Introduction to Yoga Therapy: A 60-hour Immersion with Chandrika Gibson, Nov 26 - Dec 1

Hom Yoga, Raffles Place
Monday - Saturday, November 26 - December 1, 2018
9am - 5.30pm

This is a 60-hour immersion into the underpinning philosophies and key skills required to take your yoga teaching to the next level and begin the journey to practicing as a yoga therapist. Each morning we will practice a trauma-sensitive, guided flow with a theme linked to our therapeutic work, and each day after lunch a guided meditation intended to deepen our own awareness and add experiential skills to our teaching toolkit.

The workshop content begins by defining yoga therapy and the role of a yoga therapist as distinct from a yoga instructor. Then we will look at the research behind why yoga therapy is a growing field, the intersection of health and wellness frameworks with traditional yogic ideas, and reflect on meaning and purpose in our own lives. We will examine the ethics of being a therapist using the framework of the yamas and niyamas and how we can integrate them with the needs of modern people and the ethical expectations of modern medicine.

At the heart of yoga therapy is connection, so each workshop will include practicing skills of mindful listening, appreciative enquiry and being present with one another. The philosophies of different yogic paths and their relevance to our lives will be discussed in a nonjudgmental, non-dogmatic manner, where everyone’s ideas are valued. The concepts, models and practical uses of yogic physiology maps of prana flow will be examined, experienced, and used as a tool to holistically assess our students/clients.

Yoga Therapy is so popular because it allows us to specialise, and individualise, making yoga more accessible for a diverse range of people – those with illnesses, injuries, older people, different abilities, and body types. The Ayurvedic understanding of constitutional types (doshas) is a simple way we can begin to adapt our teaching skills to suit different people. Each day will include theory and practice, and gradually build on our skills of compassionate listening, meaningful sequencing, and the ability to individualise yoga to meet the needs of the person in front of us.

We will check our learning through case studies and round robin style teaching, under the supervision of Chandrika Gibson, a very experienced, compassionate, yoga therapist and facilitator.


Chandrika Gibson is an international teacher trainer with vast experience as a yoga instructor, yoga therapist, naturopath and educator. She is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), senior member of Yoga Australia (1000+ hours), former vice president of the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists, owner of Surya Health and Living Yoga Therapy (now Wisdom Yoga Therapy) and an experienced workshop facilitator and teacher trainer. With over twelve years yoga teaching experience, eighteen years natural medicine practice and more than twenty years as a student of yoga in all its forms, Chandrika brings a holistic approach to the practices of yoga embedded in a dedicated yogic lifestyle.

Holding a Masters degree in Wellness which explored the psychological and physiological effects of yoga in breast cancer survivors, Chandrika has taught dedicated classes for hundreds of people affected by cancer and other chronic illnesses. Currently undertaking her PhD in Integrative Oncology, she is also the Director of Wellness, Education and Research for not-for-profit organisation Solaris Cancer Care.

Chandrika sees yoga as an empowering therapeutic modality and is particularly interested in the delivery of yoga to underserved populations. Her ability to bridge the subtleties of yogic physiology with modern evidence based knowledge makes her an ideal guide for yoga teachers interested in using yoga therapeutically.


Day 1
9am – 12.30pm
Mind Body Wellness I
What is a Therapist and Scope of Practice for Yoga Therapy

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Mind Body Wellness II
Spirituality and Wellbeing

Day 2
9am – 12.30pm
Mind Body Wellness III
Philosophy and Ethics

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Mind Body Wellness IV
Ayurveda and Yogic Lifestyle

Day 3
9am – 12.30pm
Yoga Philosophy I
Historical texts and the search for meaning

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Yoga Philosophy II
Applying philosophy to teaching – asana, pranayama, meditation, visualisation

Day 4
9am – 12.30pm
Yogic Physiology I
Prana flow, Granthis, Nadis, Vayus

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Yogic Physiology II
Biopsychology of Chakras

Day 5
9am – 12.30pm
Yogic Physiology III
Yoga for Dosha Balance

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Yoga Therapy Group Classes
Techniques, sequencing and class planning

Day 6
9am – 12.30pm
1:1 Yoga Therapy
Wellness coaching and motivational interviewing skills

1.30pm – 5.30pm
Yoga Therapy Practicum
Case studies – intake and holistic assessment

200-hour teachers can clock these hours as Continuing Education credits with Yoga Alliance, or count them towards a RYS-500 qualification.


Full Tuition: $1,450
Early Bird Pricing: $1,250 

Use promotion code THERAPY when you pay in full by October 29 and save $200.