>COSTA RICA - January 5-22, 2016


> SEDONA, AZ - September 6-23, 2016

> INDIA - 2017 (more info coming soon)





> HAWAII - July 25-August 2, 2016 & August 2-10, 2016 

Integrative Yoga Therapy Affiliate & Soma Yoga Institute Sister School

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SEPTEMBER 6-23, 2016 

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Both choices include a private bathroom and 3 healthy meals per day. First come first serve depending on availability.

Single Occupancy: $3315

Double Occupancy: $2465


See Sedona Mago Retreat accommodations here.


Typically students will be in training from 6:30am - 8:30pm with breaks for meals, as well varying scheduled day and/or evenings off. Arrival day begins at 7pm. Departure day ends at noon.

Read curriculum content here.



Earlybird (by March 31, 2016): $2500 USD

After April 1, 2016: $2750 USD

To reserve your space in the training, as well as lodging choice, a non-refundable $300 deposit is required at time of registration (balance due latest by June 1st).


SAVE $500 off regular tuition rate if you register and pay in full at time of registration (total tuition: $2250 and must be before March 31st)!




SEDONA: 200 hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training



Serena Arora, B.Ed | E-RYT 500 | Ayurvedic Health Practitioner | Professional Yoga Therapist | Ayuryoga® Wellness Consultant

Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member


Serena is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, E-RYT 500, Professional Yoga Therapist, Ayuryoga® Wellness Consultant and an international yoga teacher trainer. With a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Holistic Therapy, she is dedicated to life-long study of Yoga and Ayurveda; completing programs of study at the Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Centre, Mount Madonna School of Ayurveda, Vedika Global, and most recently, the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad.

Over the past 15 years, Serena has guided and trained hundreds of students and yoga teachers using experiential curriculum integrating her vast studies of Yoga, holistic health, fitness, and Ayurveda. She attributes her well-rounded professional development to her inspiring teachers and mentors from around the world; Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Dr. Scott Blossom, Joseph & Lilian Lepage, Maria Garre, Sri Geeta Iyengar, and especially her very first ‘guruji'; her dad.

As owner and sole teacher of the yoga studio retreat Thrive Naturally, she served the community at large, offering a wide range of yoga and wellness classes, workshops, retreats and trainings, and general human and planetary wellness education. Having worked extensively with underserved populations, as well as senior, youth and athletic populations, she continues to integrate therapeutic yoga and mindfulness into both public and private youth and adult academia.

Serena is currently on the Ayuryoga® teaching Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; integrating her passion of living yoga and Ayurveda. She also serves as Affiliate Trainer for the 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Yoga Teacher Training, as well as co-trainer for the 300 hour Soma Yoga Institute Advanced Teacher Training; leading training programs around the world. Her authentic teaching style, unique creativity, and warm humor is often contagious and Serena is grateful to be able to inspire, affect change, and transform lives through Yoga & Ayurveda.


Lori Smith, RYT-500, E-RYT 200, PYT-1000

Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member

Lori draws from her medical background and the healing modalities of the Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions to formulate a practice consisting of a unique blend of tools which support the well being of each practitioner.  Lori is particularly competent in refining these tools to be therapeutic for clients working with diminished mobility, physiological or mental conditions, as well as those with terminal situations.  She has taught yoga across the Albuquerque area for 5 years to students in the studio setting as well as designed and implemented several specific group classes for elementary students, underprivileged youth, cardiovascular patients, Veterans, Alzheimers patients, elderly students and Post Traumatic Stress. 

Lori completed the 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2014 and is due to complete her 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapist training in December of 2015.  She has also completed 65 hours of Advanced Assessment and Functional Yoga Therapy Training and is a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor.  Lori is grateful for the wisdom and support of her many teachers, including Joseph and Lilian LePage, Maria Mendola, Cypresse Emery, Meta Hirschl, Aparna Levine, Shana Meyerson, and Emily Stein, and of course, her children-the ultimate Gurus.



Liz Heffernan, MA, PYT-1000, E-RYT 500

Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT), Guest Faculty Member

Liz is a certified IYT Therapist and an experienced yoga instructor of over 17 years.   She brings a passion for therapeutics and extensive experience in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara (certified Anusara-Inspired™). Her vision is to inspire teachers to share the healing practices of yoga with those motivated to seek a path of self-discovery and self-care.  Over the years many, many wonderful yoga teachers have inspired Liz’s path these include Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph and Lillian Le Page; Anusara Yoga’s Jim & Ruthie Bernaert,  Desiree Rumbaugh;  Ashtanga Yoga’s Tim Miller, and yoga philosophers and scholars Douglas Brooks and Carlos Pomeda.   Through a comprehensive application of bio-mechanical principles of alignment for deep therapeutic work, a strong focus on the breath and a heart expanding philosophy, she inspires her students toward greater degrees of freedom in body, mind and in spirit.

Student Testimonials

"Phenomenal, life changing and deeply enriching educational experience. Transformative. I came here thinking I would learn a lot, but not necessarily be able to come out of training and teach yoga right away. I feel differently now, empowered and capable. Confident that I will have support from Serena, my peers, and the IYT community as I grow as a teacher. My life was deeply enriched, personally and professionally." - Anne (Chicago)

 "The class was beautifully organized. Presentation was exceptional and honouring to all aspects of the teaching of yoga. The depth of teaching is beautiful. I so appreciated the structure of the 21 days. The practicum portion was of monumental value for me. The philosophy being molded into yoga postures, assignments, journalling, sharing and finally to teaching." - Linda (Canada)

“There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”     ~Edith Wharton

Serena Arora shines her light in both of these ways; providing both a foundation of knowledge to the student and an unconditional acceptance and nurturing of each student’s personal growth. The learning was packed in - yet never boring! It was given with great wisdom and also an underlying acceptance to all of us, wherever we are in our journey. With IYT training I feel so much more confident developing and advancing my own practice. Serena is a gifted teacher and human and I recommend training with her without reservation. It was truly the best decision and has furthered and enhanced my life journey. - Patty (New York)

"As I took in the lectures, the experience, and how it related to my present moment, I was able to grow...this is such a gift. The ability to grow and learn which Serena offered was an experience I will cherish. The knowledge I have gained are the building blocks from which I will continue to shape the rest of my life." - Shauna (Canada)

I completed my 200-hr IYT in July 2014 with Serena Arora and Liz Heffernan and I feel blessed to have been able to study Yoga with them. They embody the philosophy, teachings, and life style of Yoga in a way that I found inspiring. Upon embarking on my journey I had no intention of teaching, my desire was to only deepen and expand upon my personal practice. However, the experience has opened and transformed me in ways that compel me to "take the seat of a teacher" so that others may also experience the gifts Yoga has in store for them! Namaste & Thank you! - Shawn (Arizona)




SEDONA: 200 hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training