John Kepner, MA, MBA, CYTh, has served as the executive director of IAYT since its renewal in 2003. He is a practicing Yoga teacher and therapist with a professional background in economics, finance, and non-profit management. John holds yoga teacher and therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute and a teaching certification from A.G. Mohan in Chennai, India. His work for IAYT and his writings often have an economic and public policy perspective. In recent years, John has focused on organizing IAYT’s practitioner and research conferences, developing educational standards for the training of Yoga therapists, providing accreditation services for programs that meet those standards, and, in development, certifying individuals that meet IAYT standards.