Under IAYT’s standards, a yoga therapy training program must be a minimum of 800 hours in length to be eligible for accreditation. Of these 800 hours, a minimum of 500 hours of training must be provided by the yoga therapy program that is accredited or seeking accreditation. Some or all of the remaining hours needed to reach the minimum total of 800 hours may be transferred in from other schools/programs-such as a yoga teacher training program, another yoga therapy program, and/or some other type of educational program or institution (e.g., anatomy coursework completed in a community college)-provided that the transfer hours apply directly to the required competencies in the yoga therapy program.
A yoga therapy program that is accredited or seeking accreditation that allows students to satisfy some of the program's requirements through transfer hours must have a written transfer credit policy that:
- It is publicly disclosed through its website and other relevant publications;
- It sets forth the process and criteria by which it determines that the transferred hours/credits apply directly to the required competencies in the yoga therapy program; and
- It states which courses/subject areas within the yoga therapy program can potentially be satisfied by transfer hours/credits.
Whenever transfer credit is awarded according to the published transfer credit policy to an applicant or to a student enrolled in a program, the school must state in writing in the applicant's/student's file (e.g., on the program transcript) which portions of the yoga therapy program have been satisfied through the awarding of transfer credit, and must include in the student file appropriate documentation (e.g., transcript from a previous program) upon which the awarding of transfer credit was based.
If a school with a yoga therapy training program accepts or requires a yoga teacher training program in excess of 200 hours as satisfying its admissions requirement, some portion of the teacher training in excess of the 200 hours may be allocated in accordance with this policy as transfer hours to satisfy the yoga therapy training program’s minimum length of 800 hours provided that none of the hours are double-counted for purposes of meeting the pre-requisite admissions requirements and the yoga therapy training program requirements.
A school with an accredited yoga therapy program is permitted to award transfer credit in an amount greater than 300 hours to an applicant who is transferring from an accredited yoga therapy program that closed before students in its training completed the program. In this case, the program must document that it followed its transfer credit policy and that the transferred hours/credits apply directly to required competencies in the program.