KC Yoga Therapy 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 the various Indian 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 care plan, the strategies found in Ayurveda. 

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

This program is based on structural yoga techniques and methodologies from the work of BKS Iyengar, Mukunda Stiles, and Doug Keller. Philosophical foundations and methodologies from the Himalayan Masters are incorporated by Doug Keller, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and supporting faculty from the Himalayan Institute founded by Swami Rama. This program includes study in Ayurveda, current Western medical practices, and the study of the mind including archetypal influences of understanding human behavior. 

Our Professional yoga therapy Philosophy

First, 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 yourself, and then with others. 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 and by being committed to personal growth as an eternal spiritual being having a human experience. From this arises clarity of what is permanent from direct experience. By having touched this consciousness even for a brief moment, they can be of true help to the client. What the client typically presents is an imbalance in the doshas and the gunas, and it is the yoga therapist’s role to help the client move towards sattvic balance.

So, in this professional yoga therapy 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. We acknowledge the quality that is needed to facilitate this in others is a willingness to be fearlessly honest, first with ourselves, and then with others. One can look at this program as the blockchain of professional yoga therapy training programs -  where we are transparent and trust our fellow teachers to help us take responsibility for everything that happens in our lives. 

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 a human being. 

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:
    • a minimum of 500 hours that are residential hours
    • a maximum of 300 hours that are distance learning hours
    • 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. 

Anyone can take any module or weekend intensive and count toward 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 about 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:

Sacred Contracts

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

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

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

Assessment, Documentation and Comprehensive Evaluations

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 1

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 2 (online)

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 3

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 4

Therapeutic Wisdom Yoga Therapist Module 1

Therapeutic Wisdom Yoga Therapist Module 2

Therapeutic Wisdom Yoga Therapist Module 3

Yoga Wall Therapeutics Level 2

Current Osteopathic Procedures, Facial Lines Anatomy 

Himalayan Institute Retreat

Special Current Topics & Independent Study


Research/Final Project*

Tuition? How much and how can I pay? 

Tuition is $8,225. Payment arrangements can be split in half for two payments of $4,112.50. 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. 

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 below are estimated and the links work:

The Master Collection of BandhaYoga Books by Dr. Ray Long.  $118

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga Set by Doug Keller, both Volumes 1 and 2.  $65

Refining the Breath, by Doug Keller. $25

Heart of the Yogi, by Doug Keller. $25

Structural Yoga Therapy, by Mukunda Stiles (Kindle Edition) $39

Yoga & Ayurveda, by David Frawley (Kindle Edition) $14.63

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol: !, by Dr. Vasant Lad $35.97

Sacred Contracts by Carolyn Myss, $14.45

Advanced Energy Anatomy: The Science of Co-Creation and Your Power of Choice, by Carolyn Myss (Audible) $29.38

Materials fee for Yoga Wall Therapeutics and Ayurveda Modules $50

Recordings for Therapy Modules $10 each

Food, Lodging and travel expenses (ie Travel & lodging is not included in the Himalayan Institute Retreat)

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy? 

Click here for our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy. 

Our Code of Ethics? Scope of Practice?

We follow the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice created by the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

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.