IIYS KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program

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

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


What sets us apart -

Our Program & Our Yoga Therapy Philosophy

You choose yourself first...learn about you before you become a yoga therapist; who you are and what you bring to the table not only as a yoga teacher or yoga therapist, but you as human being with a life full of stuff.  This program provides an opportunity for you to really know yourself so you can facilitate healing in others...it's unique..and sets us apart from all other programs. 

 The Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies (IIYS) is offering the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program (KCYT) as an 800 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification that is under accreditation review by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) at this time. For anyone wishing to obtain this certification, one must complete all 800 hours, as we do not accept transfer hours. 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. We (IIYS) are professional members of both the IAYT and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

First, we were one of the first registered yoga schools with Yoga Alliance in 2001, with over 1000 yoga teachers graduating from our 200 hour, 300 hour, 500 hour and prenatal yoga teacher certified trainings. What has always made us unique as a registered Yoga Alliance school was, and still is, our interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to the study of yoga, how to teach yoga and training exceptional yoga teachers. We are proud of the evolution of our new KC Yoga Therapy Certification Program, which expands our foundation and view into yoga therapy as a much needed profession.

Second, our program is an interdisciplinary approach to yoga therapy. We incorporate Structural Yoga Therapy from Mukunda Stiles (Iyengar)and the techniques and methodologies directly from the work of BKS Iyengar. Part of the legacy left to us by Mukunda Stiles is his interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Stiles stated that the main enterprise of Classical Yoga, based on YS 3:36-37 and YS 3:53-57, is to develop discriminative thinking. Further, Stiles states “to know yourself is the first step of the yogic journey to life.” As yogis who have committed to learning yoga therapy, we first acknowledge that we must cultivate qualities within ourselves before we are ready for others to entrust their care to us (the preeminent goal of yoga therapy).

Third, we study the seven systems of Indian philosophy (Buddhism, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Samkhya, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Mimamsa and Vedanta) and acquire a comprehensive understanding of our Vedic roots. From this inclusive foundation of ancient interdisciplinary thought, rich with resolutions to the big questions of life, this program comes to rest in the Samkyha tradition, because our inclusion and practices found in Ayurveda.

Fourth, to help understand and integrate our philosophical roots, we study the mind extensively and how we react; learning the archetypal influences and stuff (chitta) that we allow in our minds. We desire to understand human behavior, the choices we make, how we manifest discomfort in our bodies and how we can choose differently, and focus on the four desires (dharma, artha, kama, and moksha) through a sustainable lifestyle.

Fifth, the difference between our yoga therapy program and advanced teacher training is that you will not learn how to teach and correct asana. You will study and learn specific conditions that manifest as pain in the body (ie low back pain) and you will learn how to access, document and create a care plan for each client based on their needs and imbalances while incorporating and collaborating with their healthcare providers.

Sixth, continuing this interdisciplinary approach throughout our program, we include a review of current traditional osteopathic practices that impact our work as yoga therapists by Dr. Ray Long, world-famous for the anatomy books he has written just for yoga.

Our Mission

To provide an inward journey, education and training so that graduates can supply services to the public from the foundations of Ayurveda and the Yoga Sciences; not only to address physical and mental discomforts, but also to assist 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. 

Our Vision

Our vision is to amplify and integrate the use of Ayurveda and the Yoga Sciences within the changing landscape of medical and self-help culture. Our vision is to train yoga therapists to serve clients leading by example, that self-realization begins with self-care.

Our Objectives - How we do it

  • The cardinal object of our program is to re-invigorate the view that humans are complex, multi-dimensional beings with body; breath; and mind, intellect, emotions and their mutual interactions as facets that can be integrated, influenced, and positively affected through the yogic principles.

  • The principle objective is to train competent yoga therapists fearlessly committing to a life of integrity, serving and respecting clients who seek our services, honoring our Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Guidelines.

  • The prime directive of yoga therapy is to empower individuals toward improved health and well-being by applying yogic practices in specific ways. We train yoga therapists with professional, leading edge, evidence based yoga therapies; present-day Ayurvedic principles; and current osteopathic techniques and research from a practicing trauma surgeon.

