Implemented in the summer of 2013, the IAYT’s voluntary, international accreditation program is for yoga therapist training programs offered by its member schools.
Accreditation is a means of ensuring quality control and promoting continuous improvement. The IAYT developed an accreditation program to serve
- the public by developing a set of educational standards intended to promote safe and effective practice,
- the yoga therapy practitioner and educator communities by promoting a stronger and more well-defined professional identity for the field, and
- yoga therapy students by establishing standards and policies designed to ensure access to quality training programs.
As a standards-based process, accreditation provides a consistent benchmark against which yoga therapy training programs can be evaluated.
The IAYT's accreditation program is a peer-review process that has four essential components:
- educational standards and training requirements, including definitions of key terms, such as yoga therapy;
- an online application that requests documentation of standards-based data and information about the training program;
- policies and procedures that guide the accreditation process; and
- review committees composed of yoga therapy professionals who are responsible for evaluating how well a program meets the accreditation standards and training requirements.
The process is overseen by the Accreditation Committee, a diverse body of yoga therapy practitioners and educators, and is administered by the IAYT staff.
For more about IAYT's accreditation program and why it's important for yoga therapists and the professional development of our field, read the article "IAYT Accreditation: Why It's Needed, How It was Created, and What It Means for You".