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Sacred Rivers Holistic Yoga Therapy Training

Copyright © 2004 Paula Scopino

**These workshops may also be used as CEUs for RYTs**

We are very pleased to announce that we are also an IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Recognized School and Supporting Member (iayt.org), in addition to our current Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hour week day and weekend teacher training programs. We support IAYT's educational standards for yoga therapy and intend to apply for IAYT accreditation following implementation of the new process. We also offer the Sacred Rivers Holistic Yoga Therapy Training Level 1. This program is ideal for yoga teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, and massage therapists. If you are a licensed health care professional, this program will complement your current practice from all perspectives: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The Holistic Yoga Therapy Program is a SRY certificate program only, although it may be combined with the teacher training for your Registered Yoga Teacher mark with Yoga Alliance. Continuing education credits will be issued to Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance. We hope to be able to do the same for other professions as well. (If you feel that you may be of assistance in this area, please let us know!)

Therapeutic yoga emphasizes bodily awareness, postural alignment, coordination of breath with movement, and relaxation. It teaches students to tune in to the sensations of muscles and joints, as well as listening to the inner experience of the bodymind.

Sacred Rivers' 'Yoga for Every Body' Yoga Alliance 200 & 500 hour registered schools have been graduating students since 2004.  Please read what our grads have to say here.

2017 Dates:
October 28th
October 29th
November 18th
November 19th
December 9th
2018 Dates:
January 27th
January 28th
February 24th
February 25th
March 24th
March 25th
April 28th
April 29th
May 19th
May 20th
June 23th
June 24th
July 28th
July 29th
August 25th
August 26th
September 29th
September 30th
October 27th
October 28th
November 17th
November 18th
December 8th

*Paula Scopino - Teacher Training Curriculum: Asana, pranayama, teaching methodology, subtle and physical anatomy, meditation, relaxation, visual imagery and yoga therapy for arthritis, back issues, fibromyalgia, MS, cardiac and cancer.

*Jennifer DesRochers (Gauri) - Teacher Training Curriculum: Mantra, philosophy, chanting, pranayama, meditation and Ayurveda. 

Please see a complete list of Instructors below!


This is a specialized, in depth, yoga therapy training. Options for payment: cash, check, or credit card. Single modules can be taken space permitting. Price per modual varies.  Preference will be given to those who enroll for the entire program. SRY teachers are entitled to a one time professional discount. Call for details.

If interested in registering for the program, or, if you would like more information, please contact Paula at Sacred Rivers Yoga at 860.657.9545, or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Therapeutic Yoga Approach:
  • Holistic
  • Effects tend to increase over time
  • Great for dealing with chronic problems
  • Excellent for psychosomatic illness
  • Helps with pain and suffering
  • Yoga therapy is made up of a combination of simultaneous actions: asana, pranayama, relaxation, concentration, meditation
  • Individual treatment
  • Positive side effects
  • Personal empowerment...patient controlled
  • Patient actively performs the treatment, it is not passive
  • Involves growth and learning, can be done at home or anywhere
  • Low cost, little ‘equipment', inexpensive for the patient
  • Emphasis is on prevention
  • Physical, emotional, and spiritual well being
Specific Goals of Yoga Therapy:
  • Improve posture
  • Increase structural stability
  • Improve range of motion
  • Flexibility of spine and joints
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Stretch tight muscles––release chronic contraction
  • Balance muscular system
  • Develop healthy movement patterns free from restrictions
  • Relieve chronic pain and tightness
  • Awareness
  • Bridge ––connect mind and body and breath..physical body with subtle bodies
  • Increase circulation and oxygenation to all cells
  • Distribute prana
  • From the 'inside out' rather than the 'outside in'
  • Calm nervous system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase lung capacity
  • Boosts immune system
  • Benefits internal organs and glands
  • Improves digestion and peristaltic movement

