Professional Standards

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.