2018 Meeting of the Schools
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2018 Meeting of Schools

June 13 - 14, 2018 (4 pm to 9 pm | 9 am to Noon)

  • This meeting is separate from the SYTAR conference and requires a separate registration for Meeting of Schools attendees
  • For program directors and faculty of IAYT Member Schools only  (up to 4 per school) 
  • $35/ person - pre-registered; OR $50/ person at the door
  • Must be signed in as a current Member School to register
  • Not yet a Member School?  Be sure to become a member ASAP to attend this important meeting
  • Never been?  See SYTAR 2016 Meeting of Schools by Susi Hately

Beginning at 4 pm on Wednesday June 13, attendees are encouraged to join the meeting for the opening remarks and interactive introductions to one another.  Tea and treats will be served.  (Interested in sponsoring this opening gathering?  Please use Contact Us at the top of any web page.)


Agenda for the 2018 Meeting of Schools
June 13 - 14
Lake Anne Room
Hyatt Regency Reston

 Wednesday, June 13    
4:00 - 5:30 pm  

Welcome and Community Building

 5:30 - 7:00 pm  

Dinner on your own (join with friends old and new!)

7:00 - 7:15 pm  

 Opening and Overview

7:15 - 8:55 pm  
  • Accreditation Update
    • What (and who) is new for 2018
      - Staffing
      - Committee
      - Applicants
    • What is on the horizon for 2019
      - Standards Revision
      - Process Redesign
    • Opportunities to be involved
      - Feedback, focus groups, comments, surveys, etc.
      - Volunteer: committees, subcommittees, workgroups, and
         task forces

      S t r e t c h   B r e a k

  • Certification Update
    • Introducing Approved Professional Development (APD) Courses
    • Recognizing Yoga Therapy Continuing Education Opportunities
    • A Pilot Program: What, When, and Why
    • CE requirements and submission - current and future plans
    • Emerging Certification Topics - Exam on the distant horizon


  • Communications Team Update
    • How We're Working to Bring Yoga Therapy to Wider Audiences: Key Projects to Increase the Visibility of the Profession
    • Member Schools: We'd Like to Hear from YOU!  What Do Your Students Need?
8:55 - 9:00 pm    Evening Close


 Thursday, June 14  
9:00 - 9:10 am  

Welcome and Morning Opening

 9:10 - 9:45 am  

Panel discussion: Career Opportunities in Yoga Therapy
moderated by John Kepner

 9:45 - 9:50 am  

S t r e t c h   B r e a k

9:50 - 10:20 am  

Pecha Kucha (round table discussions)

  • Various ways to teach and assess anatomy & physiology.  Assessment tools - best practices for assessment, including online learning.
  • Practicum opportunities and organization of practicum - how to offer/examples of best practices of practicum
  • Online learning platforms - presenting two different aspects: the technical/IT and education/pedagogy
  • How to integrate philosophy into teaching - using a practical lens, best practices and making it accessible
  • Specialty program - how do we integrate specialty programs into larger accredited yoga therapy programs and best practices for doing the integration
  • How to market and reach out to medical and education fields
10:20 - 11:30 am  

Round Table Discussions (3 X 20 minute rotations)

11:30 - 11:55 am  

Wrap Up



Past meetings have proven to be highly valuable and effective for all in attendance.  2018 will continue that tradition.

What was most useful from the 2017 MOS?

"The information on practicums and assessments. We loved the work in small groups around the table, learning what other schools are doing and having some clarification on standards." -2017 MOS Attendee

"It was really helpful to hear about the ways that people are bringing yoga therapy to communities and diverse environments. I found the table discussions on special topics around marketing/distance learning etc. VERY useful! Thank you!"  -2017 MOS Attendee

IAYT appreciates and recognizes the dedication and work of this year's MOS Committee:

  • Mary Northey (Integrative Yoga Therapy), Co-chair
  • Sue Tebb (IAYT Accreditation Committee), Co-chair
  • Diane Finlayson, MUIH
  • Ginger Hooven, Mount Madonna
  • Rose Kress, LifeForce Yoga
  • Carol Krucoff, Yoga For Seniors
  • Denise Ngo, Rasa Yoga School
  • Stacey Reinke-Bui, MUIH
  • Ananda Deviika Ma, Ananda Yoga
  • Micah Mortali, Kripalu


Member schools who have not yet applied for accreditation OR who are working on documentation for their applications may wish to attend the early afternoon Accreditation Q & A.  Click below for details.