Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training is a training for yoga teachers and health professionals who want to offer individual sessions combining yoga and meditation practices supported by scientific science, based on a deep understanding of the body-mind and the effects of yoga and meditation on the health and happiness of individuals.

Yoga Therapy Training with Merel Martens

What is Parimukti Yoga Therapy?

Parimukti Yoga Therapy is developed as an answer to increasing demand for a different approach to health and well-being. It is more broadly accepted now that our body and mind are not separate entities but highly interrelated, between themselves and with our surroundings. Yoga practices have been found to be so effective as they acknowledge this interrelationship. Similarly, the practice of meditation and self-enquiry give clarity about the nature of ourselves and the world around us. Meditation resolves conflicts that we experience in our daily life that are inherently related to any physical and psychological complaint that we experience. In order to be able to help somebody we need to start looking with different eyes and understand that the complaint is only an expression and in order to dissolve the perception of a problem we have to be ready to break with our conditioned ideas of reality. Parimukti Yoga Therapy offers a new framework and approach to health, health care and yoga therapy.

Pillars of Parimukti Yoga Therapy

Parimukti Yoga Therapy offers an alternative framework and three categories of tools that we can apply as a yoga therapist, while recognizing that all tools can be applied together and there is no particular order to it (1) Activation – to promote the flow of energy, relax muscular tensions (experienced in the musculo-skeletal body or different internal tissues) and momentarily dissolve mental and or emotional tensions (2) Relaxation – very important step in the healing process, both during a session as well as a tool to give the client to integrate in their daily life (3) Awareness development – to gain insight in the nature of themselves (body-mind and our relationship with the world), their disease development and to understand their ‘way out’. Is only possible if the client is relieved from very acute state of disease but crucial in terms of long term well being.

  • Nobody stands alone and an individual’s well being is highly influenced by his ability to express himself in society, family and relationships fully and freely, without fear.
  • Integration of allopathic medicine, yoga philosophy and yogic practices – we believe and have experienced that they can strengthen each other if we are willing look for bridges rather than excluding one or the other.
  • The philosophies of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Advaita form the foundation of the Parimukti Yoga Therapy, additionally we support integration of proven therapies (either scientific evidence based or practice based) from other philosophies and healing systems if one wishes to do so


Principles of Parimukti Yoga Therapy

  • Self-enquiry is the key to health, diseases develop due to a certain state of mind, behaviour or lifestyle habit and without addressing them lasting health cannot happen
  • The therapist and client both must have an authentic and deep desire to enquiry about themselves and their perceived complaints. Without personal motivation and dedication, change and healing cannot happen
  • Sessions have a highly individual character – even if two clients present themselves with similar complaints, a session could be different
  • Stress reduction and finding a structure and balance that fits the individual client are the foundation for a healthy lifestyle
  • Each therapist has to find his/her own way to be most effective, genuine and authentic. Students of the training will be presented a framework for reference but encouraged to integrate their personal/professional background
  • To be a genuine yoga therapist your own practice is most important, part of the course will be dedicated to your self practice to deepen understanding and foster continues personal self-enquiry

Yoga Therapy

The Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training has been developed for

  • Serious and dedicated yoga practitioners that want to gain a deeper understanding about the concept of health, well being and how an integrated approach of yoga, ayurveda, advaita and western medicine can restore health and well being in the people they treat or counsel.
  • Yoga teachers that aspire to become a yoga therapist or integrate yoga philosophy and practices in one-on-one sessions.
  • Health professionals that want to broaden their knowledge and integrate yoga and eastern philosophies and practices in their professional setting

PLEASE, Do not join this training if you are looking for a mere yoga retreat type training, This is a powerful training that will help you not only acquire in depth knowledge but will also result in beginning your transformation from a Yoga Teacher to a Yoga Therapist. Though this training is open to most everyone who is interested, we reserve the right to refuse admission to people who we feel are not ready for this training yet.


What are the benefits of completing Parimukti Yoga Therapy Trainings ?