Danny Arguetty has studied and trained extensively in both Kripalu and Anusara Yoga®. He teaches all-level yoga classes and dynamic workshops and is involved in Kripalu's teacher training programs. Danny specializes in dynamic language, weaving inspirational and heart-opening themes into his classes, and connecting the practice of yoga to the reality and beauty of everyday life. He conveys the depth and intricacy of Rajanaka Tantra yoga philosophy in a simple yet potent way and is committed and passionate about supporting people on their path of expansion and inner discovery. www.nourishingtheteacher.com

Gauri DesRochers is a Mantra Instructor and a Jyotisha (eastern astrologer).  Jyotish means eyes or light of God.  Gauri has been practicing yoga, mantra and meditation for over 16 years.  A few years ago she also started doing pujas.  Her mantra training comes from Namadeva or Thomas Ashley Farrand.  Gauri spent most of the last six years in India at her guru's ashram chanting millions of mantras as well as doing other austerities which makes her teaching very authentic and brings th energy to the students from her associated lineage as a gurukula or satsang, As a Jyotisha, she was trained in India directly by a monastic. Gauri is a sanskrit name meaning "The Devi who was burned by the fires of yoga and reborn in the Himalayas". Gauri is also a form of Paravati (feminine form of Shiva). Gauri's mission is to use Jyotish to help people understand their karma and spiritual lessons for this lifetime and then use mantras to help burn their karma and work towards liberation. She lives six months of  the year with her guru in India and continues to study under her Jyotish mentor.

Beth Gibbs, MA, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga therapist through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is a senior member of the IYT teaching faculty and directs the school’s Professional Yoga Therapist Internship Program. Beth has a master’s degree in Yoga Therapy and Mind/Body Health from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She created a Yoga Nidra CD titled, “Release, Relax and Let Go,” and is the author of "Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi," a therapeutic yoga book for children with a companion manual for adults who work with children (expected release date December 2013). Most recently, she served on the Educational Standards Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Doug Greene received his spiritual name Shivaraj at a naming ceremony in the year-long Acharya Intensive, an ashram of 12 students invited to learn the teachings of Swami Kripalu.  Shiva is a name for the aspect of life relating to transformation.  Doug teaches that the process of transformation is one of "involution and evolution", whereby we compassionately accept and absorb into ourselves that which we habitually deny or avoid. By learning to accept all of these qualities as aspects of ourselves, we then evolve and grow.  Teaching Yoga classes and workshops is Doug's way of sharing this truth with others.
Doug has studied the Eastern metaphysical and mystical arts and sciences - Yoga, Reiki, Pranic Healing, Ayurveda and Yoga Tantra - on a continuing basis since 1972. He received his Reiki Master training and initiation from William Lee Rand,  and studied with Gail Bentley Walsh, founder of Yoga Mountain in New York for his 200-hour Yoga Teacher training.  He then went on to Kripalu Center for Yoga for his 500-hour Yoga Teacher training certification. While there, he studied under disciples of the Indian Kundalini Yoga Master Swami Kripalu, who continue to guide him along his path to this day.
Doug credits his practice of Yoga for helping to mange stress and to maintain his health, both physically and mentally. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, surfing, woodworking and boatbuilding, photography, music and the arts.  
The owner of Greene and Company, a successful accounting and investment advisory company, Doug and his wife reside in rural Connecticut.

Kate Keefe Spiritually known as Dhanya Devi - discovered her personal path with yoga in 2000 as a form of stress management while employed in an acute geriatric-psychiatric setting. In 2002 she received her first and second teacher trainings in YogaFit and began teaching yoga as a form of wellness to her co-workers in the health-care field. She attended additional trainings in YogaFit Level III to deepen her practice and further her teaching skills. Through self study and a desire deepen spiritual practice she came to Sacred Rivers in 2006 and completed her 200 hour RYT in Hatha Yoga in 2007. Through further study of the condition of osteoporosis, she completed training at Kripalu in Bone Camp - Advanced Movement Concepts for Skeletal Health (Safe Yoga for Osteoporosis) with Sara Meeks, RPT RYT. Additionally, she is pursuing a Level I certification in Osteoporosis Rehabilitation in the Meeks Method. Dhanya Devi is trained to teach Tai Chi for arthritis, Certified to teach Tai Chi for Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention, Certified as a Move Beyond Pain Clinician (chronic pain exercise and education), Shamballa Reiki level I and II certified and Basic Therapeutic Touch Practitioner. In her current practice she works as an Occupational Therapist and Serves as the Director of Resident Services at Southington Care Center. She facilitates wellness and pain management both in the community and in the long term care setting. She continues to explore her personal path with self-study and exploration of Hinduism and Vedanta with her spiritual mentor Divya Jyoti. In March 2010, she will complete her Yoga therapy certification in "Yoga of the Heart" with Nischala Joy Devi.

