COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program is enrolling for the fall 2021 trimester. This program will be delivered in its standard online format for students entering the program in the fall 2021 trimester; the program can be completed by taking only online classes, and there are no requirements to come to campus.
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga Practices is the only graduate program in the U.S. that fills a national gap in the yoga education spectrum to provide a pathway for licensed health care providers (LHCP) to add a specialty in therapeutic yoga practices to their professional scope of practice and differentiate themselves from other practitioners. Through this program LHCP will enrich their knowledge, tools, and competencies in yoga as a mind-body modality that can contribute to both conventional medicine and integrative health practices in order to provide patients with individualized treatment that is safe, evidence-based, and cost effective. The program is 12 credits, can be completed in 3 trimesters, and is delivered fully online.
This program is designed for the licensed health care provider (LHCP) who recognizes the value of yoga and meditation for their clientele and is interested in adding yoga therapy tools and services to their practice without becoming a fully certified yoga therapist. This program provides LHCPs the opportunity to learn and apply the tools that are appropriate to their scope of practice. Graduates of the program will differentiate themselves from other practitioners in their field by developing a therapeutic yoga specialty in their practice.
This program fills the unique educational needs and appropriate level of skills and knowledge needed by the LHCP. Studying to become a yoga teacher does not provide the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills that the LHCP needs to support their patients with individualized therapeutic yoga practices. Likewise, some LHCPs may not need the multiyear plan of study of a master’s degree in yoga therapy.
This online program enables the healthcare professional to understand the framework of yoga therapy and its application to healthcare practice. Students will learn the proposed mechanisms through which yoga therapy has its effects, evidence of efficacy and effectiveness for various patient populations, how to integrate yoga practices in their professional practice, and how and when to refer and collaborate with yoga therapists. Students will call upon their prior training in yoga teaching (RYT-200) and their practice as a licensed health care provider to inform their experiences in the program.
Coursework includes the exploration of key yoga teachings and philosophies that relate to modern frameworks relevant to healthcare providers and the application of these concepts within the LHCP’s licensed scope of practice. The mind-body practices include but are not limited to meditations, visualizations, movement, relaxation, and breath. Additionally, the LHCP will explore evidence for the application of these practices to promote biopsychosocial-spiritual health and will analyze a range of practices for common conditions including relevant precautions and contraindications.
Clinically, students will apply these principles to working with patients and other providers. They will conduct patient assessments to identify the appropriate application of yoga tools within their scope of practice, develop treatment plans and evaluate when to refer and/or collaborate with a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist or other practitioner. Students will apply these practices for patient care in individual and/or group settings.
For more information about yoga therapy:
What is yoga therapy and how is it different from yoga? (Originally published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists – Shared with permission.)
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
This program consists of 12 credits of the following required courses:
Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.
86% of recent graduates of MUIH’s M.S. Yoga Therapy program were employed or self-employed within one year of graduation. Graduates of MUIH’s yoga therapy program are employed in a variety of settings including private practice; integrative group practices; health care systems; hospitals; U.S. military; veterans and military organizations and agencies; school systems; and colleges and universities. Many graduates chose to have a portfolio career in which they have multiple positions and employers within one or more profession, rather than one full-time job. A portfolio career provides such individuals with variety in their work life and the opportunity to develop a wide and varied professional network.
The use of yoga in the U.S. continues to grow steadily leading to an increasing need for professionals trained in the field; individuals who complete the proposed program will be prepared to meet the growing expectations of the general public that yoga and meditation approaches be applied to support them. The 2017 National Health Interview Survey revealed significant increases in the use of yoga-based mind and body approaches. Yoga was the most commonly used complementary health approach among U.S. adults in 2012 (9.5%, 22.4 million individuals) and 2017 (14.3%, 35.2 million individuals) and demonstrated an increase in usage during that five-year period. The use of meditation increased more than threefold from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017. Similar increased usage of these modalities was observed in children aged 4-17 years. The percent of children who used yoga increased significantly from 3.1% in 2012 to 8.4% (4.9 million children) in 2017. The use of meditation among children also increased significantly from 0.6% in 2012 to 5.4% in 2017.
The earlier 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance also indicated significant and widespread use of yoga. 28% of all Americans had participated in a yoga class at some point in their lives. The number of Americans practicing yoga increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in the 2012 study. There were more older practitioners than ever before; nearly 14 million practitioners were over the age of 50, up from about 4 million in 2012. One in three Americans had tried yoga on their own (not in a class) at least once. 34% of Americans said they were somewhat or very likely to practice yoga in the next 12 months, equal to more than 80 million Americans. Since 2012, the percentage of Americans aware of yoga grew from 75% to 90%.
Health care governing bodies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, the federal government’s lnter-Agency Task Force on Pain Management, and the American College of Physicians recommend and, in some cases, require nonpharmacologic treatment as part of patient treatment planning. Yoga is among the key modalities cited for such non-pharmacologic approaches.
The job market for yoga professionals is robust. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects jobs for yoga professionals (included in BLS’s fitness trainers and instructors category) to grow 13% at much faster than average rates for the years 2018-2028. There are currently 90,000 registered yoga teachers in the U.S. who possess the base level of non-academic training. MUIH’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy provides such individuals with the opportunity to differentiate and distinguish themselves from others and to their clients and potential employers.
This program is offered in the online format. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats.
For trimester start and end dates, see the Academic Calendar.
The schedule of courses for this program is shown below.
YOGA650 Theoretical Foundations of Yoga for the LHCP (3 cr)
YOGA660 Theoretical Foundations of Health and Disease for LHCP (3 cr)
YOGA670 Professional Practices for LHCP (3 cr)
YOGA680 Integrating Practices for LHCP (3 cr)
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Complete Essay Questions in application:
Diane Finlayson, M.L.A.
Suzanne Zolnick, M.A.S.