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 Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga program. This is an advanced-level teacher training program open to any graduates of a Yoga Alliance-certified 200-Hour level program. Completion 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. ***Please note that the 300 Hour Program is not a Yoga Therapy training. To become a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), you must complete an accredited 800 Hour Yoga Therapy Training. To read more about becoming a Yoga Therapist, please visit our 800 Hour Yoga Therapy page.

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Program Outline

Ajna’s Advanced 300-Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program is 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 teaching therapeutic yoga, 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
  • 14 weekend modules (Friday 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm).
  • *There are five mandatory modules from the list below – ‘Backcare’, ‘Sequencing for Therapeutic Applications’, ‘Wrists and Shoulders’, ‘Hips and Knees’, and ‘Trauma, Yoga and Mental Health’

**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.

Students can choose 14 modules from the following list of 20. Yoga, Psychology and the Mind counts for 3 module credits:

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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.

This Workshop will address the anatomy of the shoulders and wrists, while exploring the balance of mobility and stability. We will learn how to keep these joint safe from injury and nourish them after injury has occurred. Learn how to work specific injuries such as (rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocation, carpal tunnel.) 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.

In this workshop, we will look at the key functional movement principles to keep knees and hips happy. Dive deep into the anatomy and learn how to support clients with hip and knee injuries.

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.

Therapeutic yoga requires a unique set of tools. Therapeutic yoga sessions are sequenced very differently from group yoga classes. We 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 private therapeutic yoga sessions, with a particular focus on listening and responding to the needs of our students. We will also discuss the principles of sequencing for small group therapeutic classes.

How can yoga build strength and flexibility for the growing aging 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

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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 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 classes.

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 sessions.

How does yogic philosophy fit into Therapeutic Yoga? 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.

Chronic pain affects 1 in every 5 people in Canada and is one of the leading reasons that people seek out yoga. In this workshop, we will examine the mental, emotional, and physical contributors to the cycle of chronic pain, the role of yoga in pain management, and how to apply this information in a meaningful way with individual clients and groups.

You will walk away from this workshop with new skills such as: – How do you help a person learn to move when everything hurts? – How biomechanics and alignment intersect with chronic pain science – Understanding the autonomic nervous system, and neuroplasticity in pain – A brief overview of basic pain conditions – The connection between body awareness, emotional awareness, and pain – The role of breathing and meditation in yoga therapy for pain – Sequencing for chronic pain yoga classes – Exploring links between trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain – How to talk about pain with clients – A look at yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras in modern pain management

The course is a mix of meditation practice, teaching, practical experience reading and journaling. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is a tool for rediscovering the body’s own inner intelligence. You learn to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness. This course is equally enlightening for new meditators or those with a well-developed practice looking to deepen their experiences.

Curriculum includes:

  • Background of meditation from Patanjali to current scientific studies
  • How to Meditate.
  • Why we Meditate.
  • Meditation as an antidote to stress.
  • The Seven States of Consciousness.
  • Different types of meditation.
  • Vedic philosophy.
  • Introduction to Sanskrit terminology.
  • Meditation in your daily life and yoga practice.
  • Exploration of patterns in our life through the Software of the Soul.

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.

Private therapeutic yoga sessions require a unique set of skills. We 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.

The field of Yoga is growing, evolving and becoming more widely recognized as an important part of holistic, complementary health care. Yoga Teacher 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.
  3. Successful marketing strategies.
  4. Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
  5. How to establish yourself as a professional.
  6. Understanding credentialing
  7. Determining the most practical paths to gain experience and professional development.

This course will give you an in -depth knowledge of Western and Yogic Perspectives on Mental Health including common psychological conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Bi-polar, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, and Eating Disorders. We also explore the connection between chronic pain and the mind. You learn Western Psychological treatments for mental health including Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Group Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy. Yogic Theories of the five Kleshas, Dukha (suffering), and Daurmanasya (negative thinking) will be applied through the tools of therapeutic yoga. Students will apply their knowledge in practice teaching and presentation of case studies.

Admission Requirements

Students must be at least 19 years of age and hold a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:

  • Online Application
  • Copy of photo ID proving you are at least 19 years of age
  • Copy of your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • Letter of reference from your RYS Yoga Teacher Training School where you received your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be a maximum two-page letter that speaks to the following criteria:

  1. Your motivation for seeking entrance to the program (please respond to all of the following: why are you interested in this program? What do you hope to learn? Why do you feel called to this program at this moment in time?)
  2. Your yoga teaching experience
  3. Other relevant non-yoga experience or training that you bring to the program; and
  4. The areas you would like to improve upon as a student in the program.

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.
    • A $760 deposit is required to hold your spot
    • The deposit is applied to the tuition of one 20-hour weekend module, the 6-week Practice Teaching Module and the 10-class Mentorship with a Faculty Member
    • $150 is a non-refundable application fee ($500 for International students)

Workshop Schedule

14 Weekend Workshops
(The Yoga, Psychology and the Mind Module counts as 3 workshops)
($760 deposit pays for one weekend workshop module)
* Workshops range in price from $320-$400. $4,480 is the tuition for 14 workshops without distance hours.
10-Class Mentorship$300
($760 deposit pays for this module)
6-Week Internship$140
($760 deposit pays for this module)
Total$4,920 ($5,270) for International students.

Payment Options

  • Full payment of $4,920 at the time of registration ($5,270) for international students
  • Registration deposit of $760
  • Sign up for each module and pay as you go.

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
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  • 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.

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300-Hour FAQ

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