoned, mature, yoga teachers and provides them the skills and knowledge to become competent yoga therapists. Our faculty members offer professional, medical expertise in yoga therapy, yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology, psychology and ayurveda to make this program an incredibly rich and unique training. We now offer pathways to our program for both RYT500s and RYT200s

Essential Low Back Teacher Training

37.5 YA CEUs

In this 5-day intensive, you will develop the means to intelligently address the primary low back dysfunctions, hypo- and hypermobility, S.I. destabilization, pelvic misalignment, scoliosis, and lumbar-disc conditions. With Robin Rothenberg’s expert guidance, you will learn the importance of breathing, sequencing, and adaptation as key elements in addressing therapeutic issues.

Foundations of Yoga Therapy / Advanced Teacher Training

Based on the Viniyoga lineage with core alignment principles drawn from the Iyengar tradition, this program is designed to take instructors with their RYT200 and advance them into a vocational level of teaching, capable of working with specialty classes and individuals. Additionally this training will enable teachers to begin cultivating the eye, mind and vocabulary of a yoga therapist through learning how to customize practice.  Foundations functions as Part I of the Therapist Training Program for those interested in becoming an EYT Certified Yoga Therapist.

Continuing Education

online and in person

Our learning never stops and Robin offers continuing education clinics that help hone your current skills as well as explore new approaches and techniques for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. In addition to in-person events, Robin offers webinars through YogaU on topics that will interest both students and teachers alike. Learn more about our continuing education clinics.


The yoga therapy component of Essential Yoga Therapy's courses, classes, instructions, and materials is derived from accreditation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is not derived from any status granted by the Yoga Alliance Registry.