Yoga Therapy now has educational standards. We support these standards established for yoga therapy by International Association of Yoga Therapists’ (IAYT) and intend to apply for IAYT accreditation following implementation of the new process.
Classroom Study Starts Fall 2014
Clients, students and contacts often voice their concerns about their health and about becoming dependent on medication. Some have experienced chronic pain and mental health challenges for some time now, and are tired of the reduced quality of life. Yoga teachers know that yoga techniques do help, and really wish they knew more of yoga`s healing power, and could offer more. They feel stuck.
You can change this. Enrol in this program, and gain practical experience customizing wellness and health plans, under the guidance of a mentor, and increase your confidence in sharing yoga for wellness and healing.
- 200-hour teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school program (RYS 200) or its equivalent (e.g. Yoga Network of Canada)
- In addition to minimum yoga teacher training, students must have completed the following, which can be accomplished concurrently:
- one year of teaching experience in group &/or individual setting; and
- one year of personal practice in yoga (includes meditation)
- Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2 and 3
- Module 2 is a prerequisite for Module 3
Module 1- Wellness: Approaches and Applications
To be advised
- Become familiar with the basic perspective of health from Yoga and Ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy
- Relate basic yoga and meditation concepts and techniques for wellbeing with the latest research in neuroscience in order to advise student/client
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of nature’s cycles and rhythms to one’s health;
- Assess individual digestion patterns and metabolism type and make recommendations of diet and lifestyle
- Practice foundation asanas, pranayama, and mudra to increase awareness of the effect of the elements
- Explain and demonstrate how to improve alignment, strength and range of movement systematically
- Examine and refine ways to improve posture in everyday life
- Develop and appreciation for the art of relaxation and yoga nidra
- Gain practical experience in customizing and proposing wellness programs for self-reliance and self-care management including diet, lifestyle, and yoga.
On satisfactory completion of this module, students with a 200-hour yoga teacher training will receive our certificate -Yoga Lifestyle Coach.
Module 2: Say Goodbye to Stress: Yoga Meditation, Ayurveda & Stress Management
September 12-14, 2014;
October 17-19, 2014;
November 14-16, 2014: 3 weekends over 3 months.
- Explain subtle anatomy (marmas, chakras, nadis) and its use to address physiological and psychological imbalances
- Evaluate imbalances based on specific signs of dosha aggravation, different stages of imbalances and make recommendations for early intervention
- Select and modify simple yoga and Ayurveda techniques to restore energetic balance
- Apply yoga and Ayurveda teachings and practices to stress management and aging well
- Summarize the biological basis of yoga and Ayurveda for stress management and for cardiovascular and respiratory health
- Measure and assess the state of dosha with reference to balance/imbalance through self pulse reading
- Practice hands-on marma for self, and mudra techniques for meditation
- Gain practical experience in customizing and proposing stress management programs using lifestyle, diet, meditation and other yoga techniques.
Location: Mohawk College, Hamilton
On satisfactory completion of modules 1 and 2, students with a 200-hour yoga teacher training will receive our certificate -Yoga Stress Management Coach.
Out of town guests may stay at the Visitors Inn
Module 3 - Relax and Heal: Yoga Meditation, Ayurveda and Healing
September 11-13, 2015;
October 16-18, 2015;
November 20-22, 2015
- Adapt and recommend subtle yoga techniques for healing
- Apply the deep relaxation techniques of Yoga Nidra to desensitize and promote healing
- Predict how emotions affect the brain and immune system
- Develop an appreciation for the biological and psychological benefits of a meditative approach to healing
- Practice trauma informed dialogue and listening skills essential for beneficial relationships with clients/students
- Recommend mudra and marma therapy for health and healing
- Show how ethics relates to healing
- Assess the state of imbalance dosha, sub dosha, agni (metabolic toxins) and systems
- Gain practical experience customizing and recommending personalized Ayurveda health plans to restore balance: including home remedies (single herbs, combination of herbal formulas or dietary supplements)
On satisfactory completion of the 3 modules, students with a 200-hour yoga teacher training will receive our certificate -Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant.
Out of town guests may stay at the Visitors Inn
Module 4: Discover the Healing Power of Optimism and Altruism – Mind Body Medicine
April 24-26, 2015;
May 22-24, 2015;
and June 19-21, 2015.
- Describe the process of guiding clients/students towards an understanding and development of a healthier relationship with their own bodies and mind
- Explain how the sustained practice of yoga and meditation initiates deeper structural changes in mind and body towards healthier balance
- Summarize and explain to clients/students key points in the history and evolution of mind-body medicine
- Discover how and why the body’s hormone and chemical messengers go out of balance and how to listen to the warning signals
- Explore how our personality influences our response to life’s challenges
- Evaluate the role of attitudes, emotions and attitude in wellness
- Debate the pros and cons of the role of our belief system in psychosomatic disorders
- Recognize the healing power of optimism and altruism