Orange County's First Yoga Therapist Training!

Orange County’s first Professional Yoga Therapy Training Program. An 850-hour certification program designed to train Yoga Teachers to work with clients with specific health conditions and intelligently offer Yogic practices to move their clients towards optimal physical, mental, emotional, energetic health. This program is part of Be The Change Yoga’s Advanced Yogic Studies Department. We offer Level 1 of our training on a yearly basis.

Program Overview

 

Level 1 Training begins
March 2017

 

 

Level 2 Training begins
March 2018

 

 

Level 3 Training begins
March 2019

 

Our Professional Yoga Therapist Training Program is designed to train Yoga teachers to skillfully work with clients one-on-one with specific health conditions. They will gain the knowledge to assess their clients with standardized assessment models and develop customized treatment plans to support their clients in achieving their personal goals and improving overall wellbeing. Yoga Therapists who graduate from our program will gain the skills to develop a professional practice and work in various health care settings such as clinics, treatment centers, rehabilitation facilities or wellness centers. Our aim is to train yoga therapists to work alongside doctors, social workers, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other healthcare providers; building confidence to work with clients of all backgrounds and health conditions. A Yoga Therapist receives the highest level of credentialing in the field of Yoga.

Our 850-hour Yoga Therapist Training Program is divided into 3 levels over a 3 year period.

  • Level 1.1 February of Year 1 – August of Year 1: Foundational Courses for Therapeutic Principles
  • Level 1.2 August of Year 1 – February of Year 2: Foundational Courses for Mental / Emotional Health

Together Level 1 courses comprise a 300 hour training registered with Yoga Alliance

  • Level 2.1 March of Year 2 – September of Year 2: Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments
  • Level 2.2 October of Year 2 – February of Year 3: Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body
  • Level 3.1 March of Year 3 – August of Year 3: Yoga Therapy for the Mental / Emotional Body
  • Level 3.2 September of Year 3 – February of Year 4: Integrative Medicine and Special Populations

Levels 1-3 Explained

Level 1 Training

Level 1 provides the foundation to our yoga therapist training. It consists of a well-rounded variety of courses to provide a therapeutic lens in working with private clients or teaching group classes. Trainees will gain the philosophical foundation and broad strokes yoga therapy tools to work with clients with specific health conditions, as well as learn how to personally apply these practices into their lives with a one-on-one mentorship program. In addition, trainees will gain a public health perspective to design, implement and evaluate yoga therapy intervention programs for specific patient groups.

Courses include:

  • Yoga Philosophy, Practice and Public Health
  • Yoga Sutras Course
  • Sequencing Course
  • Positive Psychology
  • Fundamentals: Asana
  • Fundamentals: Pranayama
  • Fundamentals: Meditation
  • Weekend Intensives
  • Mentorship

Courses begin: March 2017

Tuition: $500 registration fee and $285 per month auto-pay for 13 months

Prerequisite: Completion of a 200-hour Yoga teacher training

Schedule: visit 300hr website

Certification: Together these courses comprise a 300-hour yoga training course and graduates can register with Yoga Alliance for the RYT 500 designation.

Level 2 Training

Level 2 Module 1

In this module, trainees will learn to work effectively with clients with specific musculoskeletal issues such as: herniated discs, sciatica, strained low back muscles, spinal stenosis, arthritis, as well as hip, shoulder and general joint issues.

Trainees will gain a thorough understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics. They will be able to assess musculoskeletal ailments, chart progress using SOAP notes, read and interpret doctors reports and create customized practices for specific conditions.

Level 2 Module 2

This module focuses on the energetic body; which includes anatomy of the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. It includes common ailments of each system and strategies for therapeutic treatment. In addition, this module includes assessment tools and practices for autoimmune conditions, neurological disorders, cancer care and chronic pain.

