Teacher Training Program

Jan 2024 TTP Group


The YAA offers its own Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with Initial Certification at the 200-Hour Level, and also offers Advanced Training Levels with recognition at the 500-Hour, 750-Hour and 1,000-Hour Levels.

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The YAA-TTP is a mentorship-based program in Hatha yoga where students choose a YAA Senior Teacher with whom to apprentice. Students are able to choose a style or lineage that suits their needs and preferences, while following a standard curriculum of training. Assistance in finding a YAA Senior Teacher with whom to mentor is available.

The YAA Equivalency Certification Program is the first step for those who have already completed equivalent basic training elsewhere and automatically puts teachers en route to Advanced Training Levels.

The YAA has been recognized across Canada for its high standards of yoga instruction and certification, and is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance at the 200- and 500-Hour Levels.


Program Schedule and Fees

The YAA Teacher Training Program (YAA-TTP) consists of 200 Hours of training taken over a minimum of two years, allowing students to customize their training, work at their own pace and integrate their learning over time. 16 Core Curriculum classes are held once a month (in Edmonton or livestream via Zoom), usually on Saturdays. Teaching Skills Workshops are weekend-long and held twice per year. The student also chooses from other qualified workshops based on their location, preferences and availability, and completes a practicum component with their chosen mentor.

TTP Class

The YAA-TTP Application fee is $350 which now includes Lifetime Membership with the YAA. The program is pay-as-you-go so there is no up-front tuition, and costs are spread out over the time enrolled. All 16 YAA Saturday core curriculum classes plus 3 YAA Teaching Skills workshops currently total $1,955. An additional 75 hours of workshops and practicum are also required, and pricing will vary depending on sources chosen.

As a Certified Educational Institute recognized by the Government of Canada, tax receipts are issued for all applicable training hours while registered in the YAA-TTP.

YAA 200 hours

200-Hour Program Requirements

The program requirements for 200-Hour Certification are summarized as follows:

  • 125 hours of YAA Teacher Training consisting of the following:
    • 16 x 5 hour YAA-TTP Monthly Core Curriculum Classes as outlined on the Curriculum List.
    • 3 x 15 hour YAA Teaching Skills Workshops.
  • 50 hours of other Hatha Yoga Workshops with mentor or any other YAA Senior Teachers (or equivalent, with approval).
  • 15 hours of Anatomy Training.
  • 10 hours of Practicum with mentor which consists of:
    • Regular meetings/consultations to review progress and assignments.
    • a minimum of 2 Hours of Mentor Supervised Teaching.
    • Students are also expected to attend regular weekly hatha yoga classes with their mentor and/or Intermediate Teacher throughout their time in the program.
  • 8 written assignments as outlined on the Assignments List.
  • CPR Certification (any level).
  • 10 additional hours of Karma Yoga (actions performed with yogic awareness and in selfless service to others on a volunteer basis) for a non-profit or charitable organization. At least 5 of these hours must be in service to the YAA.


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Beyond Certification

The YAA supports ongoing training and mentorship for its certified teachers and encourages teachers to continue to upgrade their yoga training beyond completion of the initial 200-Hour Level Certification.

Recertification: All YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers meet professional upgrading standards and recertify every three years, maintaining active participation in both classes/workshops and teaching hours. This allows for credibility and recognition within professional circles, referrals from health authorities, access to community job postings, and discount insurance rates. Permanent Certification is available after 20 years of YAA Certification.

Advanced Training Levels: With further training and experience after initial 200-Hour Certification, YAA Teachers may also qualify for the following certification levels:

  • 500-Hour Level
  • 750-Hour Level (Intermediate Teacher Status)
  • 1,000-Hour Level (Senior Teacher Status)
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