Post-graduate Yoga Therapy Training Course

Become a registered yoga therapist

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650hr Yoga Therapy Training Course

Registered Yoga Therapy Training Course

Post-graduate qualification for Yoga Teachers

This 650hr program is completed over 2 years and gives you a yoga therapy qualification registered with Yoga Australia.

Yoga teachers with training of 350hrs+ are welcome to apply.

200hr trained teachers can be accepted into the course with some additional training hours. Contact our Course Coordinator for more information.

If you completed your teacher training at The Yoga Institute you can apply and join the next available module. If you completed your studies elsewhere you can apply and then complete Foundations of Yoga Therapy before joining other modules which are offered on a rolling basis.


100hr Foundations of Yoga Therapy

First Module of Yoga Therapy Training Course

Not sure if you're ready to commit to a 650hr program?

This introductory module can be taken as a standalone unit for yoga teachers. Receive CPD points with Yoga Australia equivalent to 100hrs.

Graduates of The Yoga Institute's registered yoga teacher training program are not required to complete this module.

Next course commences early 2022, new dates coming soon! 


100hr Yoga Psychology & Mental Health

Yoga Therapy Training Course Module

This 100hr module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course registered with Yoga Australia. 

Module Dates Coming Soon

100hr Yoga Anatomy & Musculo-skeletal System

Yoga Therapy Training Course Module

This 100hr module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course registered with Yoga Australia. Pre-requisites apply.

2021 course has commenced, new Springtime 2022 dates coming soon! 

100hr Yoga Physiology and Vital Systems of Health

Yoga Therapy Training Course Module

This 100hr module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course registered with Yoga Australia. It is not available as a standalone unit.

Next course commences mid-year 2022, new dates coming soon! 

100hr Therapeutic and Professional Practice Skills

Yoga Therapy Training Course Module

This 100hr integration module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course registered with Yoga Australia. It is not available as a standalone unit.

New 2022 dates coming soon! 

How is the 650hr program structured?

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:

  • Face-to-face classroom training
  • Online learning
  • Live webinars & online discussions
  • Self-paced home study
  • Practicum/clinical experience
  • Mentoring sessions

What will I learn?

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:

1. Foundations of Yoga Therapy (100hrs)

This module is designed for yoga teachers to learn the foundational principles of yoga therapy. You will delve into:

  • The yogic framework of health and illness including the panca maya model, prana vayus and the principle of viniyoga as a basis for yoga therapy.
  • The healing foundations of the tools and techniques of yoga practice, including asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation, yoga nidra, visualisations, sound, mudra, mantra and more.
  • The practical application of these principles, tools and techniques in a therapeutic setting
2. Yoga Physiology and the Vital Systems of Health (100hrs)

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:

  • Understanding the major systems of the body and the relationship between these systems, including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, and reproductive systems
  • Exploring optimal health and wellbeing in the systems of the body, and how Yoga Therapy can assist in enhancing the health of these systems
  • In depth knowledge of yoga practices and the appropriate application to personalize healing. Practices covered include breath-centered asana, breathing techniques (pranayama), use of sound (chanting), visualization, mental imagery and more
  • Ayurveda and understanding Individual Constitution: Theory, application, and usefulness in Yoga therapy
  • Understanding of internal health related disorders relevant to a Yoga Therapist –to include asthma, digestive disorders, heart disease, chronic pain, fatigue syndromes, thyroid conditions, neurological conditions, Parkinson’s, stroke, menstrual disorders and cancer
  • Management of common health concerns related to aging and the elderly
  • Appropriate application of Yoga techniques and tools that realistically support individualised health goals and facilitate optimal living
  • Knowledge about common western medical terminology, approach to treatment, including familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures
  • Relevant research and the efficacy of Yoga interventions as a complimentary healing modality
3. Yoga for Mental Health (100hrs)

This Module will explore the Yogic model of the mind and mental health, as it relates to Yoga Therapy, including:

  • An understanding of the Yogic model of mind
  • The states and functions of the mind according to Yoga
  • An exploration of the healthy psychological system and the system in distress
  • An exploration of common mental health issues, through a Yoga Therapy lens, including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, sleep disorders, personality disorders, and psychosis
  • Yoga Therapy treatments involving the mind
  • Precautions and contraindications for mental health aware Yoga Therapy
  • The relationship between Yoga Therapy and modern Neuropsychology
  • The relationship between Yoga Therapy and modern Psychology
  • Responding safely to mental health crisis occurring in a Yoga Therapy context
  • Understanding the Scope of Practice of Yoga Therapists working with people with psychological distress or mental illness
  • Yoga Therapy as a model of integrative mental health care – the mind-body perspective
  • Addressing common mental health challenges with Yoga Therapy

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.



