Advanced 300-Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certification Program (RYT-500)

(200-Hour Program + 300-Hour Advanced Program = 500-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification)

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Continue your Yoga Teacher training with Ajna’s 300-Hour Yoga Therapy program. This is an advanced-level teacher training program open to any graduates of a Yoga Alliance-certified 200-Hour level program. Completetion of the Advanced 300-Hour program results in a 500-Hour designation, which refers to the total cumulative hours of both programs. The 500-Hour designation is the highest level of Yoga Teacher Training recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Ajna Yoga is also a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

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Program Outline

Ajna’s Advanced 300-Hour Teacher of Yoga Therapy Program is a comprehensive yoga therapy training offered on a module-based format. The program can be taken on a full-time basis (20 hours a week, 13-week term), or students can choose to take modules in a go-at-your-own-pace format. Our graduates learn the essential tools for practicing yoga therapy, with guidance from a highly qualified and supportive faculty.

The Advanced 300-Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certification includes:

  • A 10-class Mentorship with a member of the Ajna Faculty
  • A 6-week Practice Teaching Module
  • An 80-Hour Yoga Therapy Training
  • 9 weekend workshops (Friday 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm).

Students can choose 9 workshops from the following list of 20 Yoga Therapy workshops:

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Back pain is the most common health complaint in North America and one of the top reasons for missed workdays. In this workshop, you learn about the anatomy of the spine and the function of vertebrae and the major muscle groups that support the spine, including the pelvic floor muscles. We examine common back issues including sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and muscle strain. The workshop centers on which poses help, which ones hurt, and how to sequence yoga classes for people with back issues.

Ask any yoga class what they would like to focus on and there is always a request for hips, shoulders, or both.  The hips and shoulders are major intersections of the human body. They influence how we hold our body, how we move, and how we feel. Much of the pain in our body (e.g. back pain) can be traced to dysfunctional patterns in the hips and shoulders.

This workshop gives specific options and strategies to teach your students:

  1. How to design yoga classes for groups and one-on-one sessions.
  2. Specific injuries will show up in your classes (rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, Bursitis, Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial Syndrome, Arthritis).
  3. The importance of balancing the mobility and stability of the hips and shoulders.
  4. How hip and shoulder issues relate to the psychology and energy of movement.

The weekend is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your teaching.

A thorough look at the changes in woman’s body during each trimester of pregnancy and how yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation can be applied therapeutically. Learn poses and safety precautions for each trimester and how to offer support and adapt poses to suit the needs of the mother and growing baby. In the post- natal portion of the weekend, we will examine how yoga can be adapted to fit this new, busy time in a woman’s life. We will learn how to bring stability back into the pelvis, regaining internal strength and the fundamentals of teaching post natal to a new mom while releasing areas of tension.

Yoga therapy requires a unique set of tools. Yoga therapists need to be able to listen and understand verbal and non-verbal cues and language, and to be able to adapt sequencing to meet the individual needs of their clients. In this workshop, we will learn how to sequence for a private therapeutic yoga session and for therapeutic group classes, with a particular focus on listening and responding to the needs of our students. We will also explore the complex and subtle dynamics inherent in the therapeutic relationship.

This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the energetic aspects of Yin Yoga, including the Meridian/Organ systems and the five elements as they relate to the practice. Teaching methods and class structure will be covered in depth as well as addressing common challenges in teaching Yin Yoga.

The workshop will explore through the practice of the postures, visual material, and discussion:

  1. An introduction to the Yin Yoga practice, theory and its benefits.
  2. A repertoire of Yin postures and approaches/modifications to these postures useful for all levels of ability.
  3. Analysis of the anatomy and restrictions in the body that one might encounter while practicing yoga.
  4. A demystification of some of the common beliefs students have about yoga, yoga alignment and physiology.
  5. What “tension”, “compression,” and “fuzz” are, what we can do about them, and why we need to.
  6. A complete Yin yoga practice (please wear comfortable clothing you can move in).

The field of Yoga Therapy is growing, evolving and becoming more widely recognized as an important part of holistic, complementary health care. Yoga Therapy training’s teach students how to be of service to their communities but rarely touch on how to navigate the world of business to ensure their own sustainability.

In this workshop participants will explore:

  1. The key aspects to consider when developing a business plan.
  2. Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Therapist.
  3. Successful marketing strategies.
  4. Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
  5. How to establish yourself as a professional in the field of Yoga Therapy.
  6. Understanding credentialing
  7. Determining the most practical paths to gain experience and professional development.

How can yoga build strength and flexibility for the growing 50+ population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga teachers to be aware of and how can postures and flow sequences be adapted? We look at how to sequence Hatha yoga on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, blood pressure, osteoporosis, and lung issues. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group

Inversions and back bends have therapeutic benefits when done properly and adapted for the individual. This workshop furthers your own understanding of your body in inversions and back bends. We also look at the many ways we can adapt inversions to make them accessible for all of our students.

