800-Hour Accredited Yoga Therapy Program
( 1,000 hours total; 800 hours plus the 200-Hour certification )
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Become an Accredited Yoga Therapist in this cutting edge program. This is an exciting time in the field of yoga therapy and Ajna is one of the first colleges internationally to have an accredited program. This means that anyone who graduates from Ajna’s 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Program can apply to be recognized as an accredited Yoga Therapist.
Ajna’s 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Certification Program is Accredited with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
The 800-Hour Accredited Yoga Therapy Program is a module-based program. The program can be taken on a full-time basis (20-25 hours a week), or students can choose to take the modules in a go-at-your-own-pace format.
Our graduates learn all they need to know in order to be a practicing Yoga Therapist.
The Advanced 800-Hour Accredited Yoga Therapy program includes:
- 20 weekend workshops (Friday 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm)
- A Yoga Therapy Immersion Training
- A Yoga, Psychology and the Mind Immersion Training
- A Practice Teaching Mentorship
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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.
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.
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 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.
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:
- An introduction to the Yin Yoga practice, theory and its benefits.
- A repertoire of Yin postures and approaches/modifications to these postures useful for all levels of ability.
- Analysis of the anatomy and restrictions in the body that one might encounter while practicing yoga.
- A demystification of some of the common beliefs students have about yoga, yoga alignment and physiology.
- What “tension”, “compression,” and “fuzz” are, what we can do about them, and why we need to.
- 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:
- The key aspects to consider when developing a business plan.
- Identifying and articulating your unique offerings as a Yoga Therapist.
- Successful marketing strategies.
- Tools for the effective day-to-day management of your business.
- How to establish yourself as a professional in the field of Yoga Therapy.
- Understanding credentialing
- 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
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
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:
- Understanding Yoga Nidra foundations, practice and therapeutic research/implications.
- Different Yoga Nidra models and perspectives.
- What is sleep? From both Western and Yogic views.
- Understand the relationship between Yoga Nidra, Sleep, Dreams, and Meditation.
- Learn about different stages of sleep and how they affect the bodymind.
- How to create a variety of Yoga Nidra scripts.
- Adapting Yoga Nidra sessions for environment, groups, and individuals.
- 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:
- Partner & group work.
In this workshop, you gain insight into Ayurveda’s simple and profound logic of physiology, pathology, and treatment.
- 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.
- Understand how to balance your unique constitution and remedy simple imbalances.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- 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 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 yoga therapy. Students will apply their knowledge in practice teaching and presentation of case studies.
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.
- Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga.
- Developing a holistic model for therapeutic yoga, incorporating:
- Working with specific health concerns, including:
- Muscular-skeletal injury
- Stress-related illness
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart disease
- Postural assessment.
- Asana modifications & sequencing for different needs.
- Working with health professionals – learning a common language.
- Therapeutic pranayama, mudra, & meditation.
- Creating a 6–week therapeutic program for groups.
- Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients one on one sessions).
Practice Teaching Mentorship
- 20 classes of mentorship with a member, or members, of the Ajna faculty.
- Four, six-week group sessions with a therapeutic focus.
- 40 individual yoga therapy sessions with feedback and mentorship support from your mentor.
Students must be at least 18 years of age, have at least one year of yoga experience, and hold a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.
Full Time: January 3- July 7, 2018 or January 26- July 26, 2018. The Practice Teaching Mentorship will be completed within the following year. Students can apply to Student Aid BC for funding. * Choose full-time on the Student Aid BC form.
Part Time: 2-4 years. Start anytime and complete at your own pace.
- An $800 deposit is required to hold your spot.
- The deposit is applied to the Yoga Therapy Intensive when you choose to complete it.
- $150 is a non-refundable application fee ($500 for International students).
|20 Weekend Workshops||$6,620|
|Yoga Therapy Immersion||$1,600 (note: your $800 deposit is applied directly to this component)|
|Yoga, Psychology and the Mind||$1,000|
|20 Therapeutic Yoga Classes with a Mentor (Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)||$500|
|Teaching 4, 6-Week Therapeutic Group Classes (Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)||$270|
|40 Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions and Mentor Coaching (Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)||$200|
|Total||$10,190 ($10,690 for International students)|
- Full payment of $10,190 at the time of registration ($10,540 for International students)
- $10,190 total ($10,540 for International students)
- Deposit $800 at the time of registration
- Six installments
- Payment plan is discussed, set, and agreed upon between Ajna and the student
- $10,190 total ($10,540 for International students)
- Full payment of each module is required to secure a spot
- Cheque made out to Ajna Yoga
- To pay by cheque, please mail to:
- Ajna Yoga
2185 Theatre Lane
- Ajna Yoga
- 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
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Students must completely fulfill the following requirements:
- All modules must be completed in a maximum of four 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.
- Students must be prepared for each class by bringing a notebook, writing material (pens, highlighters, etc.). Students must wear clothes suitable for asana practice.
- During class modules, students are required to take part in group assignments, practice teaching an written assignments.
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- Each workshop comes with its own training manual written by the Ajna Faculty
- Yoga Body by Judith Lasater
- Anatomy Trains – Thomas Myers
- Anatomy of Movement – Blandine Calais-German
- Yoga for Pain Relief – Kelly McGonnigal
- Yoga from the Inside Out: Making Peace with Yourself – Christina Sell
- Yoga as Medicine – Dr. Timothy McCall
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self – Steven Cope
- Light On Pranayama – BKS Iyengar
- Relax Your neck, Liberate Your Shoulders – Eric Franklin
- Pelvic Power – Eric Franklin
- Bhagavad Gita – Stephen Mitchell
- Yoga Sutras – Swami Satchidananda
- Relax and Renew – Judith Lasater
- Yoga Nidra – Richard Miller
- Healing into Life and Death – Stephen Levine
- In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness – Peter A Levine
- Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga – David Emerson & Elizabeth Hopper
- Full Catastrophe Living – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Yoga Nidra, the Meditative Heart of Yoga – Richard Miller
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform
- Overwhelming Experiences -Peter Levine
- Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness – Donna Farhi
- Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
- Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression – Bo Forbes
- The complete Guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clark
- Insight Yoga – Sarah Powers