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Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place.

Course Description:

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that targets specific aspects of the central nervous system causing a wide range of symptoms that can result in mild to debilitating life effects. Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (TAYMS) is an experiential program designed to give experienced yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and health care professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students or students in group settings who have impairments due to multiple sclerosis and other neurological health conditions.

Yoga offers so many tools for people living with chronic health conditions. This training provides the tools, practice and confidence to bring yoga to students who need an adaptive approach and smaller, specialized classes to meet their needs.  While the focus is on multiple sclerosis, this skills based training is applicable to other student populations who need an adaptive approach.  Teachers who participate in this training will take away additional knowledge, skills and confidence to assist their students to creatively address the many different stressers and limitations that can result from having a variety of health and mobility challenges.

Module 1: Stability

Stability is a major challenge for people living with MS and other neurological and muscle conditions. This module serves as the foundation for the 50 hour Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga certification. 

Chair Yoga for Every Body 25-hour certification for yoga teachers is the new Module 1: Stability.
Read about this Module by clicking on the column title.

Teachers who take Module 1: Stability, will receive a 25-hour certificate. This module is required before Module 2 can be taken.

Teachers who have taken Chair Yoga for Every Body 25-hour certification may apply to take Module 2 when it's offered.

The price for Module 1: Stability is $475 within early bird pricing at $425.  Early pre-registration is encouraged to ensure successful enrollment.  When Modules 1&2 are offered together, a discounted rate will be available with early-bird registration. 

Module 1: Stability is approximately 25 hours and includes a 65 page manual.

Module 2: Vitality

Vitality can be dramatically affected by chronic illness. This module delves into the Anatomy & Physiology of MS from the Allopathic (western view) of body systems affected by multiple sclerosis with presentations on the importance of regular exercise as well as current research, evidence-based practices, common treatments including widely used pharmaceuticals, the effects of stress on the immune system, and more.

The Yogic (eastern view) of looks at MS through the 5 Kosha model as well as Ayurveda as related to MS. As yoga practitioners, the yogic model is the main focus of this program and includes elements of the Yoga Sutras such as the 8-fold path and the kleshas, the Bhagavad Gita, the prana vayus, and more.

Methodology and Teaching Considerations will cover the practicalities of teaching multi-level group classes and private lessons.

Practicum: Hands-on-practice, a very important part of the training, includes small group and individual sessions with members of the community who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Teachers will receive support and
mentoring from the training staff.
Module 2: Vitality is available upon completion of Module 1: Stability.

The price for Module 2: Vitality is $375. Early pre-registration is encouraged to ensure successful enrollment. When Modules 1&2 are offered together, a discounted rate may be available with early-bird registration. At the moment, this option is only available at the Texas training coming up in October 2019. 

Module 2: Vitality is approximately 20 hours and includes an additional 100 page manual.

Module 3: Clarity

Module 3: Clarity is an online module available after completion of Modules 1 & 2. This module deals with individualized yoga therapy tools for mitigating the effects of stress and integrating the elements of the 8-fold path of yoga including:
Yamas & Niyamas

as well as lifestyle modifications, other tools from the yoga tradition as well as other topics as they arise.
Module 3: Clarity is delivered via video conferencing, self-paced study materials, session development and follow-ups, general discussion with Q&A.

Module 3: Clarity is available upon completion of Modules 1&2. Priced at $150 for approximately 10 contact / content hours. 

Upon completion of Module 3, you will receive your IAYT approved professional development continuing education certificate for Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis - TAYMS.

Module 4: Wisdom

Optional: Module 4: Wisdom is the mentoring module available after completion of Modules 1 & 2. Mentoring is offered by phone, email, and video conferencing.  Offered in packages of three 45 minute sessions with follow-up emails as needed for $150.

Welcome to our next TAYMS training Modules!

Online - Live

Dates & Times

Module 1:  Stability 

  • October 1-2, 2022
  • & October 15-16, 2022 

Details at this page: https://yogahealsus.com/chair-yoga-certification/


Live-streaming online via Zoom


Module 1: Stability



200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification 

    • and a minimum of 100 hours Yoga teaching experience
    • or with permission of the instructor.

Health care professionals who work with clients who have MS and have a personal yoga practice with a certified yoga teacher may also participate.

    • Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT may participate in Module 1 only.


Module 1: Stability

  • Total program hours:  25 contact hour
  • This program meets the Yoga Alliance requirements for up to 25 hours of continuing education. 
  • The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my professional yoga therapy certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy, an IAYT member school, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Module 2: Vitality

Total program hours:  up to 20 contact hours

  • This program when added to Modules 1 & 3 meets the requirements for the IAYT Approved Professional Development for Continuing Education for C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapists.
  • Upon completion of Modules 1, 2 & 3 you will receive your IAYT APD certificate.  You will receive a certificate upon completion of each individual module for that module. 
Travis Ehrhardt


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Our story

TAYMS in Texas

  • Therapeutic – Having a positive effect on the body or mind.

  • Adaptive – Adjusting to another type of behavior or situation.

  • Yoga – To unite ourselves with our highest nature.

  • Multiple Sclerosis – Many scars which are the primary cause of all MS symptom.

