300-hr Arogya Yoga TTC

(Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Course)

A YOGA ALLIANCE APPROVED COURSE*

*DISCLAIMER

“The yoga therapy components of our course are based on our lead trainers’ PhD and qualifications in the field of physical education, alternative therapies, therapeutic restorative yoga, naturopathy and ayurveda, not derived from our RYS status with Yoga Alliance.”

Sampoorna Yoga School India

OVERVIEW – YOGA THERAPY COURSE

Yoga Therapy is not new. Prevention and healing have been always the main purpose of yoga philosophy. Therefore, it can be difficult to define it, especially because we can approach the concept from different perspectives. Nevertheless, we offer a few definitions to make the term understandable and accepted by all people -whether yoga practitioners or not.

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.” (International Association of Yoga Therapists’ definition)

Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner.  Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.” (TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar)

SAMPOORNA YOGA’S DEFINITION

“Yoga Therapy is the process of using the benefits of Yoga techniques as a method to prevent illnesses, ease symptoms, facilitate healing and achieve an overall state of wellbeing.”

yoga therapy teacher training

YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY

Although yoga is a therapeutic practice, there are significant differences when it comes to yoga classes and yoga therapy sessions, yoga students and yoga therapy clients, yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Let’s take a look at the core of these concepts:

YogaYoga Therapy
Yoga Students: These are individuals who participate in yoga classes for various reasons, such as physical fitness, stress relief, relaxation, flexibility, or spiritual growth. Yoga students typically attend group classes led by yoga teachers and may have varying levels of experience and proficiency in yoga.Yoga Clients: Yoga therapy clients are individuals seeking personalized therapeutic support to address specific health concerns, injuries, or conditions. They may be referred by healthcare professionals or seek out yoga therapy independently to complement their existing healthcare regimen. Yoga therapy clients work closely with yoga therapists to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.
Yoga Teachers: These are individuals trained to lead yoga classes and instruct students in yoga practices, techniques, and philosophy. Yoga teachers typically guide group classes, provide instruction on proper alignment and technique, offer modifications for different skill levels, and create a supportive and inclusive class environment.Yoga Therapists: Yoga therapists are trained professionals with specialized knowledge in yoga therapy, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and therapeutic techniques. They work with individual clients to assess their health status, develop personalized treatment plans, and implement yoga practices and interventions to address specific health concerns or conditions. Yoga therapists may collaborate with other healthcare professionals and adhere to ethical standards and guidelines specific to yoga therapy practice.
Yoga Classes: These are typically group sessions focused on practicing yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and relaxation. Yoga classes often aim to promote physical fitness, mental relaxation, and overall well-being for participants of varying abilities and levels of experience.Yoga Therapy Sessions: In contrast, yoga therapy sessions are personalized one-on-one or small group sessions tailored to address specific health concerns or conditions. These sessions utilize yoga techniques and practices in a therapeutic manner to alleviate symptoms, manage chronic conditions, support healing, and promote overall wellness. Yoga therapy sessions may involve a combination of physical postures, breathwork, meditation, lifestyle modifications, and other therapeutic interventions.

YOGA TRAINING AND YOGA THERAPEUTICS TRAINING

Syllabus of both trainings may seem similar in the core; however, in order to practice yoga therapy, yoga teachers need to acquire a different set of tools, knowledge and skills:

TopicsYoga Teacher TrainingYoga Therapy Training
Foundations of Yoga Philosophy
Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Teaching Skills
Teaching Practice and assisting
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
Pathology of Common Illnesses
Yoga methods and techniques adapted to individual needs