Yoga therapy requires specialized training and skill development to support the relationship between the student and therapist and to effect positive change for the individual.
The yoga therapist is a certified yoga teacher who has undergone extensive additional training offered by a yoga therapy school. Current guidelines set forth by the International Association of Yoga Therapists recommend graduation from a minimum two year yoga therapy program that includes practicum experience and a total of at least 800 hours training. To be accepted into such programs the student must already be a certified yoga instructor.
Anita has completed a 1,000 hour four year certification program offered by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) in Chennai, India that included two clinical internships in Chennai, a research study, and ongoing mentoring by a senior yoga therapy consultant at the clinic in India—the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). (See: The Healing Tradition—KHYF and KYM). She continues her education by studying at the KYM every year for a month and taking Continuing Education Courses offered by the KHYF in the United States.