KC Yoga Therapy Part 1

IIYS KC Yoga Therapy Program

IIYS KC Yoga Therapy Program


KC Yoga Therapy Part 1

Program Completion Requirements

The first part of the yoga therapy program, is Part 1, regardless of what yoga certification one may hold. The KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training program is an 800 hour certification course and all hours must be completed.

Any and all sessions or modules are open to the public, however we encourage participants to have at least a 200 hour certificate so a foundation of understanding is in place prior to any module. Any module taken can be applied to continuing education with Yoga Alliance. To receive credit towards the 500 Hour Certificate or our professional KC Yoga Therapy Certificate, one must apply and be admitted into the program. Once Yoga Therapy Part 1 is complete, including the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program, all teachers are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for the 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation. Yoga Alliance is not a certification body, it is a registration body so your choice to register is at your discretion. The IIYS is the certification school and body. We recommend that courses be completed within 3 years to earn the IIYS Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Retake & Audit Requirements

All teachers currently enrolled, or graduate students of any IIYS program can retake a module. To clarify, you have completed the course in its entirety once, you desire to repeat the coursework, and you are in good standing with the IIYS. For graduate students who have not taken the course before, full tuition is required for continuing education and for credit in the KC Yoga Therapy Professional program. Register to Retake & Audit for any course, click here. 

Program Content

ૐIntroduction to Yoga Philosophy

ૐIn-depth study of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra text

ૐĀsana practice

ૐIntroduction to the Great Yoga Wall

ૐ The Art & Science of Sequencing (Vinyasa Krama)

ૐ Principles of compensation and adapting movement for the student

ૐ Systems of Relaxation

ૐ Human Energy System

ૐ Prāṇāyāma: Various techniques

ૐ Chanting and Mantra

ૐ Mantra Initiation and Japa Practice: Meditation transformed

ૐ Sacred Contracts - Inner transformation and Archetypal Insights

ૐ Creation and development of an integrated personal practice

ૐ Teaching Methodology and Ethics: group, private & specific class demographics

ૐ Communication and teaching skills

ૐ Application of yoga methodologies in different teaching contexts

ૐ Ayurveda: Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Program

ૐ Ethics, Code of Conduct & the Business of Yoga

ૐ Complementary Movement Training

Content Areas by Course

Intro to Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies Lab with J. Renée DeTar & Kelly Crowe

  • updates students on current topics in allopathic medicine and yoga

  • may feature guest speakers complementary to yoga and movement training

  • review documentation notes, share clinical experiences and competencies

  • may include a lab, teachers may bring client issues for discussion and review

  • this course is taken annually until complete with program

    Core 1: Spine Module

Spring Semester : May 13-17, 2020

Asana, Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy & Focus on the Spine

  • Review of Yoga Philosophy – Vedanta, Map of the Mind

  • Āsana and the rehab using the Great Yoga Wall

  • Anatomy: fundamentals of movement & Fascia (Spine Focus)

  • yoga wall techniques for the spine

  • Structural Yoga Therapy concepts

  • Postural Assessment

  • Muscle Testing and how to use in therapy and self-transformation

  • Ayurveda: The Ayurvedic Clock, the Dinacharyas, Dosha Assessment

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

  • Yoga Nidra and the use of Sankalpa in yoga therapy

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

To register for this module, click here!

CORE 2: Neck & Shoulders Module

Energy Anatomy, Pranayama, Ayurveda & Focus on Neck & Shoulders

Summer Semester : June 24 - 28, 2020

  • Spine Session Review

  • Prāṇāyāma as taught by Swami Rama

  • The Chakras: The Human Energy System

  • Bandhas and Kriyās

  • Joint Freeing Series Practice

  • Structural & Functional Anatomy and ROM for Neck & Shoulders

  • Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy

  • Techniques for Neck and Shoulders and specific injuries

  • Dinacharyas revisited

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

    Required Reading: Power vs Force, by Dr. David Hawkins. 

