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Starts 5 March 2020, Sydney

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Are you a yoga teacher with 350hrs or more training? Do you want to make a meaningful difference in the world? Studying yoga therapy will transform your life through helping others transform theirs. 
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 This nationally accredited course offers:
  • A comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of Yoga Therapy.
  • Training in biomedical systems and psycho-social conditions. 
  • The skills and confidence to assess clients, design, implement and evaluate effective Yoga Therapy programs.
  • Hands-on experience with live case studies, so you’ll be ready to use your skills in the real world.
  • Extensive training in Ayurveda.
  • Learning from most skilled and supportive team of teachers in Australia and beyond with our celebrated international guest teachers.
  • Full Yoga Therapy Certification.
  • Learn Yoga Therapy in the tradition of Sri T Krishnmacharya from teachers who have studied directly with TKV Desikachar and BKS Iyengar.
  • Flexible modular program - complete in 2yrs or spread the study load over 4yrs.


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Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this the right course for ME?
This 650hr advanced program is for yoga teachers with a minimum of 350hrs training who are dedicated to supporting students to heal using the timeless teachings of yoga.  
When and where does the course run?
This program runs at Adore Yoga's French's Forest Campus (20 mins north of the Sydney CBD). The flexible modular format means you can take between 2 - 4 years to complete, fitting in study around work and family. 
What accreditation will I receive?

When you successfully complete all course requirements for yoga therapy teacher training, you will receive the Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy and be eligible to register as an accredited Yoga Therapist with Yoga Australia. 


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Meet Adore Yoga Therapy Graduate, Jim Geddes: 



Course Structure


The Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy is broken down into 3 Stages, each one consisting of: 

  • 120hrs face to face training

  • 50hrs home study

  • 50hrs practicum

These stages are broken down into 4 x 4-day modules. Each module runs from 9.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday-Sunday.


Flexible Learning


It's challenging to find the resources to embark on a major study program. To make it easier, this training runs in a flexible modular format. Start with the introductory module (Stage 1, Module 1), then complete Stage 1 and Stage 2 modules in any order. Stage 3 can be commenced when all Stage 1 and Stage 2 modules are completed.


Flexible Enrolment Options


You can choose to enrol for:

  • The whole Graduate Certificate (650hrs)

  • One 220hr Stage at a time (220hrs each)

  • One 4-day module at a time (50hrs each)

The full program takes a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4yrs to complete. 


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2020 Course Curriculum  
Stage 1: Yoga Therapy Foundations (220hrs) 

Stage 1, Module 1 (Thurs 5 - Sun 8 March 2020)

Yoga Therapy Fundamentals 

Yoga Psychology Fundamentals 


Stage 1, Module 2 (Thurs 19 - Sun 22 March 2020)

Introduction to yoga for mental health

Counselling skills for yoga teachers

Trauma sensitive yoga

Clinical assessment in yoga therapy


Stage 1, Module 3 (Thurs 21 - Sun 24 May 2020) 

East-West Nutrition and the Gut-Brain Relationship 

Ayurvedic Diagnosis and Cleansing 


Stage 1, Module 4 (Thurs 23 - Sun 26 July 2020)

Yoga Therapy for Anxiety, Panic Disorders and Depression 

Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders 

Yoga Therapy for Addiction Recovery 


Stage 2: Applied Yoga Therapy (220hrs) 

Stage 2, Module 1 (Thurs 10 - Sun 13 September 2020)

The Breath and Prana in Yoga Therapy

Applied Meditation

Chant and Mantra in Yoga Therapy

Chakras and Energetic Healing in Yoga Therapy


Stage 2, Module 2 (Thurs 25 - Sun 28 March 2021)

Personality, Behaviour and Diversity in Yoga Therapy 

Research Skills for Yoga Therapists 

Therapeutic Restorative Yoga 


Stage 2, Module 3 (Thurs 6 - Sun 9 May 2021)

Yoga Therapy for Cancer 

Yoga Therapy and Pain Management 

Yoga Therapy for Elderly Students

Yoga and Palliative Care


Stage 2, Module 4 (Thurs 10 - 13 June 2021)

Yoga Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases

Yoga Therapy for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Yoga for Cardiovascular Disease


Stage 3: Advanced Yoga Therapy (210hrs)  


Stage 3, Module 1 (Thurs 19 - Sun 22 August 2021) 

Orthopedic Yoga Therapy: The Upper Body 

Orthopedic Yoga Therapy: The Lower Body 


Stage 3, Module 2 (Thurs 23 - Sun 26 September 2021)  

