800 Hour - Holistic Therapist Program


The Ayu-Yoga Therapy Program combines the wisdom of two ancient, Vedic sister-sciences. Classically there is no Yoga Therapy (Chikitsa) without the knowledge of Ayurveda.

To determine successful Ayu-Yoga treatment protocols, one must first understand how physical, emotional and mental imbalances (vrikruti) may manifest dis-ease in each individual. The Ayu-Yog perspective does not limit treatment of dis-ease to physical therapy alone. Optimal health is more than physical health. It is health of the body, the mind, the spirit and the senses. Ayu-Yog illustrates the formation of dis-ease as it moves from consciousness and the mind, into matter and the emotions, the senses and the physiological system. This understanding becomes an integral part of Ayu-Yoga treatment and Therapy protocols and is the mechanism used to reverse or halt the dis-ease cycle. Proper assessment of the vrikruti and individualized treatment is the hallmark of Ayu-Yoga Therapy.

Ayurveda is a tool to assess the Dosha Prakruti – the natural state of health for each individual. It identifies the cycles of nature and helps us to maintain and sustain our physical health throughout the changes of the season, time, age, stress, conflict and disease. It examines the relationships between the human being, nature and the macrocosm and demonstrates the intricacy of these relationships as what we know as the science of life.

Yoga addresses and integrates the subtle levels of the consciousness, the mind, the prana, the senses and the psycho-emotional behaviors associated with our Dosha Prakruti. In this way, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy simultaneously work together on both subtle, psycho-emotional and physical manifestations of dis-harmony and dis-ease. This comprehensive Yoga and Ayurveda Therapy Program cultivates the understanding of Pathogenesis, Prognosis and Therapy through the complete lense and 'prognostic' tools of Yoga and Ayurveda. These treatment protocols are designed to treat the client and the dis-ease.



Successful Graduates will hold an advanced, Certified 800-Hour Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy Designation from the IAYT

Prerequisites: Ayurveda Yoga Instructor Training or an *equivalent teacher training certificate is a prerequisite. This course is open to existing certified practitioners and yoga instructors.

Those without sufficient Ayurveda training will be required to enroll in the workshop “Foundations of Ayurveda and Yoga” to qualify for enrollment.


• Gain knowledge of individualized practices and therapies for various dis-eases and dosha imbalances (vrikruti).
• Create individualized consultations and Ayu-Yoga protocols and programs to balance the doshas, agni, mind, emotions and senses.
• Create individualized treatment protocols that include Pranayama, Mantra, Mudra, Bandha, Meditation and Yoga Asana and offer dietary and lifestyle protocols for each Dosha.
• Study the process of sensory integration and health
• Carry out intake and assessment of clients
• Determine protocols for the seasons, times of day and stages of life
• Understand the causes of vrikruti, pathogenesis and the vrittis
• Examine Ojas and Agni in the role of health and therapy
• Lead Ayuyoga group and individual classes
• Offer Ayu-yoga practices for cleansing, detoxification and rejuvenation
• Learn Mind Body Medicine: Psycho-emotional assessments through Manovigyan
• Study counselling Protocols: Darshana, Sparshana, Prashna


Philosophy and History

The evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga therapy, including teachings from Vedic and post-Vedic periods, Samkhya, Yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda.
  • tanmatra/bhuta/indriya (subtle element/gross elements/senses)
  • purusha/prakrti (consciousness/material world)
  • pancamaya kosha (dimensions of the human system)
  • guna (fundamental forces of nature)
  • duhkha (suffering/discomfort)
  • Yoga and the Mind

