Applied Psychology for Yogis

tough-love programs inspiring your highest integrity, deepest truths, and fullest creative expression.


A radical education bridging yoga and somatic psychology. 


Learn. Discover. Soften. Embody.  

Our online courses are a mix of rigor, heart, and answers. Applied Psychology for Yogis is for those dedicated to transformation and embodiment through yoga. It is a map that weaves the physical, the metaphysical, the philosophical, the emotional and the social needs as human beings. Take one course or the entire curriculum. If you have an interest in bridging the worlds of contemporary yoga and modern psychology, our courses provide the opportunity for deep learning in this burgeoning field. 

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Truth Telling 

Our blog is a hub for exploring the ways yoga and psychology mix, mingle and differentiate. Read. Get inspired.

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APFY In Your Training.

Western minds engaging an Eastern philosophy and practice is inherently tricky. Yoga teachers are now being called to show up in ways requiring an understanding and incorporation of developmental lenses, attachment orientation and trauma physiology. APFY modules and trainings are an avenue for meeting these current needs. 

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All Yogis Need Support 

Livia continues to offer both individual and group mentoring and counseling to all yogis around the globe. Known for her depth and range she is an expert guide back to your own self. 

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Teaching The Whole Person, Not just poses.

Our alumni are gems. Expertly trained in Somatic Psychology as it relates to teaching and supporting the growth of the student.  


Psychologically sound teaching tips

  1. Ask for what you need, so you can relax and do your best work.

  2. You can not and should not do it alone.

  3. Develop a niche: You can't help everybody. So help somebody. To prevent helping nobody. 

  4. There is no right or wrong way to show up for your practice. Except for perhaps, not showing up at all.

  5. Remember and hold close the importance of inner work and the proliferation of your inner life.

  6. Themes are important for you and your students.

    • Honor the complexity. The mix. The sea. Honor all voices. This can be done with reverence or with wit and sarcasm. Just make it genuine. 

    • Teach what feels right inside your cells. Not what you 'should'. 

    • Give up on everyone being happy.

  7. Pretty please, check your policies for blind spots. Consider how your policies need to shift and evolve with your communities growing and changing. 

  8. Say the real shit. What are you actually trying to say and convey? What is substantive here? What's the real shit?

  9. We learn through imitation. Watching. Listening. Trying on. Feeling into. Responding. 

  10.  You’re more than your words: What you want to create and engender in your class can be done in large part with your presence. The way you walk. The way you move in space. The quality of seeing. The quality of eye contact. The way you use your attention to facilitate intention. 

  11. Oscillate your attention. One eye in-- sense, feel ground, locate yourself. One eye out--see outside of you, sense others, attend to.  

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