Our training is presently on hold awaiting the completion of our new Kiva Spa building. Anticipated completion date: January 1, 2018.

A process of self-discovery & awakening. Bringing balance, connection, alignment and purpose into every aspect of our lives. We have sold out each of the last five trainings!

At the 200hr level our students gain a well-rounded foundation in the heart of yoga. This training dives into the depths of what living with a yoga lifestyle has to offer. Through the study of yoga philosophy, meditation, asana & anatomy, self-realization practices and holistic health & nutrition, students become more aware of who they are and through that knowledge learn how to guide others into finding their practice. This is more than just a training to become a yoga teacher, this is training to develop your life’s purpose.

What is Integrative Yoga Therapy? Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) is a pioneer and leader in training yoga professionals who can bring the ancient insights of yoga into mainstream wellness programs. The IYT program is based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit. The Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Teacher Training Program at True Nature Healing Arts (TNHA) is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200).

Why IYT? Yoga is taking on a wider role in modern life; an expansion beyond the yoga studio into all areas of community as a vehicle for wellness, healing and personal transformation. Yoga is also a vehicle for deepening this experience of unity and bringing it into the world as a resource for personal growth, healing and awakening. Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) brings together the most powerful yoga tools: asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, mantra, meditation and yoga philosophy into a complete package where they can be integrated and utilized for therapeutic classes directed toward specific groups and for one-on-one yoga therapy sessions. IYT’s experiential approach to learning allows students to integrate in-depth information through a creative process resulting in a unique and comprehensive learning experience. IYT’s training is ideal for professionals who demand clear, concise information supported by excellent home study materials including an extensive training manual. IYT’s faculty consists of teachers who are leading experts in their respective fields. Over 3,000 students have developed personally and professionally through the IYT training programs.

TNHA’s 200hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Program is for those who want to teach yoga as a healing art. You will learn to teach yoga for a wide range of complementary settings including health care as well as yoga classes for the general public. This program is also for those who want to deepen and not necessarily teach yoga. Not everyone who goes through the training becomes a teacher, but everyone receives an experience that gives them a new perspective on life.

Training Includes:

7 training weekends at TNHA
20 Yoga Classes at TNHA during training
Materials – 500 page IYT Manual and Teacher Toolbox

Certification Requirements: In addition to the weekend trainings, students will need to observe 15 yoga classes during the training and maintain an active personal yoga practice. The training includes 20 required yoga classes at TNHA. Students attending from out of town are allowed to complete 20 classes at a studio in their area. Maintaining a regular yoga practice and attending classes in the studio will give  students the foundation needed to grow in this training.

Areas of Focus: Our material is based on the kosha framework of 5 layers of consciousness (physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual) and is designed in a way to build knowledge for comprehension and integration. Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Alignment
  • Adjusting
  • Sequencing
  • Sanskrit
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Pranayama, Mudra, Bandhas
  • Meditation
  • Vedanta, Karma Yoga and the Yoga of the Three Gunas
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Holistic Health & Nutrition
  • Seven Chakras, Five Elements
  • Ayurveda
  • Enneagram
  • Intuition
  • Medicinal Aromatherapy
  • Sacred Ceremony
  • Kirtan (Sacred Chant)
  • Business & Ethics
  • Observation & Practice Teaching

Pre-requisites: Minimum one year of consistent yoga asana practice 3-5 days a week

Application Process: An application is necessary to determine if you are prepared for the curriculum in the training. Please download an application and submit it with your deposit to secure a spot. The deposit is non-refundable, however, it will be refunded to you if you are not accepted into the training.

Teacher Training Details:

Cost: $$$ (tbd) Includes Tuition, IYT manual and teacher toolbox, and 20 yoga classes at TNHA during training.
Deposit: $500 due with application. This training sells out each year. To secure a spot, you must put down a deposit.

