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IAYT Grandparenting of Yoga Therapists

Grandparenting refers to a process in which someone with the specified experience and expertise in a particular profession is granted certification along different pathways than others entering the profession. The grandparenting process usually begins just after a profession starts to certify practitioners and is limited to a prescribed period of time.

As a field develops standards, grandparenting is typically addressed in a generous way, respecting original training, continuing education, and experience. 

The IAYT grandparenting process being developed is similar to that of other emerging complementary and alternative medicine professions. 

There are two pathways for grandparenting eligibility:

• Grandparenting Pathway 1: (click here for Guidelines)

  • Yoga therapists with at least 300 hours of formal yoga therapy training, a 200-hour teacher training program, and at least 150 hours of yoga therapy experience.

Grandparenting Pathway 2: (click here for Guidelines)

  • "Seasoned” yoga therapists who may not have graduated from a 300-hour program, or indeed any formal training program at all, but began practicing as a yoga therapist prior to January 1, 2008.


IAYT certification (C-IAYT) applications are expected to be available June 2016. Grandparenting applications will be accepted for one year following release of the application.


Are you planning to apply under one of the Grandparenting Pathways?

Here’s what you can do NOW:

  1. Review the critical dates on the Eligibility Page and the snapshot of requirements in the Eligibility Chart

  2. Read the Guidelines carefully

  3. Gather your own documentation of training and client contact hours and make sure you continue to keep good records of any additional hours and training between now and the time you apply. The tables shown in the Guidelines are examples of what you will need to fill out and submit. They will be available as blank, downloadable files when the online application is launched.

For another review of the 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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