KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program

 Assessment Clinic, part of the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program

Assessment Clinic, part of the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program


Our Story 

The Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies (IIYS), was founded by J. Renee DeTar in 2001, and is a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200, 300, 500 and Prenatal levels and is an organizational member of the National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA). The IIYS offers continuing education and trainings for health care professionals, mental health practitioners, pre and postnatal providers, and wellness providers at all levels. We are a professional training institute and continuing education provider dedicated to the body/mind connection.

Our Professional Yoga Therapy Program

The KC Yoga Therapy was co-created by advanced IIYS yoga teachers in the Kansas City area that wanted an organized way of becoming certified yoga therapists under the tutelage of J. Renée DeTar and her life-long professional friends in yoga, that agree upon the philosophical foundation of what yoga therapy is and what makes it different from just taking a yoga class. 

Our program provides and supports the difference between a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher through learning, understanding and being competent to assess and create a therapy care plan by:

1) Addressing the five layers of being human, the panchamaya koshas,

2) Knowing and being able to incorporate various eastern philosophies, not just one. 

3) Knowing the current trends in traditional medicine and be able to design and create research, so we can measure our progress in the field of yoga therapy. 

4) Providing support to the human experience and bring into the sustainable care plan, the strategies found in Ayurveda. 

The KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program

The KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program is an 800 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification that is under accreditation review by the IAYT. We have submitted an application to IAYT for accreditation, and will be able to provide information on our status after IAYT completes its review process.

This program is based on structural yoga techniques and methodologies that J. Renee DeTar, Doug Keller and guest faculty have studied from the work of BKS Iyengar and Mukunda Stiles. Philosophical foundations, methodologies and Ayurveda from the Himalayan Masters are incorporated by J. Renee DeTar, Doug Keller, Kathryn Templeton and supporting faculty from the Himalayan Institute, founded by Swami Rama. This program includes review of current Western medical practices that impact our study by Dr. Ray Long, and the study of the mind including archetypal influences of understanding human behavior.


We believe that one of the primary objectives of yoga therapy is to expand our capacity to be open, to the revealing of our true self. This means being totally committed to the truth - in speech and action - supporting a life of integrity. The quality that is needed to facilitate this in others is a willingness to be fearlessly honest, first with oneself. The prime directive of a yoga therapist is to be immovable -- non-reactive and non-judgmental, while continually affirming the omnipresence of witness consciousness. This place exists as a gender neutral archetype within everyone. Our therapists in training learn it by doing sadhana (spiritual practice) and by being committed to personal growth as an eternal spiritual being having a human experience through the following: Sacred Contracts, our annual Interdisciplinary Yoga Therapy lab, the study of Ayurveda woven with our program, and the rich context of asana provided by structural yoga used therapeutically.

We believe the experience in this program provides clarity of what is permanent from direct experience. By having touched this consciousness even for a brief moment, we as yoga therapists, can be of true help to the client. What the client typically presents is an imbalance in the doshas and it is the yoga therapist’s role to help the client move towards sattvic balance in a loving, considerate, sustainable way with all the tools we can provide.

So, in the KC Yoga Professional Yoga Therapy Training Program, we strive to expand our capacity to be open, to revealing our true self by practicing in our lives what we are offering to our clients. We are committed to the truth - in thoughts, speech and action - supporting a life of integrity.

Our Mission

To provide services to the public that draw on the foundation for health from sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga; not to only address physical and mental discomforts, but to assist in a profound knowing about being human.

We agree and support the Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics in accordance with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct guidelines from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. 

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • 200 hour or equivalent yoga teacher training

  • One year of teaching experience and one year of personal practice, which can be accomplished concurrently

How do I apply? 

IIYS / KC Yoga Therapy Application here. 

There is a non-refundable $250 fee to file your application. Complete the application, prepare your documentation, then click here to pay your application fee

Length of Program:

  • 800 hours, not including the admission fee requirement, and includes the following:

    • 535 residential hours

    • 60 hours that are distance learning hours (independent study & online)

    • a practicum portion of 205 hours: 150 hours of practicum delivery and 55 hours of practicum documentation & mentorship

    • Mentors are appointed and supervised by the school director

Transfer hours are not accepted. 

Admission into the program occurs annually in January - March. The public can take any module or weekend intensive and count towards continuing education in their respective profession, including continuing education for Yoga Alliance. However, to receive discounted tuition and obtain any credit towards any IIYS and/or the KC Yoga Therapy certificate, individuals must be admitted into the program and take exams over the covered material. The IIYS offers two certificates within its program that are open to the public: the Yoga Wall Therapeutics Certificate (Level One and Level Two) and the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS) Certificate offered in partnership with the Himalayan Institute. The Yoga Wall Therapeutics certificate has a participation and proficiency component during the two modules, and the AYS certificate requires a written examination and practical clinic hours during Unit 4. 

Regarding past IIYS Elective hours

Quoting from IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists (Sept 2017):  A School that applies for accreditation of its yoga therapy training program is not required to offer electives as part of its curriculum. When a School chooses to provide electives as part of its curriculum, these electives may NOT be used to fulfill hours within the suggested guideline hours (650 hours) in the Competencies Profile. Because of this position, we are no longer accepting elective hours as we have done in the past. 

We are continuing with the accreditation process, and the curriculum is posted below. Thank you for being patient with us. 

For more information, including our online application form, click here. 

What is the full IIYS / KC Yoga Therapy Curriculum and how long does it take?

The full program takes approximately three (3) years from start to finish, however you can take up to five (5) years to complete your training. Below is the order we recommend for coursework:

Intro to Interdisciplinary Yoga Therapies (course repeated and taken annually)

Sacred Contracts

Core 1: Spine Module : sub topics: Asana, Ayurveda, Philosophy & Focus on the Spine, Yoga Wall Therapeutics Level 1

Core 2: Neck & Shoulder Module: sub topics: Energy Anatomy, Pranayama, Ayurveda & Focus on Neck, Shoulder and related chronic conditions

Core 3: Hips, Knees, Feet Module: sub topics: Ayurveda, Meditation, Mantra, Map of the Mind & Psychology, therapies for hips, knees & feet

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 1

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 2 (online)

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 3

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 4

Current Osteopathic Procedures / BandhaYoga Workshop

This is the end of the Bridge Program. Graduation at the 500 Level is awarded upon completion of the above coursework and comprehensive exam. We recommend that you take a pause to determine that you want to move forward into the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program. If you decide to move forward, and you register in any module below in less than one year, the application fee is waived. The complete KC Yoga Therapy Professional is available in the Student Handbook.

Tuition? How much and how can I pay? 

For the 2018-19 school year, tuition is $8,750 if paid in full. If only interested in the Advanced Bridge program (500 hour Certificate), tuition is $4,075. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly and split in two payments.

As we are in the transition process now with IAYT accreditation, modules are purchased separately through 2018 as defined on the registration page here or you can pay in full. The ability to pay module to module will end December 2018.

What are the other costs not included in tuition? 

The Required Books are not included in tuition. Since many can buy used books now, the costs are estimated in the Student Handbook.

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy? 

Click here for our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy. 

Our Code of Ethics? Scope of Practice?

We agree with the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice created by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. We also have “Participant & Teachers Rights” to support a culturally sensitive and gender sensitive environment that protects personal boundaries in the spaces where we offer our programming. Once enrolled in our program, a Student Handbook is made available with more detailed information specific to this school.

After I finish the program, what determines my eligibility to register with The International Association of Yoga Therapists and use the service mark C-IAYT?

For more information clear here as you will be taken to the IAYT website.