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.
IAYT supports research and education in Yoga, and serves as a professional organization for Yoga teachers and Yoga
therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish Yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.
IAYT publishes the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy Today. We produce the annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) for practitioners, and the annual Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR) for researchers. IAYT also provides accreditation services for training programs that meet the IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. Applications will be available for IAYT yoga therapist certification. There will be a one year grandparenting window for current practitioners who meet certain qualifications.