Motivated by the Joy learning brings, you will gradually progress from basic to refined levels of understanding until you attain mastery. - Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, I-17
Yoga Therapy International (YTI) has been a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance since 2009 and became one of the first 12 Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Programs with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) in 2014.
Not only do we train our therapists to have a deep understanding of the major approaches from the Krishnamacharya lineage of Yoga Therapy – Breath/Meditation/Chanting and Restorative/Alignment-Centred, but we also train our therapists to have a broad understanding of the major trends in current Yoga Therapy practice today, including Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga for Conditions including Scoliosis, Chronic Pain, Cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, and Disabilities.
Maggie Reagh, the Founding Director of YTI, has been practicing and teaching Therapeutic Yoga for over 25 years. She has trained over 50 Yoga Therapists and Therapeutic Yoga Teachers since starting her training program in 2009. Her latest cohort began their program in 2021 and will graduate with their CYT 1000 in 2024.
YTI's vision is to provide a high-quality, individualized, Yoga Therapy training that is steeped in tradition yet grounded in current practices and that fosters deep, lasting relationships in our global community of practitioners.
Our next cohort starts in September, 2025. Candidates will be invited to apply starting in January, 2024. For more information, please read through our 2025-29 Program Overview and links for each term.
What makes Yoga Therapy training at YTI unique?
Accredited IAYT Yoga Therapist Training Program: One of the first accredited programs in the world with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (CYT 1000)
Depth in Traditional Practices from India: Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage – breath/meditation/chanting and restorative/alignment-centred
Breadth in Current Practices from the West: Major trends in current Yoga Therapy practice
Master Yoga Therapists from India: Study with Master Yoga Therapists from India, specialized in traditional Krishnamacharya-Desikachar Yoga Therapy practices.
Online Format with only 2 In-Person Intensives for Students from around the Globe: Term 1 has one 2-week intensive in British Columbia, Canada in September, 2026. Term 2 has 3-weeks in Chennai, India in January, 2027 with our Master Teachers D.V. & Radha Sridhar. The rest of the program is online to allow students greater access to our unique programming.
Small Class Sizes of only 10-12 Students: Small class sizes foster individualized learning and deeper relationships for a higher quality learning experience
Senior Yoga Therapists and Specialists: Be taught by real Yoga Therapists at work with real students with real conditions
Practicums at Home Supported by Mentors and Faculty: Be supported at a distance by our Mentors at home as you transition into your career as a Yoga Therapist
Yoga Therapy Research: Learn how to conduct Yoga Therapy research during our Case Study Capstone Research Project, during the final year of your training, mentored by Tracy Dignum and Maggie Reagh.
1000 Hours of Classes: 200 hours above the 800-hour IAYT minimum standard to allow for extensive internships and our Case Study Capstone Research Project, fostering an experiential, thoughtful approach to learning and teaching
30-34 Hours/Week during Intensive Online & In-Person Terms: Evenings and weekends off to relax, study, and integrate learning at deeper levels, rather than cramming in too much material over a short period of time. Intensive terms are only 2-4 weeks long to allow more time to integrate learning over 3.5 years of programming.
Transfer Credits: RYT 500 students from other RYS schools may transfer 30-300 hours after a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) with our Program Director, Maggie Reagh. All transferred hours must be audited during our Bridge & Foundation Terms to fill in missing gaps in learning the basics.
International students are encouraged to apply
You are welcome to study in Canada with a tourist visa for programs less than 6 months per calendar year.
Because of the weak Canadian dollar right now, international students can get a high quality Canadian education for about 25% less
If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS or equivalent of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band as the program includes academic reading and writing, including Yoga Therapy research.
International students are not permitted to work while in Canada.