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Welcome to IAYT's Certification Page


Establishing the proper structure and process to provide IAYT certification of individual yoga therapists is a major part of our standards effort. Our goal is a certification that is internationally recognized and respected - not only by yoga therapy practitioners and educators steeped in the yoga tradition, but also by practitioners from other healthcare fields with whom yoga therapists work in partnership.

It's a big step, and we recognize that it takes time to do this right.  Beginning in the autumn of 2014, we gathered a diverse group of people with the expertise to develop the certification criteria and process, and this Certification Committee, along with your input, is making good progress.  We are also cognizant of the financial resources necessary to support this initiative and grateful for your support as donors.   

We expect to be ready to accept actual applications in 2016.  New guidelines and eligibility criteria are being released to IAYT members as they are drafted so that we can benefit from the perspective of our professional community.  

All applicants for IAYT certification must be current IAYT members and sign the IAYT Code of Conduct and Grounds for Certification Revocation (note that this document is currently being drafted and will be available by the time the application form becomes available).

When we are ready, IAYT will accept applications for certification from IAYT members who are either 

  • Graduates of IAYT accredited yoga therapist training programs, or
  • Eligible for grandparenting.

Learn more about IAYT Certification Eligibility criteria, including grandparenting.  To provide feedback on the new guidelines, see the Latest News of May 4, 2015 and participate in the survey linked from there.  (We cannot answer questions about individual situations.)

For another review of the certification process and preparation recommendations, see Aggie Stewart’s recent article in the Winter 2015 Issue of Yoga Therapy Today, Steps to Certify and Board Charge to Certification Committee.

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