WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED AND CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER
Many aspiring Yoga teachers, are left confused as to the purpose and difference between certification and registration of Yoga teachers.
The purpose of the Yoga teacher certification is to make sure that instructors have an excellent knowledge of all Yogic aspects and safety issues. Yoga teachers should be certified for their own protection. With liability law suits being so popular these days, it is wise to have a Yoga teacher’s diploma on the wall. Yoga is not considered to be as dangerous as some of the other activities in health clubs, but some Yoga classes can be surprisingly vigorous, to say the least.
The purpose of being a registered yoga instructor is to make sure that individual/s have met the requirements set out by the Yoga Registering Body through an educational program with a yoga teacher training school. A minimum of 200 hour contact (face-to-face training) and 500 hour teaching experience is required by most reputable Yoga Organisations in the world to be considered a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
On the National and international levels, Yoga is a self-regulated practice. Many certifying bodies such as Yoga Alliance Australia (also known as Yoga Alliance International) the Yoga Alliances around the world, The International Yoga Federation (recognised as the supreme Yoga Organisation in the World) work toward a standard of excellence in teacher knowledge, ethics and, student’s safety.
Liability insurance companies look favourably upon policy holders who are qualified in the field in which they provide services, and Yoga is not an exception. The general perception is that a credentialed policy holder, is professional, experienced, mature and the odds of claims are reduced.
What about established Yoga teachers who don’t have a diploma? They should seek advice from Yoga Certifying bodies on how to gain recognition, based on their studies, practice and teaching experience.
The majority of studios now require you to be a registered Yoga teacher. In North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and most of Europe, Yoga teachers although Certified (qualified) are not required to be registered but if you are, the chances of finding employment are much higher. Over recent years Yoga organisations have worked together to ensure that Standards are continuously revised and that Teacher and School can demonstrate they meet those standards.
NOTE: Although some Countries offer government accredited training courses, there is no such thing as a government-accredited Yoga teacher.