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Objectives & Outcomes

Educational Objectives

Students who complete the program will have the:

  • Knowledge of classical and theoretical foundations of the field of Yoga Therapy
  • Knowledge of biomedical systems from an integrative and holistic perspective, as needed for the practice of Yoga Therapy
  • Ability to apply knowledge learned in this curriculum and in previous yoga teacher trainings to assess the needs of clients, to design and implement effective programs, and to assess the effectiveness of these programs
  • Ability to effectively use yoga as a therapeutic modality through the integration of diverse approaches to this field
  • Knowledge and ability to use professional conduct during the practice of Yoga Therapy
  • Ability to use relationship-based approaches to catalyze positive change or transformation with clients
  • Critical thinking skills and science-based literacy to advance the evolution of Yoga Therapy as an integrative health practice

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the program will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition, with diverse yogic perspectives on the structure, states, functions, and conditions of the body and the mind in balance (and out of balance), based on teachings of the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and other relevant texts
  • Knowledge of classical theories of health and disease relevant to the practice of Yoga Therapy
  • Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and the interrelationships between systems of the body; knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of systems of the body, including familiarity with symptoms, condition management, illness trajectories, and related contraindications to yoga practices
  • Ability to communicate using common medical and psychological terminology, including the skill to discuss commonly used medications, supplements, and surgical procedures
  • Knowledge of models of human development, with the influence of familial, social, religious and cultural conditioning on health and healing
  • Knowledge of the interconnections between the body, the breath, the mind, and the emotions in the context of maintaining resilience and well-being
  • Ability to communicate effectively, to establish healthy therapeutic and professional relationships, and to implement effective teaching methods by adapting to unique styles of learning, providing supportive and effective feedback while evaluating and acknowledging the progress of the client
  • Skills to provide Yoga Therapy including: the skill to conduct an intake and assessment of the client and elicit the priorities and goals of the client; the skill to integrate information from the intake, evaluation, and observation to develop a working assessment of the client's condition, limitations, and possibilities; and the skill to determine which aspects of the client’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through Yoga Therapy
  • Advanced knowledge of diverse Yoga Therapy tools and practices and their appropriate application, with practices that may include asana or postures, pranayama (or regulated breathing) meditation and relaxation techniques, and lifestyle modifications, including basic yogic dietary concepts; and the knowledge of when to apply these practices and when they are contraindicated
  • Ability to teach or deliver the appropriate practices for individuals and/or groups, using multimodal strategies of education such as auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning tools, and tools that foster client engagement
  • Advanced knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles of health care and yoga codes of conduct; in depth knowledge of legal and regulatory issues (including current relevant local, state, and national laws); knowledge of basic business practices (including record keeping, planning, and financial management); and knowledge of how to establish, maintain, and use a referral network of peers and related healthcare practitioners and organizations
  • Knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice, long-term mentorship, and skills maintenance/development through continuing education, including knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice


MUIH’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Upon completion of the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program, graduates will be eligible to apply for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) credential.

IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. The mission of IAYT is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. In July 2012, IAYT adopted the Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists.