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Yoga Alliance COVID-19 and Online Learning Updates

Last Updated: August 11th 2020

Online Learning for ALL RYSs, Yoga Community, Consumers

In March 2020, due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and concerns, Yoga Alliance International - Australia announced a temporary provision to allow its member schools with currently-active or already-scheduled teacher trainings running between March 13–July 30th to offer the required in-person contact hours in a virtual format.

We have a long history of insisting that yoga teacher trainings must be in person. In fact, we’ve refused to acknowledge camera distance learning since our inception. Our standards usually require 90% of the training to be carried out in person.

As yoga schools, businesses, and classrooms re-open around the world, after careful consideration and the ongoing and continued nature of the coronavirus pandemic, and all its fast-moving effects on the global economy, in May 2020, the board of directors, made the decision to offer the accreditation of online training courses as a permanent format. We have received considerable community feedback about this unusual action. This includes responses in favour of and in gratitude for reacting flexibly considering unprecedented challenges.

We know that for many people, having that in-person interaction with their teachers and peers is an important aspect of teacher training. Yoga training programs are where lasting bonds are created, and many people want that face-to-face experience. However, with the coronavirus pandemic emerging as an existential threat to millions of small businesses we had no choice but opening the door to “virtual TTC format” to assist of thousands of trainings schools to continue sharing yoga’s teachings.

Members of the association and new applicants who plan to operate virtually please see here Yoga Alliance Guidelines for the Accreditation of YTT Online

Advice on coronavirus (COVID–19) regarding; self–isolation, education, travel, events, and work may differ between Australia states and territories

Yoga Alliance cannot provide advice on COVID-19. We have compiled resources primarily from two credible sources which we recommend and encourage our members and the broader yoga community to consult on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information and guidance, given how quickly the information on this situation is evolving:


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