Become a Certified Integral Yoga Therapist!
Enhance your career and empower those you serve with lasting, positive change, and optimal health through the IAYT-accredited 800-Hour Integral Yoga® Therapy Certification Program.
Now Offering Virtual Yoga Therapy Training!
About Our Program
The Integral Yoga Therapy Certification offers a special path to a career in Yoga Therapy. Our program combines the time-honored heritage of a classical Yoga lineage with practices adapted for contemporary times. Drawing from the roots of classical teachings, our therapists receive a balanced and thorough training exemplifying the essence of Yoga, while providing applicable skills for modern-day implementation.
The flexibility and adaptability of our modular 800-hour program allows students to work at their own pace and smoothly integrate the training into their current life. With three locations across the country offering courses and a personal mentor guiding the process, students are assured options and support during the program.
800 Hour Module-Based Training Program
Choose a schedule that works best for you
5 years to complete 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training
From the students
I remain in awe of the Integral Yoga school and teachers. Each of the teachers always gives individual attention to their students and each day I look forward to my yoga training.
This program is led by some of the most experienced and genuine instructors I have had the privilege to learn from. Each module adds a unique layer of depth to our tool belt as we begin to venture out into client work as yoga therapists.
I am impressed by the high-quality instruction and academic rigor of the courses. They are well-designed and effectively delivered by the area’s experts and equip you with the skills for the practical application of yoga therapy that is built upon the solid foundation of the authentic yoga philosophy—which Integral Yoga is known for.
– Kayko W
Who Should Enroll?
Experienced yoga teachers who want to grow personally / professionally and share the empowering practices of Yoga Therapy with others.
The Integral Yoga Therapy Program features rigorous coursework and is open to those who seek to enhance their career and share inspired change and growth with others! If you desire to work with the growing number of individuals and groups searching for holistic therapies and integrative health care, this program is for you.
Yoga Therapy Professionals are employed to evaluate clients’ varied needs, design and implement effective wellness programs, and play a crucial role in natural health care. As an Integral Yoga Therapist, you are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to influence and impact the future of wellness.
Graduates can be confident in their ability to:
- Integrate Yoga Therapy principles effectively for evaluating, creating, implementing, and monitoring Yoga Therapy programs for individuals and groups
- Adapt asana safely for specific conditions and populations with mobility challenges
- Share stress management techniques tailored to a variety of settings from corporate to under-served populations
- Establish appropriate personal and professional boundaries
- Develop effective daily recommendations and lifestyle routines based on Ayurvedic principles
- Understand conditions and diseases affecting individuals and guide them in therapeutic Yoga practices to facilitate balance and healing
- Interpret Yoga psychology and philosophy while developing public speaking and teaching skills to share the workings of the mind in various settings
- Guide students to cultivate inner connection using principles of deep relaxation and postures to passively release tension in the body
- Modify Yoga practices allowing the teachings of Yoga to be available and accessible for all individuals
- Incorporate both the Eastern yogic and Western medical perspectives on interaction of body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being
We look forward to hearing from you!
Program Details & Requirements
- 200-hour Yoga Alliance-registered certification or equivalent Yoga training
- A minimum of one-year teaching experience (minimum 50 hours leading classes)
- One year of regular sustained personal practice (Sadhana)
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
No person shall be denied participation or subjected to any form of discrimination based on age, race, sex, religion, disability, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression or any other characteristic protected by law. There is no guarantee of acceptance.
The 800-hour program is made up of:
- Nine separate Core Modules
- One Integration module
- One Integral Yoga Therapy elective
- 150 hours of Practicum independent Yoga Therapy work with clients
- 55 hours of mentoring and documentation
Phase One Modules
- Foundations of Integral Yoga Therapy
- Human Body: Ease and Dis-ease
- Raja Yoga
- Adaptive Yoga
Phase Two Modules
- Stress Management
- Basics of Ayurveda
- Restorative Yoga
- Healing Relationships
- Psychology and Mental Health
Phase 3 – Integration Module
To be completed after all Core Modules before beginning practicum
Practicum and Internship
- Practicum, Mentoring, and Documentation
- Practicum Cohort Learning Groups
At least 1 needed for separate IYTh designation beyond the required core modules. May be completed after certification.
- Yoga for the Special Child – Part 1
- Yoga of the Heart
- Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness – Part 1
- Yoga for Arthritis – Parts 1&2
- Yoga of Recovery – Modules A & B
- LifeForce Yoga – Parts 1 & 2
- Cardiac Medical Yoga Training
Additional Program Information
- An Estimated 3-4 years to complete the certification program
- Applications must be received by February 1.
- The Integral Yoga Therapy Orientation Module begins in March and coursework begins in April.
- An estimated 4-5 years to complete the certification program
- Applications must be received by July 1
- The Integral Yoga Therapy Orientation Module begins in August and coursework begins in September.
All 2022 modules are scheduled. The majority are virtual with a small number being offered in-person. A course calendar is available upon request.
If you have already taken one of the core modules in the IYTh Program, you can apply for a Previous Education Credit to have that training applied toward your certification. The instructor and syllabus must be the same, and you must have successfully completed the course within five years prior to enrollment in the IYTh Program.
What is a Home Center?
This is where you work with your Student Advisor on administrative items and program tasks. Depending on where you live, you can choose your “Home Center” from Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Integral Yoga Institute of New York, or Satchidananda Ashram–-Yogaville (Charlottesville, Virginia).
What is the Practicum?
Students have the opportunity to offer Yoga therapy services to individuals and small groups while receiving feedback from peers and an IYTh Mentor. Your Home Center collaboratively pairs you with an ideal Mentor who is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist in the Integral Yoga tradition.
What is a Peer Cohort?
Peer Cohorts are groups of students in the IYTh track, formed to create a structure of support and inspiration through the training. Peer Cohorts meet monthly, providing an opportunity for students to share their studies and work together on practical applications of Yoga therapy. IYTh faculty schedules general focus themes related to training and practicum issues.
What happens after I graduate?
Upon successfully completing the 800-hr program, you are eligible to apply through the International Association of Yoga Therapist to receive C-IAYT credentialing. If a graduate of the 800-hour Program wishes to become a certified Integral Yoga Therapist and receive the IYTh credential, they must complete one Elective in a specialty area of their choosing from a selected list of approved training.