Yoga Vaidya

Learn the science and art of “Surgery without Instruments”

Post-graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (800 hours)

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YogaVahini offers a highly specialized and professional training in Yoga Therapy based on the traditional wisdom of Yogis and Ayurvedic Vaidyas for yoga teachers ready to take the next step to Personalized Yoga & Therapy.

We welcome you to join us on this unique journey of studying and applying the ancient healing wisdom of yoga. In this process, you will learn to connect with others to facilitate healing that is empowering, enduring and life transforming. Training is intensive and experiential, aimed at making healing as well as the very process of learning, creative and transformative.

Yoga Vaidya is the first IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training program in India.

The gift of Yoga Therapy

Course Schedule in Chennai

Modules 2019 – 2021
Module 1 August 12 – 30, 2019
Module 2 February 10 – 28, 2020
Module 3 August 10 – 28, 2020
Module 4 February 8 – 26, 2021
Module 5 August 9 – 27, 2021
Graduation July 2022

Upcoming Course Schedule

Modules 2021 – 2023
Module 1 July 5-30, 2021
Module 2 July 4-29, 2022
Module 3 July 3-28, 2023

4-week modules (Monday-Friday)

  • Offering Personalized Yoga & Therapy that is rooted in the fundamental principles of Yoga, Sankhya and Ayurveda.
  • 800 hours of course-work based on a curriculum perfected over two decades of study, teaching and training experience.
  • The most extensive and comprehensive curriculum that empowers you to evolve as a confident and compassionate yoga therapist.
  • Based on holistic understanding of the human system with highly individualized application where each person’s unique needs and capabilities are respected and addressed.
  • Integrates experiential knowledge with philosophy aimed at facilitating the healing process that is deep and life transforming.
  • Personal Attention: The strength of this course lies in the personal attention and guidance each student receives for their personal and professional development. The trainer and the mentor will be available for support and guidance through the course.
  • Community: An opportunity to participate and engage in a healing yoga community through which each member can receive and offer support in order to manifest their highest potential through yoga.
  • Supervised Volunteer Outreach Program: Taking yoga therapy into community work and engaging with groups with specific health needs – this may include: hospitals, homes for underprivileged children and senior citizens, schools etc.
  • Through this work, we seek to extend the boundaries of yoga therapy to address diverse needs of groups and communities.
  • Understanding Healing from the Yoga perspective. Cikitsa Krama: Viniyoga in Yoga Therapy
  • Body and Mind Integration – Understanding the Sankhya and Panca Maya Model; addressing the need for deeper and comprehensive healing
  • Yoga Sutra on healing; understanding the role of the mind in illness and healing.
  • Subtle Anatomy of human body and implications for yoga therapy
  • Ayurveda on health and illness
  • Anatomy and Physiology of major systems of the body (Musculo-skeletal, Respiratory, Digestive, Circulatory, Nervous, Endocrine, Reproductive, Urinary, Lymphatic).
  • Pathology of common illnesses from the perspective of Modern medicine, Yoga and Ayurveda.
  • Yoga Tools, Techniques, and Practices: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques, Bandha, Mantra, Chanting, Diet and Lifestyle Management, etc.
  • Applying the tools of yoga for specific conditions, contraindications, knowledge of health care information, terminology, basic diagnostic methods.
  • Process of Structuring a Healing Practice: Intake and Interview process; Evaluation and Observation, Goal setting, Application of individualized tools, Techniques and practices; Measuring progress.
  • Yoga and the mind. Comparative overview of Yoga-Sankhya Philosophy and Western Psychology
  • Yoga Therapy for mental, emotional issues.
  • Understanding the basis for illness, yoga therapy for deeper healing and transformation
  • Group therapy, counseling, dialogue and self-reflection in healing. Applying yama-niyama and Kriya yoga in healing.
  • Principles of the Therapeutic Relationship; Nurturing and developing appropriate communication skills (i.e., listening, questioning, authentic speaking, silence etc.,); Ability to adapt the yoga practice according to the evolving needs of each student
  • Principles and skills for educating students; Empowering the individual and awakening the healing potential
  • Cultivating an ongoing, long-term therapeutic relationship; developing and nurturing a personal practice
  • Principles and skills for working with groups; Ability to design, implement, and evaluate group programs
  • Observation of consultation and one-on-one therapy sessions
  • Supervised Volunteer Outreach classes where you volunteer teach in your local community with a specialized group
  • Assistant Teaching Internships and Supervised Teaching
  • Case Study Research Project and Presentation
  • Understanding the basics of research in yoga: qualitative and quantitative, research methodology, writing a project report.
  • Guidance to conduct a short-term research study on application of yoga therapy
  • Ethical Principles; Personal & Professional Codes of Conduct
  • Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues pertaining to Yoga Therapy
  • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians, and Organizations

