Yoga Therapy Rx – LMU

LMU Extension, Loyola Marymount University
Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program (IAYT Member School)

Join the YTRx program this October, featuring 29 of America’s finest Yoga & health professionals! Registration for 2017-18 term opens at the end of April at the LMU Extension website.

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Course Description

Yoga Therapy Rx is a marriage between Yoga therapy and complementary medicine. It is designed to train Yoga teachers to be Yoga therapists and apply classical applications of Yoga for use in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions.

The Level I course will focus on the musculoskeletal system. Students will meet one weekend a month for a year and address principles of practice, anatomy for Yoga teachers, the origin and treatment of common low back, upper back, knee and hip problems. In addition the course will cover communication tools for working with doctors including reading reports, terminology and clinical notes such as S.O.A.P. notes.

The Level II course will be offered the following year and will focus in the same manner on other systems of the body as outlined in Yoga Therapy Rx (Broadway Books) written by Larry Payne, Ph.D., and Richard Usatine, M.D. These systems will include the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive, endocrine systems and newly added weekend on mental health.

The Level III course offers practicum experience in a clinical setting, covering the topics from level I and II. The program offers an immersive clinical experience, taught seminar style with live and standardized patients, and complete interaction with all program participants.

The Level IV course offers the first Yoga Therapy Internship in conjunction with the Venice Family Clinic.. Participants spend entire days at the clinic where they see chronic pain clients, learn the adminstration system and participate in the weekly meetings with the integrative medicine staff.

In addition, students will complete take-home case studies, write a term paper for each level.

Participants who complete and pass one or more levels of the course will be equipped to work with various medical specialists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists. They will also receive a certificate from Loyola Marymount University and 12 units of Continuing Education Credit for each level.

NEW! IAYT certification

With the addition of the below 100-hour courses, students will be eligible for the new IAYT certificate:

Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change
10.0 Semester Hours
In this course, students will explore various trends in Yoga and meditation, with an emphasis on discovering emerging areas of service, engagement, and social activism. Special attention will be given to the science of meditation, current ecological and social justice topics, and Yogic applications in various contexts for social change. Classes meet one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) a month during the Fall and Spring semesters, 1 pm to 6 pm each meeting.

Ayurveda & Self Care
10.0 Semester Hours
Ayurveda, considered one of the world’s first comprehensive medical sciences, offers a developed and comprehensive philosophical construct that defines the fundamental energetic nature of humans, and our interaction with our environment. In this course, students will be introduced to Ayurveda with an overview of its science, practice, and integration in everyday approaches to wellness.

In accordance with IAYT’s Grandparenting Policy, some graduates who began Levels I & II before January 1, 2014, are eligible for the IAYT Certificate without the additional courses. Visit the IAYT website to apply and for more information. The deadline for Grandparenting is JUNE 30, 2017.

You can find the breakdown of YTRx hours for IAYT Grandparenting HERE.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Check out our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS or click HERE for information on prerequisites, tuition and to register for our program.

LEVEL I 2017-2018 Schedule
LEVEL I 2017-2018 Syllabus
LEVEL II 2017-2018 Schedule
LEVEL II 2017-2018 Syllabus
LEVEL III 2017-2018 Schedule
LEVEL III 2017-2018 Syllabus
LEVEL IV 2018 Syllabus

**Schedules are subject to change. Changes will be added to this site as they are made available.

INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM? You are welcome to attend one of our Open Houses!
INTERESTED IN FREE YOGA THERAPY? Sign up to be part of the Level III clinic!
WANT TO HEAR FROM YTRx GRADUATES? Check out our Successful Graduates profiles!


The yoga therapy components of our courses are based on our status as an approved school with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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