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In partnership with The Soul of Yoga, graduates from this dual program will also be IAYT Credential Eligible Yoga Therapists

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The Master of Arts in Integral Health - Concentration in Yoga Therapy program provides a comprehensive, three-dimensional study of the whole being – mind, body, spirit – utilizing the tools of yoga and holistic healing, including asana, meditation, pranayama, energy work, chanting, mudra, spiritual psychology and counseling, and lifestyle suggestions from an integrative and holistic perspective.  This is a collaborative program between CIHS and the Soul of Yoga, which is San Diego’s only IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy Training Program. Additionally, as a solidly academic program, it provides the critical thinking and research literacy skills necessary to excel in a graduate program, as well as in the academic and professional arena. This program offers an experiential approach grounded in spirituality and consciousness, but also in theory and science.

Upon completion of this program, students will be both IAYT Credential eligible Yoga Therapists as well as MA degreed holistic health professionals able to teach clients how to tailor the practices and teachings of yoga to address their individual health needs and to cultivate a personal wellness program. This program allows participants to earn 300-RYT Yoga Alliance certification upon completion of required and elective courses included in the Soul of Yoga IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training.

Prerequisites for Admission

Program Learning Outcomes

Integral Health Masters PLOs.  Graduates of CIHS Integral Health Master’s program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Synthesize diverse studies in the human sciences and articulate their transdisciplinary nature, including psychology, integral health, philosophy of science, and reality theory.

  • PLO 2: Demonstrate empathic and formal communication informed by an integrated view of human interaction, and scholarly sources.

  • PLO 3: Construct philosophical and scientific paradigms that advance systematic approaches to wellbeing.

  • PLO 4: Critically evaluate and solve problems in the human sciences in an integrally informed manner, through the use of qualitative and quantitative research.

Students apply to and complete two programs that operate in concert:

  • CIHS Integral Health MA with Concentration in Yoga Therapy

  • SOY IAYT-accredited yoga therapy program

The CIHS Yoga Therapy Concentration Coordinator (along with Soul of Yoga's Program Director) will facilitate students’ admissions processing into both programs.

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, in a related field, admission to this Concentration requires:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification

  • One Year of Yoga Teaching Experience

Degree Requirements

Sixty-one (60) graduate quarter units are required to complete the Master of Arts degree program in Integral Health - Concentration in Yoga Therapy. Twenty-four core curriculum graduate quarter units are earned in six core courses designed to establish a basic foundation in the systems of philosophy and research methods. Twenty-nine concentration quarter units are to be completed in Yoga Therapy. The remaining eight units are earned by completing elective courses drawn from Integral Health or other departments with approval from the MA program director. 


CIHS Core Courses                  28 units

SOY Yoga Therapy Courses   28 units

CIHS Electives                             4 units

TOTAL                                        60 units

Core Curriculum

  • IH 500 Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences (4 units)

  • IH 501 Foundations in Integral Studies (4 units)

  • IH 502 Consciousness Studies (4 units)

  • IH 504 Psychology of the Chakras (4 units)

  • IH 505 Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • IH 645 Integral Spiritual Coaching (4 units)

  • IH 652 Subtle Energy System I (4 units)

NOTE: The core courses for the IH MA concentration in yoga therapy are the same as the core courses for the basic IH MA core courses plus the addition of the Subtle Energy Systems I course.

Concentration in Yoga Therapy

Students must complete 28 graduate quarter units in Yoga Therapy:



  • IHYT 500 Orientation (0.5 units)

  • IHYT 501 Holistic Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga (8 units)

  • IHYT 502 Foundations of Ayurveda (4 units)

  • IHYT 503 Yoga for Cancer & Heart Disease (4 units)

  • IHYT 504 iRest Level 1 (3 units)

  • IHYT 599 Karma Yoga Project (5 units) 

  • IHYT 600 Practicum and Research (3.5 units)

    • These hours can be independently completed while under the supervision of a program mentor. Students have the opportunity to complete the course requirements through a Residency at the Revivorship Post-Cancer Wellness Center​ Read more here Revisorship Residency Overview


The following courses are also required for IAYT Certification eligibility through Soul of Yoga and will be taken through Soul of Yoga only. For more details please visit  

  • Yoga of Recovery (50 hours)

  • LifeForce Yoga Trauma Sensitive Training (30 hours)

  • Yoga for Chronic Disease (25 hours)

  • Foundations of Meditation Retreat (40 hours)

  • Soul of Life (75 hours)

  • Principles and Practices of Prāṇāyāma (15 hours)

  • Yoga Sutra Study (20 hours)

  • Mentoring (50 hours)


Sample Elective Courses

  • IH 653 Subtle Energy System II (4 units)

  • IH 605 Survey of Complementary Methods/Medicine (4 units)

  • IH 640 Biophysics of Neuroscience (4 units)

  • IH 651Psychoacoustics (4 units)

  • IH 681 Consciousness-Based Medicine (4 units)


*Courses from other departments can also be taken as electives in consultation with the program director.

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