Starting 2016, Yoga Acharya applicants are required to complete the 50-hour Yoga Sadhana Program to qualify for selection into the course.

(Please note that participation or completion of the Yoga Sadhana program does not guarantee selection into the Yoga Acharya program.)

Each participant receives personalized attention and guidance both in personal and professional development. The teaching methodology, approach and process are aligned to our core philosophy: the individual is more important than the tools and techniques.

A healthy student-teacher relationship lays the foundations for learning. In this course, each student has a mentor who provides support and guidance throughout the training. In addition, for those graduates who are interested in continuing with their studies and require guidance in future work, YogaVahini offers ongoing mentorship to support you along your personal and professional path.

During the training, students will be facilitated to transfer the class-room learning to real life situation through internship and teaching under supervision and guidance in group & one-on-one setting for normal, healthy adults.

The 100 hours of Internship work includes:

  • Observing & assisting group teaching – 20 hours
  • Observing & assisting one-on-one sessions – 10 hours
  • Teaching Community classes – 20 hours
  • Supervised One-on-one/Group class teaching – 30 hours
  • Allied Workshops & Seminars – 20 hours

Today, the Sanga (community) is the real teacher. This program offers you an opportunity to participate and engage in a healthy community of like-minded people committed to the path of personal growth and transformation; a group that can inspire social change.

Upon successful completion of the course, we offer professional advice and support for developing your own practice as well as teaching opportunities to hone your skills and become a successful yoga professional.

With increasing demand for qualified yoga teachers in academic, corporate, other professional and community circles, we expect our trainees will start teaching at a professional level even while in training.

  • An in-depth experiential understanding and appreciation of the art, science and philosophy of Yoga
  • Developed a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and how to appropriately apply these tools of Yoga
  • Acquired the ability to teach group classes and general (non-therapeutic) individual sessions in a safe, effective and confident manner
  • Acquired the tools to enact positive changes in your personal life and to provide the same guidance and consultation for others
  • A certificate recognizing you as a ‘Certified Yoga Teacher’ (CYT).

This course is organized into 5 intensive modules spread over a period of 36 months. Modules 1 & 2 are two week intensives, Modules 3-5 are three week intensives.

A Yoga Teacher Training course (350 hrs.) with YogaVahini or equivalent course from the Krishnamacharya tradition.

RYT-200 may be acceptable, but if it is not in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, additional training (Yoga Prayogam) will be required.

Also required is at least one-year experience as a teacher and at least one-year personal yoga practice.

While everyone can practice yoga for their own health and well being, not all are ready to become Therapists. Thus, a few pre-requisites are suggested to apply for this training program:

  • The applicant must have a sincere desire to help him/herself and others with Yoga.
  • The applicant must be willing to commit to a regular personal practice as designed ad guided by their teacher/mentor.
  • Since on completion, the applicant will become a Yoga Therapist, they must be mentally and emotionally stable.
  • Applicant must possess reasonably good communication skills (in English, as medium of instruction is English).

Potential applicants can register interest for the course here

You will receive the application form and more details about the course.

Following the review of applications, we request for a personal interview with each applicant (over skype in case of out-station participants).

Following the personal interview, the final selection for the course will be made.

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