Foundations of Yoga Therapy

Advanced Teacher Training

 

“ Yoga Therapy is a beautiful and empowering practice that merges Western understanding of anatomy, physiology and mind-body psychology with ancient Eastern Yogic practices. It’s a holistic approach to healing that recognizes the interconnectedness of your emotions, thoughts and body.”                                           

Chelsea Lee, Program Director


Program Description

The 300-hour Foundations of Yoga Therapy is designed to broaden and deepen yoga teachers’ knowledge and skills, enabling them to create individualized treatments as well as therapeutic yoga classes. This intensive program of study offers a holistic approach to therapy, looking at the person as a whole. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the application of yoga techniques to support their client’s healing on all levels of their being – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic. The integrated curriculum will cover both eastern and western approaches including physical and energetic anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment skills, philosophy,  Ayurveda breathing techniques, mudra, mantra, meditation, as wells as various styles of yoga including Yin, Restorative, Hatha and Chair Yoga.

Yoga Therapy bridges the gap between yoga and many other health professions. As its popularity grows, it is becoming widely recognized as an effective and complementary healing art by physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, naturopaths and physicians. The Foundations of Yoga Therapy will provide students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary for using yoga therapeutically in clinics, studios, and community centers. This program meets Student Aid BC criteria, enabling eligible students to receive loans. Graduates may pursue further education in Yoga Therapy in order to become an accredited Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

Faculty includes: Chelsea Lee, Mark Finch, Natalie Rousseau, Diane Lee, Neil Pearson, Lila Rasa Brown, Sylvia Smallman,  Nicole Marcia and Tova Payne


Program Curriculum

  • Principles of Yoga Therapy

    • Principles of Yoga Therapy offers an in-depth exploration into various Yoga Therapy techniques used for healing, including: asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation. Students will gain an understanding of what the primary tools of Yoga Therapy are, as well as how to both perform and guide these techniques in individual and group sessions.  This course will include teachings in Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep), Restorative, Yin and Chair Yoga – important yoga methods for calming the nervous system, creating gentle opening through restricted lines in the body’s fascia and creating greater accessibility for postures.
    • Throughout the duration of the program, students will expand their personal yoga practice, advancing the integration of anatomy, optimal alignment, the use of props, movement principles and sequencing, while broadening their experience with various styles of yoga (Restorative, Yin, Chair, Vinyasa and Hatha).
    • An additional component of Yoga Therapy during one-on-one sessions is offering support for many mental/emotional conditions.  As such, this course will provide students with skills in guidance and communication to increase their ability and confidence in allowing and assisting in the processing of mental and emotional holdings and trauma.
  • Yoga Therapy Methodology

    • Yoga Therapy Methodology will teach assessment skills, honing students’ ability to observe misalignments in the body and offer appropriate verbal and physical assists and adjustments.  This course will teach the art of energetic diagnosis by applying knowledge of energetic anatomy in addition to skills in assessment of the physical body. Students will learn how to maintain presence as a therapist, cultivating their ability to hold space for a range of clients; they will learn how to address structural imbalances and misalignments in both a one-on-one and group setting, and will be trained in the art of asking skillful questions during an intake interview.
    • Students will learn how to be grounded in the seat of the therapist and feel confident and clear in their assessment and treatment during private Yoga Therapy sessions.  Yoga Therapy Methodology will provide students with in-depth knowledge of effective teaching methods as they learn how to prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques, including selecting, sequencing, adapting and modifying yoga practices to suit the needs of clients in private and group settings.
  • Anatomy & Physiology

    • Anatomy & Physiology will provide students with a deeper understanding of physical anatomy and physiology from a Western perspective, as well as energetic anatomy of the subtle inner body. This course will offer an intensive study of all the major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist. Additionally, this course will explore fascia and how the body is connected through fascial lines. Students will learn about biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga, as well as knowledge of the interaction between the body, breath, mind, intellect and emotions in health and well-being.

