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The 300hr Professional Yoga Therapist Program is a complete professional training program in Yoga therapy, certifying participants both to work with therapeutic groups and to develop a private Yoga therapy practice, offering one-on-one sessions. Through this course students will be mentored to design and teach Yoga programs for groups and individuals with specific needs and specific health challenges.
This program serves as a graduate level to the NYTT 500 HR program making the entire 800 hr program a 2 year study. Both years are registered Advanced Yoga trainings with the Yoga Alliance certification. As a recognized Yoga Therapeutics school, students who graduate from Naada Yoga’s PYT program can issue insurance receipts recognized by the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (A.N.N.).
Admission Requirements: Students who wish to achieve accreditation of a Professional Yoga Therapists must first have a 500 HR teacher training certificate that meets Yoga Alliance standards before entering this program. Yoga teachers who have a 200 hr training and wish to achieve the 800 HR PYT certification must first complete Naada Yoga’s 300 hr Advanced studies program before entering into this program. Health professionals with at least one year of yoga study and practice may also apply to this program by providing a current CV and outline of relavent yoga experience.
The 300 HR PYT program is comprised of 4 main components.
Our faculty members comprised of Dr. Baxter Bell, Matthew Remski, Sonia Osorio, Leslie Howard, and Elizabeth Emberly combine their professional expertise in yoga therapy, yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology, psychology and ayurveda to make this program an incredibly rich and unique training in North America. Each residential module is scheduled over the weekend Thursday (6-9), Friday (6-9), Saturday (9-5pm), Sunday (9-5).
- Move beyond basics of functional movement and deepen understanding of the musculoskeletal system
- Deepen understanding of other systems (cardivascular, immune, endocrine, respiratory and digestive).
- Address specific therapeutic needs of students with thourough clinical anaylisis
- Offer tailored practices of yoga therapy to alleviate pain and discomfort
- Practice how to do client intake and assessment..
- Learn to assess an individuals health and wellness goals
- Learn how the basic principles of yoga can be transferred simply and effectively to your students and clients
- Design an individualized yoga practice based on a person’s capabilities and addressing the root cause of their affliction
- Learn protocol for one-on-one follow up sessions in regards to revision and updating of a student’s personal practice.
- Understand the legal, professional and ethical aspects of practice.
- Importance of self-care and professional supervision.
- Develop a solid understanding of purpose, breadth and scope of an ayurvedic lifestyle.
- Basic overview of ayurveda tradition: texts, teachers, modern influences.
- Learn ayurvedic principles of the gunas, doshas, agni, prana.
- Learn over a dozen techniques (food combining, self massage, sensory cleansing, nasal irrigation, digestive herbs, waste anaylisis etc.)
- Develop a personal practice to experience the practical application of simple ayurvedic principles.
- Learn how to clinically assess the individual from an ayurvedic perspective
- Provide appropriate ayurevdic practices to alleviate disturbances.
- Better understand female anatomy, hormonal rhythms, and women’s health
- Learn women’s history within traditional and modern yoga
- Learn to provide appropriate yoga practices for menstruation including pre/post (phases of cycle, irregular menses, menstrual disorders ect.)
- Provide appropriate yoga sequencing, along with breathing and meditation techniques for pregnancy, fertility, delivery (including pre/post, postpartum), and Menopause symptoms.
- Deepen understanding of how to effectively use props, including the yogawall, to address specific needs of individuals and small group therapy sessions.
- Deepen integration of restorative and pranayama practices and learn to apply these techniques as yoga therapy to students with specific medical conditions
- Assess movement dysfunction and poor postural habits of individuals
- Apply postural alignment correction through techniques of yoga postures, somatics, breathing and meditation to both individual and group therapy sessions.
- Cultural, medical and historical contexts of women and the pelvis
- Current understanding of the pelvis, sexuality, misconceptions and modern medical care
- In depth anatomy of the pelvis, hip flexors and femurs and connective musculature and how they translate into pelvic health
- How posture affects the pelvic floor.
- Identifying hypertonic vs. hypotonic muscles and the difference between a strong muscle and a tense muscle
- The role of breath and emotion in the pelvic floor
- How to teach breath and asana to people who need tone in their pelvis and as well as those who have too much tone
- What to do with the pelvic floor during all stages of pre and post natal
- Restorative yoga for the pelvic floor
Students working to achieve a certification in yoga therapy must complete a mentorship program in addition to the required modules. The mentoring program is paired with the NYTT 300 hr program to help you process information and move forward in a tangible and meaningful way. By engaging in the process of mentorship, you are witnessed, heard, acknowledged, coached, empowered, and above all, you have an experienced companion who walks with you on the path toward becoming a professional yoga therapist.
The practicum component of the 300 Hr PYT focuses on the development and implementation of programs for special populations such as seniors, cancer survivors, at-risk youth, prenatal and postpartum, as well as people with special needs. Students will develop the knowledge and skills for application of yoga therapeutics in prevention and intervention working confidently with a wide range of special populations, and will be equipped to work with various specialists including physicians, mental health professionals, chiropractors and physical and occupational therapists.
The practicum component of the NYTT 300 Hr program is made up of a required 100 HRs. These hours include time spent with your mentor as well as clinical sessions conducted in our studio, a community setting, or a other location approved by a faculty member or your assigned mentor.
Program design both for therapeutic groups and individuals is a key foundation of yoga therapy. Under the guidance of the mentorship program, each student working towards a certification will be required to design a yoga therapeutic program that is unique to their interests as a therapist. The aim of this portion is to create a tangible outlet for your education that can serve as a foundational program that you may implement upon graduation.
The NYTT 300 HR program works closely with the Yoga Mala Foundation, a foundation that funds yoga programs in communities where there is an identifiable need. The format of this proposal is intended on fulfilling the project description requirements of the Grants to Professional Yoga Teachers program and serves as the first step in receiving funding for your designed program.
PROFESSIONALISM SEMINAR: All graduates of the 300 HR PYT program will participate in a seminar on legal, regulatory, and business issues pertaining to Yoga Therapy. This seminar is offered free of charge for all graduates and will cover current relevant local, provincial, and national laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga therapist. Business practices relevant to the work of a yoga therapist, including record keeping, planning, and financial management will also be covered.
Joining the field of Yoga Therapy
The yoga tradition views humans as a multidimensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath; and mind, intellect, and emotions and their mutual interaction. Yoga is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions. Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of yoga’s teachings and practices in a therapeutic context in order to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client/student’s energy in the direction of desired goals.
Students of the 300 HR PYT program will graduate with a developed Yoga, wellness and stress management program to meet the needs of people in hospitals, mental health settings, wellness centers, education, senior care, community centers, as well as in Yoga classes and centers. As a Professional Yoga Therapist you will be able to give insurance receipts (recognized by the ANN), and become part of a growing alumni of practitioners who see health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.
Tuition for the NYTT 300 HR Professional Yoga Therapists training is $3,900.00. This fee covers all required texts and manuals, an unlimited membership at Naada Yoga during duration of study, and 6 private consultations.
Aug. 1st EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ($3750)
All prices do not include tax
Payment Plan Options
Our intention is to find a plan that works for everyone. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to best set up your individual payment plan option.
Naada Yoga is an accredited yoga school recognized by Human Resources Development Canada and can provide tax receipts for all qualifying trainings.