Advanced 500 Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certification
Ajna Yoga's New 1,000 Hour Yoga Therapy Program - Starting Jan 1st 2014
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The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) have developed new standards for Yoga Therapists. Ajna is developing a new 1,000 hour program, to meet the new standards for Accredited Yoga Therapists.
Under the new guidelines from the International Association of Yoga Therapists, students beginning their studies as of January 1, 2014 must complete 800 hours of training, additional to their initial 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Students who began their Yoga Therapy training before December 31, 2013 will qualify for Grand parenting. Read more about Grand parenting here (insert link).
If you are considering Yoga Therapy Training, you can choose to do 500 Hours or 1,000 hours of training (both include the hours from your 200 hour certification).
You can only apply to be recognized as an Accredited Yoga Therapist by IAYT if you complete 1,000 hours of Yoga Therapy training.
You can apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) through Yoga alliance if you complete the 500 hours of Yoga Therapy training
Read more below about our 500 hour program
This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance
The 500 Hour Yoga Therapy program is an advanced level Teacher Training program, open to any graduates of a Yoga Alliance certified 200 Hour level course. The 500 Hour designation refers to the total cumulative hours of both programs. The 500 Hour designation is the highest level of Yoga Teacher Training recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Ajna Yoga is a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
We run 8 Workshops per year, and our 80 hour Intensive - Start Anytime
- Take 1-3 years to complete the training.
- Workshops run throughout the whole year!
- Workshops hours - Friday 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
- Each workshop comes with its own Yoga Therapy Manual.
- Students receive a certificate stating they have completed 20 hours of training for each workshop
500 Hour Yoga Therapy Course oultine
Workshops hours - Friday 5-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
Workshop Dates 2014
Applying Yoga Therapy to Inversions and Backbends- Jules Payne and Michelle Schroeder
(January 17-19, 2014) * FULL (email to waitlist)
Backcare Yoga Jules Payne & Melissa Mcleod (March 14-16, 2014)
Journey Through the Chakras Michelle Schroeder & Beth Miller (April 11-13, 2014)
Learning to teach Yoga Therapy for the Hips and Shoulders Jules Payne & Michelle Schroeder
(May 9-11, 2014)
Yin Yoga- Michael Taylor (June 20-22, 2014)
Yoga Trauma and Mental Heath - Nicole Marcia (July 4-6. 2014)
80 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Intensive Ajna Faculty (July 12-July 31, 2014)
50+ and Chair Yoga - Jules Payne & Michelle Schroeder (September 12-14, 2014)
Backcare Yoga - Jules Payne & Melissa McLeod (October 17-19, 2014)
Yoga Nidra Immersion- Jenn Piercy (TBA, November 2014)
Tuition and Fees
$800 80 Hour Intensive (minus deposit)
$2,800 Program Tuition
(minus deposit, includes 8 workshops, Internship, Mentorship & all course manuals)
$4600 TUTION COST
($150 is a non refundable registration fee)
To pay online with mastercard/visa
Option One - Full payment at the time of registration ($4,600).
Option Two - Payment Plan for full Program ($4,600)
Deposit of $800 at the time of registration
Four installments of $950. First installment is due on the first of the following month.
Payment balance must be paid in full 2 weeks before start date.
Option Three – Payment of Program minus 80 -Hour Intensive ($2,800 Total)
Deposit of $800 at the time of registration
Two installments of $1,000
First Installment is due on the first of the following month.
Payment balance must be remitted in full 2 weeks before the start date.
*Note: Option Three is for students wishing to complete the program on a flexible time schedule and who do not wish to take the 80 Hour Intensive in the current year. In order to graduate from the program and receive the 500 hr certificate, students must complete all modules, including the 80 Hour Intensive.
Option Four – Payment of Intensive only – ($1,600)
(Certificate in 80 hours of Advanced Therapeutic Yoga Training)
Deposit of $800 at the time of registration.
$800 to be paid one month before the Intensive.
*Note: With option One, Two or Three, Students receive $20 off each workshop ($160 discount in total)
Option Five: - Payment per workshop- when paying per workshop, fee of each workshop is $320
- cheque made out to Ajna Yoga
To pay by cash e-mail or call Michelle at 250-812-8355
To pay by cheque, please mail to:
2185 Theatre Lane
Please click here to apply online. We will then contact you within 7 days of receiving your application to let you know if you have been accepted. At this point you will have 10 days to confirm your enrollment in the program. To confirm your enrollment, you must submit the following:
- Registration Payment (please see Payment Options)
- Signed student contract
* Please be aware that these programs are in high demand and we cannot hold spaces beyond this 10-day period.
