Yoga Therapy Education Program


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International Yoga Therapy Institute

 700 and 1000 Hour

Yoga Therapy Education Program

                                                            We support IAYT’s educational standards for yoga therapy and we intend to apply for IAYT accreditation
                                                                 following implementation of the new process.

                                                                                                    Includes 300 Yoga Alliance Hours toward RYT-500YA Logo (1)





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Prerequisite: 200 Hour Basic YTT, 100 hours teaching experience

 Video Introduction to the Yoga Therapy Training


IYTI Training Faculty (click here for pictures and bios)

Director:  Nancy Candea CYT, E-RYT 500

Philosophy:  Tanya Popovich, E-RYT 500

Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy:  Michelle Anderson, RYT 500

Physiology and Pathology:  Dr. Patricia Mather

Psychology:  Dr. Michelle Barrett, RYT

Includes guest speakers.

Schedule of trainings beginning in 2015: TBA please contact Nancy

Schedule of trainings beginning in 2014:

Northern New Jersey

  • Wednesday mornings (9am to 1:30pm) in Boonton, NJ,starting September 17, 2014 FILLED: next training fall 2015

Athens, Greece – Swaha Yoga Studio FILLED

  • Module 1: January 2 -13, 2015
  • Module 2: May 15-26, 2015
  • Module 3: Augustl 2015 TBA

Mt. Clemens, Michigan – Bodhi Seed Yoga, 

September 19th – 21,November 14-16, January 22-25, March 12-15, April 10-12, Intensive: JUNE 20-29

Bi-Monthly Videoconferencing (you may join live or listen to a recording) – TBA on weekday evenings



The International Yoga Therapy Institue 1000 Hour Yoga Therapy Education Program focuses on teaching advanced yoga practices for yoga teachers, along with therapeutic yoga modalities for injury, illness and special populations.  The training will offer methods of teaching students with stress, depression, anxiety, PTS, and addiction, as well as those living with autoimmune issues, chronic pain or illness, cancer, frailty, asthma, allergies, and autism.  Special techniques for instructing teens, children, and pre- and post-natal women will also be covered.        The training is offered in two segments.  The first three Modules will culminate in two certificates: 500 Hour RYT recognized by the Yoga Alliance, and 700 Hour CYT.  The second section consists of 300 more hours (modules 4 and 5) resulting in a 1000 Hour CYT, in compliance with IAYT recommendations.  The heart of the IYTI Yoga Therapy Education Program is the knowledge that director Nancy Candea has synthesized in her work with Yoga Impact, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering vulnerable populations with therapeutic yoga skills.  Nancy has studied with a variety of master yoga teachers in her 28 year yoga practice, has been teaching yoga and working with private students for 17 years, and training yoga teachers for 6 years.  She owned a yoga studio for 5 years.  All Yoga Impact faculty are dedicated yoga practitioners and experts in their specialty fields.

The CYT hours of study are broken into intensives, plus bi-monthly videoconferences, on-line courses, elective courses, and self-study.  The first three modules (leading to the 700 Hour CYT) begin with one year of intensive study with YI faculty.  New Jersey trainings are either 4 hours weekly, or 16 hours monthly on weekends.  International and out-of-state trainings are done over one year, in intensives lasting 10 to 14 days.  Videos of intensives will be made available online for review purposes.  Homework and practicum for these modules can be completed over the following two years.  An online folder or real-life binder containing all the required homework and documenting competencies shall be presented to the director in a private meeting, to determine if the requirements for these 700 hours of training have been met.  Module 4 consists of two weekend intensives, elective study, peer study groups and individual mentorship with faculty.  Module 5 consists of elective study, peer study groups and individual mentorship with the director.  Trainees have the choice of a variety of electives that focus on helping special populations.  An online folder or hard-copy binder containing all the required homework and documenting work shall be presented to the director in a private meeting to determine if the competencies for this additional 300 hours of training have been met.  Trainees are required to maintain a personal practice (see below), and create a library of resources during their year of study.  The entire 1000 hours will take 2-5 years to complete.  Up to 300 hours completed in other programs may be transferred to this program, subject to approval of the director.

