Post-graduate Yoga Therapy Training Prospectus

Become a registered yoga therapist

2018/19 Modules & Dates

Pre-requisite: Foundations of Yoga Therapy

This module is a pre-requisite for all other modules

8-day face-to-face immersion:  
Wednesday, November 7th to Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

4 x 3hr Online Webinars: Dates TBC

Plus guided self-paced learning


Yoga Psychology and Mental Health Module

8-day face-to-face training immersion:      
2019 Dates TBC

4 x 3hr Online Webinars: Dates TBC

Plus guided self-paced learning

Yoga Anatomy and the Musculo-skeletal System

8-day face-to-face training immersion:  
2019 Dates TBC

4 x 3hr Online Webinars: Dates TBC

Plus guided self-paced learning

Interpersonal Communication and Therapeutic Skills

Part 1 Therapeutic Skills:

3-day face-to-face training: 2019 dates TBC
2 x 3 hour followup online webinars: 2019 dates TBC 

Plus guided self-paced learning/reading

Part 2: Professional Practice & Therapeutic Skills II 

3-day face-face training: 2019 dates TBC
3 x 3  hour online webinars: 2019 dates TBC

Yoga Physiology and the Vital Systems of Health Module

8-day face-to-face training immersion: 
2019 Dates TBC

4 x 3hr Online Webinars: Dates TBC

Plus guided self-paced learning

Note: Webinar dates are agreed with the group at module commencement to allow for dates and times that best suit everyone's availability.

Course Fees

Course Fees


Pay in Full

Pay in full prior to course start
Pay via EFT = $8,950
Pay with Credit Card Option + 1.7%



Monthly Installments

Ten Monthly Payments
10 x $980 = $9,800
Pay with Credit Card Only



Foundations Module Only

Standalone Continuing Education Unit
Upfront = $1,750 or
Instalments = $1,950 (3 x $650)


How is it 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.

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 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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Module Descriptions

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

This module is available as a standalone continuing education unit for Yoga Teachers. Learn More

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 Psychology and 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. Interpersonal Communication and Professional Therapeutic Practice (100hrs)

This 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
  • Course and Module Pre-requisites

    • To meet training standards and graduate Yoga Therapist registration requirements, applicants are generally to be qualified yoga teachers, with minimum training equivalent to Level 1 membership of Yoga Australia (350 hours), plus 300 hours or 2 years of yoga teaching experience. Special consideration may be given to qualified practitioners of other related therapeutic modalities.

    Read full course requirements

    Module Sequence & Pre-requisites

    • The Foundations of Yoga Therapy module must be completed prior to subsequent modules.
    • Subsequent modules (including Yoga Psychology, Yoga Anatomy, and Yoga Physiology) may be done in any order, after meeting or completion of the above requirements.
    • Interpersonal Communications & Professional Therapeutic Practice module is done in 2 parts and need to be completed sequentially (ie. part 1 completed before part 2)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

    Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    • Up to 150 hours (of the total 650 hours) of prior training or experience may be included or transferred to this training course, as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
    • RPL will be assessed directly with the required learning competencies for each module.
    • RPL application and administration fees may apply.
    • RPL is granted at the discretion of the Course Director.

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.

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?

You are one step closer to becoming a yoga therapist.

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 Yoga Therapists.

Answers to most of your questions can be found on this page. Explore more below and if you'd like to speak with our Course Co-ordinator we encourage you to book a call at a time that works for you:

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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 Programmes. I'm available to help with any questions you have.

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