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25: A Summary of The Yoga Alliance Change In Certification Standards

The Yoga Addiction
25: A Summary of The Yoga Alliance Change In Certification Standards

The Yoga Alliance is an international non-profit regulating body for yoga professionals. They set standards for how teachers are to be trained, standards for continuing education and they maintain a registry of teachers who adhere to their standards. In the last few years, they have undertaken a serious review of their standards and more recently have released a number of changes to how yoga teacher education is to be regulated. Thankfully, there is a roll-out schedule in place for these changes, as some of them will be significant. In this episode, we run through the biggest changes in their newly released standards.




  • What is the Yoga Alliance and what do they do? (5:16)
  • Changes for Registered Yoga Schools due by one year from Feb 1, 2020 (15:07)
  • Changes for offering 300 hr programs (16:49)
  • Jules Mitchell currently only teaches 300 hr programs (without offering a 200 hr) (17:07)
  • Changes for teachers who teach teachers (18:25)
  • Contact vs. non-contact hours - changed now to have more required in classroom hours (26:33)
  • "Yoga Ethics, Lifestyle and Philosophy" name changed to "Yoga Humanities" (28:35)
  • The only part of your registration with YA that's specifically curated: Equity in Yoga (29:51)
  • Yoga Alliance's new stance on sexual harassment in consent and hands-on adjustment (33:48)
  • Applications for Registered Yoga Schools now go through three teachers to review/feedback (40:27)
  • If you're currently training to be a yoga teacher, you're fine for now, but next year you'll have to do the YA online course if you want to be registered (43:46)
  • New testing for students emerging from a 200 hr YTT (46:41)
  • Sandy's opinion on teaching teachers to build a self-practice/self-care tools (49:26)




The Yoga Alliance website

Yoga Alliance PDF of Old vs New Overall Operational Model

Yoga Alliance PDF of Old vs New Core Curriculum

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Tiffany Cruikshank's Teacher Trainings

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