TAYMS is a collaboration with Travis Ehrhardt, Gusti Ratliff, the staff, and members of MINDSET Fitness and Yoga, a neuro-wellness center that specializes in Physical Assisted Personal Training and TAYMS Adaptive Yoga.  In Module 2:  Vitality, participants will be training alongside members of the MINDSET community who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  What better way to learn than with people with people who live with this condition every day?

TAYMS in connecticut

In June 2003, the Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored the first Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Teacher Training presented by Karen O’Donnell Clarke and Lynette Coleman of the NMSS. This one-day training was attended by 22 yoga teachers. 

Since then, the training has grown to be included in 200 and 300 hour YTTs.  This training has morphed several times and it about to do that again.  

Module 1: Stability is offered as Chair Yoga for Every Body.  It’s a 25-hour stand alone certification as well as TAYMS Module 1: Stability.  It will focus on modifications as well as “new” postures that address the concerns of people who have neurological/neuro-muscular impairments.

Our Team
Karen O'Donnell Clarke

Founder and Director
of Yoga Heals Us and TAYMS

Following  my diagnosis of MS in 1997, I developed TAYMS training to educate yoga  teachers about MS – what it is, how it affects people, what to look out for and how to work with students who can have very different symptoms from time to time and different from other people who have MS.  Some students who have MS don’t need a modified class, or do well with minor adjustments with props. Some students do better in a specialized adaptive class that supports them physically as well as group support from their peers. Some students must not get onto the floor because they may not be able to get back up or risk injury, etc. 

This training has been held over 30 times since 2003 all around the U.S. 

I’m happy to say that we were part of the accessible yoga movement before there was one.  Yoga, adaptive and accessible, is becoming sought after by many diverse populations and finally there are teachers eager to meet the need in their communities.

Karen O’Donnell Clarke

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT
  • E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance
  • RCYT Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • YACEP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider 
  • Kripalu Graduate 500 hours
  • Integrative Yoga Therapy graduate 1000 hours
  • Yoga of the Heart with Nischala Joy Devi
  • Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar
  • Yoga 4 Cancer with Tari Prinster
  • Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with Genevieve Yellin
  • Faculty member 200 and 300 hour YTTs
  • Mentor Kripalu School for Integrative Yoga Therapy


Travis Ehrhardt
Travis Ehrhardt

Owner and Director of MINDSET Fitness and Yoga

Travis, Karen and Gusti met in 2007 at the first TAYMS collaboration in Fort Worth, Texas. Travis was working the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as Programs and Wellness Coordinator. He developed a passion for fitness and assisted personal training for people living with MS.

In 2014, Travis opened the doors of MINDSET Fitness and Yoga offering personal training, fitness classes, an adaptive gym, adaptive yoga, and so much more.  Some of these services are free to members who have MS, due to massive fundraising and generous donations (always welcomed!).

Travis is a certified Yoga Teacher and certified Personal Trainer. He knows more about MS and movement than anyone I know. Travis presents the “What is MS?” portion of TAYMS when it’s held in Texas.

Gusti Ratliff

Director of Yoga, MINDSET Fitness and Yoga

Gusti, Karen and Travis met in 2007 at the first TAYMS collaboration held at Gusti’s yoga studio, Divine Yoga Center. Upon learning, through the first IAYT SYTAR conference that Karen was seeking a location in the Fort Worth area to hold the TAYMS training, Gusti reached out to Karen and the rest is history.

We held three trainings at Divine as part of their 200 hour and 500 hour YTTs. Travis joined the program and presented “What is MS?” – the science and the lived experience. Divine went on to host weekly adaptive yoga classes born out of this original collaboration.  

Subsequently, teachers who were trained in this method trained others and formed new adaptive yoga classes for people living with MS as well as other chronic health conditions.

Gusti, along with her partner, sold the very successful Divine Yoga Center.  Gusti became the Director of Yoga at MINDSET Fitness and Yoga where TAYMS has again been a part of their YTTs. Many of the graduates, some who have a diagnosis of MS themselves, now teach Adaptive Yoga at MINDSET.  

Gusti is an inspirational yoga teacher and trainer. She blends humor and lightheartedness with the work of transformation as she guides new teachers through the process of self-discovery, personal growth, and learning to be teachers of Yoga.

Gusti Ratliff

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT
  • E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance
  • RCYT Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • RPYT Registered Pre-natal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • YACEP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider 



What People Say
"Excellent training. I thought this training was very well thought out.  I loved how we learned about MS symptoms, nervous system and other systems of the body.  The Koshas,  chakras, whole person wellness, mudras, pranayama, yoga practices . There was so much more but I especially enjoyed being treated to a Yoga Nidra each day! Thank you Karen for putting your heart and soul into this training!
Terry Olsen
Yoga Teacher
"I think that the training as a whole has really developed.  There was so much more in this training than in the one I took (in 2006.)  I’ve been to some good workshops and some great workshops and this was up there with the best.  You are authentic in your passion and bring humor into what could be and is a very serious topic.  You remind us of the humanness of our students and that each of them should be treated as individuals.  Thank you for that gift."