800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program

( 1,000 hours total; 800 hours plus the 200-Hour certification )

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Become an Certified 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 Diploma Program can apply to be recognized as an accredited Yoga Therapist.



Module Schedule

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Program Outline

Ajna’s 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program is Accredited with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

The 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma 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.

The 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program includes:

  • 19 modules (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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Back pain is the most common health complaint in North America and one of the top reasons for missed workdays. In this module 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 module centers on which poses help, which ones hurt, and how to sequence yoga therapy classes for people with back issues.

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.

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

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 yoga therapy clients 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. We will explore the importance of restorative yoga in your private yoga therapy practice.

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 yoga therapy classes.

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.

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 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.

This module 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.

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 therapy practice (please wear comfortable clothing you can move in).

In this module, 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 yoga therapy practice.
  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

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.

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.

This 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.

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.

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.

Chronic pain affects 1 in every 5 people in Canada and is one of the leading reasons that people seek out yoga. In this module, 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 yoga therapy 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 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.

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.

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 module 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 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.

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. You will also create a 6–week yoga therapy group session.

Practice Teaching Mentorship

  1. 20 classes of mentorship with a member, or members, of the Ajna faculty.
  2. Four, six-week group yoga therapy sessions taught on your own and mentored by a faculty member.
  3. 43 individual yoga therapy sessions with feedback and mentorship support from your mentor.

Admission Requirements

Students must be at least 19 years of age, have at least one year of yoga teaching experience, 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
  • A copy of your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • Letter of reference from your RYS-200 Yoga Teacher Training School where you received your 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • A resume or word doc outlining your minimum 1 year experience teaching yoga (please include the settings where you have taught, the types of classes, the clientele you have worked with and for how long you have taught the class).
  • 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: a) why are you interested in this program? b) What do you hope to learn? c) Why do you feel called to this program at this moment in time?
  2. Other relevant non-yoga experience or training that you bring to the program; and
  3. The areas you would like to improve upon as a student in the 800 Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program and the area(s) in yoga therapy you are most passionate about.

Program Details

  • Duration:
    Full Time: In class modules January- July, 2019.  The Practice Teaching Mentorship will be completed within the following year. This is a two year program in total. Students can apply to Student Aid BC for funding. * Choose full-time on the Student Aid BC form.
    Part Time:  3-4 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 Immersion.
  • $150 is a non-refundable application fee ($500 for International students).

Module Schedule

20 Modules$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 Yoga Therapy Classes with a Mentor 
(Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)$400
Teaching 4, 6-Week Yoga Therapy Group Classes (Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)$270
43 Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions and Mentor Coaching (Practice Teaching Mentorship Module)$500
Total$10,390 ($10,890 for International students)

Payment Options

  • Full payment of $10,390 at the time of registration ($10,890 for International students)
  • $10,390 total ($10,890 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
  • $10,390 total ($10,890 for International students)
  • Full payment of each module is required to secure a spot

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
  • E-transfer sent to: jules@ajnayoga.ca
  • 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 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.
  2. Students must be prepared for each class by bringing a notebook, writing material (pens, highlighters, etc.). Students must wear clothes suitable for asana practice.
  3. During class modules, students are required to take part in group assignments, practice teaching an written assignments.

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 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program.

Online Registration

Click to access the 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Diploma Program FAQ.

800-Hour FAQ

Click to learn more about Ajna Yoga’s bursary opportunities.