Virtual + In-studio Yoga Therapy Training!

This program is for Yoga Teachers who seek to develop an integrative health career as a yoga therapist!

Take the entire training one course at a time:

Course #1 Virtual  Info Meetings:

Course #3 Virtual  Info Meeting

100% Online Option

We offer a virtual training option for students living outside Orange County, CA., increasing program accessibility.

Sustainable Schedule

Courses meet one weekend per month with in-person, zoom, and recorded learning options.

Payment Plan

Monthly autopay includes Be The Change studio membership (in-person as well as virtual studio).

Practicum

Learn to build your own yoga therapy business with remote supervision from practicum mentor.

Small Groups

Receive personalized attention in our small school, as well as direct guidance and mentorship from our Program Directors and tight-knit faculty.

Integrative Health

Our program is rooted in the philosophical foundations of the yoga sutras, coupled with a modern public health perspective.

NOW YOU CAN TAKE ANY OF OUR YOGA THERAPY COURSES A LA CARTE!

These courses meet one weekend per month, as well as one Sunday morning per month.  Interested students can apply for a single course or choose to pursue the entire yoga therapist training. If interested, please contact Katie@bethechangeyoga.com.

Course #1 Principles of AlcheMē Yoga Therapy (280 hours)

Course Begins April 27th, 2024

Equivalent to a 300hr Yoga Teacher Training, this course is made up of 4 sections and is offered every year with courses starting in March. Rolling admissions, start at any time with any of the classes, as long as the prerequisites are satisfied.

This course is made up of 14 weekends (233 synchronous hours), as well as three asynchronous courses (47 hours), taken over a 10 month period.

This course consists of four sections:

  • Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills
  • Philosophical Framework for Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda
  • Yoga Therapy Principles for the Physical Body
  • Yoga Therapy Principles 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.

JOIN US FOR THIS COURSE!

 

If you are a yoga teacher who is looking to add a therapeutic lens to your offerings, this is the best place to start. This 280-hour course provides you with all the tools to begin to work with clients one-on-one or safely adapt your group class sequences to meet the needs of students with varying levels and abilities.

  • Course meets for 15 weekends over 10 months
  • 100% Virtual with In-Studio Hybrid option
  • 1-2 full weekends per month 
  • Monthly auto-pay program ($300/mo for 11 months)
  • One-time $600 Registration Fee
  • Total Tuition: $3900
  • Total Hours: 280 hours

Course #2 Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments (120 hours)

Course Begins October 26th, 2024

In this course, you 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 learn to conduct client intake and physical assessments for common musculoskeletal ailments. In addition, trainees will learn clinical documentation, ethics, yoga therapy scope of practice, and professional practices.

Classes meets from October and continues through April. Rolling admissions, start at any time with any of the classes.

JOIN US FOR THIS COURSE!

 

If you are a yoga teacher who is looking to add a therapeutic lens to your offerings, you can start the yoga therapy journey without committing to the whole training. Our goal is to make this life-changing wisdom accessible to more Yoga Teachers.

  • Course meets one weekend per month for 8 months
  • 100% Virtual with In-Studio Hybrid option
  • One full weekend per month + one mid-month 2-hour review class
  • Monthly auto-pay program ($325/mo for 8 months)
  • One-time $400 Registration Fee
  • Total Tuition: $3000
  • Total Hours: 120 hours

Course #3 Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body and Human Systems (120 hours)

Course Begins May 18th, 2024

This course focuses on the human systems and 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.

Classes meet from May and continue through October. Rolling admissions, start at any time with any of the classes.

JOIN US FOR THIS COURSE!

 

If you are a yoga teacher who would like to increase your knowledge of anatomy and understand the working of the human systems and how to address common imbalance, we invite you to join us.

  • Course meets one weekend per month for 6 months
  • 100% Virtual with In-Studio Hybrid option
  • One full weekend per month + one mid-month 2-hour review class
  • Monthly auto-pay program ($325/mo for 6 months)
  • One-time $500 Registration Fee
  • Total Tuition: $2450
  • Total Hours: 98 hours

Course #4 Yoga Therapy for the Mental Health and Special Populations (120 or 172 hours)

Course Begins January 11th, 2025

This course 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 course also 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 course includes a 6-week Yoga Therapy + Lifestyle Medicine course to prevent and treat chronic diseases, which participants can implement in hospitals or wellness centers. Trainees complete the asynchronous Yoga Therapy Business Practices and Professional Development Course in June and July.

