Foundations of Yoga Therapy / Advanced Teacher Training

Be The Change is the only studio in Orange County offering a 300 hour Teacher Training Program that focuses on adapting yogic practices for specific populations and students with specific health conditions. This program is for Yoga Teachers who have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training who seek to advance their knowledge in Yogic Studies and understand the totality of yogic practices as a healing modality. Upon completing this 300 hour training, graduates can will receive the certification RYT500; which can be registered with Yoga Alliance. This 300 hour training also comprises Level 1 of our 800 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program; which consists of 500 additional hours on top of the 300 hour certification. Program graduates can apply these hours and tuition toward their Yoga Therapist Certification.

The yoga therapy component within our 300hr Teacher Training Program courses, classes, instructions, and materials is derived from the Educational Standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and is not derived from any status granted by the Yoga Alliance Registry.

Program Structure

This 300 hour training is registered with Yoga Alliance and is made up of 18 full (15-hour) weekends, taken over a 13 month period. Our program consists of four courses: Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills, Philosophical Foundations of Yoga Therapy, Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Physical Body and Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Subtle Bodies. To receive the RYT500 Certification participants must complete all the necessary hours within a 2-year period, as well as all required assignments.

RYT500 Certification: Please fill out an application between October – February (click here for the application). If admitted into the program, trainee must be enrolled in auto-pay program and take all courses in sequential order.

Becoming a Yoga Therapist: Together, the courses in our 300hr program comprise Foundations of Yoga Therapy; which is Level 1 of our Yoga Therapist Training Program. Upon successful completion of all Level 1 / 300hr Courses, trainee be eligible to apply for enrollment in Levels 2 and 3 of our Yoga Therapist Training; which consists of an additional 26-month 550 hour program that starts every March.

Course 1: Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills

This course provides the foundational principles for building a therapeutic relationship. Trainees will be introduced to the principles to work with clients one-on-one; which include primary yoga therapy assessment models to identify imbalance, as well as the skillful application of tools to assist their clients in achieving their goals and moving towards optimal health.

Subjects within this course include:

  • Yoga Therapy Foundations, Practice and Public Health
  • Basic Principles of a Therapeutic Relationship
  • Proprioception and Ethical Use of Touch
  • Application of Basic Principles of a Therapeutic Relationship

Course 2: Philosophical Foundations for Yoga Therapy

Yoga is a linage-based system. These teachings have been passed down for thousands of years from teacher to student. As Yoga and Yoga Therapy continue to evolve well into the 21st Century, it is of paramount importance to understand and maintain the essence of Yoga. In order to do this, we must study the source text of Yoga; which is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Our trainees will gain correct knowledge of the systems of Yoga, Sankhya and Ayurveda as comprehensive and complimentary paths of personal transformation. This course outlines the myriad of tools and correct application of tools, available in our Yoga Therapy tool belt, as well as the methodology to positively change mind, body, relationships and every aspect of life.

Subjects within this course include:

  • Yoga Sutras Tools for Yoga Therapy
  • Ayurveda Framework for Health and Disease
  • Bhagavad Gita Themes for Yoga Therapy

Course 3: Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Physical Body

This course addresses musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, investigating kinesiology and biomechanics. Students will look at normal and dysfunctional movement, common imbalances in the body, how to analyze and assess these common imbalances that contribute to structural misalignment and potential injury and pain. Students will become practiced in postural analysis, structural assessment, and gait analysis. Students will become familiar with alignment and muscle function, as well as how to design and apply yoga practices to promote healthy structure and function.

Subjects within this course include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Therapy
  • Biomechanics and Movement for Yoga Therapy
  • Principles and Skills of Teaching Methodology
  • Foundations of Asana for Yoga Therapy
  • Tools and Techniques for Teaching Students with Injuries
  • Common Pathologies of the Human Systems

Course 4: Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Subtle Bodies

This course provides Yoga perspectives on the structure, state, functioning and conditions of the mind, as well as Western scientific perspectives on the mind with a specific emphasis on positive psychology and neuroplasticity. Trainees will gain knowledge of the interactions of the body, breath, mind, intellect and emotions in health and wellbeing.  In addition, trainees will learn to assess imbalance in the subtle bodies (pranamaya, manomaya and vijnanamaya layers), as well as how to skillfully apply specific Yoga tools to improve mental / emotional / energetic health and relationships.

