UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)

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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 therapeutically oriented yoga, administration of essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT trains members of the healthcare and yoga communities to provide its cluster of holistic support services to people facing illness, injury or stress, in and out of a hospital setting, including people in senior care facilities, hospice care and nursing schools, as well as serving staff at secondary schools and corporations. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic complaints associated with illness: Exhaustion, Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia and Constipation (PANIC™). Thousands of students have completed the program, which includes at least 50 hours of clinical rotation in a hospital or healthcare setting or in private or out-patient settings. Visit the Urban Zen website for more information on this inspiring work.

Training Dates 2019

First session:

Wednesday July 31, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Friday, August 2, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10:00a to 5:00p

Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 8:30a to 3:30p

Second session:

Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 8:30a to 3:30p

Third session:

Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Friday, November 22, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:30a to 5:00p

Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 8:30a to 3:30p

Thank you for your interest in this program. For more information, contact us at The location for these sessions will be at our Short North location.


Why Urban Zen Integrative Therapy?

“Healthcare without self-care is sick care.”

Roshi Joan Halifax

This program is designed for individuals who are already established in one or more of the Urban Zen modalities (yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, doctor, nurse or other allied medical professional, essential oil therapist). Though students are in class for only 12 days, students will have up to 12 months to complete all the program requirements.

Each training day begins with a led yoga class which includes active and restorative poses, breath work and meditation. The rest of each day is filled with lectures and discussions for the full group and in more intimate, mentor-led small groups and UZIT practice sessions.

Lectures and practice sessions include training in the 5 UZIT modalities and how to layer them to alleviate the pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation and exhaustion.

Therapeutically-oriented yoga including in-chair and in-bed Mindful Movements, restorative yoga, breathing practices and guided meditation/body scans

Level 1 Reiki training for self-practice and for use in clinical settings.

Essential Oil Therapy training and practice with 12 therapeutic-grade essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense and other special blends. Participants will learn benefits and contra-indications for each essential oil.

Nutrition including nutritional information as a form of self-care for UZITs.

Contemplative Care, training and practice in the ability to stay present, calm and effective in the midst of suffering.

The UZIT program equips nurses and other care-givers with the necessary tools to avoid the burnout that is rampant in their professions. UZITs learn techniques for grounding, relaxation and restoration in order to be present as they serve.


Clinical Training Options

Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University 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.

Wexner Heritage Village (WHV) is one of Central Ohio’s most diverse and comprehensive senior housing and health care organizations. It provides all levels of care from assisted living to nursing home care and includes a rehab center and Zusman Hospice.

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

I’ve taken a lot of yoga trainings and this has been one of my absolute favorites. You are all such wonderful teachers. And at the silent retreat I had such a healing experience under a tree during our walking meditation that it completely changed my life and allowed me to finish a chapter in my book that I started writing 6 years ago. I’m so grateful this training has been part of my path of healing.
— Jennifer Fremion, RN, UZIT class of 2016
Now more than ever, our students, staff and community are seeking ways to positively respond to life demands. Urban Zen offers participants thoughtful ways to proactively respond to stress. They are proven strategies for support social, emotional and physical well being of self and others.

Graduation Requirements

In order to successfully complete the UZIT Training program and receive certification, you must fulfill all of the following:

To be completed before the start of clinical practicums:

  • Attendance at all the in-person training sessions.

  • 18 practice sessions with friends and family, starting after the first in-person training session and due one week before the third in-person training session

  • Finish weekly homework logs

  • Complete, with passing grades, all written tests before the third in-person training

  • Pass the clinical assessment at the third in-person training (a practice session where a fellow trainee plays the role of a patient from a real-life case study)

  • Attendance on, or listening to recordings of, a minimum of 80% of weekly phone calls

  • Complete basic CPR training and submit certificate of completion

  • Secure and submit proof of proper liability insurance

  • All of the above to be completed and reviewed to the satisfaction of your mentor, mentor assistant or other UZIT staff

  • Completion of any of the individual clinical location requirements, i.e., background check, drug and/or TB screening, influenza immunization and/or any other site-specific requirements.

To graduate - all of the above must be in good order and the following:

  • A minimum of 50 hours of clinical practicums in a hospital or clinical setting. Some of these hours will be following/assisting mentors, some will be partnering with other trainees, and some will be on your own (completed on or before the date provided at the start of your program.

  • Completion of three audio recordings (two body awareness meditations and one breath awareness practice)

  • Completion of a Final Assessment – a mentor-observed session, either in-person at the clinical location or via video for out-of-town trainees

  • Completion of a 3-day Yoga on High silent retreat or other comparable silent retreat approved by the Yoga on High UZIT staff (cost of Yoga on High retreat or another retreat is not included in the UZIT program fees)

  • Training must be paid for in full

All graduates of the program will be certified Urban Zen Integrative Practitioners.  Yoga teachers who have graduated from a 200-hour, Yoga Alliance registered teacher training program are eligible to register as 300-hour yoga teachers upon completion of the Urban Zen training and some additional workshops.


Information Sessions

Please check back for future sessions.

To register for an info session please call the front desk at 614.291.4444 or


Option 1: $400 discount - $3,595 if paid in full by April 30, 2019 (no monthly payment option)

Option 2: $150 discount - $3,845 if paid in full by May 28, 2019 (option to pay monthly)

Option 3: Full price - $3,995, if paid in full by July 1, 2019 (option to pay monthly is available)

Tuition includes:

  • All UZIT trainings with local and guest teachers

  • Support between trainings through phone conferences and meetings with mentors

  • The UZIT course manual and other handouts and materials

  • Placement and supervision in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center or Wexner Heritage Village for clinical practicum hours

  • A 6-month pass for classes at Yoga on High

Additional expenses include:

  • Required texts (discount available if all books are purchased from Yoga on High)

  • A Young Living Everyday Oils kit (order through Yoga on High for a discount)

  • Insurance to fit Urban Zen requirements

  • Basic CPR training

  • Fees associated with clinical work (TB test, drug screening, background check; other fees may apply)

  • Restorative yoga prop package (discount available through Yoga on High)

  • Required Yoga on High 3-day silent retreat

  • Technology needs (see below)

  • Gaia Yoga Foundations Membership

Technology Needs*:

  • Access to computer/internet for online training platform connection

  • Use of scanner to submit .pdf files of written homework

  • Ability to digitally audio-record and submit recorded audio-recorded homework as an .MP3 or .M4A file. For out of town trainees, the ability to video-record and submit final a certification session as a .WMV or .MOV file.

  • Out of town trainees – ability to video record and submit as .wmv or .mov for final certification

  • *A Technology Support call is scheduled before the start of the training to answer your questions about technological issues. A recording of the call will be available for those unable to attend the call.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be submitted in writing to Marcia Miller at Yoga on High. For more information regarding the cancellation policy please email


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