WE OFFER TWO OPTIONS FOR THIS COURSE

Customize your learning based upon your unique goals and aspirations.

Integrative Medicine and Special Populations

OPTION #1 COURSEWORK

If you are a yoga teacher who would like understand basic yoga therapy practices for mental health conditions and learn how to work with specific populations, we invite you to join us for this module.

  • Course meets one weekend per month for 10 months
  • 100% Virtual with In-Studio Hybrid option
  • One full weekend per month
  • Monthly auto-pay program ($325/mo for 8 months)
  • One-time $550 Registration Fee
  • Total Tuition: $3150
  • Total Hours: 124 hours

Start date: January 11, 2025 – October 26, 2025

Integrative Medicine and Special Populations

OPTION #2 WITH PRACTICUM PREP

You are on the path to becoming a Yoga Therapist, you have completed the previous two modules and are ready to start your practicum hours.

  • Course meets for 10 weekends over 16 months
  • 100% Virtual with In-Studio Hybrid option
  • One full weekend per month + one mid-month 3-hour review + integration class
  • Monthly auto-pay program ($325/mo for 12 months)
  • One-time $400 Registration Fee
  • Total Tuition: $4300
  • Total Hours: 169 hours

Start date: December 8th, 2024 – April 12, 2026

PRACTICUM: MONTHS 18 – 33

Course Begins January, 2025

Trainees who have completed and passed all 3 Courses are eligible to begin their 180 practicum hours while enrolled in the Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations Course. We have extended the duration of our training to provide more time for our trainees to complete their practicum. They now have 15 months to complete 150 hours of yoga therapy delivery from February of Year 3 to April of Year 4. The goal is to have all practicum hours completed before graduation in April.

Program Schedule and Hours

Weekend Intensives

Integration, Mentorship + Practicum Prep

Practicum

Program Hours

  • Course #1 Principles of AlcheMe Yoga Therapy (PAYT)
    • Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills (66 hours)
    • Philosophical Framework for Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda (56 hours)
    • Yoga Therapy Principles for the Physical Body (83 hours)
    • Yoga Therapy Principles for the Subtle Bodies (75 hours)
    • Total Hours: 280

 

  • Course #2 Yoga Therapy Applications for Musculoskeletal Ailments (YTMA) (120 hours)
  • Course #3 Yoga Therapy Applications for the Energetic Body and Human Systems (YTEB) (98 hours)
  • Course #4 Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations (YTMH) (157 hours)
  • Practicum: 180 hours
  • Total Training Hours: 835

 

Total Program Hours: 835 hours

  • Asynchronous Distance Learning Hours: 124 hours
  • Residential Synchronous Hours (Zoom or In-Person): 531 hours
    Practicum: 180 hours

 

Our program provides a consistent structure for all courses of the training.

Classes meet for 1 full weekend per month.

Course #1 Schedule: 14 weekends/10-months

  • Saturday: 8:30 – 11:30 am PST Zoom or In Person Option
  • Saturday: 12:30 – 6:30 pm PST Zoom or In Person Option
  • Sunday: 8:30 – 11:30 am PST Zoom or In Person Option
  • Sunday: 12:30 – 6:30 pm PST Zoom or In Person Option

Courses #2-4 Schedule: 

  • Saturday: 8:00 – 11:00 am PST Zoom
  • Saturday: 12:30 – 3:30 pm or 5:30 pm PST Zoom or In Person Option
  • Sunday: 12:30 – 5:30 pm PST Zoom or In Person Option

Two weeks later: Mentorship, Integration, Practicum Preparation

  • Sunday: 9:00 – 11:00 am or 12:00 pm PST Zoom
  • 2 hours of additional asynchronous coursework

Meet our Faculty

From Our Graduates

We take great pride in not only training highly skilled yoga therapists but building a life-long, supportive community to advance their integrative medicine careers!

