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. Modules 1 and 2 (also part of the 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program) provide the essential foundation for integrating all of the essential knowledge and skills required to be a Professional Yoga Therapist.

Modules 3 through 8 provide 550 hours of additional training that establish complete expertise in the field. 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.

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.

Curriculum

As an accredited Yoga Therapy training program we support the IAYT Educational Standards.

Prerequisite YTT Requirements
Certification Hours 200
Professional Yoga Therapist Course Hours
Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1
Must be taken first; prerequisite to all other modules.
125
Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 2 125
Module 3: Practicum 225
Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings 65
Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Medical Field 65
Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana 65
Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy in Yoga Therapy 65
Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy 65
  800

Module 3: Practicum (225 hours)

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. Upon registration for the module, the student will be paired with a mentor—all mentors are experienced yoga therapists and graduates of the Integrative Yoga Therapy course—who will 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 the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.  

The module is comprised of 225 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 or group yoga therapy sessions in real time. The remaining 75 hours 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 the student took Module 1.

Students who successfully complete the Practicum module will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

  • Conduct complete client intake and identify priorities with a client and set appropriate short and long term goals taking into consideration an assessment of their conditions, limitations, possibilities their expectations and aspirations
  • Apply knowledge of how to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques, including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of the client
  • Design integrative yoga therapy protocols for individuals and groups, taking into consideration the assessment of their conditions, limitations, possibilities, goals, and the overall practice strategy
  • Guide clients through pacification, purification, and strengthening strategies that address common disorders and pathologies of the major human systems and common mental health conditions, as well as other goals and aspirations of the client
  • Develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship with clients
  • Provide follow up and re-planning: gather feedback, refine priorities, address new and changing conditions, and provide appropriate closure for therapy sessions
  • Manage the business of yoga therapy through record-keeping and networking

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 (65 hours)

This module introduces yoga therapy applications for medical conditions. Each day focuses on a system of the body, the most common medical conditions affecting that system, and specific therapeutic yoga approaches to support healing.

Important facets of this training include

  • Half- and full-day workshops offered by leaders in the field
  • Contraindications for yoga therapy treatment of these conditions
  • Daily morning asana class concentrating on one of the conditions being covered that day
  • Yoga nidra and meditation techniques appropriate for each condition.

Required reading Larry Payne, Terra Gold, and Eden Goldman, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine and Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Yoga Cikitsa.

Recommended Reading
Swami Shankardevananda, Effects of Yoga on Hypertension
Swami Yogapratap, Exploring Yoga and Cancer
Swami Muktananda, Nawa Yogini Tantra: Yoga for Women
Swami Shankardevananda, Practices of Yoga for the Digestive System
Swami Satyananada Saraswati and Swami Karmananda Saraswati, Yoga and Cardiovascular Management
Swami Shankardevananda, Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes
Swami Nirmalananda, Yogic Management of Cancer

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field (65 hours)

Explore yoga therapy’s applications in the mental-health field. Each day focuses on a different facet of mental health, including depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, addiction recovery, and yoga in social work settings. You learn

  • How yoga can be used to support mental well-being
  • Specific applications that are most helpful
  • Important contraindications
  • Yoga nidra and meditation techniques appropriate for each mental-health condition.

Enjoy daily morning asana classes that center on one of the conditions being covered that day.

Required reading Robert Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.

Recommended Reading
Frances Vaughan, Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through Spiritual Illusions
Swami Rama et al, Yoga and Psychotherapy
Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Depression
Bo Forbes, Yoga for Emotional Balance
Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing PTSD

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana (65 hours)

Module 6 is an in-depth study of asana. It focuses on advanced concepts of human motion within the Five-Kosha Yoga therapeutic model. This course includes a focused study of altered qualities of motion in the presence of common musculoskeletal complaints. Students explore methods for assessing alignment and motion as well as modifications and contraindications for specific conditions. The practice of mudra is used to complement and bring emphasis to the qualities cultivated through the Yoga postures. Restorative Yoga and other gentle practice techniques are presented in the context of their rationale for selection in addressing selected musculoskeletal concerns.

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, Subtle Anatomy in Yoga Therapy (65 hours)

The original texts of Hatha Yoga detail four disciplines—pranayama, mudra, kriya, and bandha—to support the practice of asana, concentration, and meditation. This module offers an in-depth exploration of each of these fields of study.

Pranayama is taught in ten progressive levels, beginning with introductory breathing practices and culminating with techniques of alternate nostril breathing. There is a focus on adapting the breathing techniques for individual needs, as well as benefits for specific health conditions.

