Advanced 500 Hour Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certification

What is Yoga Therapy at Ajna Yoga:

Ajna Yoga provides comprehensive yoga therapy training offered on a module-based, go- at- your- own- pace learning format. Our graduates learn the essential tools for practicing yoga therapy, with guidance from a highly qualified and supportive faculty. Students have a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years to complete the program modules.

Ajna approaches each student where they are on their path of healing and discovery of the self. We teach students how to apply the tools of Yoga Therapy including pranayama, applied anatomy, therapeutic asana modifications, and meditation. Ajna focuses on teaching students how certain techniques can heal their clients, so that they can in turn educate their clients about the empowering field of yoga therapy.  

500 Hours of Therapeutic training with Ajna Yoga combined with your 200 hour Yoga Training awards you a 500 Hour Therpeutic Teacher of Yoga Certification


200+300=500 Hours --Become a RYT 500 Yoga Teacher



 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 Certification 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).

Read about the new standards for Yoga Therapists

 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


Fill out our online application form



500 Hour Yoga Therapy Course oultine

Read more about Therapeutic Yoga weekend workshops

Read more about our 80 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Intensive

Tuition and Fees

$800      Deposit
$800      80 Hour Intensive (minus deposit)
$2,800   Program Tuition

              (minus deposit, includes 8 workshops, Internship, Mentorship & all course manuals)

$4600 TUTION
($150 is a non refundable registration fee)

To pay online with mastercard/visa


Program Admission Requirements

Students must have completed their 200 hour (Level 1) Yoga Certification.

Read over our Grading Criteria


Important News Regarding Yoga Therapy

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) have developed new standards for Yoga Therapists.  On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Ajna was awarded accreditation for our new 800 Yoga Therapy Program. (read about our new accredited program here)
Under the new guidelines from IAYT, 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.

If you are considering Yoga Therapy Training, you can choose to do either 300 Hours or 800 hours of additional training. You can only apply to be recognized as an Accredited Yoga Therapist by IAYT if you complete 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training (unless you began your training prior to 2014). You can apply to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) through Yoga alliance if you complete the 300 hours of Yoga Therapy training.

"Awesome team. All teachers have their expertise in different fields-very complimentary, warm, genuine support for the group, passionate and always made things fun throughout."
------------ 2011 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Graduate

Read what else our 300 Hour graduates are saying



Payment options

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

Payment options:

  • cash
  • cheque made out to Ajna Yoga
  • visa/mastercard through our MInd body system

To pay by cash  e-mail  or call Michelle at 250-812-8355
To pay by cheque, please mail to:

Ajna Yoga

2185 Theatre Lane

Victoria, B.C

V8R 5S4


To pay by visa or mastercard please click here to use our mindbody software



Ajna Yoga is registered with PCTIA. In British Columbia, private career training is regulated. Any private career institution offering a program with tuition of $1,000 or more and 40 hours or more in duration is required to register and adhere to basic education standards.

PCTIA was created to carry out the important role of student protection in the private career training sector. It is committed to protecting student interests. Explore their website ( for more resources on how to be an informed student, get a list of registered and accredited institutions, and learn about how your tuition is protected.



Have a read through our Policies including our Refund Policy


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.


A minimum of 8 students are required to run the course. If a session is cancelled, your deposit will be refunded in full or transferred to another session.



Credit for the course may be transferred to another workshop at a later date, if more than 72 hours notice is given.



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


Recommended Reading

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.

Graduation Requirements

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.


80 Hour Therapeutic Intensive in Victoria, BC,
(required component for 500 hr certificate)

This Intensive training will provide you with a working knowledge of how to apply yoga therapeutically to clients with specific health concerns.

Topics include:

  • 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)

Each day begins with a meditation and asana class. 

Read more about the Intensive

 6 week Internship

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 300 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.

6 week Mentorship

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.