Rishikesh – India

13 January – 12 February 2023


Course created in collaboration with HOLISMOS YOGA, ITALY.

The Sanskrit term for therapy found in much medical literature is that of Chikitsa, which refers to the application of consciousness (chit) or taking care. The Yoga Therapy is therefore defined  as Yoga Chikitsa. Be that as it may, chikitsa does not appear so frequently in the numerous texts of the yoga traditions. In these writings the disease comes mostly defined as one of the obstacles we may encounter during our own path of life and practice. The disease is not treated from a medical perspective, as yoga practice does not have as its goal the primary cure of diseases, but rather the spiritual development of the person.

It is in this context that our 300h “Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine” Course was created: this is a school where we actively promote an intensive journey into the science of classical Hatha yoga, emphasizing its all-round ability to promote health, integrating into this path, some of the most important and effective aspects deriving from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Shiatsu and Kinesiology.
Our Teachers have many years of experience in the teachings of yoga; they are also qualified in Yoga Therapy and experienced in different healing arts.
This experience in healing is derived directly from the vast clinical experience acquired thanks to having treated thousands and thousands of people, accompanying them in their delicate healing process. For years we have been experimenting with our customers an integrated treatment model which uses Ayurveda, Shiatsu, kinesiology alongside Hatha Yoga and Pranayama, with increasingly encouraging results.

Today we propose this operational model to all teachers, practitioners, healers and yoga lovers, with a keen interest in health promotion, in learning and personal growth.This 300 hour Yoga Therapy Course consist of  4 week intensive journey in healing through the  exploration of the subtleties of the asanas, their energetic links with the chakras, the Chinese acupuncture meridians as well as modern anatomy, physiology and Yogic psychology. You will also learn how to evaluate your patients health using various methods of palpation as well as observation of posture and structural evaluation, listening skills, taking detailed case histories and interpreting the signs and symptoms of imbalance and disease.



Nature of Diseases in Yoga and Pathological Phases ( adhija and anadhija vyadhi), western anatomy and physiology,  Oriental Yoga Anatomy,  Oriental Yoga Physiology, The Chakras and Chines Meridian System, principles of Ayurveda, Yoga Psychology based on the Charkas, the 5 Koshas, the 5 Vayus. Salutogenesi and the theory of stress, Phylosophy and spirituality. Fundamentals Of Ayurveda: vata, pitta and Kapha. How and when to usaTattva Mudras and Prana Mudras.


Asking diagnosis: how to make an interview (questions on digestion, stool, sleep, on set of pain, urogenital complaints etc.). Observation ( posture, complection, spine, movement). Palpation ( using palpation of abdomen and back following shiatsu diagnostic theory and ayurveda principles). Recognizing bio type according to the 3 Dosha theory. Learning how to use the pancha kosha and pancha vayu theory.


Asana in depth, understanding how to use in the best possible way the healing properties of the asana. Modified and restorative asana, the use of props.

Classical and non classical methods of Pranayama. Concentration, meditation, visualization. Asana for specific Chakras, organs and meridians. Use of the main acupressure and marma points. Relaxation tecniques. Basic ideas of nutrition and eating habits. Mantras and kirtan.

Hands on Techniques: basic back Shiatsu and Kinesiology, including all diagnostic zones on back and front of the body as well as the main acu-points. Abdominal Shiatsu or Hara Shiatsu, Chakra Balancing, basic hip, shoulder girdle and diaphragm adjustments, neck, head and shoulder treatments. Tattva Mudra and Prana Mudra for different conditions.

Yoga Therapy and integrative medicine for Illnesses and Problems relating to the following Systems

1. General signs of bad health and stress / 2. Backache / 3. Respiratory System / 4. Circulatory System / 5. Digestive System and Nutrition / 6. Urinary System / 7. Nervous System / 8. Hormonal System / 9. Immune System / 10. The Skin / 11. Women’s health / 12. Men’s health / 13. Mind and Emotions


1.Theory Introduction and Significance

2.Self- Healing

3.Energy Cleansing


All course materials will be provided


Students enrolling on this 300 Hour Yoga Course are expected to be qualified Yoga Teachers at the 200 hour level from any school.


•      Students will be required to have completed all the set assignments by the end of the course.

•      Students will be expected to show proficiency and improvement in their own asana practice, teaching and understanding including: a) anatomy and physiology, b) evaluation and treatment procedures c) 3 case histories.

•      Students will be expected to show proficiency and improvement in their own asana practice, teaching and understanding.

•      The practical evaluation is based on continual assessment and students are expected to complete a minimum of 90% of contact hours.

•      There will also be a written exam which all students must pass in order to obtain the 300 hour Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine certification.


Our graduates with Prashmana Yoga and Holismos Yoga & Wellness, will be able to register on the Yoga Alliance International database upon completion of the course and will receive Prashmana Yoga certification.




Rishikesh has spectacular view of jungle-clad hills. Rishikesh has also confluence of River Ganges and Chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city. In the ancient time and still so many yogis, rishis, sages and sannyasis attracted to Rishikesh to practice yoga in this peaceful location. Since then, Rishikesh has known as an abode of sages. Rishikesh is a holy town with so many Ashrams and it is famous for the yoga world-wide. Rishikesh is now world famous as a Yoga Capital of the world. Every year during the March month one week long International yoga festival is hosted by Rishikesh.


The Nirvana Palace Hotel is located near to Parmarth Niketan which is an epicentre for all yogic activities at Ram Jhula an iconic bridge over Ganga.

The hotel is comfortable and spacious with Indian furnishings, large dining room and a beautiful spa area. You can choose your stay in twin sharing Deluxe Delight rooms or single sharing Deluxe Delight rooms.  Every single room has an attached bathroom and comfortable bed, to ensure your sleep is peaceful throughout the night.

Looking out over the Himalayas, yoga classes are held in the spacious and cosy yoga shala/ Hall.

PRICE:  2300€ for shared occupancy, 2450€ for single private room

BOOKING: to book your place you will need to pay 30% of the total amount to secure your place. The balance can be paid on your arrival or in  full just before your departure.

Course organized in collaboration with HOLISMOS YOGA


Massimo is a 500 Hour Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance International and a 300h yoga therapy certifaction with International Vasishta Yoga Research Foundation (Kerala, India). Massimo is also a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher, a qualified kinesiologist and since 1999 the director of Holismos, a centre for complementary therapies in Tuscany and Varese (north of Milano), Italy.  He also teaches Anatomy and Pyhsiology in many teacher trainings. He is the founder of Three Treasures Yoga, a YAI registered school.
Massimo spent 12 years practicing the Zen Buddhist Martial Art called Shorinji Kempo, in London, Italy and Japan (2° Dan ) under Sensei T. Mizuno.

Massimo also  trained originally as a percussionist, playing for many years in various groups in the UK and in Italy and traveled extensively in Europe and south America performing.

Today one of his main interest is the study of sound, vibration and the effect they have on our lives, health and evolution.

“Elemental World” the newly released CD by Massimo Cantara on Holismos label.

In 2021 he published his book “Ospedale senza dolore” Ed. Epigraphia

He speaks Italian and English.