Courses include:

  • Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments
  • Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body

Courses begin: March 2018

Tuition: $600 registration fee and $325 per month auto-pay for 12 months

Prerequisite: Completion of our Level 1 / 300-hr training or a Yoga Alliance or IAYT approved 300-hr training that directly relates to yoga therapy core competencies – must schedule a meeting with our Program Advisor, Alex@bethechangeyoga.com

Schedule: 

Level 2 Module 1 (Months 1-7)

  • MONTH 1: MARCH 2-4th, 2018
  • Mentorship: March 12th, 2018
  • MONTH 2: APRIL 6-8th, 2018
  • Mentorship: April 16th, 2018
  • MONTH 3 MAY 4-6th, 2018
  • Mentorship: May 21st, 2018
  • MONTH 4 JUNE 1-3rd, 2018
  • Mentorship: June 11th, 2018
  • MONTH 5 JULY 13-15th, 2018
  • Mentorship: July 23rd, 2018
  • MONTH 6 AUGUST 3-5th, 2018
  • Mentorship: August 13th, 2018
  • MONTH 7 SEPTEMBER 14-16th, 2018
  • Mentorship: September 24th, 2018

Level 2 Module 2 (Months 8-13)

  • MONTH 8 OCTOBER 5-7th, 2018
  • Mentorship: October 15th, 2018
  • MONTH 9 NOVEMBER 2-4th, 2018
  • Mentorship: November 12th, 2018
  • MONTH 10 NOVEMBER 30th – DECEMBER 1-2nd, 2018
  • Mentorship: December 3rd, 2018
  • MONTH 11 JANUARY 11-13th, 2019
  • Mentorship: January 21st, 2019
  • MONTH 12 FEBRUARY 1-3rd, 2019
  • Mentorship: February 11th, 2019
  • MARCH 13 8-10th, 2019
  • Mentorship: March 4th, 2019
Level 3 Training

Level 3 Module 1

This module focuses on the mental / emotional body, evaluating and understanding the multi-dimensional nature of the human mind. Course content will explore the underlying, correlating factors and side effects of conditions such as depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma, as well as how to assess and treat such conditions with yogic practices. Module 3 also begins the Integrative Medicine component of the training, bringing in experts from the eld of chiropractic, midwifery, fertility and allopathic medicine.

Level 3 Module 2

This module focuses on working with specific populations, including: adolescents, clients with disabilities, geriatric clients, active seniors, family members and caregivers as well as clients receiving hospice care. In addition, this module includes a 6-week Yoga Therapy + Lifestyle Medicine course to prevent and treat chronic diseases, which participants can implement in hospitals or wellness centers. The final component of this module focuses on the many aspects of becoming a health and wellness coach, as well as how to build a thriving yoga therapy business.

Courses include:

  • Yoga Therapy and the Mind
  • Integrative Medicine and Specific Populations

Courses begin: April 2019

Tuition: $325 per month auto-pay for 12 months

Prerequisite: Completion of our Level 2 Program

Schedule: 

Level 3 Module 2 (Months 14-19)

    • MONTH 14 APRIL 12-14th, 2019
    • Mentorship: April 8th, 2019
    • MONTH 15 MAY 17-19th, 2019
    • Mentorship: May 20th, 2019
    • MONTH 16 JUNE 21-23rd, 2019
    • Mentorship: June 10th, 2019
    • MONTH 17 JULY 19-21st, 2019
    • Mentorship: July 15th, 2019
    • MONTH 18 AUGUST 9-11th, 2019
    • Mentorship: August 5th, 2019
    • MONTH 19 SEPTEMBER 20-22nd, 2019
    • Mentorship: September 16th, 2019

Level 3 Module 2  (Months 20-24)

    • MONTH 20 OCTOBER 11-13th, 2019
    • Mentorship: October 7th, 2019
    • MONTH 21 NOVEMBER 8-10th, 2019
    • Mentorship: November 4th, 2019
    • MONTH 22 DECEMBER 13-15th, 2019
    • Mentorship: December 9th, 2019
    • MONTH 23 JANUARY 17-19th, 2020
    • Mentorship: January 13th, 2020
    • MONTH 24 FEBRUARY 7-9th, 2020
    • Mentorship: February 3rd, 2020

 

"Yoga Therapy is a philosophy, art, and science of adapting classical Yoga techniques to contemporary situations to support people with physical, mental, and emotional ailments." – Dr. Eden Goldman

How does Yoga Therapy work?