Lynn MacDonald is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2002.   She has a strong passion for health, fitness and wellness and shares her passion with many of her classes.  In addition to Yoga, Lynn teaches several other fitness classes and promotes wellness and preventive maintenance to help ease the symptoms of aging!  Lynn owns and operates a small business, Rocky Hill Yoga & More.  Currently enrolled in the Stott Pilates Reformer Training Program.

Sri Madhu, Master in 8 Yogic disciplines and Energy Healer, is a highly revered spiritual advisor and holistic educator. He has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide through his practical proven system. He studied with the Master Sri Bhagavan for 15 years in India and was the Principal Advisor in Oneness University and advisor to the founder of One World Academy. Sri Madhu spent most of his life mastering a “permanent” and “fully awakened state.” Through his experience he has developed a simple and effective Integrative Yogic Healing Therapy system to enhance the human spirit through truth and happiness. He offers his wisdom and teachings as a spiritual advisor and founder of One Happy World, conducting workshops, retreats, meditation sessions, yoga teacher training modules, and private counseling sessions. He has combined the best teachings from various ancient cultures, yogic masters, and spiritual leaders under the spiritual foundation “One Happy World”. Sri Madhu empowers change in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual consciousness and guides you into higher states of consciousness.

Marcie Mauro, RYT, CMMS, CMBM is a graduate of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program of Sacred Rivers Yoga. Having been a wellness professional for the past 8 years, she has experienced first-hand what it’s like to struggle to turn her passion for holistic health into a profitable, sustainable business. Over the years Marcie has identified many common core challenges for feminine entrepreneurs by gathering tremendous experiences as a mental health professional, credentialed Yoga teacher, former personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and as a Corporate Wellness Program Coordinator for a Fortune 500 Company. She invested in herself through elite mentorship programs which taught her necessary skills for running a successful business – while still feeling authentic as a divine feminine being. Creator of the Holistic Business School Series™ - Marcie is a certified Money Breakthrough Method Coach®, is completing credentialing as a Money, Marketing and Soul Coach®, and is a member of the the International Association of Women in Business Coaching (IAWBC). As a business success coach, it’s her mission to help other service-based feminine entrepreneurs be paid well for their gifts while fulfilling their Purpose and helping more people.

Shelly Pirroni is owner and director of THE PILATES STUDIO. She began studying Pilates in the year 2000. Shelly maintains her certification with Power Pilates and is committed to its systematic integrative approach to teaching. Since 2010 Shelly has been inspired by the restorative impact of The M.E.L.T. Method and employs its complementary techniques with Pilates. She is certified in Stott Pilates, Gyrokinesis, Physical Mind, Aquatic Exercise, T.R.X. and the M.E.L.T. Method. Her continuing education and expertise extends beyond Pilates, giving her greater knowledge to be able to customize individual client programs that ease pain and increase strength and flexibility.
Shelly has also extensively studied Thai Massage, CHI Running/Walking and meditation and incorporates those techniques within various sessions. She is an avid runner, having completed two marathons, one half marathon and numerous road races. Shelly strives to help her clients find the pathways they need to restore, renew and revitalize their body, mind and spirits.

