With growing scientific evidence to support its use in healthcare settings, yoga has become a powerful integrative treatment to improve the health and wellbeing of patients in integrated, conventional, allied, and healthcare settings. Patients who may benefit from yoga include those receiving general medical care, mental health treatment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and primary care, to name but a few.


YogaX at Stanford Psychiatry is offering unique teacher training programs geared toward:
  • healthcare providers and students from diverse disciplines who seek to supplement their ongoing patient services with yoga or to serve as yoga professionals in a variety of healthcare and allied healthcare settings, providing yoga classes, therapeutic yoga interventions, and yoga therapy

  • yoga professionals who seek to work in integrated and allied healthcare settings in collaboration with healthcare professionals


Graduates from YogaX programs will be prepared to work interprofessionally and collaboratively with other healthcare providers on behalf of their patients.  They will be committed to facilitating an integrated and continuous healthcare experience for their clientele and within their practice settings.


YogaX Teacher Trainers (YTTs) provide scientifically informed yoga training developed to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities. The YogaX Team's vision invites future yoga teachers to learn, grow, and contribute to their students’ personal and relational health and wellbeing, as well as to the betterment of society through social action and engagement.

YogaX is a Registered Yoga School (RYS200) with Yoga Alliance, the largest registration body of yoga schools and non-profit organization representing yoga worldwide.  


YogaX’s approach to yoga training and services is a science of transformation grounded in modern neuroscience and psychology research, supported by a clear set of values based in yoga psychology. These values include

  • commitment to integration and holism,

  • promotion of growth and evolution,

  • fostering of community,

  • encouragement of service and engagement,

  • creation of accessibility and inclusion,

  • and the promotion of inspiration.  

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences supports two scholarship programs designed to increase access to YogaX Teacher Training: 

  • A diversity scholarship program aims to increase representation of diverse yoga teachers.  This scholarship provides financial support to two teachers per YTT who represent or have experience engaging communities of color and other diverse groups who would benefit from the practice but tend to face access barriers.   

  • A Stanford Psychiatry or Psychology Trainee (Resident, Postdoc, Doctoral Candidate or Intern) scholarship program aims to increase the integration of yoga teachers into healthcare systems.  This scholarship provides financial support for trainees who plan to make yoga more accessible by integrating it into their healthcare practice.  

The scholarships will provide a portion of tuition (and/or housing support for retreat-based trainings) based on expressed need by the applicant. Application deadlines will be announced prior to each YTT.  The application process for both scholarships is the same.  To apply, applicants are asked to respond briefly to the following three questions by the posted deadline:

  1. Please describe the under-resourced group (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and so on) or healthcare profession you represent.  Demonstrate your understanding of how this group is under-resourced with regard to access to yoga and the primary access barriers (e.g., media images being uninviting for this group; lack of physical access to yoga classes or events; cost of yoga; lack of integration of yoga into the healthcare system; feeling unwelcome or underrepresented in classes).

  2. Please describe one event you will host or one activity you plan to engage in after you have completed your YogaX YTT200 training.  Tell us how this action or event will bring yoga to underrepresented groups or individuals accessing healthcare.  Describe how your event or social activism will decrease access barriers to yoga practice

  3. Please make a specific request for your required portion of funding.  NOTE:  Full funding requests cannot be granted.


For application deadlines,

please review the page for the specific YTT you hope to attend.  

YogaX, in delivering Yoga Teacher Training Programs (YTTP) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, is committed to the integration of western science and the rich philosophy and practice of yoga in service of individual and communal health. YogaX promotes accessible, holistic yoga that models inclusiveness and honors diversity and individuality.  

YogaX is currently offering 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs with an emphasis on yoga in healthcare settings.  A 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program with a focus on holistic health is in the development stages.  The combination of the extant RYS200 with the planned 300-hour training will allow graduates to move toward 500-hour yoga teacher certification.  A yoga therapy program is in the planning stages.  

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