The Ultimate Guide to IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Programs
Are you searching for a Yoga Therapy program?
Yes? Then congratulations!
You’re about to embark on one of the most transformative journeys of your life. Just ask any Yoga Therapist. In your training, you’ll be learning to help others heal, yes, but you’ll also be learning so much about yourself that it may very well change your life. So, needless to say, choosing the right program for you is a big deal!
Finding the right Yoga Therapy program for you can feel daunting and be pretty time consuming. We get it, we’ve been there. And that’s why we wrote this guide—to help make it a little easier for you.
There are a number of Yoga Therapy programs out there, and so many good ones. The accrediting body for the profession is the International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT).* For now, we’ve kept the list to programs that are accredited by the IAYT.
The information below is mainly from the schools’ websites, and is not a reflection on how YTL feels about the school or program. You’ll see that some programs have longer or shorter descriptions; that’s just because of how we were able to find the information on the program.
This guide is offered as a summary of information available at the time of writing, though we will be updating it periodically. Schools can login anytime to update their profile in the YTL Directory, so you can also check there.
Here we go!
Ajna Yoga Centre - accredited 6/18/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
#209 - 2250 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 1G5 Canada
Ajna Yoga College is a therapeutically-based Yoga Studio on Vancouver Island that offers programs for RYT-200, RYT-500, and 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Certification.
AlcheMe Yoga Therapy - accredited 5/15/2018
3943 Portola Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92602 USA
This Yoga Therapy program is divided into three levels over 3.3 years. Level 1 begins every February and Level 2 begins every March. It offers an 850-Hour Yoga Therapy program.
American Viniyoga Institute - accredited 6/25/2014; re-accredited 7/1/18
Oakland, CA, USA
AVI’s Viniyoga Therapist Training Program welcomes students from all yogic lineages and is comprised of two components: Component 1: Viniyoga Foundations Program (4 sessions); Component 2: Viniyoga Clinical Applications Program (4 sessions). AVI offers programs for:
500-hour Viniyoga Instructor;
300-hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor;
200-hour Viniyoga Instructor; and
900-hour Yoga Therapy.
Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation - accredited 6/20/2014; re-accredited 7/1/18
14618 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City, California 95959 USA
All certificate trainings are founded on the inspirational truths as shared by Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda School offers programs for: RYT-200, RYT-500, and 860-Hour Yoga Therapy.
AUM hOMe Shala - accredited 9/25/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133 USA
AUM’s Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification Program expands professional development for certified Yoga teachers and prepares them to use Yoga Therapy to increase health and well-being in a range of settings, for diverse populations. Students who complete one or both modules are equipped to offer Yoga Therapy protocols working alongside medical specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. Yoga Therapy at AUM hOMe Shala is a clinical approach to blending the yogic wisdom of the East with the complementary medicine of the West. AUM offers programs for:
800-Hour Yoga Therapy; and a
150-Hour Yoga Therapy Clinical Practicum.
Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy - accredited 11/30/2018
3577 West 13 Mile Road Ste. 206, Royal Oak, MI 48073 USA
Housed within Beaumont Health Integrative Medicine, the program provides students with an environment of vast educational opportunities including on-site clinical rotations and interdisciplinary didactics for medical and yoga therapy students. A faculty made up of MDs, PhDs, and C-IAYTs support the academically based model of the program. Two years of didactic lectures are classified into six units of study and include: policies and protocols, structural/musculoskeletal, stress reduction, life cycles, endocrine/immune systems, and the circulatory system. Each unit of study includes sessions that are generally offered once a month. Students must successfully complete each unit exam. Practicum aspects of the curriculum are strongly emphasized. Clinical externship involves sessions scheduled over a thirteen month period. Clinical externs offer yoga therapy applications in symptom specific areas hospital wide as well as one-on-one scheduled yoga therapy encounters in a mentored environment in the Integrative Medicine Department of the hospital. All mentored yoga therapy clinical encounters and patient documentation are HIPAA compliant. The yoga therapy clinical extern must present findings of their independent study representing a primary focus in the applications of clinical yoga therapy. Beaumont offers programs for RYT-200, RYT-500, and C-IAYT certification.
Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy - accredited 5/16/2018
39 N Main St #5 , Northampton, MA 01062 USA
The 875-Hour Advanced Program is designed to certify you at the highest level, C-IAYT. The program has a blended online/retreat format. Graduates of this program are prepared to work in healthcare, mental health, pain management, injuries, and more. The Foundations Program is included in the Advanced Program along with residential learning weeks and a practicum in your community.
