Langara Yoga programs genuinely changed my life. It’s like being given a beautiful gift. I love my work. Dive in, get ready for your life to change! Fiona Summers, Alumni

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program

Fall Intensive Sept-Dec 2019


The only certified program by an institution of higher learning in BC, Langara’s YTT program is a holistic intensive that immerses students in the rich tradition of yoga practices and philosophy.

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Align your practice with your passion. Develop the clarity, confidence, and skills to practice and teach postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices.

Learn to embody the teachings of yoga. With a skillful blend of pragmatic teachings and philosophical depth, teachers emerge from the program able to teach yoga in contemporary settings while rooted in ancient wisdom.


We introduce yoga as a process of living the present moment through awakening your physical, psychological and spiritual capacities.  Take part in classical Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga practices focused on keeping the body and mind healthy and flexible.

  • Teach the Holistic Yoga class model that brings together mantra, pranayama, warm-ups, asana, savasana, and meditation.
  • Prepare thematic class lesson plans, and design a progressive series that supports your development as a teacher.
  • Teach with an in-depth understanding of anatomy, alignment, contraindications and modifications for practice.
  • Discuss common injuries and how to maintain a safe classroom for students of all abilities.
  • Cultivate self-confidence with the ability teach, motivate and inspire students.
  • Learn to practice and teach beginner meditation and pranayama techniques.
  • Articulate a unique vision for teaching Yoga as a starting point for creating a small business or practice.
  • Explore the subtle energetics of Yoga as a transformative practice.
  • Discover techniques to develop a home practice that will support personal growth throughout the program.
  • Apply Ayurvedic practices for self-care, healing, and well-being.

SCHEDULE: includes in class and professional practice/distance learning hours.

  • Yoga Alliance Registered School

    Weekends: Friday 6-9pm & Sat/Sun 9-5pm

    Sept 13/14/15 & Sept 27/28/29

    October 4/5/6 & October 18/19/20

    Nov 1/2/3 & Nov 15/16/17 & Nov 29/30/ Dec 1

    Dec 6/7/8 & Dec 13/14/15

    Weekdays: Wednesday 6-9pm

    Sept 18,25

    Oct 2,9,16,23,30

    Nov 6,13,20,27

    Dec 4,11


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Yoga practice and/or professional background related to field of study. Open to yoga practitioners, teachers and health care practitioners (Nurses, RMT's, Chiropractors, Doctors, Physiotherapists, etc.)


APPLICATION STEPS: Complete application form (see website)


  • Tuition: $3995
  • Early bird Tuition: 10% discount if paid in full by August 21, 2019- deadline extended
  • Additional Costs: Books, Completion of a 1-day Emergency First-Aid course in order to apply for graduation at end of program



 This training can assist you with challenges in every area of your life. If you want a truly traditional experience of yoga beyond the asanas, then register today.  It’s a beautiful journey. ~Judy Lyon (2015 alumni)

A NEW certificate program providing in-depth training in the emerging field of yoga therapy. Yoga therapy supports a client-centered, strengths based approach to healthcare. The program highlights the importance of yoga therapy as a preventative and supplementary healthcare practice for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Our interdisciplinary program bridges eastern and western health sciences for an integrative approach to health and healing.
Graduates will become leaders in this emerging field of complementary health care and trauma informed training. Upon completion, students will have the skills to teach Yoga classes with a therapeutic focus and conduct 1-1 Yoga therapy sessions with confidence and professionalism.

Located in Canada’s yoga capital, Langara’s Yoga Therapy for Integrative Health Certificate program is a holistic intensive that immerses students in the rich tradition of yoga practices and philosophyAs the only institution of higher learning offering a certified yoga therapy training in Vancouver, Langara graduates benefit from the credibility and recognition earned through a decade of experience in the field. This can be especially helpful when pursuing collaborations with other institutions or teaching in corporate/government environment seeking professional qualifications.

