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Your colleagues & peers are calling the 2021 Global Yoga Therapy Conference 'The best yoga therapy conference I have been to'

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  • Powerful, Inspirational

    15 Educational Keynote Presentations with Leaders in Yoga & Yoga Therapy

    An experiential and educational conference for healthcare professionals, yoga professionals and individuals showcasing how yoga therapy is holistically used to create better health and wellbeing.

  • Learn, Practice, Embody

    Experiential Community Sessions

    68 experiential community sessions showcasing diverse teaching styles and interpretation of yoga therapy from across the world.

  • Listen in on leaders in the field

    Interactive Discussions

    Interactive panel discussions of today's most relevant topics with leaders in yoga therapy, safe and accessible yoga & yoga research

Enjoy three packed days of replays from the 2021 Global Yoga Therapy Conference.

For healthcare & yoga professionals (or those simply interested in how yoga, breath, meditation & yoga therapy are being used to radically transform healthcare), this is the conference for you!

Leaders from 16 countries (doctors, yoga therapists & researchers) inspire.

Each day featured 5 keynote presentations, 2 interactive discussions, 20+ experiential community sessions and 2 designated hours for networking and industry booths.

  • Day 1: Integrating Yoga Therapy Into Healthcare featured keynotes with Dean Ornish, M.D., Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Alison Whitehead, Yogacharya AB Bhavanani, Göran Boll

  • Day 2: Optimal Health At All Ages; Self Care & Managing Pain featured keynotes with Sara Lazar, PhD, Holger Cramer, PhD, Gary Kraftsow, Michelle Fury, Shirley Telles

  • Day 3: Healing Our World With Yoga; Safe, Therapeutic, Effective featured keynotes with Charlene Muhammad, LD, C-IAYT, Priya Verma PA-C, Ingrid Yang, M.D., J.D., Saraswathi Vasudevan, Colin Dunsmuir & Stanford Wong, M.D.

The Global Yoga Therapy Conference was hosted by Yoga for Better Health and supported our 2021 Charitable Partner, Give Back Yoga Foundation. Replays can be found on Yoga for Better Health here.
Three Days - 88 Session On-Demand Replay
Each day showcases 5 keynotes; 2 panel presentations, 20+ community sessions and 2 networking hours.

In total, the 2021 Global Yoga Therapy Conference featured over 100 doctors, yoga therapists and researchers working to bring yoga & yoga therapy into healthcare. 


  • $299 Full Access (Recordings available for 1 year)
Day 1: Integrating Yoga Therapy Into Healthcare

Day 1: Integrating Yoga Therapy Into Healthcare Dr. Dean Ornish: The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine Sat Bir Khalsa: 'The Science and Research on Yoga for Stress, Resilience and Burnout in Healthcare Workers' Alison Whitehead: 'A Radical Redesign of Healthcare: The Veterans Health Administration Whole Health System' Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani 'Integrating Yoga Therapy with the Modern Medical System' Göran Boll: 'From 0-300 in a Decade; How MediYoga Became an Integral Part of the Swedish Healthcare System'

Optimal Health At All Ages; Self Care & Managing Pain

Dr. Sara Lazar, PhD: 'Pain, Fear, Meditation and the Brain: How Equanimity Alters Neural Responses to Pain' Dr. Holger Cramer, PhD: 'The Utilization, Efficacy and Safety of Yoga for Chronic Pain - What the Research Says' Gary Kraftsow: 'Optimizing Health through Yoga: Healthy Aging, Self-Care, Stress, and Resiliency' Michelle Fury: 'Yoga Therapy for Emotional Health: How to Safely & Effectively Meet Kids' Emotional Needs through Yoga' Dr. Shirley Telles: 'The Breath & Its Role in Therapy - Effects and Safety for Optimal Health'

