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: Vancouver, Canada: June 10 to August 23, 2019
Mid-Term Break: July 13 to 21, 2019
Term 2: Chennai, India: January 6 to February 14, 2019
Term 3: Vancouver, Canada: June 15 to July 31, 2020

Non-Residential Supervised Practicum Terms

Term 1: 4 months – September to December, 2019
Term 2: 3 Months – March to May, 2020
Term 3: 8 Months – September 2020 to April 2021
Total: 205 Hours over 15 Months

Capstone Case Study Paper: 39 Distance Learning Hours

Term 3: 9 Months – September 2020 to May 2021
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
Term 1 in Vancouver, Canada – 340 Residential Course Hours

  • June 10 to August 23, 2019 = 10 weeks
  • 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 At-Home Practicum – September to December, 2019
54 Supervised Distance Learning Hours

Hometown Delivery Hours: 40 hours – 4 months
Online Practicum Supervision/Mentoring: 4 Hours – 4 months @ once/month per student (Note: counts as 4 residential hours)
Case Documentation: 10 hours – 4 months

Tuition for Term 1 - 394 hours: $1000 down payment upon acceptance + $4,376 CAN plus 5% Tax = $5,376 CAN plus 5% Tax


Term 2: 235 Hours
Term 2 in Chennai, India – 192 Residential Course Hours

  • January 6 to February 14, 2020 = 6 weeks
  • 30 hours of classes/week = 180 hours
  • +12 hours of hours of Practicum Preparation (Internship): observing private Yoga Therapy sessions

Term 2 At-Home Practicum – March to May, 2020
43 Supervised Distance Learning Hours

Hometown Delivery Hours: 30 hours – 3 months
Online Practicum Supervision: 3 hours – 3 months (Note: Counts as 3 residential hours)
Case Documentation: 10 hours – 3 months

Tuition for Term 2 - 235 hours: $3,346 CAN plus 5% Tax


Term 3: 371 Hours
Term 3 in Vancouver Canada – 224 Residential Course Hours

  • June 15 to July 31, 2020 = 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 2020 to May 2021 
108 Supervised Distance Learning Hours

Hometown Delivery Hours: 80 hours – 8 months
Online Practicum Supervision: 8 hours – 8 months (Note: Counts as 8 residential hours)
Case Documentation: 20 distance learning hours – 8 months

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: $5,278 CAN plus 5% Tax

CYT 1000-Hour Diploma Completion: May 31, 2021

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