IYV Professional Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship (CYA-RYS 200 Member)

  • E-mail: yogavista@shaw.ca
  • Phone: 250-754-0939
  • Address: 1330 Discovery Avenue
  • Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada
  • Website: islandyogavista.com
  • Service Offered: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
  • Type of Certification Granted: 250 hr PAYTA Apprentice / 500y
  • Years in Operation: N/A
  • Date Joined: October 06, 2014

School Info

Island Yoga Vista is well established in the blending of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, with 17 years of service offering Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy programs and sessions as well as teaching classical yoga classes. The purpose of this training is to make this broader perspective of yoga available through a traditional apprenticeship style of training., thereby expanding this ancient knowledge to people who may not be able to attend a regular yoga class for various reasons.

This program grew out of an inspired vision based on trainings in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Satyananda Yoga and Chakrapani Ayurveda to create a unique offering focused on equipping individuals thoroughly with these timeless skills and offering lifelong mentorship and support. It began with a group of 6 apprentices all committed to serving their local communities as well as continuing their own evolutionary growth under the guidance of Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton.

Sandra has been a member of the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists since 1997. Island Yoga Vista is a Member School of the IAYT and fully supports the newest educational standards for Yoga Therapists. The process is underway for IYV to be reviewed as an accredited school.

The requirements for a student to be eligible for this apprenticeship are two years of dedicated yoga practice, strong motivation and positive attitude. The program is limited to eight apprentices per year.

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Course Outline

250HR PAYTA Apprentice

This foundation level program equips you to teach introductory level yoga classes for the general population with a strong focus on Ayurveda. You will learn how to work with individuals in private sessions as well as develop wellness programs that can be applied to a wide variety of settings. You will complete this year long apprenticeship with in-depth skills to teach yoga as a vehicle for wellness with a focus on Ayurveda.

The 250hr Apprentices meet five times over twelve months. These intensives are designed to support the full integration of materials and practices between modules. Mentorship is ongoing throughout all levels of the training. This program will enrich your life in countless ways, bringing an opportunity to explore your own constitution and wellness and over time, bringing these lifestyle practices to full expression in your life as well as learning how to offer them to others effectively. The program is taught by Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton along with guest lecturers in a series of 10 modules. All modules in the 2014/15 program will be taught in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada at the Island Yoga Vista studio. This beautiful studio looks out over the ocean and is a balanced expression of the five elements offering a nurturing, supportive and inspired space for learning.

For a detailed description of all modules including dates click here.


History & Philosophy

- History of Yoga in India and it’s evolution in the West

- Koshas, Kleshas, Gunas and Doshas

- 5 Element Theory

- Yamas & Niyamas

- Dual & Nondualistic Philosophies of Yoga

- Business Practices & Ethics


- Alignment essentials

- Adapt poses to individual needs & group needs

- Using voice, pacing, sequencing effectively

- Anatomy and physiology, applied anatomy and injury prevention

- Contraindication and benefits of the poses

- Basic Sanskrit, understanding names and terms

- Chair yoga

- Asanas for body type, special conditions, seasons


- Basic principles of ayurveda

- Breath awareness and basic pranayama practices

- Pranayama for balancing the doshas

- Relaxation, awareness, concentration, meditation

- Mudras, mantras & yantras for health and healing

- Class structure for regular classes

- Class structure for therapeutic groups

- Structure for working with individuals one on one

- Basic diagnostic skills for determining constitution and imbalances

- Chanting and mantras for healing

- Yantras and mudras that support the healing process

- Find your unique style, using imagery and personal strengths

- Yoga Nidra, history, theory and practice

- Ayurvedic diet for doshas

- Prakriti (body type) analysis

- Dinacharya (daily routine)

- Riucharya (seasonal routine)

- Yoga Nidra for special needs

- Lots of practice teaching each other!


- Design and teach one 8 week session of yoga classes

- Conduct 10 individual sessions

For Information on the full PAYTA program please visit our wensite at www.islandyogavista.com


Wendy Anthony (Class of 2014)
Joanne Cooper (Class of 2014)
Cathie Griffith (Class of 2014)
Regina Pfeifer (Class of 2014)