    Knowledge of yoga perspectives on the structure, states, functioning, and conditions of the mind.
  • drashtr (seer), drshya (seen);
  • antahkarana citta (consciousness), buddhi (intellect), ahamkara (ego), manas (mind);
  • citta vrtti (activities of the mind), citta pariama (structural changes in the mind),
  • vyutthana/nirodha (mind’s potential for distraction and focus);
  • artha (cognition), bhava (mood), svabhava (inborn nature), vasana (residue of experience),
  • samskara (conditioned pattern of thinking and behavior); and
  • states of mind: mudha (stupefied/dull), kshipta (disturbed), vikshipta (alternating between
  • distraction and focus), ekagrata (one-pointed), nirodha (focus enveloped/held/ restrained), vaishvanara
  • (waking), taijasa (dream), prajña (deep sleep), turiya (beyond)
  • Conditions of the Mind

    Knowledge of yoga perspectives on distracted/disturbed conditions of mind and their expressions as expressed in such texts as the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and other texts.
  • klesha (affliction);
  • lobha, krodha, and moha (greed, anger, attachment)
  • duhkha and daurmanasya (suffering/discomfort and negative attitude/thinking) sarupyam
  • (identification with the contents of the mind or seer taking the same form as the mind)
  • antaraya (obstacles to progress in yoga)
  • The Framework for Health and Disease

    Knowledge of the basic perspectives on health and disease from Yoga and Ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy.
  • panca maya (kosha) (fundamental structure of the human system)
  • subtle anatomy
  • tri-dosha (effect of the elements on the physical body);
  • tri-guna (effect of sattva (equilibrium), rajas (activity), tamas [inertia])
  • prakrti/vikrti (dosha constitution at birth/imbalance of the dosha currently expressed in the body)
  • ama (undigested food, emotions, etc. accumulated in the body)
  • agni (internal fire(s) and their contribution to health)
  • prana vayu (prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana)
  • prana prakopa (disturbance of the vayu)
  • surya/chandra (sun/moon)
  • brmhana/langhana (expansion/contraction)
  • vyuha model: heya (the symptoms), hetu (the causes), hana (the goal), upaya (the tools)

  • The Six Stages of Disease

    Development/evolution of disease (samprapti [pathogenisis]), including but not limited to direction, intensity, onset, and duration and their influence on the ease or difficulty of healing and disease
  • Disease management
  • Setting priorities: symptoms/pacification (shamana [short term]) and purification/strengthening
  • (shodhana [long term])
  • Anatomy and Physiology

    Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems, including symptoms, management, illness trajectories, and contraindications, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Medical Terminology

  • Familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Familiarity with common medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of how to reference current healthcare information relevant to the work of a yoga therapist, including pathologies, disorders, drugs, and surgical procedures, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Psychology and Mental Health

  • Knowledge of commonly occurring mental health conditions—from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions—their symptoms, and common approaches/interventions, as they relate to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Knowledge of psychological concepts and terminology, including mood, cognition, behaviour, and personality, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Social and Cultural influences affecting health

  • Familiarity with models of human development, including developmental stages, lifecycles, and personality, and their importance to medical and psychological health and well-being.
  • Familiarity with the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning on mental and medical perspectives of health and healing.
  • Body and Mind Integration

  • Knowledge of the interaction of the body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being.
  • Yoga Therapy Tools

  • In-depth knowledge of the application of yama and niyama in the context of yoga therapy.
  • In-depth knowledge of the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions. Practices may include, but are not limited to,
  • asana (postures)
  • pranayama (regulated breathing)
  • meditation and relaxation techniques such as bhavana (visualization), mantra (recitation) and ritualized activities such as nyasa and mudra
  • vihara (lifestyle modifications) including basic yogic dietary concepts.
  • In-depth knowledge of contraindications of yoga practices for specific conditions and circumstances
  • Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship

  • In-depth knowledge of, and observed capacity for, well-developed communication skills: listening presence, directive and non-directive dialogue
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, adjust, and adapt to specific client/student needs in the evolving therapeutic/professional relationship
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and manage the subtle dynamics inherent in the therapist/client relationship
  • In-depth knowledge of the scope of practice of yoga therapy and how to assess the need for referral to other professional services
  • Principles and Skills for Educating Clients/Students

