I received yoga therapy training from several national and international yoga programs. I am listed as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. I certainly understand the difference between RYT and PYT and have been looking for a program that would provide me with integrative training. I have advanced therapeutic training through Integrated Yoga Therapy, The Hard and Soft Institute, and Yoga for the Special Child. Extensive training has been conducted through Adaptive Yoga For Disabilities, Duke Integrative Medicine in Yoga Awareness for Cancer, and MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Program’s Oncology Training Conferences.
My Specialties: Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Hip Replacement Therapy, Parkinson’s Disease, Cancer Survivors, Stroke Survivors, AVM, TBI, Movement Disorders, Special Needs Individuals, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, School Psychologist, Intervention Specialist, Counseling, Evaluations, Stress Management and Mindfulness.
Answer: You are qualified for PYT certification due to your school psychologist certification. We currently have several students with backgrounds in mental health.
Acceptance into the program is as simple as the above. If you are working with a patient population in a medical setting under the direct supervision of a licensed medical professional, this would also qualify you. To take an example from your experience list, your work with hip replacement patients is likely prescribed by an MD or other licensed medical professional. This is qualifying.
As the curriculum is heavily weighted in anatomy and physiology, it is recommended that you brush up on these areas as you enter into the program. The program is an interdisciplinary graduate/post-graduate medical level curriculum. PYTS uses the World Health Organization and Institute of Medicine’s recommended biopsychosocial model in a systems approach. Functional Movement Screening is an integral part of the method utilizing medical therapeutic yoga algorithms applicable for all patient populations.
However, we understand that life circumstances sometimes dictate our schedules. We will make concessions on an indivdual basis for extenuating circumstances/extreme cases only. In order to receive credit for the course, all PYTS courses must be attended for the entire time or the student must make up the hours via direct contact hours during another offering of the course. We only allow exceptions to this policy in rare and extreme cases. Flights should NOT be scheduled based on any assumption that the course will be done early.
Our program serves to graduate the kind of student who can think critically and apply yoga to any population.
The creation of PYT rests on not teaching just one style or forcing students to adopt one rigid discipline of yoga but in allowing students to blend their own clinical expertise with PYT. PYT embraces yoga and other cultural healing modalities, while allowing room for their own spirituality.
Diversity in programming and inclusion of all types of Yoga and other cultural methods are the hallmarks of PYT, and one of the main reasons that Ginger founded PYT. In the words of the founder, “no 1 culture owns the market on healing (or Truth) – not east or west.”
RYT registartion does not guarantee a set curriculum or educational standards, nor does Yoga Alliance offer direct oversight, supervision, or accreditation of any program. The YA is a voluntary registry of teachers (not therapists), and is not a licensing board that has set educational standards for either teachers or therapists. A yoga teacher is also not a yoga therapist, and IAYT is currently defining standards for therapists.
Having a RYT registration represents a minimum voluntary report of learning yoga philosophy as it relates to teaching, not therapy. RYT’s are not medically licensed, nor do they have a legal scope of practice, nor have they been trained in any aspect of therapeutic application or medical practice.
PYT programs are peer-reviewed, recognized and accredited medical yoga therapy training. Although we do admit RYT’s and RYT’s without medical licenses, having an RYT does not generally contribute to a student’s transition into the practice of medical therapeutic yoga.
Students who go through our program are able to apply and prescribe therapeutic yoga because of their medical degrees and licenses. RYT’s who matriculate in our program are not able to evaluate and treat, but they can still benefit from the CE’s and experience acquired in our program.
As a result, they are also able to use yoga in clinically complex cases, in other words, in health and involved persons with complex medical histories.
PYT training is for health care professionals and disccuses medical management of the demographic of our American society today, which usually includes complex medical histories. We expect and require all of our students to be proficient in patient care, evaluation, management, anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics – none of which an RYT training can include.
Because of our prerequisites, we are afforded the luxury of “jumping right in” to therapeutic application based on evidence based practice, research, and knowledge base/expertise in patient care, rehabilitation, and medicine. In short, if you have registered as an RYT, its value will be determined by the quality of the RYT program, and not in having the registration.
We also recommend that you bring the following:
- 2 Mexican blankets (The blankets need to be tightly woven, not loose, or they will lose their shape and not support you during postures).
- 2 blocks (4 inch thickness)
- 1 buckle release strap
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