Yoga as Therapy with Dr. Baxter Bell


Taught by Dr. Baxter Bell, this online course establishes the foundational principles of yoga therapeutics essential for any teacher interested in the subject.

NOTE: All online courses are offered only in English.


Course Description

Yoga therapy presents a model for wellness that can be applied to chronic and acute conditions. This course introduces current yoga teachers to the advanced skills required to create holistic treatment plans for one-on-one sessions and special populations. Yoga therapists create individualized treatment plans to address common health issues and individual well-being, recognizing the interconnection of mind, body, emotions and spirit.

What you will receive

  • Lifetime access to over 15 hrs of video instruction
  • Downloadable .pdfs and illustrations
  • Immediate feedback on comprehension through online assignments
  • Library of practical exercises and journaling opportunities
  • Desktop, iOS and Android compatible formats
  • Certificate of completion from Naada Yoga

Credits earned

  • 30 CEU’s recognized by the North American Yoga Alliance
  • Advanced standing to Naada Yoga’s 1000 hr Therapeutics Certification
  • 10 contact hours redeemable by registered NYTT students


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  • Lesson 1: Overview of Yoga Therapy
  • Lesson 2: Brief History of Yoga Therapy
  • Lesson 3: Contra-indications to yoga therapy interventions
  • Lesson 4:  Alternative anatomies of the yoga system
  • Lesson 5: Western Models
  • Lesson 6: Assessment techniques
  • Lesson 7: Creation of treatment plans
  • Lesson 8: Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy within Yoga Asana
  • Lesson 9: Posture and Gait Analysis
  • Lesson 10: Scientific Studies
  • Lesson 11: Circulatory System
  • Lesson 12: Digestive System
  • Lesson 13: Endocrine System
  • Lesson 14: Immune System
  • Lesson 15: Men’s Health
  • Lesson 16: Women’s Health
  • Lesson 17:  Myology 
  • Lesson 17:  Nervous System
  • Lesson 18: Osteology
  • Lesson 19:  Respiratory System

Instructor Bio


Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT500 fell in love with yoga in 1993 while he was working full-time as a family physician. His appreciation for the potential of yoga for fostering health, healing, and equanimity was so great, he soon stepped down from his medical practice and trained to become a yoga teacher. Now he focuses on teaching yoga full time, both to ordinary students of all ages and physical conditions, and to the next generation of yoga teachers, to whom he teaches anatomy and yoga therapy along with his accessible, skillful style of yoga. He also sees students privately, helping them use yoga to help heal from and/or cope with a wide range of medical conditions. At this point, with 17 years of teaching experience under his belt, Baxter brings a unique perspective to his teaching, combining his understanding of anatomy and medicine with his skill at instructing people from all walks of life and all levels of ability.

In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter is a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Sytar Conference, and teaches online courses and classes at Yoga U Online. Baxter is also the co-founder and writer for the popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world. He has written articles for Yoga Journal and the journal of the International Association of Yoga Therapy. And he is often quoted as an expert on yoga and health by major national news outlets such as the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

To learn more, visit,, and his YouTube channel Baxter Bell Yoga.



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