By definition from IAYT:
"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."

Yoga therapy is the science of applying various techniques from the traditional yoga teachings, in an intelligent, appropriate practice, to empower individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing. As a science it continues to evolve and adapt to the cultural context in which it is practiced.


The primary focus of Yoga therapy is to effect positive change for the individual who is suffering. It is a powerful healing practice, informed by contemporary health sciences that provide an integrated approach for the prevention and rehabilitation of a wide range of health concerns including acute and chronic disease. It's effectiveness is supported by an increasing body of research evidence which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.

Yoga therapy offers a holistic model that treats the whole person which includes structure/diet, emotions/attitude, mind/habits/beliefs, relationship to self/others/environment and being/spirit, through the full range of practice, including asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting/mantra and study of self/Self. It offers the cheapest and most natural form of preventative and curative medicine as it is learned easily, requires no extended training or elaborate equipment. It is adaptable to most conditions and situations requiring only faith with the intention of healing.

This training is intended for yoga teachers and health care professionals who wish to offer yoga as a therapeutic modality for healing.

Goals of yoga therapy include:
Eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering.
Improving function.
Helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness. Moving toward improved health and well being.
Increasing self-awareness, changing ones relationship to and identification with the condition.

The College of Yoga Therapy,llc offers an education that is science based and philosophically grounded with an emphasis on the importance of yoga as the ancient tradition in which yoga therapy is rooted and from which its innumerable healing applications have sprung. CoYT provides the training for a skilled, professional yoga therapist which includes technical, business and social proficiency.

Standards and research based instruction practices drive the curriculum which follows the standards established by IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). Currently there is no recognized national or regional certification available for yoga therapists. The College of Yoga Therapy,llc is presently in the process of applying for accreditation with IAYT and is currently a supporting member school.

The program offers over 650 hours of training for those with RYT 500 and 800 plus hours for those with 200 RYT. Sessions are held on alternating Thursdays for a total of 6 hours and include lecture/discussion, clinic/lab, externship/internship, practicum, independent study/research, presentations and supervised apprenticeship training.


The lectures are conducted by CoYT staff and speakers from health and business related fields including local medical doctors, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, chiropractors, psycho-therapists, and body workers, in addition to attorneys, CPA/ accountants, bankers, web designers, media specialists, assistants from SCORE and the SBA.


Yoga Clinical Training

The afternoon sessions provide comprehensive clinical training by simulating clinical conditions allowing the trainees to observe private individual sessions with the teacher and client, as well as functional group sessions. Trainees present case studies and through the process of evaluation, supervision, and hands on mentorship design a treatment plan using the models from traditional yoga teachings. The trainees then demonstrate interactive communication skills, experiential knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the ability to integrate mind/body science, positive psychology and spiritual exploration and apply reliable problem solving skills.

Curriculum Covers:

  • Yoga Foundation - Teachings and Philosophy
  • Framework for Health and Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Therapeutic Skills - Relationship, individual and groups
  • Application of Therapy Tools
  • Ethical Principles, Behavior and Action
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Common Conditions

Topics Include:

  • Sanskrit terminology, mind/body science, medical terminology, physiology and pathophysiology of the vital organs
  • Information on the symptoms and treatment for a variety of disease states, allopathic/ biomedical and psychological conceptualization of anatomy
  • Mental health and related pathology
  • Intake and assessment, professional ethics, relationship with peers, ongoing personal development, development of treatment protocol,
  • Working with interdisciplinary teams to develop care plans
  • Ongoing care plans
  • Client/students compliance

Learn by Listening, Watching and Doing:

  • to explore alternate strategies and new responses in order to break limiting habits
  • to evaluate and treat the individual in their entire context
  • to re-pattern psychological habits to move the client to better balance
  • to treat an individual condition by improving the overall condition of the individual
  • to work with special populations with a wide variety of unique limitations and/or special needs
  • to guide, support and empower the client by addressing their specific therapeutic needs
  • to draw on a wide range of models from all aspects of yoga to facilitate healing
  • to advance one's understanding of human experience by finding the unity of health and healing
  • to make theory come to life in the midst of clinical work
  • to search for physical and mental challenges while fostering social connectedness
  • to think critically
  • to take part in medical dialogue
  • to serve other on their way to wellness
  • to provide ongoing support
  • to evaluate the effects of yoga tools when applied in a therapeutic context
  • to develop treatment protocols and wellness plans designed for the individual
  • to establish and maintain a safe and sacred container for the therapeutic work of yoga
  • to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries based on ethical guidelines
  • to establish empowerment over dependency
  • to move client from story to body

The curriculum follows the standards established by IAYT and includes training in the basic teachings and philosophy of yoga as it relates to the body and mind and health and disease.

The program consists of 650 hours

  1. Yoga Foundations - 120 hours
    • Yoga Teachings and Philosophy - 35 hours
    • Yoga and the Mind - 35 hours
    • Framework for Health and Disease - 50 hours
  2. Biomedical and Psychological Foundations - 155 hours
    • Anatomy and Physiology - 90 hours
    • Additional Biomedical Knowledge - 15 hours
    • Psychology and Mental Health - 30 hours
    • Additional knowledge - 10 hours
    • Body and Mind Integration - 10 hours
  3. Teaching and Therapeutic Skills - 80 hours
    • Basic Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship - 35 hours
    • Principles and Skills for Educating Clients/Students - 35 hour Principles and Skills for Working with Therapeutic Groups - 10 hours
  4. Yoga Therapy Tools and Their Application - 265 hours
    • Yoga Practices - 60 hours
    • Provide Yoga Therapy - 55 instructional hours and 150 practicum hours
  5. Professional Practice - 30 hours
    • Ethical Principles - 15 hours
    • Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues Pertaining to yoga therapy - 5 hours
    • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians and Organizations - 5 hours
    • Personal and Professional Development and Continuing Education - 5 hours

College of Yoga Therapy Training Fees

Full payment - $6,500.00 = 650 hours @ $10.00 per hour or
5 payments per module
Per 2 hour session $30 = $15.00 per hour


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Yoga Center of Louisiana, llc
603 South Tyler Street
Covington, LA 70433

Take Madisonville/Covington Exit 59 off I-12; head north on La. State Hwy 21, (becomes TylerStreet when crossing the bridge over the Tchefuncte River);St.Tammany hospital will be on the right between 8th and 11th Avenue; continue northon South Tyler Street;Yoga School, llc is located on the southwest corner of South Tyler Street and SixteenthAvenue