500-hour RYT vs Yoga Therapy Training

One popular question our applicants ask is whether to take a 500-hour RYT (advanced teacher training) or seek IAYT yoga therapy certification.

Yoga teaching and yoga therapy are very different endeavours. Although therapeutically-oriented 500-hour programs exist, they do not prepare students for certification at the highest level of yoga therapy. The 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification does not certify graduates as yoga therapists. In fact, our understanding is that the Yoga Alliance does not allow its members to use the words “yoga therapy” on their websites. This is actually a good thing, since YA does not screen their programs to ensure that students receive proper training in yoga therapy.

Yoga therapy training programs are specifically designed to teach students to work one-on-one with clients suffering from a wide variety of conditions. And as yoga becomes increasingly recognized as an important treatment option, doctors, hospitals, and treatment centers will be seeking Yoga Therapists with C-IAYT certification.

Breathing Deeply offers a foundations training program that certifies students in our approach. The foundations program also serves as the core training for our 871-hour advanced program, which enables students to obtain the C-IAYT designation. The advanced training provides in-depth study and training on a range of conditions, along with a practicum and mentorship.

In short, if your goal is to work with individuals one-on-one to help relieve a wide variety of conditions, choose a yoga therapy program. Find one that fits not only your lifestyle needs and demands, but offers a comprehensive training program… and don’t look back.

Om,

Anna Passalacqua
Director, Breathing Deeply