Prime of Life Yoga®


Midlife in America is changing. Men and women between the ages of “40 something” to “70 something” are more active and adventuresome than ever before. They represent the largest population growth segment for Yoga. This program offers an overall lifestyle approach to Yoga that includes asana that is accommodating, covering everyday biomechanics, management of common aches and pains and weight reduction with Yoga, gait training, stress reduction and sleeping tips. A balanced presentation of an online course and a four-day intensive. For Yoga teachers and students.

The Certificate Program in Prime of Life Yoga is a one-semester specialty program for Yoga teachers and dedicated students focusing on Yoga for midlife and beyond. The concept is a partial home study of 25 hours combined with a 25-hour four day intensive course. Yoga Alliance has agreed to count this as continuing education credit for their program. Upon completion of the 50 hours of study, participants will receive a certificate in Prime of Life Yoga.


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Prime of Life Yoga® Teacher Training – Level I

Los Angeles, CA through Loyola Marymount University Extension
March 9-12, 2017

with Larry Payne Ph.D.,YTRx; Robert Birnberg CYT, YTRx; Steve Paredes DC, YTRx; Lynn Anderson Ph.D. ;and  Surendra Mehta CYT, YTRX

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 For Yoga teachers and serious students. 4 day intensive of 25 hours and on-line portion of 25 hours. A breath-oriented practice for mid-life and beyond, inspired  by the contemporary teachings of the late Professor Sri T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar. Certificate of completion from Loyola Marymount University Extension Program.


Prime of Life Yoga® Level II Teacher Training
at Samata Yoga Studio in Marina del Rey, CA


Our first POLY Level II training in California, home of Samata Yoga and Prime of Life Yoga®! The course includes a 25-hour home study online portion, plus the 4-day in-person intensive. The online course is available to registered students 2 months before the class.

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To register for the POLY Level II Teacher Training, email or call (310) 306-8845. You may pay over the phone via credit card (involves addtl. credit card fee) or mail a check made out to Samata International Inc. (4150 Tivoli Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066)

Registration fee: $975
Early bird (one month in advance): $875


Prime of Life Yoga® Teacher Training in Princeton, NJ

Prime of Life Yoga® Level I Teacher Training
June 8-11, 2017

Prime of Life Yoga® Level II Teacher Training
October 26-29, 2017

with Larry Payne Ph.D.,YTRx

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For more information visit

2017 – General Information

Home study is done online through LMU Blackboard prior to the course, and at the individual’s own pace. At the conclusion of the 25-hour home study, participants meet for a four-day intensive course. The program runs one semester. Participants who complete the Prime of Life Yoga® certificate program will earn a total of 5.0 LMU Extension semester hours and a certificate of completion from Loyola Marymount University. Tuition is $985 for the program. *Schedules and tuition are subject to change.*

For detailed information on the program please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.



To register, please visit LMU’s website:

Schedule 2017 (*SUBJECT TO CHANGE*)

Home Study

Access to the online portion will begin in the first week of January 2017. Home study course must be completed by the 4-day intensive.

Four Day Intensive

Participants must make sure they are enrolled in Prime of Life Yoga (PLYX 800.01) The four-day intensive course follows the 25 hours of home study on March 9-12, 2017.

Class will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

Class Meeting I
Thursday March 9th, 2017
10:00am – 5:30pm
Topics: Prime of Life Yoga® Principles, Yoga Practice, Written Quiz, 8-Step Wellness

Class Meeting II
Friday March 10th, 2017
**8:30am – 5:30pm
Topics: Guest Speakers, Intro to Pranayama, Yoga Sutra, Food Choices, Yoga Practice

Class Meeting III
Saturday March 11th, 2017
10:00am – 5:30pm
Topics: Yoga Practice, Written Quiz, Lower & Upper Back

Class Meeting IV
Sunday March 12th, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm
Topics: Yoga Practice, Written Quiz, Yoga Postures, Business of Teaching Yoga, Closing Session


Larry Payne, PhD, E-RYT500 is founder and director of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at LMU Extension. He is coauthor of Yoga Rx with Richard Usatine, M.D., Yoga for Dummies with George Feuerstein, Ph.D., and Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine with Eden Goldman and Terra Gold.  He previously introduced Yoga to the curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine, and was founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Surendra Mehta, MBA, CYT YTRX trained in India at the Bihar School of Yoga, with Kavi Ji, a direct disciple of Dhirendra Brahmchari and at the Vivekananda Yoga Kendra. He is also a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx programs. In 2005 he met Swami Ramdev, has been practicing and teaching his method of Yoga and Pranayam ever since.

Robert Birnberg, CYT YTRX has practiced Yoga consistently for over 30 years. He studied with Yoga master T.K.V. Desikachar and various senior students in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya for over 17 years.  Robert studied intensively at the KYM, a world-renowned center for healing and education in Chennai, South India. He is one of a handful of people certified by Desikachar to train teachers and is currently on the faculty of LMU Yoga Therapy Rx Program.  He is known for his ability to express Yoga philosophy and psychology in simple language, and explain their practical applications in everyday life.  He specializes in Yoga for addiction and relationship counseling,

Steve Paredes, D.C., CYT, YTRX has 27 years of experience in the holistic health and fitness field.  His private practice is currently in Solana Beach, Ca (San Diego) where he offers full chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, yoga and rehabilitative exercise therapy, posture, gait analysis, orthotics prescription and therapeutic massage.  Dr. Paredes is also a lecturer and educator of nutritional and Yoga anatomy for various professional organizations.  He maintains an on-going association with Rancho La Puerta Health Spa as a consultant for their back care program and massage staff trainer and therapist.

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