Yoga Therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga
to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship.
Yoga Therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of time tested
yogic practices and assessment skills, in addition to 21st century biomedical and psychological science. Yoga Therapists work with clients to develop and implement a self-empowering plan appropriate to the client's needs and oriented around
prevention and health promotion. This includes personalized assessment,
goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or groups.
The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, and/or managing
symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the
occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and to positively
influence the direction of change moving toward improved health and well being.
An IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) has undertaken specialized training
beyond that of a yoga teacher and adhere to the professional code of ethics, guidelines, and codes relating to the practice of yoga therapy.