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The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is a professional organization for yoga therapy practitioners, educators, and practitioners from other healthcare fields with whom yoga therapists work in partnership. As an IAYT-accredited program, students who successfully complete the required coursework (outlined below) are eligible to apply for IAYT Certification (C-IAYT). Post-program requirements for this certification, such as a certifying examination, are solely determined by IAYT and listed on their Web site. Be sure to thoroughly review their information. Questions can be directed to Instructor Felicia Tomasko, academic advisor, at Felicia.Tomasko@lmu.edu.

Required Coursework

The Yoga Therapy Program was revised to comply with the new 2017 IAYT Educational Standards, which went into effect on January 1, 2018. The revised program began with the Fall 2018 Extension Term. Students must complete the four core courses in Yoga Therapy, five courses in Yoga Philosophy, and the Yoga Therapy Practicum.  The program offers a 3-year and 4-year pathway to completion.

Exceptions. Requirements may differ from the below for those students who began the program before January 1, 2018, as well as Graduate (M.A.) Students working towards C-IAYT.

  • Year 1

    Fall - Summer

    • Yoga Therapy Rx I
    • Yoga Therapy Rx II

    Fall

    • Bhagavad Gita
    • Upanishads

    Spring

    • Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
    • Samkhya Karika

    Year 2

    Fall - Summer

    • Yoga Therapy Rx III

    Fall

    • Ayurveda Self Care I

    Spring

    • Yoga Therapy Practicum Preparation

    Year 3

    Summer - Spring

    • Yoga Therapy Practicum Delivery
  • Year 1

    Fall - Summer

    • Yoga Therapy Rx I

    Fall

    • Bhagavad Gita
    • Upanishads

    Spring

    • Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
    • Samkhya Karika

    Year 2

    Fall - Summer

    • Yoga Therapy Rx II

    Fall

    • Ayurveda Self Care I

    Year 3

    Fall - Summer

    • Yoga Therapy Rx III

    Spring

    • Yoga Therapy Practicum Preparation

    Year 4

    Summer - Spring

    • Yoga Therapy Practicum Delivery
  • YRTX 811
    Yoga Therapy Rx I
    13.5 Semester Hours

    Yoga Therapy is a marriage between Yoga and complementary medicine. It is designed to train Yoga teachers to be Yoga therapists and apply classical applications of Yoga in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions. This basic course will focus on the musculoskeletal system. We will address principles of practice, anatomy for yoga teachers, and the origin and treatment of common low back, upper back, knee, and hip problems. The course also will cover communication tools for working with doctors, including reading reports and understanding medical terminology and clinical notes such as S.O.A.P. notes.

    YRTX 821
    Yoga Therapy Rx II
    13.0 Semester Hours

    Yoga Therapy is a marriage between Yoga and complementary medicine. It is designed to train Yoga teachers to be Yoga therapists and apply classical applications of Yoga in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions. The advanced course will address the origin and treatment of the internal systems of the body, focusing on the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems. The course will also cover communication tools for working with doctors including reading reports and understanding medical terminology and clinical notes such as S.O.A.P. notes.

    YRTX 830
    Yoga Therapy Rx III
    13.0 Semester Hours

    Yoga Therapy is a marriage between Yoga and integrative medicine. It is designed to train Yoga teachers to be Yoga therapists and apply classical applications of Yoga in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions. Following the basic and advanced core courses, this clinical introduction course provides a practicum preparation experience in a clinical setting, taught seminar style with live and standardized patients, and complete interaction with all students.

    YGPX 813
    Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
    2.0 Semester Hours

    The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is perhaps the seminal work on the meaning and purpose of Yoga, exploring movements, breathing, meditation and liberation. In this line-by-line study we will explore and chant the Sanskrit text in the original and in translation.

    YGPX 817
    Samkhya Karika
    1.0 Semester Hours

    The Samkhya Karika by Ishvarakrishna is the root text of the Samkhya system, which is regarded as one of the six darshanas or foundational perspectives of orthodox Hindu thought. Consisting of only seventy-five aphorisms, the Samkhya Karika outlines a basic metaphysical perspective that informs some of the core teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, and the traditions of hatha yoga, tantra, and Kashmir Shaivism. In this five-week course, we will thoroughly examine the concepts of purusha and prakriti, the three gunas, and the other twenty tattvas or metaphysical principles outlined by the system. Students will gain an enhanced understanding of the concept of moksha or spiritual liberation as understood in the Indic contemplative traditions.

    YGPX 819
    Bhagavad Gita
    1.0 Semester Hours

    The Bhagavad Gita encapsulates the primary features of Yoga practice. It narrates the story of a confused warrior seeking counsel from his charioteer (Lord Krishna) who illuminates the nature of various Yoga practices. Learn key Sanskrit verses, read through and discuss the entire text, and explore the meaning of such topics as the three gunas (core constituents of reality) and visionary consciousness.

    YGPX 818
    Upanishads
    1.0 Semester Hours

    The Upanishads constitute the philosophical insights of the early sages of India and also document some of the earliest practices of Yoga. Study the key ideas of the Upanishads, including non-dualism, the identity between Self (Atman) and Supreme Consciousness (Brahman), and the ineffability of the absolute.

    YGPX 894
    Ayurveda Self Care I
    5.0 Semester Hours

    Ayurveda, considered one of the world’s first comprehensive medical sciences, offers a developed and comprehensive philosophical construct that defines the fundamental energetic nature of humans, and our interaction with our environment. In this course, students will be introduced to Ayurveda with an overview of its science, practice, and integration in everyday approaches to wellness.

    YRTX 845
    Yoga Therapy Practicum Preparation
    10.0 Semester Hours

    In preparation of independent practicum delivery, this course will provide a rigorous examination of scope of practice, the yoga therapy profession, ethics and best practices with clients, especially those with mental and emotional health concerns. In this course, students will demonstrate their mastery of professional competencies in yoga therapy.

    YRTX 846
    Yoga Therapy Practicum Delivery
    4.0 Semester Hours

    As a capstone of their didactic studies in the Yoga Therapy Program, students will complete individual hours of practicum delivery. In the practicum, students will provide yoga therapy delivery to assigned clients individually, then moving into a group setting. Students will be required to properly document their delivery, and meet with assigned mentors outside of delivery. Students will be assessed by their documentation portfolio, mid-term and year-end self-assessments, as well as final reviews by mentors and clients.

Program Costs

A 3-4 year professional program can be a significant investment. To better anticipate the costs of this training, estimated tuition costs are outlined below. Tuition is per-course, not term or semester. The costs below are estimates only, based on current rates.  Tuition is subject to change, and may change due to program adjustments, inflation, etc. Prospective students should also consider book and material costs, which may vary course to course (it is safe to estimate a cost range of $500-$750 for books and materials throughout the life of the program).

CourseEst. Tuition*
Yoga Therapy Rx I $3,780
Bhagavad Gita $208
Upanishads $208
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali $416
Samkhya Karika $208
Yoga Therapy Rx II $3,640
Ayurveda Self Care I $1,040
Yoga Therapy Rx III $3,640
Yoga Therapy Practicum Preparation $2,820
Yoga Therapy Practicum Delivery $2,820
Est. Total $18,780

*Based on 2020-2021 academic year tuition rates. Again, these rates are subject to change.