Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Columbus Ohio

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training

What is Urban Zen Integrative Therapy?

Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.  

In 2009 the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman-Yee, UZIT trains members of the health-care and yoga communities to provide its cluster of therapeutic support services to people facing illness or injury, in and out of a hospital setting. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic symptoms associated with illness: exhaustion, pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation (PANIC™). More than 390 students have completed the program which includes 50 hours of clinical rotation in a hospital or health care setting or in private, out-patient settings.  Yoga on High is the first site outside of New York City to offer the accelerated version of this program and we are thrilled by the opportunity it offers to our community. Visit the Urban Zen website for more information on this inspiring work.

What is Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training?

This accelerated program is designed for individuals who are already established in one or more of the Urban Zen modalities (yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, allied medical professional, essential oil therapist). It reduces what is normally a 12-month training program to 12 days of training plus a clinical rotation.

Each training day will begin with a led yoga class which includes active and restorative poses, breath work and meditation.  The rest of each day will be filled with full group lectures and discussions followed by mentor-led small groups for integration and practice sessions.

Lectures and practice sessions include training in the 5 Urban Zen modalities and how to combine them to alleviate the symptoms of PANIC™

  • Yoga Therapy including chair and in-bed movement, restorative yoga, breathing practices, body scans
  • Reiki includes Level 1 reiki training for self practice and in clinical setting
  • Essential Oil Therapy Training and practice with 9 therapeutic grade essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint Frankincense and other special blends.  Participants will learn benefits and contra-indications for each.
  • Nutrition nutritional support for care-givers as a form of self-care.
  • Contemplative Care training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm and effective in the midst of suffering.

The UZIT program equips therapists with the necessary tools to avoid the burnout that is rampant in the nursing and caregiving communities.  UZITs learn to balance and fill themselves before they serve.  As Roshi Joan Halifax says, “Healthcare without self care is sick care.”

Between sessions there will be required daily practice and 30 minute weekly phone calls with mentor groups or with the entire group. These calls will be recorded for those who cannot be on the calls.

Each trainee will be required to complete 50 hours of clinical work at an approved site before July 1, 2014. 

Program Dates and Cost

Training Staff


Please email us at urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com for program application information.

All graduates of the program will be certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapists.  Yoga teachers who have graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program are eligible to register as 500-level yoga teachers upon completion of the Urban Zen training.

What are My Clinical Training Options?

We are affiliated with two excellent institutions for your clinical rotations—the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Wexner Heritage Village.

Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country. It includes six hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. The nurses and doctors in the areas in which you’ll be working have experienced Urban Zen Integrative therapies and are eager to add them to the support services for their patients. For more information on Wexner Medical Center visit their website.

Wexner Heritage Village is one of Central Ohio’s most diverse and comprehensive senior housing and health care organizations, It encompasses senior living at all levels of care and includes a rehab center and Zusman Hospice.  Since early 2013, Urban Zen therapists associated with Yoga on High have been working at Wexner Heritage Village with seniors and their families. For more information on Wexner Heritage Village visit their website.

If you do not live in the greater Columbus area, we will work with you to find an appropriate clinical site in your area.

Additional Information

We invite you to meet us at an upcoming information session:
Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30p
Sunday, June 22 at 1:30p
Tuesday July 15 at 7:30p
Sunday August 3 at 1:30p


We are also offering informational conference calls for those who may be coming from out of town or cannot make our information session dates.
Tuesday, June 3 at 8:00p
Monday, July 7 at 8:00p
Tuesday, August 12 at 7:30p


Thank you for your interest in this program. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com.


For more information related to Urban Zen at Yoga on High and around the country, click on the links below.

Rodney Yee on Urban Zen

Urban Zen at Yoga on High

Columbus Dispatch Article, June 11, 2013

Blog by Lori Moffett: Our Presence is Enough

UCLA Hospital Urban Zen Implementation

Moving on From Cancer: A Weekend Retreat

Urban Zen at Beth Israel Hospital


Thank you so much for bringing Urban Zen to Columbus and making this accelerated training available. It has been a worthy journey with the first leg complete and so much more ahead.  I love to practice and the synergy of these particular practices has made a significant difference in my well-being.  My heart is softening and nervous system activation is at a much lower threshold. That makes much more possible—and satisfying. 

These five days of learning, practicing, witnessing, and being together offered a lot of healing and care that I carry with me.  Thank you for putting together an assessment process that had integrity and dignity woven in.  The layering in new ways of seeing and doing and speaking about the work was really helpful.   I love that we’re practicing and learning together.  -Virginia Macali, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program trainee

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