Our Statement on Yoga Therapy

January 25, 2016

YUpdate: we recently created a follow-up article addressing some of the most popular questions we've received since announcing this new policy. Check it out!


Over the last year, Yoga Alliance Registry (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) has become concerned about the growing use of the words “yoga therapy” and “yoga therapist” in the market. Based on in-depth research and the mission of the Registry, Yoga Alliance Registry has adopted a new policy.

Going forward, any teacher or school registered with Yoga Alliance Registry must remove the terms “yoga therapy,” “yoga therapist” and related words from their profile on the Yoga Alliance Registry Directory. Registrants using these words on their own website or in marketing materials must add a disclaimer explaining the source of their “therapy” training. If there is no disclaimer, they need to remove this language entirely. 

Read more about why we came to this decision...




Background Information

Read more


Examples of Legal Cases

Read more


Updating Your Profile

Read more


Research Article

Read more


Read more


Yoga Therapy Policy

Read more



If you have questions about what this new policy means for you, please use the resources above to learn more or contact our Member Services team at 1-888-921-9642 or by email at

Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(6). Yoga Alliance Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). This website refers to the two organizations as "Yoga Alliance." Copyright 2021 Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance logo, RYS, RYT, and YACEP are registered marks with the USPTO and other jurisdictions.

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use

Copyright 2022 by Yoga Alliance