Yoga Teachers From Around the World Unite in Austin

Symposium on Yoga Therapy ResearchThe International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) presents its annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), from June 5 to 8, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel, in Austin, Texas. 

Yoga Teachers From Around the World Unite in Austin - Natural Awakenings North Texas - Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex NorthA professional association for yoga teachers and therapists worldwide, IAYT has a mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. SYTAR is dedicated to professional education, research and practice and policy issues for yoga therapy. The symposium welcomes yoga teachers and experienced practitioners, including those considering training in yoga therapy.

Keynote speaker Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, will describe his team’s research on the integration of yoga into cancer care. Other speakers from Texas include Nydia Darby, from San Antonio, and Peggy Kelly and Charles MacInerney, from Austin. They are among more than 40 presenters from around the world, including India, Japan and New Zealand.

Prior to SYTAR, on June 4 and 5, the annual meeting of IAYT member schools will discuss the new IAYT accreditation process for yoga therapy training programs, plus strategies on preparing for future growth of the field. IAYT has more than 120 member schools around the world, including five in Texas.

After the SYTAR conference, on June 9, four one-day workshops will be available: the Dean Ornish program, led by Susi Amendola; Strategies in Cancer Treatment, with Jnani Chapman; Healing Relationships, led by Nischala Joy Devi, and iRest, with Richard Miller.

A post-conference rest-and-relaxation session will take place at Austin’s Ancient Yoga Center, with no scheduled programming. This is a great place and time to socialize with yoga teachers from around the world. IAYT publishes the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy Today.

IAYT members receive a $100 discount off conference registration fees, and early registration by May 14 provides a $100 discount.

For more information on IAYT and the symposium, visit For dynamic conference communication, visit

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