Yoga Therapy is the act of looking at the entire person and helping them to find total wellness through the practice of yoga.  This is a journey molded to each individual client, in an effort to bring all the different aspects of their lives into a unified state.  Yoga Therapy is for the clients not just coming to you to learn yoga, but to get some sort of relief.  As a Yoga Therapist, you would work with the client to assess their physical, emotional, pranic, mental, and spiritual levels of being.  After the assessment phase, as the Therapist you would select yogic techniques to promote a more holistic state of being.

At East Coast Yoga Therapy (ECYT) we provide an extensive training program to further existing teachers education.  This program will help you to develop the skills needed to work with clients in a therapeutic setting.  Co-owned by two certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), Terry Brown and Valerie Kiser, you will receive a thorough education for the yoga therapeutic skills needed to treat a variety of health conditions.  The faculty at ECYT also consists of nationally known guest instructors Nicholai Bachman, Brendan Feeley, and other medical professionals.

The 800-hour training program has been designed to be completed over a four-year period to better fit into your schedule. The entire program consists of 14 modules, 4 guest-teacher units, and a 228-hour practicum with a mentor.  There will be 4-5 modules held each year taking place on Thursdays-Sundays.  The trainings will alternate locations between Sunrise Yoga Studio in Clemmons, NC or Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro, NC.  The introductory module is held once per year.  Please visit the East Coast Yoga Therapy Website for more information.

What you’ll study:

  • Yoga Therapy Tools and Their Application
  • Professional Practice including ethics and working with other professionals
  • Teaching and Therapeutic Skills to teach individuals and groups
  • Biomedical and Psychological Foundations of the body
  • Yoga principles including Ayurveda, nutrition, and understanding disease as related to client care.

Entrance requirements for the 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Training Program:

  • Completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training program
  • At least one year of practice and teaching experience
  • At least 18 years of age