900 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification Program

This program offers teachers of yoga a unique opportunity to become a student again. Throughout this program, teachers may find that their love of teaching yoga becomes an even more rewarding experience. The transformation from an ordinary teacher to an extraordinary teacher, through advanced study, is both challenging and satisfying — it is an exciting path!

 Students in this program come to realize that yoga is a deeply intimate event for the body-mind-spirit, and that the beauty of it rests in how differently it is expressed from person-to-person.

 Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School

Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training is presented by Yoga Among Friends in collaboration with the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School (SCHYS) in the traditions of T. Krishnamacharya.  Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, the owner-director or Yoga Among Friends, is a member of the advisory board, is a faculty member, and helps co-direct the program for SCHYS. 

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has recently established standards for a Yoga Therapy Program with 600-hour minimum contact hours.  Our teacher training is a 900-hour program, which exceeds those standards. The 900 hour program is accredited  It is broken into three steps, each of which is 300 hours.  Prequisite: 200-Hour RYT or equivalent.

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Both the main faculty, JJ Gormley and Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, are certified Yoga Therapists through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

To find out more about each program, click below:


Step 1–300 Hour Program

Our first step introduces students to the concepts and tools of yoga therapy, establishing the framework students will use for the remainder of the program. Graduates receive a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate.


Step 2–300 Hour Program

The second step advances the concepts and tools of yoga therapy, focusing on the use of Yoga Therapy to treat structural issues. Students begin to work with individual clients (under close supervision of their faculty-mentor), using the tools and knowledge learned thus far. Graduates are considered Apprentice Yoga Therapists.


Step 3–300 Hour Program

The final step prepares students to use all the tools of yoga therapy in the treatment of more complex body-mind-spirit imbalances. Students continue to work with individual clients (under looser supervision of their faculty-mentor), using all the tools and knowledge learned throughout the program. Graduates are certified yoga therapists and may apply for
C-IAYT status with the IAYT.

Training is planned for March 2018–November 2019. More Information forthcoming.

Overall, these programs help motivate students to keep a vital home practice as the learning and deepening of knowledge continues.  Because the teacher-student relationship is considered integral in the training programs, private sessions with faculty are required which sets up a mentor relationship.  During these privates, invaluable information for personal growth is obtained.