Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

This is a comprehensive Yoga instructor training, designed in accordance with the 200 hour requirements for registration with Yoga Alliance. At the end of the course you will be a Certified Yoga Instructor, eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. You will be qualified to teach Therapeutic Yoga. 

Hatha yoga Mysore offers 200 Hour Therapeutic yoga teacher training thrice in an year (contact for dates).

The Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program gives yoga teachers the skills to work intelligently with students who are living with chronic illness or injury, as well as  aging populations. Knowing how to work with these groups will deepen your confidence as a teacher, expand the range of private clients you can work with, and increase the types of classes you can offer. The training also offers a great education in the gentler styles of yoga that can be incorporated into more active classes.

The Syllabus

1. Study of Health and Disease according to Ayurveda:
a. Concept of Ayurveda
b. View of Health and disease according to Ayurveda
c. The five element theory
d. The three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
e. The effect of the dosas in the body according to season, day time and age.
f. 80 diseases Related to Vata
g. 40 diseases related to Pitta
h. 20 diseases related to Kapha
i. Knowing your dosha
j. Diet and Daily Regimen for each dosha.

In this subject, we cover the basic principles of Ayurveda, the view of health and disease according to this ancient wisdom of india.  The student is introduced to the Dosha Concept and its humors (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and the five element theory.   There is an understanding on how disease manifests on each body type and the student is introduced to changes in lifesytle, diet, yoga asanas and pranyamas which will help prevent/diminish the manifestation of disease.  This is an important foundation for the yogic management of common diseases.

2. Study of Asanas
Two main styles of yoga therapy are taught:  Pawanamuktasana Series from Bihar School of Yoga and Iyengar Yoga Series, which include foundation postures for sequencing according to a disease as well as particular sequences given by Iyengar for particular diseases related to Cardiovascular, Inmune, Nervous, Digestive, Respiratory and Urogenital systems.

Along with study of asanas, the student is introduced to safe cleansing sequences as Laghoo Shankaprakshalana, TTK Solution, Trataka and Jala Neti.
a. Pawanamuktasana Series

i. Anti-rehumatic Group
ii. Digestive/Abdominal Group
iii. Energy Blocks Releasing Group
iv. Application of these series for common diseases 

b. Iyengar Yoga Series
i. Foundation postures for sequencing according to a disease
ii. Sequences for the Cardiovascular, Inmune, Nervous, Digestive, Respiratory and Urogenital systems.

c. Cleansing Sequences
i. Laghoo Shankaprakshalana
ii. Jala Neti

3. Asana Methodology
a. Core Principles of Asana Practice
b. Sequencing & Drawing Postures
c. The Science of Asanas and their therapeutic effects
i. Standing Postures
ii. Balancing
iii. Forward Bending Postures
iv Meditation Postures
v. Back Bending Postures
vi. Twisting Postures
vii. Inverted Postures
viii. Relaxation Postures

This subject includes understanding the "Core Principles of Asana Practice" as well as giving the student the fundamentals for Sequencing & Drawing Postures.  There is a deep understanding of asanas (yogic postures) and their therapeutic effects.

We encourage the future Yoga Therapist to understand the ir patient/student and we provide a Health Assessment Foundation so that the teacher can easily tap into the patient's requirements and limitations.

At the end of the training, the yoga therapist should be capable of teaching a basic yoga class on both series as well as being able to sequence for diseases in all fieds of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, cleansing techniques, mudras and bandhas) when necessary.

d. Health Assessment for patients/students.
e. Teaching Practicum
f. Video: Yoga Therapy between the east & the west.

4. Relaxation Techniques
a. Quick Relaxation Technique
b. Yoga Nidra
c. Healing the Body-Mind
d. Chakra Breathing

Relaxing the body-mind system is of primary importance for the Yoga Therapist, as it allows the healing process to happen in the unconscious mind.  Several relaxation techniques are given such as Yoga Nidra, Chakra Breathing and Healing the Body Mind.  We suggest the to purchase the book "Body-Mind" Balancing from Osho.

Case Study
By the fourth week, students are asked to either choose one of our case studies or take a case of someone they know such as family member, friend or co-worker who has a particular disease and research as well as apply what has been learned throughout the course in order to deliver the following:

-  Proposed Yoga Therapy Sequence (In weeks of progress for minimum 1-2 months)
-  Proposed Pranayama Practices (also in weeks)
-  Proposed Meditation Practices
-  Proposed Yoga Nidra
-  Proposed Lifestyle changes.

This is evaluated with the teacher and any changes/feedback will be given to the student.

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The yoga therapy components of our 200-Hour Teacher Training on Yoga as Therapy Abhijna School of Yoga and Meditation Standards, not derived from our status as an RYS® nor RYTs®with Yoga Alliance Registry.

