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Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga

9TN.jpgIn this course, students learn how to design and teach therapeutic Yoga programs for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges. This program forms the foundation of our  Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program.  This is a modular training program so you pay for each Module separately.

Prerequisite YTT Requirements
Certification Hours
Therapeutic Yoga Course Hours
Module 1
Module 2



  • Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy
    A two-week intensive program with a focus on therapeutic group classes
  • Module 2: Yoga Therapy in Practice
    A two-week intensive program with a focus on individual private Yoga therapy session
  • Elective (Select one of the following options):

          Option 1 - Complete an additional IYT module (4 - 8)

          Option 2 - Complete Chapter 1 of the Internship (module 3)

          Option 3  - Transfer credit  from one pre-approved therapeutic yoga course. 


Admission Requirements:

A 200-hour Yoga teacher training  from a Yoga Alliance registered school or the equivalent. In addition students must have one year of teaching experience and one year of personal practice (which can be accomplished concurrently).

Program Completion Requirements:

Modules can be taken independently and must be completed within 3 years. It is recommended that Module 1 be taken before Module 2. Upon successful completion of all 3 components students will receive a 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certificate and may apply through Yoga Alliance for the 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation.


This training will provide students with the necessary knowledge base, tools and techniques to:

  • Work effectively in complimentary settings such as hospitals and clinics.
  • Develop Yoga based wellness programs for specific groups such as cardiac care and cancer.
  • Evaluate the specific needs of an individual and to design a yoga therapy program to meet those needs.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of health and healing from the yoga perspective, taking into consideration all dimensions of being using the models of the 5 koshas.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology and how its functioning is influenced by the tools and techniques of yoga.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy and psychology with a special focus on health and healing.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the philosophy, theory, process and application of Yoga therapy in the Integrative Yoga Therapy tradition. This in-depth understanding will allow you to work in complementary settings such as health care, to develop Yoga based wellness programs for specific groups such as cardiac care and cancer.

Module 1: Foundations in Yoga Therapy

mudraYTT twist_0.JPGThis two-week intensive module forms the foundation of the Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program. The focus is on the theory and vision of Yoga therapy and the application of Yoga therapy for specific focus groups. Through this module you will learn how to design and teach Yoga      programs for groups with specific needs and health challenges.

    Module 1 includes:

  • The philosophy and psychology of Yoga therapy with an understanding of health as unity and integration at all levels of our Being, physical, psychological, and spiritual.  This approach is based on a survey of the original Sanskrit source materials of Yoga therapy. 
  • Specific Yoga practices, including asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation and Yoga Nidra, along with their benefits and contraindications for each system of the body. Emphasis is on theory and applications for the most common health conditions.
  • The use of asana in healing musculoskeletal injuries through an in-depth study of kinesiology and understanding the effects of asana in strengthening, stabilizing and creating flexibility in every joint of the body. This study includes modifications and use of props for all asana categories.
  • Evaluation skills and techniques for assessing imbalance at the physical, energetic, psychological, and spiritual levels including assessment of the joints, the breath, the chakras and the subtle body.
  • Movement techniques for developing strength and flexibility, including Somatics, PNF, hands-on assisted stretching, and the use of the Theraband.
  • Introduction to the essential principles of Ayurveda in relation to Yoga therapy including a study of the five element system and a full range of Yoga techniques to balance each element and dosha.
  • In-depth exploration of the energy body, including the pranavayus, chakras and nadis, along with pranayama, and mudra, to address common health conditions.
  • Practical tools and techniques for supporting clients at the psycho-emotional level, including stress management, relaxation, concentration, meditation, and Yoga Nidra.
  • Yoga-based awareness methods such as body mapping, mandala drawing, and guided imagery for unlocking doors to healing.

This two-week module will introduce you to specific Integrative Yoga Therapy programs.

Module 2: Yoga Therapy in Practice

mudraYTT cheryl&jean_1.JPGThis two-week intensive module focuses on the in-depth practice of Yoga therapy for the needs of the individual in the context of developing a private Yoga therapy practice. Deepen your understanding of Yoga therapy and learn the practical application of IYT's principles and techniques.

