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Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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12 Apr 2024


Grandparenting Process for “Yoga Chikitsa Acharya”  Begins!

Grandparenting Process for “Yoga Chikitsa Acharya” Begins! 

As the Chairman of the Yoga Therapy Subcommittee under SAAC, I am pleased to share a new development of the Indian Yoga Association: recognising Yoga Therapy training programs and therapists in a graded manner.
As the first step towards this accreditation we have initiated the process of grand parenting in Yoga Chikitsa, the application of Yoga as a therapy. This has been for long a felt need as the IYA is fast becoming the Gold Standard for Yoga globally.

We have already set up recognition for the Yoga training through Foundation Courses, Certificate Courses and Advanced Certificate Courses offered through IYA Member Institutions and Associate Centres. These courses are popular and many enthusiasts have taken up such accredited training worldwide.

The field of Yoga Chikitsa has however not taken off yet and finally during this Navaratri Season we have taken the big step towards recognising eminent experts in the field as Yoga Therapy Consultants (Yoga Chikitsa Acharya).

To be eligible for this grand parenting as a Yoga Chikitsa Acharya, a Yoga Therapy Consultant, one must be a life member of the IYA and have at least 10 years of experience as a Yoga therapist. One should also have publications in Yoga Therapy, be providing Yoga Therapy extensively to clients, and have trained numerous Yoga Therapists.

This is the first part of our efforts to streamline Yoga Therapy certification. We are also planning a systematic process to approve Yoga Chikitsaks (Yoga Therapists) and Yoga Chikitsa Sahayaks (Yoga Therapy Assistant).

The window for grand parenting opened on 10th October 2023 and the first set of certifications will be issued during our International Yoga Summit from November 17 to 19 at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV). We will continue to accept applications for another 12 months and simultaneously soon open the window for the Yoga Chikitsaks (Yoga Therapists) and Yoga Chikitsa Sahayaks (Yoga Therapy Assistant) certifications.

We will also be honouring pioneers in Yoga Chikitsa on the occasion with the honorary recognition as a Yoga Chikitsa Ratna. This is only by nomination and not by application.

I wish to place on record my gratitude to our Respected Chairman and other Gurus of the Governing Council as well as our dear President and other elders in the Executive Council for blessing us in this process. I also personally thank Yogacharya S Sridharan for his inspirational guidance of our Yoga therapy Sub-Committee and Dr Ganesh Rao for his clear headed leadership of the SAAC.

Welcoming everyone to join us in creating a new Global Standard in Yoga Chikitsa!

Eligibility Criteria for Yoga Chikitsa Acharya

The following are the criteria for candidates to be eligible for grandparenting as Yoga Chikitsa Acharya (Yoga Therapy Consultants).

  • Must be Life Member of IYA
  • Must provide details of Yoga Chikitsa training & education including (at least 2 of the 3 below mentioned)
  • Minimum 1500 hours of Yoga + Yoga Chikitsa training
  • Undergone mentorship with IYA recognised Acharya/Guru
  • Documentation of any education qualifications as Yogacharya/Yoga Chikitsak
  • Documentation of Healthcare qualifications if appropriate
  • Evidence of practice as a Yoga Chikitsak/ Yoga Chikitsa Acharya for more than 10 years
  • Evidence of beneficiaries of the Yoga Chikitsa provided
  • Details of significant trainees who have become Yoga Chikitsaks
  • Details of significant work in Yoga/Yoga Chikitsa research (projects/publications/books)
  • Evidence of serving in Yoga and Yoga Therapy organizations and committees (State/National/International)
  • Nomination from the MI/AC/EC.

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