The 2021 GYTD Conference uniquely highlights community sessions, where conference participants can join in live experiential and educational yoga therapy & therapeutic yoga sessions with yoga therapists from across the world.

Your community sessions can target healthcare professionals, other yoga therapists, yoga teachers or the general public.

Showcase your expertise and get your knowledge in front of a global audience of attendees with the aims of your attracting new clients interested in how yoga therapy can support their personal health and wellbeing. 

Click the video below to watch a short overview about the GYTD Community Sessions.
Many of your colleagues have already committed to sharing a community session. Here are a few to inspire you...
U.S. Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist Kay Colner will share this Community Session:

Yoga Therapy in Acute Rehabilitation

The University of Rochester Medical Center has had success in offering Yoga Therapy to their inpatient acute rehabilitation population. To qualify for acute rehab, a patient must require ongoing physician monitoring, but also be stable enough to tolerate three hours of rehabilitation each day. Our patients are often recovering from life-altering physical injuries, brain injuries, strokes, heart attacks, organ transplants, cancer and more. The group is complex and diverse. 

Join this session to experience how Kay Colner, PT, DPT, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 has developed a class that builds her students up from the inside out, and offers a respite from what is sometimes months of life in a hospital. This class reminds teachers what it means to connect to the most fundamental concepts in yoga and yoga therapy, and creates an atmosphere that is both relaxing and life affirming. Kay recommends this class to teachers who struggle to feel like they have ‘enough’ to teach, or to hospital professionals who wonder if yoga can help their specific patient population. This session embodies the concept that anyone can benefit from the teachings and practices of yoga.
Australian C-IAYT and Senior Registered Teacher (Yoga Australia), Tracy Gray, will share:

Yoga Therapy for Intellectual Disabilities - a Doshic Approach

Clients with intellectual disabilities, and in particular severe autism can benefit greatly from yoga therapy. The client’s dosha can help inform what approach is best for the session, from whether you start the session standing or seated, to what type of movement will be more beneficial for them physically and mentally. 

These clients require you to be creative, finding new ways to get them to engage the muscles you want when the “regular” instructions or positions don’t work. Teaching these clients is extremely rewarding and the benefits of regular yoga therapy for these clients is transformative.

Join this session to experience how Tracy Gray uses a doshic approach to inform how to best tailor the sessions for the individual, especially for clients with intellectual disabilities.
Submit to Present a Community Session
Join your colleagues and inspire the global community

(Plus – increase your own exposure with the opportunity to build your client base.)

We want to show the world the important work yoga therapists do! Be an integral part of this year’s conference by offering an experiential session during the conference.

To lead a community session, you must be a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist (or equivalent)* and host a session that addresses one of the following conference subthemes:

  • Mental Health

  • Chronic Pain

  • Yoga Therapy in Healthcare

  • COVID related health challenges

  • Creating Optimal Health with Yoga Therapy


Community Session hosts will

  • Present a 45-50 min (experiential or lecture based) session during the the three day conference

  • Have your session highlighted in the GYTD conference 

  • Have the opportunity to build your international profile

  • Have the opportunity to grow your client base (self-promotion at the end of your session is encouraged – this event is hosted to help you create new clients)

  • Get a Full Access GYTD Conference pass at a discounted rate (Includes access to the recordings for all of the keynotes & panel discussions)

Please note: Community Session hosts must still purchase a ticket to the Global Yoga Therapy Day; however, Community Sessions hosts pay a discounted rate in thanks for their contribution ($150 instead of $249).


To register to host a community session, you will need to have pre-prepared:

  • The title of your presentation

  • A 140 character description for your presentation (to get people to click to learn more)

  • A longer description of your presentation

  • A 1500 x 600px image to feature your session

  • Your website, Twitter & LinkedIn URLs (if you have)

  • Credit card details to purchase your discounted conference pass & submit your registration to host a Community Session 


Registrations close June 21 (or before, if sold out).


Community Session


Please note: The GYTD submissions team will review all registrants and confirm your place in the Community Sessions portion of the conference program. You must be a C-IAYT, or a senior yoga teacher or healthcare professional using yoga therapeutically in order to host a community session.

Be a part of the 2021 GYTD Conference

Showcase your expertise and share your knowledge with a global audience. Submit to be a key part of our global efforts to enhance respect for and awareness of the field of yoga therapy. Submissions deadline June 21st (or before if sold out)

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