Circle Yoga Shala - accredited 1/15/19
Jasper, Arkansas 72641 USA (across from Low Gap Cafe and beyond a few miles)
ph: 870- 861-5175
The CYS Yoga Therapy program is an 800+ hour program conducted over four years, the last year being solely practicum delivery in your community and mentorship with faculty. Year one meets and exceeds the minimum standards set forth by the Yoga Alliance at the 300 YTT/500 RYT level, so at completion, students can register at the 500 RYT level.
East Coast Yoga - accredited 6/1/2018
3940 W Market St., Greensboro, NC 27407 USA
The practicum is 228 hours. Before the practicum, students must complete 5 modules and demonstrate competency in defined areas. Modules and practicums are offered in Clemmons and Greensboro, NC and alternate locations. The introductory module is held yearly in January in alternating locations. According to the East Coast Yoga website, “Modules will be offered every 4 years and then repeated in the same 4-year pattern.”
Essential Yoga - accredited 7/1/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
4030 356 Dr. S.E., Fall City, WA 98024 USA
Rooted in the Viniyoga tradition of adaptive Yoga Therapy, EYT weaves Yoga philosophy, fascial anatomy, neuroscience, respiratory science, and Ayurveda to create a comprehensive and unique orientation to Yoga Therapy. The program offers over 1,000 hours of training during seven 10-day modules and distance learning.
Functional Synergy Yoga - accredited 3/20/15
305-4625 Varsity Dr. NW #360, Calgary, AB T3A 0Z9 Canada
The Therapeutic Yoga Intensive is a stand alone program and also Level 1 of Susi’s IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapy Program. Level 2 is available to graduates of the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive – it focuses on video reviews of your work with clients so you can continue to grow your ability to see and reduce compensatory patterns, and choose more accurately. In Level 3, you work with Susi. At the end of the program, you will have completed the requirements to become a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.
Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology - accredited 6/6/15
1A Ram Das Guru Place, Espanola, NM 87532 USA
The International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training is comprised of 13 in-person segments and 7 online segments. The training is a fully integrated 1,000-hour program, including clinical supervision, to become a Kundalini Yoga therapist. The first 3 in-person segments focus on shifting from being a Kundalini Yoga teacher to becoming a Kundalini Yoga Therapist. They are primarily yoga focused and take the trainee deep into the consciousness of Kundalini Yoga as therapy. The subsequent in-person segments are focused on assessment and clinical application. They take the trainee deep into clinical practice of Kundalini Yoga as therapy.
Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center - accredited 2/15/19
13602 Kluge Rd., Cypress, TX 77429 USA
ph: 281-256 8461
Houston Yoga & Ayurveda provides a unique combination of Yoga, Ayurveda and the Vedic Sciences for a holistic and complete training in small groups with individual attention. Chief Instructor, Sharon Kapp, is certified for Yoga (YA), Yoga Therapy (IAYT), and Ayurveda (NAMA).
Inner Peace Yoga Therapy - accredited 6/17/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
10 Town Plaza PMB #41,1Durango, CO 81301 USA
The 800-hour Yoga Therapy Certification Program accredited by the IAYT is built on the intention of bringing together leading teachers in yoga and Ayurveda into one cohesive training program. As a modular program, students can work toward their full path of an 800-hour certification over 3-6 years, making the learning path over the course of several flexible. Students entering the Yoga Therapy Certification program must already be Yoga Teachers with at least one year of teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for Yoga Therapy certification (C-IAYT).
Integral Yoga - accredited 3/15/19
108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921 USA
227 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011 USA
770 Dolores St., San Francisco, CA 94114 USA
The Integral Yoga Therapy Certification offers a special path to a career in Yoga Therapy. The program combines the time-honored heritage of a classical Yoga lineage with adapted practices for contemporary times. Through these roots to the classical teachings, Integral Yoga Therapists will receive a well-rounded and deep training that touches the essence of Yoga, and provides skills for modern application.
Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy - accredited 6/1/18
57 Interlaken Rd., Stockbridge, MA 01262 USA
The 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program is a modular training program that prepares students to design and teach therapeutic Yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, theory, process, and application of Yoga therapy using the Integrative Yoga Therapy model, based on the Five Koshas. Modules 1 and 2 provide the essential foundation for integrating the knowledge and skills required to be a Professional Yoga Therapist. Module 3 is a mentored practicum for clinical experience as well as personal and professional growth. Modules 4–8 are advanced courses to further skills in working in complementary settings, integrating Ayurvedic principles, and adapting classical Yoga practices for specific conditions and populations.
Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy RX - accredited 6/30/14; re-accredited 1/15/19
University Hall, Suite 1863, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA
This program is aligned with the Hatha Yoga tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, whose teachings, based on the fundamental principles of the Classical Yoga of Patanjali, promote Yoga as both a spiritual practice and a mode of physical healing approaching each student as a unique individual. Yoga Therapy RX Levels I, II, III, IV, Intro to Ayurveda, Yoga, and Social Ecology
Maryland University of Integrative Health - accredited 11/19/14; re-accredited 10/1/18
7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel, MD 20723 USA
Maryland University of Integrative Health is an accredited graduate school with an academic and clinical focus on health and wellness. MUIH offers one of the nation’s first master’s degrees in Yoga Therapy accredited by the IAYT. The university also offers doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs in nutrition, health and wellness coaching, health promotion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Online, campus, and weekend options available.
Mount Madonna Institute - accredited 5/15/19
445 Summit Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076 USA
ph: 408 846-4095
Mound Madonna Institute is NAMA recognized and IAYT certified and offers programs for: RYT-200; RYT-500; AHC; C-AP; and MA in Ayurveda.
Optimal State of Living - accredited 6/12/18
2231 Old Waterman Canyon Rd., San Bernardino, CA 92404 USA
The 865 Optimal State Yoga Therapy Training Program is accredited by IAYT and caters to distance learning and international students. The focus is on bringing Yoga Therapy to the fields of Mental Health and Women's Health. The path of knowledge is three-fold: 1) Western models of Psychology and biomedical knowledge, 2) Ayurveda, 3) Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science and Research - accredited 3/15/19
Paramanand Campus, Khandwa Rd., Limbodi Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452020 India
Paramanand Institute of Yogic Science and Research’s Yog Chikitsak Program (Diploma in Yoga Therapy) provides 805 hours of holistic training in Yoga Therapy, through a comprehensive curriculum, practical internships and individual mentoring. Graduates will be equipped to practice Yoga Therapy in varied group sizes, ranging from individual sessions to small groups. The approach is integrative, harmonizing body, breath, senses, mind, and consciousness. This framework aims to equip students with a multidimensional approach to develop client-specific therapy programs and tailor therapeutic practice to meet clients’ changing needs. Offers: programs for RYT-200, RYT-500, and C-IAYT.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy - accredited 10/1/14; re-accredited 10/1/2018
Training Locations: Great Barrington, MA | Denver, CO | Charleston, SC | Boston, MA | San Diego, CA | Vancouver, BC | and Tokyo, Japan
Bristol, VT 05443
ph: 800-288-9642 or 802-453-6444 (outside the U.S.)
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a body-mind yoga therapy using embodied mindfulness — refined over 30 years in training over 1,700 yoga therapists. The Phoenix Rising Method underlies the Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Training, and Programs for Mental Health Professionals which provide a comprehensive education in guiding Yoga-based embodied mindfulness experiences that are client-centered and deeply empowering. PRYT offers programs for RYT-200, RYT-500, and C-IAYT.
PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala - accredited 12/19/17
3333 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211 USA
PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala is a school based on Kripalu Yoga. It offers basic, advanced, and Yoga Therapy Trainings plus Ayurveda and Jyotisha education. The 1370-hour Yoga Therapy training aims to deepen your own personal yoga practice and gain the tools to apply Yoga therapeutically in different applications to help people transform. You must have a minimum RYT-500 or equivalent training. An exemption of RYT-500 is considered for graduates of the PranaYoga CYTT program.
Prema Yoga Institute - accredited 4/15/19
203 E. 86th St., New York, NY 10028 USA
Prema Yoga Institute trains yoga therapists, medical professionals, yoga teachers, and other wellness professionals in therapeutic yoga skills they can use in their practices. The evidence-informed, holistic curriculum includes Ayurveda, asana, chikitsa, structural alignment, meditation, pranayama, and more. It offers specialized Practicum opportunities and graduate credits at Saybrook University, a fully accredited University specializing in integrative medicine. CEs for yoga therapists, yoga teachers, nurses, psychologists, and social workers may be available. Prema Yoga offers programs for RYT-500 and 850-hr C-IAYT.
