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 Standards for Registered Yoga Teachers
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500 Hour Certification

Techniques

150

hours

Teaching Methodology

30

hours

Anatomy and Physiology

35

hours

Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle

60

hours

Practicum

40

hours

Balance of Hours

185

hours

Contact Hours  (minimum)

450

hours

Teaching Experience (in addition to the training hours listed above)

100

hours


Techniques

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, and meditation.  Hours in this category include both training in the techniques and practice of them.

Teaching Methodology

Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher and the student's process of learning.

Anatomy and Physiology

Includes both physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and astral/energy/subtle anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.)

Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle

Study of yoga scriptures (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, etc.), ethics for yoga teachers, 'living the life of the yogi', etc.

Practicum

Includes student teaching as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others.  Hours are a combination of supervised and unsupervised.

Balance of hours

Balance of hours are drawn from the above categories.  These hours do not necessarily represent student electives: the hours may be used according to a school's own particular emphasis.

Contact Hours        

 

Contact hours are hours the teacher trainer is physically in the presence of the student while lecturing on a topic.  Non-contact hours can include: assigned reading or other homework, non-supervised study groups, observing yoga classes, etc.


At least 90% of the hours for each training category listed above must be contact hours, in order for the applicant to meet Yoga Alliance's teacher registry standards

 

The Wisdom of Walking

The ancients observed that the graceful, effortless walk of the enlightened was the absolute rapport of the body's parts as it moved upon the earth and the joyful countenance of the individuals who executed those steps. 

Our ultimate goal is to maintain a healthy body and mind - a body that moves naturally, and a mind that is at peace.

 

Walking, standing, sitting - these activities should be balanced and steady, comfortable and joyful.

Stira Sukham Asanam (Yoga Sutra II-46) Pantanjali

 

Walking is man's best medicine.

Hippocrates
 
If you walk, just walk.  If you sit, just sit; but don't wobble, whatever you do.
Ummon
 
When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  And that is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln
 
We walk, and our religion is shown in how we walk.
Or, to put it more accurately, living in this world means choosing, choosing to walk,
and the way we choose to walk is infallibly and perfectly expressed in the walking itself.
Nothing can disguise it.  The walk of an ordinary man and an enlightened man are as
different as that of a snake and a giraffe.
R.H. Blyth
 
Carry your body, but please, don't let your body carry you!
Vanda Scaravelli