YAA Equivalency Certification

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Why Certify?

There is currently no legislation or licensing requirements for regulating yoga teachers in Alberta. Anyone can teach yoga in the province. Furthermore, teacher training programs exist that can train you to teach yoga in as little as one week, with no prior yoga experience required. So why would a yoga teacher voluntarily submit to the stringent certification and recertification requirements set by the YAA?

It is precisely because they believed in setting high standards to benefit and protect the public that dedicated local yoga teachers banded together to form the Yoga Association of Alberta forty years ago.  Now a thriving community of mutual inspiration and cooperative peer support, the YAA is recognized as having some of the highest training standards in North America.

The Equivalency Certification Program offers individual assessment, recognizing high standards of yoga teacher training obtained either provincially or internationally in a diversity of styles. In order to qualify, a teacher must meet all of the same requirements as the YAA-TTP (300 hour program), and be recommended by a Senior Teacher as being able to teach a hatha yoga class effectively and safely. More than one teacher training program can be combined and credit may even be granted for many classes and workshops taken outside of a formal teacher training program.

The Yoga Sutras call for steady practice over an extended period of time, along with devotion, discipline, deep understanding and faith. The Bhagavad Gita defines yoga as skill in action. Yoga teachers and yoga teacher training should exemplify these qualities.

YAA Equivalency Certification Requirements

The hourly requirements for YAA Hatha Yoga Equivalency Certification (300 Hours) are currently under review.  Please contact the Coordinator at cert@yoga.ca for more information.

Upgrading opportunities are available for those who do not meet the full YAA requirements. Details would be dependent on individual assessment.

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers meet professional upgrading standards and maintain regular attendance in both classes/workshops and teaching hours, and apply for recertification every three years. With further training and experience, YAA Certified Teachers may also qualify for 500-Hour Certification, 600-Hour Certification (Intermediate Teacher Status), 800-Hour Certification (Senior Teacher Status) and Permanent Certification. See the Recertification page for details.

Questions may be directed to: cert@yoga.ca.

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