Yoga therapists utilize tools such as physical postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), visualization practices (bhavana), as well as diet, lifestyle, relationship and self-care practices, creating customized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of the student.

Yoga therapy views each person as a multi-dimensional human being, where ones current health status is a combination of interacting physical, mental, emotional, energetic, lifestyle and relationship factors. Thus yoga therapists are skilled in assessing and treating imbalances on all of these levels.

Our yoga therapist training program is divided into 3 levels over a 3 year period.

Level 1 Courses

Trainees will start with the Level 1 Courses; which comprise the foundation of the Yoga Therapist Training. These are individual courses with varying schedules. Some of them meet once a month like the Yoga + Public Health, Sequencing, Positive Psychology and Mentorship modules; while others utilize an intensive weekend format such as the Weekend Intensives and Fundamental Courses. Yoga therapist trainees must enroll in Level 1 Courses during their first year and if trainee has demonstrated mastery of the material, he / she will be eligible for enrollment in Levels 2 and 3; which consists of a 24-month 500 hour program that starts every March. Together all the Level 1 courses are the equivalent of an RYT 500 (another 300 hours on top of a 200 hour certification).

 

Level 2 Courses

Level 2 begins every year in March and includes the next 12 months of yoga therapy courses; which focus on the musculoskeletal body and energetic body. These courses meet one full weekend per month, as well as one Monday night per month. Trainees must have started all the Level 1 courses and demonstrated competencies in the material to be considered for advancement into Level 2 of the training. We recommend that interested trainees schedule a meeting with our program advisor Alexandra Boggio to assess readiness to matriculate into the next level of training. Please contact Alex@bethechangeyoga.com.

Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments

Musculoskeletal Ailments: Months 1-7

In this module, program participants will learn to work effectively with clients with specific musculoskeletal issues such as: herniated discs, sciatica, strained low back muscles, spinal stenosis, arthritis as well as hip, shoulder and general joint issues.

Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body

Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body: Months 8-13

This module focuses on the energetic body; which includes anatomy of the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. It includes common ailments of each system and strategies for therapeutic treatment. In addition, this module includes assessment tools and practices for autoimmune conditions, neurological disorders, cancer care and chronic pain.

Level 3 Courses

Level 3 is a natural extension of Level 2 and commences with Month 14 of the Level 2 module. These courses focus on the mental / emotional bodies, integrative medicine and working with special populations. These courses meet one full weekend per month, as well as one Monday night per month. Trainees must have completed their coursework from Level 2 and passed their midterm to advance to Level 3. Trainees begin the Practicum portion during Levels 2/3 of the training.

Yoga Therapy for the Mental / Emotional Body

Yoga Therapy for the Mental / Emotional Body: Months 14-19

This module focuses on the mental / emotional body, evaluating and understanding the multi-dimensional nature of the human mind. Course content will explore the underlying, correlating factors and side effects of conditions such as depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma, as well as how to assess and treat such conditions with yogic practices. This module includes 6-week group yoga therapy programs to be implemented within universities and treatment centers. Module 3 also begins the Integrative Medicine component of the training, bringing in experts from the field of chiropractic, midwifery, fertility and allopathic medicine. These experts will discuss their unique perspectives on health and healing, as well as identify opportunities to build collaborative relationships with yoga therapists.

 

Integrative Medicine and Special Populations

Integrative Medicine and Special Populations: Months 20-24

Module 4 of this training focuses on working with specific populations, including: adolescents, clients with disabilities, geriatric clients, active seniors, family members and caregivers as well as clients receiving hospice care. In addition, this module includes a 6-week Yoga Therapy + Lifestyle Medicine course to prevent and treat chronic diseases, which participants can implement in hospitals or wellness centers.

With regards to Integrative Medicine, this module provides specific training to build collaborative relationships with social workers and allopathic doctors. The final component of this module focuses on the many aspects of becoming a health and wellness coach, as well as how to build a thriving yoga therapy business.

 

Level 2/3 Course Structure

Weekend Intensives

Levels 2/3 of the training meets one weekend per month for 24 months.  Friday 6:00-9:15pm, Saturday 12:30-6:30pm and Sunday 12:00-5:45pm. These classes are Yoga Therapy Weekend Intensives

Small Group Mentorship

Levels 2/3 of the training also include one Monday night per month from 7:00-9:00pm for Small Group Mentorship meetings. Trainees will review and clarify course material and go over case studies.  There are a total of 24 meetings.