  • In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated ability to implement effective teaching methods, adapt to unique styles of learning, provide supportive and effective feedback, acknowledge the client's/student's progress, and cope with unique difficulties/successes
  • In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated ability to transmit the value of self-awareness and self- responsibility throughout the therapeutic process.
  • In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated ability to develop and adjust appropriate practice strategies to the client/student.
  • Principles and Skills for Working with Groups

  • Basic knowledge of and demonstrated ability to design, implement, and evaluate group programs
  • Familiarity with group dynamics and techniques, including communication skills, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries, as well as techniques to address the specific needs of individual participants, to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Practicum

    Demonstrated ability to conduct intake and assess the client/student.
  • Taking a history of the client and his/her condition(s);
  • Assessing the current condition using the tools relevant to the yoga therapist, including an evaluation of the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being.
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit the goals, expectations, and aspirations of the client/student.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate information from the intake, evaluation, and observation to develop a working assessment of the client's condition, limitations, and possibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of how to determine which aspects of the client/student’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through yoga therapy.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify priorities and set both long- and short-term goals with the client/student.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of pacification, purification, and strengthening strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of strategies that address common disorders and pathologies of the major human systems and common mental health conditions, as well as other goals and aspirations of the student as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of how to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual clients/students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the individual.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of how to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques, including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or deliver the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups, taking into consideration the assessment of their conditions, limitations, possibilities, and the overall practice strategy.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate the client/student's experience of the practice, including providing instruction, demonstration, education of the client/student using multimodal strategies of education such as auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning tools.
  • Providing supportive strategies for the client/student to actively participate in his/her practice such as a means to remember his/her practice (e.g., auditory and visual tools).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships including fostering trust by establishing an appropriate therapeutic environment through privacy, confidentiality, and safety; and practicing effective, client/student-centered communication based upon a respect for, and sensitivity to, individual, familial, cultural, social, ethnic, and religious factors.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide follow up and re-planning, including gathering feedback, re-assess, and refine the practice and to determine short-term and long-term
  • goals and priorities; addressing new and changing conditions, goals, aspirations, and priorities of the student/client and to provide appropriate support; and providing appropriate closure for the therapy sessions.
  • Ethical Principles

  • In-depth knowledge of yoga practices and methods for self-inquiry related to establishing, practicing, and maintaining ethical principles.
  • In-depth knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles of health care codes of conduct and yoga’s ethical principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles and related concepts from the yoga tradition to professional interactions and relationships.
  • In-depth knowledge of the scope of practice of yoga therapy, resulting in the demonstrated ability to discern the need for referral to other modalities.
  • Knowledge of the extent of one’s own individual training, skills, and evolving experience in yoga therapy, and knowledge of the importance of practicing within such parameters.
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues Pertaining to Yoga Therapy

  • Knowledge of current relevant local, state, and national laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga therapist, including record keeping, planning, and financial management.
  • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians, and Organizations

  • Basic knowledge of other healthcare fields and their potential role in and relevance to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Basic knowledge of how to establish, maintain, and utilize a referral network of peers and related healthcare practitioners and organizations.
  • Basic knowledge of how to develop and maintain ongoing collaborative relationships.
  • Personal and Professional Development and Continuing Education

  • Knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice, long-term mentorship, and skills maintenance/development through continuing education.
  • Knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice.
  • Minimum Admission Requirements

    To ensure that students have a basic foundation in yoga teaching, the minimum admission requirement for a yoga therapy training program is a 200-hour teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school (RYS 200) or its equivalent.
    In addition to minimum yoga teacher training, students must have completed the following, which can be accomplished concurrently:
  • one year of teaching experience, with specifics to be determined by the school;
  • one year of personal practice, with specifics to be determined by the school.
  • Length of Program

    An entry-level yoga therapy training program must be at least 800 hours total and taught over a minimum of two years. The 800 hours does not include the admission requirements.