Updated as of April 15, 2014:


We have submitted an application to IAYT for accreditation of our yoga therapy program, and will be able to provide information on our status after IAYT completes its review process.


Mission Statement:

Yoga Therapy by YogaFit integrates the ancient wisdom and traditions of numerous yoga lineages and Ayurveda with modern science to educate and train yoga therapists to skillfully assist and empower those they work with to take an active role in their healing, health, and wellness. Additionally, we prepare our graduates to work as part of integrative health teams and with Family Practice and Primary Care Doctors in a variety of settings.


The process of accreditation has been a much longer process than we anticipated, but we want to assure you that we are continuing to pursue accreditation and are certain that our program is unique and outstanding among programs. We pledge to stick with our unique format because we know it works for you - our trainees. Below you will find some of the updated changes that we have made to adhere to the standards of IAYT.


The YogaFit® Therapy program draws from the rich traditions of ancient yoga and integrates them with cutting edge evidence based science to create a unique training program for educating and training Yoga Therapists. YogaFit®’s eclectical user-friendly approach to training yoga teachers and yoga therapists offers an empowering holistic program with a broad knowledge base and prepares the yoga therapist and/or health care practitioner to work with a wide variety of health concerns safely and effectively. YogaFit® is uniquely poised to prepare yoga therapists to work with clients/students of all ages and abilities in creating a positive healing environment for the body, mind and spirit. 


Requirements for Application & Admissions

Additional Required documents are noted in parentheses:

  • Completion of RYT 200  (copy of Yoga Alliance Certificate for RYT 200)
  • A minimum of  1 year Personal Practice of Yoga
  • Actively leading yoga classes (group/ private) with 1 year of teaching experience
  • Completed Application Form into YogaFit® Yoga Therapy Program (Application form)
  • Active Member of the Yoga Alliance (copy of card or membership number)
  • Active Member of the  International Association of Yoga Therapy (copy of card or membership number)
  • $150 Application/ Mentoring Fee


Bridge Program

Applicants who have not obtained their RYT-200 through the YogaFit® curriculum and would like to apply to the YogaFit® Yoga Therapy Program must contact the program director, and complete the YogaFit® Bridge Program.  The Bridge Program consists of the completion of YogaFit® Level One: Foundations, which must be taken prior to applying to the program.  (Certificates of completion must be submitted with above mentioned application requirements). YogaFit reserves the right to require additional courses if the student is found lacking in any area of knowledge. These additional courses may be taken after admittance.


Application Process

Once pre-requisites have been met, each prospective student must fill out an application form.  Applications can be found online here

There is a $150 non-refundable application fee that is to be paid upon application submission.  Application fee will be paid via check to YogaFit and mailed to

Kristen Manuel 
33935 Pequito Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

YogaFit® will confirm receipt of your application once the completed application and associated fees have been submitted.  When all materials have been received and reviewed, each student will be assigned a mentor for continual and consistent guidance throughout program.

Please feel free to be in touch with us if you have any questions, email us at



There are primary faculty members who will serve as mentors to each student as he/she moves through the program.  Upon successful completion of application and admission into the program, each student will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will act as a guide and primary contact throughout the duration of the program.  The mentor will maintain regular contact with the student, and the student will be expected to maintain contact with the assigned mentor.  If the mentor is unable to answer the student’s questions, it is the mentor’s responsibility to contact the program director for further directive.


Program Structure

The Yoga Therapy by YogaFit® Program draws from the authentic traditions and wisdom of numerous yoga lineages , in addition to recognized protocols and practices to adhere to the standards of the Yoga Therapy Profession.  Our program has been developed to meet and exceed the standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) and, with equal importance, meet the needs of yoga teachers wishing to extend their scope of practice and transition to the role of yoga therapist with the intention of assisting clients to holistically manage their health. The transition from teacher to therapist requires additional education in a broad spectrum of areas including functional movement assessment, physical and mental health, anatomy and physiology, pathologies and intervention strategies for a wide range of physical and mental conditions, basic principles of Ayurveda, behavioral intervention strategies, neuroscience and its role relating to yoga therapy and more. YogaFit has a team of experienced yogis and yoga therapists as well experts in various health fields that have worked to develop and deliver consistent high quality trainings.