How can yoga be applied therapeutically for individuals who have suffered trauma? Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatized individuals may develop addictions, mental illness, and a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Trauma sensitive yoga teaching skills to effectively and compassionately work with this population include specific asana sequences, pranayama, and grounding techniques.

This workshop gives you a better understanding of the Fascial layers of the body, while exploring with our inquiring minds to feel the movement and the connection of the body as a whole in asana and the Tensegrity repair series. The weekend is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve your awareness of your body and how to share the Tensegrity Repair Series in your teaching.

This workshop will explore the art of practicing and guiding Yoga Nidra. Participants can expect an inspiring weekend with an experiential emphasis, delving deep into personal practice in a variety of ways, including 4 uniquely themed Yoga Nidra sessions, Restorative yoga poses, interactive group discussion, and vital rest/ sleep education.

Course material will also include:

  1. Understanding Yoga Nidra foundations, practice and therapeutic research/implications.
  2. Different Yoga Nidra models and perspectives.
  3. What is sleep? From both Western and Yogic views.
  4. Understand the relationship between Yoga Nidra, Sleep, Dreams, and Meditation.
  5. Learn about different stages of sleep and how they affect the bodymind.
  6. How to create a variety of Yoga Nidra scripts.
  7. Adapting Yoga Nidra sessions for environment, groups, and individuals.
  8. Language tools and vocal refinement for delivery of Yoga Nidra.

Connect with the source of your own creativity and inner guidance while exploring the healing power of the chakras. Expect a fun and challenging weekend as we explore the intimacy of the yogic path that brings us all together.

Participants will be grounded in the body and breath in chakra asana classes that will provide a foundation for the journey through the chakras with:

  1. Movement.
  2. Mantra.
  3. Meditation.
  4. Partner & group work.
  5. Journaling.

Beth and Michelle lead you to a deeply interior journey in a supportive collective space.

Restorative yoga is accessible to all students and has incredible healing effects because of the restful nature of the practice. In this workshop, you will learn a syllabus of restorative yoga postures, learn what poses to use and why, and how best to prop and support your students with varying mobility issues and injuries.

We will also spend time exploring how to incorporate the first two limbs of yoga – the yamas and niyamas – into our teachings of restorative yoga. This weekend will explore the importance of restorative yoga in your private yoga therapy practice.

This workshop offers an exploration into the Inner Vayu practice and how to use the vayus to deepen your awareness of alignment of posture on and off the mat. The inner alignment of the vayus can release holdings in your body and for your clients. You learn how to use the vayus in pranayama to create emotional well-being for the body, mind, and spirit. We apply the theory of the vayus to one-on-one and group Yoga Therapy.

Private yoga therapy sessions require a unique set of skills. Yoga Therapists need to be able to adjust to unique needs of each client, and to be able to develop a relationship with their clients. In this workshop, you will learn listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialogue. We will also explore the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and learn how to create a safe and welcoming space.

Explore the therapeutic potential of yoga in context of the inner workings of the nervous system. Medical research is just beginning to understand how yogic practices influence brain structure and function. This workshop touches on the basics of brain anatomy and physiology across various mental and physical states. This includes depression, anxiety, pain, and happiness. We learn different asana, pranayama, and meditation options that can be used in a therapeutic setting, both in group classes or private yoga therapy session.

In this workshop, you gain insight into Ayurveda’s simple and profound logic of physiology, pathology, and treatment.

  1. Learn Ayurvedic principles through the simple logic of attributes and Doshic theory.
    Learn the practical application of Ayurvedic principles to your personal practice, area of expertise, and for others.
  2. Understand how to balance your unique constitution and remedy simple imbalances.
  3. Begin to learn the simple Ayurvedic theory of digestion and nutrition therapeutics to understand your ideal diet along with ways of balancing and healing many ailments with diet therapy.
  4. Get to know and heal your metabolic fire—the core of your well being. Optimize your digestion and understand how to heal digestive issues and improve overall wellness

Join us as we dive even deeper into the fascinating and simple science of Ayurveda. This course continues to explore the principles of Ayurveda with 20 in-class hours of the classical oral tradition as well as a 10-hour experiential component, including assignments and online interface for the practical application of knowledge to your self and your practice clients.

This course continues to examine basic attributes and Doshic theory through yoga and diet therapy, as well as explore the seven stages of disease, the seven Dhatus (body tissues), and even reveal the wonderful world of pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic Ayurvedic concept and guidelines of digestion and diet therapy and begin to understand the application of Ayurvedic theory to diet/lifestyle/yoga protocols and recommendations.

How does yogic philosophy fit into Yoga Therapy? This course examines teachings and the philosophy of the yoga tradition from the Vedic age to the present. We explore the philosophy of yoga therapy based on the principle branches of yoga including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. Through our study of the principle branches of yoga and foundational texts such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Samkya Karika, and the Yoga Sutras, we learn how to integrate these teachings into our personal and professional practices.