Rasa Yoga School of Yoga and Ayurveda - accredited 12/15/18
17226 Mercury Drive Suite 108, Houston, TX 77058 USA
Rasa Yoga School of Yoga and Ayurveda is a comprehensive school offering general yoga classes, Ayurveda Training, Leadership Development, Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy. RYSYA also offers broadcasting of selected general classes and Master's Path training workshops.
PranaYoga School of Yoga and Holistic Health - accredited 10/30/15
1501 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 USA
PranaYoga School of Yoga and Holistic Health offers holistic yoga therapy training programs that meet C-IAYT requirements.
School of Embodied Yoga Therapy - accredited 6/12/18
539 Besserer St., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6C6 Canada
The program features coursework, therapeutic practice, experiential learning, and clinical instruction. The curriculum is founded on Yoga philosophy and āyurvedic practice, based in scientific research, professional experience, and somatic principles. Using an integrative, holistic and creative approach, students study and work with a wide scope of life experiences including physical injury, complex and chronic pain, trauma, mental health, disease (cancer, diabetes, heart and respiratory illness), birth, dying, and grief through embodied living.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center - accredited 9/11/18
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949 USA
In this 800-hour professional Yoga Therapy program, the student is versed in the therapeutic application of the Five Points and Four Paths of Yoga. Emphasis is placed on understanding the subtler aspects of the causes of disease and stress. Intensive study in Yoga psychology, therapeutic effects of meditation practice, theory of karma and disease, counseling techniques based in the Vedic sciences, Ayurveda psychology, and understanding the root cause of addiction and behaviors are covered in the curriculum.
Soul of Yoga Institute - accredited 10/1/15
627 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024 USA
Offers programs in sound healing, RYT-200, RYT-500, 600-hour Ayurveda, and 805-hour C-IAYT program. The Yoga Therapy program consists of 600 hours of required courses, 155 hours of practicum case studies, and 50 hours of mentoring.
Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy - accredited 6/25/15
952 Bethany Tpke., Honesdale, PA 18431 USA
Training is at The Himalayan Institute. Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy is focused on developing each Yoga Therapist’s skill, insight, and knowledge in addressing the unique patterns of individuals in this sacred relationship. The program is delivered through a series of on-site modules with home study and interactive online work and guidance sessions designed to enable you to work with practically any human condition.
Stress Management Center of Marin - accredited 4/14/15
1165 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939 USA
The program focuses on training Yoga Therapists as members of the healthcare community and as business people prepared to run a clinical practice. An open approach to methods and lineages aims for diverse and practical training. The training, designed for working people, takes place two weekends per month. The teaching style is high in contact hours and mentoring with small classes.
Surya Chandra Healing Yoga Therapy - accredited 8/15/17
331 N Madison Rd., Orange, VA 22960 USA
Grounded in the ancient texts of India, SCHYS programs offer comprehensive and integrated study of the art and science of therapeutic yoga. Taught through the wider perspective of teachings from multiple traditions, the programs focus on the experiential learning process. Surya Chandra offers programs for RYT-200, RYT-500, and C-IAYT.
The Yoga Therapy Institute - accredited 5/31/19
Stroombaan, 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1181VX
ph: 31 0653655805
The program is modular with diplomas for 500-hour and 800-hour Yoga Therapy certifications.
Wisdom-Body Yoga Therapy - accredited 1/15/19
Hagilboa 5 Apt. 11, Raanana, Center 43732 Israel
ph: 58 6000199
The program is based on an integrated approach to healing from mental, physical and spiritual pain. It integrates the physical, spiritual and philosophical principles of Yoga with the therapeutic-educational somatic field of Body Mind Centering ®.
Wisdom Yoga Institute - accredited 1/30/2019
36 Turquoise Loop, Banksia Grove, Western Australia 6031 Australia
ph: 61 0411954851
With training in Perth, Melbourne, and Hong Kong, Wisdom Yoga Therapy offers post-graduate training for Yoga teachers to become Yoga Therapists. The training draws from eclectic lineages and is informed by the latest research in health sciences. It aims to graduate evidence-literate, compassionate, and skilled Yoga Therapists.
Yoga Bharati - accredited 2/27/18
1242 Greenwood Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA
The program offers online classes and study groups in the Bay Area, California, lectures in person and teleconference, self-study, self practice, and completion of assignments and tests at the center. It also offers field practice--therapy classes taught by the students for a project report, and a visit to Prashanti Kutiram (Health Center) of Vyasa (Bangalore, India) for a minimum of 2 weeks. It also requires a project dissertation on various ailments that includes research.
