This training was upgraded from 300 hours to 350 hours. 

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Aspects of Yoga RYS 500 with an emphasis on therapeutic benefits comprises:

 200-hour-Teacher Training Foundation Program (RYS200)   +  350-hour Advanced Teacher Training with an Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits Level I (RYS300)   =    550-hour-Teacher Training with an Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits (RYS500)

Trainees completed the training will be eligible to apply to register as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®500) with Yoga Alliance if they have been registered with Yoga Alliance RYT®200 before.

 Some of the course offerings may be open to the public.

Please contact: monika.munzinger@gmail.com

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Prerequisites for “Aspects of Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Program with an Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits” are:

  • Two references,
  • 200-hour-yoga Teacher Training(s) – certifications may be required
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology

The Aspects of Yoga 350-Hour In-Depth Study and Advanced Teacher Training Program is a continuation of the 200-Hour Program.

Study Topics for 350-hour-Teacher Training with Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits Level I: The Importance of Relaxation, Yoga for Women during the Menopause, Yoga for Cancerous People, Back-Care and Scoliosis, Chest, Neck and Shoulders,  Yoga for the Elderly, Depression and Mood, Trauma, Relationships between Yoga Teachers and Health Caregivers, Spiritual Aspect of Yoga, Functional Anatomy and Systems of the Body, Ethics for Yoga Teachers, Ayurveda, Neurobiological Approach to Better Understanding of Human Nature and Values, Mindfulness

Applying Yoga Therapy: Sequencing and adaptation, Teaching yoga therapeutically to a group and individually, Group-work studies, Listening and observing, Breathing as a therapeutic tool, Understanding of human values and human nature.

About the Teachers:  Monika Munzinger ( ERYT500, C-IAYT) is founder of the ‘Aspects of Yoga Teacher Training’ TT program. She began practicing meditation and yoga in 1983 and for many years she ran a yoga center in Bodrum to which visitors and students came from all over the world. Her daughter Nur runs it now. Monika’s approach to her own yoga practice changed over the course of time. Observing the effects of asanas on herself and then on her students made her change the way of she was teaching and modify asanas to suit different students’ special needs. She travels extensively, running themed workshops and teacher trainings. The topics of the workshops currently focus, in the main, on therapeutic benefits and aspects of yoga.  monika.munzinger@gmail.com

Drs. Judith Marianne Aartsma teaches Ayurveda, Philosophy, Anatomy. Judith was born and raised in The Netherlands. Ever since she can remember it was her great wish to be a doctor. This first led her to medical school at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where she graduated as a medical doctor in 2001. Respecting the great and detailed knowledge of the allopathic medical system, already during her studies at medical school she developed the wish to learn a more holistic and natural approach to people and their health. She explored other systems of healing, especially the Eastern systems of Ayurveda (the ancient healing system of India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She met with her beloved teacher, naturopath, T ́ai chi master and Ayurveda practitioner Franklin D. Lafour and studied Ayurveda with him for 3 years while still in medical school, graduating also in 2001. Judith says she has met many wonderful teachings and teachers on her way, amongst whom the world-renowned vaidya (Ayurvedic physician) Dr. Vasant Lad, at whose beautiful Ayurvedic Institute in the USA she was fortunate to study fulltime for a year. Her training in T ́ai chi chuan and Chi gong with teachers around the world and her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the OTCG in Antwerp, Belgium have had a great contribution on her work today. Judith has work experience as an allopathic physician in occupational health and community health for children in The Netherlands. She also has a practice for Ayurveda/integrative medicine in The Netherlands. She is closely connected to Turkey and spends quite a lot of time here, trying to raise awareness and knowledge regarding the ancient holistic healing systems. Judithaartsma@gmail.com


Eve Mintiens teaches prenatal yoga and preparing for birth. Eve is a mother of 2 children. She attended the 200hr ‘Aspects of Yoga Teacher Training Foundation Program’ in 2010. Since then she is teaching yoga. Feeling the desire to help women prepare for birth she attended Janet Balaskas’s ‘Active Birth’ seminar in 2010. She got certified as a Prenatal Yoga teacher and Active Birth educator at the Active Birth Center in London. Eve assisted Janet Balaskas during ‘Active Birth’ and ‘Teaching Active Birth’ courses in Istanbul in 2012 and 2013. Eve completed the 350hr ‘Aspects of Yoga Teacher Training with an Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits’ in 2015. She attended Dr Timothy Mc Calls 30hr Yoga Therapy workshop in Antwerp. Eve has been teaching prenatal, restorative and yoga with therapeutic benefits at Yoga Center Bodrum and at hospitals in Bodrum for 6 years. She conducted many workshops preparing parents for the oncoming birth and trained yoga teachers to prenatal yoga teachers. She moved back to Antwerp in 2016 where she teaches and shares her knowledge. eve_mintiens@hotmail.com

Gulin Gulgor teaches yoga philosophy. Gulin has a BA and MA degree in Radio, Television & Cinema, Faculty of Communication, from Ankara University. She worked in the field of advertising until meeting with Yoga. Her first teacher training was from SVYASA in 2007 – Vivekananda Yoga University. Gulin then developed a more integrative view and completed an Ayurveda training (Sankalpa Yoga & Natural Health Center, 2008). She attended a Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Sarah Powers, 2011) and completed the Advanced Teacher Training Therapeutically Oriented (Aspects of Yoga School – RYS ® 500, Monika Münzinger, 2014) Gülin continues on this way by incorporating Yoga and Ayurveda in her teaching and therapeutic work.gulingulgor@gmail.com


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Students will learn to practice on a more subtle level and will deepen their own yoga practice: how to modify and adapt postures for specific conditions as for elderly, during menopause, for osteoporosis, for back care, for neck and shoulder problems, for scoliosis. Great emphasis is on how to implement restorative postures for individual needs.