Mulabandha, Uddiyanabandha, and Jalandhara bandha are presented experientially along with their use in both asana practice and meditation. Students explore how to adapt the bandhas for individual needs, as well as benefits for specific health conditions.

The texts of Hatha Yoga detail six categories of Kriyas, or cleansing techniques. Each of the categories are presented; the most accessible and practical kriayas—including Jali Neti, Nauli, and Kapalabhati —are explored in-depth.

Delve extensively into hand mudras, based on Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Joseph and Lilian Le Page. Each day of the course focuses on specific families of hand gestures and their relationship to health and healing. Mudras of the face and body are also presented experientially.

Morning yoga classes integrates all four of the techniques into the practice of asana and meditation; evening sessions explore how all of these form the foundation for concentration and meditation practices as described in the original text of Hatha yYoga.

This course is open to yoga therapists of all traditions as well as medical professionals and holistic therapists with a solid yoga practice.

Required reading Joseph Le Page and Lilian Le Page, Mudras for Healing and Transformation.

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy (65 hours)

This is an intensive program that 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 within the Samkhya 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 reestablishing 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. They also explore the third pillar of health, aushadi, which is the use of herbs in food preparation and common formulations to support yoga therapy practices. Students’ skill in the practical application of Ayurveda is augmented through the learning of pulse assessment, tongue reading, working with the six tastes, including food combining, and the Integrative Yoga Therapy protocol for balancing the mind using Ayurvedic psychology.

Transfer Hours

Students may submit 65 hours of transfer hours from one pre-approved therapeutic yoga course offered by Maria Mendola, Genevieve Yellin, Karen Clarke,  Amy Weintraub, Nischala Joy Devi, or Richard Miller. For more information about these courses, please contact the teachers directly. Transfer hours must be submitted to the IYT office for review. The transfer request fee is $75. Please Note Effective January 1, 2018, we will no longer accept transfer hours.

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.

Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 1
July 23–August 5, 2018
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $1,990

Module 2: Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Part 2
August 6–19, 2018
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $1,895

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. Upon registration for the module, students are paired with a mentor—all mentors are experienced yoga therapists and graduates of the Integrative Yoga Therapy course—who guides them through the module coursework via email, telephone, video conference, or in-person meetings if they live in proximity, and acts as liaison and advocate between the student and the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

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. Upon receipt of payment you will be notified by email with your mentor assignment and support documents.

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
April 22–29, 2018
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $995

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field
April 29–May 6, 2018
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $995

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana
This program will next be offered in 2019.

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, and Subtle Anatomy in Yoga Therapy
This program will next be offered in 2019.

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy
April 13–20, 2018
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $995

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

With the announcement that Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) will become a part of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, we anticipate that prospective students, current students, and graduates of IYT will have questions about how this news will affect them or the IYT program. In our FAQ’s below we hope to answer those questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact the IYT office at info@iytyogatherapy.com.

Will Joseph Le Page and the IYT faculty continue to teach in the program?
Yes, Joseph, Lillian and the 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?
For the remainder of 2017, IYT will continue to receive, review, and decide on applications for our yoga therapy certification. The application can be found here on the IYT website. NoteYou'll need to create an account to access the application. On January 1, 2018, the Kripalu Schools will take over this process.

What, if anything, will change for students enrolled in the Module 3 Internship Program (mentored practicum)?
Module 3 will continue to be held by IYT through 2017. On January 1, 2018, Kripalu will take over operation of this module. Until that time, nothing is changing for those enrolled or for those seeking to enroll. If you are an enrolled student in the 800-hr Professional Yoga Therapist Program, you may register here.

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

Will IYT modules count toward the 300-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training or the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training?
No, IYT modules will 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 50-hour 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.

Who will issue the 300-hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga certificate? What will be on the certificate?
The certificates will remain the same through 2017, issued by Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph’s signature on them.

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 Integrative Yoga Therapy school founded by Joseph Le Page. Kripalu has submitted an application to IAYT for accreditation of our yoga therapy program, and will be able to provide information on our status after IAYT completes its review process.

Will this change impact the tuition?
No, the tuition remains the same.

Will the schedule of modules change? Will there be more or fewer modules?
We’re looking at the schedule of modules now that Integrative Yoga Therapy is part of the Kripalu School of Yoga. 2017 dates will be coming soon.

Apply

For the remainder of 2017, IYT receives, reviews, and decides on applications for our yoga therapy certification. Please note You will need to create an account to access the application. On January 1, 2018, the Kripalu Schools will hold this process.