International Association of Yoga Therapists

The IYAT is pioneering the integration of yoga with mainstream medicine.

IAYT (link) was founded in 1989 by Larry Payne and Richard Miller to champion the cause of yoga as a healing art. In 1999, IAYT became a program of the Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC). In 2004, with the support of YREC and the original founders and leadership of IAYT, the Association one again became an independent nonprofit organization. Since then, IAYT has grown its membership, expanded its focus on scientific research, hosted Symposia on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) and Symposia on Yoga Research (SYR), and successfully won approval of its peer-reviewed Journal to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine. IAYT has emerged as the focus of many activities directed to documenting the health benefits of yoga (especially postural or Hatha yoga), making the practices more widely available, and their therapeutic applications recognized within current healthcare reimbursement structures.