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About yoga therapy

Yoga therapy brings the tools of yoga into the healthcare setting to give people accessible methods to improve their own health and well-being. Yoga therapy can help people learn effective ways to reverse pain and discomfort and self-activate their own sense of comfort, restfulness, strength and composure through breathing, meditation and, if appropriate, adaptive movement.


The International Institute of Yoga Therapy (IIYT) is one the first accredited yoga therapy programs in Michigan and is the first yoga therapy certification program in the United States to be held under the auspices of a hospital.

The institute is founded by Veronica Zador, two-term past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and two-term past vice president of Yoga Alliance (YA), past chairs of Prenatal Yoga and Yoga for Children Standards of Yoga Alliance.

In 2005, Veronica began designing the curriculum to create a course of advanced study in the clinical applications of yoga therapy. In 2006, she helped launch the Wayne State University School of Medicine Co-Curricular Program in Yoga Therapy. The program was among the first in the United States offering for-credit instruction in clinical applications of yoga therapy in a medical school. Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) the School of Yoga Therapy opened in April 2014. A faculty made up of MDs, PhDs, and Certified Yoga Therapists (CIAYT) support the academic base of the program.

Yoga therapy techniques serve people who wish to be involved in their own healing. As an adjunct to health care practices, yoga therapy works in collaboration within the larger scope of healthcare, prescriptions and treatments. Yoga therapy can be offered individually or in a group setting and is adaptive to most age groups, cultural heritages and traditions.

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