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Anatomical Yoga Therapy Certificate

150hr Post Grad Teacher Tranining

When: 9th March - 30th July 2017

Where: Frenchs Forest Campus

Price: $1975 Earlybird

Anatomical Yoga Therapy
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Workshop Description

Learn to teach yoga to help with pain and injury

This 150hr course is designed for RYT200 teachers who want to learn advanced skills in yoga anatomy and adaptive asana. Focusing on asana-based solutions to common issues such as shoulder, lower back, hip and knee injury, this course is a must for all teachers who want to feel confident helping students manage pain and injury. The course will also teach you how to conduct functional postural assessments, assess range of movement and determine dysfunctional physiological patterns.  You will learn advanced sequencing skills and boost your confidence in providing therapeutic adjustments. 

What are the pre-requisites?
Minimum RYT200 certification. You will be eligible for 100hrs face to face CPD and 50hrs self directed CPD points and will be eligible to apply for Level 1 (350hr) accreditation with Yoga Australia on successful completion of the course.  

Where and when does the course run?

The course consists of 100 hrs face to face training in Davidson (near Frenchs Forest, 20 mins north of Sydney CBD) and 50hrs home study and practicum. It runs from 9th March – 30th July 2017 and is taught across a series of 1 day, 2 day and 4 day workshops. You must attend 80% of the workshop and complete all required home study and assessment tasks in order to pass the course.




9.30am – 5.30pm Thursday 9 March 2017


9.30am – 5.30pm Thursday 23 March 2017


9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday 27 April 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Friday 28 April 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 29 April 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday 30 April 2017


9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday 11 May 2017


9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday 8 June 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Friday 9 June 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 10 June 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday 11 June 2017


9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday 6 July 2017


9.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 29 July 2017

9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday 30 July 2017


Participants will be expected to undertake 50hrs home/self study as part of the training and attend two one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior faculty members.

You will receive a reading list when you enroll for the course. You must purchase and read the Compulsory Texts which are fundamental to your progress on the course. You will also benefit greatly from obtaining the Recommended Texts, which we will be referring to during the course.


Adaptive Yoga Fundamentals

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 9 March 2017


This introductory workshop lays the foundations for studying adaptive yoga with an enquiry into the nature of yoga therapy, the attributes of an adaptive yoga teacher and the traditional frameworks used for healing the body/mind through yoga.


Holistic Counselling for Adaptive Yoga Teachers 

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 23 March 2017


Counseling and communication skills are important aspects of teaching adaptive yoga. In this workshop you will learn how to build effective therapeutic relationships with your students and develop fundamental communication skills, including empathic listening, the use of silence, unconditional positive regard and conflict management. We will also explore issues of boundaries, ethics, transference and critical thinking, to help you to develop confidence and efficacy as an adaptive yoga teacher.


Orthopedic Yoga 1: The Lower Body

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 27 – Friday 28 April 2017


Deepen your understanding of functional and dysfunctional anatomy as we examine the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system through the yoga lens. You'll enjoy hands-on exercises that will sharpen your observation skills as you explore functional anatomy, dysfunction and the treatment of the lower body, including lumbar spine, hips, sacro-illiac joint, knees and ankles. Includes somatics techniques.


Orthopedic Yoga 2: The Upper Body

 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 April 2017


Our exploration of the human body continues as we take a close look at the functional anatomy, dysfunction and treatment of the upper body, including the biomechanics of the thoracic and cervical spine, the shoulder joint, elbows and wrists. By the end of this module you will have a strong understanding of how to assess and use simple movements and somatics exercises to treat students with a range of musculoskeletal pain and injury.


Yoga for Pain Management

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 11 May 2017


An increasing number of studies show that yoga can be effective in helping with pain management. In this module you will learn the theory and practice of using the tools of yoga to help your students become more effective in managing both acute and chronic pain.


Functional Assessment and Therapeutic Sequencing

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 8 - Friday 9 June 2017


Starting from the ground up, this module will show you where to start when teaching private adaptive yoga classes. You will learn how to assess your student's needs, set a therapeutic goal, determine which techniques to teach and how to sequence a targeted practice.Strong observation skills are essential for yoga therapists and this module introduces you to the art of observing dysfunctional patterns of movement and postural alignment. You will learn how to conduct a thorough structural and mobility assessment and then use your observations to help students re-pattern dysfunctional physical habits. 


Individual Therapeutic Adaptation and Subtle Adjusting

9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 June 2017


This module will teach you how to adapt asana according to the infinite 'human variations' you will meet in your yoga therapy practice. From different body proportions to joint orientation, every body is different. At the end of this session you will be confident to work therapeutically with a wide variety of bodies, based on functional rather than aesthetic principles. You'll also enjoy plenty of hands on experience in providing subtle therapeutic adjustments.


Nutrition and the Gut-Brain Relationship

9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday 6 July 2017


Nutrition and digestion are central ayurvedic medicine and western nutrition is catching up! This module compares eastern and western views on the relationship between food and brain-body functioning.  As well as exploring the ayurvedic model of nutrition and digestion, you'll learn about cutting edge research on the human micro-biome and how to influence physical and mental health through improving gut function.


