Vision and Mission
IAY supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. Ensuring responsible and ethical behavior on the part of yoga therapists and yoga therapy training programs – along with promoting high educational standards in terms of yoga therapy and effective and safe yoga practice – is at the heart of establishing yoga as a recognized and respected therapy, one that is of service and benefit to the public. Also, through the IYA we make it a priority to spread the benefits of yoga philosophy and its various practices through the experts and masters who have devoted their lives to the study of yoga.
The IYA is regularly seeking advice and support from various yoga exponents and organizes various events which include, yoga teacher training, yoga seminars, yoga workshops, yoga competitions, yoga awareness camps, yoga retreats, yoga conferences, all to help foster and incur new practices to help achieve the aims of yoga philosophy, and also help victims of natural disasters and NGO’s.
Together with Andiappan Yoga Community, Hong Kong, and Anahata Yoga, Hong Kong, IYA have helped organize Yoga Workshops, fundraising events to raise funds for the victims of various organisations and countries affected by natural disasters.
We also stand to incur proper discipline among properly registered yoga therapists and set good standards for implementation of yoga practices by such yoga therapists. We want to bring to the attention of people the benefits of the wide range of formats which yoga can be practiced, and the important benefits which can be attained from yoga therapy.
- To help integrate the mind, body, and spirit using yoga. Incorporation of elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy to help treat existing mental and physical health issues and also help use yoga as a self-care strategy for prevention and maintenance of the body and mind.
- To provide information concerning yoga philosophy is every way possible. The International Yoga Academy is the publisher and distributor of Asana - International Yoga Journal. Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, Internationally Acclaimed yoga teacher and therapist, with a professional background in yoga practice, education and research and nonprofit management, has been serving as Chief Editor and IYA's executive committee Director since 2003.
- To help properly establish yoga therapy as a treatment for back pain, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, side effects of chemotherapy, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, substance abuse issues (yoga positively impacts the parts of the mind and body susceptible to addiction), and also to properly develop modalities to help children with autism. Yoga also helps boost the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is important because GABA levels are statistically low in people who experience substance abuse, anxiety, and depression.
- To make yoga accessible to all classes of society. The International Yoga Academy is also a supporting member of Andiappan Yoga Community a registered NGO based in Hong Kong which is reaching out to the community and making yoga available to various communities in Hong Kong. All the IYA's Teacher Training Graduates can register as a teacher volunteers of Andiappan Yoga Community, Hong Kong to serve the community class projects.
- To develop new ways by which physical yoga therapists implement yoga therapy treatments which can be provided as an adjunct to complement other forms of treatment, or used directly to treat a specific issue. Yoga techniques can range from simple to advanced and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
- To improve the efficiency of yoga therapists. The International Yoga Academy is affiliated and has working relationship with various organizations including Indian Yoga Federation (New Delhi, India), a national organization recognized by the Indian Olympic Association; the Manonmanian Sundaranar University; and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre, Chennai in running accredited Teacher training courses in India and abroad and Yoga Alliance USA.
- To establish yoga schools and accredit yoga studios so as to help provide adequate training to yoga scholars and yoga graduate. Yoga Studios can apply to become member schools and fulfill the guidelines of IYA's and run yoga teacher training programs with the course materials, training and support provided by IYA.
- To enlighten people, through well-trained yoga therapists, on the potential benefits from yoga therapy such as; stress reduction, psychological well-being, improved diet, efficient functioning bodily systems, reduced anxiety, improvement across several dimensions of physical and mental health (including physicality, relaxation and mindfulness).
- To help conduct a yoga therapy application properly, an initial assessment which helps identify health problems, assess lifestyle and physical capability, discuss reasons for seeking therapy, and create a standard method to help know the frequency of sessions before scheduling sessions.
- To help increase knowledge of yoga therapists in Integrative yoga therapy, essential yoga therapy, Andiappan Yoga - Yoga Therapy Series, yoga philosophy and techniques, therapeutic yoga techniques, anatomy and physiology, diet and nutrition, a basic understanding of medical care and first aid, a basic understanding of business ethics.
- To help properly define the role of a yoga therapist and ensure they have been accredited. The International Yoga Academy conducts professional part-time and full-time yoga teacher training courses in residential and non- residential mode. Upon successfully completing all the requirements of the study all the Graduates of the teacher training course will become a life member of international yoga academy will be given a free listing in our teacher's directory. They will also be given further continuing education and support through our various platforms available as yoga resource.
- To provide high-quality research and development activities that will promote the development of yoga therapy and enhance its various applications.
- To provide services that have relevance and impact on therapeutic conditions.
- To expand access to yoga in the face of unmet demand.
- To help properly incorporate yoga into daily life.
- To improve the ability of yoga therapists to communicate using common medical and psychological terminology.
- To help bring peace and harmony to the community.