SCHYS program overview

All SCHYS programs meet via a weekend module format.  Each program meets approximately one weekend per month for a designated number of months.  In addition to the weekend program modules, there are other requirements for each program such as online classes, practicum, quizzes, exams, and other outside study.  To find the particular requirements for any program, please contact us. 

SCHYS uses an online website, Schoology.com, to organize each program. All students will be required to have access to a computer with appropriate software and current operating system to utilize Schoology.com, and to play audio and video media for required online classes.  All course information, materials, online classes, quizzes and exams for each program are set up on schoology.com.  Some online classes are audio recordings and some are video recordings, therefore students must have technological capabilities to take these classes--we can assist students who have less technological aptitude.  

topics in our 200-Hour yoga teacher training curriculum

This 10-month program takes place with program modules (meets one weekend per month of hands-on study with faculty), online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions.

200-Hour Training - Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, and The guna model.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Characteristics of a yoga teacher, and Teaching pranayama to students.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of the energetic body.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain in the classroom, Adjustments and modifications for asana, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, and Practicing skills learned.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, and much more.

topics in our 300-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

This 11-month program takes place with program modules (meets one weekend per month of hands-on study with faculty), online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions. plus you’ll enjoy one five-day retreat with JJ Gormley.

300-Hour Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Relating to Arjuna’s despondence, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, Relating kleshas to practice, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, The guna model, prakriti/vikriti, ama/agni, prakopas, The vyuha model for healing, Chakra model as bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, Comparison (Western vs Eastern) of models.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, Teaching mantra, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Teaching meditation, Teaching a therapeutic-based workshop, Characteristics of a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Teaching pranayama to students, Yamas & niyamas for Students, Developing relationship skills.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of stress and the HPA-axis, Anatomy of the energetic body, Anatomy of bandhas, Introduction to mental health, Anatomy of anxiety & depression, Anatomy of grief and the multidimensional human being.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain, scoliosis and other structural issues, Adjustments and modifications for asana and pranayama, Developing a practice toward bandhas, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, Practicing skills learned, Selecting appropriate upayam, Helping students achieve emotional balance.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, one retreat with JJ Gormley, and much more.

topics in our 3-year yoga therapy curriculum

Each year of our three-year program consists of 336-hours for a total of 1008 hours of study. Each year involves approximately eleven program modules (one weekend per month) of hands-on study with faculty, online classes, practicum (internship with faculty and externship or teaching on your own), private sessions with faculty for self-study and improvement, and administrative sessions with faculty for questions and answer sessions, and you’ll enjoy one five-day retreat per year with JJ Gormley.

Step 1 (Year 1) Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Introduction to T. Krishnamachary tradition, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, Relating to Arjuna’s despondence, Introduction to the Yoga Sutras, Introduction to kleshas and antarayas, Relating kleshas to practice, States of mind (ahamkara-citta-buddhi-pratyaya-sattva), Introduction to the Upanishads, The pancha maya model, The pancha vayu model, Introduction to mudras, mantras, nadis, marmas, Introduction to ayurveda, The chakra model, The guna model, prakriti/vikriti, ama/agni, prakopas, The vyuha model for healing, Chakra model as bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, Comparison (Western vs Eastern) of models.

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills: The Ashramas (life cycles), Vinyasa krama for course planning, Upayam of yoga, Brahmana, langhana, & samana in Course Planning, Time management, Developing a pranayama practice, Teaching mantra, The role of pratyhara in our practice, Establishing boundaries and priorities, Teaching meditation, Teaching a therapeutic-based workshop, Characteristics of a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Teaching pranayama to students, Yamas & niyamas for Students, Developing relationship skills.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: General anatomy, Anatomy of the spinal column, Anatomy and alignment of the lower body, Anatomy and alignment of the upper body, Women’s issues, Anatomy of the diaphragms, Endocrine system, Contraindications for common issues, Anatomy of stress and the HPA-axis, Anatomy of the energetic body, Anatomy of bandhas, Introduction to mental health, Anatomy of anxiety & depression, Anatomy of grief and the multidimensional human being.

  • Application of Skills: Applying assessment skills to group settings, Developing lesson plans, Demonstrations and verbal instruction, Communication and inclusive language in practice, Helping those with back pain, scoliosis and other spinal issues, Adjustments and modifications for asana and pranayama, Developing a practice toward bandhas, Integrating body, mind & spirit, Integrating the physical and the energetic bodies, Case studies, Asking appropriate questions, Practicing skills learned, Selecting appropriate upayam, Shamanam & shodanam, Application of yoga therapy tools, Grief counseling for emotional balance.

