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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:
    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:
    “Seasoned” yoga therapists who may not have graduated from a 300-hour program, or indeed any formal training program at all, but have been practicing as a yoga therapist for at least 10 years.

These two draft documents, released May 2015, replace the framework outlined in Emerging Guidelines for Grandparenting Yoga Therapists (revised 1/15/14).  To provide feedback on these 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.)

With the release of the new grandparenting guidelines, input from our members will provide new Frequently Asked Questions. We will use these to update the earlier (2013) Grandparenting FAQs.

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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