The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) announced the "draft proposed" educational standards developed by the IAYT Educational Standards Committee. Gary Kraftsow, the Founder and Director of AVI has been a member of the committee for the past two years. The educational standards are for the training of Yoga therapists for schools, not individual practitioners.
As Jon Kepner, Executive Director of IAYT, said, "Developing standards is a key milestone for the professional development of any field, and it is always very challenging. Much credit should be given to the committee who has worked so hard and so well together. But not without much spirited debate!".
IAYT Member Schools (AVI is a Member School) will meet at the end of August to discuss the a definition of Yoga therapy, a set of core competencies for Yoga therapists and the minimum amount of hours required to train students to these competencies. Gary will attend the meeting.
Gary and the faculty of the AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training continue to evolve and improve the content and delivery of the Viniyoga Therapist Training. We will strive to match or exceed the recommendations put forth by the IAYT Educational Standards Committee.