Nov 9th, 2019: Yoga Therapy Foundations

Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy

New Course Dates

Face to Face Intensive Block:
Saturday 9th November to Saturday 16th November, 2019
Times: 7.30am – 4:30pm

Live Online Webinars:
Dates TBC

Why the Yoga Therapy Foundations course?

With the prevalence of so many different yoga ‘styles’ and students ‘class pass hopping’, many yoga teachers are left wondering how to have real impact in the lives of their students and empower them to create change.

Do you ever wonder why some of your students seem to make little progress in their practice?

Are you a teacher who is looking to deepen your yoga knowledge and bring about more powerful positive transformations in your students?

Are you just curious about the field of yoga therapy or designing personalised yoga practices?

Learning the skills to develop practices that address the individual needs of your students will transform your own effectiveness as a yoga teacher and give you the tools to begin facilitating lasting change in the lives of your students.

The potential rewards for yourself and your students are profound.

This Foundations of Yoga Therapy Module can be taken as a standalone unit for registered yoga teachers.

Ready to Enrol?

Step 1:

Application & Deposit Payment

Pay when you apply to secure your place


Step 2:

PLUS your choice of two balance payment options:

Option 1:
Monthly Instalments

Sign-up by 13th September and you can choose to spread your fees over two monthly payments

2 x $800 = $1,600

Option 2:
Upfront Payment

Save $200 with Early Bird discount available for upfront payments completed before Friday 6th September, 2019

Standard Upfront = $1,400

Early Bird Upfront = $1,200




Module Content

FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA THERAPY – Key Concepts and Learning Objectives

The Yoga Therapy Framework

  • Yoga cikitsa – Yoga as a therapeutic intervention approach
  • The Yogic framework of health and illness
  • The context of Yoga therapy in traditional texts and teachings of Yoga, including the Vedas and Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Yoga Rahasya.
  • The emergence of modern Yoga therapy, and its place in the field of complementary therapies.

Founding Principles of Yoga Therapy

  • Exploration and application of the panca maya model (or five koshas) as a framework for Yoga therapy
  • Exploration and application of yoga energetics and the five prana vayus, in the context of Yoga therapy.
  • Exploration and application of the principle of viniyoga – teaching yoga according to the needs, abilities, and goals of each individual or group.

Therapeutic Application of Yoga Practices

  • Healing foundations and development of therapeutic applications of the tools and techniques of yoga practice, including asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation, yoga nidra, visualisations, sound, mudra, mantra and more.
  • The use of energizing and calming practices in Yoga therapy
  • The importance of yogic lifestyle in Yoga therapy
  • Foundations of Ayurveda in the context of Yoga therapy

Yoga Therapy Skills Development

  • Designing yoga practices for therapeutic applications of individual needs
  • Developing skills for teaching one-to-one, and the development of personalised practices for individual needs.
  • Developing interpersonal communication skills in the context of yoga therapy

Understanding Research

  • Evidence-Based Approaches & Development of Research: Understanding yoga-related clinical research, and development of student research projects.

This Module may be taken as a stand-alone professional development training, or it can be taken as part of the complete Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification. This Yoga Therapy Foundations module is a pre-requisite for all the other Modules in the full program.

Graduates of The Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training course do not need to complete this module to undertake subsequent modules in the full Yoga Therapy Training Course. Graduates who would like to complete the foundations module as a refresher, receive a 50% discount off the course fee.

Module Components

Who are the teachers?

Michael de Manincor, The Yoga Institute. Yoga Teacher Trainer. Yoga Therapist. Yoga Therapy TrainerMichael is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years teaching experience. He has undertaken extensive studies with renowned teacher TKV Desikachar, in the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya. Read more.


Lisa GrauaugLisa has been practicing and teaching yoga since the mid-90s. Lisa values individuality and working with students to facilitate a better understanding of their unique and changing needs. Her understanding and personal practice has since been strongly influenced by the teachings as translated by Sri T Krishnamacharya. Read more.


Lucy brings over 25 years of experience training and consulting in the field of person-to-person communication and has studied extensively in both Australia and the USA.  Lucy passionately believes that by practising Yoga, in whatever form is available to an individual, healing will occur. Read more.


Prior Learning & Course Recognition

This module is a pre-requisite for all other modules in the full yoga therapy training course.

Graduates of The Yoga Institute: Graduates of our diploma level teacher training course, will receive Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) credit and are not required to attend this module as a pre-requisite to participating in remaining Yoga Therapy training modules. Our graduates are welcome to take this module as a refresher at a discount of 50%.

Graduates of other teacher training courses that cover one-to-one yoga teaching may also apply for RPL.

This Module can be taken as a stand alone professional development program, or it can be taken as part of the complete Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification. Yoga Teachers who attend this module as a standalone unit receive Yoga Australia CPD points equivalent to 100hrs.



This is a competency-based unit, so students will be assessed to demonstrate competency. In the circumstance where competency is not demonstrated on first submission, re-submission will be possible.

Assessment of this module includes:

  • Full attendance at all face to face classes *
  • Full attendance at all live webinars *
  • Undertaking pre and post lecture study tasks as directed
  • Successful completion and submission of workbooks following webinars ?
  • Successful completion of practicum tasks relevant to each Module
  • One other written assessment task related to the Module content

* If any face to face or live webinar sessions are missed (under exceptional circumstances only) the student will be required to complete adequate ‘make up’ tasks as set by the teacher for that class, including but not limited to viewing of any recordings of the class session (where available), and answering reflective questions set by the teacher. An additional cost will be incurred by the student for these sessions.

Module Inclusions & Pre-requisites

This Module involves 100+ hours of training, and gives you:

  • 70 hours of classes (face to face and online)
  • access to the online learning portal
  • 2 hours of individual Mentoring with your Program Mentor
  • resources to facilitate 30+ hours of self-directed learning
  • reading material and other learning tools
  • assessment of your written work
  • partial completion of the registered Yoga Therapy Training Course

The requirements to register for this unit are:


More Information

To find out more or get your questions answered, contact Lisa Grauag at or on (02) 9929 2774.

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