CORE 3: Hips, Knees & Feet Module

Meditation, Mantra, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Focus on Hips, Knees & Feet

Spring Semester : April 10 - 14, 2019

  • Introduction to Meditation, Systematic Relaxation & The Yoga Nidra

  • Teaching Prāṇāyāma, Bandhas, Kriyās & the Dinacharyas

  • Samkhya Yoga Philosophy – the Map of the Mind

  • Integrating Chanting, Meditation, Japa and Sound into a Personal Practice

  • Assessment techniques including ROM, muscle testing

  • Structural & Functional Anatomy with focus on Feet, Knees and Hips

  • Techniques for Hips, Knees and Feet

  • Ethics, Confidentiality & Client Privacy; Business model for private clients and small groups

  • Review Sacred Contracts material integrating with various Yoga Philosophies

  • Clinic - assessment, postural analysis and creating sustainable practices for each client

To register for the module, click here!

Sacred Contracts

Mentored Module with Christy Harris and supervised by J. Renée DeTar, is taken as soon as possible after admission.


  • This course is utilized in the IIYS program to frame discussions about patterns of social and emotional behavior using archetypes originally proposed that we all possess as having a human experience by Joseph J. Campbell. Caroline Myss found that the language and the patterns of the archetypes assisted her in her medical intuitives readings that she performed, documented by Norm Shealy, MD. Caroline has been found to be 99% accurate when asked to do a reading.This module is not intended to create or replace any standing religious belief systems, but provides a language that is has been found to be non-judgemental and non-threatening when working with clients that have manifested pain in the physical, mental and spiritual body. The aim of the module is to provide a language that can help standardized the vocabulary of emotional patterns found when working with a client, and pair those patterns with the presenting physical, emotional and mental condition while integrating the chakra system. Following yogic philosophy, (Yoga Sutra !.1) we are now ready to truly study once teachings applied to one's life and one has an  experience, from this, one gains the direct experience found within the teachings. To get a little peek into Caroline's style and why we suggest purchasing the optional supporting materials on Audible, please watch this powerful clip of Caroline here about Choices that can Change Your Life. 

  • This module is mentored by Christy Harris, RYT500 who can be reached here for any questions. 

  • Required materials: Books: Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and Advanced Energy Anatomy by Caroline Myss on Audible. 

  • This module contains homework assignments and mentoring to help you identify the archetypes that are functioning in your life, how your react to them and to introduce you to the concept of muscle testing theory and practice. This module is the most important module within this program as it prepares you to have a unique understanding of yourself and how you function in relationship to yourself and others. This knowledge is invaluable as you start to process the yoga philosophies presented in this program and your identification with "chitta" your unique subconscious mind. 

  • After completion of this module, you will be able to construct an archetype chart not only for yourself, but for your private clients as well to assist in their healing journey. 

  • This module can be taken any time, however it is recommended as soon as admission is processed. Completion of this module consists of all homework assignments turned in, creating your own unique archetype chart with the assistance of one of our teachers/mentors and finishing a final project. 

  • To register for this module click here. 

Current Osteopathic Procedures BandhaYoga Workshop with Dr. Ray Long

October 5-6, 2019

One weekend immersion with Dr. Long is required for the Bridge/Advanced Certificate. For details, click here.

To register for this module, click here!

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS)


  • Unit 1: The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga

  • Unit 2: The Psychology of Ayurveda and The Physiology of Yoga (Online)

  • Unit 3: Ayurvedic Cooking and Recipes—Improving Our Digestion of Food, Thoughts, and Actions

  • Unit 4: The Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga

For detailed information about this module and registration, click here. 

More Information


The above three Core courses are taught in a residential five-day format. Each course includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, yoga therapy clinic and guided independent study. We start Wednesday at 8:00 am and end Sunday at 5:00 pm. Each module provides 40 hours of program, 10 hours of mentored clinic and competency assessment, followed up by an online open book examination. 