Day 3: Healing Our World With Yoga

Charlene Muhammad and Priya Verma: Health Inequality & Access to Care; The Radical Idea of Yoga for All Catherine Justice: The Yoga Mat and the Lab Coat - Transforming Integrative Medicine with Yoga Therapy Dr. Ingrid Yang: COVID-19 -Utilizing Yoga Therapy for Recovery and Resilience Saraswathi Vasudevan, C-IAYT - The Role of the Mind in Illness & Healing: Insights and Practices Rooted in Yogic Philosophy Colin Dunsmuir & Stanford Wong: Approaches to Anger in Yoga & Healthcare; Perspectives from an MD & Yoga Therapist

Keynote presentations shared by following esteemed presenters from around the world:
Dr Dean Ornish, MD
Dr Sara Lazar, PhD
Göran Boll, C-IAYT
Dr Shirley Telles, PhD
Saraswathi Vasudevan, C-IAYT
Gary Kraftsow, C-IAYT
Alison Whitehead
Dr. Ananda Bhavanani, MD
Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
Dr. Ingrid Yang, MD
Dr. Holger Cramer, PhD
Michelle Fury, C-IAYT
Catherine Justice, PT, C-IAYT
Charlene Muhammad, C-IAYT
Colin Dunsmuir, C-IAYT
Priya Verma, PA, C-IAYT
Dr. Stanford Wong, MD
Interactive Panel Presentations & Discussions

Panel Presentation Moderators:
Ann Marie Johnston
Erick Groessl, PhD
Timothy McCall MD, C-IAYT
Carol Krucoff C-IAYT
Rob Schware, PhD
Sessions Include:
Interactive, Engaging Panel Presentations

Join us for two interactive (panel or round table discussions) moderated each day.

Experiential Community Sessions Hosted By:
Read Through The Full Program

What & when is the Global Yoga Therapy Day?

The GYTD launched in 2019 as a collective, collaborative effort to raise awareness and understanding of the difference of yoga therapy. The (unofficial) Global Yoga Therapy Day has been celebrated on Aug 14 for the past 3 year; though in 2021 we ran a three day conference. 

Here's a recap of the 2021 conference and here's a bit more about our background.

Is there a program for the Conference?

What are Community Sessions Vs Keynotes?

There were 15 (lecture based) keynote presentations in the conference. 

Community Sessions provided an opportunity to EXPERIENCE yoga therapy & therapeutic yoga for yourself. 

68 Yoga Therapists shared experiential sessions in our replays. Their topics range from:
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Pain
  • COVID related health challenges
  • Creating Optimal Health
  • Yoga Therapy in Healthcare

Are CE's Available for Attending the Conference?

Yes, they are!

The IAYT is providing up to 15 CE's for conference attendees. You'll need to fill out a form detailing the presentations you attended and a key learning; then submit to the IAYT.  Fill Out This Form to submit for IAYT CE's.

Yoga Alliance
is providing up to 30 CE's for attendees. Details of which sessions are included can be found here.

If you are with another association or organization, encourage them to get in touch with us.
Learn, Experience, Embody
  • How yoga therapy is Integrated into healthcare around the world

  • How yoga therapy is being used to address the challenges of today; from mental health challenges to chronic pain and COVID-related health challenges

  • Join engaging, interactive panel & round table discussions with experts from around the world

  • Support a global effort seeking to collectively raise awareness of the benefits of yoga therapy

  • Access to 90+ sessions, including 70 experiential practices; see the difference of yoga therapy, guided by yoga therapists across the world

  • Highly interactive networking and community building for healthcare and yoga professionals seeing to bring more yoga & meditation into health care

  • CE's for IAYT and Yoga Alliance

Want to Work With a Yoga Therapist Today?

Find a yoga therapists or specialist who can support your health and wellbeing or download the (free)  Yoga For Better Health app which provides safer and more therapeutic yoga practices and information about yoga therapy.

  • Learn more about Give Back Yoga and their work forwarding the use of yoga therapy
The GYTD Conference 2021 supports the Give Back Yoga Foundation. 
Learn about Give Back Yoga Foundation and donate to support their efforts
Give Back Yoga Foundation

At Give Back Yoga, our mission is to bring the transformational benefits of yoga to people with limited access to this practice.

Brought to you by Yoga for Better Health
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With Thanks to Our 2021 GYTD Host & Gold Sponsors

And Silver Sponsors