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About Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT)

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. This includes serving people in senior care facilities, hospice care and nursing schools, as well as serving staff at secondary schools and corporations.

The UZIT 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.

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training



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.


Training activities are based on the core 5 UZIT Modalities


  • 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. As Roshi Joan Halifax says, “Healthcare without self-care is sick care.”

Clinical Training Options

Our clinical partner for this training is Methodist Hospitals of Dallas. The 50 Hours of clinical rotations will be completed onsite at this clinical site.

Clinical Partners in othe UZIT locations include:

In LA, UZIT is affiliated with UCLA.

In Columbus, UZIT is affiliated with OSU.

In NYC, UZIT is affiliated with many partners.

More Information


Previous Urban Zen students or graduates may re-take the training at a reduced rate.

To apply please use our online application submission form or download and complete the application or email the application to us at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in this program. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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Accepting Applications Now through September 20
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