Advanced Yoga Therapy Module Schedule
(Part of the 300 hour and 800 hour Yoga Therapy Programs)


These modules are open to:

  • Students registered in the 300 Hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Program (RYT-500)
  • Students registered in the 800 Hour Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program (1000 hours)
  • Yoga teachers with an RYT-200 Certification and one year of practice and teaching who want to take an individual module/li>

Modules count as continuing education credits (CEC) for the Yoga Alliance. When applying for the CEC credit with the Yoga Alliance, select the Instructor who led the module as the education provider. Any modules taken before you register in the programs will be credits counted toward the 300 or 800 hour Yoga Therapy Programs.

 

All modules are held at Ajna’s Monterey studio in the Oak Bay Village.
Hours are Friday 5 – 9 PM, and Saturday and Sunday
9 AM – 5 PM.





Click to register for either the 300-Hour or 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Training programs.


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Yoga Therapy for the Wrists and Shoulders


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Lindsay Campa

Date: January 18-20 2019

Tuition: $350


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This module 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 with specific injuries such as (rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocation, carpal tunnel.) This is an experiential, hands-on opportunity to explore new techniques to improve how your body feels and how to share these techniques in your yoga therapy teaching.



Yoga Therapy for Hips and Knees


Instructors: Jules Payne & Lindsay Campa

Date: January 25-27, 2019

Tuition: $350


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How can we support our yoga therapy clients with hip and knee issues? How does alignment from the feet influence the health of these joints? Learn the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the hips and knees and explore strategies that we as yoga therapists can use to educate our clients on the hips and knees. Learn about specific hip and knee issues such as bursitis, groin pull, hip replacement, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, Iliotibial syndrome, complete ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL Injuries/Tear/Repair, patellofemoral syndrome (Runner’s Knees), meniscal tear/repair, osteoarthritis and knee replacement.



Backcare Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Lindsay Campa

Date: February 1-3, 2019

Tuition: $350


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



Yoga, Trauma, and Mental Health


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: February 8-10, 2019

Tuition: $350


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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.



Basic Principles of Ayurveda: Universal Attributes and Doshic Theory


Instructor: Elham Ansari

Date: February 15-17, 2019

Tuition: $350


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In this module, 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


Sequencing for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: February 22-24, 2019

Tuition: $350


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Yoga therapy requires a unique set of tools. Yoga therapy sessions are sequenced very differently from group yoga classes. 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 module, 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.



Restorative Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Jennifer Piercy

Date: March 1-3, 2019

Tuition: $350


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Restorative yoga is accessible to all students and has incredible healing effects because of the restful nature of the practice. In this module, 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.



Yoga Therapy for Healthy Aging & Chair Yoga


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: March 8-10, 2019

Tuition: $350


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How can yoga therapy be adapted to meet the needs of our growing aging population? What are the specific health concerns for yoga therapists to be aware of? We look at how to sequence yoga therapy on the mat and special sequencing for chair yoga. We examine specific health concerns such as arthritis, heart issues, osteoporosis, hearing loss and dementia. Included in this component are asanas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and mudras geared to the 50+ age group.



Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain


Instructors: Krista Friesen

Date: March 22-24, 2019

Tuition: $350


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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:

  1. How do you help a person learn to move when everything hurts?
  2. How biomechanics and alignment intersect with chronic pain science.
  3. Understanding the autonomic nervous system, and neuroplasticity in pain.
  4. A brief overview of basic pain conditions.
  5. The connection between body awareness, emotional awareness, and pain.
  6. Sequencing for chronic pain yoga classes.
  7. The role of breathing and meditation in yoga therapy for pain.
  8. Exploring links between trauma, anxiety, depression, and pain.
  9. How to talk about pain with clients.
  10. A look at yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras in modern pain management.


Therapeutic Inversions and Backbends


Instructors: Jules Payne & Michelle Kahan

Date: March 29-31, 2019

Tuition: $350


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Inversions and back bends have therapeutic benefits when done properly and adapted for the individual. This module 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 yoga therapy clients.



The Vayus and Alignment


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Jules Payne

Date: April 5-7, 2019

Tuition: $350


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TThis course will offer 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 to release holdings for yoga therapy clients. Students will learn how to use the vayus in pranayama to create emotional well-being for the body, mind and spirit. We will apply the theory of the vayus to individual and group yoga therapy sessions.