YogaFit’s Therapy modules are offered in cities across the USA and Canada primarily at YogaFit Mind Body Fitness Conferences (MBF), of which there are 9-10 per year. Additional instruction is offered via distant, online and self- directed components in order to achieve the full qualification of standards and competencies.  The Yoga Therapy by YogaFit program is unique in that we offer opportunities for students to teach and mentor others interested in yoga therapy at the MBF conferences through its practicum requirements to participate in roundtable discussions and presentations of specific yoga therapy cases and topics similar to formats in the medical profession and research commmunity.  The program consists of 604 Contact hours and 390 non-contact hours, for a total of 1004 hours.  The 1004 hours includes the 196 hour practicum.  All required courses and hours must be completed successfully to acquire program completion.

The full qualification of the program is undertaken within a minimum of 3 years (36 months) to a maximum of 7 years (84 months).



Course Venue

The majority of the contact hours for this program will be conducted in conjunction with the Mind Body Fitness Conferences or independent trainings.  YogaFit® will offer courses nationally and internationally.  This is done for the convenience of our students.  Course venues will vary depending upon time, date and host agreement. Other contact hours will be delivered via distance learning via conference call and/ or webinars.  Non-contact learning will also occur online and independently. To find a course nearest you-




Required Courses

*Please see Course Catalog for detailed course descriptions


Foundation Courses

  • Therapy 1 
  • Therapy 2 
  • Therapy 3 
  • Organization & Administration of Yoga Therapy  (coming 2017)
  • Restorative Foundations
  • Sound & Mantra Healing
  • Transformational Meditation 
  • Pranayama 

Biomedical / Anatomy focused Courses

  • Biomedical Aspects of Yoga Therapy  (coming 2016)
  • Anatomy 2 
  • Therapeutic Yoga for Upper and Lower Extremities (coming 2016)
  • Thai Energy for Healing and Hands on Adjustments


  • Ayurveda 1 
  • Ayurveda 2 


Yoga Therapy for Wellness Lifestyle

  • Yoga Therapy & Nervous System disorders (coming 2016)
  • Yoga for the Heart 
  • Prenatal Post natal
  • Yoga Lean/ Mindful Eating
  • Yoga and the Change/ Menopause 
  • Yoga for Diabetes 
  • Yoga for Cancer & Caregivers 

Trauma Sensitive Training Specialty Courses 

  • YogaFit for Warriors 
  • YogaFit Warriors for Kids
  • Healing Emotional & Physical Trauma 
  • Restorative Therapeutics: The Art and Science of Healing
  • Yoga for Addiction/ Recovery 

Mental Health Focused Courses

  • Yoga for Mood Management 
  • Expanding Consciousness: Yoga Therapy and the Healing Mindset (coming 2016)
  • Yoga & Positive Psychology 

Online Courses (contracted)

  • Leslie Kaminoff’s Anatomy Training (online)
  • Whole Being Institute- Positive Psychology – Dr. Tal Sahar (online)

Click here for a Therapy Course Transcript Record to keep track of all of your trainings. 

Practicum : takes place over 1 year culminating in a 3-day class at an MBF. (Will be offered in 2017)

Elective Courses

Yoga & Neuroscience – Dr. Jay Kumar 



Tuition and Fees/ Exchange of Services

The student agrees to pay YogaFit® the total of stated tuition and fees.  Payment of all money shall be a condition of continuing enrollment.  Upon satisfactory completion of all academic and skill requirements, and when all financial obligations to school have been met, the school will award a certificate of completion for the YogaFit® Yoga Therapy Training to the student. 


The cost of this program will include the following:





Application/ Mentor Fee




1 day training




2 day trainings




3 day training (Practicum)




4 day trainings




Course Tuition for Specialty Courses

Whole Being Institute – Positive Psychology online Course (must use YF coupon code)




Online Anatomy Training with Leslie Kaminoff (must register through YF)




Practicum Mentoring Fee & 3 Day Course (due when the practicum year begins)




Elective courses

Jay Kumar’s Yoga and Neuroscience (must register through YF-held at select MBF’s)






** Payment in full constitutes a 10% discount making the total cost    $16,476.30

** Yoga Fit may also hold Yoga Fit Therapy Intensives which would affect the individual costs of the training.  This also does not reflect any early bird pricing.  


Where do I Start?

YogaFit recommends you begin your therapy journey with the Foundational courses followed by the Anatomy focuses courses to create a solid foundation for your journey. You will earn your 500 RYT certificate along the way. Click here for those requirements.


We recommend that if you are interested in the therapy program and you meet all of the qualification requirements, you apply soon. We will be limiting the number of people that are allowed into the program each year so that we can give individual attention and quality mentoring.


Program Director: Kristy Manuel, MS, ERYT-500