The curriculum for the C-IAYT Yoga Therapy program is a combination of the Foundations of Yoga Therapy curriculum and the Advanced Yoga Therapy curriculum, with additional student clinic sessions and a case study.
Students will learn to assess and address physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual imbalances from an Eastern & Western perspective and address imbalances in one-on-one & small group therapeutic sessions using the following practices: (ni)yama, asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation.
At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:
- Understand the philosophy and employ problem solving tools from Vedantic, Buddhist and Northern Indian Shaivite Tantric traditions of yoga.
- Identify and list common conditions, medications and medical terminology associated with the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic and reproductive systems.
- Use the Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee) to assess and address a client’s physical concern, find the underlying cause and provide a home program.
- Assess the chakra system according to the Tantric Yoga tradition and provide a practice to balance using yogic techniques.
- Work as a yoga therapist with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and eating disorders and understand both yogic and western medical perspectives and approaches.
- Create safe classes and practices for trauma survivors that emphasize choice and focus on the cultivation of interoceptive awareness.
- Adapt traditional yoga poses to chair yoga for a diverse population. Understand the issues & health concerns of an aging population.