800 Hour I AM Yoga Therapy™
This is a modular based program which allows you to complete courses for Certification in two or more years. Get started this year by checking out our upcoming modules listed below. As long as you register for I AM Yoga Therapy™ by April 30, 2019, any of the modules you have taken will count retroactively.
What makes I AM Yoga Therapy™ programs unique?
There are many different styles of Yoga Therapy, each of which have different areas of focus. Our 800+ hour I AM Yoga Therapy™ Professional training is designed to help you work at the root of symptoms and not just the visible effects. We approach physical symptoms as not just a purely physical event, but as a result of a constellation of thoughts, feelings, unresolved experiences and holding patterns that interact with compromised areas of the body to create symptoms. Work on symptoms singly and you could be busy for a lifetime. Work at the root, and all the symptoms simultaneously begin to dissolve. This approach to Yoga Therapy allows you to address the TOTAL person and address the entire range of causes from the invisible to the visible.
Our entire program is based around the principles of energy.
Your body is made of densified energy. All blocks whether physical, mental or emotional, are composed of varying degrees of density. If we can understand energy and how to resolve it, we can work at any one of these levels and release blocks that may be keeping the body from healing itself. Blocks can be revealed and released through yoga therapy poses combined with facilitation techniques. A doctor does not heal us, the innate intelligence of our body is what heals us. This training is designed to teach you how to remove the obstacles that are in the way of the body healing itself, whether those obstacles are physical, mental or emotional.
You will be assigned a Mentor to support you throughout your training. Our Mentors consist of teachers from our training and offer an exceptional depth of knowledge, skill and compassion.
Benefits for Youself and Your Clients
This training is not just for those you will be working with. It is for you as well. You cannot give what you don’t have. You will go through all the processes you will be sharing with others. This will allow you to share with others from your own personal experience and conviction, rather than just intellectual knowledge. As a result of this 800+ hour training, your very being will become a healing presence for others. You will learn a lot, but what will really transform is who you have become.
- Improved posture, flexibility and range of motion
- Increased energy, emotional balance and mental clarity
- Transformation of unhealthy thinking patterns and their reflection in the body
- Reduction of chronic pain and tension (results vary)
- Calming and balancing the nervous system
- Techniques to integrate unresolved experiences at the energetic and physical level
- Increase the body’s capacity to heal itself
This 800+ hour training is centered around one core 12-day Yoga Therapy program which acts as the hub of the wheel. In this 12-day core course you will learn foundational Yoga Therapy techniques including assisted poses, prop-assisted poses and facilitation techniques that may be used in both group and one-on-one settings.
In our 800+ hour track you will gain:
•Yoga Therapy poses laid out in a comprehensive manual
•How to lead a group yoga therapy class
•Hands-on supervised review and practice
•Made-for-you sequences and protocols for common conditions
•A strong foundation in energy and physical anatomy basics for yoga therapy
•Profound & unique teachings of yoga psychology including the development of the self-image, the yogic perspective on the developmental journey to Source
•A unique yoga-based model for emotional integration that brings together the best of Eastern and Western approaches
•Understand energy and how to freeing its healing potential
•Understand breath and it’s role in psychological resistance and non-mental/physiological resolution
•Use our unique Yoga Nidra card system to create experiences that rebalance the nervous system, create a resilient brain and protocols to integrate unresolved experiences and trauma
•Understand the basics of Ayurveda and how to use its principles to rebalance our body in such a way that the body can optimally heal itself
•Gain Anatomy, applied anatomy and assessment tools
Together our 10 Modules will give you the tools to be a holistic yoga therapist to help address the entire person who is in front of you. Please visit our Module section to see our suggested order of completion, some prerequisites are required for certain Modules.
Program Completion Requirements: Students must attend all 10 Modules and receive a certificate of completion for each Module. Upon successful completion of the final Practicum, each student will be provided with an official 800-Hour I AM Yoga Therapy™ Professional Training certificate.
