Orange County’s First Yoga Therapist Training!
Orange County’s first Professional Yoga Therapy Training Program. An IAYT accredited 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 our trainings on a yearly basis.
Our mission is to develop a thriving yoga therapy network throughout Orange County by training high quality yoga therapists, actively mentoring them and building community-based relationships to assist them in creating long-term and fulfilling careers.
Level 2/3 Yoga Therapy Internship options available at Be The Change Clinic, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living as well as Serve The People Clinic and Korean Community Services Clinic in partnership with UCI’s Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.
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Yoga therapist training students receive a complimentary yoga membership while enrolled throughout the duration of our training programs.
Level 1 Training begins
Level 2 Training begins
Level 3 Training begins
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 3.3 year period.
- Level 1 February of Year 1 – January of Year 2: Foundational Courses for Yoga Therapy
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 – April of Year 3: Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body
- Level 3.1 May of Year 3 – September of Year 3: Yoga Therapy for the Mental / Emotional / Spiritual Bodies
- Level 3.2 October of Year 3 – June of Year 4: Integrative Medicine and Special Populations
- March of Year 2 – June of Year 4: Practicum
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.
- Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills
- Philosophical Foundations of Yoga Therapy
- Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Physical Body
- Yoga Therapy Foundations for the Subtle Bodies
Courses begin: February 2019
Tuition: $600 registration fee and $299 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. 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.
Level 2 Training
Level 2 Module 1: Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments
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 1: Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body
Courses begin: March 2020
Tuition: $600 registration fee and $375 per month auto-pay for 26 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 Director, Katie@bethechangeyoga.com
Schedule: Level 2 Module 1 (Months 1-7)
- Month 1: March 27-29, 2020
- Month 2: April 24-26, 2020
- Month 3 May 29-31, 2020
- Month 4 June 26-28, 2020
- Month 5 July 31 – Aug 2, 2020
- Month 6 August 28-30, 2020
- Month 7 September 25-27, 2020
Level 2 Module 2 (Months 8-13)
- Month 8 October 23-25, 2020
- Month 9 November 20-22, 2020
- Month 10 January 8-10, 2021
- Month 11 February 12-14, 2021
- Month 12 March 12-14, 2021
- Month 13 April 16-18, 2021
Level 3 Training
Level 3 Module 1: Yoga Therapy for the Mental / Emotional / Spiritual Bodies
- Yoga Therapy and the Mind
- Integrative Medicine and Specific Populations
Prerequisite: Completion of our Level 2 Program Schedule: Level 3 Module 2 (Months 14-18)
- Month 14: May 14-16, 2021
- Month 15: June 11-13, 2021
- Month 16: July 16-18, 2021
- Month 17: August 13-15, 2021
- Month 18: September 10-12, 2021
- Month 19: October 8-10. 2021
- Month 20: November 5-7, 2021
- Month 21: January 14-16, 2022
- Month 22: February 28, 2022
- Month 23: March 28, 2022
- Month 24: April 25, 2022
- Month 25: May 23, 2022
- Month 26: June 3-5, 2022
Level 4 Practicum Completion (Months 22-26)
– 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 3.3 year period.
Level 1 Courses
Trainees will start with the Level 1 Courses; which comprise the foundation of the Yoga Therapist Training. These courses are made up of 18 full (15-hour) weekends, taken over a 13 month period. Level 1 of 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.
The yoga therapy component within our Level 1 / 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.
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 27-month 550 hour program that starts every March. Together all the Level 1 courses are the equivalent of an RYT 500.
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for Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy Foundations
for the Physical Body
Yoga Therapy Foundations
for the Subtle Bodies
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 Director, Katie Allen to assess readiness to matriculate into the next level of training. Please contact Katie@bethechangeyoga.com.
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: 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: 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: Months 20-26
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
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 20 meetings.
Trainees are required to complete 205 hours of practicum. These hours will consist mostly of one-on-one sessions but can also include a 6-week small group yoga therapy program for students with a shared specific health condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have not completed a 300hr Training?
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 are taken over a 13 month period. New courses will begin in February 2020.
What if I have completed a 300hr Training?
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 $600 registration fee. Once the Level 1 courses start in February, trainees will be enrolled in our auto-pay program at $299 per month for 13 months. 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 26 months at $375 a month using our auto-pay program. The total cost of Levels 2-3 of our Yoga Therapist Training is $10,350, plus another $200 in books. We do not currently offer scholarships or financial aid. Levels 1-3 total tuition: $14,837 (over 3.3 years, plus +/- $300 book fees)
- Our auto-pay program includes a one-time $600 non-refundable registration fee and a $375 per month commitment for 26 months on autopay totaling $10,350.
- Trainee will receive a full refund (minus the registration fee) if they withdraws from the training at least 3 days before taking any 300hr classes by notifying Be The Change Yoga in writing.
- If trainee chooses to withdraw from the training after the initial start date, they can cancel the monthly auto-pay program. Any tuition paid once classes have been taken is non-refundable.
- Any unused tuition will remain on trainee’s account for future trainings at then current, a la carte rate, minus a $200 administrative fee.
- If trainee withdraws from the autopay program and seeks to re-enroll for 850hr certification at a later date, a $200 administrative fee will be required. Trainee will resume autopay at the then current price.
- If trainee continues enrollment in the auto-pay program but is unable to attend all courses during the 26-month period; they can complete the 26-month autopay program and apply the funds towards future 850hr YTT classes and complete the coursework at a later date.
- The 850hr Yoga Teacher Training program must be completed within a 3.3 year period.
What is the time commitment?
Level 1 of our training consists of:
- One full weekend per month for 18 weekends over a 13-month period.
- Friday 6:00-9:15pm
- Saturday 12:30-6:30pm
- Sunday 12:00-5:45
Levels 2/3 of our Yoga Therapist Training consists of:
- One full weekend per month for 21 weekends over a 27-month period
- 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 7:00-9:00pm conducted virtually via Zoom.
Levels 2/3 course meet one full weekend and one Monday night a month for for 27 months. There will be 1-2 hours per week of reading and homework.
What if I miss a Yoga Therapist Training class?
There are a few options for class make ups.
• Trainees are allowed to miss one small group mentorship session without making it up.
• If a trainee is absent for a Yoga Therapy weekend intensive, he / she can make them up the next year at no additional cost or schedule a make-up session with a mentor (at the hourly rate of the mentor – $55 an hour or $35 an hour for a group of 2 or more).
• If a trainee misses 2 weekend intensives in a row, the classes will have to be made up by scheduling a make-up session with a mentor prior to continuing the program.
• To receive certification, trainees can make-up a maximum of 2 weekend intensives per year
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 3/1/18. 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 the first day of class.