200 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher's Training  (
Formación de Profesores en Yoga Terapia 200 Horas)
200H Yoga Therapy TTC:   Oct 1 - OCT. 29, 2015  (Batch Size 12 Students)  - Language:  English
200H Yoga Terapia TTC:    Oct 1 - OCT. 29, 2015 (Tamaño Grupo: 10 Estudiantes) - Language:  Español
200H Yoga Therapy TTC:   Jan 13th  - Feb 9th, 2016 (Batch Size 12 Students)   - Language:  English
200H Yoga Therapy TTC:   Mar 21  - Apr 16, 2016  (Batch Size 12 Students)  - Language: English

5.    Study of Pranayama (breathing exercises) & Bandhas

a.    The Mechanics of Breathing
b.    Four Aspects of Pranayama 
c.    Introducing the practitioner to his natural breath
d.    Abdominal Breathing
e.    Thoracic Breathing
f.      Clavicular Breathing
g.    Full Yogic Breath
h.    Nadi Shodhana
i.      Bramhari
j.      Bastrika
k.     Kapalabhati
l.      Sheetali & Sheetkari
m.   Ujjayi
n.    Moola, Uddhyana, Jalandhara & Maha Bandha.

In-depth study of Pranayama or vital energy as a healing technique .   Practices as Full Yogic Breath, Bramhari, Nadhi Shodhana, Bhastrika, Kaphalabhati, Ujjayi, Sheetali and Sheetkari among others are introduced to the practitioner.  The study of Bandhas include Moola, Uddhyana, Jalandhara & Maha Bandha.

6.    Mudras (Yoga in your hands)
a. Using mudras to heal physical problems
b. Using mudras to heal emotional problems
c.    Mudra exercises
                    i.     Chin Mudra
                   ii.     Jnana Mudra
                  iii.     Shambavi Mudra
                  iv.     Nasikagra Mudra
                   v.     Prana Mudra
                  vi.     Shanmukhi Mudra
                 vii.     Kechari & Kaki Mudra

Using mudras to heal physical aw well as emotional problems.  The student is encouraged to purchase the book "Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands" from author Gertrud Hirschi.  

7.    The Yogic Diet
a.    Food
b.    Relationship between food and our emotions

The student is introduced to a Sattvic and Yogic Diet.  Also to understand the relationship between food and our emotions. Everything that we eat is food for our body/mind system. Food is the source and creator of prana (life force) that maitains our physical, mental, emotional, vital and subtle bodies and brings us vitality and health.   The types of foods we choose to eat will reflect the level of our consciousness. The discipline of yoga suggests a pure vegetarian diet, which facilitates the development of sattva. Sattva is a quality of love, awareness, connection, and peace with all sentient beings.   
The student are also given the guidelines for ayurvedic diet according to each body type or dosha.

8.    Esoteric study of yoga
It includes the study of Nadis  (Ida, Pingala and Sushumna) and their function in our body/mind system;  the study of the concept ofKoshas or subtle layers of the body (a human being is capable of experiencing five dimensions of existence and they range from gross to subtle);  the study of  fivePranas or five primary forces, known as pancha prana, which operate in the physical body at all times.  

These five pranas are identified as: prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana. These pranas represent the inherent quality of motion which energizes every action from secretion of the digestive juices to the movement of the hand. They flow through all the elements, organs and the mind.

Understanding the chakras and their relationship in the human body-mind system as well as the pranas and koshas.
a.    Concept of Nadis
b.    Concept of Koshas
c.    Concept of five Pranas
d.    The chakras

9.    Yoga Philosophy
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Rāja yoga. The sutras spell out how the mind works and how is it possible to use the mind to attain liberation.  It is a roadmap of human consciousness.  It expresses the truth of human condition:  how we know what we know, why we suffer, and how can we discover the way out of suffering.  

The student is introduced to the elements of his mind, to the concept of discipline and disciple as well as Abhyasa (constant inner practice) and Vairagyam (desirelessness) as foundation to enter into the Ashtanga Yoga or steps to tame one's mind and  work towards Samadhi (Liberation).  
The course contains among others:
a.    Foundations of Yoga
b.    Concept of Abhyasa and Vairagyam
c.    Ashtanga Yoga (The 8 limbs of Yoga)

10. Yoga Anatomy
Includes the study of the following systems according to Allopathic Medicine.
a.    Cardiovascular System
b.    Respiratory System
c.    Digestive System
d.    Skeletal System
e.    Muscular System
f.      Endocrine System

11. Meditation Techniques
Includes techniques for attentiveness, techniques to ease you out, tecniques for breathing, for quieting the mind, and for awareness.
Meditation techniques are practiced everyday under the guidance of the teacher.

The course includes (3) manuals from our institution, tuition, certification & the book Yogic Management of Common Diseases by Swami Karmananda.      For any additional information, you may visit our partner website: or email us at

All our courses will be held on Varkala, Kerala.