Interested in learning how to conduct a one-to-one Yoga therapy session? This intensive gives you the skills to do a postural assessment, create a intake form, what to look for during your intake, create a yoga therapy routine, and learn more about teaching to : athletes, heart disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer, stress-related conditions, Asthma, the in-depth anatomy of the whole body, the Vayus and Pranayama.

Curriculum includes:

  1. Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga.
  2. Developing a holistic model for therapeutic yoga, incorporating:
    • Kinesiology
    • Vayus
    • Chakras
  3. Working with specific health concerns, including:
    • Muscular-skeletal injury
    • Athletes
    • Stress-related illness
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Asthma
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer
  4. Postural assessment.
  5. Asana modifications  & sequencing for different needs.
  6. Working with health professionals  – learning a common language.
  7. Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, & meditation.
  8. Creating a 6–week therapeutic program for groups.
  9. Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients one on one sessions).


This Intensive training provides you with a working knowledge of how to apply yoga therapeutically to clients with specific health concerns.

Topics include:

  • Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga
  • Asana modifications for different health concerns
  • Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, and meditation
  • Sequencing for different needs
  • Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients)

Each day begins with a meditation and asana class.

Admission Requirements

We require that each applicant have their RYT-200 Training Certification and submit a copy of their certificate. A completed online form is required.

Program Details

  • Duration: 
    • Full-Time Program: 13 weeks + 6-week Practice Teaching Internship. Students can apply to Student Aid BC for funding. Program Date: January 3- March 30, 2018  or May 1- July 26, 2018* Choose full-time option on the Student Aid BC Application form
    • Part-Time Program: Students can take up to 3 years to complete all required modules. Start anytime with any workshop.
  • Location: Ajna Studios, Oak Bay, Victoria
  • A minimum of 8 students are required to run each module. If a session is cancelled, your deposit is refunded in full or transferred to another session.

Workshop Schedule

9 Weekend Workshops$2,880
* Workshops range in price from $320-$400. $2560 is the tuition for 8 workshops without distance hours.
80-Hour Yoga Therapy Intensive$1,600
* Your $800 deposit is applied directly to this module.
10-Class Mentorship$300
6-Week Internship$140

Payment Options

  • Full payment of $4,920 at the time of registration
  • Registration deposit of $800
  • Sign up for each module and pay as you go.
  • For Full-Time Program Only (April 28- July 27, 2017)
  • Apply to Student Aid BC

Pay by:

  • Cheque made out to Ajna Yoga
  • To pay by cheque, please mail to:
    • Ajna Yoga
      2185 Theatre Lane
      Victoria, B.C.
      V8R 5S4
  • Cash
    • To pay by cash, click on the “Contact” link in the main menu, or call Michelle at (250) 812-8355
  • Visa or Mastercard through our MINDBODY registration site

Pay by Visa or MC

Graduation Requirements

Students must completely fulfill the following requirements:

  1. All modules must be completed in a maximum of three years. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you may attend the same workshop the following year. All workshop modules are repeated each year.
  2. The practice teaching and the mentorship modules must be successfully completed. Both modules will be adjudicated by the student’s Mentor or the Director of the program. The practice teaching module requires a written outline of the 6-week course.
  3. Students must be prepared for each class by bringing a notebook, writing material (pens, highlighters). Students must wear clothes suitable for asana practice.
  4. During class modules students are required to take part in group assignments and demonstrate learned material.

The yoga therapy components of our training are based on our accreditation with The International Association of Yoga Therapists, not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Course Reading

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  1. Each workshop comes with its own training manual written by the Ajna Faculty
  2. Yoga Body by Judith Lasater
  1. Anatomy Trains – Thomas Myers
  2. Anatomy of Movement – Blandine Calais-German
  3. Yoga for Pain Relief – Kelly McGonnigal
  4. Yoga from the Inside Out: Making Peace with Yourself – Christina Sell
  5. Yoga as Medicine – Dr. Timothy McCall
  6. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self – Steven Cope
  7. Light On Pranayama – BKS Iyengar
  8. Relax Your neck, Liberate Your Shoulders – Eric Franklin
  9. Pelvic Power – Eric Franklin
  10. Bhagavad Gita – Stephen Mitchell
  11. Yoga Sutras – Swami Satchidananda
  12. Relax and Renew – Judith Lasater
  13. Yoga Nidra – Richard Miller
  14. Healing into Life and Death – Stephen Levine
  15. In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness – Peter A Levine
  16. Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga – David Emerson & Elizabeth Hopper
  17. Full Catastrophe Living – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  18. Yoga Nidra, the Meditative Heart of Yoga – Richard Miller
  19. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform
  20. Overwhelming Experiences -Peter Levine
  21. Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness – Donna Farhi
  22. Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
  23. Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression – Bo Forbes
  24. The complete Guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clark
  25. Insight Yoga – Sarah Powers

Click to Register for the Advanced 300-Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Training Certification Program.

Online Registration

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300-Hour FAQ

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