Survey of Yoga Therapists
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Information on Upcoming Professional Survey

Dear Yoga Therapists,

Early next week, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in a brief online survey looking at characterizing the yoga therapy workforce and yoga therapist’s use, opinion, skills, and training in evidence-based practice (EBP). This letter is intended to provide background information on the survey and to explain why your participation is valued and needed.

Yoga Therapy is an emerging health care profession with newly created standards, accreditation and credentialing processes for both Yoga Therapy schools and practitioners.   The IAYT has defined yoga therapy as "The process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga”. To date, there has been no formal research describing the current workforce of yoga therapists.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been defined as "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research” (Sackett, 1996). The use of evidence-based practice can have a significant impact on a yoga therapist’s clinical decision making and on client outcomes. Notwithstanding, there is currently no research demonstrating the extent to which yoga therapists engage in evidence-based practices.

In light of the above knowledge gaps, the purpose of this survey is two-fold: (1) To describe the North American (defined as the US and Canada) yoga therapy workforce, and (2) To determine yoga therapist use, opinion, skills and training in evidence-based practice.  This research will help inform education providers, IAYT, other yoga associations and the healthcare field about current yoga therapy practice, as well as provide future directions for yoga therapy research, education and practice.

The upcoming survey will generate foundational information to help us understand who yoga therapists are, how they work and how they view and utilize EBP in taking care of their clients. Your response will be critical in helping guide the future direction of educational and research endeavors. We very much hope that you will take the time to share your experience and opinions when the survey arrives next week. As a token of gratitude for your time we will be offering the chance to win a one-year membership with IAYT.


In the interim, should you have any questions or would like more information about the survey, please contact Marlysa Sullivan at msullivan1@muih.edu.

 

This project is being conducted in partnership with:

 

Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500
Instructor
Maryland University of Integrative Health


Steffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT 500
Associate Academic Director, Integrative Health Sciences
Maryland University of Integrative Health


James Snow MA, RH(AHG)
Assistant Provost for Academic Research
Interim Academic Director for Integrative Health Sciences
Maryland University of Integrative Health


Dr. Matthew Leach RN, BN(Hons), ND, PhD, Senior Research Fellow & HDR Coordinator
School of Nursing & Midwifery
University of South Australia