Program Teachers:
Lead Instructors: Deva E-RYT 500 and Eaden Shantay 200 RYT
Previous Assistants: E-RYT 500 Kerry Kleisner & River Morgan

What You Can Expect to Learn:

  • The different facets of yoga: pranayama, mudras, bandhas, asana, ayurveda, chakras, meditation, and yoga nidra.
  • The basic components of teaching: anatomy, posture, class design, sequencing, pacing, cueing, mirroring and assisting.
  • The 5 koshas (sheaths) – the physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual.
  • Ayurveda and how to balance your doshas – your mix of the five elements.
  • The nature of health and illness from the yoga perspective.
  • The psychology and philosophy of yoga.
  • Teaching yoga classes that meet the students where they are.
  • Teaching intuitively and creating a class that inspires and enlightens.
  • Teaching yoga classes for the general public as well as specific focus groups.
  • Opening up and exploring energy and discovering your innate intuition.
  • Bringing yoga into every aspect of life – balance, connection, alignment and purpose.


“Before the True Nature Yoga Teacher training, I was experiencing the worst depression episode of my entire life. Through the 6-month training I was taught not only by Eaden and Deva, but also by the other cohorts about self love and devotion. I’m truly thankful for the transformation I accomplished. I’m now able to view life in a holistic way. It was a beautiful journey and I’m equipped to help others along theirs.” Jaime Fowler, 2016 Grad

“Given my somewhat limited experience I don’t have much to compare it too, but it is hard for me to find any fault or imagine a 200 hour training that could have been better. It was far more than I expected as I had a vision of doing asanas, learning about yoga history, and maybe some anatomy. What I got was an immersion into yoga that challenged me to explore my soul. I was constantly contemplating  energy, spirituality, and the purpose of my existence.  It was not really a teacher training, but an opportunity to enrich my life and better understand what I truly value. While I am still trying to get my arms around the many introductions you made (chakras, prana, mudras, Ayurveda, meditation, chanting, anatomy, doshas, koshas, pranayama, bandas, the enneagram, teaching…), I do feel you more than adequately gave me the tools to dive deeper and I am grateful. I guess you also want what I didn’t like, but I can’t honestly think of anything. I was never bored or found the classes laborious. The schedule works really well with one three day weekend a month, other classes and meditation, and the special trainings. Damn, I don’t like being this much of a push over, but I really can’t think of any disappointments. While my intent was to keep this reply short and to the point (not even close), I must also add that Deva and Eaden set such a wonderful tone in your teachings. I found warmth and understanding and an absence of judgement. You held high standards while providing a fun atmosphere that I believe prompted strong friendships and camaraderie (even if you are the only guy!). I also really enjoyed Kerry and Priscilla. Kerry was exceptional with her anatomy and Nidra training. In regards to a testimonial, take what you want from the above, or to sum it up; “I think True Nature’s teacher training more than provides you with exceptional teaching skills, it will enrich your life and understanding of yoga way beyond any other experience. The teachers are exceptional, the depth of their knowledge is beyond compare, and I enjoyed every moment ” Dave Scruby, 2014 Grad

“I came to Colorado not knowing what I would find. What I found was myself, and I will be forever grateful for the journey I took in the care of this loving studio. True Nature Healing Arts has been my temple since I moved to town 2 years ago. I knew I was in the right place when I walked through the door, everything about it was right. The level of deepening I have experienced has brought about a new perspective and outlook on life. I am able to connect more clearly to myself, to nature, and to other beings. I learned to embrace all of life with love, and be open to things I never thought possible before. It is all because of the guidance I received from True Nature Healing Arts. Deva and Eaden are simply amazing, and their message is beautiful. I would recommend a visit to this studio for anyone who holds an honest, open mind, and who is not afraid to embark on a deep journey of healing and self-exploration. I’m so glad I took the plunge!”  Chandler Thompson, 2012 Grad

“The teacher training was truly profound. It was life changing on many levels. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to delve deeper into their yoga practice and awaken unto their spiritual path.” Beth Bair, 2012 Grad