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Annette Tersigni RN (TER-SEE-KNEE)
Annette Tersigni RN (TER-SEE-KNEE)

The Nursing profession has reached a point of dangerous, critical stress.

Our growing YogaNurse Army offer solutions for nurses, nursing and health care organizations.

I’m positively thrilled you are interested in learning more about YogaNursing.

I get numerous emails from nurses every week with questions about how I did it, how it works and how they can integrate YogaNursing into their lives.


YogaNurse® is a pioneer and leader in the field of holistic nursing.

The YogaNurse model of care is aligned with Watson’s Human Caring Nursing Theory, Holistic Medicine, and Yoga Therapy.

As an accredited provider of continuing education for nurses, we are at the forefront of developing and delivering a treatment plan offering safe, simple, proven techniques that anyone can do. This plan is immediately adaptable for practitioners to use for themselves, their patients, or in the vast corporate health care workplace.

YogaNursing supports the integration of mind-body-spirit and traditional medicine with Western Nursing. YogaNursing doesn’t advocate the use of alternative and/or complementary medicine as a substitute for conventional nursing. We support the conscious, careful, consideration of research and benefits of yoga therapy + nursing as a modality to relieve stress, anxiety, pain and suffering. Where appropriate, we integrate these two treatment modalities to create peace, health and wisdom.

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is YogaNursing and the YogaNurse Model of Care?

YogaNursing and the YogaNurse Model of Care is a revolutionary holistic nursing model of care. brand, and movement in health care, nursing and yoga-founded and created by Annette Tersigni, RN, stress relief, back safety expert and medical yoga therapist. YogaNursing unites the ancient wisdom of yoga with the modern science of nursing. Its mission is to train and create a global army of modern nightingales, (and nightinguys) YogaNurses, who will learn and teach the YogaNursing Sacred Remedy— in order to enlighten the ailing health care system and relieve stress, anxiety, pain and suffering for both nurses and their patients.

What prompted you to create this field?

I took a training in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, in the mid 1990’s with the brilliant Deepak Chopra and David Simon Mds.  At that time I was a full time yoga teacher and they inspired me. I thought “Wow! If I became a nurse as well as being a yoga teacher, I could really make a difference in the quality of people’s lives.” Once, while I was still in nursing school teaching a yoga class, one of my students called me the yoga nurse!  That‘s when the YogaNurse and the field of YogaNursing was officially created.

A few months before I graduated from nursing, I met Dr. Jean Watson, distinguished nurse creator of the Watson Caring Theory. Her experiential program  burst my heart open with a shining confirmation that my vision for YogaNursing was perfectly aligned with her own theory and practice.  With inspiration from Deepak Chopra and Jean Watson,  It became crystal clear that there was a natural fit between traditional western based nursing knowledge and the ancient eastern science of yoga.

The marriage of therapeutic yoga and nursing offers people the best of both worlds and insures the greatest success in their healing. I am training nurses who want to be leaders in this new movement, and want to diversify their careers, give sacred service and make a difference.

What made you switch careers from the Hollywood high life to YogaNursing?

I believe it was destiny.  Everything we do in life prepares us for our ultimate role or service. Although I was one of the fortunate ones to make a living in show biz, I felt increasingly empty in my heart and soul and my life took a radical turn. I decided to “leave the business before it left me” and ultimately dedicate my life to caring for others.  Hollywood gave me a terrific training ground for my final role as the Yoga Nurse!

How does therapeutic yoga help people with grave illness?

Therapeutic yoga improves the function of the nervous and immune systems, increases function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, decreases chronic pain, anxiety, depression and so much more. We have cared for numerous patients with cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety and depression to name a few grave illnesses. We have witnessed exciting and often dramatic improvements AND I have an ongoing abundance of raving testimonials; in addition there is now an abundance of clinical evidence provided from a growing data base on the benefits of therapeutic yoga to improve quality of life available. Search evidence based practice benefits of yoga..

How can YogaNursing help to alleviate work place stress?

Work related stress, anxiety and depression costs American businesses billions of dollars. YogaNursing helps to decrease work-related stress which leads to improved morale, productivity, decreased absentee-ism, less employee turnover and fewer work place accidents.

How can I get started in YogaNursing? Can I do this too?

AHH. So glad you asked. That’s exactly what we share in our live trainings and online trainings.


#1. INTRO LEVEL: The YogaNursing Essentials eCourse OR a live training with one of our CYN – Certified YogaNurse® facilitators. The easiest start is the YogaNursing Essentials home study course.

#2. CERTIFICATION: After you complete the intro level. You will be invited to enroll in our advanced training “YogaNurse Yoga Teacher Training” aka YNYTT which consists of 3 phases. Complete all three phases of YNYTT to become a CYN – Certified YogaNurse® – you decide the pacing for when you’d like to register for each phase and with the exception of Phase One YNYTT (a standalone digital course), you will be interviewed before you are accepted to YNYTT Phase Two or Three which consists of live virtual training as well as mentoring and practicum with our faculty of CYN’s. 


Get Started Today and Earn 10 CEU’s 

START with our affordable, self-paced intro level program by getting the  YogaNursing Essentials Course. CLICK ME. 

