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Foundations of Yoga Therapy (150hr)

This Yoga Australia Registered course introduces the fundamentals of yoga therapy to yoga teachers with RYT200 certification. It's the first step on your journey to full Yoga Therapist Certification.


Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, Davidson NSW, AU 2085

Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles



Feb 2 to
Mar 5
09:30 amto17:30 pm

4 x 4 Day blocks, Thurs - Sun 9.30am - 5.30pm



Non-refundable deposit: $900
EARLYBIRD (before 10 Dec) $1975 + 2 x $120 Private Mentoring sessions paid direct to your mentoring teacher.
Full price after 10 Dec: $2300
*Payment plan available*

Full Description


Are you a yoga teacher with 200hrs training? This foundational course will introduce you to the fundamentals of yoga therapy, giving you practical skills you can use right away with your students. Teachers with 350 or 500hrs training should apply for the advanced 650hr Professional Yoga Therapy Training.

What Accreditation Will I Receive?

This is a Yoga Australia Registered Post Graduate Course. On completion of this course, you may be eligible to apply for full Level 1 membership of Yoga Australia (350hrs). Successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply to join accredited professional Yoga Therapy Teacher Training programs*.

Unique course highlights include:

Real-life case studies
Adjusting skills
Crafting therapeutic sequences
Mentor sessions with senior teachers
Practical anatomy
Yoga and Ayurveda
Pathway to Yoga Australia Level 1, Yoga Alliance RYT500 and AAYT Yoga Therapist Certification
Yoga Australia Registered 150hr post-grad

Why Study With Adore Yoga?

Because you want the highest quality training in an authentic, small-group environment with world-class teachers. Adore Yoga has been teaching therapeutic yoga since 2002 and you will be training with some of Australia's leading experts in Yoga Therapy.

What Course Participants Are

"Nikola has a depth of knowledge and sense of ease in communicating complex concepts. Her teaching style is inclusive and invites participation from students to deepen and personalise the learning. I learned a lot from studying Level 1 Yoga Therapy. It has changed the way I teach, the way I practice and deepened my passion for therapeutic application of yoga as opposed to simply asana for exercise. The lessons left me inspired, excited to put the teachings into action, and eager to learn more." Kate Clugston, Yoga Teacher

Is this the right course for you?

Are you an RYT200 certified yoga teacher looking for the next step?

This Yoga Australia registered post graduate training is designed to build on your 200hr teacher training. It will change the way you think about teaching yoga as you learn to see and teach in new, profound ways.

Do you have a strong calling to help other people?

Seva (service) is at the heart of our philosophy at Adore Yoga. This course is designed for yoga teachers who have a strong desire to help others.

Are you looking for a community of like-minded yogis?

Our teachers and students are part of our vibrant Sangha, a supportive community where you will find connection, friendship and support.

Do you want to go beyond teaching general group classes?

Prepare to turn everything you know about yoga on its head. In this course you will go beyond the conventions of group class teaching and discover how to use the healing power of yoga to make a real difference in the world.

Do you want to build your skills and confidence to reach your potential as a teacher?

Adore Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training builds on your RYT200 training to refine your teaching, expand your knowledge and boost your confidence as a teacher and healer.

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions and you are an RYT200 certified yoga teacher, you are ready to join the Adore Yoga Therapy Teacher Training.


What Participants Are

"Do this course, do it now or you'll kick yourself for not having done it sooner!" Kierin Smart

"Excellent course in Yoga Therapy, informative, in -depth and learning with a lovely group of fellow teacher-students (creating sangha ), beautiful place to study in. Our teachers share between them a wealth of knowledge and are always willing to support and help us with any queries." Stephanie Moody


BLOCK 1 9.30am-5.30pm, Thurs 2 - Sunday 5 Februar 2017

The Philosophy of Yoga Therapy
Discover how the key philosophical texts of yoga create the foundations for healing yoga therapy. You'll gain fascinating insights into the timeless principles and practices that can help to heal physical, emotional and mental dis-ease. We'll be taking a very practical approach to the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita.

