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Certified Yoga Therapist Training Program 2

Learning Outcomes 2

At the end of Module 1: 2

At the end of Module 2: 4

At the end of Module 3: 4

At the end of Module 4: 4



Required Materials 5

Additional Print Resources 5





Module 1 – Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Wellness 11

Module 2 – Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Stress Management 11

Module 3 – Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Healing 11

Module 4 – Mind Body Medicine 12

Distance Learning 13

Biomedical Foundations – delivered by Laura Young 13

Teaching and Therapeutic Skills – delivered by Heather McFadyen 13


Module 1 - Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Wellness 13

Module 2 - Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Stress Management 13

Module 3 - Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda for Healing 14

Module 4 - Mind Body Medicine 14


[BTYT Certified Yoga Therapist Training Program]

[May 2014 – October 2016] **
** Under the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) generous grandfathering policy students enrolled in the September 2013 program can receive certification by completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 only plus 150 additional hours of training. BTYT will provide 100 hours of mentored practicum plus up to 50 additional hours of Distance Learning.


Certified Yoga Therapist Training Program

Challenging course designed for professionals in the health care, social science and yoga communities to enhance their ability to guide students/clients towards answers within themselves while understanding and accepting themselves, and whose first response usually is “what’s the home remedy for this?” The focus is centered upon a holistic approach to healing while including a curriculum of structured, practical instruction. Courses are taught by certified, expert professional faculty with a combined 100 years of experience.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of Module 1:

  1. Become familiar with the basic perspective of health from Yoga and Ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy

  2. Relate basic yoga and meditation concepts and techniques for wellbeing with the latest research in neuroscience in order to advise student/client

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of nature’s cycles and rhythms to one’s health;

  4. Assess individual digestion patterns and metabolism type and make recommendations of diet and lifestyle

  5. Practice foundation asanas, pranayama, and mudra to increase awareness of the effect of the elements

  6. Explain and demonstrate how to improve alignment, strength and range of movement systematically

  7. Examine and refine ways to improve posture in everyday life

  8. Develop and appreciation for the art of relaxation and yoga nidra

  9. Gain practical experience in customizing and proposing wellness programs for self-reliance and self-care management including diet, lifestyle, and yoga.

At the end of Module 2:

  1. Explain subtle anatomy (marmas, chakras, nadis) and its use to address physiological and psychological imbalances

  2. Evaluate imbalances based on specific signs of dosha aggravation, different stages of imbalances and make recommendations for early intervention

  3. Select and modify simple yoga and Ayurveda techniques to restore energetic balance

  4. Apply yoga and Ayurveda teachings and practices to stress management and aging well

  5. Summarize the biological basis of yoga and Ayurveda for stress management and for cardiovascular and respiratory health

  6. Measure and assess the state of dosha with reference to balance/imbalance through self pulse reading

  7. Practice hands-on marma for self, and mudra techniques for meditation

  8. Gain practical experience in customizing and proposing stress management programs using lifestyle, diet, meditation and other yoga techniques.

At the end of Module 3:

  1. Adapt and recommend subtle yoga techniques for healing

  2. Apply the deep relaxation techniques of Yoga Nidra to desensitize and promote healing

  3. Predict how emotions affect the brain and immune system

  4. Develop an appreciation for the biological and psychological benefits of a meditative approach to healing

  5. Practice trauma informed dialogue and listening skills essential for beneficial relationships with clients/students

  6. Recommend mudra and marma therapy for health and healing

  7. Show how ethics relates to healing

  8. Assess the state of imbalance dosha, sub dosha, agni (metabolic toxins) and systems

  9. Gain practical experience customizing and recommending personalized Ayurveda health plans to restore balance: including home remedies (single herbs, combination of herbal formulas or dietary supplements)

At the end of Module 4:

  1. Describe the process of guiding clients/students towards an understanding and development of a healthier relationship with their own bodies and mind

  2. Explain how the sustained practice of yoga and meditation initiates deeper structural changes in mind and body towards healthier balance

  3. Summarize and explain to clients/students key points in the history and evolution of mind-body medicine

  4. Discover how and why the body’s hormone and chemical messengers go out of balance and how to listen to the warning signals

  5. Explore how our personality influences our response to life’s challenges

  6. Evaluate the role of attitudes, emotions and attitude in wellness

  7. Debate the pros and cons of the role of our belief system in psychosomatic disorders

  8. Recognize the healing power of optimism and altruism


  • 200-hour teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school program (RYS 200) or its equivalent (e.g. Yoga Network of Canada)

  • In addition to minimum yoga teacher training, students must have completed the following, which can be accomplished concurrently:

    • one year of teaching experience in group &/or individual setting; and

    • one year of personal practice in yoga (includes meditation)