Practicum

Trainees are required to complete 173 hours of practicum. These hours will consist mostly of one-on-one sessions but also include a 6-week small group yoga therapy program for students with a specific health condition.

“Yoga therapists are poised to become the essential standard of care for the 21st century.”

Dr. Lori Rubenstein D.P.T., M.App.Sc. Apply Here

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have not completed a 300hr Training?
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You must enroll in Be The Change Yoga’s 300hr Yoga Training first before moving on to our Yoga Therapist Training. Our 300hr training makes up Level 1 of our Yoga Therapist Training. Please click for the 800hr Syllabus and Schedule. The 300hr courses can be taken over a 2-3 year period.

Here are the 300hr courses you can enroll in now:
Yoga Sutras Course: meets five Saturdays a year
Positive Psychology  Course: meets one Monday night per month with stand alone classes
• You can take any of the Weekend Intensives
• March 2017: Intro to Yoga + Public Health
• April 2017: Sequencing
• May 2017: Mentorship

 

What if I have completed a 300hr Training?
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You can transfer the hours that directly relate to yoga therapy core competencies. We will accept up to 150 transfer hours from Yoga Alliance registered 300hr training programs and up to 300 hours from IAYT registered Yoga Therapist Training Programs. You will set up a meeting with a program advisor to solidify the total number of transfer hours.

 

How much does the training cost?

 

We have developed a monthly auto-pay plan to make tuition more affordable and easier to manage. Trainees will complete the Level 1 application and once accepted into the program, will submit a $500 registration fee. Once the Level 1 courses start in February, trainees will be enrolled in our auto-pay program at $285 per month for 13 months. The total cost for our Level 1 (300hr) training is $4200 plus another $100 for books.

All Level 1 trainees must submit an application for Level 2. Upon submission of Level 2 application, a non-refundable $600 registration fee is due. We provide an auto-pay plan to allow our trainees to pay-as-you go. To confirm your space in the program, we require a complete application accompanied by a non-refundable $600 registration fee. The remaining balance can be paid over 24 months at $325 a month using our auto-pay program.

The total cost of Levels 2-3 of our Yoga Therapist Training is $8400, plus another $200 in books. We do not currently offer scholarships or financial aid.

Levels 1-3 total tuition: $12,905 (over 3 years, including book fees)

 

What is the time commitment?
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Level 1 of our training consists of:

  • 1-2 Friday nights per month (Yoga + Public Health or Positive Psychology – 10 sessions each)
  • 1 full weekend of a Weekend Intensive or a Saturday on the Yoga Sutras (the first few months Feb – May, there will be 2 weekends)
  • 10 Wednesday nights of sequencing during the summer months
  • 10 individual meetings with your mentor and 5 individual meetings with your mentee (time TBD according to schedule)

Levels 2/3 of our Yoga Therapist Training consists of:

  • One full weekend per month:
    • Friday 6:00-9:15pm
    • Saturday 12:30-6:30pm
    • Sunday 12:00-5:45
  • One Monday night per month of Small Group Mentorship; which meets from 7:00-8:45pm

 

Levels 2/3 course meet one full weekend and one Monday night a month for for 24 months. There will be 1-2 hours per week of reading and homework.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: 800hr Syllabus and Schedule

 

 

What if I miss a Yoga Therapist Training class?
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You can miss one Monday night mentoring session and not make up the hours. If you miss a yoga therapy weekend intensive, you can miss two non-sequential classes and make them up the next year or trainee can schedule a make-up session with a mentor at $55 an hour. The make-up will take roughly half the amount of time as the scheduled class and will include a homework assignment.

 

How do I apply?

 

 

 

Please fill out the application form CLICK HERE and email Katie@bethechangeyoga.com your personal statement and letters of recommendation by 7/22. We will review your materials and reply in 2-3 business days. Upon acceptance into the program, you can pay the $600 registration fee. Tuition for month 1 will be due on August 5th.