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Characterizing the Yoga Therapy workforce
and investigating the attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice amongst currently practicing Yoga Therapists in North America (US and Canada)


  • Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, E-RYT 500
  • Steffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT 500
  • James Snow, MA, RH(AHG)
  • Dr Matthew Leach, RN, BN(Hons), ND, PhD

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”. At present, there is 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. Nevertheless, there is currently no research demonstrating the extent to which yoga therapists use evidence-based practices.

The purpose of this survey is two-fold: (a) To describe the North American (defined as the US and Canada) yoga therapy workforce, and (b) to explore 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.

If you are currently practicing as a Yoga Therapist in North America (defined as the US and Canada) we are seeking your help to participate in this unique survey to help describe the workforce of Yoga Therapists as well as their use, opinion, skills and training in EBP. Participation in this survey is voluntary and you are under no obligation to complete the questionnaire. You also have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without repercussion. However, we would like to emphasize that there are no "right or wrong” answers to the questions and your contribution would be most valuable in improving our understanding of yoga therapy practice in North America. As a token of our gratitude for your participation, we will be offering those who complete the questionnaire the chance to win a one-year membership with IAYT.


The questionnaire will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Please note that all submitted information will be anonymous so there is very little risk that this information will lead to the identification of any individual. Further, all research data will be stored in a password-protected database until data are analyzed for publication. Findings from the study will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, disseminated to professional associations, and presented at a conference. These publications and presentations will not disclose any personal details and will only be reported in summarized form. Lastly, the data collected for this study will not be used for any other purposes except that described above.


If you have any questions relating to this study, please contact Marlysa Sullivan at msullivan1(at) Any concerns relating to the conduct of this study can be addressed to the Chair of the Maryland University of Integrative Health Institutional Review Board, Dr. Steffany Moonaz, at smoonaz(at)


Please click on the following link to commence the online survey:

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Thank you for your interest and support.


Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, E-RYT 500


Maryland University of Integrative Health


Steffany Moonaz, PhD, RYT 500

Associate Academic Director, 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


James Snow, MA, RH(AHG)

Assistant Provost for Academic Research

Interim Academic Director for Integrative Health Sciences

Maryland University of Integrative Health