Yoga therapy is an empowering client directed process to increase the individual’s capacity to heal and thrive.
Yoga Therapy Defined
Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups. by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), 2020.
A Certified Yoga Therapist is accredited by the Accreditations Committee with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which was founded in 1989. This international association serves the yoga therapist community to ensure appropriate training and tools and support for the therapist to deliver yoga therapy to their clients. In support of the membership and the medical field, the association produces a yearly research journal, education outreach, an annual membership conference and a research conference. IAYT is focused on the education, the delivery and expansion and integration of yoga therapy into health care.
Yoga Therapists certified with the IAYT must complete extensive training and adhering to continuing education and a code of conduct. The yoga therapist has a unique skillset with training and experience in health conditions, and a wider scope of practices to support the client. Additionally, yoga therapists work in concert with a medical/rehab team in a home, medical, institutional, or studio setting.