“This training is so much more than just finding a new career, AlcheMe Yoga Therapy training gave me the tools to find my purpose in life.  Living in alignment with my purpose and having the confidence to work one-on-one in a clinical setting or privately with individual clients has given me the freedom live my dreams instead of wish for them.   As a yoga teacher for many years, I can now break free from fitness yoga, truly meet each individual where they are, and guide them toward the life of their dreams.”

Lindy, ERYT 500

Yoga Therapist in Training, Yoga Works

“Looking back on my time in AlcheMe’s yoga therapy course it’s almost difficult to believe just how much material was covered by such a diverse range of experienced, passionate healthcare professionals and yoga therapists. To say this course gives you a solid foundation would be a huge understatement and I graduated with a wealth of new skills and knowledge, ready to take my place in this exciting, emerging field. The practicum was an excellent opportunity to start to implement these skills and find my true voice as a yoga therapist with the seemingly infinite and thorough support of my teachers and peers.”

Ali, RYT 500

Yoga Therapist in Training, Apex Yoga Therapy

“I learned a great deal in this yoga therapy program and it helped me grow tremendously as a teacher.  Even though I had been teaching yoga for almost 15 years, I never felt confident teaching students one on one.  Through this program I found my confidence in teaching students privately and found how powerful and effective those individual sessions can be.”

Allison, ERYT 500, CMT

Yoga Therapist, Be The Change Yoga

“Yoga is the ability to do something tomorrow that we cannot do today,’ Yoga Therapy training not only showed me this, but provided me the tools to share with others so they may achieve their goals. Amazing to experience, and amazing to share and witness the transformation in people’s lives.”

Susan, MFA, C-IAYT

Associate Faculty, Saddleback College Emeritus Institute

“The knowledge and practices I learned in AlcheMe Yoga Therapy has reshaped the landscape of how I live and lead my life. Since enrolling in the program 2 years ago, I’ve noticed a tremendous change in how I communicate with others – primarily in the area of self-care and stress management. Looking back at where I started, I am a truer person to myself. The plethora of tools introduced to us strengthened my ability to discern, how to stay calm under stress, and how to combat dips in energy experienced from anxiety and insomnia. Thank you to all the wonderful faculty who joyfully and lovingly share the wisdom of Yoga. “

Maggie,

Yoga Therapist

Unlimited Yoga Membership

Yoga therapist training students receive a complimentary yoga membership (in-studio + virtual) while enrolled throughout the duration of our training programs.

Take the entire training and become a Yoga Therapist!

Course #1 begins
every March

Course #2 begins every
October

Course #3 begins
every May

Course #4 begins
every January

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 835-hour Yoga Therapist Training Program is divided into 3 levels over a 3.25 year period.

  • Course #1 March of Year 1 – December of Year 1: Priniples of AlcheMe Yoga Therapy

Course #1 also comprise a 300 hour training registered with Yoga Alliance

  • Course #2 October of Year 1 – April of Year 2: Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments
  • Course #3 May of Year 2 – November of Year 2: Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body and Human Systems
  • Course #4 January of Year 3 – April of Year 4: Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations
  • Practicum: January of Year 3 – April of Year 4: Practicum
  • Graduation: April of Year 4

“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 are the program pre-requisites?

The Applicant must:

1. Be at least 18 years of age;
2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
3. Have a 200-hour yoga teaching certificate from a Yoga Alliance registered school;
4. Have at least one (1) year of teaching experience;
5. Have at least one (1) year of personal practice.

To be eligible for enrollment in any of the courses, the Applicant must:

1. Complete the stated prerequisites for each course.

2. Pass pre-requisite course assessments with an 80% or higher.

If enrolling in the entire Yoga Therapist Training with the intention of becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, applicant must:

1. Complete the On-line Application;
2. Submit a Personal Statement;
3. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation- one (1) professional and one (1) personal;
4. Provide a copy of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
5. Pay the registration fee for the first course

How are the hours broken down?

Program Length:

  • Course #1: 280 hours
  • Course #2 Yoga Therapy Applications for Musculoskeletal Ailments (YTMA) (120 hours)
  • Course #3 Yoga Therapy Applications for the Energetic Body and Human Systems (YTEB) (98 hours)
  • Course #4 Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations (YTMH) (157 hours)
  • Practicum: 180 hours
  • Total Training Hours: 835

 

Total Program Hours: 835 hours

  • Asynchronous Distance Learning Hours: 124 hours
  • Residential Synchronous Hours (Zoom or In-Person): 531 hours
    Practicum: 180 hours

How much does the training cost?

