Yoga Therapy Training Course Prospectus

Yoga Therapy Training Course Prospectus

The Yoga Therapy Training Course has been designed and carefully streamlined to meet the needs of Yoga Teachers seeking further education and to develop the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Yoga Therapist.

Why yoga therapy?

Yoga Therapy is seen by many as a new branch of the ‘yoga tree’, but in fact, yoga therapy returns to the very roots of both ancient and modern yoga teachings.

Widely recognised as the ‘father of modern yoga’, T Krishnamacharya (who taught Patthabi Jois, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar, AG Mohan, and his own son TKV Desikachar) generally taught a personalised approach to yoga on a one-to-one basis. He was well-known throughout India for his knowledge and skills to teach yoga in therapeutic ways.

Throughout his life and teachings, Krishnamacharya emphasised the importance of personalised practices. In his own words: “In recommending Yoga practices, teachers should always consider an individual’s particular needs, abilities, circumstances.”

Group yoga classes can certainly bring many physical, mental and emotional benefits to students. However, when a student receives individualised instruction or is taught in a private one-to-one setting, especially if he or she has an injury, illness, or health concern, this is when the deeply transformative and healing power of yoga is most powerful.

Course Structure

The diagram below summarises the structure of this unique training program.

Course Components

Core Curriculum Modules – The Yoga Therapy Training Course consists of 5 Core Curriculum Modules. These Modules can be taken individually for professional development purposes, or as part of the full registered Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification.

Each module involves 100 hours of study, across 3 delivery methods, as illustrated below.

Practicum Component – This 150hr component of the Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification consists of 80 hours of practical application of the learnings from each of the Core Curriculum Modules (16hrs per module). The remainder of the 150 hours consists of additional guided Yoga Therapy experience conducted in the field, all supported under a Mentorship programme.

Course Dates & Duration

To gain the qualification the Modules can be taken in a minimum 18 months and maximum 4 year period. The complete qualification can be attained once all 5 Modules and the Practicum Component have been successfully completed.

The Foundations of Yoga Therapy Module must be taken prior to any other Modules. All other Modules can be taken in any sequence and will be repeated every two years.  The Foundations of Yoga Therapy Module will be offered regularly to enable students to join the program later in 2017 or in 2018.

2018 / 2019 Module Dates

Yoga Physiology and the Vital Systems of Health (100 hours):     May, 2018

  • 8-day face-to-face training immersion:      Wednesday, May 9th to Wednesday May 16th, 2017.
  • Online Webinars: Dates TBC
  • Plus guided self-paced learning

Foundations of Yoga Therapy (100 hours):     June, 2018

  • 8-day face-to-face immersion training (56 hours):   Wednesday, June 6th to Wednesday, June 13th.
  • Online Webinars (14 hours):
  • Plus guided self-paced learning (30 hours)

Yoga Psychology and Mental Health (100 hours):     August, 2018

  • 8-day face-to-face training immersion:      Wednesday, August 1st to Wednesday, August 8th
  • Online Webinars: Dates TBC
  • Plus guided self-paced learning

Yoga Anatomy and the Musculo-skeletal System (100 hours):   October 2018

  • 8-day face-to-face training immersion:  Wednesday, October 7th to Wednesday, October 14th
  • Online Webinars: 2018  Dates TBC
  • Plus guided self-paced learning

Interpersonal Communication and Therapeutic Skills (100 hours):    June, 2018

Part 1 Therapeutic Skills :

  • 2-day face-to-face training:  Thursday 14th & Friday 15th June 2018 (following Foundations Course)
  • 1 day face-to-face follow up: 15th November 2018
  • 2 x 3 hour followup Online webinar: 2018 Dates June / July 2018 
  • Plus guided self-paced learning/reading

Part 2: Professional Practice & Therapeutic Skills II 

  • 3-day face-to-face training:    2019 Dates TBC
  • 3 x 3 hour webinars (or two 1/2 days)
  • Plus guided self-paced learning/reading

Practicum – clinical/therapeutic practice (150 hours):

  • Completed throughout the course

NB: Unless stated above, dates for the live online classes and discussion webinars are TBC.

Course Recognition

The Yoga Institute’s Yoga Therapy Training 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.


This training will provide the practical skills and related scientific and traditional knowledge required to become a competent and effective Yoga Therapist. Graduates will develop a high level of competency in all aspects of Yoga Therapy, underpinned by an experiential understanding of the practice of Yoga Therapy.

The program will provide graduates with the requisite skills and professional standards to take their place as well qualified professionals in the fields of integrative healthcare, complementary therapy, wellbeing and personal development.

This qualification provides 650 hours of professional vocational training, which can contribute toward the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for Yoga Australia registered teachers.

Pre-requisites & Prior Learning

Course Pre-requisites (to meet training standards and graduate registration)

Applicants are to be qualified yoga teachers, with minimum training equivalent to Level 1 membership of Yoga Australia, and 300 hours or 2 years of yoga teaching experience. Special consideration will be given to qualified practitioners of other relevant therapeutic modalities

Full course requirements

Transfer hours and Recognition of Prior Learning

Transfer of up to 150 hours from another program/course may be included in this 650-hour training program. These hours will be assessed directly with the competencies as per the training standards. This will be at the discretion of The Yoga Institute Course Director.

Course Module Components

Each of the five 100hr Core Curriculum Modules includes:

  • 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

Info Session Webinar

To learn more about the course, meet the team and get your questions answered, join our next information session:

Date: Wednesday 17th January, 2018
Time: 7.30pm to 8.15pm

Course Fees

1. Course Registration Deposit (non-refundable except if application unsuccessful): $500


2. The 2018/19 Yoga Therapy Training Course (select one of these 2 payment options):

a. Upfront: Deposit + payment of $8,450
b. Installment: Deposit + $1500 (total $2000) + 12 x $650 monthly installments: $9,800

Ready to Enrol?

To apply for the 2018/19 Yoga Therapy Training Course, access the application form via this button:

Your deposit to secure your place can be paid via this link. If your application is unsuccessful your deposit will be refunded in full.

Not sure if you want to do the full Yoga Therapy Training Course?

If you’re interested in graduate Yoga Therapy training but you’re not sure whether you want to complete a registered course to become a qualified Yoga Therapist check out our Yoga Therapy Foundations module. You can decide after completion of that module whether you’d like to continue with the full course.


For more information or enquiries email Kirstie Christensen at or call on (02) 9929 2774.

Cancelation Policy:

Course fees, minus a $500 non-refundable cancelation fee, will be refunded if you withdraw from the course up to two months prior to the course commencement.

If you cancel less than two months prior to your first Module commencement no refund is available. However, if we have a waitlist and your place can be filled we will refund your full course fee minus a $500.00 cancelation fee.

In circumstances such as illness or personal difficulty, payment may be transferred to participation in the course at a later date, if places are available.

Glossary of Terms

Core Curriculum – 500 hours of educational curriculum covering the content defined in the Yoga Australia Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. 70% of this learning will be delivered via live classes – face to face and online, and 30% via home study and pre-learning – readings and online coursework.

Casework – Direct hours spent providing Yoga Therapy to clients, in individual and group Yoga Therapy settings.

Case Management – Administrative work undertaken to support the direct hours spent with clients.

Direct Mentoring – Direct contact with your personal Mentor to evaluate your casework.

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