YogaLife Institute - accredited 7/1/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
860 E. Swedesford Road, 2nd Floor, Wayne, PA 19087 USA
The program aims to shift the current cultural healthcare perspective from a passive disease-driven model to a proactive model in which the client is continually engaging in the process of restoring or maintaining health. In this model, the Yoga Therapist works with medical and healing professionals, augmenting the patient care plan with lifestyle interventions, stress management tools, movement, breathing, and other practices.
Yoga Nanda Yoga Therapy - accredited 5/15/16
55 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 USA
Yoga Nanda has 200, 300 and 500 Hour YTT (Yoga Alliance), Yoga Therapy Training, and a full Registered Polarity Practitioner Program (700 hours) as approved by APTA and the International Polarity Education Alliance. Yoga Nanda’s Yoga Therapist 800-hour IAYT-accredited program aims to prepare you for work in Integrative Medicine at hospitals, senior centers, Veteran’s Associations, county and government facilities, and corporate fitness centers with people from all walks of life.
Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute - accredited 6/17/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
4628 Pitt Street, Duluth, MN 55804 USA
The program includes five separate intensives spread over a two year period with extensive mentoring, practicum work, and online distance learning. This certification program begins after completing the Level 1 500-hour program at Yoga North ISYI (or at other qualified Level 1 500-hour program) and maintaining at least one year of Yoga practice and Yoga teaching.
Yoga Therapy International - accredited 6/19/14; re-accredited 7/1/18
319-2556 East Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C. V5K 1Z3 Canada
Certified Yoga Therapist 1000 Hour Diploma Program. Yoga Therapy International (YTI) has been a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance since 2009 and became one of the first Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Programs with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) in 2014. It trains Yoga Therapists to have a deep understanding of the major approaches from the Krishnamacharya lineage of Yoga Therapy – Breath/Meditation/Chanting and Restorative/Alignment-Centered – and to have a broad understanding of the major trends in current Yoga Therapy practice today, including Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga for conditions including scoliosis, chronic pain, cancer, MS, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
Yoga Therapy Toronto - accredited 12/15/18
692 Bloor St.W - 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L4 Canada
The program is based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar with an integration of western psychology and therapy. Over the course of 30+ months, this 1,000+-hour training program will explore the healing wisdom of Yoga from a scientific perspective. There are three intensive training programs:
Level 1 - Yoga Teacher Training;
Level 2 - Yoga Therapist Training; and
Level 3 - Ayurveda Training for Yoga Therapists.
The school also runs a public group classes and ongoing one-on-one yoga therapy. The outreach program is designed to offer free yoga therapy throughout our city provided by our teachers and therapists.
Yoga Vahini - accredited 1/29/16
21/4 Beach Rd., Ramaniyam Smriti Apartments, 1st Floor, Kalakshetra Colony, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090 India
YogaVahini offers training in Yoga Therapy based on the traditional wisdom of Yogis and Ayurvedic Vaidyas for yoga teachers ready to take the next step to personalized yoga and therapy. Training is intensive and experiential that aims for creative and transformative healing and learning.
Yoga Well Institute - accredited 6/1/2018
Yoga Well Institute, Mill Valley, CA 94942 USA
The program provides 1008 hours of training in the therapeutic application of yoga in the tradition of Śri T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. Through its comprehensive curriculum, practical internships and individual mentoring, the training offers grounding in the therapeutic application of yoga and foundational knowledge of the integration of yoga with allopathic medicine.
Yoga Yoga School of Yoga Therapy - accredited 11/16/16
4711 Westside Ave., Dallas, TX 75209 USA
25 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA
300 East Grayson Street Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78215 USA
6 ½ E 1st St., Parkville, MO 64152 USA
Austin, TX 78757 USA
Yoga Yoga has expanded its IAYT-certified Yoga Therapy programs in partnership with local Yoga teaching and healthcare professional communities in major national cities. Yoga Yoga offers comprehensive, convenient training with regional partners at Yoga studios and wellness centers regionally and nationally.
So, that’s it folks! Every year more programs are accredited. And we’ll update this article to reflect the changes.
Have you experienced any of these programs? Comment below and let us and your fellow readers know how you liked it!
*For more information about the International Association of Yoga Therapists, go to iayt.org.