By using an interdisciplinary approach, the Yoga Therapy for Integrative Health Certificate Program draws from classical and contemporary traditions to provide a balanced and integrative learning experience. Graduates will have the ability to:

  • Describe and discuss the historical, philosophical and scientific teachings and texts of yoga from the Indian tradition.
  • Identify Western theories, practices and health care models that support physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being.  
  • Develop basic knowledge of commonly occurring physical and mental health conditions, as they relate to the work of the yoga therapist.
  • Identify common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems, including symptoms, and disease management.
  • Communicate the safety, benefits, modifications and contraindications of yoga therapy practices for specific conditions and circumstances.
  • Apply knowledge of the basic perspectives on health and disease management from yoga and ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy.
  • Teach therapeutic and rehabilitative yoga therapy classes and conduct private sessions.
  • Utilize anatomy, kinesiology, physiology and biomechanics relevant to the work of the yoga therapist.
  • Discuss models of human development, and their importance to psychological and physiological health and well-being.
  • Conduct business and client/student intake and health assessments.
  • Recognize, adjust, and adapt to specific client/student needs in the evolving therapeutic relationship.
  • Comprehend and adhere to professional scope of practice, and ethical guidelines for yoga therapists.

Course Descriptions
Students are required to take all courses, and specialized certification including practicum hours to be eligible for a certification in yoga therapy. We are committed to the practice of trauma informed yoga therapy, and use this as a guiding principle of practice.

YOGA 1101 - Foundations in Yoga Therapy (60hrs): Identify yogic philosophies and perspectives of health, illness, and healing. Learn integrative and holistic models of client-centered care that support preventative health care and disease management. Discuss historical and current research in the field of yoga therapy. Synthesize practical application of yoga techniques for mind, body, spirit and emotional wellbeing. Understand the social determinates of health, and the role of yoga therapy in supporting individual and community wellness.

YOGA 1102- Ayurveda Foundations in Yoga Therapy (75hrs): Apply knowledge of the basic perspectives on health and disease management from yoga and ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy. Learn disease processes, how to classify individual constitutions based on the five elements theory that govern biological and psychological functions of the mind, body, and consciousness. Identify ayurvedic practices based on lifestyle and routine factors such as nutrition, breathing, meditation, mantra and movement.

YOGA 1103 - Integrative Yoga Therapy Skills 1 (70hrs): Design therapeutic yoga classes to meet the needs of individual clients and groups. Gain in-depth knowledge of the traditional precepts and practices that underlie the yogic prescription for holistic health which include embodied movement, lifestyle and contemplative practices. Apply therapeutic yoga practices to address a variety of health conditions. Build on your personal practice to deepen your experience and understanding of the therapeutic benefits of yoga for your clients short and long-term goals.

YOGA 1104 - Integrative Yoga Therapy Skills 2 (70hrs): Learn the therapeutic application of yoga in injury and rehabilitation. Teach practices to restore flexibility, strength and endurance after injury. Demonstrate the ability to modify practices to support the client’s current health condition. Identify and teach to various learning styles while supporting clients and students in cultivating self-awareness and responsibility for their own long-term health and wellness goals. Identify basic to complex postures suitable for clients with diverse abilities and restrictions.

YOGA 1105 - Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga Therapists (75hrs): Study key physiological systems and explain their roles in maintaining homeostasis. Apply anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics to inform the yoga therapist’s ability to assess and communicate the benefits, modifications and contraindications of specific yoga therapy practices. Identify commonly occurring health conditions, pathologies and disorders, including symptoms, treatment, and disease management. Explore movement of the body, and the relationship between form, function and flow.

YOGA 1106 - Yoga Therapy for Mental Health (65hrs): Discuss current theories, practices and health care models that support physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being. Develop a basic knowledge of commonly occurring mental health conditions, interventions, models of human development and the yogic perspective of mind and body integration for optimal health. Learn how to communicate the safety, benefits, modifications and contraindications of Yoga therapy practices for specific mental health conditions and circumstances.

YOGA 1107 - Business Management (45hrs): Learn how to be an entrepreneur and turn your yoga therapy practice into a viable business ventures. Develop your own approaches, guidelines and skills for being an entrepreneur. Topics include: business idea generation; market research; marketing and sales strategies; writing proposals; financing options; human resources; and successfully operating your business after start-up. Complete a business plan as part of the course content.

