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Yoga Alliance International (Australia Division) History

Many Yoga Alliances……Only one stands out!

Yoga Alliance International® (Australia Division), also known and trading as "Yoga Alliance International", "Yoga Alliance Australia" and "the Australian Yoga Alliance", is a division of a Pty Ltd company headquartered in Sydney Australia, with offices in Italy, New Zealand and London (U.K.). The company (today a Group), established in 2013, controls some Yoga Alliance organisations worldwide. Sprouted from humble beginnings, this group of Alliances are considered the most innovative yoga organisations in the world.

The company was established by the world's renowned yogis from the U.K., the U.S, Italy, India and Australia direct scholars and friends of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Derek Ireland (a teacher's teacher) and one of the pioneering western students of Ashtanga Yoga. Derek was the teacher to several prominent teachers such as John Scott, Gingi Lee, Alexander Medin, Lis Lark, Brian Cooper (co-founder of Yoga Alliance Professionals/U.K.), Mathew Vollmer, Michaela Clarke, Annie Pace, Jocelyn Stern, Petri Raisanen, Joseph Dunham, Ginny Dean, Hemish Hendry, among others.

The objective was to create a voluntary online Registry of yoga teachers and schools whose training meets the Yoga Alliance International (Australian Division) standards related to yoga health and safety, teaching techniques and methodologies, yoga principles, history and philosophy and ethics.


Our Innovations from 2013 to present

Innovation is not necessarily the process of creating something radically different from everything else, but most commonly, a progressive approach, where people (s) build upon each other's ideas, improving them, instead of redoing them. Since its inception, Yoga Alliance International Australia understood the importance and need for innovation. Bringing innovation meant being open to new ideas and adaptive to change.

Below is a list of innovations that have inspired other organisations and changed the yoga industry forever:

  • 2014 - We trademarked and introduced the CEAS or Continuing Education Accredited School designation. In 2015, a similar concept (YACEP) was copied by Yoga Alliance U.S.

  • 2015 - To meet everyone's needs, we created a new set of credentials for teachers and schools: RYT-350, RYT-1500 and RYS-350, RYS-1500

  • January 2017 - First Yoga Alliance to take a significant step forward by revising the Standards scheme for yoga teacher training. The revision was based on the proliferation of low-quality yoga teacher training, inadequately trained yoga teachers and unscrupulous providers who deliver substandard training.

  • March 2017 - To elevate the profession of yoga teachers and teacher pieces of training, a new standard RYS 250 PLUS was introduced in combination with the RYT 250 PLUS credential. To date, these credentials are available only from Yoga Alliance International Australia and its sister organisation Yoga Alliance International Italia.*Following the revision of the standards, on September 1st 2017, Yoga Alliance USA announced on their website: "The Standards Review Project". There is no doubt that our innovations have and will continue to shape the ever-growing yoga industry and inspire many yoga organisations worldwide.

  • 2018 - To celebrate the YIN Yoga community worldwide, two new credentials were created: RYT-YIN and RYS YIN.

  • May 2020 - 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 decided to replace the temporary provision for ALL virtual yoga teacher training in place between March 17th - July 30th 2020, with the permanent Accreditation for Online Training Courses

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