International Yoga School SYM


Yoga Teacher Training Requirements Certification hours 200h
Course Hours
Contact 260
Non-contact 40
Total 300h
Course Dates
Dates Location
25 March - 21 April 2018 Cervera Del Maestre, Valencia, Spain
Course Principal SYT
Gerry Rixen
Yoga Therapy leads to a deep dialogue with the self, helping patients with direct tools to confront the challenges of life, from chronic illness, degenerative disease, psychological trauma and stress to fatigue, anxiety, fear and anger.
Gerry Rixen


Course Description

With over 30 years of practical experience in Yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts and thousands of hours spent treating and teaching, I came to deeply understand the great healing power of Yoga.

Essentially this completely natural approach has profound effect, however success depends on personal involvement and effort from patients. Yoga therapy self empowers, helping the patient to reclaim his/her health and take life into his/her own hands.

Therefore In this way Yoga Therapy is truly holistic leading to health, greater awareness, more balance, less ego and more love.

This 300 hour Yoga Therapy Certification will teach you how to evaluate your patients health using various methods of palpation as well as observation, listening skills, taking detailed case histories and interpreting the signs and symptoms of imbalance and disease.

The therapeutic tools of yoga include specific postures and techniques to encourage healing of all bodily functions as well as profound tools for healing the human psyche and spiritual condition.

The course will include the following areas of study:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Yoga Psychology
  • Assessment tools (e.g.: Palpation, Observation, Listening skills and Questioning)
  • Philosophy
  • Meditation
  • Therapy and Healing tools
  • Ethics

Course Objectives

  • -Trainees will deepen their knowledge and understanding of yoga asanas.
  • -Trainees will deepen their understanding of props for all asanas.
  • -Trainees will deepen their understanding of yoga psychology.
  • -Trainees will deepen their understanding of chakras, nadis and meridians. 
  • -Trainees will deepen their understanding of yoga pedagogy.
  • -Trainees will deepen their observation and listening skills.
  • -Trainees will deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy.
  • -Trainees will improve and refine their hands-on adjustment skills.
  • -Trainees will learn hands-on assessment tools.
  • -Trainees will learn practical hands-on healing skills. 
  • -Trainees will deepen their mediation and mindfulness skills.


This course will provide a full manual as well as books on yoga asanas and anatomy and physiology.

Before the course students will be provided with a welcome pack which includes information on dress code, how to get here as well as the recommended reading list.


Students enrolling on this Yoga therapy course are expected to be fully qualified yoga teachers with at least 2 years of yoga teaching experience since graduating from their teacher training course.

Evaluation Procedure and Grading Criteria

Students will be required to have completed all the set assignments by the end of the course.

Students will be expected to show proficiency and improvement in their own asana practice, teaching and understanding including: a) anatomy and physiology, b) evaluation and treatment procedures c) 4 case histories, corresponding to the 40 non-contact hours.

The practical evaluation is based on continual assessment and students are expected to do 90% of contact hours. There will also be a written exam at the end of the second module which all students must pass in order to gain the Yoga Therapy certification.

Students will be expected to show proficiency and improvement in their own asana practice, teaching and understanding,

The practical evaluation is based on continual assessment and students are expected to complete a minimum of 95% of contact hours.

There will also be a written exam at the end of the second module which all students must pass in order to gain the Yoga Therapy certification.


Trainees should attend a minimum of 95% of the course. Should trainees miss more than this minimum they will need to agree with the teacher which modules to re-take.

SYM reserves the right to charge additional fees for these catch up modules.


This course is fully accredited by Yoga Alliance International.

Our graduates are able to register on the Yoga Alliance International database upon completion of the course and will receive YAI and SYM certification.

Course Syllabus

The following syllabus will be taught over the 2 modules with Anatomy and Physiology, Assessment tools and in-depth asana practice in the first module.

The second module will focus on Pathology and practical application of the assessment tools as well as healing and therapy tool.

    A. Assessment Tools

    1. Palpation and reading of abdomen, the back, chakras, key diagnostic acupuncture points and meridians for evaluation of organ function and energetic imbalances.
    2. Observation and reading of front and back, facial diagnosis, hands and feet, posture and movement, body type and emotions, asanas and the meridians, asanas and the chakras
    3. Listening skills : how to listen, tone of voice and emotion.
    4. Interviewing and questioning: energy levels and pain, digestion, diet, stools, urination, sleep, menses, medical history, lifestyle, family history, relationships, work and stress.

