Master of BioMedical Yoga Therapy, Meditation, & Allied Health 2019/2020

Yoga Therapy

The BioMedical Institute of Yoga & Meditation

The BioMedical Institute of Yoga & Meditation



01 Feb 2019

30 Nov 2020


2 years


TBA On Application

Upfront payment discounts; payment plans available

There are no words to describe this programme, it is simply life changing.

Having already completed 350 hours of yoga teacher training you are beginning to recognise the immense value in yoga and meditation – this course is designed to take you even further personally and professionally. These will be the most intense yet valuable 24 months of your life. Not only will you walk away a fully qualified yoga therapist, so too will you walk away knowing that you have been enriched through a transformative, educational, and an absolute lifestyle change. This is a complete Yoga Therapy qualification, giving you 1000 hours of yoga practice and study.

Designed to be completed over a 24 month time frame, this course is intended, and with your dedication, will give you the best training options for you future, and for your own personal lifestyle. The BIYOME yoga therapy programme delivers immersive “present moment awareness” education transforming personal and collective consciousness. This training provides quality experiences that allow you to become truly mindful: in your work & livelihood; within your relationships; within your body & mind; this creating a life of deep sensate experience bringing resilience, meaning, joy, compassion, and hope.

Through this course, by cultivating internal change you will cultivate the beginnings of compassionate change within the lives of many.

What you will walk away with:

Upon completion of this your therapy skills will be second to none. You will walk away a changed person able to listen intentionally, compassionately, with deep presence and resonance. You shall also walk away with 650 total hours of training. These hours will consist of:
1. A minimum of 500 hours of core curricular learning that develops the students’ knowledge base inclusive of:
a. Minimum of 350 hours core curricular learning via full contact residential learning.
b. 150 hours core curricular learning delivered by online distance learning through audio-visual content, podcasts, reflections, readings, and assessments.
2. A minimum 150 hours practicum
a. Direct case work with individual clients or therapeutic groups will total above 100 hours.
b. 50 hours of practicum will be allocated to the students own case preparation & practicum documentation.
i. Marking and mentoring will account for at least 10 of these hours.

*Students who have missed core subjects and or competencies in the full 1000 hours BIYOME program will be requested to go back and complete basic competencies in 200 hour and 350 hours program (where required) to complete full 1000 hours training program and or 650 hours Yoga Therapy.


Minimum - Yoga Australia Level 1 (350 hour) Registered Yoga Teacher, or equivalent.
Minimum of 2 years and at least 300 hours regular yoga teaching, up to 1 year or 150 hours may run concurrent with the Yoga Therapy training.
Minimum 2 years of recent regular practice.
Current First Aid certificate as required for all Yoga Australia registered yoga teachers.

What you will learn

Areas of learning over the full BIYOME 1000 hour programme inclusive of:

o Yogic physiology and therapeutic applications
o Yogic lifestyle
o Definition of yoga
o History of Yoga
o Introduction to Sanskrit
o Sutras of Patanjali
o Hatha Yoga Pradipika
o Bhagavad Gita
o Yoga Models
o Yoga Psychology
o Yoga Ethics
o Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-Body medicine)
o Vedas
o Partner work for developing personal boundaries, developing history, assessments, meeting other health professionals, tutorials with health professionals (nurses, doctors, physiotherapists)
o Client case studies, with history taking.
o Client assessment according to yoga therapy and Ayurveda
o Postural assessment
o Emotional-Mental assessment
o Communication
o Ethics
o Client practitioner boundaries
o Referrals health professionals
o Contraindications and cautions
o Limbs of yoga in therapy
o Assessment and Interpretation
o Sequencing for therapeutic purposes (vinyasa Krama)
o Therapeutic interventions
o Modifications in Yoga therapy
o Communication: voice, pitch and tone
o Basics of counselling: listening and reflecting
o Knowing our limit
o The biology of Belief
o The power of Belief in healing
o Yoga as philosophy not a religion (study on differences between
o philosophy and religion)
o Shakti-pat (the energetic transfer between client and practitioner
o including methodology, precautions, and ethics)
o Confidentiality and trust (building relationships based on trust and confidentiality, eye contact, appropriate touch, use of language)
o Professional boundaries
o Group Dynamics, and working in groups with ethical boundaries.
o Healing therapies and successful models in group therapy.
o ndividual and group therapy needs and requirements
o Communication (using eye contact, appropriate voice, pitch and tone)
o How much to give (personal boundaries between student and teacher in therapy)
o Yoga is a positive Psychology, (encouragement of patients healing process, and power of belief)
o Behaviour and Ethics (ethics subjects and assignments, with case studies)
o Developing long term therapeutic relationships (student placements)
o Safety standards
o Appropriate conflict and negotiation skills
o Yoga Therapy Health assessment
o The how to of assessment: structural, functional, emotional and general health assessment
o Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
o Respectful Boundaries in health assessment
o Interpret referrals and reports
o Using the philosophy of Yoga as therapeutic tool, and way of life
o Establishing patient goals and outcomes.
o Developing applicable programs
o Client understanding and application
o Recommending additional resources
o Follow up assessment protocols
o Yamas and Niyamas brought to life
o Yamas and Niyamas in therapeutic context
o Personal practice and reflection
o Professional Client Care
o Therapist self-care
o Business: legislation, taxation, insurance, advertising codes
o Developing Successful Therapeutic relationships
o Developing effective communication and bio-medical terminology. Yoga Therapy communication
o Interpretation of referrals and reports.
o Dealing with professionals in the private and public Health sector • Knowing when to refer
o Dealing with mental health and patho-physiology in complementary care
o Terminology used in broader health care sector, Public Health sector and Medical Field
o How to maintain a referral network
o Referring Effectively
o Community resources
o Methodology and Efficacy of practice
o Sourcing evidence: primary and secondary sources
o How to read a scientific article
o Critical thinking and evaluation in Yoga therapy
o How to reference an article
o Evidenced Based Medicine
o Daily personal practice
o On-going Professional Development
o Professional Support networks
o Formal supervision
o When to ask for help
o Legalities of practice according to current legislation
o Duty of Care
o Confidentiality
o Privacy
o Freedom of Information
o Equal opportunity

