600 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification

Providing all the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in yoga therapy

Registration for the next course starting 14 September 2024 is now open
Register your interest by emailing patricia@realyoga.co.uk

About The Training

The course is designed to meet the National Occupational Standard for Yoga Therapy and the core curriculum set by the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT). It is recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Yoga Therapy Association

Training Hours

As this is a BCYT accredited course overall, students must undertake:

  • 300 hours direct contact learning i.e., live with a tutor
  • 300 hours non-contact hours i.e., assignments, peer group work, own clinical practice, completing a minimum of 3 client case studies
  • 6-8 hours a week of recommended home study

Students are also required to have 3 sessions of yoga therapy themselves and to observe 5 yoga therapy sessions delivered by an experienced yoga therapist.

Essential Elements of Our Training

300 Hours Live Training

These take place over a period of 2 years and include:

  • 10 in person training weekends at our venue Synergy Physio Egham
  • 4 weekends, 2 Saturdays, and 10 Saturday mornings, live online via Zoom
  • The proposed 2024 – 2026 dates can be found in the full prospectus

300 Hours Directed Learning

  • Students will be allocated specific work that must be done between the weekends and will include: specific pre-reading and research, completing specific assignments, peer group work, clinical practice, client case studies, self-reflection, journaling, and other specific self development work. Students will have.

  • 6 months after the final weekend in which to complete their case studies and to submit their portfolio of work to the independent assessor.

Recommended Home Study

  • In addition, it is recommended that students also complete an additional 6-8 hours of home study a week. This might include e.g. additional reading or research, exploring the philosophy of yoga, self practice as a means of embedding learning e.g. meditation, pranayama. 
  • Often students find that a good way to learn is through teaching others, and so we encourage students where possible to integrate any new knowledge into the classes they teach as they go along.

Our Venue

Synergy Physio is in the centre of Egham Surrey ( close to Heathrow) It is easily accessible by car from the M25 M4 and M3. It is a few minutes walk from Egham Mainline Station which is on the main London-Reading line and accessible by bus from Heathrow airport and surrounds.There is a Travelodge less than 5 minutes walk away and parking is available locally. The High Street has plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, a cinema and a gym and swimming pool all within a few minutes walk. Egham is well known as the site of the signing of the Magna Carta on the banks of the river Thames and adjacent to the Runnymede National Trust meadows.

Course Fees

Early Bird offer £175 reduction on course if you book before the end of May 

  • Course fees are £4500 plus assessment fees of £275 which are payable at the time of assessment. A deposit of £750 payable at the time of booking will secure your place.
  • We offer a  5% reduction on the course fee if paid in full on enrolment
  • Or there is the option of paying the balance by 20 equal installments
Applicants must have:
  • a yoga teaching qualification with a minimum of 200 hours  (Minimum 180 contact hours)
  • teaching experience of a minimum of 120 hours over 1 year
  • evidence of continuous professional development, of at least 15 hours per year
  • a regular personal yoga practice for a minimum of 3 years

The regulations allow us to consider students who do not fulfil the criteria above but can be shown to have the equivalent of it, based on past experiences within the field of yoga training, teaching, and personal practice.

Next Steps

If you would like a copy of the COURSE PROSPECTUS, or to speak to us about any aspect of the course contact Patricia@realyoga.co.uk

Yoga Therapy FAQs

What is Yoga Therapy?
The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines it as “the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalised assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups” 

Ultimately yoga therapy is a holistic healing art, and yoga therapists always treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. The development of a compassionate therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the healing process.

For example, a client might present with persistent lower back pain – perhaps they have been advised by a GP or an osteopath to try yoga, which might be a clue that the cause of the back pain isn’t just mechanical. The yoga therapists job is to assess the client physically, emotionally, energetically, to investigate the origins of the pain, and to provide a safe and empathetic space in which the client can articulate their feelings, needs, and priorities and to empower that individual to make any necessary changes to heal themselves.

Treatment would likely include appropriate asana to stretch and strengthen and to improve postural alignment alongside practices that will enable intellectual and spiritual healing too e.g. relaxation, bhavana, mindfulness or meditation, sankalpa.

Generally, yoga therapy is provided to individuals, but it can also be provided to small groups of individuals with similar symptoms and needs, providing that each has been individually assessed and that each person’s particular needs can be met in that setting.

What is the difference between teaching yoga and being a yoga therapist?

Teachers and therapists  have different roles although of course there may well be some overlap.

Yoga teachers – teach yoga skills and help their students to master them for themselves. If the student practices regularly this will have a therapeutic effect.

Yoga therapists – work with their clients to help them understand the underlying causes of their suffering, whether physical, mental emotional or spiritual – likely a mix of each – and to empower them to work towards resolution using the physical and philosophical teachings of yoga.

Generally, yoga therapy is provided to individuals, but it can also be provided to small groups of individuals with similar symptoms and needs, provided that each person has been individually assessed and that their particular needs can be met in that setting.

What conditions is yoga therapy used for?

Yoga Therapy offers an holistic approach to health and wellbeing that can be used in many different scenarios, either as a stand alone treatment or to complement the work of medical practitioners, psychologists and counsellors, socail workers and other therapists.

Specific research has shown yoga to be effective for physical and emotional healing in many circumstances including:

  • Anatomical issues such as back pain, frozen shoulders, or scoliosis
  • Relief from pain
  • Improving the quality of life of people living with cancer
  • Improving the symptoms of asthma and COPD
  • Improving the symptoms of IBS and other digestive conditions such as Crohn’s disease
  • Improving symptoms of menopause
  • Improving motor function and stability in people with e.g. ,Parkinson’s and MS
  • Improving cardiac health
  • Relieving the symptoms of chronic fatigue and promoting post covid recovery
  • Relieving symptoms of common autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, or fibromyalgia
  • Relieving pelvic pain for women with endometriosis
  • Relieving insomnia
  • Supporting recovery from eating disorders, addictions, anxiety and depression, and trauma
  • Supporting people experiencing grief and PTSD

And many more

What are the Opportunities for Yoga Therapists?

