There are a number of obscure letters after my name that you may not be familiar with. So let me break them all down for you.



The International Association of Yoga Therapists was founded in 1989 by Larry Payne, PhD and Richard Miller, PhD. I have had the privilege of studying with both of these brilliant people. The organization fulfills many duties including working to further evidence-based research on the efficacy of Yoga Therapy, accrediting viable Yoga Therapy schools, and certifying therapists who have successfully completed an Accredited Yoga Therapy program. C-IAYT stands for Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This means I have successfully completed over 1000 hours of training by an Accredited Yoga Therapy school.


Holistic Health Practitioner is a designation unique to California. It is regulated by the state and the education for the designation is only offered by state-accredited schools. The education requirement is at least 1000 hours (folks seem to like that number) focused on nutrition, exercise physiology/kinesiology, massage, and stress management. During the completion of this program I also completed…


Licensed Massage Therapist is a license regulated at the state level. The hours of education vary state by state. California requires 500 hours of massage-focused education, successful passing of a lengthy exam called the MBLEx, a background check, and other sundry paperwork before an applicant is granted this license.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a course created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Amherst, Massachusetts. This course has over 30 years of evidence-based research proving its efficacy at improving health outcomes for a variety of conditions. I have moved through Kabat-Zinn’s original teacher-training program at University of Massachusetts Medical School and have also participated in a number of MBSR trainings offered by University of California San Diego. While I do not have a firm count on the number of hours this training required, I can tell you it was at least as lengthy as the other certifications I hold!


This is not an acronym but the letters may be just as unfamiliar as the others. Reiki is a Japanese energetic healing art. I have gone through all three levels of Reiki training and am a certified Reiki Master. I incorporate Reiki in a subtle way.

What does all of this mean for you?

It means that while I am not yet done learning (working toward my doctorate as we speak) I have completed several thousand hours of training in the disciplines I believe are important foundations for holistic health. What is holistic health, exactly? Now that’s a topic for another post entirely.