    • Module 1 is a prerequisite for Modules 2 and 3

    • Module 2 is a prerequisite for Module 3


Required Materials

  • Ayurveda, the Science of Self-Healing – Dr.Vasant Lad

  • The Heart of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice – T.K.V. Desikachar

  • Mudras: for Healing and Transformation – Joseph and Lilian LePage

  • Mind Body Health- Karren Smith & Hafen Jenkins

  • The Art of Self Care Workbook – Heather Greaves

Additional Print Resources


Heather Greaves is certified as a Professional Yoga Therapist at the 1000-hour level with Integrative Yoga Therapy - 2005. In 1998 she received her certification as a Hatha Yoga teacher from the Esther Myers Yoga Studio. She is also certified as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

Heather started her journey with yoga in 1969, and has been training yoga teachers in a Yoga Alliance certified program since 2005. Her practice and teaching is also influenced by her training in Polarity Therapy and Ayurveda. She is a professional member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Vaidya Dr. H. Gupta MD Ayurveda, DNM, received his training in traditional Ayurveda in India. He has 30 years of practice and teaching in India, North America and Internationally. He is the Founder & Director of Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute & Wellness Centre Inc. and Panchakarma specialist.

His unique approach in the way of teaching Ayurveda engages students in active learning through questions, group discussions, and trains them to thinking like Ayurveda scientists, rather than just memorizing facts.

Vaidya H. Gupta designs courses for optimum learning, according to the latest research on brain’s learning capacities. Those studies show that the brain’s ability to learn and assimilate new knowledge is greatly enhanced when the student gets actively involved in the learning process."

Jivasu’s (Pradeep Kumar) Born in 1956, Jivasu completed his medical training as a pediatrician from Lucknow, India. For next 13 years he along with his wife Dr. Karen (whom he considers his teacher) served as voluntary medical doctors, in Sivananda ashram.

Jivasu received his first diploma in acupuncture from Medicina Alternativa International organization and Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Later on he completed acupuncture training from Contemporary Acupuncture Program in McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he is a faculty in acupuncture program and teaching acupuncture courses to health professional for the last 10 years. His teaching in McMaster University is an effort to synthesize the insights of Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and Acupuncture with the contemporary Science for the better health and well-being in people and the environment.

He studied Mind-Body Medicine at the Mind-Body Medical Institute, Harvard University in 2002.

Dawnelle Hawes, RYT-200, is a medical education coordinator at McMaster University. Formerly, she was a fitness/personal training instructor at a variety of colleges in Toronto and Hamilton, fitness director for commercial and not-for-profit organizations in St. Catharines and Hamilton, and secondary school physical education teacher. More recently, she received her RYT-200 designation through Integrative Yoga Therapy with Heather Greaves as her teacher, mentor, and inspiration.


Dawnelle was always the teacher when playing with her young friends and that passion turned into reality in later life.  She is lifelong student, having returned to school at a later age to complete a second undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (her first was in Latin, French & Greek, earned right out of secondary school) and  a post-graduate degree in Adult Education. 


She not only loves to share her knowledge with others, but strives to make learning enjoyable and relevant to student participants. Fun and pertinent is the way adult learners best learn information.  Lessons are carefully balanced to appeal equally to those who prefer to read the material, those who would rather listen, and those who learn best through experiential learning.  Her aim is to provide students with sufficient understanding of a topic to be able to apply and adapt learned information to their own unique situations.

Dr. Parmjit Singh is Assistant Clinical Professor (A) with Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and has a PhD in psychology. He has Clinical Training in Mind-Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and has participated in an intensive retreat on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in mind-body medicine under the direction of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. He is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and a dedicated Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation practitioner. He did his Post-doctoral training in psychology from University of Southern Queensland, Australia and McMaster University, Canada.

He was one of the invited speakers at TEDx McMaster University for 2013where he spoke about how mindfulness meditation practice initiates deep structural changes in brain thereby establishing support for healthy habits and mental patterns.

He teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences courses such as Body, Mind, Spirit and Health, Attitudes and Behaviors, Professional Transitions and Deceptions in Decision Making. He is involved in MD program’s professional competencies stream in the area of self-care. Since 2011, he is running eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course for medical students at McMaster University.
Module 1, 2, 3 – Vaidya Hemant Gupta (Ayurveda); Dr. James Lamontagne (Anatomy & Physiology); Pradeep Kumar (Mind Body Integration); Heather Greaves, E-RYT 500 (Yoga Therapy Tools)
Module 4 – Pradeep Kumar (Mind Body Medicine); Dr, Parmjit Singh (Mind Body Medicine); Heather Greaves, E-RYT 500 (Yoga Therapy Tools)

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