4 Part Process

The Big Island Yoga Therapy Internship Program is designed to help you learn all the steps involved in setting up a condition-specific Yoga Therapy Series. Interns work with Katy to select an area of interest  and learn how to develop a program for those memebers of our community. You will learn the steps to research, funding, marketing, scheduling, and developing evidence-based yoga series, as well as contraindications and modifications. 

This process is set up to offer real-world training in yoga therapy, that is both on island, and financially accessible. Your time in the development phase and assisting are your service in exhange for the training  and supervision you will receive. Monthly workshops and team meetings will be availble to assist you with tools and techniques as well as debrief ongoing series.

Step 1. Select who you want to serve (Heart Disease, Diabetes, Scoliosis). It can be helpful to think about your other roles and develop a program that works within your existing expertise. For example, if you're involved in Social Work, Healthcare, or Education, you may want to create a program that serves people in those organizations. This creates 

Step 2. Research and Develop. In this phase you will work closely with Katy to research and develop the program. This includes how it is to be funded (grants, donors, participant payment), advertised, and scheduled. You will learn the methods used  by Certified Yoga Therapist Katy Benjamin to create content for the Series. 

Step 3. Launch the Program. In this phase, you will serve as an assistant to Katy and learn hands on methods for sharing therapuetic yoga with those specific participants. You will get (at least) 10 sessions of in-class learning, followed with debreifing sessions for questions and clarifications. You will be expected to attend and assist in addition to participating in the sessions. It will be determined between you and Katy when you can demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively lead sessions on your own. Earn continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. 

Step 4. Teach Your Program. After the initial 10 weeks and clearance from Katy, you will be trained to be a substitute teacher (seasonal and occasional). This is also a phase where you transition from a Big Island Yoga Therapy Intern to a BIYT Teacher. You can launch additional classes with the same topic in the same or new communities as a BIYT Trained Teacher. Our goal is to have enough new classes being created that eventually many of these pilot programs will be completely taken over by the intern who helped develop them. 


  • Yoga Teacher Certified
  • Commit to 6 months of participation (1 year is better)
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • 1-4 hours of weekly work (includes your research and development as well as other administrative work for BIYT
  • Conduct yourself within the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) at all times http://www.iayt.org/page/FinalCodeofEthics
  • Maintain membership with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
  • Though most of the internship training is done through work exchange, if you are unable to hold up to your commitments you may be asked to pay for your training
  • BIYT reserves the right to terminate your internship if you are in violation of any of the above requirements. 

If you are interested in becoming a BIYT Intern,  email Katy Benjamin C-IAYT here to set up an interview.

With Katy Benjamin, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT 1000

Big island Yoga Therapy 

Katy Benjamin E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT 1000

Certified Yoga Therapist 

Become an Intern with Big Island Yoga Therapy