IAYT Yoga Therapy Certification

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Yoga Therapy Certification

My Vinyasa Practice’s Clinical Yoga Therapy Program is designed to bridge the gap between private yoga therapy and integrative medicine. Our program combines our foundations of Yoga Therapy with a practical Clinical Yoga Therapy program to give participants the ability to work seamlessly with healthcare staff and clinical healthcare teams in both professional and academic settings.

The Clinical Yoga Therapy program is 1071 hours over two years and combines foundations in Yoga Therapy courses and advanced training courses. The hours also include unpaid internships in our student online yoga therapy clinic and aid in job placement within the clinical healthcare field.  Students can attend all lectures online synchronously or in some courses via recording.

Our program is housed on the campus of ACC at Highland in our new studio and wellness center in Austin, TX.  My Vinyasa Practice is a donation-based Yoga and Yoga Therapy studio whose mission is to educate the population about the benefits of Yoga and the application of Yoga Therapy. 

Michelle and Kiana are in the MVP studio. Kiana is in a warrior pose, with Michelle assisting her with proper form.


Program Tuition

Applicants are assigned to a cohort based on their application date. Applicants will apply and once their application is approved, their deposit will be collected and their payment plan will be initiated. Applicants have the option to select the standard payment plan or a lite payment plan that reduces the monthly cost while extending the term of payment. 

Payment Plan Options

Payment plan options break tuition payments up over a 24-month period.

Deposit (Due Upon Acceptance):

Payment plan options for the clinical yoga therapy program and clinical yoga therapy bridge program.

Deposits and Tuition are non-refundable. Students have the option to put a higher deposit down for a lower monthly payment or a lower deposit down for a higher monthly payment. Payment plans are initiated on the 1st or 15th of each month.


Enrollment Options

This training prepares you to work as a Certified Clinical Yoga Therapist within a care team of medical professionals. MVP Yoga Therapy School is a Member School with IAYT, and our Clinical Yoga Therapy program is accredited with IAYT.

The first module of our Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification fulfills the requirements to level up your registration with Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour RYT. 


Students enrolling with a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification will enroll in Module 1 and be required to complete Modules 1, 2, and 3, costing $9,324. A $300 deposit is required to register you in the program and will be put toward the total cost.


Students enrolling with a 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification can transfer coursework from their 300-hour training. Students wishing to transfer coursework from a 300-hour training will have their transfer credits assessed against our Module 1 curriculum. Only coursework comparable to MVP’s Module 1 curriculum/coursework will be accepted for transfer credits.  Potential trainees can transfer in up to 300 hours of comparable equivalent coursework and will be enrolled in the Clinical Yoga Therapy Bridge program along with Modules 2 & 3, costing $8,676. A $300 deposit is required to register you in the program and will be put toward the total cost.


Students who are enrolled in or have completed our Applied Yoga: Clinical Application of Hatha Yoga can transfer directly into Module 2 and 3, costing $6,804. A $300 deposit is required to enroll you in the program and will be put toward the total cost.


Training Requierments

Our Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification certifies yoga therapists. Admissions to our program happen four times a year. Applicants looking to register in our Clinical Yoga Therapy program must possess a 200 hour teaching certification or its equivalent, have one year of experience in personal practice, and have one year of teaching experience. All applicants entering into training with a 200 hour certification will complete all of the following coursework. Our Clinical Yoga Therapy Certification is a complement to Western Medicine in clinical settings. 


Yoga Therapy Program Transfer Evaluation Process

At My Vinyasa Practice, we understand the importance of recognizing your prior yoga education. Our Yoga Therapy Director is tasked with the comprehensive evaluation of transfer students to ensure their previous education aligns with the yoga therapy program’s standards and curriculum, ensuring a seamless integration of transfer students into our program. Here’s how we make sure your previous education aligns with our standards and curriculum:

Core Competency Assessment: The director examines the transfer student’s completed coursework to ensure it meets the current program’s core competencies. 