  • Professional Development: Svadhyaya for teachers, Ethical standards from the Bhagavad Gita, Issues for professional development, Establishing your business: insurance, taxes, and more.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, one retreat per year in the program, and much more.

Step 2 (Year 2) Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Key concepts of yoga therapy, Healing vs curing, Moving from vyutthana to nirodha,Yoga Sutras: Role of duhkham, Yamas & niyamas in yoga therapy, Definitions of Disease & health, Parinama of samskara, Western medicine with ayurveda & yoga

  • Teaching Methodology & Skills:Teaching methodology for working with clients, Designing the client’s first practice, Increasing range of motion for structural issues, Assessing a client, Body language during intake, Increasing range of motion vs strength, learning to ask appropriate questions, Upayam of Yoga Therapy, The intake process, Teaching bandhas & mudras, Understanding the energy of bandhas & mudras, Reading body language, Teaching meditation and mantra as therapy, Understanding mental health: common conditions, symptoms, and interventions.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: Orientation & organization of the human body, Ailments of the structure & joints of the body, Ahara & vihara for the healthy client, Cell structure and genetic regulation, Enzymes, energy & metabolism, The nervous system, Endocrine system, Anatomy of the mind, Anatomy of depression, Psychological concepts & terminology, Common medical & surgical terminology, Healthcare and medical reference resources.

  • Application of Skills: Practice with clients: increasing range of motion, Teaching concepts for calming the mind, Practicing shamanam & shodanam, Practicing the intake process, Sequencing for the client’s current capacity, Therapeutic application of the pancha vayu model, Assessing clients, Practice asking appropriate questions to draw a client out, Using ayurveda’s tools, Choosing appropriate upayam for the client, Practice teaching bandhas 7 mudras, Developing an all-encompassing care plan.

  • Professional Development: Scope of practice and when to refer out, Self-care & protecting your energy, Ethics & morals for yoga therapists, Networking with the healthcare fields, Financial management for the yoga therapist, Professional development discussions, Managing paperwork and files for clients.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, one retreat per year in the program, and much more.

Step 3 (Year 3) Topics Covered:

  • Yoga Foundations: Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Foundations: The body’s need for rest, Regulation of metabolism, Samprapti of metabolic syndrome, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Common medical & surgical terminology, Healthcare & medical reference resources, Digestive system, Electrolytes, The acid-base balance, Lymphatic system, Age-related issues, Reproductive system, Infertility issues, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Neurological issues, Psychological conditions: mood, cognition, behavior, and personality disorders, Trauma healing, Anxiety & depression, Common pharmacology, Autoimmune issues.

  • Application of Skills: Working with clients, Case studies of clients, Case presentations of clients.

  • Professional Development: Professional development discussions, Insurance taxes and financial management for the yoga therapist, Svadhyaya for yoga therapists, Designing a mission statement for a yoga therapy business.

  • In addition to the above curriculum in the Program Modules, students will also enjoy Practicum under faculty guidance (externship and internship), online classes to supplement the material learned in the program modules, one retreat per year in the program, and much more.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years or older, and must be fluent in verbal and written English - insufficient English skills may prohibit successful completion of the program. Students should have access to the internet for online courses and have basic computer skills. We require all of our students to have a strong commitment to personal growth and self-awareness.

Application Process

Prospective students may download an application from the website (see individual program pages for current application) or email barb@schys.yoga for a program application.

  • A non-refundable application fee is required for each program application and must be submitted within 2-weeks of submitting your application. This can be paid online (credit card or PayPal) or sent via check to SCHYS 331 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960.

  • SCHYS administration processes all applications within 30-days after receipt of all required components.

  • SCHYS faculty may contact you for an interview, during which we may review SCHYS policies and procedures, review the Enrollment Agreement, and answer any questions you may have.

  • SCHYS does not accept transfer credits from other training programs.

  • Accepted students are required to submit an Enrollment Agreement and non-refundable Enrollment Fee. This fee must be paid before taking the first module or course requirement.

  • Enrollment begins 6-months before the start of each program.

Click on the individual training program below to download the application:

Policies and Procedures

All SCHYS students are required to read and adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the current SCHYS Student Handbook, which you will receive upon program enrollment. Contact jj@schys.yoga for questions related to the Student Handbook

Tuition

prices effective January 1- december 31, 2019

Tuition includes all program requirements with SCHYS (including program modules, online classes and practicum), SCHYS training manuals, as well as the retreat scheduled at Gray Bear Lodge & Retreat Center,* Hohenwald, TN (outside of Nashville) October 6-11, 2019. Tuition does NOT include travel, room + board (except at the retreat), and the graduation fee ($150) for Step 1 (for a 300-Hour Certificate), and Step 3 (for a Yoga Therapist certificate). Graduates may apply to the Yoga Alliance (YA) after completing Step 1 to be on their registry for yoga teachers (RYT), and to the International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for recognition of completion of an accredited yoga therapy program (C-IAYT). Both the YA and IAYT will have procedures and fees that are not included in the tuition.

