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The Next Step in Yoga Therapy's Evolution

Monday, November 18, 2019  
Posted by: IAYT Administration
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IAYT Certification Exam

Creating an exam is the next step in the maturation of yoga therapy as a recognized and respected profession. Once established and synchronized with accredited program curricula, the exam will be required of all new C-IAYT applicants. (Current C-IAYTs, unless they’ve allowed their certification to lapse, will not have to take the test.)

In January 2019, after a 2-year review of options, we partnered with the test-development firm Kryterion to design and initiate the certification exam. Volunteer subject matter experts drawn from IAYT’s membership will be engaged throughout the process to ensure that the exam represents the appropriate body of knowledge and is a reliable and defensible measure.

To accelerate the exam’s development, IAYT has set a fundraising goal of $20,000. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted via the DONATE button on any page of!

Exam Progress!

In October 2019, eight yoga therapy subject matter experts from diverse lineages met for the job analysis phase of developing the IAYT certification exam. Over 3 days, this brilliant group was meticulous and serious about their task. Even better, they were attentive to one another and intent on working in harmony—it was a pleasure to support them in their efforts.

This phase of exam development entailed examining the IAYT competencies in detail, determining the knowledge and skills required to meet each one, and describing the tasks of an entry-level yoga therapist. Kryterion, will transform this preliminary work into a survey for further validation. IAYT members: In early 2020, we’ll be asking for your help—please watch for the survey (which will include incentives for completion)!

Clockwise from left: Trish Young, Kryterion;  Gary Kraftsow, American Viniyoga Institute; Mary Northey, Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy; Diane Finlayson, Maryland University of Integrative Health; Carlyn Sikes, Scottsdale Community College; Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, IAYT certification staff; Beth Whitney-Teeple, IAYT certification staff; Heidi Crocker, AlcheMe Yoga Therapy; Marsha Banks-Harold, PIES Fitness Yoga Therapy; Sarah Greco, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy; Judi Bar, Cleveland Clinic; John Kepner, IAYT executive director