This training focuses on the yoga philosophy and research outlined in the IYTI Training Manual, along with books written by distinguished yoga therapists and yoga teachers.  A central element of the IYTI Manual is The Five Points of Wellness, which empower and educate people to take charge of their own preventative health care and self-care in healing.  The Five Points of Wellness are inspired by yoga’s most basic philosophic principles, such as the Koshas and ashtanga yoga of Patañjali, and are supported by scientific research.  The Five Points of Wellness have become a successful model for introducing yoga lifestyle skills to the general public. They give yoga therapists specific criteria for evaluating the wellness skills of their clients.  After Module 4, the yoga therapist will then begin to apply Ayurvedic principles to their professional practice, and have the background to work with other healthcare professionals.

Increased understanding of teaching methodologies will be emphasized throughout the training.  Successful teaching requires a teacher to connect with his/her students, and to communicate in a way that takes into account the students’ levels of knowledge, physical ability and personal history.  This training covers the principles of demonstration, observation, assistance and correction, plus teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the students’ process of learning.  Trainees will focus on using themes to unify classes, teaching one-on-one using hands-on adjustments, the needs of special populations, and adapting one’s teaching according to body type, injury and disability.

Continual study of yoga philosophy is the key to continued growth along the path of a yogi.  Our collective understanding of this body of wisdom is enhanced by the discussions that we share.  Group and self-directed study of Vedas, Upaniṣads, The Bhagavad Gītā, and Tantric Philosophy is included.  The relationship between Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and modern psychology will be explored.  We will also discuss yoga lifestyle, ethics, law and business for yoga therapists throughout the training.  Marketing strategies for classes, seva projects and workshops will be discussed individually with the director.  Trainees are required to maintain a daily practice that includes yoga lifestyle choices and kriyas.  Trainees must also maintain a practice of āsana, chanting and yoga studies as needed 3-4 times a week.


Registration and Investment

Nancy is accepting 16 students in New Jersey, 10 students in Michigan and 10 students in Greece. 

  • Please register with Nancy.  Email her at or leave a voicemail at 973-874-9642
  •  $800 non-refundable deposit due with registration.

Tuition for Modules 1-3 (500 hours) $3,800 (Please see Swaha Yoga website for Euro pricing)

  • Early bird/cash discount paid two months before the training starts $200
  • Credit card fees will be added to credit card payments.

Tuition for Module 4-5 (paid after the completion of Modules 1-3) $2,400 (partial work study options are available for module 4-5)

Tuition includes: core training, bi-monthly videoconferences, and one-on-one meetings with Nancy Candea, trainings with other ITYI Faculty, and guest speakers; ITYI Yoga Therapy Training Manual; and videos.

Other Expenses: travel and lodging, tuition for 20 hours of master classes with teachers outside of Yoga Impact, tuition for 80 hours of elective study outside of Yoga Impact, membership dues to professional accreditation organizations, and books.  Although you are encouraged to develop a yoga resource book library, you are welcome to borrow some of your required reading materials.


1000 Hour Yoga Therapy Module Descriptions:

Total hours include contact hours with faculty, self-study and practicum.

Optional books are preceded by asterisk (*)


Module 1 – Foundational Philosophy, Anatomy and Teaching Methodology Focusing on the Intro Level Student.

120 contact hours, 20+ homework hours, and 50 practicum hours.

Prerequisite: memorization of the major bones and muscles.

Supporting Materials:

The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long and Chris Macivor


The information in Module 1 is the foundation for becoming a yoga therapist and teaching yoga classes as a 500 level RYT.  Yoga therapists should have a deep connection to their own practice in order to teach classes and work-one-on-one with clients.  Yoga Therapists needs to have deep knowledge of both the physical and esoteric elements of yoga.  Yoga Therapists must also develop an appreciation for body types and physical abilities other than their own.  Understanding of the skeletomuscular system is important for conducting healthy classes, the ability to observe and correct alignment in yoga poses, and the physical alignment for pranayama and meditation.  Understanding of the central nervous system aids in our ability to apply the healing aspects of yoga to the energetic and emotional aspects of the human body.  Understanding of physiology helps us to apply yoga modalities to the prevention and healing of disease.  This course also provides a practical understanding of the relationship that yoga has with physical anatomy, brain anatomy, pelvic anatomy and joint anatomy.  In addition to facilitating growth in the trainees’ personal practice, the course will teach critical thinking about the fundamentals of class planning – teaching methodology, analysis of poses and class sequencing.  The module will cover āsanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantras, meditation and other traditional elements of yoga.  This course will also include creating plans for classes that focus on beginning level, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, injury prevention, and joint health.  This module introduces us to to Sāṁkhya philosophy – Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (with emphasis on Sādhana Pāda, Book II), and The Bhagavad Gītā.




