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IAYT John Kepner.

IAYT John Kepner.

 John was a founding director of the renewed IAYT in 2003 and has been the executive director since 2004. He is a practicing Yoga teacher and therapist with a professional background in economics, finance, and non-profit management. John holds teacher and therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute and a teaching certification from A.G. Mohan in Chennai, India. His work for IAYT and his writings often have an economic and public policy perspective. In recent years, John has focused on organizing IAYT’s practitioner and research conferences, developing educational standards for the training of Yoga therapists, providing accreditation services for programs that meet those standards, and, most recently, developing a structure and process to provide certification services for individuals.

Education/Experience
YOGA TRAINING
Therapist Diploma American Viniyoga Institute 2003
Instructor Diploma American Viniyoga Institute 2000
Teaching Certificate Yoga and Ayurvedic Dietetics (A. G. Mohan in Chennai, India) 1997YOGA TEACHING AND THERAPIST EXPERIENCE
’97 – Present Yoga teacher and therapist. Private classes, group classes and workshops.ACADEMIC EDUCATION
MBA 1993 Millsaps College in Jackson, MS – Finance
MA 1981 University of Wisconsin at Madison – Economics
BA 1975 University of Texas at Austin – Plan II/Economics
Social/Volunteer Organizations
Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock
Arkansas Country Dance Society (Contra Dancing)

More Information
SELECTED YOGA PUBLICATIONS
“Yoga Therapy.” Appendix Chapter in Clinicians’ and Educators’ Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Professions. Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. (2009 and revised, 2013).“On Scope of Practice and Ayurveda: A Conversation with NAMA President, Wynn Werner.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 17 (2007).“Financial Support for Yoga Therapy: A Monage of Possibilities.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 15 (2005). With Matthew Taylor, Janice Gates, Lila Crutchfield and Beth Roth.“Alternative Billing Codes and Yoga: Practical Issues and Strategic Considerations for ‘What is Yoga Therapy?’ and ‘Who is a Yoga Therapist?’” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 13 (2003).“Illustrative Standards for Yoga Therapists.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 13 (2003).
“Wide Dimensions to Yoga Therapy: Comparative Approaches from Viniyoga, Phoenix Rising and Feldenkrais.” with Victoria Strohmeyer and Staffan Elgelid. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 12 (2002).

“Yoga Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.” Yoga Studies. May, 2002.

“Yoga Therapy and the Tax Code.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy. No. 11 (2001).

SELECTED YOGA PRESENTATIONS
“Pillars of Professional Yoga Therapy.” Keynote Presentation. Yoga Therapy Summit Conference. Grand Rapids, SD. September, 2013.

“Credibility and Community”. Patanjali Yogpeeth. January 2012

“Yoga and Yoga Therapy”. Many presentations in Arkansas including: UAMS; 2001 – 2011 (part of the CAM course at the medical school) Baptist Hospital; 2001, 2002 and 2003 (part of two series on Integrative Medicine)

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