Our Faculty

This program is based on structural yoga techniques and methodologies that J. Renée DeTar, Doug Keller and guest faculty have studied from the work of BKS Iyengar. Philosophical foundations (the seven systems of Indian philosophy), methodologies and Ayurveda are incorporated by J. Renee DeTar, Doug Keller, Kathryn Templeton and supporting faculty from the Himalayan Institute. Our Sacred Contracts archetype journey makes this program unique in that it give the best tools in life…how to make good choices that create health and healing for oneself, and others. We are mentored through this journey by Christy Harris, certified Archetypal Counselor. 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.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Yoga Teacher Training
    - certificate of completion for yoga teacher training which includes the minimal number of 200 hours, or
    - Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher documentation at the 200-hour level.

  • Teaching Experience
    - minimum of 2 years or 300 hours regular yoga teaching, up to 1 year or up to 150 hours of which may be concurrent with yoga teacher training
    - declaration outlining 2 years or 300 hours yoga teaching experience which includes letters from employers or studio timetables, and statement from teacher training provider (for concurrent hours).

  • Personal Practice
    - minimum 2 years
    - declaration which includes time period of personal practice and details of personal practice

  • First Aid
    - current First Aid and CPR certificates to be supplied if completed OR
    - complete these courses within one year of admission

How do I apply? 

IIYS / KC Yoga Therapy Application here. 

There is a non-refundable $250 fee to file your application. Read then 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:

    • 780 residential hours

    • 20 hours that are distance learning hours (one online unit in the Ayurveda Specialist Program)

    • a practicum portion of the residential hours consists of 205 hours: 150 hours of practicum delivery including a project, and 55 hours of practicum documentation & mentorship

    • Comprehensive examinations

    • Mentors are appointed and supervised by the school director

Transfer hours are now accepted. 

Admission into the program occurs annually in January - March, but transfer students can apply any time. 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 and obtain any credit towards any IIYS and/or the KC Yoga Therapy certificate, individuals must be admitted into the program and must take competency exams over the covered material. The IIYS offers three certificates within its program that are open to the public: 1) Yoga Wall Therapeutics Certificate; 2) Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS) Certificate offered in partnership with the Himalayan Institute and 3) The IIYS Prenatal & Restorative Yoga Teaching Certificate. The Yoga Wall Therapeutics certificate has a participation and proficiency component during the modules, and the Prenatal and AYS certificate requires a written examination and practical clinic hours. For more information on our transfer policies, click here.

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. 

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:

Yoga Therapy Part 1

Intro to Interdisciplinary Yoga Therapies Lab (Zoom)

Sacred Contracts (Zoom)

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 distance learning)

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 3

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Unit 4

Current Osteopathic Procedures / BandhaYoga Workshop

Comprehensive Exam

This is the end of the IIYS KC Yoga Therapy Professional Program - Part 1. We recommend that you take a pause to determine that you want to move forward into the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program Part 2. If you decide to move forward, and you register for Part 2 in less than one year, the application fee is waived.

Yoga Therapy Part 2

Assessment, Evaluation and Documentation

Therapeutic Wisdom Series I, II and III

Himalayan Institute Training Retreat (price not included in tuition and all graduates can attend)

IIYS Intermediate and Graduate Lab (monthly Zoom), mentorship and yoga therapy clinic

Yoga Wall Therapeutics

Practicum, Project and Comprehensive Exam.

Tuition? How much and how can I pay? 

The IIYS KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training - Part 1 is $4,075 if paid in full. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly and split in two payments with interest. The ability to pay per module ended December 2018. Part 2 is $5500. Tuition increases every December and apply to applications received the following January.

What are the other costs not included in tuition? 

  • Flights, travel, food and lodging for any module including the training retreat

  • First Aid & CPR Certification that is required for AAYT

  • Events offered by the IIYS that are not a part of the KCYT program (ie Prenatal, Anatomy Trains, etc.)

  • Mentorship hours beyond the recommended 55 hours for a course.

  • Required Books. 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. Since we started the accreditation process with IAYT years ago and we are still in the process, we began the accreditation process with other accreditation bodies internationally. We 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?

If it is important to you to carry this mark, For more information click here to be taken to the IAYT website.