      Pathophysiology

      • During this course, students will gain an understanding of causes and processes of disease in the body, and common imbalances and injuries of the human body. Yoga Therapists are exposed to various medical conditions and physical injuries, requiring students to become familiar with, and knowledgeable in, various pathophysiological cases so that they can meet their clients’ needs, provide effective treatment plans and avoid causing harm. This course will allow students to become familiar with various medical conditions and terminology, which will enable them to work in a clinical setting and communicate more easily with other health/medical practitioners, such as Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Naturopaths.
  • Introduction To Yoga Therapy For Specialty Populations

    • This course will include lectures and workshops taught by various experts in the Yoga Therapy industry, focusing on specific conditions and populations and applications of Yoga Therapy suited to each. Through this course, students will broaden their exposure to various approaches in yoga therapy, offering a glimpse into various areas of specialization in their careers. Students will learn about the population/condition, benefits of yoga techniques, indications, contraindications and the most potent tools for treatment. Specialty populations include individuals who are:
      • moving through grief, depression & anxiety
      • in recovery from addictions and trauma
      • seniors
      • experiencing chronic pain
  • Philosophy & Lifestyle

    • Philosophy provides a framework that helps to orient the mind – your personal philosophy is your stance in the world, and your philosophy is the backbone of your Yoga Therapy practice.  If we know philosophy, then we know that a human is not body and mind, but rather body, mind and heart.  Without philosophy, yoga becomes simply asana.
    • This course will deepen students’ textual and experience knowledge of Yogic philosophy, while creating a better understanding of the impact philosophy has on both differential diagnosis and treatment in therapy.  Students will gain a broader philosophical framework for their work, as well as the ability to communicate this framework to students and clients.  The final assignment for the course will require students to write a paper on their Philosophical Stance, establishing their own personal philosophy by which they strive to live and work.
    • Upon completion of this course, students will have the tools to lead a yoga therapy session with a balance of reverence, understanding and knowledge of yoga tradition and the ability to articulate and weave both fundamental and esoteric teachings within the context of modern living.
  • Business of Yoga Therapy

    • This course will provide students with practical business knowledge, while teaching the necessary tools for effectively building a business in the growing industry of yoga therapy.  Students will learn how to market themselves authentically and professionally, acquire clients and build a case-load, market workshops and courses, manage finances and expenses, and present themselves to potential employers in professional health establishments such as clinics and studios.  Students will also learn about the therapist-client relationship, harnessing a thorough understanding of waivers, insurance, liability and record-keeping, among other skills essential for running a business in the yoga therapy industry.
  • Practicum & Student Clinic

    • This course will provide students with the opportunity to deepen their assessment and teaching skills, practically applying the Principles of Yoga Therapy during one-on-one yoga therapy sessions with peers and the public, as well as develop their ability to design, implement and evaluate group classes. Throughout the duration of the program, students will solidify their skills in teaching therapeutic yoga classes by teaching to their peers and receiving supportive and
      effective feedback. After the mid-term practicum exams, students will begin offering 1-hour Yoga Therapy sessions to the public in our Student Clinic. This provides students with the opportunity to work with people from the community, placing students in the seat of the therapist early on – helping them to sharpen their skills in assessment, communication, listening, presence, time management and treatment.


Dates & Schedule

Dates and Schedule

October 16, 2017 – January 10, 2018

  • October 16-19, 23-26, 30 – Nov 2
  • November 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-29
  • December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
  • January 2-3, 8-10

Info Sessions

Bring all your questions to an info session! Meet faculty members who will discuss the school, programs, instructors and opportunities in the yoga industry.

Next Sessions:

  • Thursday, August 3 at 6pm

Should you enroll in a Yoga Teacher Training after attending an info session, you will receive a discount of $100 off the cost of tuition (this discount can’t be combined with others). Please register at least one day prior to an info session by email admissions@vsbm.com or phone 604-688-5060.

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Admission Requirements

The Vancouver School of Yoga welcomes students of any sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, or religion.

Application Requirements

  • A 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate
  • High school diploma or equivalent or minimum 19 years of age prior to the start of the program
  • Completed application form and health evaluation
  • $100 application fee
  • Personal interview with the Admissions Director
  • Fluency in English
  • Free of disability or disease that could impede the learning process of the individual or jeopardize the health and safety of fellow students/clients

Admission Procedures

Upon successful acceptance into the program, you will be required to provide the following:

  • Proof of age and identity (a photocopy of either your driver’s license, passport, or other photo ID)
  • Proof of high school diploma or equivalent, if under 19
  • Proof of 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate
  • A doctor’s note stating that you are in good physical health with no disability or disease that could impede the learning process of the individual or jeopardize the health and safety of fellow students/clients
  • A signed copy of the Student Enrolment Contract
  • A 20% deposit on tuition and other costs


Tuition, Fees & Financial Assistance
Total$4,260.00
Application Fee$100.00
Tuition$3,900.00
Texts and Supplies$250.00
Student Record Archiving Fee$10.00

Application Fee

This $100 fee is paid at the time the application is submitted to VSBM/VSY and is non-refundable.

