Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) 1000-Hour Diploma Program

Motivated by the Joy learning brings, you will gradually progress from basic to refined levels of understanding until you attain mastery. - Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I-17

CYT 1000-Hour Diploma Program Format

Prerequisite: RYT 200 (or equivalent) with 100 hours teaching experience over at least one year
Format: 3 intensive residential terms with distance learning practicums after each term
Years: 2 years (24 months)
Hours:1000 (750 residential + 250 distance learning hours)

Residential Intensive Terms

Term 1: 10 weeks - Vancouver, Canada: June 7 to August 20, 2021
Mid-Term Break: July 5 to 9, 2021
Term 2: 6 weeks - Chennai, India: January 10 to February 18, 2022
Term 3: Vancouver, Canada: June 13 to July 29, 2022

Non-Residential Supervised Practicum Terms

Term 1: 4 months – September to December, 2021
Term 2: 3 Months – March to May, 2022
Term 3: 8 Months – September 2022 to April 2023
Total: 205 Hours over 15 Months

Capstone Case Study Paper: 39 Distance Learning Hours

Term 3: 9 Months – September 2022 to May 2023
Total: 39 Hours

Program Objectives

Following Educational Standards revised by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) in September 2017 and upholding those revised in 2016 by Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) at the 500 level, the following curriculum has been designed for delivery through Yoga Therapy International.

Overview by IAYT Competencies

Section 1: Yoga Foundations – 150 Residential Hours (120 Hours Minimum) = 146 Residential Hours + 4 Distance Learning Hours
Section 2: Biomedical and Psychological Foundations – 180 Residential Hours (155 Hours Minimum)
Section 3: Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills – 435 Hours (140 Hours Minimum) = 391 Residential + 44 Distance Learning Hours
Section 4: Practicum –  205 Hours (205 Hours Minimum) = 15 Residential Hours + 190 Distance Learning Hours
Section 5: Professional Practice – 30 Hours (30 Hours Minimum) = 24 Residential + 6 Distance Learning Hours
Total Hours: 1000 hours (750 Residential + 250 Distance Learning)  


Term 1: 394 Hours Total

Term 1 in Vancouver, Canada – 340 Residential Course Hours

  • June 7 to August 20, 2021 = 10 weeks
  • Mid-term Break: July 5 to 9, 2021
  • 30 hours of classes/week = 300 hours
  • +40 hours of Practicum Preparation (Internship): observing, assisting, and delivering Yoga Therapy while being observed by Practicum Supervisor, Maggie Reagh

Term 1 Non-Residential Supervised Practicum at Home – September to December 2021
54 Supervised Distance / Residential Learning Hours

Non-Residential Group Delivery Distance Learning: 40 hours – September - December 2021
Online Practicum Supervision Residential Learning: 4 Hours – September - December 2021
Case Documentation: 10 hours – September - December 2021

Payment Schedule for CYT 1000
$100 CAN application fee
$1000 CAN plus 5% Tax ($50) Down Payment for Term 1 to Enrol in CYT 1000

Tuition for Term 1 - 394 hours: $3925 CAN plus 5% Tax ($196.25) by February 1, 2021 
Note: A down payment of $1000 CAN plus 5% tax ($50) must be paid once accepted into the program. This goes towards your full Term 1 tuition of $4,925 CAN plus 5% Tax ($246.25)


Term 2: 235 Hours Total

Term 2 in Chennai, India – 192 Residential Course Hours

  • January 10 to February 18, 2022 = 6 weeks
  • 30 hours of classes/week = 180 hours
  • +12 hours of Practicum Preparation (Internship): observing private Yoga Therapy sessions

Term 2 Non-Residential Supervised Practicum at Home – March to May 2022
43 Supervised Distance / Residential Learning Hours

Non-Residential Group Delivery Distance Learning: 30 hours – March - May 2022
Online Practicum Supervision Distance Learning: 30 hours – March - May 2022
Case Documentation Distance Learning: 10 hours – March - May 2022

Tuition for Term 2 - 235 hours: $2,937.50 CAN plus 5% Tax ($146.88) by August 1, 2021 


Term 3: 371 Hours Total

Term 3 in Vancouver Canada – 224 Residential Course Hours

  • June 13 to July 29, 2022 = 7 weeks
  • 30 hours of classes/week = 210 hours
  • 14 hours of Practicum Preparation for delivering private Yoga Therapy while being observed by Practicum Supervisor, Maggie Reagh

Term 3 At-Home Practicum – September 2022 to May 2023 
108 Supervised Distance / Residential Learning Hours

Non-Residential One-to-One Delivery Distance Learning: 80 hours – September 2022 - April 2023
Online Practicum Supervision: 8 hours – September 2022 - April 2023
Case Documentation Distance Learning: 20 distance learning hours – September 2022 - April 2023

Capstone Paper Distance Learning Hours
Capstone Paper: Self-Directed, Case Study Project - 39 hrs

Distance Learning, Supervised Independent Study - Neil Pearson, Maggie Reagh, and Mentors

  • Conduct a Yoga Therapy case study
  • Develop case study documentation
  • Develop assessment tools for conducting the case study
  • Review Yoga Therapy research relevant to the case
  • Write a Capstone Paper focussed on a Yoga Therapy case study

Tuition for Term 3: $4,637.50 CAN plus 5% Tax ($231.88) by April 1, 2022 

CYT 1000-Hour Diploma Completion: May 31, 2023

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