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IAYT Grandparenting of Yoga Therapists


Grandparenting refers to a process in which someone with the requisite experience and expertise in a particular profession is granted certification without being required to meet the same criteria that others just entering the profession have to meet. Grandparenting is usually part of a certification program.

As a field develops standards, grandparenting is typically addressed in a generous way, respecting original training, continuing education, and experience. The grandparenting process usually begins just after a profession starts to certify practitioners and is limited to a prescribed period of time.


IAYT plans to implement a grandparenting process that is similar to what has been developed in other emerging complementary and alternative medicine professions.

To date, there are two avenues for grandparenting eligibility:

  • Graduates of 300-hour yoga therapy training programs with a 200-hour teacher training program as a minimum admission requirement, plus at least 150 hours of mentored practicum and/or yoga therapy experience. Students must have started these programs no later than December 31, 2013, and completed their training, including the 150 hours of mentored practicum, by December 31, 2016.  
  • "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 a long time. Many of these yoga therapists have been pioneers in the field. While general grandparenting guidelines for this avenue have not been published yet, conventionally, decisions are made on the basis of training, education, and actual experience as yoga therapist.

To guide development of the grandparenting process, IAYT created a broad framework for what the process will entail. This framework is outlined in Emerging Guidelines for Grandparenting Yoga Therapists.

If you have questions about the IAYT grandparenting process, refer to the 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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