4. Yoga Anatomy and the Musculo-skeletal System (100hrs)

In this module you will gain knowledge of structural and functional anatomy relevant to a Yoga Therapist. Areas covered include:

  • Whole vertebral column, pelvis, upper limbs (arm- shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand), lower limbs (hip joint, knee, feet)
  • Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Musculoskeletal assessment. Including history taking, observation and palpation. To include understanding common individual structural and functional differences
  • Understanding of common musculoskeletal disorders relevant to a Yoga therapist. To include vertebral column disorders- excessive or reduced Lordosis and Kyphosis, neck pain, intervertebral disc problems, nerve impingements, facet joint problems, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and osteoporosis. Hip, knee and feet conditions. Shoulder conditions such as Rotator cuff tears, impingement conditions of the shoulder, Epicondylitis and Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • The typical presentation, cause, progression and contraindications of the listed common musculoskeletal disorders as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Knowledge about foundational yoga therapy practices with an emphasis on functional -oriented practices.
  • A Yoga Therapy perspective on Chronic Pain
  • Relevant tools of Yoga covered will include but not limited to: body awareness techniques, functional movement, static posture (asana) and relaxation techniques
  • Knowledge about common western medical terminology, approach to treatment, including familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures
5. Therapeutic and Professional Practice Skills (100hrs)

This integration Module will develop the tools essential to practice as a Yoga Therapist, including:

  • Review, refine and integrate skills to conduct holistic, integrative client assessments for Yoga Therapy
  • Further development of therapeutic counselling skills relevant to the Yoga Therapist
  • Consideration to therapeutic rapport and therapeutic relationships
  • Crisis management skills for Yoga Therapists
  • Refine and review practice planning skills based on client needs.
  • Strategies to enhance self motivation and personal efficacy for clients of Yoga Therapy
  • Consideration of Yoga Therapy groups versus individual Yoga Therapy
  • Therapeutic group skills relevant to providing Yoga Therapy groups
  • Applying the ethical guidelines at the heart of Yoga to the profession of Yoga Therapy
  • An exploration of various professional practice issues relevant to Yoga Therapy
  • A sound understanding of ethical practice in the profession of Yoga Therapy
  • A thorough understanding of the Scope of Practice for Yoga Therapists, and the relevant industry standards
  • Consideration of important factors in providing Yoga Therapy to diverse client populations
  • Strategies for communicating with other health professionals to enhance client care
  • Exploring differing learning styles amongst clients of Yoga Therapy, and how to tailor interventions to the clients learning style
  • Motivational strategies to assist clients to prioritise their Yoga Therapy program
Practicum Component (150hrs)

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:

  • Working with yoga therapy clients to provide assessment, intervention and review
  • Case management related to the individual and group sessions
  • Further mentoring to support your therapeutic yoga skills

Course Details

  • Is This For Me?

    Embarking on a post-graduate yoga therapy training course is a big step ~ How do you know it’s right for you?

    • Are you a qualified and experienced teacher who is ready for a new direction?
    • Are you looking to expand and deepen your yoga knowledge and bring about powerful healing and positive transformation in those you work with?

    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. 

  • Course Outcomes

    Completion of all modules and course components of this 650hr post-graduate program is over 2 years and gives you:

    • Eligibility to become a fully registered Yoga Therapist with Yoga Australia (YA)
    • Yoga therapy education meeting the highest international training standards of the international Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
    • A new direction for your career as a Yoga professional
    • Ongoing support, learning and mentoring from the highly experienced faculty of The Yoga Institute
  • Other Options

    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.

What do students say?

"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.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is on The Yoga Institute Faculty?

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

Is This a Registered Yoga Therapy Training Course?

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.

Are There Any Pre-requisites or Prior Learning for This Course?

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.

If you are a 200-hour trained yoga teacher eager to pursue yoga therapy training, we can help you create a training pathway to make this possible - call us for a chat! 

What Style of Yoga Does The Yoga Institute Teach?

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.”

Are There Any Assessments in This Course?

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. 

Can I Get a Student Visa for this Course?
Regarding your visa enquiry, The Yoga Institute does accept students outside Australia, however enrolment into this course does not give you eligibility for an international study visa. Numerous international students have enrolled in some other course (often in the health and wellness space which supports their yoga studies, for example massage, nutrition or psychology) that enables them to get their visa and stay in Australia, and then do the yoga training course of their choice - regardless of visa.
What Do I Bring on My First Day?
Bring your enthusiasm! We have yoga mats, blankets, blocks, cushions, bolsters etc, but you are welcome to bring your own. You'll receive a course binder, course schedule, plus we'll give you a notepad and pencil but feel free to bring your own. There are plenty of cafes and shops nearby for lunch and we have a kitchen and eating area if you'd like to bring your own (no microwave).

Are you ready?

We’re so excited you’re contemplating becoming a yoga therapist.

Since 2001 we've taught and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become amazing yoga therapists and yoga teachers. We've grown a beautiful community of people who have changed their own lives and the lives of others.

We are humbled to have been part of so much positive change, and we hope you'll join us for the next step on your yoga journey.

Get More Information

Hi, I'm Lisa Grauaug, and I co-ordinate the Yoga Therapy Training here at The Yoga Institute. I'm here to help if you want to know more about our Yoga Therapy Training Programs. 

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