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 500 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. 

If you were enrolled in the IYT 300-hour program or graduated prior to 12/31/13, we encourage you to read the Grandparenting Guidelines developed by IAYT or contact the IYT office for more information, info@iythogatherapy.com.

Prerequisite YTT Requirements
Certification Hours 200
Professional Yoga Therapist Course Hours
Module 1 125
Module 2 125
Module 3 225
Module 4 65
Module 5 65
Module 6 65
Module 7 65
Module 8 65
  800

Module 3: Internship Program (225 hours)

This module includes study and completion of

  • Ten chapters of written work, focused on particular themes or aspects of Yoga therapy
  • A minimum of 30 individual Yoga therapy sessions administered to clients of your choice on a variety of themes
  • and a 10-week therapeutic class program offered to a special focus group of your choice in your own community.

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.

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. Participants also learn yoga nidra and meditation techniques appropriate for each mental-health condition.

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, Bandha and Kriya applied 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.

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. In addition, we accept transfer hours for Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda at Kripalu, transfer fee is waived. 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
July 24 –August 6, 2017
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $1,990

Module 2: Yoga Therapy in Practice
August 7–20, 2017
Joseph Le Page, Lillian Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $1,895

Module 3: Internship
Tuition $950

Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings
This program will next be offered in 2018
Tuition $995

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications Within the Mental Health Field
This program will next be offered in 2018
Tuition $995

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana
April 30–May 7, 2017
Joseph Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $995

Module 7: Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Kriya applied in Yoga Therapy
August 20–27, 2017
Joseph Le Page, Lillian Le Page (Additional faculty to be determined)
Tuition $995

Module 8: Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy
Students may take Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas as transfer credits toward their certification
April 21–30, 2017
Joseph Le Page, Larissa Hall Carlson, John Douillard
Tuition $1,049

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

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. Read more about eligibility for IAYT Certification as a Yoga Therapist.

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.