YAI Certification for Schools & Teachers

INTRODUCTION

World-wide, Yoga is a self-regulated practice. Many certifying bodies such as YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, THE BRITISH WHEEL OF YOGA and THE YOGA REGISTER work toward a standard of excellence in teacher knowledge, ethics and safety.

Liability insurance companies look favourably upon policy holders who are qualified in the field in which they provide services, and Yoga is not an exception. The general perception is that a credentialed policy holder is professional, experienced, mature and the odds of claims are reduced.

Purpose of Certification:
For individuals

The purpose of the Yoga teacher certification is to make sure that instructors have an excellent knowledge of all Yogic aspects and safety issues. Yoga teachers should be certified for their own protection. With liability law suits being so popular these days, it is wise to have a Yoga teacher’s diploma on the wall. Yoga is not considered to be as dangerous as some of the other activities in health clubs, but some Yoga classes can be surprisingly vigorous, to say the least.

YAI’s Certification is recognised by Yoga Organisations worldwide. YAI Certified individuals will be able to teach anywhere in the world confidently. Details of YAI certified teachers will be available on YAI web-sites.

Note that YAI certificates for individuals are issued by YAI, and carry signatures of both YAI functionaries and that of the Head of the certified School. Certificates that do not carry signatures of YAI functionaries but are issued directly by the certified school are not valid YAI certificates.

For Yoga Schools
The purpose of the Certification for Yoga schools is to ensure that the TTC programs offered by these Institutions meet, at the very minimum, the standards set out by YAI on this site. YAI-certified schools are entitled to deliver YAI-certified TTC programs, and candidates completing these TTC programs are automatically entitled to YAI certification.

YAI Certification will enable Schools to conduct TTC at the 200 hrs and 500 hrs Levels. In addition, they will be permitted to use our logo in advertising and promotional materials. Details of their programs will be available on YAI sites.

Certification Process
For individual Candidates who complete a TTC from a YAI-certified school

Such candidates are automatically eligible for YAI certification. They can obtain these Certificates from their schools on payment of a nominal fee to their school.

For Established Teachers Certification without formal Qualifications (Special Consideration)

If you have substantial Yoga teaching experience (at least 10 years) and Yoga studies, with an essential strong knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, a firm grasp of the philosophy that underpins your practice and your teaching and wish to obtain YAI Certification, please contact us as we look at your case under Special Consideration category. Please note that the process for this type of application is long, complex and not always successful as we have very strict rules in place in order to maintain high standard of safety and quality teaching for all Yoga students and Yoga enthusiasts from around the world. For prerequisites and more in depth information, please read/download the application form for YAI’s Certification for Individuals and Special Consideration Category here.

For schools

To be considered for YAI Certification, institutions are required to fill up an application form, and pay the applicable fees.

Application forms for YAI’s Certification are available for download here.

Fees
Yoga Alliance International is one of the very few organizations that charges a ONE TIME ONLY FEE for Teachers and Schools Certification.This means NO more annual renewal Fees.




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Yoga Alliance International?

Yoga Alliance International (YAI) is a network of dedicated, like-minded people devoted to the cause of personal transformation. The YAI community has members from around the world who are all accessible by email or on the Internet.

Who can obtain Certification from YAI?

For individuals
YAI registers yoga teachers from all traditions and styles and yoga schools whose teacher training programs (200 hour-500 hour or above training courses) meet basic identified standards.

The purpose of the Yoga teacher certification is to make sure that instructors have an excellent knowledge of all yogic aspects and safety issues.

The YAI Registry provides recognition of teachers’ knowledge, training and experience. Employers are confident hiring a yoga professional knowing that your training meets our standards. YAI’s certification is recognised by Yoga Organisations worldwide.

For schools
YAI registers schools whose teacher training programs meet, at the very minimum, the standards set out by YAI on its website. YAI-certified schools are entitled to deliver YAI-certified teacher certification programs, and candidates completing these programs are automatically entitled to YAI certification.

Who issues YAI Certificates?

YAI certificates for individuals and Yoga schools are issued by YAI, and carry signatures of both YAI functionaries and that of the Head of the certified Yoga School.

What can you do after obtaining certification?

A YAI certified teacher or school may use the acronym YAI-CYT (YAI Certified Yoga Teacher or School) after their name and may use YAI’s logo in advertising and promotional materials. Details of their programs will also be available on YAI sites.

How can a yoga school join the YAI network?

YAI certifies yoga schools that train individuals to become yoga teachers. A yoga school that wants to be certified may be may be from any tradition, style or country. The yoga schools should conduct teacher-training programs (200 hour-500 hour or above training courses) that meet basic standards identified by YAI.

What is the process for certification?

Certification is granted after due process that may include interviews and assessment of capabilities of the instructors in the schools, and a one-time fee.

What are the basic standards identified by YAI?

Standards have been set out for 200-hour level training and 500-hour level training programs. The standards specify training in techniques and practice of asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, other exercises of yoga, and meditation. The standards also suggest basic teaching methodology, and the minimum contact hours needed to become a yoga teacher.

Are there special standards for higher training levels?

YAI’s standards for training at higher levels (e.g., Grandmaster level) will be made available to schools, which fulfill basic criteria and have an established training record.

What are the benefits of YAI certification?

The YAI registry provides recognition of the capability of yoga teacher training courses in schools around the world. Employers are confident hiring a yoga professional knowing that your training meets our standards.

YAI certified schools are entitled to deliver YAI certified teacher certification programs, and candidates completing these programs are automatically entitled to YAI certification.

A YAI certified school may use the acronym YAI-CYS (YAI Certified Yoga School) after their name and may use our logo in advertising and promotional materials. Details of their programs will also be available on YAI sites.

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