Students unable to attend the Retreat scheduled this year at Gray Bear, may attend one of JJ’s other retreats, but will have to pay any cost above the fee charged for Gray Bear.

Students accepted to a SCHYS program must submit an Enrollment Agreement with their initial deposit ($1,008) at least 3-months prior to the start date of the program.

200-Hour Tuition Payment Options-2019-

Your tuition includes all weekend program modules, training manuals, private sessions with faculty and practicum with faculty (no extra charges or surprise payments)

$1,008 Non-Refundable Deposit to accompany the Enrollment Agreement which is issued upon acceptance to program.

  •  Option A (Early Bird Discount): $3,308 - Early bird discount if paid in full no later than three months before program start date (includes the $1008 Deposit above), if you already paid the $1008, then payment would be $2300.  Total payment is $3308.

  •   Option B (Regular): $3528.  ($1008 Deposit + $2520 = $3528) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus three (3) payments of $840 each – paid within the first 3 months of the program start date. When counting months of the training, count months even when there is no scheduled program module or meeting.

  •   Option C: $3808: ($1008 Deposit + $2800 = $3808) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus five (5) payments of $560 each – paid within the first 6 months of the program start date.

  •   Option D: $3928: ($1008 Deposit + $2920 = $3928) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), Eight (8) payments of $365 each – paid within the first 8 months of the program start date.

300-Hour Program Tuition Payment Options for 2019

Your tuition includes all weekend program modules, training manuals, private sessions with faculty, practicum with faculty, and one five-day retreat with SCHYS

$1,008 Non-Refundable Deposit to accompany the Enrollment Agreement which is issued upon acceptance to program.

  • Option A (Early Bird Discount): $6,008 - Early bird discount if paid in full no later than three months before program start date (includes the $1008 Deposit above), if you already paid the $1008, then payment would be $5000.  Total payment is $6008.

  • Option B (Regular): $6108.  ($1008 Deposit + $5100 = $6108) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus three (3) payments of $1,700 each – paid within the first 3 months of the program start date. When counting months of the training, count months even when there is no scheduled program module or meeting.

  •  Option C: $6208: ($1008 Deposit + $5200 = $6208) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus five (5) payments of $1040 each – paid within the first 6 months of the program start date.

  •  Option D: $6352: ($1008 Deposit + $5344 = $6352) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), Eight (8) payments of $668 each – paid within the first 8 months of the program start date.

  •  Option E: $6558: ($1008 Deposit + $5550 = $6558) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus ten (10) payments of $555 each – paid within the first 10 months of the program start date.

  •  Option F: $6768: ($1008 Deposit + $5760 = $6768) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), Twelve (12) payments of $480 each – paid within the first 12 months of the program start date

Yoga Therapy Program: Step 1, Step 2, or Step 3 Tuition Payment Options-2019

Your tuition includes all weekend program modules, training manuals, private sessions with faculty, practicum with faculty, and one five-day retreat with SCHYS. This tuition is for each year in the program. Each year is 336 hours for a total of 1008 hours.

$1,008 Non-Refundable Deposit to accompany the Enrollment Agreement which is issued upon acceptance to program.

  • Option A (Early Bird Discount): $6,008 - Early bird discount if paid in full no later than three months before program start date (includes the $1008 Deposit above), if you already paid the $1008, then payment would be $5000.  Total payment is $6008.

  • Option B (Regular): $6108.  ($1008 Deposit + $5100 = $6108) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus three (3) payments of $1,700 each – paid within the first 3 months of the program start date. When counting months of the training, count months even when there is no scheduled program module or meeting.

  •  Option C: $6208: ($1008 Deposit + $5200 = $6208) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus five (5) payments of $1040 each – paid within the first 6 months of the program start date.

  •  Option D: $6352: ($1008 Deposit + $5344 = $6352) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), Eight (8) payments of $668 each – paid within the first 8 months of the program start date.

  •  Option E: $6558: ($1008 Deposit + $5550 = $6558) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), plus ten (10) payments of $555 each – paid within the first 10 months of the program start date.

  •  Option F: $6768: ($1008 Deposit + $5760 = $6768) - Deposit of $1008 paid at least one month prior to the start (see above), Twelve (12) payments of $480 each – paid within the first 12 months of the program start date..