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.