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The IAYT Certification Committee

Charge to the Certification Committee

Bylaws of the Certification Committee


Committee Members (2017 - 2018)


Kelli M. Bethel, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Kelli is a practicing physical therapist with over 25 years of experience, a certified yoga therapist, and a registered, experienced 500-hour yoga instructor. She is the owner of Tafiya Yoga and Wellness and the Director of Yoga Programming at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine.  Kelli designed and operates the Yoga for Stroke/Brain Injury Program. The program is offered at The University of Maryland - Baltimore Washington Medical Center and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Also, she offers therapeutic yoga classes for cancer and sees patients privately as well at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  As the Director of Yoga Programming, she oversees and teaches in their yoga teacher training programs, introduction to yoga therapy in the medical students elective and integrative medicine certification at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine.




Clare Collins, RN, PhD, FAAN, CYT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Clare is a yoga therapist in East Lansing, Michigan and Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Michigan State University. She completed a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Nursing at Yale University, a Ph.D in Counseling at University of Michigan and a post-doctoral research fellowship in geriatric mental health at NIMH. She completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training programs at Esther Myers Studio in Toronto, Canada and at the American Viniyoga Institute. She received certification as a yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute in 2005.  She is an adjunct faculty member in the Master's program in Yoga Therapy at Maryland Institute of Integrative Health and a Senior Teacher in the AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training Program.  Clare is a former member of the Board of Directors of IAYT (2007-2011) and served as an IAYT Board Representative to the Educational Standards Committee.




Leanne Davis, C-IAYT
Leanne is the current President of Yoga Australia, the peak professional body for setting standards and advocating for Yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists in Australia. She holds a strong commitment to preserving the high standards of traditional teachings of Yoga whilst ensuring they are applicable and accessible to modern communities.

Leanne completed her first Yoga Teacher training with Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Forest Academy in South India in 1988 and she has taught Yoga consistently from that time. Since 1996 Leanne has studied extensively in Yoga teaching, Yoga therapy and Vedic Chanting in India and Australia in the tradition Sri T. Krishnamacharya. She is the founder and Principal teacher at Viniyoga Australia. Leanne has worked in Complementary Medicine for 35 years and has a Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture. She is a practicing Yoga teacher, Yoga teacher trainer, Yoga Therapist and Acupuncturist residing in Brisbane, Australia.



Bev Johnson, MBA, PRYT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Bev is a Yoga Therapist certified by the
International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy (PRYT) and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced/Advanced Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).  Bev is a senior faculty member at the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy and serves on the Certification Committee of the IAYT helping to promote standards and credentialing for the yoga therapy field. 

Bev is owner, director and therapist at Bev Johnson Yoga Therapy in Denver, Colorado where she helps her clients find relief from suffering of stress and stress related conditions through private and small group yoga therapy.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in business and has 25 years of corporate experience managing people, processes, communications, results… and stress.  Bev has successfully and happily rehabilitated from a state of chronic, debilitating life and health stress through yoga and yoga therapy and now helps others do the same.



Jeri Jorgenson, MA, MBA, C-IAYT
Jeri has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy program. She has a Master’s degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount, which is the first graduate-level yoga studies program in North America. She has been in the fitness industry as an instructor and personal trainer for over 25 years and is also a licensed massage therapist.  Previously, Jeri worked in the corporate world for 28 years as a genetic specialist with a large genetic testing company, most recently in the regulatory, compliance, and quality departments.  Born in Canada, Jeri lived for 30 years in southern California and recently returned to Canada where she is practicing and teaching in Victoria, BC.


Committee Support

John Kepner, MA, MBA, C-IAYT.  IAYT Executive Director
John has served as executive director since IAYT's renewal in 2003. He is a practicing yoga teacher and therapist with a professional background in economics, finance, and non-profit management. John holds teacher and therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute and a teaching certification from A.G. Mohan in Chennai, India. His work for IAYT and his writings often have an economic and public policy perspective. In recent years, much of John's work has centered around organizing IAYT's practitioner and research conferences, developing standards for the training of yoga therapists, providing accreditation for programs that meet those standards, and now, certifying individuals who meet IAYT standards.


Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD, Facilitator and Advisor to the Committee
Dan has worked for more than 20 years in the field of complementary and alternative medicine education, accreditation and regulation. He currently serves as the executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, consults with alternative medicine colleges and organizations on accreditation, strategic planning, marketing, administration and other matters, and does professional facilitation. Dan previously served as the founding dean for the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College, chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, president of New England School of Acupuncture, and chief of the Acupuncture Unit for the Massachusetts Board of Medicine.



Amy Wheeler, PhD

Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT, IAYT Board Liaison
Amy is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has taught for 16 years. She has extensive yoga training from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and was certified in India as a yoga teacher, a yoga teacher trainer and yoga therapist in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. She teaches yoga therapy at the Loyola Marymount Yoga Rx Program and at the Integrative Medicine Center at Vanderbilt University. She is currently involved in yoga therapy research pertaining to Metabolic Syndrome, Kidney Dialysis, Colon and Rectal Cancer, and Ovarian and Uterine Cancer. Amy is helping to set standards for yoga therapist in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. Amy is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of YATNA (Yoga as Therapy, North America).

Beth Whitney-Teeple, PhD, C-IAYT, Certification Manager
Beth holds a PhD in Health Policy and Bioethics and an MHSA in Health Services and Medical Informatics from the George Washington University in Washington DC. She served 26 years in the USAF and USAFR and has operated an independent consulting firm specializing in information systems and policy development since 1996. She is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute's Teacher and Therapist training programs and shares yoga in small classes and private settings. Before much of this she spent years working in wild animal medicine raising lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! She is a talented communicator, facilitating successful exchanges across disciplines with positive outcomes. Beth lives in Steilacoom, WA, with her husband, Bob Whitney, and their dog, LuTwo.