Lucy Rosenblatt, MA, LPC, LADC is a licensed psychotherapist who has been a practicing in the Greater Hartford area for 30 years. She is also a certified Yoga Meets Dance(tm) instructor and a 200 hour certified Creative Kids Yoga(tm) teacher. In 2008 Lucy combined her therapeutic skills with her dance and yoga experience to create a program of yoga and movement for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lucy's program became part of a research study on the effects of such a program on both the behavioral and core features of Autism. A paper reporting on this research was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in November, 2011. For more information, including the text of the article you may visit Lucy's website at http://www.yogamovementtherapy.com/classes-workshops/yoga-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder/.

Paula Scopino (Yoga For Every Body, Yoga Therapies, etc.) is the Owner/Director of Sacred Rivers. Paula was inspired at a young age by her parent's spiritual explorations and discovered yoga at age 19. She has been a student of yoga since 1976 and has been teaching since 1978 after receiving her first certification with Ruth Bender (pre-Kripalu).
Paula has taught in many different settings, including corporations, hospitals, and fitness and rehabilitation centers. She has studied many different yoga styles all over the country and has been inspired and influenced by numerous wonderful teachers. Her love and interest of yoga, movement, and energy led her to study massage therapy, Reiki, Feldenkrais, and Pilates.

Paula is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher - 500 hour, and is a certified Cardiac Yoga Teacher, having studied Yoga of the Heart with Nischala Joy Devi (the stress management portion of the Dr. Dean Ornish program). Paula does yoga therapy for heart disease and cancer, and yoga therapy for chronic conditions, back problems, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. She teaches prenatal yoga, yoga for children, and yoga for 60,70, and beyond.

Paula graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1989 and is a Connecticut licensed massage therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She also assists her brother Rick Haesche in teaching the Art of Traditional Thailand Massage in massage therapy schools as a part of their regular and continuing education curriculum. In addition, she is certified in Karuna and Usui Reiki. She has maintained a private practice since 1989.

Allison Sullivan, MS, OTR/L, CAGS, CYKT is the Director of Occupational Therapy Services at Sunshine Village, a day habilitation program for individuals with developmental disabilities with 7 locations in Western Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Department at American International College, in Springfield, MA, where her teaching responsibilities include courses in lifespan psychosocial occupational performance, research, and management of healthcare services. Allison’s research interests are focused in trauma-informed care, sensory modulation, and movement-based therapy. As the Director of Occupational Therapy Services at Sunshine Village, Allison created an adaptive yoga and sensory modulation program for both staff and adult consumers at Sunshine Village, in which over 250 consumers and 75 staff now participate on a weekly basis. Her professional experience includes treatment, supervision, training, and consultation for therapists, educators, and students at more than 20 public school systems in Massachusetts. Programs developed by Allison have been commended by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Susan Taff holds a Masters degree in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University and a Masters degree in Public Health from Yale University. Susan has been practicing massage therapy for 12 years, teaching kinesiology and massage therapy courses. She has also studied and has been teaching yoga in the style of B. K. S. Iyengar since 1989. She brings to her yoga teaching her years of study and interest in anatomy and movement. Susan especially enjoys adapting yoga asanas for students with physical limitations.

Megan Todt, MS, PT, RYT is a physical therapist with a strong background in pediatrics. She has been practicing yoga for ten years and completed her 200 hour teacher training through Sacred Rivers Yoga in August of 2008. She is currently co–owner of Family Physical Therapy in Colchester, CT where she teaches yoga. She is also co–owner of Performance Edge Sports where she utilizes her yoga as part of a comprehensive program to increase core strength and decrease risk of injury in high school athletes.

Elizabeth Wyatt is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner.  She is a 200 hour Certified Yoga teacher, and mentor’s students participating in the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Program in Bristol, Vermont. She has worked in the areas of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine for the last 34 years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Registered Sleep Technologist. She has meshed the standard medical model and yogic practices when treating her patients.
She works closely with Naturopathic Doctor Laren Gouin-Young and is looking forward to participating in a project with Dr Gouin-Young  and Cardiologist Dr Stephen Sinatra to train internal medicine residents in providing mind body care to their patients.

Sacred Rivers Yoga is also a 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training school, offering week day and weekend courses. Please contact the studio for information.