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 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.

Program Requirements

Program Modules - attend 11 weekend program modules per year - generally meeting once per month over a Saturday and Sunday.

Online Classes - These classes are set-up on Schoology-a web-based platform where students will listen to an audio file or watch a video and then make a comment on the discussion board and respond to a colleagues comment. Faculty will read, comment and grade all discussion board posts.

Required Reading - Each year in the program there is a book-list for students to read and post on the Discussion Board on Schoology comments about the book and respond to colleagues statements about the book. Faculty read, comment and grade all discussion board posts. Required reading list (.pdf).

Practicum - Take part in the practical application of acquired knowledge by engaging with a Faculty-Mentor, observe Faculty-Mentors, and enjoy private sessions with Faculty-Mentors for personal growth, and have time to ask questions about the program. As well, put what you’ve learned into practice by completing the externship (working on your own as a yoga therapist).

Retreat - Join your sanga at a SCHYS approved retreat for each program year

Homework - For each year in the program you’ll complete the Study Guide/Workbook, take online open-book quizzes, submit a 5-7 page research paper, and complete the open-book 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 $80 application fee.

We are now accepting applications for Step 1 programs in Virginia (March 2019) and Chicago-area (March 2020), and the upcoming Step 2 program in Chicago-area starting March 2019.

Steps for Enrollment

This 3-year Yoga Therapy Certificate Program has the following fees and steps for enrollment for each year in the program:

  1. Download an application (.docx). Your application must include a non-refundable $80 application fee.

  2. You will receive written notification informing you of your acceptance or declining your enrollment. If accepted, you will receive an Enrollment Agreement to be submitted with your initial payment or non-refundable deposit of $1,008.

  3. Click here to see tuition options.

  4. Once SCHYS receives your Enrollment Agreement with payment, you’ll receive an official Welcome letter with more 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 Schoology.

Tuition is required for each year of the SCHYS Yoga Therapy Program, which takes 3-years to complete. 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 Certified Yoga Therapists and may apply for C-IAYT status with the IAYT.

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 March 2020 - email for more information!

Location of training will be Yoga Among Friends in Downers Grove