The YAA is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes yoga in Alberta. The YAA offers its own Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program with Initial Certification at the 300-Hour Level, and also offers Advanced Training Levels with recognition at the 500-Hour, 750-Hour and 1,000-Hour Levels, as well as an Equivalency Certification Program that recognizes teachers who have already completed equivalent training elsewhere.
The YAA Teacher Training Program (TTP) has been recognized across Canada for its high standards of yoga instruction. 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 lineage that suits their needs and preferences, while following a standard curriculum of training. Assistance will be provided in finding a YAA Senior Teacher with whom to mentor.
Program Schedule & Fees
The YAA TTP consists of 300 Hours of training taken over a minimum of two years, allowing students to work at their own pace and integrate their learning over time. Core classes are held once a month in Edmonton, usually on Saturdays. Teaching Skills Workshops are held twice per year. Senior Teachers may run their own equivalent classes in other locations. The student also chooses classes and workshops that fulfill the remaining hours of the program, based on their own preferences and availability, under the guidance of their Senior Teacher.
The YAA TTP Application fee is $200 which includes final Certification. As all other costs are paid directly to each class or workshop organizer, they are spread out over two years (or longer) that it takes to complete the program. Tax receipts are issued for all classes, workshops, etc. taken from the date of registration into the program. YAA Membership must remain current.
300-Hour Program Requirements
The program requirements are summarized as follows:
- 100 Hours of Weekly Hatha Yoga Classes with Senior and/or Intermediate Teacher(s),
- 80 Hours of YAA Monthly TTP Classes (16 x 5 hour workshops) including required topics of study as outlined on the Curriculum List,
- 45 Hours of YAA Teaching Skills Workshops (3 x 15 hour workshops),
- 30 Hours of Other Senior Teacher Workshops (3 x 10 hour workshops led by 3 distinct Senior Teachers other than the student’s mentor),
- 10 Hours of Anatomy Workshop(s),
- 10 Hours of Special Concerns Workshop(s),
- 10 Hours of Meditation Workshop(s),
- 5 Hours of Breath Awareness Workshop(s),
- 5 Hours of Senior Teacher Meetings/Consultations,
- 5 Hours of Senior Teacher Supervised Teaching, plus
- 8 Written Assignments as outlined on the Assignments List,
- CPR Certification (any level), and
- 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.
- To qualify for enrolment in the YAA TTP, applicants must be residents of Alberta, 18 years of age or older, must have already taken at least 2 years of recent yoga classes, OR have an endorsement from a YAA Senior Teacher willing to apprentice the student in the program.
- Ensure your YAA Membership is up to date. Membership is different from Teacher Certification.
- Pay online for TTP Application Fee, submit a cheque with your application, or call the YAA Office with a credit card number.
- Download the and submit the TTP Application Form below and submit with details as outlined. Documents can be mailed or scanned directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Training Opportunities
The YAA supports ongoing training for its certified teachers and encourages teachers to continue to upgrade their yoga training beyond completion of the initial 300-Hour Level Certification.
Recertification: 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 such as Alberta Health Services, and access to community job postings. Permanent Certification is available after 20 years of YAA Certification.
Advanced Training Levels: With further training and experience after initial 300-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
Insurance: YAA Certified Teachers may obtain discount insurance rates under the umbrella of the YAA’s insurance policy.
For Further Information: Contact the TTP & Certification Coordinator at email@example.com
The YAA-TTP is a registered school with the Yoga Alliance
See a recent article by the Coordinator on the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project