Firstly, to get a more profound comprehension of the contrast among yoga and yoga therapy, I unequivocally prescribe you read my piece, What is Yoga Therapy? Since we have the definition clear, here are the means on the best way to turn into a certified yoga therapist.
Step 1: Be a Yoga Teacher
To be a yoga therapist, you have to initially finish a yoga teacher training of 200 hours. For me, similarly as with most others, I began as a yoga teacher. My yoga teacher training in the Himalayas of India with my "master," Yogi Sivadas, gave me a solid establishment.
Be that as it may, following a few years of teaching, I had considerably more inquiries. I longed for answers and the aptitudes to work securely and successfully one-on-one and with exceptional needs gatherings like PTSD, arthritis, depression, and stroke recuperation.
I didn't have any idea where to turn next for this learning, so I went to conventional training. I went through a year finishing the pre-medications and fundamental science course load, including biology, anatomy, physiology, psychology, chemistry, and physics. While I was grinding away, I additionally took biomechanics and anomalous psychology to all the more likely see how our joints and mind work. This still wasn't sufficient.
Try not to misunderstand me, as a art major student, I adored the new point of view my science studies gave me, however it was not connected explicitly to yoga. Additionally, I needed more yoga reasoning and practices.
Step 2: Find the Right Yoga Therapy Program for You
Your next step is to locate a 800-hour yoga therapy program accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). This organization has high standards and about 30 years of experience supporting the field. You can investigate a rundown of the endorsed programs here: iayt.org
For quite a long while, as I filled in as a yoga teacher and concentrated alone, I didn't think about the alternative to concentrate to turn into a yoga therapist. When I found that there were propelled training programs that secured all the material I was looking for, I quickly began the pursuit to locate the one appropriate for me.
I went through weeks finding out about programs online and composing emails to program directors. I wound up joining the principal accomplice of the Master of Science Graduate Degree in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
As a nerd who cherishes school and qualities higher education, this was an ideal fit for me. The program consolidated academic thoroughness with the rich conventions and philosophy of yoga. The classes adjusted perusing bleeding edge research in the field with encountering significant meditations and asana rehearses.
I developed as an individual while I picked up the abilities to turn into a yoga therapist. In spite of the fact that this was the ideal decision for me, there are numerous programs out there and it is fundamental that you pick one that fits you.
A few programs center around psychology and spirituality, similar to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Some depend on a particular genealogy, similar to the Viniyoga Therapist Training Program. Others, as Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, enable you to create and pick your own ability, with electives like Yoga Therapy for Cancer and Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression educated by specialists in their field.
To settle on your choice:
- Set aside some effort to peruse the depictions of the various programs
- Get yoga therapy sessions yourself from certified yoga therapists (C-IAYT)
- Converse with past understudies of the program
- Think about which timetable and area will work best for you
- Inquire as to whether you can participate in a class at an accredited school
Keep in mind that nobody program or style is better generally speaking. It is tied in with finding an ideal choice for you. Other extraordinary approaches to get familiar with the field and program alternatives are to join IAYT and perused their productions.
Additionally, I emphatically propose going to their expert conference, held each year in June, to become acquainted with the programs and converse with yoga therapists from around the globe.
Step 3: Do the Work and Complete Your Program
IAYT-accredited programs take at least 2 years, yet some are longer. Albeit each program is extraordinary, each incorporates courses in yoga-related anatomy, biomedicine, philosophy, therapeutic aptitudes, and expert practice.
At that point, you will apply your insight in coached clinical practice, where you really get the chance to work with customers under the direction of master therapists. You will pick up learning, proficient aptitudes, and enduring friendships.
Step 4: Apply Through the International Association of Yoga Therapists
After you have finished advances #1-3, you can apply to turn into a certified yoga therapist as an accredited program graduate. The application took me 30 minutes, including the transfer of my diploma and resume. It is straightforward, and you are adding to the coordinated effort, organization, and quick development of the field.
Step 5: Start Your Career as a Yoga Therapist
Yoga therapy is an energizing, blossoming field. You will have numerous alternatives to shape your vocation. In my yoga therapy business, I work with customers one-on-one (counting on Skype), teach for medical clinics, the military, and retirement networks, teach therapeutic workshops in claims to fame like arthritis, and instruct individuals to move toward becoming yoga teachers and therapists themselves.
The potential outcomes are huge. What will you do as a yoga therapist?