John Kepner Executive Director, IAYT 7/6 Plenary Lecture: IAYT's Experience with Standards, Accreditation and Certification
John Kepner,MA, MBA, C-IAYT Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) John has served as the executive director of the International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT) since 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 certifying individuals that meet IAYT standards. He has also led connecting IAYT to the wider integrative health community, including the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and, more recently, the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine and the Integrative Heath Policy Consortium.