Design and teach therapeutic yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges.

As a complete professional program, students are prepared to design and teach therapeutic Yoga for groups and individuals with specific needs or health challenges. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, theory, process, and application of Yoga therapy using the Integrative Yoga Therapy model, based on the Five Koshas.

Duration:  Nine Months (25th February– till the 18 October 2020). Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1030am till 130pm / and on 6 Saturdays in June and July from 11am till 1:30pm. The weekly classes will end on the 27th August)

Investment: R19 500 which can be paid off in monthly instalments over the 9-month period.
A deposit of R5500.00 secures you spot on the course (please note this is non-refundable if you cancel your attendance before the course begins).
Longer terms (than 6 months) can be arranged if needed but will incur a small monthly administration fee.
A contract will also be signed committing to making the payment in full, if the participant decides to leave the course for any reason after the commencement date.

The above fee includes:
– The yoga therapy comprehensive training manual
– All classes and guest lecturers (Vedanta, Ayurveda and Functional Anatomy)
– All the books you will need for the required reading
– The residential cleansing and meditation weekend in October (Fri 16th till Sun 18th) in Magaliesburg (Attendance is compulsory for all participants)
– A Yoga Therapy certificate (accredited with Yoga Alliance International)

*Please note the Fee excludes the following:
1. A CPR course for those wanting to teach / renew- cost is R350.00 for a 2-year certificate.
2. Any fees payable to Yoga Alliance International and the Yoga Teacher’s Fellowships or any other accrediting body a student wishes to register with).

A non-refundable deposit of R5000.00 secures your placement on the course. It will be expected of you to do self-study and to develop your own personal yoga practice. Estimated time required: Minimum 1 hour per day. This is necessary for you in order to be able to teach yoga from a point of personal experience and not merely from poses learnt in a book.
The Yoga Therapy course is open to any past graduates of Shakti Yoga Centre or if you have completed a 200 Hour / level 1 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training through a recognised / accredited centre.

The SYC Yoga Therapy certification is the recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance International (

Curriculum & Schedule
Please note the actual course is 350 Hours, of which 120 hours are performed through personal study, research and self-practice. Modules on the Yoga Therapy course include sessions on Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy and Yoga asana classes taught from various perspectives, such as Traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Transformational Yoga.

• Role of Ashtanga yoga & Hatha Yoga in healing.
• Yoga for back problems, Yoga for diabetes, Yoga for Hypertension, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga for Obesity, problems, Yoga, Yoga for Mental disorders, Yoga for HIV, Yoga for cancer, Yoga for Asthma, Yoga for Digestive problems,
• Yoga during pregnancy.
• Physiology of Diseases (Back Problems, Heart Diseases, Diabetes, Arthritis, Hyper tension, High & Low Blood Pressure, Asthma, common cold, Obesity, Gynaecological problems, Thyroid disorders – Presented by Dr Hema Kalan
• Mental disorder like Anxiety, Mood disorders including bipolar depression, Stress disorders, Childhood problems including ADHD, Autism, MR etc) – Presented by Annindita Hoque
• Anatomy & Physiology – Skeleto-muscular system. injury prevention, common yoga injuries – Presented by Theresa Moodie
• Traditional Chinese Medicine – overview – Presented by Theresa Moodie
Traditional Hatha Yoga Techniques
• Basic movements & Preparatory movements (36 types)
• Pawanmuktasana Series (1, 2 & 3) designed by Swami Satyananda of Bihar School of Yoga
• Surya Namaskar (how to modify for particular conditions)
• Pranayama – Different Types of Pranayama (Shitali, Sitkari, Ujjayi, Bhramari, Bhastrika, Surya Bhedan, Chandra Bhedan, Nadi Shodhan Pranayama) from the Hatha yoga tradition with Kumbhaka (holding of breath or retention) & Bandhas (energy locks)
• Transformational Pranayama Techniques- for the 5 Pranas
• Mantra practice for clearing the chakras and balancing the four bodies (physical, emotional, mental and psychic)
Kriyas / Cleansing techniques – (Shatkarmas from Hatha Yoga Pradipikika and Gherand Samhita)
1. Neti (cleansing of nasal passage) – Jala neti (water), Sutra Neti (inserting sterilized rubber tube in nostrils and mouth)
2. Vaman (with salty water), Shankar Prakshalana (Master Cleansing)
3. Nouli (abdominal massage)
4. Tratak (concentrated gazing involving candle flame tratak)
5. Kapalbhati (frontal lobe cleansing)
(Note – These cleansing techniques are optional and subject to certain contra-indications)

