Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science presents

Yoga, Mind & Spirit Training 2020

Welcome to Yoga, Mind & Spirit Training

Would you like your yoga practice and teaching to take you and your students far beyond the physical dimension of yoga?

Are you hungry to learn—and teach—how cutting-edge neuroscience explains yoga’s power to transform our nervous systems, and how positive psychology understands its proven ability to build mental and spiritual well-being?
Are you ready to dive into the timeless textual and meditative sources of yoga’s full potential for psychological and spiritual integration?

This training sees the future of yoga in its integration of asana with yoga psychology, spirituality, and science. Join us for this unprecedented 100-hour Yoga Alliance Certified advanced teacher training.

The training starts January 24th!


Program Features

This 100-hour training features:

All six weekends bring together an exceptional team of yoga and psychology pioneers to give you the grounding you need to take your teaching and practice to the next level.

Join us to deepen your impact by igniting your own transformation as a yogi/yogini.





Study Formats

Lecture & Discussion • Group Practice Sessions • Self-Study & Assigned Readings • Meditation Home Practice & Journaling • Yoga & Meditation Teach-Backs • Personal Project Mentoring



Fridays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sundays from 1:30pm – 6:30pm

January 24, 25, 26
February 21, 22, 23
March 20, 21, 22
April 17, 18, 19
May 15 16, 17
June 12, 13, 14


The Training

Weekend 1: Stop Surviving and Start Thriving

Ground your yoga teaching and practice in rigorous understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Buddhist Abhidharma, and the neuropsychology of asana, pranayama, pratyahara, and embodied mindfulness practice.

Lecture: Friday, January 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, January 25 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, January 260 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Weekend 2: Healing the Trauma of Everyday Life

Steep your yoga teaching and practice in the timeless self-healing methods of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga, Buddhist psychology, and the contemplative science of dharana, dhyana, samadhi, and insight meditation.

Lecture: Friday, February 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, February 22  from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, February 23 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Weekend 3: Thou Art That

Awaken the heart of your teaching and practice with the heroic spirit of unconditional love and compassion taught in the Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita, and Buddhist Mahayana Sutras, validated by the latest breakthroughs in affective neuroscience and positive psychology.

Lecture: Friday, March 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, March 21 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, March 22 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Weekend 4: Expand Your Horizons

Raise the consciousness of your teaching and practice with the profound wisdom teachings of Advaita Vedanta/Buddhist Madhyamika, and the integrative neuropsychology of non-dual awareness and non-local compassion. 

Lecture: Friday, April 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, April 18 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, April 19 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Weekend 5: Follow Your Bliss

Inspire your teaching and practice by encountering the heroic legacy and transformational arts of the Shiva Sutras and Pratyabhijna Hrdaya, weaving together mantra recitation, advanced breath control, and blissful devotion to activate the social neuroscience of imagery, prosody, and the smart vagal nervous system.

Lecture: Friday, May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, May 16 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, May 17 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Week 6: Embody Bliss Mastery

Infuse your teaching and practice with the intoxicating taste of pure bliss energy and chemistry by integrating the advanced breath-control methods of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and its Buddhist analogues, known to activate the smart vagal nervous system and cultivate embodied flow states and traits.

Lecture: Friday, June 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Science Intensive: Saturday, June 13 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Practice Intensive: Sunday, June 14 from 1:30 – 6:30 pm




mary reilly nichols
Mary Reilly Nichols, is the Director of the Nalanda Institute’s Yoga, Mind & Spirit and has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. She specializes in yoga with an emphasis on the development of wisdom and experience through the lens of non-duality offered in the Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta, as well as in the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism and Kundalini Yoga. She holds a BA in anthropology from Harvard University, is a devoted student of Muktananda, and completed five years of residency in meditation ashrams in both India and the US. Currently, Nichols teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and is involved in ongoing research on the mind/body benefits of yoga and meditation.

joe loizzo
Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that helps people build sustainable happiness, compassion, and leadership through integrating science-based contemplative skills into their daily lives.

On faculty at the Weill Cornell Center for Integrative Medicine and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at his Nalanda Institute, and Tibet House US. In 2007, he published Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary, a translation study of contemplative self-analysis in Buddhism. His second book, Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, appeared in the Routledge Behavioral Science Series in 2012. He has published dozens of chapters and articles on contemplative science in peer reviewed books and journals including The Journal of Religion, the Annual Review of Psychiatry, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.

sonia sequeira
Sonia Sequeira, PhD, is a neuroscientist, yoga instructor, and manager of the Drug Development Program for Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has been teaching yoga since 1997 and is a certified instructor in Hatha, Kundalini, and Naam yoga. Dr. Sequeira is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Meditation Sciences and also spearheads the Advances in Meditation Research conference series. Her work revolves around the use of scientific methodologies to study how meditation can be applied to improve health in diverse populations.

jacob kyle
Jacob Kyle, MSc, MA, is a yoga asana teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founder of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for Eastern philosophies and practices. Kyle holds two Masters Degrees in Philosophy: an MSc in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in the History of Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. He studied Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. His ongoing studies in Western and Eastern philosophies have included the study of the Yoga Sutras with Edwin Bryant and Tantrik philosophy with Christopher Wallis. He was initiated into Neelakhanta Meditation and has since then been enrolled in Blue Throat Yoga programs under the tutelage of esteemed Kashmir Shaivism scholar Paul Muller-Ortega, studying the texts and practices of the Trika Kula lineage of Kashmir Shaivism. To augment his yoga teaching practice, Kyle has completed over seven hundred hours of training and workshops with many master teachers.

kristen rae stevens
Kristen Rae Stevens, BFA, AyP, E-Ryt 500 is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and AyurYoga© Specialist dedicated to the Shadow Yoga School. She has been offering lectures and educating students on contemplative somatic study and practice and working privately with clients since 1998. She has served as faculty at Columbia College Dance Department, Barnard College Dance Department, Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Integral Yoga Institute NY as well as serving on other esteemed programs of yoga and mind-body exploration throughout NYC for the past 15 + years. Dedicated to experiential process, Kristen Rae has introduced Ayurveda and Mindfulness through lecture and activity to the Primary Care Physicians at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital and medical doctors in training at the SIM (Students for Integrative Medicine) program for 6 years as well as supporting her local community in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with a series of free lectures and services on health and well being centered around stress reduction and balanced living. Deep bows to all of her teachers but much obeisance to Sundernath (Shandor Remete), Emma Balnaves and Drs. Vasant Lad, Robert Svoboda and Robert Thurman.



All six weekends of the Yoga, Mind & Spirit training will be held at Pure West, 204 W 77th Street at Amsterdam Avenue, in New York City.



Yoga, Mind & Spirit training is $1850 for all 6 weekends. Payment options and discount for Pure members is available.



Please contact us for any questions you might have about the Yoga, Mind & Spirit training