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IAYT was founded in 1989 by Larry Payne, PhD, and Richard Miller, PhD, and had well-known Yoga teacher Lilias Folan as its honorary president for many years. Since its establishment, IAYT has consistently championed the cause of Yoga as a healing art through conferences, an annual journal, a newsletter and, more recently, a growing website and a professional referral service. Membership & Subscription to the annual International Journal of Yoga Therapy

Sherri Baptiste:
Honored as IAYT's Member of the Month!

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
asked What does Sherri see as yoga therapy's future?

Learning yoga therapy techniques will give you longevity as a teacher.

Sherri Baptiste is the daughter of two of America's yoga-health-fitness pioneers: Magana and Walt Baptiste. She is an inspirational teacher at the forefront of yoga training in America. Founder of Baptiste Power of Yoga, she leads a teacher training program recognized by Yoga Alliance. Author of Yoga with Weights for Dummies (2006) and columnist for voiceofdance.com, she is also featured in DVD and CD programs. Living in Marin County, California, with her husband and children, she teaches group and private sessions. She is a conference presenter in the US and Canada at retreats such as Green Gulch Zen Center, Feathered Pipe Ranch, Kripalu, Haramara and Omega Institute.

Being raised in her parents' work, studio and retreat environments gave her a unique perspective of all the benefits yoga has to offer. She began teaching in her teens, and her work now has been to translate a lot of the wisdom of the ages into modern terms appropriate for today's lifestyle.

Sherri became a member of IYAT in 1995 after meeting Amy Gage and Jani Chapman at one of Dean Ornish's Reversing Heart Disease Retreats. They invited Sherri to join and become part of the board of directors at that time. IYAT was a grass roots organization with an amazing group of dedicated organizers. Serving as membership liaison for the organization for several years, Sherri helped at the first San Francisco Yoga Journal conference with one of the first major discussions on yoga therapy and the emerging field of mind/body medicine.

What does Sherri see as yoga therapy's future? She feels that the development of solid research will help lead the mainstream medical field to yoga, with deeper levels of acceptance over time. Research and teaching work in yoga therapy are planting and nurturing the seeds that may allow this work to have a greater outreach into the future. Much of the medical industry today is financially driven with many patients requesting these techniques, and this fact will lead to more research. This research will help to establish to a certain level how yoga helps and heals. However, at the same time there is an inspirational mystery that makes yoga uniquely 'Yoga', and this can't be fully explained in medical terms. Sherri believes that it's important to teach and give yoga training from a place of intelligence, professionalism and integrity without attachment to the outcome. Over time the domino effect of this work will grow.

Sherri certifies yoga teachers and encourages them to utilize yoga therapeutics, especially in one on one sessions. People she teaches tell her that the embodied anatomy techniques and yoga therapy training she's introduced them to have helped immensely in creating a deeper discipline to offer in private practice. Sherri feels strongly that understanding yoga's therapeutic values will give teachers longevity. She believes teachers today are doing tremendous good by cultivating well-being in their immediate circle of influence and contributing to the greater collective consciousness into the future generations.



Sherri Baptiste - Baptiste Power of Yoga, LLC
P.O. Box 414
Kentfield, CA 94914
Ph: 888-804-9642
Website: http://www.powerofyoga.com
E-mail: info@powerofyoga.com