Yoga Therapy Specialty Certificates

Specialty Certificates are designed for those students who have graduated from an SCHYS, other IAYT accredited C-IAYT program, or have an RYT-500 and are working with the target population. SCHYS graduates have priority access to these programs, which are limited to 12-participants.


Students who received their C-IAYT from an institution other than SCHYS may apply for a Specialty Certificate but may be required to complete a Bridge Program (details below) before beginning the Specialty Certificate program. Students who have their RYT-500, but are currently working with the population of students addressed in the Specialty Certificate may apply and will be required to take Bridge Program-A prior to starting the Specialty Certificate.

  • SCHYS applicants should have completed the following online classes: Philosophy 1, Course Planning 1, 2, 3, & 4.

  • Graduates from non-SCHYS C-IAYT programs: may be required to complete Bridge Program-A prior to the start of the hands-on module.

  • RYT-500 yoga teachers working with the target population: will be required to complete Bridge Program-A prior to the start of the hands-on module.

Students must be proficient in English, have reasonably good computer skills (be able to use an online platform for online classes), and access to a working computer with fairly recent software.

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Yoga Therapist for Healing Trauma-Related Issues - 30 Hours

Become a Certified Trauma Healing Yoga Therapist through SCHYS! As lead faculty, JJ Gormley has designed and taught a series of yoga classes for those with trauma in Florida, Wyoming, and Virginia including women with trauma/abuse and military service personnel. Additionally, her research paper and project for her Yoga Therapy Training Program under TKV Desikachar and Kausthub Desikachar (2007-2010) was on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Yoga for Trauma Healing Program Requirements:

  • Completion of Bridge Program A or B (SCHYS graduates likely have finished these requirements.)

  • Online classes: You must complete 2-online classes, each meeting over 8-weeks (1-hour per week). Currently scheduled to take place in Spring and Summer of 2019 on Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Classes are recorded for those who cannot attend live. Online Posts are required for each week of class.

    • Introduction to Trauma Healing (THY-1): April 3 - June 5, 2019

    • Trauma Healing Part 2 (THY-2): June 26 - August 14, 2019

  • Hands-on Module: An opportunity to put into practice what was learned during the online classes. The hands-on module is currently scheduled to take place October 12-13, 2019 at SCHYS, 331 N Madison Rd., Orange, VA . 22960.

Students are also required to complete outside reading and study, write a 5-7 page research paper, pass a practicum evaluation (during the last hands-on module), complete 2-practicum hours with clients who have trauma-related issues, and successfully pass an open-book exam.


Tuition for this program is $300 and includes:

  • 2-online classes and related handouts (16-hours)

  • 1-hands-on module (12-hours)

  • Program administration: grading papers, discussion posts, and exam

Program does not include travel, room/board for hands-on modules, books, and other materials.

Application Process

We are now accepting applications for the program to be held at SCHYS's Orange, VA location - program starts March 2019! Email for more information and to apply (.docx). Learn more about the admission process here. Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee.