Yoga Therapy Certificate Program

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"Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools - postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more - to address an individuals' physical, mental, and emotional needs."

-International Association of Yoga Therapists

SCHYS Yoga Therapy

We are on the cusp of an emerging field - Yoga Therapy is a holistic health modality focused on healing an individual using the innate capacities of our body, mind, and spirit to optimize well-being. Using the tools of movement, breath, meditation, visualization, chanting, and lifestyle changes, Yoga Therapists help individuals find healing from within. Unlike other health modalities, the Yoga Therapist walks with their client on the path of healing rather than showing them the way.

As a graduate of the SCHYS Yoga Therapy Certificate Program you will be prepared to provide the tools of Yoga Therapy to different populations safely, successfully, and compassionately in a variety of settings. Our program uniquely preserves the wisdom of the ancient traditions while adapting them to meet the needs of our contemporary society and busy lifestyles. 

This three-year program is built on the standards set by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is an IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program. Students must complete all three-years (900-Hours) of the program to graduate. We do not accept transfer credit.

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This program is designed for teachers who have a RYT-200 from the Yoga Alliance (or equivalent) and logged at least 100-teaching hours or have one-year of teaching experience.

Our Faculty

The integrity and depth of our program is strengthened by the diverse background of our Faculty. Every Faculty member brings insight from the different yoga styles and traditions they have studied as well as the teachings of the T. Krishnamacharya lineage. 

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Program Goals

Throughout this Program, students will gain:

  • A comprehensive understanding of Yoga philosophy and the philosophical foundations of Yoga Therapy as taught by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India (KYM).

  • An extensive knowledge of the subtle anatomy, with a detailed understanding of the Cakra system as a bio-psycho-social model of humanity.

  • Practical skills to work with individual clients, including client intake, assessment, and building a practice to meet the specific needs of the client.

  • An understanding of Yoga as a healing modality.

Throughout the Program, students work closely with their Faculty-Mentor and engage with individual clients. Graduates are Certified Yoga Therapists and may apply for C-IAYT status with the IAYT.

Program Requirements

You will be required to attend 33 weekend program modules - generally meeting once per month over three years on Saturday and Sunday. You must also take online classes, complete assigned reading (.pdf), engage with a Faculty-Mentor, observe Faculty-Mentors, take part in practical application of acquired knowledge, join your Sanga at two SCHYS approved retreats, and actively engage your peers both in class and online. You must also complete quizzes, take exams for each program year, submit research papers for each program year, as well as complete a comprehensive final exam.


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 $75 application fee.

Applications for the Orange, VA Step 1 Program starting March 2019 are now being accepted. apply (.docx).

Applications for the Chicago-area Step 2 Program starting March 2019 are now being accepted. apply (.docx).

Applications for the Chicago-area program (Step 1) starting October 2019 will be accepted starting March 2019. apply (.docx).

Costs and Steps for Enrollment

This three-year Yoga Therapy Certificate Program has the following fees and steps for enrollment for each year in the program:

  1. Download an applications (.docx) for this program at either our Orange, VA (begins March 2019) or Downers Grove, IL (begins September 2019) location. Your application must include a non-refundable $75 application fee. Once we are in receipt of both, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

  2. You will receive either an acceptance letter or a letter declining your enrollment at this time. The acceptance letter will also be accompanied by an Enrollment Agreement for you to fill out and return with your initial payment or deposit of $100. You will also select a payment option from the following:

    • Option A is our Early-Bird Discount of $3500 (paid three months prior to the start of the first program module.)

    • Option B is the regular plan of three payments of $1330 each—First payment made one month prior to the start of the training.

    • Option C is five payments of $820 each—First payment made one month prior to the start of the training.

    • Option D is eight payments of $525 each—First payment made one month prior to the start of the training.

  3. Once SCHYS receives your Enrollment Agreement with payment, you’ll receive an official Welcome letter with information about the program and how to access materials and the online classes. This will include the access code to the class on All students will need to register on with their own username and password. From this point forward, all communication to students will be through

  4. Please remember that the payments are for each year or Step of the program which takes three years to complete the 900 hour requirement. The first Step is equivalent to our 300-Hour Advanced Training Program, then Steps 2 and 3 are required for graduation as a Yoga Therapist. Graduates are then eligible for C-IAYT status with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as this is an accredited program.

Program Locations

 331 N Madison Rd  Orange, VA 22960

331 N Madison Rd

Orange, VA 22960

Faculty: JJ Gormley

New training program begins March 2019! Email for more information and to apply (.docx). 

 4949 Forest Ave  Downers Grove, IL 60515

4949 Forest Ave

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Faculty: JJ Gormley & Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy

New training program begins September 2019 - email for more information!

Location of training will be Yoga Among Friends in Downers Grove, &/or Yoga & Ayurveda in Lombard, IL