Think different Think Yoga Alliance International®/Australia

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What has Yoga Alliance International®/Australia to offer in comparison to its counterparts U.S, UK, Canada and other yoga organisations?

Why other Yoga organisations across the world are looking at their new Standards system as an important step in assessing and evaluating yoga training programs and elevate the profession of yoga teachers to the next level? 

Yoga Alliance-International Australia is an organisation built around promoting
the diversity and integrity of yoga, and upholding safe and competent yoga teaching practices.They manage this by implementing a set of standards for the yoga industry worldwide and providing a worldwide registry of Yoga
teachers and schools that meet their standards.

In 2014 they were the first organisation to introduce and trademarked the Continuing Education Accredited School (or CEAS) for providers continuing education courses. A similar concept and idea of CEAS was replicated in 2015 by another Yoga Alliance.

The CEAS is a a designation designed for ALL kind of Experts with long experience, extensive knowledge, a degree or diploma in specific fields of expertise available  as a stand-alone to ALL ERYTs, RYTs and non-yoga individuals members and non-members of the association to set themselves apart and provide Yoga Alliance worldwide recognised courses that qualifies as Continuing Education hours for RYTs or other category of professionals

They are an innovative Organisation: In January 2017 they were the very first Yoga Alliance organisation to revise their Standards and implement new Standards for yoga teacher training in 17 years based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher training, inadequately trained yoga teachers and unscrupulous training providers. 

Those new Standards being: RYS-250 PLUS and RYS-500 PLUS designed for  Training Providers that aim to promote high standards of excellence in yoga, RYT-250 PLUS, RYT-500 PLUS, ERYT 250 PLUS,  ERYT-500 PLUS for yoga teachers, and the EXPERT TEACHER – a designation designed for consultants/specialists within and outside the yoga industry! The new Standards are designed to meet everyone’s needs!

Yoga Alliance-International Australia is very proud that other Yoga Alliance organisations around the world are looking at their new Standards system
as an important step in assessing and evaluating yoga training programs.

Yoga Alliance-International Australia is the only organisation that offers  over 15 Levels of Registration for Yoga Teachers and more than 11 for Yoga Schools
and they’re not just a singular Alliance, but a holding Group of Alliances.

With headquarters in Australia, New Zealand,Singapore, Italy and soon China they are well positioned to uphold the worldwide growth of yoga through shared education and international community. As such, they are the only Yoga Alliance
organisation that has been involved with high profile world-wide Yoga events such as “The World Yoga Summit” Beijing 2016, “The Ignite
Yoga Summit” Sydney 2017 and the “International Yoga Festival” Rishikesh 2018.

Yoga Alliance – International Australia, is  fully committed to help safeguard the public and to optimise yoga teaching outcomes! That’s why…….YOU the yoga community should: Think different. Think Yoga Alliance – International – Australia.     

Looking for a good yoga teacher?

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This is what you should know

OYoga Alliance Think Differentver the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have practised with some of the best yoga teachers in the world. I’ve been taught by young yoga teachers and much older ones and teachers of various nationalities and experience levels from different lineages and traditions. I attended classes with “world famous” yogis and those who have taught for 30 years or more without much acclaim.

Lately, however, I have been doing some self-reflecting on the search for the right teacher. So what makes a yoga instructor great? Who is the best? Teacher and student is after all a relationship, right? Most of us are drawn to yoga through some hardship in our lives and are transformed through the practice of yoga.  A good teacher simply shares her/his practice and all the many benefits students gain when they practice yoga correctly.

BEING A GOOD YOGA TEACHER IS ABOUT “BEING A GOOD YOGA TEACHER”

Because teaching is a job where the teacher makes contact daily with people and have an interest in who they are, it helps them teach from an intuitive place where they invite participants to explore their own authentic self.

While there is no quintessential yoga teacher as they all are different, there are definitely some qualities that great yoga teachers all have because being a good yoga teacher is all about being a good teacher and being humble and not talking down to anybody.

People are going to a specific teacher’s classes to feel good, even better, than they do when they stepped on their mat. If  the teacher give alignment suggestions or call attention to her/his instructions, the teacher must  make sure it’s from a loving place that makes the student feel INCLUDED, as opposed to excluded.

YOGA TEACHERS SHOULD LEAVE THEIR EGO OUT THE STUDIO!

As professionals, yoga instructors need to be vigilant in keeping their egos in check with the teachings of yoga, and to also practice humility (vinaya) to eliminate the perils of pride and arrogance.

Ego-less teachers are happy to share their wisdom and knowledge openly!  For yoga teachers being more fully connected with  students and colleagues is a much more authentic and heart-centered way to move through the world. If a teacher’s authentic personality is more about warmth and compassion and they teach from their heart, they have the ability to create a really beautiful and uplifting class.

GOOD TEACHERS SHOULD CHECK IN WITH THEIR STUDENTS

Serious yoga injuries, though rare, are on the rise

More and more people across the world have been taking up yoga in recent years and the rate of yoga-related injuries has also climbed, a new study in the United States finds. Although the number of injuries occurring  it’s a small compared to how many people practice yoga, researchers said, the odds of a serious injury are high.

At the beginning of each class, every yoga teacher should take a moment to touch base with their students and ask them about possible injuries. In order to give appropriate guidance with recommendations, the teacher should obtain certain essential information such as  the history and nature of a student’s pain and the type of injury, and eventually advise the student whether or not continued practice is appropriate. Important questions must include: When did the pain start? Is it better or worse with exercise? What is the nature of the pain (e.g., sharp or achy)? Are there pins and needles associated with the pain? What is the intensity on a scale of 1 to 10?

The majority of yoga students don’t exactly know what yoga teachers know of anatomy and how they apply it to prevent and address injury among yoga students. The increased use of yoga for post-injury rehabilitation highlights  the differences in knowledge between an “average” yoga teacher and “one who can identify”, assess, address, and prevent injuries.

ARE THEY REGISTERED WITH YOGA ALLIANCE®? 

There are five main organisations in the world  that provide credentials for yoga teachers.  These organisations are often referred to by reference to the country in which they operate / are organised – e.g.“Yoga Alliance” (Australia), “Yoga Alliance” (Canada), “Yoga Alliance” (USA),”Yoga Alliance” (Italia), “Yoga Alliance” (New Zealand), “Yoga Alliance” (UK) now “Yoga Alliance Professionals”, “Yoga Alliance” (Singapore). This group of Alliances, are considered the largest yoga teachers and schools membership organisations in the world with over 100.000 members between them!

The professional affiliation with any Yoga Alliance is widely recognised by employers, insurance companies, yoga students and practicioners around the world. The purpose of registration as a Member of Yoga Alliance is to fulfill the primary purpose of protection of the public, yoga students and aspiring yoga teachers in an “unregulated industry”.

If practising  with a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)  is important to you, then you can  find out if they have registered and by visiting the Yoga Alliance® Registry

By Rosie Brent