About the program

200 Hour Specialized Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training for bachelor’s, master's, or doctoral level social workers, counselors, psychologists, other mental health professionals, professionals in the healthcare setting, and school teachers facilitated by Dr. Kristen Brendel, PhD, LCSW, E-RTY, C-IAYT of Per La Vita Wellness, LLC.

This is a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training program leading to your Yoga Teaching Certification. Healthcare professionals and those preparing for the LSW and LPCs are also welcome to apply. Emphasis on mindfulness-based interventions for clinical populations. Participants will learn about how to use yoga and mindfulness-based interventions for their own self-care and with clinical populations including school social work, healthcare, geriatrics, substance abuse, eating disorders, other mental health issues, and clients in need of stress management.

At the end of the program, participants will be eligible to become Yoga Alliance Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teachers (RYT 200). A 10 hour practicum is required during the course of the training, utilizing your knowledge directly with your clinical populations. We will have group supervision that may be applied to IL LCSW hours during six of our weekend trainings. Dr. Brendel will be your lead trainer.

Social Work CEUs for IL LSW and IL LCSW will be available. 6 hours of group supervision are included that may be applied to your LCSW hours, if applicable. Applications are now being accepted and registration is now open. Dates of training are listed below.


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About Dr. Kristen Brendel

Dr. Brendel received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She is the founder of Per La Vita Wellness, LLC, an organization that's dedicated to evidence-based practices for holistic health and wellness where she regularly teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction classes, yoga therapy, and other clinical interventions for mental health. She was recently featured in The Guardian where she was interviewed as an expert on using mindfulness and yoga with mental health professionals to help mediate stress.

She is an international speaker, published author, mindfulness researcher, and an assistant professor of social work where she teaches a graduate level course on mindfulness for clinical social work. She has her IL license in clinical social work, is an Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, has her IL Professional Educator's License in Social Work, and a certification in yoga therapy from International Association of Yoga Therapists.




Training will be held at 123 W. Washington Street in the Parkview Suite Oswego, IL. 60543 (location subject to change up to 4 months prior to training). Participants may miss up to 20 hours only and will need to make up the missed hours by completing outside assignments that they arrange on their own and at their own expense and have submitted prior to July 28, 2018. Any additional costs due to missing the weekend training is the sole responsibility of the student.


Training Dates:

  • May 5 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • May 12 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • May 19-20 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • June 9-10 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • June 16-17 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • July 7-8 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • July 14-15 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • July 21-22 (8 AM–6 PM) 
  • July 28-29 (TBD)- Graduation weekend


A deposit is required with your application! $500.00 non refundable deposit (cash or check) is required to hold your spot or $517.50, if using credit card/bank transfer. To pay without credit card fees, please make your $500.00 check out to Kristen Brendel, PhD and mail to:
Dr. Kristen Brendel
Per La Vita Wellness, LLC
324 W. State Street #110  
Geneva, IL 60134

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We will have a number of experts in the field presenting to our group from near and far! Very exciting! Larger events will be open to the public. Please see Payment Terms and Financial Agreement for details on tuition. Payment plans are available. Kindly contact Dr. Brendel for details at drkristen@kristenbrendel.com.

I do expect this training will fill, please register early for your space and to save on the cost of tuition. $500.00 discount if you attend or have attended an international Mindfulness Retreat hosted by Per La Vita Wellness, LLC. Please contact Dr. Brendel for details and eligibility. Will need to complete application below and provide your electronic signature on the participation, waiver of liability, hold harmless, and financial agreements. This training will be updated regularly. Please go to Facebook event page for regular notifications. *To avoid a conflict of interest and dual relationships, students currently in Aurora University's social work program are not eligible to apply until graduation. Primary location of class: 123 W. Washington St, Parkview Suite, Oswego, IL 60543 (subject to change up to 4 months before the training commences to another location near Aurora, IL.).

Complete the forms and either email them to drkristen@perlavitawellness.com or send them by mail to: 324 W. State St., Suite 110, Geneva, IL 60134. Please send the form and then continue to Paypal for the deposit. DEPOSIT REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION $500.00 non refundable deposit (cash or check) is required to hold your spot or $517.50, if using credit card/bank transfer. To pay without credit card fees, please make your $500.00 check out to Kristen Brendel, PhD and mail to: Dr. Kristen Brendel Per La Vita Wellness, LLC 324 W. State Street #110  Geneva, IL 60134