1000 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification

Make the commitment to yourself and become a yoga therapist learning skills to teach weekly yoga therapy classes, workshops, and develop a private clientele. Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute is honored to be one of the first schools in the world and the only school in the Midwest to hold accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapist for our Yoga Therapy Program. There are currently about 35 such schools to hold the accreditation worldwide.

This program takes place at our studio in Duluth, Minnesota. The program includes eight separate intensives spread over a two year period with extensive mentoring, practicum work, and online distance learning. This certification program begins after completing the Level 1/500 hour program at Yoga North ISYI (or at another qualified Level1/500 hour program) and maintaining at least one year of yoga practice and yoga teaching.

For applicants with no formal training in SomaYoga, the Bridge Program is required to establish the theory, skills and methodological understanding necessary to enter the Yoga Therapist Training.

my clients are experiencing tangible, life changing, sustainable results…

—Yoga North ISYI Yoga Therapy Training Program Alumni

Professional Training Course Overview

Yoga Foundations and Philosophy

Evolution of the teachings & philosophy of yoga • Systems of Indian Philosophy from Vedic & post-Vedic period • Yoga & the Min • Shadow Work & the Influence of Culture

Biomedical and Psychological Foundations

Stress Patterns & Somatic Interventions • Anatomy & Physiology • Biomechanics • Psychology & Mental Health • Human Development & Life Cycles • Development/Evolution of Disease & Healing • Pathology

Teaching and Therapeutic Skills

Developing Therapeutic Relationships • Client/Student Assessments • Evaluations and Therapy Strategies • Principles and Skills for Working with Individuals and Groups • Ethical Principles of Teaching

Professional Practice

Legal, Regulatory and Business Issues Pertaining to Yoga Therapy • Relationships with Peers, Mentors, Clinicians and Organizations • Personal/Professional Development

Your Mentor Program

Designed to enable you to collaborate with seasoned professionals as you develop your clinical skills.

You will check in with your mentor at scheduled times between intensives to provide the assistance you need throughout your training process

Your Practicum Course

Each student will be supported to complete 150 hours of one on one yoga therapy sessions. Students will become proficient at client assessment, evaluation, treatment and documentation. Documentation will be written, audio and video to be reviewed by mentor. Candidates for this program need to have access to and proficiency with a computer.

Bridge Program

If you are interested in enrolling for the Yoga Therapy Certification program and need the Bridge Program as a pre-requisite, please contact the office to arrange a bridge program to suit your needs.

Bridge Program will be tailor made to the student with distance learning, private session and varied teaching. SomaYoga Therapy and Somatics Intensive and Clinical Techniques is required plus additional work.

Graduates of Yoga North’s 350/500 Hour Teacher Training/Level 1 Yoga Therapy Dual Certification are not required to take Bridge Program.

Fall 2024 Start | Duluth, MN

The modules will be sometimes in studio in Duluth, and sometimes on Zoom. 

Module 1: November 6-10, 2024 in studio in Duluth

Module 2: March 5-9, 2025 in studio in Duluth

Module 3: May 16-18, 2025 on Zoom online

 Module 4: July 9-13, 2025 in studio in Duluth 

Module 5: September 12-14, 2025 on Zoom online

Module 6: November 19-23, 2025 in studio in DuluthM

Module 7: February 20-22, 2026 on Zoom online

Module 8:  April 23-26, 2026 in studio in Duluth

Throughout 2024-2026 Program Training: 

  • Online Live Class Mondays: 5:30–7:30 PM CT
  • Weekly live SomaYoga Methodology Classes


Application Fee

Apply & enroll before March 6, 2024: Tier 1 Early Bird Enrollment Price $9150

Apply and enroll before August 6, 2024: Tier 2 Early Enrollment Price -$9350 

Apply and enroll before October 23, 2024: Regular Enrollment Price – $9750

Personal Program Mentor Fee
All students have a personal mentor for the length of the program $1000

Required Resources
All students will need to purchase a set of required resources cost TBD

May require additional Bridge Program

Monthly Payment Plans available.

Discount for current +350/500 Yoga North ISYI Students!
Partial Scholarships Available (2/27/24 now given out for Fall 2024 cohort)

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Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute

310 E Superior St, Suite 120, Duluth, MN 55802



The yoga therapy components of our certification programs are based on our accreditation through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry.