This postgraduate course is made up of 5x 100hr Modules with a 150hr Practicum Component interwoven throughout the course to give you practice in applying what you learn.
Foundations of Yoga Therapy is the first module and subsequent modules can be completed in any order. The course modules are offered on a rolling basis so you can enter and complete the course at your convenience.
It is recommended that your studies are completed over a period between 18 months and four years.
The components of each module include:
By the end of the course you will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop integrated practices to address the specific therapeutic needs of Yoga Therapy clients. The course curriculum covers:
This module is designed for yoga teachers to learn the foundational principles of yoga therapy. You will delve into:
This module will cover the major systems of the body and the appropriate application of Yoga techniques and tools to support healing. You will learn:
This Module will explore the Yogic model of the mind and mental health, as it relates to Yoga Therapy, including:
This module will incorporate and expand upon the Yoga Psychology training conducted by Janet Lowndes and Michael de Manincor. The Yoga Psychology program is offered broadly to Yoga Teachers who will attend part of the Face to Face component of the Yoga Therapy Core Curriculum Module. Additional teachings are provided for Yoga Therapy students specifically relevant to the provision of Yoga Therapy.
In this module you will gain knowledge of structural and functional anatomy relevant to a Yoga Therapist. Areas covered include:
This Module will develop the tools essential to practice as a Yoga Therapist, including:
Components of the practicum will be allocated across the 5 core curriculum modules, allowing you to practice and consolidate your skills as you learn. Your mentor will assist you to undertake case studies for each module, along with all that is associated with working therapeutically with individuals and groups.
The practicum component will consist of:
Embarking on a post-graduate yoga therapy training course is a big step ~ How do you know it’s right for you?
By becoming a qualified Yoga Therapist you develop skills to design practices that address individual therapeutic needs.
This expands your effectiveness as a yoga professional and gives you the tools to begin facilitating healing and lasting change in the lives of those you work with.
The potential rewards for yourself, and your students and clients, are profound.
Completion of all modules and course components of this 650hr post-graduate program is over 2 years and gives you:
Not sure if you want to become a Yoga Therapist?
If you're interested in learning about Yoga Therapy but you're not sure if you want to complete the training to become a registered Yoga Therapist, our Foundations of Yoga Therapy course (the first module of the 650hr program) can be taken as a standalone continuing education course for Yoga Teachers.
"The value of the Yoga Therapy course is that it resonates long afterwards , and is readily able to be translated into whatever yoga teaching you are currently involved with, and most importantly to your own personal approach to practice."
"I feel extremely humble to have had you as my teacher. I am grateful to have found you! Your dedication and devotion to the teachings of Yoga is very inspiring thank you.”
“I always knew there was more to yoga. This has been a year of beginning to explore the depth of this ancient darsana. Thank you for holding the space, unravelling the wisdom, inspiring transformation. I have always wanted to belong to what my heart/being resonates with and I now feel I have found my home.”
This course is led by Senior Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Registered Psychologist, PhD Graduate and Course Director, Michael de Manincor.
Michael is joined by an incredible faculty of senior yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Learn more about our faculty: The Yoga Institute Faculty
Yes, this course meets the educational standards for the training of Yoga Therapists in Australia and is registered with the peak national body representing Yoga Professionals – Yoga Australia.
Yoga Australia Registered Course
Graduates of the Post-graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course will be automatically eligible for yoga therapist registration with Yoga Australia.
Applicants are to be qualified yoga teachers, with minimum training equivalent to Level 1 membership of Yoga Australia (350hrs), plus 300 hours or 2 years of yoga teaching experience.
Special consideration will be given to qualified practitioners of other relevant therapeutic modalities.
Our approach to Yoga is based on the world-renowned teachings from the tradition and lineage of T Krishnamacharya (often described as the ‘father of modern yoga’) and his son TKV Desikachar.
The focus is on integrating all aspects of yogic practice including asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, mudras, philosophy and psychology, and adapting all practices to the individual. The emphasis is on applying the ancient wisdom and practices of yoga to the challenges of modern lives.
As Krishnamacharya said: “Yoga must be made to suit the individual, not the individual to suit the yoga.”
To gain certification and registration as a Yoga Therapist, a variety of assessments are required. These include demonstration of knowledge, competencies and skills relevant to each course unit; commitment to regular personal Yoga practice; and competence in skills required as a Yoga Therapist.
Minimum of 80% attendance is required for completion of all courses. In special circumstances, alternative arrangements may be made with the course director to meet the requirements of the course.