    • For example, if the student has completed a course in anatomy specific to yoga therapy, the director would compare the curriculum covered to their program’s anatomy requirements, ensuring key topics like musculoskeletal structure and the physiological impact of yoga practices are adequately addressed.


Instructor Qualification Evaluation: Our director will also be responsible for evaluating whether or not staff presenting the curriculum coming from a transfer school are qualified to teach on the topic. 

    • This involves confirming instructors’ credentials, including advanced degrees, yoga therapy certifications, and teaching experience.
    • We align these qualifications with the high standards set by our program.

Relevance of Completed Hours: Our director assesses the number of hours the student has completed and determines their relevance to the program’s learning outcomes. 

    • For example, if the student has completed 100 hours in therapeutic yoga instruction, the director would assess how those hours correspond to the program’s clinical practice requirements.


Credit Decisions: Decisions on partial or full credit for transfer students are made based on the alignment of the transfer curriculum with the existing program. 

    • The program may grant full credit for courses that directly match its curriculum in content and hours. 
    • For instance, if a transfer student has completed a 50-hour course in yoga psychology that matches the program’s course in objectives and scope, full credit would be granted. Or Full credit may be granted for courses directly matching our curriculum in content and hours.
    • Partial credit may be considered when there’s a partial match, requiring the student to complete additional coursework to meet the full requirements. Or Partial credit may be considered for partial matches, with additional coursework required.


Integration of Transfer Hours: 

    • Accepted transfer hours are integrated into the existing curriculum in a manner that maintains the integrity and continuity of the program.
    • This might involve allowing transfer hours to replace specific courses or modules or using them as prerequisites for more advanced courses within the program.


Auditing Courses for Reinforcement: Students who transfer into the program will be encouraged to audit courses they may have already been exposed to at a different school to reinforce their understanding of the material and concepts covered. This will be offered to the student at no additional cost. 


At My Vinyasa Practice, we believe in recognizing and honoring your prior yoga education. Our goal is to make your transition into our program as smooth and enriching as possible.


Program Schedule

We conduct Information Sessions about our  Clinical Yoga Therapy program throughout the year. 

Summer 2024 Cohort

Info Session:

May 25th, 2024

10 am – 11 am CST


Applications due: June 21st, 2024

Orientation into the program: July 8th, 2024

See our Events Page to RSVP for the next Info Session


Yoga Therapy Module One

Subtle Bodies | 30 Hours

Take an in-depth look at the subtle bodies that make up the human experience. Learn how the Panchamaya Kosha system integrates with the Nadi system and parallels the meridians. Learn how the physical body is connected to the astral and causal bodies and how physical disease moves from subtle to the gross body.

Adaptive Yoga | 40 Hours

Learn how to adapt yoga to meet the needs of special populations. In this course, you will learn how to create functional sequences and protocols for students who have mobility issues, require seated support, are confined to wheelchairs, need special modifications, are blind, or deaf.


Trauma Informed Yoga | 40 Hours

Our trauma-informed yoga certification is both a required course in module 1 and an independent certification. In the trauma-informed yoga course, students learn the mechanisms of trauma and how trauma is stored in the body. You learn the process of pendulation, titration, and pratipaksha bhavana and how to integrate these tools into asana, pranayama, and meditation. Students who complete the program will leave with the confidence and tools to work with large groups and individuals who have experienced trauma and are looking to heal through yoga.

Ayurveda | 40 Hours

Our Ayurveda course teaches the history and foundations of Ayurveda, giving you appropriate knowledge of the sister science of yoga. Students will understand the tattvas, the tri-doshic system, the disease process, and the mechanisms of healing. This course is intended to provide foundational knowledge for personal and professional purposes.

Yoga Nidra | 40 Hours

Our Yoga Nidra course teaches the history, foundations, and applications of Yoga Nidra. Students will learn the mechanisms of the practice and how it works on the cognitive function of the mind. Students will be able to teach three unique styles of Yoga Nidra and will have the confidence to use this transformative tool with multiple populations.