Full List of Modules
|Prerequisite||Any 200 hour RYS Yoga Teacher Training*|
|Module 1||I AM Yoga Nidra™ Professional Training|
|Module 2||I AM Yoga Therapy™ Training|
|Module 3||Integral Breath Therapy Training|
|Module 4||I AM Yoga Nidra™ Advanced Training|
|Module 5||I AM Yoga™ Advanced Training: Meditation in Motion|
|Module 6||Anatomy & Physiology, Applied Anatomy, Applied Psychology|
|Module 7||Principles of Ayurveda|
|Module 8||General Assessment|
|Module 9||Putting It All Together|
*If you took a 200-hour yoga training in a tradition other than Amrit Yoga you are required to register for and successfully complete the online course “The Posture of Consciousness Intensive”. Teachers must have one year teaching experience, and one year of personal practice which may occur concurrently.
Our Recommended Order of Completion
Upon registering for this professional training, you will have an opportunity to plan your 2-4-year program with our Program Director. This will help you decide what Modules you will take in what order to fit your goals. We suggest you take Modules 1-5 in that order, then begin the distance learning Modules 6, 7, 8. These distance learning Modules go into more depth of what you will learn in Modules 1-5 in the subjects of Anatomy/Physiology, Psychology, Ayurveda and Assessment. You may take Module 9 only after you have completed Modules 1-5, as this Module provides you an opportunity to review what you learned and skillfully combine all the components of I AM Yoga Therapy™ into an appropriate treatment plan for your clients. Modules 1-5 each have their own practicum portion you will need to complete before taking the next module. The final practicum and exam will be provided to you upon completion of Module 9.
Academic Performance & Program Completion Requirements
Students must attend all 10 Modules and receive a certificate of completion for each Module. Upon successful completion of the final Practicum, each student will be provided with an official 800-Hour I AM Yoga Therapy™ Professional Training certificate.
We grade on a pass/fail scale in accordance with clear criteria. A student is required to pass each Module’s requirements and receive a certificate of completion before participating in the next Module. The teacher of each Module and/or mentor will grade all assignments and provide the pass/fail grade. If a student receives a failing grade they will be provided supervision on the relevant material and then be given one more opportunity to pass. If they do not pass a second time they may be asked to retake that particular Module again at their own cost of half the advertised price of the Module.
Our Code of Conduct, including detailed Program Policies, will be distributed to each student upon registration for this course.
Grading and Academic Performance
We grade on a pass/fail scale in accordance with clear criteria. A student is required to pass each Modules requirements and receive a certificate of completion before participating in the next Module. The teacher of each Module and/or mentor will grade all assignments and provide the pass/fail grade. If a student receives a failing grade they will be provided supervision on the relevant material and then be given one more opportunity to pass. If they do not pass a second time they may be asked to retake that particular Module again at their own cost of half the advertised price of the Module.
Leave of Absence or Extension of Completion Request
A student may submit a formal Leave of Absence request or a request for additional time to complete the Yoga Therapy program, to the Director of the Yoga Therapy Program. Each request will be reviewed, Leave of Absence or Extension will be accepted or rejected on a case by case basis. If a student does not complete the Yoga Therapy program within a four-year (4-year) time frame and does not formally request an extension, their enrollment in the Yoga Therapy program will be cancelled without refund.
Our program allows transfer credits for the following curriculum: Anatomy and Physiology
The course must be taken with a creditable school and apply to IAYT competency 2.1.1* with a minimum of 31 hours studying the following topics: Organization of the body, the skeletal system, the muscular system, hematology, blood vascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, urinary system, endocrine system, female/male reproductive system, integumentary system.
*Competency 2.1.1 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.
1. Fill out the application available on our website*
2. Application is reviewed by our Program Director
3. You will receive notice of approval or rejection within 30 days of submission of your application
You will be excused from completing 31-hours of Module 6: Anatomy and Physiology which relates directly to competency 2.1.1 as defined above. You will be required to complete all other portions of Module 6 including Applied Anatomy and Physiology and Basic Psychological Principals for Yoga Professionals.
*As part of the application process you must turn in a written report which includes a summary of each system of the body including but not limited to: location, structure, function and relationships. This report will be assessed on accuracy and clarity.
