Upon finalizing the Sendai Declaration. July 2018, Sendai, Japan.
The Consortium is currently a network of yoga therapy organizations and professionals from around the world. The founding meeting was characterized by genuine respect and heartfelt connections across lineages and cultures. A shared love for yoga and excitement for the potential yoga therapy has to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people around the world brought everyone together. It is in this spirit that this Consortium was established and is moving forward.
The mission of the Global Consortium 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 organizations from 13 countries supported the establishment of the Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy (“the Global Consortium” hereafter) with the Sendai Declaration.