What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

International Association of Yoga Therapists (2017)

I help people notice unhelpful habits that contribute to pain, stress or strain.

Yoga Therapy, Elements YT-style is based on a combination of yoga (breathing, movement and stillness), Ayurveda, principles of Kinesiology and Biomechanics, Somatics and the latest learnings in Brain and Sensory Functions.

Who can practice as a Certified Yoga Therapist?

Certified Yoga Therapists (2016) are now self-regulated through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Certified Yoga Therapists must:

  • Be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
  • Complete at least 800 additional hours of specialized training through an IAYT registered school
  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours of hands-on study
  • Apply to IAYT for certification
  • Agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice and Disciplinary Procedures set out by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Are Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga Therapy different?

Yes. “Therapeutic Yoga” and Yoga Therapy now mean different things.

In order to teach therapeutic yoga you may have to provide an insurer with a certificate noting completion of continuing education.

A Certified Yoga Therapist must complete at least 800 hours of specialized training and 150 hours of practicum. Certified YT’s are accountable to a self-regulating body (much like Physiotherapists are self-regulated) called the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Do you teach Therapeutic Yoga or are you a Yoga Therapist?

Both. I have completed training for therapeutic yoga styles such as Yin Yoga.
I am in current study, under supervision, to become a Certified Yoga Therapy.

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For more information on Yoga Therapy and how this profession is evolving please go to www.iayt.org.

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