Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Arthritis
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is an organization that aims to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. There is an important distinction to be made between yoga therapists and yoga teachers.
Yoga therapists are trained to work with specific conditions and unique populations, including people with arthritis. If you are teaching yoga classes specifically designed and adapted for people with arthritis, or working with private clients who have arthritis-related conditions, you are probably applying therapeutic yoga.
The IAYT credentials raise the professionalism of yoga therapy, and open the door to greater collaboration with the medical community.
The trainings and mentoring offered by Yoga for Arthritis are likely to count toward your required hours. Additionally, our programs will help you to specialize in working with this population, so that you will be more marketable in clinical settings and for programs that seek this type of expertise. Becoming a Certified Yoga For Arthritis Teacher has 3 steps, and each step is intentionally aligned with the IAYT standards.
Any Certified YFA teacher in good standing can access our Members Only content through membership, which will help you to develop your practice, establish clinical relationships, and better meet the needs of your students/clients.
*If you are looking to complete the 150 additional hours for IAYT, our two trainings plus additional mentoring can meet that requirement. If you want to specialize in arthritis during your 800-hour training, our mentors are available to assist you with that also.
Hours may also contribute to training as a yoga therapist in the Integral and Phoenix Rising programs. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you.
Review of YFA from Yoga Therapy Today, the IAYT quarterly journal, Yoga Therapy Today.pdf
IAYT Scope of Practice
IAYT Code of Ethics
Dr. Moonaz's paper The importance of research literacy for yoga therapists.pdf
If you are looking to work with a yoga therapist, Dr. Moonaz is available for private sessions or use our YFA registry to find a YFA trained yoga therapist near you.
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