History of IAYT's Standards Process
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The long and thoughtful creation of standards for yoga therapy has been an inclusive and dynamic process as summarized in these selected highlights from 2007 to the present:

 2007 IAYT's first Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) was held in Los Angeles, California with 800 in attendance.  This was the first time our community came together.  The Symposium included presentations by Pamela Snyder, ND and John Weeks, both of the Academic Consortium for Complementary Health Care (ACCAHC), on the professional development of alternative healthcare fields.  The importance of establishing community at the start of the standards process cannot be over emphasized. 


The first Meeting of Schools was held at SYTAR, with 20 schools represented, to discuss the rapid growth in our field and the need for standards.  Facilitated by John Weeks.  See   SYTAR 2008 Landmark Meeting with YT Program Training Directors.  IAYT’s new Member School service was launched, with 47 charter members.  Member school fees financed much of the standards process.


The second Meeting of Schools, with 41 schools from 5 countries, and facilitated by Dan Seitz, JD EdD, who subsequently became the meeting facilitator and subject matter expert for the standards process.  See SYTAR 2009 official Meeting of Schools.  The Educational Standards Committee was launched with ten members representing diverse lineages and schools. 

2010 “An Overview of Regulatory Issues for Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda” by Dan Seitz was published in the  International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  (Jointly financed by IAYT, YA and NAMA.)  This is a road map for the self-regulation process.

2011 The third Meeting of Schools was held at SYTAR at Asilomar, to review the early draft standards with schools. See SYTAR 2011 Third Meeting of Schools.

2012 IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists” was published.  

The IAYT Accreditation Committee was launched.

The first 12 yoga therapy training programs to be accredited by IAYT are announced at SYTAR in Austin, Texas. 

The IAYT Certification Committee was launched.

2015 Final guidelines for IAYT certification as a yoga therapist are published, including two grandparenting pathways, after two rounds of membership review and comment.

2016 IAYT Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice for Yoga Therapy are adopted after extensive membership review and comment.  These are key pillars of professional certification.