YAA Equivalency Certification

Eligibility & Upgrading
Why Certify?
200-Hour Requirements
500-Hour Requirements
Application

Eligibility & Upgrading

Yoga Teachers with 200-Hour or 500-Hour certificates are eligible to apply for YAA Equivalency Certification. The YAA recognizes high standards of yoga teacher training obtained either provincially or internationally in a diversity of styles. More than one teacher training program can be combined and credit may be granted for classes and workshops taken after teacher training programs.

Why Certify?

There is currently no legislation or licensing requirements for regulating yoga teachers in Alberta. Teacher training programs do exist that claim to train teachers in a very short time period, with no prior yoga experience required. So why would a yoga teacher voluntarily submit to the stringent requirements set by the YAA?

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

 

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.

200-Hour Requirements

  • 200 hours of yoga teacher training from a YAA or Yoga Alliance recognized hatha yoga program.
  • A minimum of 2 years since the applicant started his or her first formal hatha yoga teacher training program.
  • A minimum of 10 hours of teacher training, workshops or classes with a YAA Senior Teacher or a YAA sponsored Senior Teacher (one YAA Teaching Skills Workshop or two YAA Monthly TTP Classes recommended – see the Events page of our website or contact the Coordinator at cert@yoga.ca).
  • A character reference letter (see form for details).
  • Current CPR Certification (any level). 
     

500 Hour Requirements

  • 500 hours of yoga teacher training from a YAA or Yoga Alliance recognized hatha yoga program, or an equivalent combination of programs.
  • A minimum of 2 years since the start of first formal hatha yoga teacher training program.
  • A minimum of 10 hours of teacher training, workshops or classes with a YAA Senior Teacher or a YAA sponsored Senior Teacher (YAA Teaching Skills Workshop or two YAA Monthly TTP Classes recommended – see the Events page of our website or contact the Coordinator at cert@yoga.ca).
  • A character reference letter (see form for details).
  • Current CPR Certification (any level).

Application


All YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers meet professional upgrading standards and maintain regular attendance in both classes/workshops and teaching hours, and must apply for Recertification every three years.

With further training and experience, YAA Certified Teachers may also qualify for Advanced Training Levels.

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