Inner Peace Yoga Therapy was founded in 2009 and began offering 300-hour Yoga Therapy training courses for yoga teachers and health professionals in 2010. As the field of yoga therapy begins to emerge as a recognized profession, the school evolved it’s new 800-hour curriculum to match the educational standards for the training of yoga therapists as defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Inner Peace Yoga Therapy was founded and is directed by Michele Lawrence. We are a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the IAYT’s definition, “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” The ancient tradition of yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. Yoga therapy can be used as a complement to medical treatment of chronic and acute physical and/or mental conditions.
Who is a Yoga Therapist?
Yoga Therapists are yoga teachers who have additional training in therapeutic applications of yoga. They may specialize in teaching specific groups such as seniors, pregnant women, or people with cancer. They may work one on one with private clients and have other areas of training and expertise which they integrate into their practice such as health care, massage therapy, energy healing, counseling, or ayurveda.
What makes Inner Peace Yoga Therapy different?
Our program is one that honors and includes the teachings from a variety of yoga and spiritual traditions and yet ties those teachings together to provide a solid framework which empowers our trained yoga therapists to work with the unique individuals who seek their help. As a modular program, students can choose to take the full path toward an 800-hour certification or enrich their current yoga teaching credentials with our 300-hour Level 1 course, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level. We believe that our key differentiator is our faculty, which is world renowned and includes the top experts in the fields of yoga therapy and ayurveda.
Is Inner Peace Yoga Therapy an accredited school of yoga therapy?
Inner Peace Yoga Therapy has long been a member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) and in 2013 we redesigned our curriculum in order to adhere to the standards set forth by the IAYT. We applied for accreditation with the IAYT along with 34 other schools in January 2014. The announcement of accredited schools will be made at the SYTAR conference in June 2014. Because all schools had to follow the same rigorous accreditation process and are currently under review, there are not any accredited schools of yoga therapy today.
Will previous graduates of a 300-hour yoga therapy program be grandparented for certification by the IAYT?
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has released preliminary guidelines for grandparenting as a yoga therapist. You are eligible for grandparenting if you have completed a 300-hour training (in addition to an initial 200-hour training) in a full-spectrum (not specialized) yoga therapy program. You can be grandparented if you begin your 300-hour program by December 2013. For those of you who fit that criterion, IAYT will require documentation of 150 additional hours in yoga therapy teaching/mentoring/training. For example, it can be fulfilled as follows: “A minimum of 100 hours of mentored practicum and/or practical experience plus up to 50 hours of additional training that applies directly to one or more of the competencies in the Standards.” Click here to see the IAYT’s guidelines on grandparenting yoga therapists.
Inner Peace Yoga Therapy is currently able to assist all of our graduates in meeting these grandparenting requirements. Our Level 2 training fulfills the 50 hours of additional contact hours, and our mentoring program can help you to meet the remaining required hours. If you have questions about how to fulfill the requirements, we would be happy to talk with you and walk you through the process.