Hours and Dates Determined by Student and Mentor


In Practicum,  Yoga Therapy Certificate candidates conduct yoga therapy independently in a real world setting, with the guidance of a professional mentor.

*Professional Practicums require significant prerequisites and the approval of Mentor to begin. Please reach out to see if one is right for you.



Mentors Include:
Dr. Loren Fishman - 30+ years of Yoga Therapy
Dr. Vani Ghandi (advisory) - Integrative Medicine
Sonja Rzepski, C-IAYT - Cardiac Care, One-on-One YT
Karen Nourizadeh, C-IAYT - Meditation and Mindfulness 
Mary Aranas, C-IAYT - Restorative and Integrative YT
Amber Paul - Yoga for Trauma
Jon Witt, C-IAYT - Senior YT and Back Care
Marc Nelles, C-IAYT - Autoimmunity and “Care for the Caregiver”


75 HourS EACH


Practicum 1. Practice yoga therapy within the yoga community at Pure Yoga, a participating studio or in a one-on-one setting of your choice.  This portion is mentored by core PYI faculty, and focuses on writing case studies - The thesis of your program.

Practicum 2. Health Care Placement.  Practice yoga therapy in a health care setting - placement may be available at participating hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices.

Practicum 3. Practicum 3. Complete your Certificate in a setting of your choice. Please see our mentor’s specialities above.



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Dr. Fishman is Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of seven books and author or editor of more than 70 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of piriformis syndrome and rotator cuff tear and an expert in curing back pain. He is Associate Editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, on the staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a past president of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Fishman has written five books about yoga and medical conditions. They are: Relief Is In the Stretch: Cure Back Pain With Yoga ( with Carol Ardman, WW Norton, 2006), Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (with Eric Small, Demos Press, 2007), Yoga for Osteoarthritis (with Ellen Saltonstall, WW Norton, 2008), Yoga for Osteoporosis (with Ellen Saltonstall, coming in March, 2010), and Healing Yoga (2015).

After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, Dr. Fishman spent a year in Pune, Inda, studying Yoga with BKS Iyengar, attending every public and private class and taking daily instruction. At that time, Mr. Iyengar gave Dr. Fishman permission to teach his Yoga. Dr. Fishman then went to Rush Medical School, did a residency in a Tufts-Harvard program, and served as Chief Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Throughout his career, when appropriate, he has incorporated Yoga into his medical practice and has watched its healing effects. He is also an enthusiastic practitioner himself and has been doing Yoga daily since 1973.

Dr. Fishman has been included in numerous “Best Doctors” lists and has lectured in the United States and abroad. He is an officer of the Manhattan Institute for Cancer Research, and lives with his wife in New York City.

"To his patients, Dr. Fishman is a miracle worker." – Jane Brody, NY Times
Loren Fishman is "... a Thomas Edison of yoga therapy." – William Broad, The Science of Yoga



Jon completed his 6 month Atmavikas Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Course with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha of Mysore, India.  This was an exceptional opportunity to learn the old traditions the way yoga was originally taught -one on one and in residence.   Before focusing on therapeutics, Jon came to yoga from a different kind of mat. After wrestling competitively for 10 years, he turned to yoga for therapy and relief. A dedicated Bikram practice followed and he soon completed his first teacher training with Bikram Choudhury in 2002. Jon was chosen to be one of the original Pure Yoga instructors, and  spent 5 years teaching in Hong Kong.  He has continued to dedicate time to his yoga education, studying with teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Anthony Carlisi, Baron Baptiste, Doug Keller, Kristyan Stjerne, Patrick Creelman, and Tim Miller.  He currently teaches Yoga Therapy, Back Care, Basics, Slow Flow, Vinyasa and more in New York, New York.