Coming in 2021!
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward
improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and
practices of yoga.
A Yoga Therapist applies yoga techniques to specific health conditions. A Yoga Therapist, therefore, must be trained in both the techniques (asana, pranayama, chanting, philosophy/point of view, and meditation) as well as the therapeutic applications of these techniques.
This point in time represents an exciting opportunity for yoga therapy! Though based on a long tradition of healing, yoga therapy is a relatively new occupation gaining awareness and recognition as an effective healing modality. This opening in healthcare is creating a new paradigm in wellness between the medical and yoga therapy fields. Career opportunities are emerging at a rapid pace due to public demand and greater attention to yoga therapy research.
Yoga therapy is easily integrated with other healing modalities, used in conjunction with western medical practices, and practiced as a stand-alone therapy. As a Yoga Therapist, you are trained to meet your client where they are and support their individual healing and wellness needs regardless of age, gender, condition, health history, physical or mental ability.
Yoga Therapists help clients to heal any number of physical conditions such as back pain, shoulder injury, sciatica, pelvic floor dysfunction, and plantar fasciitis. They also have therapeutic practices to address anxiety disorders, PTSD, insomnia, depression, autoimmune diseases, addiction, obesity, cancer support, and more.
Yoga Therapy – Foundation
Offered Online and/or In-Person
A 300-hour program for Yoga Teachers to build the foundation on the path to becoming a Yoga Therapist. This is the first component in our 800-hour Yoga Therapy Program.
This 300-hour component consists of 3 parts which are taken in sequence and are to be completed before continuing to the Yoga Therapy – Advanced Module and the Yoga Therapy – Practicum (500-hour program)
Part 1 provides an overview of the yoga therapy field. Students will start to build their yoga therapy foundation, including an introduction to current scientific research on yoga therapy. Students learn about the philosophy and evolution of yoga therapy in India and in the West, as well as the various tools used in yoga therapy, such as asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, guided relaxation, and visualisation.
This module teaches describes the dimensions of several general health conditions and supports students in developing a curriculum for a 6-week group series that they will be able to take and use at the end of the module. In-depth training in facilitating a group experience and in communication skills is covered, as well as the ethics and best business practices of teaching yoga therapy.
- Framework for Health and Disease – 20 hours
- Yoga and the Mind – 15 hours
- Introduction to Yoga Therapy Tools – 20 hours
- Advanced Anatomy and Biomechanics – 20 hours
- Body and Mind Integration – 15 hours
- Psychology and Mental Health – 20 hours
- Principles of Ayurveda – Foundation – 20 hours
- Meditation Training – 20 hours
Part 3 focuses on the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda. In this module, students gain an in-depth understanding of the philosophical basis for yoga and Ayurveda practices from the Sankhya philosophical system. Through an exploration of Ayurvedic principles, the five elements, and the methods and techniques of yoga, students learn how to bring these systems into a methodology for re-establishing balance in their work as yoga therapists.
Students explore the first two pillars of health in Ayurveda, ahara (food) and vihara (lifestyle), and learn to integrate these pillars with the bahiranga (external) limbs of yoga. Students’ skill in the practical application of Ayurveda is augmented working with the six tastes, including food combining, and techniques for balancing the mind using Ayurveda and Meditation.
- Principles of Ayurveda – Advanced – 35 hours
- Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship – 20 hours
- Yoga of the Subtle Body – 20 hours
Yoga Therapy Advanced
This 500-hour component consists of 4 parts which are to be started after successful completion of the Yoga Therapy – Foundation module. These 4 parts can be taken in any order.
In this module, students gain a basic understanding of many of the more common manifestations of disease in the West, including conditions such as Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer, Respiratory Illnesses, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s. This module examines the use of therapeutic yoga tools that address these conditions.
Using case studies and demonstrations, students gain an understanding of the scope of practice for yoga therapy in medical and clinic settings while learning how to navigate the world of Western medicine as an alternative wellness practitioner.
- Yoga Therapy Philosophy and Methodology – 25 hours
- Yoga Therapy Tools – 25 hours
- Principles and Skills for Working with Clients and Groups – 25 hours
This module explores the application of yoga therapy in the mental health field and how to use yoga for Trauma, Anxiety, Grief, PTSD, and Addiction as applicable to adults and teens.
Using case studies and experiential practice, students engage with the material through dialogue, discussion and embodied learning.
- Psychology and Mental Health – 35 hours
- Body and Mind Integration – 20 hour
- Yoga for Everybody and Trauma Informed Practice – 20 hours
This module is an exploration of physical asana as it relates to the practice of yoga therapy. Focus will be placed on posture modifications and adaptations for physical limitations, range of motion and to support physical body rehabilitation. With instruction in concepts of motion students will learn how to assess for structural imbalances and design an appropriate yoga therapy session to bring balance to the body.
Students will create a class series for diversely bodied populations and present the protocol with feedback and support from peers and faculty.
- Asana Biomechanics, Adaptations and Adjustments – 30 hours
- Pelvic Health and Yoga Therapy – 25 hours
- Myofascial Lines and Asana – 20 hours
Yoga Therapy – Practicum
The Yoga Therapy – Practicum can be started after successful completion of the Yoga Therapy – Foundation component. The practicum is 220 total hours and consists of the following:
The 150 hours consists of the delivery of individual and group yoga therapy sessions in real time. This is a self-study component in which students prepare and deliver yoga therapy in one-on-one and in group sessions.
Upon registration for the module, students will be paired with a mentor. Our mentors are experienced yoga therapists and graduates of an IAYT approved 800-hour Yoga Therapy Program. The mentors also help guide the student through their coursework via email, telephone, Zoom, or in-person meetings if they live near each another.
Melissa Delaney, Chantal Houde, Katherine Marr, Lynda Pedley, Bonnie Elliot and PranaShanti Faculty
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Prospective students must have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate to be accepted for enrolment. Applicants must also have completed a 200-hour or 500-hour yoga teacher training or equivalent from any tradition with a minimum of 1 year of teaching and 2 years of personal practice. Complete the Program Application which includes an interview with the Program Director and Program Co-ordinator.
We welcome transfer students from C-IAYT Training Programs subject to review of program content and alignment with our structure. We welcome discussing this with you.
A number of the course modules from our 300-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program are transferable into the program. They are as follows:
- Advanced Anatomy and Biomechanics
- Principles of Ayurveda – Foundation
- Meditation Training
- Yoga of the Subtle Body
- Yoga for Everybody and Trauma Informed Practice
- Yoga Therapy Foundation: $6,500.00 + HST, 300 Hours
- Yoga Therapy Advanced: $4,500.00 + HST, 225 Hours
- Yoga Therapy Practicum: $1,500.00 + HST, 220 Hours
- Total Program: $12,500.00 + HST, 800 Hours.
Please Contact Us for the Application Form.
Accredited Yoga Therapy Diploma (C-IAYT) Graduation Requirements
Attendance at all modules.
Complete the 220-hour practicum.
Completion of a College or University level Anatomy and Physiology course.
Completion of all readings, homework, and assignments.