Approved Professional Development Overview
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IAYT Approved Professional Development  
Continuing Education for C-IAYTs

The mission of IAYT is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.  Achieving this is built on the three pillars of Educational Standards, Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Programs, and IAYT Certification of individual yoga therapists (C-IAYT). IAYT certification represents demonstrated core competencies within a Yoga Therapy professional practice and requires continuing education to maintain and continually advance this level of competency and professional growth. 

The new Approved Professional Development (APD) program supports C-IAYT Continuing Education (CE) and provides an avenue to earn continuing education hours in recognized programs that are pre-approved to meet the requirements of C-IAYT renewal.*  IAYT members and member schools who provide APD Courses gain visibility and direct access to both the growing population of IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapists as well as other IAYT members seeking yoga therapy professional development opportunities.

Applicants for IAYT APD Provider status must be current IAYT members at the individual or member school level and must maintain active membership throughout their effective APD designation period. During the pilot all provider applicants must already have courses that meet the pilot criteria ready for the Course application process.

ALL APD courses must have the following components:

The APD Pilot (available mid-September, 2018!) has the additional requirements of:

  • A primary learning objective that focuses on acquiring a yoga therapy applied skill
  • An evaluation of students’ ability to apply the learned skill
  • A minimum of 25% of content delivered Live In-Person
  • A course length that is a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 50 hours

To offer APD Courses, you must:

  1. Be a current IAYT member  [Join now if you are not already a member]
  2. Become an APD Provider
  3. Submit one or more APD Courses for the APD designation

Additional details and application materials are available to all IAYT members.  During this initial phase (September 2018-November 2018) only programs meeting the Pilot criteria may be submitted for review.


Membership in IAYT is open to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, health care practitioners who use yoga in their practice, and yoga researchers. If you are already a member of IAYT, thank you for your support of your profession. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining your colleagues! Click here to join so you receive regular updates on IAYT activities.

* A course does not have to be designated APD in order to be used for IAYT CE requirements, as long as it addresses one or more of the IAYT competencies.  APD Courses are easier to claim in the CE process because they have been pre-approved.  Eventually APD courses will be required for Renewal of C-IAYT.