Therapeutic Breathing

Breathing techniques are used to bring awareness into specific areas in the body, in order to deal better with asthma, scoliosis and lower back pain. This helps to improve posture, increase flexibilty and to release pain.


To be mindful, to be in the present and to be able to observe oneself is not only therapeutic, but yogic. Students will learn techniques for centering and being in the present.

Observation / Adaptation / Sequencing /Teaching / Presenting

The training incorporates teaching in front of the class, assisting each other, working in a group, giving feedbacks. Students will learn to observe and understand assymmetries and stress areas in the body and how to modify and adjust, if necessary.

Importance is given on structuring, writing class outlines and sequencing logically and safely.

Importance of Relaxation

Relaxation is a very important part in practicing and teaching yoga. Topics are covered: how to break a stress cycle through relaxation, how to implement an attitude of vayragya (effortlessness) and abhyasa(effort) in one’s own practice, how to use various relaxation positions with the use of props and to understand how the nervous system works

Yoga for Backcare and for Problems in Neck and Shoulders

Neck and back problems are covered extensively in this training, how to adapt postures for specific problems in these areas.


Scoliosis can be structural or functional. Students will learn to teach therapeutically regarding different scoliosis curvatures. Especially ropes are being used for this.

Yoga for Elderly

Elderly students need to be addressed a bit more carefully. But it is amazing to see how fast they progress. How to address and teach elderly safely considering hip and knee issues, stiffness etc is the subject.

Menopause and Osteoporosis

There will lectures on before and after menopause as well as on osteoporosis. We will talk how healthy eating effects osteoporosis and how to improve existing conditions through therapeutic yoga practice.

Therapeutically Oriented Approach to Inversions

Students will learn that improperly performed inversions can be cause for many injuries and properly aligned inversions can heal existing health issues.

Neurobiological Approach to Better Understanding of Human Nature and Values

The brain is a densely networked structure that is open-ended in terms of its programmability. We can decide how and for what purposes we want to use our brains. Repetitive neuronal connectivity leads to fixed patterns of thinking and behavior. A complex and highly networked brain develops qualities like sensibleness, humility, prudence, truthfulness and empathy.

Coaching View on Yama and Niyama

The concept of Yama and Niyama is explained from the point of view of life coaching. Also examples will be provided how to carry the principles on to the mat and how to conduct according to them while teaching

You Are What You Eat

Lecture on Ayurvedic Nutrition, including main concepts of Ayurveda, five elements, 3 doshas, gunas, prakruti, dhatus and their relations with nutrition

Students will be able to understand the Ayurvedic relationship between ourselves as human beings, the food we eat and the universe as a whole.

Pancha Kosha

Introduction to the Vedic philosophy, Advaita Vedanta, concepts of  Atman and the five sheaths of human existance, identification with these sheaths and the necessity of unveiling them.

Yoga Philosophy

Topics are covered: Individual Soul and the Over Soul, the Primary Sound Principle, different forms of prayers, classical yoga systems and more

Prenatal Yoga

Lectures on bodily changes during pregnancy, an introduction to the basics principles of physiological birth and a demonstration of a prenatal yoga class are topics.

Students learn how to deal with special needs, how to teach pregnant yoga students and how to prepare for birth.

Yoga & Cancer

This is an introduction into how to help cancerous people gaining their vital forces through restorative poses designed to their individual situation.

Introduction to Ayurveda

History, philosophical basis (with emphasis on Samkhya philosophy) and basic concepts of Ayurveda. Topics like shad darshan, in particular Samkhya philosophy and 24 principles of creation (tattvas) are explaine. This gives a basis for understanding


Ayurvedic basic concepts. Including practical examples and practices on how to observe one’s own body-mind-consciousness and it’s interaction with the rest of Nature. Topics include:

– 20 gunas (20 attributes)

– Panchamahabhutas (5 elements)

– Tridosha (3 doshas or humours)

– Prakruti/vikruti

– Manas prakruti/vikruti

– Agni/ama (digestion and metabolism, toxins)

– 7 dhatus (7 tissues)

– 3 malas (3 waste products)

– Concept of srotamsi and nadi (subtle anatomy)

– What is health and wat is dis-ease according to Ayurveda

– Samprapti (the disease process)

– Causes of dis-ease according to Ayurveda

– Diagnostic methods

– Treatments

– Special emphasis on establishing a personal dinacharya (daily routine)

Students will get familiar with this sister science of yoga, this vast system of medicine and art of daily living. To learn to recognize one’s own constitution, strengths and weaknesses so that one can adjust one’s daily life, including yoga practice to personal needs. This will make the practice of the yoga student and teaching of the yoga teacher more complete

What is Trauma

Students will learn about different stages of trauma and how yogic methods can work to help with stabilizing the mind and body.


“The yoga therapy components of our [courses/training] are based on our [non-YAR credential or other qualification], not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.”

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