Yoga Therapy Applications of Pranayama | 60 Hours

In this course, students will learn the mechanisms and effects of pranayama on the physical and energetic body as it relates to mental perception. Students will learn multiple types of pranayama, counterindications, and teaching methods. Students can expect to be comfortable teaching pranayama in various settings.

Yoga Therapy Applications for Anxiety | 40 Hours

In this course, students will learn how to leverage the tools of asana, pranayama, and pratyahara to help clients find comfort and ease in the midst of symptoms of anxiety.

Mentorship | 30 Hours

In this course, you will have the opportunity to work one on one with one of our senior teaching staff to help you develop the skills and confidence to begin working in professional clinical settings. Your mentor will help you find a work environment that will give you clinical experience as well as experience working with people one on one. This course is taught by all staff and is ongoing.


Yoga Therapy Module Two

Yoga For Recovery | 50 Hours

In this course, students learn how to leverage the tools of yoga to help clients who are working through addiction. This course prepares students to work in group settings as well as one on one with clients.

Biology of Yoga | 50 Hours

In this course, students learn the biological mechanisms found in the Nadi system and how to leverage these mechanisms to improve the energetic function of the pranamaya kosha. Students will have a clinical understanding of how medication is processed through the Nadis and how it affects various organ systems in the body.

Psychology of Yoga | 50 Hours

Students will learn the psychological mechanisms of the brainstem, midbrain, and frontal lobe and how they respond chemically and behaviorally to trauma, interpersonal conflict, environmental stress, and grief. Students will learn practical tools to hold space for clients in clinical settings while maintaining professional integrity and scope of work.

Marmas and Mudras | 50 Hours

Students will learn about the nadis in the body and thoroughly understand how the marma points influence them. Students will learn how to incorporate the nadis of the body and the marma points into asana and pranayama practices designed to initiate change in the body.

Sound Healing | 50 Hours

Students will learn how frequency affects the Pancha Maya kosha system and how to use sound devices to influence and retune subtle frequencies in the body. Students will understand how these frequencies relate to the chakra system and how they can be used to foster balance in clients.

Group Yoga Therapy | 50 Hours

In this course, students will learn how to work with groups in clinical settings and alongside psychologists, social workers, and physicians. Students will learn how to complete SOAP notes and how to create the individual protocol.

Yoga Therapy for Memory Loss | 50 Hours

In this training, students will learn how to work with clients experiencing memory loss from traumatic brain injury or dementia and Alzheimers. Students will learn bilateral techniques to help create new neurological pathways designed to strengthen their clients’ physical and cognitive abilities.

Yoga Therapy Interventions | 50 Hours

In this course, students will learn how to use yoga as a therapeutic intervention. Students will learn how to assess their clients, how to create a comprehensive care plan for their clients, and how to monitor progress over time.

Pre and Post Operative Interventions | 50 Hours

Understand and possess knowledge of common pathologies requiring surgical intervention. Understand the mechanisms that manifest the pathologies within the body including general wear and tear on structural components of the body, bone loss and disk degeneration, muscular degeneration, and accidental damage. Understand how to develop practical care plans for individuals preparing for surgery or for those in recovery. Understand the Yoga Therapists scope of work in the physical rehabilitation process. 


Yoga Therapy Module Three

Module 3 | 150 Hours

In Module 3, students have the option to work within our Online Yoga Therapy Clinic which is open to all MVP students across the world, or to be placed in an internship at a healthcare facility that reflects the speciality the yoga therapist-in-training is interested in working within at their place of residence if one is available. 


Apply Now

Are you ready to take the next steps? To submit your application, click Apply Now. If you are a 500 CYT/RYT, you will be asked to upload copies of your certificate. If you are a transfer from another Yoga Therapy Program, you will also be asked to upload your transcripts from training.


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