The Intro to Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies Course/Lab is a 10 hour weekend course held a various venues in the Kansas City area. The course with Dr. Long usually has around 100 attendees and is a weekend 12 hour course, held at University of Missouri Kansas City campus. Sacred Contracts is a mentored study at your own pace.


Core modules 1-3 are held at Lifepoint Yoga Center, 2020 Racoon Rd, Robinson, Kansas which is a 90 minute drive from the airport. Flight arrangements into MCI for arrival, should be on the Tuesday before, returning the Sunday late afternoon, following the session. There are numerous AirBnB's and VRBO's in the area that are really nice for a very reasonable price. 


Lifepoint Yoga Center is located on Geiger Farm, an organic farm owned by Jack and Deborah Geiger and children. Chickens, cows, cats, and one farm dog on are on the grounds of this truly enchanting place. This center gives you a chance to step away from your busy life, and truly appreciate our heartland and eat food grown on the grounds. It is transformational. 


The AYS program consists of three weekend modules (all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for Units 1, 3, and 4 and Unit 2 is online. Each Session includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, ayurveda yoga therapy clinic during Unit 4 and guided independent study. All Sessions are spaced approximately three to six months apart to allow time for integration of the material through personal practice, home study assignments, and telephone calls with mentors.The AYS program will start at 8:30 AM Friday-Sunday and end at 4:30 pm each day. Arrangements for arrival should be on the Thursday before, returning the Sunday evening following the session. More information regarding curriculum and weekend format of the AYS program are found here. 


Dr. Long returns to Kansas City annually to be a part of this program and keep us up to date on what’s happening in osteopathic trauma procedures and how it relates to yoga. Details are posted here.


There is a 40 hour practicum in the Bridge program and you will be required to design a research project to work with a small group.


  • Attend & participate in Core 1-3 courses, complete all assignments & exams.

  • Complete the Sacred Contracts Module.

  • Attend and complete Units 1-4 of the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program. 

  • Complete a final project from your practicum.

  • Attend one Current Osteopathic Procedures (BandhaYoga Workshop) with Dr. Ray Long.

  • Attend annual course of Intro Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Pass comprehensive exam.

  • Upon completion of the Advanced/Bridge hour program, you are eligible to enter the KC Yoga Therapy Professional Training Program concurrently. If a pause is desired between programs, a full updated application and fee is required.

2019 - 2020


  • Tuition for Yoga Therapy Part 1 is $4,075 that includes the AYS program, Dr. Long’s Workshop, Sacred Contracts and the Intro to Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies courses. The whole enchilada. You must apply and be accepted into the program, paying a non-refundable $250 fee. Process your online application: IIYS / KC Yoga Therapy Application here. Payments plans for tuition are available in monthly, quarterly or split. Tuition does not include lodging, food, travel or materials. Cancellation policy: the tuition is returned for coursework not taken, minus a $250 administration fee.

  • If taken the AYS is outside the Yoga Therapy program, tuition is $399 per Unit for the Ayurveda Yoga Specialist program. A one time $50 IIYS administration fee is required when applying for the program. Discounts are given if all four units are paid for in advance ($1399). After completion of entire program, you will receive a certificate from the Himalayan Institute. Cancellation resulting in a refund, incurs a $250 administration fee to the IIYS for this course.

  • Dr. Long’s workshop is $300 for the full workshop if registered outside of the Yoga Therapy program.

  • Payment Plans: Monthly, quarterly, bi-annual plans are available, please email here.

  • Lodging, Meals, Travel Materials & Books: Not included in any tuitions or workshop fees.


Core 1: Spring Semester 2020

Core 2: Summer Semester 2020

Core 3: Fall Semester 2020

Osteopathic Procedures & Medical Updates with Dr. Raymond Long

BandhaYoga Module: October 2019


Unit 1: Nov 8-10, 2019 with Kathryn Templeton

Unit 2: online, access after Nov 10, 2019

Unit 3: April 24-26, 2020 with Kathryn Templeton

Unit 4: July 10-12, 2020 with Kathryn Templeton