Subjects within this course include:

  • Mental Health and Mind Body Science for Yoga Therapy
  • Principles of Pranayama for Yoga Therapy
  • Foundations of Meditation for Yoga Therapy
  • Mantras, Guided Meditation and Mudras for Yoga Therapy
  • Developing a Trauma Informed Lens for Yoga Therapy
  • Psychology of Healthy Relationships

We Offer a Monthly Auto Pay Program for our 300hr Training

$600 Registration Fee |  $315 per month for 13 months | starts in February

 

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To apply for the 300-hour training, please complete the application form between October and February and then fill out the contact form to confirm. Once accepted into the program, please pay the $600 registration fee to confirm your place in the program.

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How do I Start?
For trainees pursuing an RYT500 Certification; start by filling out an application between October – March (click here for the application). After completing the application, please email Katie@bethechangeyoga.com to confirm that we have received your application. We will schedule a phone call or meeting to determine if the applicant and the program are the right fit. If admitted into the program, trainee will begin all courses in February.
How does this fit in with the Yoga Therapist Training?

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The four courses listed above comprise Level 1 of our Yoga Therapist training. Upon successful completion of all Level 1 / 300hr Courses, trainee be eligible to apply for enrollment in Levels 2 and 3 of our Yoga Therapist Training; which consists of an additional 26-month 550 hour program that starts every March. Trainees cannot take Levels 1 and 2 simultaneously.

Tuition

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Auto-Pay Program:

  • $600 Registration Fee
  • $315 per month for 13 months

 

 


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Refund Policy

Our auto-pay program includes a one-time $600 registration fee and a $315 per month commitment for 13 months totaling $4695.
Trainees will receive a full refund if they withdraw from the training at least 3 days before the initial start date of the training by notifying Be The Change Yoga in writing. If trainee chooses to withdraw from the training, he  / she can cancel the monthly auto-pay program.
If trainee continues enrollment in the auto-pay program but is unable to attend courses, he / she can apply the funds towards a future classes and complete the coursework at a later date. The 300hr Yoga Teacher Training program must be completed within a 2-year period.
Refund Policy

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Refund Policy: Auto-Pay

Our auto-pay program includes a one-time $500 registration fee and a $285 per month commitment for 13 months totaling $4205.
Trainees will receive a full refund if they withdraw from the training at least 3 days before the initial start date of the training by notifying Be The Change Yoga in writing. If trainee chooses to withdraw from the training, he  / she can cancel the monthly auto-pay program.
If trainee continues enrollment in the auto-pay program but is unable to attend courses, he / she can apply the funds towards a future classes and complete the coursework at a later date. The 300hr Yoga Teacher Training program must be completed within a 3-year period.

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Refund Policy: One Course at a Time

Trainees will receive a full refund if they withdraw from the course or weekend intensive at least 3 days before the scheduled event by notifying Be The Change Yoga in writing. We will not offer refunds for any cancellations made within 3 days of the scheduled course because the number of pre-registered participants determines our ability to run each course. If a student misses a weekend intensive due to an illness, we can apply the funds toward a future weekend intensive. There are no refunds for any courses or workshops once the classes have commenced.
What if I want to join mid-year?

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If you’re just finding out about the program between March – September and seek to enroll in the 300hr program, please contact our Teacher Training Advisor, Alexandra Boggio – Alex@bethechangeyoga.com.

If you do not wish to complete all courses for the RYT500 certification, there are individual courses you can take throughout the year. Please visit the Independent Studies page for more information.

Who do I contact for more information?

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Please reach out to Alexandra Boggio who is our Yoga Teacher Training advisor. She will be happy to answer any questions. You can reach her: Alex@bethechangeyoga.com

If you are interested in expanding your education with us, we recommend you practicing at the studio to get a feel for our methodology and culture. Please take Allison’s and Katie’s classes and make a point to introduce yourself after the class.

How do I apply?

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Please click here to access our on-line application

After submitting your application, you will be contacted in 1-2 business days or please reach out to Katie@bethechangeyoga.com directly to confirm receipt of your application.