The Professional Yoga Therapist 

Professional Development and Self Care 

Integration and Complex Presentations in Yoga Therapy 1


Stage 3, Module 3 (Thurs 21 - Sun 24 October 2021)  

Functional Assessment and Diversity in Human Anatomy 

Working One-on-One: Therapeutic Sequencing 

Working One-on-One: Therapeutic Adjusting 


Stage 3, Module 4 (Fri 12 - Sun 14 Nov 2021)  

Integration and Assessment




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Meet course director Nikola Ellis in this 30 min Webinar 


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 Course Faculty 

You will be learning from Australian and international guest teachers who join us to deliver specialty courses throughout the program. Your core faculty includes:



Nikola Ellis MCAP, C-IAYT

Course Director

Founder of Adore Yoga, Nikola has been immersed in yoga for over 25 years, studying with leading international teachers including TKV Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ganesh Mohan, and Saraswathi Vasudevan. Nikola has been training yoga teachers and therapists for 14 years and runs a successful private Yoga Therapy practice in Sydney. She develops, delivers and consults on Yoga Therapy programs for organisations including A Sound Life, Cancer Council NSW, The Butterfly Foundation and RSL Defence Care.  


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.


Tracy Gerza

A passionate student and teacher of anatomy, Tracy has studied with Qi Yoga and Polestar Pilates as well as undertaking training in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy and more. She emphasizes function, stability and introspection rather than aesthetic 'perfection', encouraging students to work at their own pace and listen to their bodies for a safe and enjoyable practice. 

Tracy believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and uses her joyful, nurturing nature to do just that. She is currently studying Pilates rehab in her quest to offer her students a highly personalized and healing experience of yoga.

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Sunita Patil

Sunita is a yogini, teacher, writer, artist, and coach. She has over a 30 years experience of yoga and over the past 17 years she has taught thousands of students in Australia, USA and India. Sunita has studied yoga, ayurveda and Sanskrit at advanced levels in India (BKS Iyengar Institute), Europe (Yoga Philosophy at the University of Oxford), the USA and Australia.  Sunita is passionate about making the sophisticated aspects of yoga philosophy accessible to everyone. 

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Robert Birnberg

Robert is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Positive Psychology Life Coach. He has studied over 25yrs with TKV Desikachar, his family and senior students in America and India. Before moving to Australia, Robert was clinical director of the Breathing Space, a wellness centre in Los Angeles, offering Yoga Teacher Training and Wellness Coaching Courses, Sutras Studies, Workshops and Private Coaching sessions. Currently a teacher and mentor at Loyola Marymount Yoga Therapist Training program, Robert specializes in Yoga Therapy for addiction and Couples Coaching. He has recently published a comprehensive study of Yoga entitled ‘Why Yoga Works and How it can Work for you.

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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.

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Jim Geddes

Jim is a yoga therapist and iRest teacher. After a lengthy career in the military Jim discovered the benefits of yoga to his mental and physical health. Jim's passion is to bring the benefits of yoga therapy to those who are marginalised, those with mental health issues and Veterans with PTSD. Jim continues to hone his yoga therapy skills by providing therapeutic yoga sessions on an ongoing basis at mental health hospitals, a major NDIS centre and Frontline yoga. As well as his general yoga therapy work, Jim is involved in supporting homeless Veterans get off the street and provides free one on one therapy sessions to struggling Veterans.

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Rosemary Manners

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.


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Applications are now open for Adore Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Australia. Enrolments are limited to ensure a high quality learning environment.  
Enrolment and Fees

The Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy is offered in a flexible modular format, so you can choose to enrol for the whole 650hr course (2 - 4 year pathway) or study one Stage or one Module at a time.


Your three study and payment options are:


  1. The complete Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy program (650hrs taught over 2- 4 years): $9,200  
  2. One 220hr Stage at a time (Complete the course in 2 - 4yrs to suit your schedule): $3,100 per stage 
  3. One 4-day module at a time (50 hours each with up to 4yrs to complete all 16 modules): $880 per module 


In addition, students must attend nine private mentoring sessions with members of Adore Yoga Therapy  core faculty. Mentoring sessions are $120 each, payable direct to the mentoring teacher.  


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Ready to transform your teaching? Book now - a deposit of just $900 deposit guarantees your place.


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Got a question? Speak to a course advisor on 1300 844 693. 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Deposit and fees are non refundable. Should you cancel your booking more than four weeks prior to start date, 50% of the balance paid 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 have undertake 350hr teacher training. Teachers with RYT200 certification should apply for the 150hr bridging course Foundations of Yoga Therapy.