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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

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 began practicing as a yoga therapist prior to January 1, 2008 and have at least 700 hours of sustained yoga therapy client contact hours across the years of practice.


IAYT certification (C-IAYT) applications are now open for submission. See Apply Now for application materials for all three pathways.  Grandparenting applications will be accepted until June 30, 2017.


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 Rules carefully

  3. Visit the Application page for your Pathway (Grandparenting 1 or Grandparenting 2) and the application materials found there to view a sample of the online application, read the applicable policies, and download the tables you will need to submit. 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. 

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