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Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (TAYMS)


A Training for Certified Yoga Teachers and Care Professionals

Making Yoga Accessible for Every Body

June 22-24, 2018 - TAYMS 18 hour introduction

June 22-28, 2018 - TAYMS 50 hour certification


Course Description:

Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis is an experiential training program designed to give experienced yoga teachers and health care professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students or students in group settings who have multiple sclerosis and other neurological health conditions.  Founded on the Integrative Yoga Therapy model of whole person wellness, this program includes practical information for yoga teachers as well as a model for integrating yoga philosophy into practices for body, mind and spirit.

Yoga offers so many tools for people living with chronic health conditions. This training provides the tools, practice and confidence to bring yoga to students who need an adaptive approach and smaller, specialized classes to meet their needs.  While the focus is on multiple sclerosis, this skills based workshop is applicable to other student populations who need an adaptive approach.  Teachers who participate in this training will take away additional knowledge, skills and confidence to assist their students and to creatively address the many different stressors and limitations that can result from having MS.

Choose the 18-hour introduction or stay for the week and develop your understanding and skills alongside individuals living with MS and their Mind Set training professionals. What's the difference between TAYMS18 and TAYMS50?  The week long offers: more hands-on experiences assisting Mind Set group classes; team teaching a Mind Set group class; conducting semi-private and private sessions with mentoring from Karen and Travis; presentations from wellness experts and researchers working with the Mind Set community; in-depth anatomy and physiology with regard to MS; more yoga tools to address particular symptoms of MS as well as whole person wellness through the 5 koshas.  TAYMS50 also includes the TAYMS Facilitator Toolbox. (read about this further down)

TAYMS18 and TAYMS50 are a collaboration with Travis Ehrhardt, Gusti Ratliff, the staff, and members of Mind Set Fitness and Yoga, a neuro-wellness center that specializes in Physical Assisted Training and TAYMS Adaptive Yoga.  Participants will be training alongside members of the Mind Set community who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  What better way to learn than with people who live with this condition every day?  Join us for this one of a kind training opportunity.

Training Curriculum:

  • Technique:
    • Daily practices to experience and integrate the tools and philosophy of TAYMS and their application for students living with multiple sclerosis.
    • Adaptive asana and chair yoga.
      • Restorative poses.
    • Relaxation and Meditation.
      • Yoga Nidra
      • Mudra
  • Yoga Philosophy as it applies to the condition of MS:
    • Foundations and overview
    • Koshas, Chakras, Doshas.
  • Anatomy & Physiology:
    • Allopathic (western view)
      • Anatomy and physiology of body systems affected by multiple sclerosis.
      • Evidence-based medicine.
      • Common treatments including widely used pharmaceuticals.
      • Presentation by an MS Specialist with extensive knowledge of MS and the importance of regular exercise including: current research, the effects of stress on the immune system, the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise, etc. 
    • Yogic (eastern view)
      • Condition of MS and the Kosha model
      • Generally recognized contraindications in the treatment of multiple sclerosis within the context of the tools and techniques used by Yoga therapists.
  • Methodology / Teaching Considerations:
    • The practicalities of teaching group classes or private lessons such as accessible facilities, time of day, length of class, safety issues, learning styles, symptom awareness, etc.
    • Class design for students with limitations and health challenges.
    • Teaching students with disabilities.
    • Health Questionnaire.
    • Roles and Goals.
  • Therapeutic Application / Techniques:
    • Adaptive Asana
    • Chair Yoga
    • Props for Safety and Alignment
    • When and How to Assist
  • Practicum:
    • Hands-on-practice, a very important part of the training, includes small group and individual sessions with members of the Mind Set community who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 
      • Teachers say this is the most meaningful part of the training because they interact with real people rather than role playing. 
      • Teachers will receive support and mentoring from the training staff.  
    • Business Practices
    • Scope of practice
    • General regulations related to working within medical settings.
    • Liability
    • Compensation
    • Ethical guidelines
    • HIPAA regulations.
New!  TAYMS Facilitator Toolbox:
  • TAYMS50 includes prepared content for a 6-8 week program to get you started in your community.


  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification and a minimum of 100 hours Yoga teaching experience
    • or with permission of the instructor.
  • Health care professionals who work with clients who have MS may also participate.
    • Must have a minimum of one-year direct yoga experience in an ongoing class with a 200+ hour certified Yoga Teacher.


  • Mind Set Neuro Wellness Center
    • 2307 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118
  • http://mindsetfitnessandyoga.com/
  • 214.315.6127

Dates:  June 22 - 28, 2018

  • Attendance at all sessions is required for certification.
  • Friday, 6 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Total program hours:  18 hours for the weekend introduction and 18 CEUs; 50 hours / CEUs for in-depth study, practicum, and TAYMS certification.
  • Please let Karen know if you need Yoga Alliance CEUs for this program.
  • The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my professional yoga therapy certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy, an IAYT member school, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Program Cost:

  • 18 Hour Introduction
    • $349, early bird $299 Due 4/30/18
    • $20 meals due by 5/22/18
  • 50 Hour In-Depth
    • $895, early bird $795 Due 4/30/18
    • $50 meals due by 5/22/18


  • Checks:
    • Made out to:  Yoga Heals Us LLC
    • Mail to: Yoga Heals Us LLC, 32 Borodell Avenue, Mystic, CT  06355
  • Pay online:
Payment Options
Accommodations and Meals:

  • Accommodations:  This is a non-residential program.  
    • Comfort Suites near Northeast Mall, a Richland Hills, TX hotel.  Mind Set participants receive a 10% discount.
      • Click here for Comfort Suites Direct Link to Book with Discount
      • Comfort Suites Contact:
        • Sanjiv Melwani “MEL”, General Manager
        • 817.595.3332
  • Meals:  
    • Lunch will be ordered and delivered from a variety of area restaurants.
      • Three lunch choices per day will be available in advance of the training:
        • Vegan, vegetarian, and animal protein.
    • If you choose to lunch on your own, plan to bring it because there a very few food choices close to the training facility.


  • Questions about the training:
    • Karen O'Donnell Clarke
    • 860.204.0797
    • karen@yogahealsus.com
  • Questions about the facility, travel, accommodations, etc:
    • Office Manager Mind Set Fitness and Yoga
    • Phone: 817.616.3264

Refund Policy:

  • 14 days or more prior to the first day of the training:
    • You will receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee.
  • 13 days through 1 days prior to the first day of the training:
    • You will receive 75% of your payment minus a $75 processing fee.
  • No refund is available:
    • if you cancel on the first day of the training.
    • if you are a ‘no show’ or if you leave the training early for any reason.