What you will experience

Selection of ten (10) speciality intensive training elective for continued professional development. This includes the following ten (10) 33-hour intensive retreat offered for 2019 - 2020 course intakes (some course topics yet to be confirmed and may be subject to change):

• CPD3 Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training (July 19-22, 2019)
• CPD4 Trauma Informed Teacher Training (August 30 - September 2, 2019)
• CPD1 Meditation and Mind Body Medicine Teacher Training (January 2-5, 2020)
• CPD2 Yoga Nidra Teacher Training specialising in iRest with Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota (April 10-13, 2020)
• CPD7 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training with Dr Shanti Kaur Khalsa (May 29-June 1, 2020)
• CPD8 Food-Mood Yoga and Meditation Therapy with Prof Felice Jackson (June 19-22, 2020)
• CPD5 Restorative yoga teacher training: Restorative Yoga Therapy (September 11-14, 2020)
• CPD9 Yoga Therapy for addictions – 12 steps with Nikki Myers (November 6-9, 2020)
• CPD10 Compassion Focussed Yoga Therapy and Meditation Teacher Training with Dr James Kirby (December 4-7, 2020)
• CPD6 Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life (Year-round monthly Fridays 9:30-12:30; 11 classes for 33 hours course)

*detailed information on specialty intensive training electives (CPD’s) available

The BIYOME Difference: What you will additionally experience
The selection of two (2) higher level learning retreat. This includes the choice of two (2) 13-hour weekend retreat offered throughout 2019 or the option to attend 18 weekday yoga therapy classes instead. (detailed information on retreats available here)


Access to eight (8) online yoga and meditation modalities given as the bases of case study materials. Each unit includes audio and literature forming the beginnings of your understandings of how to assess and treat clients. Personal research and understanding is then applied to volunteer clients; you will be asked to assist your client by developing a 40-60-minute yoga therapy sequence or application of (1) asana, (2) pranayama, (3) meditation.

What you need to undertake to complete your training requirements with BIYOME

• Completion of ten (10) Specialty Intensive Training Modules (CPD) and associated multiple choice questions
• Completion of eight (8) case studies and associated assessment submissions with demonstrated adept abilities within all areas of the yoga therapy guidelines
• 80% face-to-face attendance

Required books

1. Mohan, A. G., & Mohan, I. (2004). Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness.
2. Robin, M. (2009). A handbook for Yogasana teachers: The incorporation of neuroscience, physiology, and anatomy into the practice. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark.
3. Siegel, D. J. (2012). Pocket guide to interpersonal neurobiology: An integrative handbook of the mind. New York: W.W. Norton.

Please note that there are also required texts for each intensive elective undertaken

Recommended books

1. Kaminoff, L., & Matthews, A. (2012). Yoga anatomy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2. Feuerstein, G. (2008). The yoga tradition: Its history, literature, philosophy, and practice (3rd ed.). Chino Valley, AR: Hohm Press.
3. Carrera, J. (2006). Inside the yoga sutras: A comprehensive sourcebook for the study and practice of Patanjali's Yoga sutras. Buckingham, VA: Integral Yoga Publications.
4. Lasater, J. (2009). Yogabody: Anatomy, kinesiology, and asana. Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press.
5. Bachman, N. (2005). The language of yoga: Complete A to Y guide to āsana names, Sanskrit terms, and chants. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.
6. Iyengar, B. K. (2014). Yoga: The path to holistic health. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley.
7. Desikachar, T. K. (1999). The heart of yoga: Developing a personal practice. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.
8. Robin, M. (2009). A handbook for Yogasana teachers: The incorporation of neuroscience, physiology, and anatomy into the practice. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark.
9. Easwaran, E. (2007). The Bhagavad Gita. Berkeley, CA: Nilgiri Press.
10. Myers, T. (2017). Anatomy trains : myofascial meridians for manual and movement therapists. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier Health Sciences.
11. Feuerstein, G. (2014). The psychology of yoga: Integrating Eastern and Western approaches for understanding the mind. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications.

Required & Optional Props

Props attain a 15% discount when purchased from Yoga King Products
• 1 yoga mat
• 1 yoga strap
• 1 bolster
• 2 blocks
• 2 blankets
• 1 Iyengar yoga chair (specific design to be purchased from EMP Industrial)


• zafu (meditation cushion)
• zabuton (meditation cushion base)

Please note that there are also required props / variances in prop requirements for different specialty intensive electives


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