The mission of the Global Network on Yoga Therapy is to be a platform for yoga therapy organizations and experts to cooperate and collaborate to advance the rapidly developing field of yoga therapy.
The discussions facilitated by the Global Consortium will indicate where international consensus is on a variety of topics, including definition of “yoga therapy” and standards and procedures for yoga therapy practice. We hope the activities will contribute to high standards for instruction and practice, so that yoga therapy is respected internationally as a viable profession that is complementary with other health modalities and that empowers clients and patients to address, improve, and maintain their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
In 2016, a group of yoga therapists from 5 countries began an informal discussion on various international developments in regard to the field of yoga therapy. A need was seen for more cooperation and collaboration across boarders. Each country has not only its own unique culture, but the way yoga and yoga therapy are practiced in each country may differ depending on a wide variety of factors. These discussions culminated into a meeting in July 2018 held in Sendai, Japan, where yoga therapists and yoga therapy organizaions from 13 countries supported the establishment of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy (“the Global Consortium” hereafter) with the Sendai Declaration :
In the interest of developing and promoting yoga therapy around the world to contribute to the health and wellness of our communities,
We call for the following:
- Developing a shared theoretical framework for yoga therapy that respects the teachings of traditional yoga
- Information sharing among yoga therapists around the world
- International cooperation to conduct yoga therapy research
- International Cooperation to promote yoga therapy worldwide
To do this, we support the establishment of a Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy!
As a new organization, the Global Consortium is now a budding project, being guided by a group of inspired and committed yoga therapists and yoga therapy organizations with extensive experience and expertise. Our second meeting will be held in Amsterdam on May 12, 2019. We will be discussing basic issues such as how to formalize the structure and membership of the Global Consortium. We also hope to begin a discussion on how yoga therapy is defined in different countries and lineages, and examine if a world-wide common definition is needed, and if so, how we can arrive at a definition that respects and enables diversity while also providing some guidelines.
Organizations and schools represented at the launching of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy (in alphabetical order):
- Ashtanga Yoga Japan/IYC
- Asian Yoga Therapy Association (AYTA)
- Astanka Yoga Mandhir, Sri Lanka
- Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT)
- British Council for Yoga Therapy
- European Union of Yoga
- Iyengar Yoga Center Shiki Saitama Japan
- Institute of Body and Mind (Korea)
- Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa em Yoga (Yoga Research and Teaching Institute. Brazil)
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
- Japan Yoga Therapy Society
- Kripalu Japan
- Maryland University of Integrative Health (USA)
- Network Yoga Therapy (The Netherlands)
- Phoenix Rising
- Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (sVYASA)
- Viveka Yoga (Korea)
- Vivekananda Yoga Global–China
- Vyasa Yoga Singapore
- Wellpark College of Natural Therapies (New Zealand)
- Yoga Australia
- Yoga Bharati USA
- Yoga Campus, UK
- Yoga in Healthcare Alliance
The Secretariat is currently managed by the Secretary General, Madoka Chase Onizuka. She is a yoga therapist certified by the Japan Yoga Therapy Society. With a background in international public policy and human rights law, and in-depth study in yoga since 2003, she is honored to be in a position to facilitate the realization of a vision shared among diverse yoga therapy organizations, i.e. to work together to provide direction for a rapidly developing field.
The secretariat can be contacted at: