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IAYT-sponsored Series on the Future of Yoga Therapy PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

IAYT-Sponsored Series on the Future of Yoga Therapy

Summary:  The International Association of Yoga Therapists is examining directions it might take as an organization to advance the use of Yoga by the populations served. As part of the exploration, IAYT asked the Integrator to interview a diverse set of leaders, from other stakeholders and disciplines, on the challenges, the pros and cons of processes such as accreditation, licensing and participation in third-party insurance.


May 19, 2006

John Kepner, IAYT executive director
Veronica Zador, RYT 500, leader with IAYT and Yoga Alliance
IAYT Sponsors IBN&R Series on the Future of Yoga Therapy: Part 1 - Context and Current Initiatives

The upswelling of popular and institutional interest in Yoga is provoking an exploration among leaders of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) of steps to advance the role of Yoga in health care - without losing the field's best qualities. The IAYT is sponsoring an IBN&R series which will explore the possible futures for Yoga therapy through the lens of the good, the bad and the ugly of the sometimes-felt-as Faustian bargains which other disciplines have cut in their integration with the medical industrial complex.

July 9, 2006

Tino Villani, DC
Insurance Coverage and Development of the CAM Professions: Perspective of Triad's Agostino Villani, DC

IBN&R readers believe insurance coverage is key to CAM-IM's future. Here is a forthright, personal view of a seasoned CAM and managed care professional on what coverage can mean. The article is part of an IBN&R series, sponsored by the International Association of Yoga Therapists on the Future of Yoga Therapy.

August 4, 2006

Researcher Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
Harvard Researcher Sat Bir Khalsa on
"Hygiene for the Body-Mind" and Yoga's

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, the moderator of the research panel on Yoga therapy at the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, speaks out of Yoga's "hygiene for the mind" role in US health care and and the strategic role of research in the process. This article is part of the Integrator series on the Future of Yoga sponsored by the International Association for Yoga Therapists.

September 7, 2006

IM leader for Athens Regional Medical Center Richard Panico, MD
(Another Kind of) Integration in Georgia - Yoga, Mindfulness, TCM and Functional Medicine at Athens Regional Medical Center

Richard Panico, MD, contacted the Integrator in response to a call for information on Yoga therapy in mainstream health systems. The interview which followed, about Panico's work in Georgia's Athens Regional Medical Center, revealed that this southern health system is quietly including an array of complementary and integrative approaches, including functional medicine, reaching of 2000 a quarter. This article is partly backed by an Integrator sponsorship from the International Association of Yoga Therapists on the Future of Yoga Therapy.

October 8, 2006

Bruce Milliman, ND
Kevin Wilson, ND
Naturopathic Insurance Leaders on 3rd Party Payment, the CPT, Villani's Views, and CAM-IM Maturation

What does taking 3rd party payment change in a clinical practice? What role does such payment play in the development of a healthcare profession? Agostino Villani, DC, a long-time chiropractic leader and CEO of Integrator sponsor Triad Healthcare, provided a wonderfully frank assessment in an earlier Integrator article. Villani focused on some of the corruptive pressures. This article looks at views of two insurance-savvy leaders of the naturopathic medical profession, Kevin Wilson, ND, and Bruce Milliman, ND, who read Villani's comments and reflected on their own views. These are their remarks, and Villani's responses. This article is part of a sponsored series on the Future of Yoga Therapy from the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

October 27, 2006

Leslie Kaminoff, outspoken Yoga leader
Kaminoff Makes Case Against Insurance, Regulation, Dictated Standards

Certification and licensing are issues in many emerging and traditional healthcare professions. Leslie Kaminoff supports high standards but believes that any third-party intervention in the teacher-patient or practitioner-patient relationship is harmful. Kaminoff, a long-time leader in Yoga, argues that not only third party (insurance) payment, but also licensing and even self-regulation by professions to set fixed standards creates illusion and false security in consumers. His logic may have an appeal to many in the broader CAM-IM world. (Interestingly, Yoga's dialogue on certification was stimulated by the heart health program of Dean Ornish, MD.) This article is part of an Integrator series on the Future of Yoga Therapy sponsored through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (See related articles, below.)

November 14, 2006

Yoga educator Larry Payne, PhD
Payne on a University-Based, Integration-Oriented Yoga Therapy Rx Program: What Part in Yoga's Future?

This penultimate article in the Future of Yoga Therapy series examines the program Larry Payne, PhD offers through Loyola Marymount University extension: a certificate program that prepares Yoga therapists to work in close association with medical doctors, chiropractors and other health care professionals. More of CAM and less of Ayurveda is the way Payne describes it. Will this training of Yoga practitioners become an important line in the field's maturation? Is there a loss in this direction? This Integrator series is sponsored by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

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