Introduction to Therapeutic Alignment and Adjusting
Prepare to question some of the alignment and adjusting principles you learned in your Level 1 teacher training! Yoga therapy takes a very different approach to teaching asana and this workshop will help you to take your first steps towards assessing students from a therapeutic viewpoint.

BLOCK 2 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thurs 16 - Sunday 19 February 2017

The Subtle Energetic Body

Expand your understanding of the energetic body as we explore prana, pranayama and the nadis. Gain confidence and expertise in teaching powerful techniques that harness the healing power of prana to create profound transformations.

Introduction to Therapeutic Teaching Methodologies
This introduction to therapeutic teaching methodologies will radically change the way you plan and teach both group and private classes. You will learn foundational techniques for assessing the needs of individual students and working hands-on with them to meet those needs.

Teaching Therapeutic Yoga Classes
In this workshop you will learn how to plan, sequence and adapt classes according to the ever-changing needs of your students. You'll discover how to translate the philosophy of yoga therapy into practical classes that evolve with your students and create a safe, nurturing environment that allows your students to grow and heal.

BLOCK 3 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thurs 2 – Sunday 5 March 2017

Introduction to Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy

Ayurveda, India's ancient system of healing, is at the very heart of therapeutic yoga. This fascinating exploration of Ayurveda will introduce you to the practical skills you need to apply Ayurvedic healing techniques as a therapeutic yoga teacher.

Yoga for Common Health Issues

An introduction to practical ways of supporting students with common health issues using the tools of yoga. You'll learn simple, practical techniques that you can use straight away to help your students manage their health with yoga, including back pain, shoulder and knee pain, headaches and anxiety.


Mentor Sessions

This course requires you to attend 2 x private mentoring sessions with senior faculty member ($100 payable direct to mentor).

Practicum and home study

You'll undertake an additional 50hrs home study and practicum, including case studies, assessments, research and practical teaching exercises.

What Participants Are

"I can't recommend it highly enough - I've learnt so much about therapeutic yoga, yogic philosophy. It has been a gift to be able to study and learn from such exceptional teachers." Peggy Cuthbert

Course Dates and Delivery

This 150 hr course is divided into 3 blocks of 4 days. Each block runs from Thursday - Sunday, 9.30am-5.30pm at Adore Yoga's Frenchs Forest Campus (Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, Davidson).

Block 1: Thurs 2 - Sunday 5 February 2017

Block 2: Thurs 16 - Sunday 19 February 2017

Block 3: Thurs 2 – Sunday 5 March 2017

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), 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 Level 3 teacher (Yoga Australia) and an ERYT500 teacher (Yoga Alliance) and member of the AAYT (Australian Association of Yoga Therapists) and the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), she has studied yoga, meditation and yoga therapy with leading international teachers.

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. She is actively engaged with several non-profits and is the founder of the Pink Yoga project which is dedicated to making yoga freely available to women with cancer. Nikola 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.


150 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, 2 Feb - 5 March 2017

Non-refundable deposit: $900

Total Fee: EARLYBIRD (book before 10 December 2016) $1975 + 2 x $120 Private Mentoring sessions paid direct to your mentoring teacher.

Full price after 10 December: $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


What Participants Are

"This entire course was very interesting and both Nikola and Joan were fully supportive. I feel I learned so much in the last 18 weeks but at the same time it made me realize that there is so much more to learn! I'd be happy to continue my study through Adore yoga and I can recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wishes to know more about therapeutic yoga." Noemi Tuba

Booking Terms and Conditions
Fees 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.

*It is a prerequisite of the course that participants hold a minimum accredited RYT200 teacher training certificate. Admission to AAYT accredited Yoga Therapy courses may be subject to minimum teaching experience criteria. This course is foundational and does not qualify you to work as a yoga therapist, which requires 650hrs accredited training.