Tuition

Tuition for the Foundations of Yoga Therapy program is $3,900. A 20% deposit on the total cost of the program less the application fee is due upon registration. The balance is due according to the payment plan selected.

Texts and Supplies

All equipment, including yoga mats and props, is supplied by the school. Students are welcome to bring their own mat if preferred. Each student receives an organic cotton t-shirt and the following texts:

  • Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda
  • Yoga: Discipline of Freedom by Barbara Stoler Miller
  • Yoga as Therapy by Doug Keller
  • Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

Student Record Archiving Fee

PTIB bylaws require that all career training student records are stored electronically off-site. Each student’s enrolment contract, transcript and diploma or certificate is stored with Datawitness for a period of no less than 25 years, retrievable only by VSBM/VSY administrative staff.


Payment Plans

  • Option One
    • Full payment at the time of registration
    • Save Money! Receive 5% discount on tuition if paid one month in advance.
    • *This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
  • Option Two
    • Deposit 20% at the time of registration
    • Payment 80% on the first day of classes
  • Option three
    • Deposit 20% at the time of registration
    • Payment #1 – 40% on the first day of classes
    • Payment #2 – 40% on an agreed upon date (approximately 1/3 through)


Financial Assistance

Student Aid BC: The Foundations of Yoga Therapy is approved for government funded student loans as a full-time program. Financial assistance may be available to eligible students.

For more information go to: www.studentaidbc.ca or call the school for assistance.


Scholarships

VSBM/VSY is pleased to offer one scholarship per Yoga Teacher Training intake. The scholarship covers 25% of the tuition fee.

With their application forms, scholarship applicants need to submit a short essay describing the following:

  • Why do you need the scholarship?
  • Why are you a good candidate?
  • What are your intentions once certified to teach yoga?

We will accept applications for the scholarship up until one month prior to each course start date and make our decision quickly thereafter. Please note the scholarship recipient will become the “Lead Hand” for their class which involves various responsibilities including assisting instructors and ensuring the studio is clean and tidy.


Tuition Refund Policy

Please note our refund policy has been updated as of October 4, 2016 as per PTIB bylaws.

  1. If the institution receives tuition from the student, or a person on behalf of the student, the institution will refund the student, or the person who paid on behalf of the student, the tuition that was paid in relation to the program in which the student is enrolled if:
    • the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student no later than seven days after the effective contract date and before the contract start date;
    • the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signs the student enrolment contract seven days or less before the contract start date and the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student between the date the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signed the student enrolment contract and the contract start date; or
    • the student does not attend a work experience component and the institution does not provide all of the hours of instruction of the work experience component within 30 days of the contract end date.
  2. The institution will refund the tuition for the program and all related fees paid by the student or a person on behalf of the student enrolled in the program if the student is enrolled in the program without having met the admission requirements and did not misrepresent his or her knowledge or skills when applying for admission.
  3. If a student does not attend any of the first 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition paid under the student enrolment contract unless the program is provided solely through distance education.
  4. Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from a student:
    • more than seven days after the effective contract date and
      1. at least 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 10% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,000.
      2. less than 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 20% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,300.
    • after the contract start date
      1. but before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
      2. and after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
  1. Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution provides a notice of dismissal to a student and the date the institution delivers the notice to the student is:
    • before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
    • after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
  2. If the institution provides the program solely through distance education and the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and:
    • the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for up to 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or
    • the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
  3. The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to the institution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student.
  4. Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days:
    • of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal,
    • of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student,
    • of the date that the registrar provides notice to the institution that the institution is not complying with section 1(c) or 2 of this policy, or
    • after the first 30% of the hours of instruction if section 3 of this policy applies.
  5. If an international student delivers a copy of a refusal of a study permit to the institution, sections 1(a), 1(b), 4, 7, and 8 of this policy apply as if the copy of the refusal were a notice of withdrawal, unless:
    • the international student requests an additional letter of acceptance for the same program that was the subject of the refusal of a study permit, or the program is provided solely through distance education.

 

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