Therapeutic Restorative Yoga

9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 July 2017


Restorative yoga is a powerful practice that has profound healing potential. This module will give you a thorough grounding in the philosophy and techniques of restorative yoga and give you the practical propping skills to assist a wide diversity of body-types into appropriate restorative practices.


You will receive two one-on-one mentoring sessions with senior course faculty during this course. These sessions are designed to help you consolidate your learning, build on your individual skill base and receive feedback and practical assessment from your mentoring teacher. Mentoring sessions are $120 (not included in the price of the training), with fees payable directly to your mentor.


Your learning during this course will be assessed in five ways.

1. Mentoring: During your second one-on-one mentoring session with a senior faculty member, you will be assessed on your teaching of key practical techniques taught during the course, along with your skills and knowledge base relating to your studies in Anatomical Yoga Therapy.

2. In-Class Assessment: You will be participating in simple in-class assessments, during which supervising teachers assess your learning in key areas of the curriculum.

3. Written Assessment (Reflection):  You will be asked to write a reflective assignment in which you consider your learning process and identify how you are using the skills you have acquired, as well as identifying gaps in your skills/knowledge base.

4. Written Assessment (Case Study): You will undertake a 6 week live case study with a volunteer student. You will document and assess both the process and outcome of individual yoga sessions you conduct with your case study volunteer.

5. Practicum/Journal: You will be required to undertake a minimum of 10hrs observing, assisting and teaching in yoga classes that address musculoskeletal/soft tissue issues. These hours are signed off by supervising teachers/mentors and you will keep a reflective journal documenting the process and your learning.

Course Faculty

You will be learning from some of the most experienced yoga teachers and health professionals in Australia. 

Nikola Ellis

Nikola Ellis BA (hons) Dip. Health (Yoga), Grad Dip Couns; Dip. Shiatsu, IAYT, AAYT, E-RYT, Level 3 (Yoga Australia)

Founder and Principal Teacher at Adore Yoga, Nikola Ellis has been immersed in yoga for over 20 years. A certified senior teacher with both Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance and member of both the AAYT (Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists) and the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), she has studied yoga, meditation and yoga therapy with leading international teachers including TKV Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ganesh Mohan, and Saraswathi Vasudevan.

For the past decade, Nikola has specialised in yoga therapy and teacher training, using her wealth of experience to bring the philosophy and practice of yoga vividly to life. Nikola honours the principles of Viniyoga, giving every individual student the practice that best meets their specific needs. She is actively engaged with several non-profits, including A Sound Life project, Cancer Council NSW and The Butterfly Foundation and is the founder of the Pink Yoga project which is dedicated to making yoga accessible to women with cancer. Nikola has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and is currently completing a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Joan Miller

Joan Miller is a senior and talented teacher with over 30 years of experience in yoga teaching and teacher training. Joan takes yoga back to its authentic roots, using the traditional practices of Hatha Yoga to help her students develop spiritual and physical awareness. Certified by over five nationally and internationally recognised bodies, member of Australia’s peak body for Yoga, Yoga Australia and Accredited Journey Therapist, Joan is a highly qualified, compassionate and inspiring Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and Reiki Master.

Rosie Caunt

Rosie is a one of Sydney's most senior yoga teachers and a seasoned yoga teacher trainer. She is a fun loving person and a committed family gal who has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and has been in the classroom for 40 years as a teacher and lecturer. Rosie is passionate about yoga and its tools. She specialises in working in small classes and individual sessions to support people towards wellbeing and affect positive change in their lives. Rosie works with the whole person - mind, body, breath and spirit - using movement, sound, breath and talking.

Tracy Gerza

Tracy’s love of yoga began with her first class back in 2004 and she is passionate about healing through yoga. Tracy is a self-confessed 'anatomy nut' and she has studied yoga, pilates and anatomy extensively. A graduate of the Qi Yoga 420 hr Teacher Training Diploma, Adore Yoga Therapy 300hr Training and Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Tracy emphasizes steadiness, stability and focus rather than 'perfection', and her students are encouraged to work at their own pace and listen to their bodies for a safe and enjoyable practice. 

Rosemary Manners

Pharmacist, Naturopath, Nutritionalist,Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Iridologist,Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy®, Hypnosis & Pharmacy Owner

Rosemary has been passionate about health since graduating from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Pharmacy 25 years ago. Ten years ago she completed a Diploma of Naturopathy from Nature Care College and since then she has been studying the mind and the decisions we make in relationship to health. This study has included Neurolinguistic programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis. Rosemary is also a trainer in NLP and Time Line Therapy.


How To Book

Applications are open now for the 2017 Advanced Anatomical and Adaptive Yoga Studies (150hrs) Post Graduate teacher Training course. 

Non-refundable deposit: $900 

Total Fee: EARLYBIRD (book before 5 January 2017) $1975 + 2 x $120 Private Mentoring sessions paid direct to your mentoring teacher.

Full price after 5 January: $2300

*Payment plan available*
Full payment: Receive $100 discount when you pay your fees in full 14 days prior to course commencing.
Pay per month: Pay for each module in 3 monthly instalments. No discount


Booking Terms and Conditions
*Payment plan available* Deposits are non refundable. Should you cancel your booking more than four weeks prior to start date, 50% of the balance after non-refundable deposit will be given. No refunds will be made for cancellations made within 4 weeks of start date. See prospectus for full terms and conditions.