We have developed a monthly auto-pay plan to make tuition more affordable and easier to manage. Tuition includes studio membership at Be The Change Yoga for the duration of the training.

Course #1 Tuition (280 hours)

Trainees will complete the Course #1 application and once accepted into the program, will submit a $600 registration fee. Once the Level 1 courses start in March, trainees will be enrolled in our auto-pay program at $300 per month for 11 months (early bird) or $355 per month. Total tuition $3900 (early bird) or $4285)

All trainees must submit an application for Level 2.

Courses #2-4 Committed Students

If you are committed to becoming a yoga therapist, we offer one autopay schedule for courses #2-4 with savings of $750.

$600 Registration Fee + $300 / mo on autopay for 28 months.

Courses #2-4 A la Carte

Interested yoga teachers can take one module at a time, completing the entire program at their own pace.

  • Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Ailments: $3000 ($400 registration fee + $325 / mo on autopay for 8 months)
  • Yoga Therapy for the Energetic Body & Human Systems: $2450 ($500 registration fee + $325 / mo on autopay for 6 months)
  • Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations (includes practicum): $4300 ($400 registration fee + $325 / mo on autopay for 12 months)
  • Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Special Populations (without practicum): $3150 ($550 registration fee + $325 / mo on autopay for 8 months)
  • Practicum Supervision and Group Mentorship: $1500 ($600 registration fee + $300 / mo on autopay for 3 months)

 

Total Tuition:

  • Courses #1-4 total tuition: $12,900 (over 39 months, plus +/- $300 book fees).
  • Courses #2-4 Paid in full: $8500 ($500 off Early Bird pricing)

We offer 1-2 partial scholarships per year for trainees working in under-served or BIPOC communities.

Refund Policy

 

  • Our auto-pay program includes a one-time non-refundable registration fee per module and the specified autopay terms for each module.
  • Trainee will receive a full refund (minus the registration fee) if they withdraws from the training at least 3 days before taking any classes by notifying AlcheMe Yoga Therapy / 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 825hr 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 825hr YTT classes and complete the coursework at a later date.
  • The 825hr Yoga Teacher Training program must be completed within a 4-year period
What is the time commitment?

Level 1 of our training consists of:

  • One full weekend per month for 15 weekends over a 11-month period.
    • Friday 5:00-8:15pm PST
    • Saturday 12:30-6:30pm PST
    • Sunday 12:30-6:15pm PST

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

  • One full weekend per month for 21 weekends over a 33-month period
    • Saturday 8:00-11:00am PST Zoom
    • Saturday:  12:30 – 5:30 pm PST Zoom or In Person
    • Sunday 12:30-5:30pm PST (Zoom or In Person)
  • One Sunday morning per month of Small Group Mentorship; which meets from 9:00-11:00am (L2) and 9:00-12:00pm (L3) conducted virtually via Zoom.
  • 3-7 hours of asynchronous coursework per month

There will be 3-5 hours per month of reading and homework.

What if I miss a Yoga Therapist Training class?

There are a few options for class make-ups.

Group Mentorship

  • Trainees are allowed to miss one small group mentorship session without making it up.

Coursework

  • If a trainee is absent for a Yoga Therapy weekend intensive, they can make the class up the next year at no additional cost or schedule a make-up session with the instructor who led the class or 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.
  • Trainees can also watch the recorded weekend classes for up to 2 weekends and complete the end of weekend quiz that covers all the course content.
  • To receive certification, trainees can make-up a maximum of 2 weekend intensives per year

 

Once you’ve completed a Make-Up class, please email

Tiffanie@bethechangeyoga.com

How do I apply?

If you are interested in taking one module at a time, please fill out the application for each module:

If you are interested in completing the entire training and becoming a Yoga Therapist:

Please fill out the application form CLICK HERE and email Katie@bethechangeyoga.com after submission.

In addition, submit your two letters of recommendation (1 personal and 1 professional) using the following Letters of Recommendation Link. We will review your materials and reply in 1-2 weeks. 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, as trainees become enrolled in the monthly autopay program.