Matthew Taylor PhD
Dr. Taylor wanted to know too what the difference was when he was appointed to the board of directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists in 2007. The organization hadn’t formally defined what yoga therapy is, so he joined the committee that after exhaustive research from experts around the world came up with this straightforward definition:
“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.”
The International Association of Yoga Therapists Key differences between a general yoga instruction and yoga therapy:
A key difference between yoga and yoga therapy is the acknowledgement that when yoga instruction begins with the intention to address health challenges, there are a great deal of additional professional responsibilities and skill sets that are required by the schools that teach yoga therapy and their students.
There are now standards for these schools that are far more intensive and rigorous than that of the Yoga Alliance registry. The standards are HERE. Soon there will also be standards for the individuals wishing to call themselves yoga therapists. All of this is being done in order to achieve IAYT’s goal of making yoga a recognized and respected therapy. The word “respected” implies credible standards and practices in order to maximize ahimsa, or said in modern language, “protect the public welfare.”