Admissions & Registration
- Applicant must present a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate
- If applicant took their 200-hour yoga training in a tradition other than Amrit Yoga they are required to register for and successfully complete the online course “The Posture of Consciousness Intensive”
- Applicant must have a minimum of one-year teaching experience
- Applicant must have a minimum of one-year of personal practice
- Fill out the application and our Program Director will be in touch
If you have already taken programs that are included in the 800-Hour training you must enroll in the 800 Hour I AM Yoga Therapy™ Professional Training prior to the Amrit Yoga Institute being Accredited by International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). The tuitions you may have already paid for programs you have taken will not be discounted retroactively, regardless of pricing published in 800HR I AM Yoga Therapy™ promotions or advertising. We do not anticipate being Accredited by IAYT before April 30, 2019. If you enroll after we are Accredited by IAYT you will have to re-take any Modules that you have already taken as part of this program. This can be done at 50% off the program price for each program that you would need to re-take.
Enrollment in the 800HR curriculum grants a 10% discount code applicable to all of the following programs.
Programs are listed in chronological order.
with John Vosler
with John Vosler
with John Vosler and Hasu Marney Coulter
Enrollment in the 800-HR curriculum grants a 10% discount code to all of the above programs.
Reading Materials and Additional Resources
Literature Provided Physically or Electronically
Module 1: I AM Yoga Nidra™ Immersion and Certification Manual & 1 set of cards
Module 2: I AM Yoga Therapy™ Manual
Module 3: Integral Breath Therapy Immersion and Supervision Manual
Module 4: I AM Yoga Nidra™ Advanced Manual & 1 set of cards
Module 5: I AM Yoga® Advanced Meditation in Motion Immersion and Certification Manual & 1 set of cards
Module 6: Applied Anatomy Manual
Module 7: Principles of Ayurveda Power Points
Module 8: General Assessment Manual
Module 9: Yoga Therapy by Swami Kripalvananda
Books Required to Purchase
Module 1: Yoga Nidra
- Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep by Kamini Desai
Module 2: Yoga Therapy
- Bodymind by Ken Dychtwald
- Focusing by Eugene Gendlin
- Kripalu’s Self Health Guide by Amrit Desai
- Phoenix Rising Yoga Theapy by Michal Lee
Module 6: Applied Psychology
- The Wisdom of the Enneagram by D.R. Russo and R. Hudson
Module 7: Ayurveda Principles
- Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
Module 2: Yoga Therapy
- Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness by A.G and Indra Mohan
- Yoga Based Intervention for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome A Randomized Trial by Marian S. Garfinkel, Atul Singhal, Warren Katz, David Allan, Rosemary Reshetar, Ralph Schumacher downloaded from jama.com
- A pilot study of a yoga meditation protocol for patients with medically refractory epilepsy by Rajesh Jayachandran, Mohandas Radhakrishnan
Module 4: Advanced Yoga Nidra
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada’s Karika and Shankara’s Commentary
- The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad by Sankaracarya and Madhavananda
Module 5: I AM Yoga® Advanced: Meditation in Motion
- The Science of Meditation by Swami Kripalvanand available for download at http://www.naturalmeditation.net/Design/science_meditation.html
- Jnaneshwar’s Gita translated by Swami Kripananda
Module 6: Anatomy and Physiology
- Anatomy Coloring Workbook, 4th Edition: An Easier and Better Way to Learn Anatomy; Princeton Review and Edward Alcamo
Suggested Props to Purchase
- Yoga Mat
- Yoga Blocks
We are currently a proud member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
As such, completion of this training qualifies you to be a registered member of the IAYT and to call yourself an I AM Yoga Therapist.
It also means hours you accumulate with our training can be transferred to other IAYT 800-hour programs at the discretion of the school you are transferring to.
We have applied for accreditation by the IAYT and are currently being evaluated.
The Amrit Yoga Institute itself is in process of seeking approximately 800 hours of accreditation with IAYT. If granted, accreditation will allow you to call yourself an IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist in addition to being an I AM Yoga Therapist. We hope to receive accreditation by the end of 2019. If AYI is accredited, any hours you have already completed will count towards this IAYT designation if you have registered for our Yoga Therapy training prior to accreditation and have not graduated our program.
We strongly recommend a maximum of 4 years for completion. Extensions may be considered on a case by case basis.