Yoga Therapy is the fastest growing complementary therapy in the UK, and is widely recognised. There are many opportunities to work in clinical healthcare settings as well as in private practice. Many of our graduates have gone on to build rewarding yoga therapy careers working in institutions such as hospitals, psychiatric clinics, osteopath practices, women’s refuges, schools, hospices, prisons and in the charity sector.

Some therapists choose to focus their therapy work on specific groups of clients or specific conditions such as cancer care.  Others use the additional skills and knowledge acquired on the course to enhance their yoga teaching and to offer therapeutic yoga classes, workshops, and retreats. Some choose to train other teachers in the therapeutic art of yoga.

Graduates regularly report that they benefit personally from the self-development that is inherent within the course, leading them to a deeper and more compassionate understanding of themselves and of those around them.


Is there any other training I need to do after graduating?

This course is comprehensive and will equip you with all the skills you need to work therapeutically, so you won’t need to undertake any additional trainings in order to practice. We generally advise students to spend some time putting their training into practice, and honing their skills before looking to widen their horizons further, because as with teaching yoga, it is through repeated practical experience that we learn. Although it will of course be essential to meet the annual CPD requirement of your insurer and any membership organisation that you are registered with.

The Real Yoga team will be available to support you through supervision and mentoring until you are ready to explore particular areas of interest more deeply, or to develop particular skills.


Are yoga therapy tools different from those I use as a yoga teacher?

Essentially the tools are the same but they may need to be applied in a different way and there are some areas where you will need a much deeper level of understanding than is required for teaching yoga.


All the classical practices of yoga can be used in yoga therapy including asana (in its various forms), pranayama, mudra, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, yoga nidra, visualisation, bhavana, energy awareness, mantra, affirmation, sankalpa, and sound. However these may need adapting to be safely use in a therapeutic setting and there may be additional contraindications to be aware of with particular clients.

Yoga Models of Health

You will need a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the Yoga models of health such as the koshas, chakras, gunas and vayus because these provide an energetic framework for the assessment of a client’s needs and are used as tools for diagnosis and healing.


Likewise, an undersatnding of yoga wisdom and philosophy such as Patanjali’s teachings about the nature of the mind – the vrittis, kleshas and Kriya Yoga,  is essential because these provide a psychological framework that enables the therapist to gain insight into a client’s thoughts and motivations, and to prescribe holistic and yoga therapy solutions.

What is covered in the course?

This course is accredited by the BCYT, and therefore has to meet its core curriculm. The full requirements that training schools have to meet can be found here

However this is a summary of the learning that is covered

Diagnostic models and how to use them:

  • Yoga models of holistic health: Pancha Kosha, Chakra, Vayu and Gunas
  • Yoga wisdom and philosophy- Patanjali, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita
  • An introduction to Ayurveda and Tri-dosha
  • Postural and joint mobility assessment
  • Postural assessment – emotional holding patterns,
  • Body reading and exploration using metaphor and visualisation.
  • Breathing assessment both anatomical and energetic

Relating to your client – the therapeutic relationship

  • Taking a case history, setting boundaries, agreeing goals
  • Listening skills, questioning, communication, and counselling skills
  • Building a compassionate empathetic rapport
  • Maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Creating and managing a safe welcoming therapeutic space for treatment

Functional anatomy, physiology, pathology

Students are not expected to remember all the structural details of the body’s systems, but it is important to understand how they work and interact, and how they impact on physical, energetic, emotional, and mental health. The course focusses on the study of related conditions and diseases and how they can be treated using yoga therapy. Yoga therapy integrates the growing body of scientific yoga evidence yoga with traditional tried and tested therapeutic yoga wisdom and practices.

  • Skeletal and muscular systems and related health issues
  • Nervous system and the endocrine system – how together they regulate the electrical and chemical processes that relay information throughout the body
  • Immune system – its place in the mind body network
  • Cardiovascular and lymphatic systems
  • Respiratory system and the function of breathing
  • Digestive system, enteric nervous system, digestion as a metaphor for processing life experiences, thoughts, and emotions
  • Women’s physical and mental health
  • Ageing – physical, emotional, and spiritual effects
  • Pain, how it is generated and experienced
  • Aetiology of stress and its physical emotional and spiritual impacts
  • Mental health, including anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, trauma

Yoga practices

  • The appropriate use of asana including adapting and using props, accommodating additional needs and disabilities
  • In depth study of pranayama techniques for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing
  • In depth study of relaxation techniques including body scan, visualisation, guided visualisation, yoga nidra
  • The therapeutic use of meditation and mindfulness, bhavana, sankalpa, affirmation, mudra
  • Sound as a tool for healing, chanting, mantra
  • Vihara -healthful lifestyle changes

Running a yoga therapy practice

  • Yoga Therapy and the Law
  • Record keeping and retention
  • Data Protection and the role of the Information Commissioner
  • Advertising
  • Health and Safety
  • Fitness to practice and professional responsibility
  • Setting appropriate boundaries
  • Inclusivity
  • Establishing a yoga therapy practice


Is this an accredited course?

Yes – The course is accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT). And graduates will be able to register with both the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Yoga Therapy Association

This is a BCYT accredited course and graduates will be eligible to join the CNHC and Yoga Therapy Association