Meditation for Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Tracy Chetna Boyd & Tanya Gita Roberts

Date: April 12-14, 2019

Tuition: $380


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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide instruction on the art of meditation, what constitutes a meditation practice and what happens when the mind becomes quiet. This course will examine relevant teachings, philosophy, neuroscience about meditation in yoga therapy. During our time together we will be exploring these teachings and tools and will learn how to integrate them into our yoga therapy practice.

 

This module includes 10 hours of distance education.



Yin Yoga Therapy


Instructor: Nyk Danu

Date: April 19-21, 2019

Tuition: $350


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In this training we will learn the foundations of Yin Yoga and how to teach Yin Yoga in a Therapeutic setting. Students will leave with a broader understanding of Yin Yoga and how to create therapeutic class plans and effectively teach Yin Yoga to a wide range of students.

Topics covered:

  1. A brief history of Yin Yoga
  2. Yin-Yang Theory
  3. Anatomy, skeletal variations and how to modify poses for different bodies.
  4. What makes a pose Yin
  5. The Yin Yoga postural archetypes and variations
  6. How to practice Yin in a Therapeutic way
  7. Who shouldn’t practice Yin Yoga
  8. Hyper-mobility and Yin Yoga
  9. Yin Yoga and the nervous system
  10. How to create a whole body Yin Yoga class


Exploring Yoga, Tensegrity, and Fascia


Instructors: Michelle Kahan & Brett Holland

Date: April 26-28, 2019

Tuition: $350


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This module will give you a better understanding of the fascial layers of the body. Learn how the fascial system helps us to understand movement patterns and restrictions, how the body is connected and how specific movement and breath tools such as the Tensegrity Repair Series can help our yoga therapy clients.



The Therapeutic Relationship


Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: May 10-12, 2019

Tuition: $350


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“A boundary is any limit I need to honor so I can love or work with you without resentment and with integrity.” —Dr, David Gruder

 

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 module, 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.



Philosophy of Yoga Therapy


Instructors: Tracy Boyd & Tanya Roberts

Date: May 17-19, 2019

Tuition: $430


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How does yogic philosophy fit into Yoga Therapy? This course will examine teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition from the Vedic age to the present. We will explore the philosophy of yoga therapy based in 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 will learn how to integrate these teachings into our personal and professional practices.

 

This module includes 20 hours of distance education.



Journey Through the Chakras



Instructors: Tanya Gita Roberts & Michelle Kahan

Date: May 24-26, 2019

Tuition: $350


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In this module, students will learn how to integrate the chakras in their yoga therapy practice. Learn the philosophical principles of chakra theory and how to integrate it in your yoga therapy practice. Participants will be grounded in the body and breath in a journey through the chakras with:

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

Tanya Gita and Michelle will lead you to a deeply interior journey in a supportive collective space.



This Is Your Brain On Yoga


Instructors: Larissa Szlavik & Krista Friesen

Date: May 31-June 2, 2019

Tuition: $430


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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 module 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 yoga therapy classes or private yoga therapy sessions.

 

This module includes 20 hours of distance education.



The Business of Yoga Therapy


Instructor: Agi Mallory

Date: June 7 – 9, 2019

Tuition: $380


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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 course 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.

 

This module includes 10 hours of distance education.



Yoga, Psychology, and the Mind Immersion


Instructors: Jules Payne, Michelle Kahan, Nicole Marcia, Krista Friesen & Guest Instructors

Date: June 18-26, 2019 (Tuesday – Wednesday, 1:30-9pm, Saturday off)

Tuition: $1,000


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This course gives 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 Behavioral therapy, Group Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy. Yogic Theories of the five Kleshas, Dukha (suffering), and Daurmanasya (negative thinking) are applied through the tools of yoga therapy. Students apply their knowledge in practice teaching and presentation of case studies.



Yoga Therapy Immersion


Instructors: Jules Payne, Michelle Kahan & Guest Instructors

Date: July 2-12 2019 (Tuesday – Friday, 1:30-9pm, Saturday off)

Tuition: $1,600


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In this immersion, you will learn how a holistic model for yoga therapy, incorporating kinesiology, vayus, chakras and panca maya theory. We will examine and analyse current yoga therapy research and learn how to work with specific health concerns, including muscular-skeletal injury, athletes, stress-related illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, heart disease and cancer. You will learn how to design and conduct private yoga therapy sessions, including how to do yoga therapy intakes, what to look for during your intake, and how to create a yoga therapy sequence unique to the needs of your client.