Foundations of Yoga Therapy – 300 hour

Chelsea is the Program Director of Yoga Therapy at the Vancouver School of Yoga. The 300-hour Foundations of Yoga Therapy (FYT) program is designed to broaden and deepen yoga teachers’ knowledge and skills, enabling them to create individualized treatments as well as therapeutic yoga classes. This intensive program of study offers a holistic approach to therapy, looking at the person as a whole. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the application yoga techniques to support their client’s healing on all levels of their being – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic.

Students are required to have earned their 200 hour yoga teaching certification in order to be eligible for the Foundations of Yoga Therapy. Graduates of the Program will receive a PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch) recognized certificate and can expect to be employable in various capacities in the healthcare industry worldwide.

Following completion of the FYT, students are eligible to apply for the Advanced Yoga Therapy – 500 hour program, in order to obtain 1000 hours of training and apply to become Certified Yoga Therapists with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT).

Program Curriculum

  • Principles of Yoga Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy Methodology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Yoga Therapy for Specific Populations
  • Philosophy & Ayurveda
  • Business of Yoga Therapy
  • Practicum & Student Clinic

For details about the curriculum, visit the Vancouver School of Yoga or connect with Chelsea

Course Dates

October 16, 2017 – January 10, 2018

  • October 16-19, 23-26, 30 – Nov 2
  • November 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-29
  • December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
  • January 2-3, 8-10

Classes are held Monday – Wednesday, 8:30 to 4:30, and Thursdays 8:30 – 12:30. There is a break over the Christmas Holidays.

Visit the Vancouver School of Yoga website for more details on the Yoga Therapy program and Faculty members.

Chelsea Lee, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Certified Yoga Therapist – Diane Lee & Associates Physiotherapy  
Director of 300 hour Foundations of Yoga Therapy – Vancouver School of Yoga
Director of Yoga Education – RAD Roller
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Advanced Yoga Therapy – 500 hour

Program Description

This program expands on the in depth material covered in the Foundations of Yoga Therapy program, delving deeper into every component and broadening the therapist’s knowledge and skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various components and disciplines of Yoga Therapy
  • Offer personalized Yoga Therapy treatments and develop treatment plans for one-on-one & group therapeutic sessions
  • List common medications for various pathophysiologies and demonstrate familiarity with medical terminology
  • Illustrate how the Integrated Systems Model provides a framework for clinical reasoning
  • Offer key asana with working knowledge of the biomechanics of the feet, ankles, knees, pelvis, thorax, shoulder girdle and cervical spine
  • Understand the role of the Yoga Therapist when working with mental illness
  • Create safe classes and practices for trauma survivors
  • Apply the basic concepts of Ayurveda
  • Adapt traditional yoga poses to Chair Yoga for a diverse population

Dates and Schedule

The 500 hour Yoga Therapy program is offered biyearly, delivered over three terms. The next intake begins February 1st, 2019 and completes October 14th, 2020.

Term 1: Weekend Intensives

  • February 1-3, 8-10
  • March 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31
  • April 5-7, 12-14, 26-28
  • May 3-5, 10-12, 24-26, 31
  • June 1-2, 7-9, 14-16

Classes are held Friday evenings from  5:00pm to 9:00pm , Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm

Term 2: Case Study

  • September 7-8
  • December 13

A self directed component of the program with a case study supported through an online forum. Students will meet on campus on two occasions; the first weekend classes are held on Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm – students will defend their research on December 13th, times determined by class size.

Term 3: Student Clinic (2020)

Clinic orientation is from 5:30pm to 9:30pm and all proceeding student clinic dates are scheduled from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

  • January 27 (orientation)
  • January 28
  • February 11, 25
  • March 10, 24
  • April 7, 21
  • May 5, 19
  • June 2, 16, 30
  • July 14, 28
  • August 11, 25
  • Sept 8, 22
  • October 6, 14

RAD Yoga Certifications

RAD Yoga- 1

RAD Yoga 1 is designed to assist teachers in bringing a higher level of self-myofascial release (SMR) knowledge back to the mat. SMR tools are game changers when looking to assess and correct weak links in the chain of mobility, and can be a very healthy way to remove structural hindrances along the way. We’ll be working through the anatomy and giving you tools and asanas to build healthy mobility throughout the body. You’ll also learn how to sequence the usage so you have powerful tools to bring back to your class and students.

Course Objectives:

Understand the theory & principles of SMR

Be able to perform & teach 3 SMR techniques using various RAD tools

Have experience using all 5 RAD tools & know their various attributes

Be able to articulate clear and concise cues to landmark the tools on various parts of the body

Sequence a yoga class that skilfully integrates SMR & asana using the principles & teaching methodology of RAD Yoga

Included in this training:

  • RAD All-in Kit
  • Manual

Length: 6 hours
Cost: $229 USD

For details, dates & registration, visit:
RAD Yoga -1


RAD Yoga – 2

RY-2 covers common postural pathologies and how SMR & asana can help create balance in the body. You will learn asana assessment of observing misalignments and determining how SMR can provide the opportunity to bring your student or client into optimal alignment. Digging deeper, we then move into advanced sequencing that builds towards a peak pose, integrating both SMR & asana, and is designed for a particular population or physical condition. Pre-requisite: RY-1


Course Objectives:

Have experienced a RAD Yoga class that integrates SMR & asana leading to a peak posture

Understand the principles of component parts in yoga asana

Have experience observing and assessing various standing postural pathologies & yoga asana

Be able to determine the SMR technique to offer in order to improve your students’ mobility & alignment based on assessment

Understand principles of sequencing your RAD Yoga class/session based on a peak pose as well as for a specific population or activity

Included in this training:

  • Manual

Length: 8 hours
Cost: $229 USD

For details, dates & registration, visit:
RAD Yoga -2

Connect with Chelsea if you have questions or are interested in hosting a training at your facility/studio.

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Yoga Therapy Mentorship Program

The 6-week yoga therapy mentorship program is intended to bridge the gap between your training and the working world.  It is suitable for graduates of the a Yoga Therapy program, interested in further development & consolidation of their skills in offering private yoga therapy. The specific focus of your mentorship will be adapted based on your interests, needs and desires, and there is some flexibility with regards to the time-line of the program.

The general format for this program is as follows:

  1. An initial 30-60 min. meeting (skype or in person) with Chelsea to develop a plan of action and specific goals for your personalized mentorship program
  1. 6 shadow shifts at Diane Lee & Associates Physiotherapy clinic (South Surrey) or Chelsea Lee Yoga Therapy (Squamish) comprised of four 1-hour sessions/week where you will observe and shadow Chelsea as she works with her clients (24 hours total)
  1. 6 one-hour supervised yoga therapy sessions held weekly with you as the lead therapist, and Chelsea as the supervisor. These sessions will be complimentary for the client – you’re welcome to bring someone you would like to work with, or Chelsea will find a client/clients for you (6 hours total).
  1. Weekly 1 hour debrief of shadowed & supervised sessions (6 hours total)
  1. 1 hour weekly meetings to be used as desired – content/material review/tutoring, or debrief & treatment feedback on weekly private yoga therapy sessions held by you outside of the clinic (6 hours total).

Total Program Contact Hours
30 min initial meeting + 7 hours/week = 42.5 hours total


To discuss registration, connect with Chelsea.

**Options are available for mentorship if you are interested in weekly/bi-weekly debriefing without clinical shadowing & supervision.  Connect with Chelsea to discuss.