Integral Yoga® Therapy FAQ

How long is the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification Program?

The program is an 800-hour training program. You are able to choose a schedule that best works for you, but all 800 hours must be completed within five years but no less than two years.

Where will I attend classes?

Depending on where you live, you can choose your “Home Center” as either Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Integral Yoga Institute of New York or Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Your “Home Center” will be where you submit your application and where you will work with your mentor, peer cohort group, and Local Center Manager on administrative items. However, you are welcome to take Integral Yoga Therapy Certification (IYTh) modules at other locations, if it works better for your schedule and if you are interested in a change of scenery from “Home Center.”

Are there any prerequisites?

Yes, you must have successfully completed your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and have at least one year of yoga teaching experience (minimum 50 hours). Additionally, you must have at least one year of your own personal Yoga practice. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

What if I have already taken some of the trainings that are part of the IYTh Program?

If you have already taken one of the trainings that is a module of the IYTh Program, you can apply for a Previous Education Credit to have that training applied toward your certification. The instructor and syllabus must be the same and you must have successfully completed the course within five years prior to official enrollment in the IYTh Program. Please indicate on your application if you are interested in having a previous training applied or contact your local Center manager for more information.

Who are the instructors?

The IYTh is taught by senior Integral Yoga teachers and experts in their fields.
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Will I have a chance to work with other Yoga therapists and gain practical experience before graduating?

Yes! A very important part of the IYTh Program is Mentoring and Practicum. Two hundred five hours of the 800 training hours are dedicated to supervised client contact. You will have the opportunity to offer yoga therapy to individuals and small groups and receive feedback from your peers and Mentor. Your Home Center will work with you to pair you with an ideal Mentor, a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist in the Integral Yoga organization.

What is a Peer Cohort?

Peer Cohorts are groups of students in the IYTh track, formed to create a structure of support and inspiration through the training. Peer Cohorts will meet monthly, providing an opportunity for students to share their studies and work together on practical applications of Yoga therapy. In addition, IYTh faculty will schedule general themes of focus related to training and practicum issues. Cohorts start on these two dates: July 15th for applications received by July 1st and Feb 15 for applications received by February 1st.

What is C-IAYT?

C-IAYT is the credential given people who have successfully completed a Yoga Therapy Program that has been accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists or IAYT. As stated on the IAYT website, “IAYT’s certification for Yoga therapists (C-IAYT) is built on competency-based educational standards and a rigorous accreditation process for training programs. C-IAYTs agree to follow a defined scope of practice and a code of professional ethics.” Learn more at

What kind of certificate will I get upon completing the program?

Upon successfully completing the 800-hr program, you will be awarded C-IAYT recognition and will be recognized as C-IAYT. If a graduate of the 800-hour Program wishes to become a certified Integral Yoga Therapist, they must complete an additional Elective Course in a specialty area of their choosing from a selected list of approved trainings.

How much does the program cost?

The total tuition of the IYTh Certification Program is $12,950 including application fee and deposit. This price does not include travel, accommodations and meals. It also does not include the additional Elective Module required for Integral Yoga Certification. A complete breakdown of the tuition costs is available upon request.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted online or in person at Integral Yoga Institute San Francisco, Integral Yoga Insitute New York City, or Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville along with a non-refundable application fee of $108. Upon receipt of application, an interview will be conducted by an IYTh representative before acceptance into the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified via email of their approval for acceptance into the program.