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Background Information

In a broad-based contemporary healthcare setting in which the public is able to choose from a wide range of traditional, complementary and integrative systems or modalities, it is important that healthcare consumers and other healthcare providers have confidence in the service offered.

The AAYT Membership and Educational Standards provide:
– a benchmark for the practice of Yoga Therapy
– the basis of AAYT membership and accreditation as a Yoga Therapist in Australia
– guidelines for those considering becoming a Yoga Therapist
– guidelines for those wishing to provide Yoga Therapy Training Programs

Development of the Standards

The original AAYT Membership Standards were developed by a working party of stakeholders including experienced Yoga Therapists, senior Yoga Teachers, practitioners of allied and complementary healthcare and representatives of the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (now known as Yoga Australia).

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Revision of the Standards

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has a pivotal role in developing and setting worldwide standards of professionalism in yoga therapy and has been a key strategic partner with the AAYT. Both organisations believe that international consistency in yoga therapy training and membership will be a positive factor in the future development and acceptance of yoga therapy.

In 2012 the IAYT released its Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. Currently, it has a Committee developing individual membership standards.

In order to keep aligned with worldwide standards for yoga therapy, the AAYT Committee agreed that a review of its membership standards was required.

Using the IAYT Educational Guidelines as a model, as well as considering local market requirements, AAYT developed revised Membership and Educational Standards that will be fully implemented by 2016.

Current AAYT members and yoga therapy students enrolled in AAYT accredited Training Programs before October 2015 will be covered under an AAYT Grandfather clause. However from 2016, Training Providers and those applying for yoga therapist accreditation will need to adhere to the revised standards.

The main difference between the old AAYT, IAYT guidelines and the new AAYT Standards is that a much higher number of hours will be required in the supervised/mentored practicum. Other changes can be viewed in a Comparison of AAYT and IAYT Standards

Australia is one of the first countries in the world to have developed Membership Standards for yoga therapists and AAYT will continue to ensure that their standards remain world-class.