Overview

Design and teach therapeutic yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges.

The Professional Yoga Therapist Program is a modular training program. As a complete professional program, students are prepared to design and teach therapeutic Yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, theory, process, and application of Yoga therapy using the Integrative Yoga Therapy model, based on the Five Koshas. Modules 1 and 2 (also part of the 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program) provide the essential foundation for integrating the knowledge and skills required to be a Professional Yoga Therapist.

Module 3 is a mentored practicum to provide clinical experience as well as personal and professional growth. Modules 4–8 are advanced courses designed to further your skills in working in complementary settings, integrating Ayurvedic principles, and adapting classical Yoga practices for specific conditions and populations.

Kripalu’s 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program is accredited with IAYT.

IATY Accreditation

Curriculum

Our accredited yoga therapy training program is in line with the current IAYT Educational Standards.

Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy Part 1 (103 hours)
Module 1 provides an overview of the yoga therapy field and the methodology specific to the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy (KSIYT). Students will gain a strong biomedical and mental health foundation, including an introduction to current scientific research on yoga therapy. Students learn the philosophical underpinnings of the evolution of yoga therapy in India and in the West, as well as a survey of the various tools used in yoga therapy, such as asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, guided relaxation, and imagery. This module leads students through the Five-Kosha Model to describe all the dimensions of a particular health condition and aid students in developing a curriculum for a 10-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 Conscious Communication is covered, as well as the ethics and best business practices of teaching yoga therapy. Lastly, students are introduced to the ways to manage their experience of personal transformation through self-development as a yoga therapist throughout the 800-hour training program.

Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy Part 2 (103 hours)
Module 2 continues the overview of the yoga therapy field begun in Module 1. Students dive deeper into KSIYT’s four-step process and 10-step protocol for yoga therapy. They explore lifestyle-related diseases and common mental health disorders and their therapeutic approach for healing through yoga, and assessing for imbalances through the lens of the koshas. Further familiarization and integration of biomechanics and somatic movement occurs in this module, as well as a more profound review of the principles of Ayurveda as they relate to yoga therapy. The development of individual sessions is a stronger focus in this module, and students learn to translate the principles and skills of the therapeutic relationship for practice in a one-on-one setting with clients. Formal and informal assessments throughout the module provide the evidence from which student and faculty may gauge the student’s learning progress.

Module 3: Practicum (219 hours)
Module 3 is a distance-learning-mentored self-study course in which students prepare and deliver yoga therapy in one-on-one and group sessions. Upon registration for the module, students will be paired with a mentor—all mentors are experienced yoga therapists and graduates of the 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist program—who help guide the student through the module coursework via email, telephone, video conference, or in-person meetings if they live in proximity, and act as liaison and advocate between the student and KSIYT.   
The module is comprised of 219 total hours, divided between practicum delivery and practicum documentation and mentorship hours. As required by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, 150 hours must come from clinical delivery of yoga therapy: one-on-one and group yoga therapy sessions in real time. The remaining 69 hours of the module are comprised of documentation, including but not limited to, designing a yoga therapy group class series, creating a protocol for an individual client, assignment completion, written session reflections, and written and verbal communication with the mentor.
Students may register for the Practicum after the successful completion of Module 1. The Practicum must be completed within five years from the end date of Module 1.

Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings (75 hours) 
In this module, students gain basic knowledge of many of the more common manifestations of disease in the West, including metabolic syndrome and diabetes, autoimmune disorders, cancer, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This overview, guided by medical experts, is followed by sessions devoted to the use of therapeutic yoga tools that address these conditions. Using case studies and live demonstrations, students gain a thorough understanding of the scope of practice for yoga therapy in medical settings while learning how to navigate the world of Western medicine as an alternative wellness practitioner. By the end of this module, students will have designed a group-series curriculum based on the learnings from the module. 

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field (75 hours)
Module 5 explores the application of yoga therapy in the mental health field and how to use yoga for trauma, grief, and addiction. Students learn from experts and explore the application of yoga tools in Applied Methodology sections. Using case studies and experiential practice, students engage with the material through intellectual discourse and embodied learning. Learning progress is charted through an initial and final assessment.