Module 2 includes:

  • Use of a variety of formats for evaluation and body reading at physical, energetic, and psycho-emotional levels that provide in-depth information from which the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher can respond with appropriate Yoga practices for optimal healing.
  • In-depth instruction in selecting and adapting Yoga therapy tools and techniques to provide a complete therapeutic practice for each individual that includes asana, pranayama, mudra, affirmation, meditation and Yoga Nidra.
  • Understand how to develop and implement a complete Yoga therapy program directed toward the most common health conditions such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, arthritis and back pain.
  • Learn therapeutic sequences that apply the principles of Ayurveda in Yoga therapy.
  • Learn therapeutic sequences to balance the subtle body including pranavayus and chakras.
  • Develop listening and dialogue skills to assist in opening clients to their own resources of inner healing.
  • Observe one-on-one Yoga therapy sessions by master therapists.

The skills you learn in this module will allow you to work in professional settings and begin a private Yoga therapy practice.

Required Materials

Ball Kit for experiential work:

 5" Myofascial black ball, Small Slo-Mo Ball,  Myofascial ball Foot Kit (super balls)

Available at If you already have these balls be sure to bring them to the training.



Elective requirement - select one of the following options:

  • OPTION 1: Complete one of the Integrative Yoga Therapy Modules:  Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings, Yoga Therapy Applied in Social, Psychological and Psychiatric Settings,  In-Depth Anantomy of Asana, Mudra & Pranayama Yoga Therapy Applications, or Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy.
  • OPTION 2:  What is Yoga Therapy 50 hour mentored practicum (Chapter 1 of the Internship (module 3) Students will work with an assigned mentor to design and conduct a 10-week therapeutic class and 4 Individual yoga therapy sessions in their community. In addition to the yoga therapy sessions there will be reading and written assignments.
  • OPTION 3:  Submit transfer hours from one pre-approved therapeutic yoga course taught by one of the following teachers: Maria Mendola, Genevieve Yellin, Karen Clarke, Jennifer Ries, Amy Weintraub, Nischala Joy Devi & Richard Miller.  There is a $75 transfer fee.  In addition we accept transfer hours for Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda at Kripalu. The transfer fee is waived for Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda.  If you select this option you must complete transfer credits by 12/31/2017.  Effective January 1, 2018 we will no longer be accepting transfer credits. 




What Students Are Saying

"The training is challenging, informative, and enriching.  I learned so much from all the instructors.  Thank you!"
-Aimee P.

"This training deepened my love of the spiritual connection, deepened my knowledge of the yogic view of health in relation to the allopathic view, and in many ways to help specific conditions for my clients and students."
-Joy B.

"The depth of yoga tools and physiology taught in this course is difficult to describe.  I am taking home an understanding of Yoga concepts that brings one far beyond the physical aspects of the conditions of humanity."
-Cherie K.

"I went from knowing very little about the field and now feel that I can teach with confidence. I especially loved learning how to specifically apply Yoga nidra, meditation, and deep internal awareness in the postures in a therapeutic way. Every teacher and assistant was supportive, generous, extremely knowledgeable and wonderful."
-Mary P.

"The program had a great way of building on my previous knowledge without excluding my yogic lineage.  I love the way all of the parts come together for a very organized way of creating a therapy program for any condition.  I feel such gratitude for all of this knowledge."
-Danielle D.

"The program provided a deep respect for the complexity of working in the yoga therapy field.  The work itself provides the strength and tools to step up to the progression and teach."
-Barbara B.






















What Our Students Are Saying....

"This was my first introduction to the koshas and I think it's a great perspective/tool to use in approaching healing. I was challenged and encouraged to listen to my body and to be more compassionate to myself. When I came, I still had a much more medical idea of how to approach therapeutic yoga, especially for an acute injury. I see now that there is so much more!" ~ Anonymous
"I found this training to exceed my expectations. The connection of the energy body (koshas, chakras) and the gunas and kleshas became very clear. Anatomy was awesome." ~Elyse O.
"Each and every teacher brought a wealth of knowledge, sincere personality, outrageous humor and appropriate amount of personal sharing that made the tools and materials applicable in the real world." ~ Mary W. 
" My knowledge of yoga therapy has expanded to include a lot more than I anticipated. My knowledge of yoga now includes so much more than asana. My structural awareness has expanded, as well as my understanding of pranayama, nidra, the koshas and yoga philosophy, yoga sutras, the 8 Limbs, kleshas and ayurved. I have a brand new appreciation for ayurveda and a new perspective on asanas." ~Sais B.
"(The IYT Training) reinforced and added substantially to my existing foundation of yoga therapy training, affirming trust and confidence in myself as I continue my journey through life and continue down the yoga trail . I found all the teachers to be accessible and easy to connect with." ~ Patti S.