  1. You will gain a vast understanding of the physical body and its body systems based on western medical science, including new insights on research between emotion, hormonal imbalances and the brain
  2. Knowledge about different personality and body types (doshas), and how to read the dosha in other people, based on Ayurveda
  3. Learn how to observe a clients movement pattern, physical appearance and mental state and will be able to translate this into your treatment plan integrating knowledge from the Indian medical science of Ayurveda
  4. Gain knowledge of most common diseases and their underlying pathology from perspective of different healing systems
  5. Learn the application of specific asana, pranayama, kriyas and meditation for different individuals
  6. You will deeply study your own body and expression patterns of health and disease as the most important case study and foundation from which you treat others
  7. Learn how to engage and communicate with clients consciously
  8. Learn how to distinguish between an acute situation and what you can do, and how to treat more chronic mental and/or physical conditions

Characteristic of the Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training

  • Trainings are intense and transformational; we trigger each participant to deeply look into its own health, well-being, character, patterns, habits. Part of the training is to go through your own processes and to reflect on others’ processes. Self-transformation, peer feedback and group dynamics are an important part of the training. Please be aware that this is not always ‘fun’, although very necessary to start your journey as a (yoga) therapist
  • Rather than training you in performing a ready made treatment plan for a particular disease we train you how to ‘perceive’ a client in its totality (the ‘Three Layers’) and jointly come to an approach for treatment
  • You will be thoroughly schooled in basics from western medicine and ayurveda as well as triggered to activate, trust and apply your intuition in working as a therapist.
  • Each module is concluded with an exam and/or reflective session
  • Self study is an important part of the training. We expect you to review the notes and material as discussed every evening and prepare as requested by the instructor
  • We will use various training techniques from classical lecture, case studies, hands on practice with peers, simulation patients, and real patients

Set-up of the training

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The Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training is comprised of 3 modules:

Module 1: Foundations of Parimukti Yoga Therapy

This is our introduction module in which the pillars and foundations of Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training are being thought and is the foundation of our complete Yoga Therapy Training.

It includes teachings and revision of basic concepts from western medicine (anatomy and physiology) yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda are introduced.

It is a mandatory primer for working as a yoga therapist. There is a strong focus on your personal journey, while making a start with practicing in groups. Simultaneously it gives the trainers the chance to get to know you and understand your motivation and give feedback on your dedication and personal practice and transformation, and whether those are sufficient to continue to Module 2

Total Duration: 1 month Total Cost: starting from €1700 (different price options, depending on if you stay at the center or not)

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Module 2: Parimukti Yoga Therapy & Common Lifestyle Diseases

This Module builds up on the first module and teaches you:

  • How to diagnose a client, tapping from the theory learned in the first module
  • Introduction to different set of diagnostics from different sciences and approaches
  • How to protect your own boundaries and learning about transference, counter transference and co-dependency in a therapist-client relationship
  • Guidelines how to talk consciously to clients and gauge their needs
  • How to set right expectations in terms of outcome, effort and time investment
  • Introduction to a selected number of common diseases and complaints and problems which you will be most likely be approached with as a Yoga Therapist
  • How to use asana, as a treatment in unblocking energy flows, repairing pathways etc.
  • How to use pranayama in treatment
  • How to use meditation as a tool for relaxation and therapy
  • What are the various types of meditation and how do they appeal to various types of people and/or complaints
  • How to design life style changes and nutrition for an individual treatment plan.

You will be trained in the therapeutic applications of different asanas, pranayama, etc and you and your fellow students will be your own test subjects to make you understand the differences rather than merely learning by the book


Total Duration: 1 month Total Cost: starting from €1700 (different price options, depending on if you stay at the center or not)

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Additional Information

Schedule of a typical day in the training (schedule is subject to change by trainers without prior discussion)

06.30 – 09.00 Self-Practice 09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast 10.00 – 11.15 Lecture/workshop 1 11.15 – 11.30 Tea Break 11.30 – 13.00 Lecture/workshop 2 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch 14.00 – 15.00 Self Study 15.00 – 16.15 Skills training 16.15 – 16.30 Tea Break 16.30 – 17.30 Lecture/workshop 3 17.30 – 18.30 Evening program: dance/meditation/kirtan (alternate days)

*Every 4th day is a rest day, in which you will be given a session by one of our teachers, or you will practice doing a session. On these days it is very important that you take as much rest as possible and not engage yourself in other courses, work or projects.

Dates Winter 2016/2017 – Goa, India We offer two batches of trainings in the winter of 2016/2017 The trainings take place in Arambol, North Goa, India

Parimukti Yoga Therapy – Module 1: 5 November – 30 November Parimukti Yoga Therapy – Module 2: 5 December – 30 December

Parimukti Yoga Therapy – Module 1: 6 February – 28 February Parimukti Yoga Therapy – Module 2: 5 March – 30 March

Module 3: Dates & location will be announced

Exact address details: Parimukti Yoga Therapy Center at Kanira Homes House no 165 Girkawadda Arambol, Pernem Goa 403524

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