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana (75 hours)
This module is a comprehensive exploration of physical asana as it relates to the practice of yoga therapy. With instruction in concepts of motion as well as advanced study of anatomy and physiology, you learn

  • To assess for structural imbalances and design an appropriate yoga therapy session to bring balance to the body
  • Asana modifications for physical limitations and other considerations
  • How to devise a class series for diversely bodied populations and present your protocol with feedback and support from peers and faculty.

Return home with a more in depth understanding of asana and anatomy ready to support a variety of body types and abilities with yoga therapy and assemble asana plans that meet your clients’ individual needs and support their growth and development over time.

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy Applied in Yoga Therapy (75 hours)
This module takes its starting point from the introduction to pranayama and subtle anatomy laid out in Foundations of Yoga Therapy Parts 1 and 2 and explores pranayama and the realm of subtle anatomy with more depth and breadth. You learn to navigate the nadis, chakras, and prana vayus of the body, as well as how to incorporate mudras in your yoga therapy consults. Additionally, you are instructed in an advanced pranayama practice as it relates to the work of a yoga therapist. Course content is woven between didactic instruction and experiential practice so that you come away with a strong understanding in body and mind of the inner workings of pranayama, mudra, and subtle anatomy and how to work with each to assist with correcting imbalances at all levels of the koshas.  

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy (75 hours)
This intensive focuses on the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda. In this program, 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 unite these two complementary 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 the Integrative Yoga Therapy protocol for balancing the mind using Ayurvedic psychology.

Resources

Required Reading
Please purchase the following for Module 1. You may buy both online in advance from iytyogatherapy.com or upon arrival in the Kripalu Shop. You may find it most useful to have both with you at each module. We will have extra copies of each in the classroom in case you want to leave them at home due to luggage limitations.

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, by Joseph and Lillian Le Page
Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lillian Le Page

Suggested Resources for Further Reading
The books below may support you on your journey to become an advanced teacher of therapeutic yoga or a professional yoga therapist. Beside each title and author is the module for which it most applies. If you do decide to read any, try to read the book in advanced of the module indicated.

Yamas and Niyamas, by Deborah Adele (Module 1)
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky (Module 1)
The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell (Module 1)
Yoga and Diabetes, by Annie B Kay, MS, RDN, C-IAYT, and Lisa B. Nelson, MD (Module 2)
The Principles and Practice of Yoga Therapy in Health Care, by Sat Bir Khalsa, et al. (Module 4)
Yoga Chikitsa, by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Module 4)*
Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine, by Larry Payne, Terra Gold, and Eden Goldman (Module 4)
Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing PTSD, by Richard Miller (Module 5)
Yoga for Emotional Balance, by Bo Forbes (Module 5)
Pranayama, by Allison Gemmel LaFramboise with Yoganand Michael Carroll (Module 7)
Yoga & Ayurveda, by Dr. David Frawley (Module 8)
Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley (Module 8)

*NOTE This book may only be purchased online at http://icyer.in

Dates and Costs

The total cost of the training is determined by the tuition plus your choice of accommodations. Please contact a Registration Advisor for detailed information about accommodations 866.200.5203. If your preference is private accommodations, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early as possible as they are limited in availability.

Prerequisite Requirements
• 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
• At least one year of yoga teaching experience
• At least one year of personal practice
Professional Yoga Therapist Course Hours Cost
Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1 103 $1,990; plus housing and meals
Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 2
Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Modules 1 and 2, are prerequisite to all other modules, excluding Module 3: Practicum, which may be taken after the successful completion of Module 1.
103 $1,920; plus housing and meals
Module 3: Practicum 219 $950 (distance learning, no housing and meals required)
Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings 75 $1,074; plus housing and meals
Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field 75 $1,074; plus housing and meals
Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana 75 $1,074; plus housing and meals
Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy in Yoga Therapy 75 $1,074; plus housing and meals
Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy 75 $1,074; plus housing and meals
TOTAL 800 $10,080; plus housing and meals

Modules 1 and 2 are offered every year. Advanced modules 4–8 are offered in alternating years.