  • B. Practical Healing Tools

    1. Asanas and their relation to the chakras, their relationship with organs, hormones, meridians, emotions and character.
    2. Asanas and their relation to the Chinese meridians, their content of information on 4 levels of existence: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual; and their link with the chakras.
    3. Asanas: The detailed use of props; belts, cushions, blocks, bolsters, blankets and chairs to help each individual no matter what age or body shape to practice with correct alignment, breathing and ease.
    4. Asanas, pranayama, bandhas and meditation as tools for regaining health, plus specific hands-on techniques to release tension and energize the body working on the back, neck, shoulders and head, the abdomen, chest, hands and feet.
    5. Understanding and application of the yoga model for psychology : the chakras, koshas, left and right brain functions and the gunas.
    6. Understanding and application of the 4 elements: fire, water, air and earth; the notion of the 5th element, akasha; their relationship to the chakras and the 5 elements or transformations of Chinese medicine.
    7. The importance of spiritual philosophy; treating heart and soul.
    8. Meditation and Relaxation: guided meditation and relaxation; sensing and circulating energy; intention, will power and letting go.
    9. The 7 alchemical steps of transformation.
    10. Nutrition; principles and practical application

  • C. Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Yoga Therapy and Treatment of the following systems, symptoms and diseases:

    1. General symptoms of ill health: eating disorders, stress, headaches, insomnia, allergies, fatigue, depression, trauma, addictions.
    2. The respiratory system: asthma, bronchitis, coughing, common cold.
    3. The circulatory system: hyper/hypotension, palpitations, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis.
    4. Muscles, joints and bones: backache, sciatica, arthritis, lordosis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis.
    5. Digestive system: indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, anorexia, bulimia, stomach cramps, hepatitis, gallstones, obesity, nausea, gastritis, abdominal distension, diabetes, cancer (bowel, stomach, pancreatic, liver etc), regurgitation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, anaemia, cravings and eating disorders.
    6. Nervous system and the head: neuralgia, epilepsy, MS (multiple sclerosis), stress, paralysis, stuttering, Parkinson's.
    7. Urinary system: cystitis, incontinence, edema, prostate enlargement.
    8. Eyes, ears, nose and throat: tired eyes, diminishing eyesight, nose bleed, sinusitis, tinnitus.
    9. Skin and membranes: eczema, dermatitis, skin cancer, psoriasis, ulcers.
    10. Endocrine system: diabetes, infertility, thyroid problems.
    11. Reproductive and gynecological: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, infertility, sexual dysfunction, menopause, insufficient lactation, ovarian cysts, impotence.
    12. Immune system and degenerative disease: HIV / AIDS, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, lupus, cancer, Lyme’s disease, ME, Alzheimer, herpes, shingles.
    13. Psychological symptoms related to emotional, mental and spiritual issues: Anxiety, fear, depression, trauma, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), phobias, addictions, eating disorders.
    14. Pregnancy and childbirth.
    15. Children, teenagers, old age and death.

Daily Schedule

07:00 - 08:00 Meditation & Pranayama
08:00 - 10:00 Asana & Relaxation
10:00 - 10:30 Break; breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch and Break
14:30 - 16:30 Yoga Therapy, assessment tools: theory and practice
16:30 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 19:00 Yoga Therapy, practical healing tools
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner and break
21:00 - 22:00 4-Evenings per week: chanting, meditation and DVDs
There will be 1 free day per 2-week module


There will be 1 free day per 2-week module and 3 evenings per week are free. Students are expected to do 30 minutes of karma yoga each day, helping at meal times with setting up or clearing up afterwards. For those who need an early breakfast there will be tea and biscuits to which course participants may help themselves in the early morning.

Healing/Spa Treatments

In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine. Remedial massage is also available. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.

In addition, Massimo offers professional kinesiolgy and cranio-sacral treatments, as well as being a qualified shiatsu practitioner.

Dress Code

Please wear plain white clothes, no logos. We do also accept yellows and blues.


Certified by Yoga Alliance International

Spain, Cervera del Maestre

8 July - 28 July 2018
( Arrival date 7 Jul / Departure date 29 Jul)
(Language: English)

10 August - 30 August 2018
( Arrival date 9 Aug / Departure date 31 Aug)
(Language: English)

Cost 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training,
Dormitory (Max 5 people) : € 2200*
Twin : € 2500*
Single : € 2800*

* Course fees include tuition,accommodation, course manual and textbook, pick up (and drop off) from Peniscola/Benicarlo railway station, two main vegetarian meals per day and Yoga Alliance International certification.

Spain, Cervera del Maestre

4 - 31 August 2019
( Arrival date 3 August/ Departure date 1 September)
(Language: English)

Cost 500 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training,
Dormitory (Max 5 people) : € 3100*
Twin : € 3500*
Single : € 3900*

* Course fees include tuition,accommodation, course manual and textbook, pick up (and drop off) from Peniscola/Benicarlo railway station, two main vegetarian meals per day and Yoga Alliance International certification.

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SYM has met the strict requirements of Yoga Alliance International, showing that SYM courses are of exceptional quality and that upon graduation students receive the Yoga Alliance International membership and certification

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