• Vata, Kapha, Pitta Type of personalities
• Introduction to the cleansing techniques of Panchakarma: Shirodhara technique & other herbal treatments.
• Functioning of the human body – Ayurveda perspective

Additional Modules
•  Functional Anatomy (theory and applied), injury prevention and management
•  Subtle anatomy (chakras and pranas)
•  TIME Meditation techniques
•  Yoga philosophy- Introduction to Vedanta (from the Upanishads)
•  Yoga therapy based individual classes and yoga nidra
•  Meditation – Still and dynamic meditations for the 4 bodies, physical, prana, mental and psychic
•  Karma Yoga – will be available for those wishing to develop their therapy skills at various non-profit organisations.

• Ancient Chinese Philosophy
• Three Treasures
• Five Elements
• Yin Yang
• Qi
• Meridians
• Chakras
• Benefits of TCM

Comparisons between Ayurvedic Medicine & TCM
• Grandmother, mother, child relationship vs VATA, PITA & KAPHA
• Comparisons of the Elements
• Body clock
• Diagnostic methods
• Useful examples of the applications of TCM in Yoga therapy

One-on-one instructional skills
Learn alignment principles for advanced elements of practice, as well as techniques for safely guiding students in and out of more advanced poses. Develop the skills and confidence to provide effective private yoga sessions.
Posture assisting and functional anatomy
Practice giving more advanced postural assistance and receiving feedback from peers and skilled facilitators. Learn functional anatomy principles with guest lecturers. Learn to have every student experience the anatomical benefits of a pose in a way that works for them through the use of props and safe, suitable adjustments.

Yogic philosophy and modern-day applications of ancient texts
Explore the wisdom of classic texts such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita and inquire into the meaning of these texts in your daily life. Expand your yoga practice off the mat by cultivating an awareness of yoga philosophy for inspired living and teaching.

Pranayama and meditation techniques
Delve deeply into the practice of classic pranayama and meditation techniques. Learn teaching tools to help your students access the power of meditation and prana flow.

Tools for crafting transformational therapeutic classes
Learn to teach from your most authentic self, using your own inner wisdom as the seed for inspired teaching. Develop techniques for crafting transformational workshops and creating sacred classroom space.

The nature of our therapy training offers the opportunity for optimum growth and transformation. The objective of self-inquiry is to encourage awareness of how the tools and techniques of yoga can bring about inner transformation, healing and overall well-being.

• Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine – Larry Payne, Terra Gold & Eden Goldman
• Yoga Therapy – Swami Kuvalayananda
• Yogic Management of Common Diseases – Dr. Swami Karmananda (Bihar School of Yoga Publication)

According to your interest in more specialised topics:
• Swami Shankardevananda, Effects of Yoga on Hypertension
• Swami Yogapratap, Exploring Yoga and Cancer
• Swami Muktananda, Nawa Yogini Tantra: Yoga for Women
• Swami Shankardevananda, Practices of Yoga for the Digestive System
• Swami Satyananada Saraswati and Swami Karmananda Saraswati, Yoga and Cardiovascular Management
• Swami Shankardevananda, Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes
• Swami Nirmalananda, Yogic Management of Cancer
• Other recommended books are available in the Google Drive folder and SYC library.

Pre-requisites for Teacher Training Applicants
•  Students applying for this Yoga Therapy course must provide a 200 or 300 hour / level certificate from a school registered with Yoga Alliance International or the equivalent.
•  Applicants should have practiced yoga consistently for at least 2 years prior to the course
•  Applicants should have a minimum of 1 years’ teaching experience

International Standards
For those wanting to become accredited yoga therapists you will be assisted in registering with Yoga Alliance International, the head office is in Pondicherry, India.
This course meets all the criteria for the international yoga standards and is fully accredited with Yoga Alliance International.
This YAI Accreditation is not a certification program, rather it is a listing of yoga schools and yoga teachers whose training and experience meets certain minimum international standards as described below. The accreditation listing differentiates three levels of training: a 200-hour level, 300 – hour and 500-hour level.

Minimum Yoga Teacher Standards
The Shakti Yoga Centre TTC standards are in accordance with Yoga Alliance International and the International Yoga Federation (IYF), and similar international yoga bodies.