Yoga therapists, researchers and health professionals will come together in January for a conference on the growing field of yoga therapy. The first Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), to be held in Los Angeles from January 19 to 21, reflects the rapidly-growing interest in yoga therapy in the US.
Seminars at the land-mark event are to include What is Yoga Therapy?; The Healing Power of Forgiveness; and LifeForce Yoga for People with Depression.
John Kepner, executive director of organising body the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), tells yoga-abode that the response to the conference has been "remarkable".
"Yoga therapy is a growing field and many people have told us they have been looking for an event like this for years."
Veronica Zador, president of the IAYT and vice president of the Yoga Alliance, adds: "It has always been my dream to have a cross-cultural, cross-traditional meeting for yoga professionals.
"It is a wonderful step forward to have two leading yoga organisations - the IAYT and Yoga Alliance, who are sponsors - come together."
Around 800 delegates and 43 speakers have been confirmed. Tickets have sold out but a waiting list is in place.
There are many definitions of the catch-all description, Yoga Therapy, one of the most accessible being: "The use of yoga techniques to create, stimulate and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health."
IAYT has almost tripled its membership over the last three years, with the number of training programmes in the US listed on the website nearly doubling.