Foundations of Yoga Therapy Parts 1 and 2 must be completed prior to taking any additional modules.

Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1
July 22–August 4, 2019
July 13-26, 2020
July 12-25, 2021
Mary Northey, Joseph Le Page, and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,990

Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 2
August 5–18, 2019
July 27-August 9, 2020
July 26-August 8, 2021
Mary Northey and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,920

Module 3: Practicum
This module is a distance-learning mentored course of self-study in which the student prepares and delivers yoga therapy in one-on-one and group sessions. 

Tuition: $950; due at registration. Students may register for the Practicum after the successful completion of Module 1. The Practicum must be completed within five years from the end date the student took Module 1. 

Register online. Refunds are not allowed for this program; please read over all material prior to purchase. Contact us with questions at kriplauschools@kripalu.org or 800-848-8702.

Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings
March 6-15, 2020
Mary Northey and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,074

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field
February 1–10, 2019
March 5-14, 2021
Mary Northey and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,074

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana
March 1–10, 2019
March 16-25, 2021
Mary Northey, Joseph Le Page, and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,074

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy in Yoga Therapy
March 10-19, 2019
October 8-17, 2021
Mary Northey, Joseph Le Page, and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,074

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy
Will next be offered in 2020
Mary Northey and KSIYT Faculty
Tuition $1,074

The yoga therapy components of our 800-hour IYT training are based on our accreditation provided by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), not derived from our RYS status with Yoga Alliance Registry.

 

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Faculty Mary Northey

I love the experiential components of the training, a direct way to embody and assimilate the material at all levels of being...

Student Dayna J.

“If you are looking for an experiential training focused on spiritual [and] personal growth, heart-based therapeutics and...

Student Feather P.

It’s the most beautiful, holistic, loving approach to learning of the ancient texts. The care and dedicated from Joseph and ...

Frequently Asked Questions

With the announcement that Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) will become a part of the Kripalu Schools, we anticipate that prospective students, current students, and graduates of IYT will have questions about how this news affects them or the IYT program. We hope the following FAQ answers your questions, but if not, contact us at kripaluschools@kripalu.org or 800.848.8702.

Will Joseph Le Page and the IYT faculty continue to teach in the program?
Yes, Joseph and some IYT faculty will become part of the Kripalu faculty and will continue to teach the IYT curriculum. Some Kripalu faculty will also be trained gradually over the next 2–3 years to ensure continuity.

Will the application process be changing?
As of July 23, 2018, Kripalu receives, reviews, and decides on applications for our yoga therapy certification. Apply here.

What, if anything, will change for students enrolled in the Module 3 Internship Program (mentored practicum)?
Module 3 Internship was held by IYT through 2017. On January 1, 2018, Kripalu took over operation of this module. Due to new IAYT standards, the module had to be updated and the new version is known as the Practicum. If you are an enrolled student in the 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program, you may register for the Practicum here upon successful completion of Module 2.

Will KSIYT programming be eligible for scholarships?
Yes, KSIYT programs are eligible for Kripalu Scholarships. Scholarship Application

Will KSIYT modules count toward the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training, or the 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training?
No, KSIYT modules only count toward the respective 300-Hour Advanced Teacher of Yoga Therapy Training or the 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program.

Is the 300-Hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Training registered with Yoga Alliance?
Yes. Upon completion of Module 1, Module 2, and the elective, you'll receive a 300-Hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga certificate. You may use this certificate, along with your 200-hour yoga teacher certification, to apply with Yoga Alliance for the 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher designation. You may download Joseph Le Page’s response to Yoga Alliance’s decision regarding yoga therapy, here.

Is the 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)?
Yes, the training program is currently accredited under the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Will the schedule of modules change? Will there be more or fewer modules?
The schedule has changed slightly. Modules 4–8 are now nine days and there are no evening sessions in any residential modules (1, 2, and 4–8) in order to better support the student experience, with some infrequent exceptions.

Apply

As of July 23, 2018, Kripalu receives, reviews, and decides on applications for our yoga therapy certification. Apply here.