Module 2 – Healing the Mind and Body, Working One-On-One

100 contact hours, 10 Homework hours, and 15 practicum hours


In this module we combine the foundational work of Module 1 with scientific research, understanding of physiology and pathology, and our critical thinking abilities to adapt yoga modalities for healing.  We will learn to develop therapeutic relationships with our clients: assessment using the Five Points of Wellness, in-session therapeutic work and teaching daily self-care skills.  We will learn to work with clients who often need to heal on multiple levels.  Special needs that we will cover include musculoskeletal issues, heart issues, respiratory issues, digestive issues, autoimmune issues and issues involving the nervous system.  We will also cover end-of-life issues.  We will look at the latest research in neuroscience to help us understand the role of yoga and meditation in healing mental health issues.



Module 3 – Healing the Spirit, Advanced Techniques and Seva

125 contact hours, 20 homework hours, and 50 practicum hours


Module 3 is designed to give you a deep understanding of advanced level yogic practices, and to show you how to apply them across a spectrum of age groups and health issues.  We will also deepen our understanding of the Vedas, Upaniṣads, tantric philosophy (including the chakras), and continue on with the Bhagavad Gītā.  Chair yoga techniques (including wheelchair yoga) will be taught for working with the frail and disabled.  Guidelines for creating classes for prenatal women, postnatal women, children and teens will be discussed.


Module 4 – Ayurvedic Principles, Allopathic Medicine Awareness and Research

Prerequisite: Finish all requirements for Modules 1-3

117 contact hours, 20+ homework hours, 20 practicum hours


Module 4 teaches you to include Ayurvedic assessments into your Yoga Therapy practice, and provides an understanding of the biomedical and psychological science underlying conventional Western heath care.  You will study with and/or work with other healthcare providers such as osteopaths, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, allopathic physicians, nutritionists, physical therapists, psychologists and drug counselors.  You will assist the program director or another approved Yoga Therapist in a therapeutic yoga class.

  • Professional Development:  Complete a 50+ hour Ayurvedic Training that focuses on assessment and lifestyle/healing techniques that have practical applicability with clients.
  • Homework:  Interview a medical doctor who works with a specialty group that interests you.  Become a member of IAYT, and become familiar with their resources.
  • Videoconferencing:  Contribute information about what you are learning to bi-monthly videoconferencing with other trainees.
  • Online Course Study:  Cadaver Video Program.
  • Practicum:  Teach a two-hour workshop on the subject “Introduction to Ayurveda.”  Include a PowerPoint and handouts.  Teach a Yoga Lifestyles series that complements another healthcare program in your community.  Mentor a 200 Hour YTT trainee.  Keep in weekly contact with the program director.
  • Assessment:  Create a detailed evaluation form that your Ayurveda workshop clients, your Yoga Lifestyle series clients, and your 200 Hour YTT trainee will fill out to assess your relationship with them.  Work with the program director on the form and the evaluation process.


Module 5 Elective Programs, Business Practices and Practicum

Prerequisite:  Finish requirements for module 4

150 contact hours, 40+ homework hours, 50 practicum hours


Module 5 is designed to hone in your skills as a professional yoga therapist.  You will take specialty trainings offered by other International Yoga Therapists.  You will participate in independent study, peer discussion groups and mentoring with the training director or other faculty.  This module teaches ethics, business law and online marketing for yoga therapists.


2 thoughts on “Yoga Therapy Education Program

  1. nancycandea Post author

    Yoga Impact 500 hour Yoga Therapy Training focuses on evolving the art of teaching yoga from an evidenced-based foundation. As Mark Whitwell so eloquently stated: “ We must give Yoga in the language that is familiar and relevant to our audiences— that takes into consideration the unique background of everybody, without imposing a new language or unnecessary ideas.” For more information on learning the science behind the art, please check out

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