How can I become a CERTIFIED YOGANURSE®? Where can I get work?

Step #1. You have to take a LIVE training with me or purchase The YogaNursing Essentials FIRST.

Step #2. After you complete the Yoga Nursing Essentials. You will be invited to enroll in our advanced training “YogaNurse Yoga Teacher Training” aka YNYTT which consists of 3 phases.

Complete all three phases of YNYTT to become a CYN – Certified YogaNurse® – you decide the pacing for when you’d like to register for each phase and with the exception of Phase One YNYTT (a standalone digital course), you will be interviewed before you are accepted to YNYTT Phase Two or Three which consists of live virtual training as well as mentoring and practicum with our faculty of CYN’s.

We set up a 30 minute interview to see if you are a good fit and it feels mutually beneficial.


To ensure the quality and consistency of our work, and to maintain the fidelity of our research, only Licensed and Certified YogaNurses are authorized to teach our official trademarked YogaNurse® program, and call yourself a Certified YogaNurse® – CYN.

Some of the bountiful benefits of becoming a certified YogaNurse are the endless possibilities for teaching. Many of our grads work with private clients one on one at home or in an office, at hospitals and businesses in the gigantic, in demand and lucrative workplace wellness market place, community wellness centers and at locations with other holistic practitioners. Other Nurses create alliances with yoga studios, YMCAs, schools, universities, colleges, for continuing education for staff and students, seniors centers, assisted living facilities, churches and synagogues, and in government, i.e. the VA. . Others become coveted speakers for local and national nursing organizations and conventions.

Big Business and hospitals are actively hiring RN Wellness Coaches

Hospitals and companies worldwide are drowning in rising healthcare costs, because of chronic illness, stress, accidents, absenteeism and burnout! As a result, they are losing money…and they are looking for solutions. YOU genius nurse that you are, provide the solution with our signature YogaNurse care plan as a CYN- Certified YogaNurse®.

Are the trainings you give in person, for example at the Kripalu Yoga Center, a certification in YogaNursing?

NO. The live trainings we give at various locations are an INTRO level training. It is a pre-requisite to becoming a Certified YogaNurse® OR, you can take our digital, home study training called ‘YogaNursing Essentials’. Once you have completed our training live in person, OR  taken ‘The YogaNursing Essentials”online eCourse, you can apply for certification. ONLY certification authorizes you to use the proprietary trademark and logos, and call yourself a CYN, Certified YogaNurse®.

Can I teach the YogaNursing Essentials even if I am not a Certified YogaNurse®?

Great news! After successfully completing the YogaNursing Essentials and receiving your certificate of completion, you may teach the ‘YogaNursing Essentials’ and I highly encourage you to do so.

Just keep in mind, according to legal guidelines, you cannot market or call yourself a YogaNurse® unless you become a CYN- Certified YogaNurse®.

But don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to describe yourself when marketing or teaching, such as a fitness nurse, wellness nurse, nurse wellness educator, nurse wellness specialist, nurse yoga educator, holistic nurse educator, or RN-stress relief and yoga educator or any variation thereof that does not include the words: yoga nurse (in that specific order) or YogaNurse.

Lots of nurses who have taken the Essentials have successfully used these terms with integrity in the workplace.

Also, it’s a great idea to mention on your resume that you have taken a training in the YogaNursing Essentials.

Please note, you are not permitted to use any trademarked logos or YogaNurse® images, and you may not call yourself a YogaNurse® or a Certified YogaNurse® CYN, unless you take the YogaNursing certification training.

If you’re interested in becoming certified, the first step is to take the Essentials home study program available here, or attend one of my live trainings on site. After completing the Essentials program, you’ll be invited to join our 3-part Certified YogaNurse (CYN) program.

Is YogaNurse recognized by National Nursing Associations? Nurse Leaders?

Our programs offer NCEs. (nursing continuing ed credits.) In addition, nursing leaders such as Barbara Dossey and Jean Watson support our mission. In addition, ‘Watson Caring Science Institute’ endorses our programs. Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, is on our BOARD OF ADVISORS.

You want to teach YogaNursing Stress Relief programs to your organization, and are not sure how to approach the decision makers.

All of this is covered in my trainings, online or in person. You will learn exactly what HR wants to hear and how to get a yes and get paid very well for offering stress relief to their employees. See TRAINING tab.

Truly hope this helps you to get clearer on how we can help. I created all of my trainings in order to expand your nursing career horizons and really make a difference in healthcare + create a life you love.

You want to talk to me on the phone to learn more.

I am no longer available for 1 x1 consultations due to the enormous volume of emails requesting personal advice. Again, this is why we have created our eCourses and in person trainings-to give you the answers- all available on this website. If you do have questions, we’re here for you. Simply write to support@yoganurse.com and we’ll get back to you.

You want to hire me or one of our CYNs ( as a speaker/presenter, trainer for continuing ed at your nursing college, symposium/convention/retreat.

Love it! We can offer you a variety of programs customized to your needs. We can set up a complementary consult re dates, availability, fees etc. Find out more by visiting this page: click here

Where to Start?

Join the Yoganurse Academy and enroll for the Yoganursing Essentials eCourse!


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In loving service,
Annette Tersigni RN
Founder of YogaNursing®

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