YOGA 1108 - Professional Practice 1 (100hrs): Combining distance and in-class learning, students will learn how to design and deliver one-to-one integrative yoga therapy sessions. Learn client intake processes including documentation, assessment, consultation, and follow-up. Create therapeutic yoga programs to support the physical and mental well-being of the client.  Reflect upon observations of the client/therapist relationship. Participate in practicum seminars, and receive on-going support, feedback and practical experience during the program from practicum supervisors.

YOGA 1109 - Professional Practice 2 (100hrs): Expanding on your skills as a yoga therapist, learn how to teach integrative yoga therapy classes for specialized groups. Students are offered a choice of specific community practicum placements to develop and synthesize program outcomes. Program faculty maintain provides support for students throughout the placements. Learn about the agency, operations, and the community in which it operates. Discuss professional practices required to maintain a yoga therapy career including scope of practice, client referral, code of ethics, regulation, and accreditation.

*AYGA 2001 - Yoga Philosophy and Pain Management Applications (13hrs):  This experiential course will combine the practical application of basic therapeutically-based yoga techniques combined with an examination of Yoga philosophy. Students will examine how to modify yogic practices and apply the classical path of Ashtanga Yoga (8-limbs) as well as other yogic tools for chronic pain management. Studies include the Vedas, Yoga Sutras, and mantras.

*AYGA 2003 - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Chronic Pain (8hrs): Mindfulness has been found to be an effective complementary therapy for managing pain. Research in this area finds that the practice of mindfulness meditation is effective in changing structures in the brain associated with the processing of emotions and stressful life events. Key strategies for cultivating resilience and pain management founded on simple MBSR techniques will be explored.

*AYGA 2004 - Chronic Pain and Trauma (9hrs): Individuals who have experienced trauma are often at a higher risk to develop chronic pain conditions. As yoga teachers and healthcare practitioners, it is important that we understand the additional stigmas and barriers to treatment that trauma survivors with chronic pain conditions encounter. In this course, we will explore the connection between trauma and pain, and issues of empathy and self-acceptance
*AYGA 2005 - Restorative Yoga Therapeutics (30hrs): Restorative yoga therapeutics is a unique modality that offers an experience of self-care and befriending of the pain body; an essential complement for self-managing chronic pain. Explore the principles and practices of classical Restorative yoga and integrative therapeutic movement to the lived experience of pain with the goal of deepening our understanding and supporting the self-management of the pain experience.  These techniques have been found to be beneficial for a diverse range of pain conditions.

*AYGA 2006- Understanding Modern Pain Science (10hrs): Pain neurophysiology is an essential area of study when assisting individuals to move forward and actively engage in the processes required for them to effectively manage their pain and disability. In addition to the neurophysiology of pain students will learn about and the importance of neuroplasticity in the management of pain, pain terminology and various treatment strategies with an emphasis on self-care. This course will explore predominant societal attitudes and beliefs about pain and ethical issues related to its’ management.

*AYGA 2007 - Professional Practice (10hrs): Demonstrate the ability to teach classical Restorative yoga postures, therapeutic integrative movement, mindfulness strategies, breath work, and other yogic tools for chronic pain in a group class or private session to students, clients or patients. Students will have the opportunity to practice teaching the techniques in class with peers, and outside with their community of family and friends. Professional practice includes ongoing mentorship, feedback, and evaluation throughout the program.

*AYGA 3001 - Classical Yoga Philosophies and Practices (14hrs): Students will study classical Yoga philosophy to support the delivery of Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma and Resilience as well as professional/personal growth. We will explore key concepts from Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra-s, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Veda-s. Gain a deeper experience of how these philosophies apply to our understanding of modern pain science, yoga and trauma.

*AYGA 3002 - The Eastern & Western Paradigms of Emotional Wellbeing (14hrs): Participants will gain an understanding and working knowledge of a unique synthesis of Yoga philosophy, techniques, and modern body/mind technologies producing a simple and precise therapeutic method illuminating the cause and resolution of anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours.  

