The IAYT Board approved the Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists in 2012. Updates were made in 2016 and again in 2017 after receiving input from many member schools. Updates are in process for release in 2019.
The initial standards are the result of more than three years of concentrated work. For more than two of those years, that work was spearheaded by the Standards Committee, a diverse group of experienced yoga therapy educators and practitioners. This committee worked diligently to survey yoga therapy practitioners and to draw from the knowledge base of the yoga therapy tradition to identify the core knowledge, skills, and competencies of yoga therapists. The draft standards were twice presented to IAYT Member Schools and practitioners and the practitioner community in order to ensure that the final set of standards would be widely acceptable and allow for a diversity of yoga philosophies and training approaches. The educational standards were further shaped by the results of those reviews.
The net effect is a set of consensus, competency-based educational standards that focus on entry-level requirements for the training of yoga therapists and include a definition of yoga therapy, and training requirements.The goal was to define the foundational knowledge and skills required for the safe and effective practice of yoga therapy.
Creating the Standards
For more background on the history of the Educational Standards development, please click on the links below.
For earlier work by IAYT, Yoga Alliance, and others, see Standards for Yoga Therapists