Refund Policy for Students:
a) Refunds before the program of study begins:
i) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution less than 7 calendar days after the contract is made, and before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, the institution may retain the lesser of 10% of the total tuition and fees due under the contract or $250.00.
ii) Subject to subsection 24. 11) a) i), if written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution 30 calendar days or more before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, the institution may retain the lesser of 10% of the total tuition and fees due under the contract, or $750.00.
iii) Subject to subsection 24.11)a) i), if written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution less than 30 calendar days before the commencement of the period of instruction specified in the contract, the institution may retain the lesser of 20% of the total tuition and fees due under the contract, or $1000.00.
b) Refunds after the program of study starts:
i) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution or a student is dismissed before 10% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 30% of the tuition and fees due under the contract.
ii) If written notice of withdrawal is received by the institution, or a student is dismissed, after 10% and before 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, the institution may retain 50% of the tuition and fees due under the contract.
i. If a student withdraws or is dismissed after 30% of the period of instruction specified in the contract has elapsed, no refund is required.
Credit for the course may be transferred to another workshop at a later date, if more than 72 hours notice is given.
New To Ajna's 500 Hour Yoga Therapy Program - Scholarships available
Need assistance in paying for our program. We are now offering 2 scholarships per year for $600 off. Full Course fee with scholarship is $4000.
To apply please submit:
- A letter detailing how you will benefit from our Yoga Therapy Course
- A copy of your current Notice of Assessment (Income Tax)
- A letter of support from a Yoga Teacher
A recommended reading for this program is to read up on kinesiology and anatomy, from a yogic perspective:
- Skeletal system
- Muscular system
- Therapeutic applications of asana and pranayama
This reading is recommended for each student prior to the program, as it will greatly help understanding when reviewing the functions of the body during the program. "Yoga Body: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana" by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, P.T, is highly recommended for this reading, as it covers all the required reading material in a way that is clear and easy to understand.
In order to graduate from Ajna Yoga's Teacher Training Program students must completely fulfill the following requirements:
1) All modules must be completed in a maximum of three years. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you may attend the same workshop the following year. All workshop modules will be repeated each year. The 80 Hour Intensive course will be repeated each year.
2) The internship and the mentorship modules must be successfully completed. Both modules will be adjudicated by the student’s Mentor or the Director of the program. The internship module requires a written outline of the 6 week course.
3) Students must be prepared for each class by bringing a notebook, writing material (pens, highlighters). Students must wear clothes suitable for asana practice.
4) During class modules students are required to take part in group assignments and demonstrate learned material.
This Intensive training will provide you with a working knowledge of how to apply yoga therapeutically to clients with specific health concerns.
- Applied anatomy for therapeutic yoga
- Asana modifications for different health concerns
- Therapeutic pranayama, mudra & meditation
- Sequencing for different needs
- Practice teaching (to groups and to private clients)
You plan, publicize and teach a six-week course in a non-profit organization or a free class in a local studio. You choose your placement, including the population you teach.
Ajna faculty will assist you with your placement and will observe and provide feedback on your teaching. Ideas for the internship are: young moms, homeless people, people with arthritis and office workers.
The Internship is completed during your participation in the 500 Hour Program. To initiate the Internship, you must submit a 250 word proposal detailing the population you will teach and a general outline of the six-week course. Once the proposal is approved, you will submit a full curriculum for your six-week course.
If you live outside of Victoria, you may take your Internship in your local community. It is your responsibility to find a mentor who holds the 500 Hour Designation to give your feedback during the six-week course. This will most likely be your mentor from the Mentorship module.
You choose a teacher to shadow and assist in six of their classes. You must first take two classes as a student of the class before beginning the mentorship. Specific reading and homework will be given to you at your mentor’s discretion. You may do your mentorship with any member of the Ajna 500 hour faculty.
If you live outside of Victoria, you may find your own mentor in your local community who holds the 500 Hour Designation. To mentor with a teacher outside of the Ajna Faculty, you must submit an letter signed by your proposed mentor.