*AYGA 3003 - A Trauma Informed Approach to Yoga Teaching (32hrs): Gain an understanding of traumatic events and their impact on the on the brain, body, emotions, cognitive and spiritual processes. Identify the relationship between trauma and addictive behaviors, as well as the benefits of yoga as a complementary therapy in the treatment of trauma symptoms. Apply modern evidence-based approaches to trauma therapy, with an understanding how yoga may integrate with and inform clinical practice.  Students will learn trauma informed theory and teaching techniques in addition to exploring boundaries, the connection between trauma and chronic pain, strengths-based practice and techniques for effective communication within the therapeutic relationship.

*Existing courses - if already taken, credit will be applied. 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS: Fill out application form + resume + essay

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  For admission into this program, there needs to be a successful completion of a 250 or 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, or equivalent in professional training, education and practice.

Type: Part-time

Entry dates: Jan 2020 

Schedule: Eves/Weekends: Wednesday 6-9pm; Friday 6-8pm, Saturday/Sunday 9-5pm

Location: Broadway/Main Campus

Delivery: Classroom and online

Credential: Certificate

Total Cost over 2 years: = $12,600


The 60-hour Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma & Resilience Certificate Program (TYTR) is designed for certified Yoga teachers, clinicians and healthcare practitioners to advance both their knowledge and expertise.  Students will become specialized in trauma informed Yoga methodologies, philosophies and practices and will learn to integrate these skills into their yoga teaching and therapeutic practices. The program is multi-disciplinary and integrative, offering a therapeutic and holistic approach to teaching therapeutically-based Yoga techniques.


Upon completion, graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of how to use Yoga to cultivate resilience and emotional well-being when working with groups and individuals living with depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma. Graduates will:

  • Understand Yogic theories and philosophies through the study of classical texts.
  • Learn how to practice and teach a trauma informed Yoga class or private session with established protocols that are transferable to a variety of individuals, populations, and work environments.
  • Explore how and why trauma, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours manifest.
  • Understand the yogic and allopathic approaches to symptom resolution. 
  • Learn effective Yoga practices for self-regulation and understand the connection between traumatic experiences and chronic pain conditions.
  • Understand the impact of traumatic events on the brain, body and nervous system.
  • Explore the importance of creating safety, boundaries, and effective communication. 


Research has pointed to the efficacy of Yoga as a complimentary therapeutic intervention for chronic pain.  This certificate program bridges the chasm between modern pain science and yoga therapy. Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals can advance their knowledge in the field of pain management with this experiential and transformational program. Learn to teach restorative yoga therapy, breathing and mindfulness based stress reduction techniques.


By using an interdisciplinary approach, the Therapeutic Yoga for Pain Management Certificate Program draws from classical and contemporary traditions to provide a balanced and integrative learning experience. Graduates will have the ability to:

  • Understand Yogic theories and philosophies through the study of classical texts.
  • Examine modern pain science, the neurophysiology of pain and the importance of neuroplasticity in the management of chronic pain.
  • Describe the physical and psychological influences on pain, and the therapeutic benefits of yoga for pain management.
  • Describe and demonstrate mindfulness based stress reduction techniques for pain management.
  • Design and demonstrate how to teach restorative yoga classes, specialized workshops and conduct individual sessions to meet the unique needs of people with chronic pain conditions based upon current research.
  • Identify the needs of individuals living with chronic pain from a trauma informed perspective.
  • Describe the importance of utilizing a holistic approach to mental and physical health and well-being and synthesize the practice into regular care routines.


  • Receive a certificate vetted through Langara College’s Education Council
  • First public college in BC offering holistic and therapeutic yoga teacher trainings
  • Train with experienced instructors who have made their passion their profession
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists Member School (IAYT)

"Thank you for this rich exploration of yoga and pain management! Such a depth of information, from science to practical applications. The level of instruction was excellent. The faculty were knowledgeable and open to student inquiries, allowing for personal refection to better understand from within, in order to serve others. The benefits of this program will be far reaching, one person at a time. Healing and caring." L.E., Mental Health Practitioner