Choosing a Yoga Therapy Training Program
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How to Find the Right Yoga Therapy Training Program

By John Kepner, IAYT Executive Director
 

IAYT is often contacted for recommendations for yoga therapy training programs. We can’t endorse specific programs, but here is the general advice I offer.

  1. Shop carefully and purposefully before making a commitment. Finding the right program for you will require an investment of time and energy—and probably even some funds.

  2. Use IAYT.org’s Find a Member School function (top right on the home page) to begin learning more about the wide variety of programs available. (Whether or not they offer an accredited yoga therapy training program, IAYT Member Schools support the development of the field by supporting their professional association.)

  3. Join IAYT and read the publications—including the ads. This is both the best and least expensive way to gain a professional perspective on the field.

  4. Visit our advertisers' websites to see what many of the leading training programs are like, even if you think you're only looking for a school close to you. Both local and national programs have their own advantages.

  5. Come to IAYT’s conference, the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR). You'll meet dozens of leading teacher trainers, not to mention hundreds of attendees, many of whom will have the same questions and interests as you. There is no better place to get quality information in a short period. You will also gain brief but quality exposure to many different approaches to yoga therapy, and SYTAR provides a window into the diverse ways people are actively working as yoga therapists—in structural, physiological, psychological, and/ or spiritual realms, both individually and in integrative healthcare institutions.

  6. Narrow your choices, then attend a weekend or introductory session with one or more programs to gain a deeper perspective on the training and teachers. Make sure the teachers, their underlying approach to yoga, and the school’s teaching methodology resonate with you.

  7. Last, but certainly not least for individuals seriously interested in a professional career as a yoga therapist, choose a program that has obtained or is in the process of seeking IAYT accreditation. This is a very important step in the professional development of our field. Only graduates of IAYT-accredited programs are automatically eligible to apply for IAYT certification as a yoga therapist.