Students who want to become Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) are able to complete all 1,000 hours of required training (800 of which must be specific to yoga therapy) at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts (VSOHA) and receive an internationally recognized credential.
The accreditation was five years in the making and a big personal accomplishment for Chelsea Lee, VSOHA Yoga Therapy Program Director. She created the 300-hour Foundations of Yoga Therapy program, which VSOHA began offering in 2014, with the goal of IAYT accreditation in mind.
“Having high educational standards and accreditation is essential to upholding the reputation and quality of care offered within yoga therapy. This is huge for the industry and our profession in terms of recognition, and the quality of education provided,” Chelsea said.
IAYT has various key competencies and educational standards that every accredited program needs to meet. They stipulate how many hours of practical work are required and the number of hours in each educational category “Being an accredited program provides more credibility to the profession and to our graduates,” Chelsea said.
This is especially important when VSOHA yoga therapy graduates approach organizations, clinics and wellness communities that they are passionate about working with. “Many of our graduates create their own work so it’s important to me that students have the opportunity to get certified. When they step into the next stage of their careers, they will be recognized for what they can offer.” Chelsea said.
The 800-hour Yoga Therapy Certification Program is a four term program which begins on October 15, 2019. Term 1 involves weekday classes which run until January 15, 2020. You can read the full dates and schedule here.
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