Looking for an IAYT Member School?
IAYT Member Schools primarily include schools and individuals with yoga therapy training programs. There are also a few yoga educational institutions and ashrams without yoga therapist trainings now, but who wish to support the field. Please visit the websites for schools in which you are interested for details about their programs.
Some important information for the Public
Most IAYT Member Schools offer self-described yoga therapy training programs, including general, specialty, and IAYT accredited programs. All are important parts of the 'ecosystem' of the emerging field of yoga therapy and all are making a substantive contribution to the development of the field through their trainings and by supporting the development and implementation of well respected and recognized professional standards.
Currently, standards for school membership are minimal and generally consist of a short survey and a personal conversation with the IAYT Executive Director. Standards for IAYT accreditation of yoga therapy training programs however, are quite high and specific. There is a rigorous review process for IAYT accreditation.
- General yoga therapy programs - now often called yoga therapy foundation programs - usually cover a wide range of principles, techniques, and applications of yoga therapy and are typically at least 300 hours, with a basic 200-hour teacher training program as an admission requirement. They must have a reasonable assessment process for certification.
- Specialty programs are usually limited in scope, technique, and duration although some can be quite long and have multiple stages of certification. Specialty programs must be at least a week in duration (40 contact hours) and have a reasonable assessment process for certification.
- IAYT accredited programs are competency based programs that meet the IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists and have been accredited by the IAYT Accreditation Committee. This is a rigorous process that was established in 2013. See Accredited Yoga Therapy Programs for a current list.