Description of the Yoga Therapy Training Program

Provide a description of your yoga therapy program by addressing the following:

How the program is different from advanced teacher training


One big question our applicants ask is whether to take a 500-hour RYT (advanced teacher training) or seek IAYT yoga therapy certification.

Yoga teaching and yoga therapy are very different endeavours. Although therapeutically-oriented 500-hour programs exist, they do not prepare students for certification at the highest level of yoga therapy. The 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification does not certify graduates as yoga therapists. In fact, our understanding is that the Yoga Alliance does not allow its members to use the words “yoga therapy” on their websites. This is actually a good thing, since Yoga Alliance does not screen their programs to ensure that students receive proper training in yoga therapy.

Manushi Yoga therapy training programs are specifically designed to teach students to work one-on-one with clients suffering from a wide variety of conditions. And as yoga becomes increasingly recognized as an important treatment option, doctors, hospitals, and treatment centers will be seeking Yoga Therapists with C-IAYT certification.

Manushi Yoga therapy offers a foundations training program that certifies students in our approach. The foundations program also serves as the core training for our 860-hour advanced program, which enables students to obtain the C-IAYT designation. The advanced training provides in-depth study and training on a range of conditions, along with a practicum and mentorship.

In short, if your goal is to work with individuals one-on-one to help relieve a wide variety of conditions, choose a yoga therapy program. Find one that fits not only your lifestyle needs and demands, but offers a comprehensive training program… and don’t look back.

A yoga teacher is tasked with teaching yoga which is often taught within a certain system. Ashtanga, Bikram, Sivananda, as examples, all have their ways of training yogis to teach. In the western context, yoga teachers are often trained to teach yoga classes that are primarily a physical practice. These sessions have labels like “vinyasa” “hatha” “restorative” “yin”, etc.

A well trained and skilled yoga teacher can lead groups in a class setting, helping students learn whatever style or system they are sharing. Yoga classes have a therapeutic effect for many. In addition, a very experienced and skilled yoga teacher can educate students in all aspects of yoga, helping them progress on a spiritual level. This is mentioned because even an enlightened teacher is technically a yoga teacher as opposed to a yoga therapist.


  • An overview of how the program is structured and delivered (e.g., weekends, limited residency, set courses, electives, modules), including where and when the practicum delivery of your program occurs.