The globally accepted professional credential for Yoga Teachers
The Master Yoga Teachers applications are assessed on an individual basis using a variety of criteria including prior education long standing teaching experience (over 25 years), knowledge, skills and status gained through working in the yoga industry, and community service.
Applicants that are published authors or have participated in CDs for the divulgation of Yoga and related disciplines, or hold a Master of Arts/Science in Yoga Studies or a Ph.D, or are initiated as Sannyasi or Swami, or are publicly known and recognised as Yoga Great Grand Masters, are regarded by the Yoga Alliance’s Review Team as more favourable candidates for the Master Teacher credential.
There is a great confusion about the definition and interpretation of the word Swami due to a lack of information above the various traditions and philosophies. Swami is a Sanskrit word that literally means one who knows, who is master of himself. Generally, the word Swami is a title of honour which is awarded to masters and spiritual teachers in many different traditions, philosophies, schools and doctrines, such as Vedanta, yoga, etc.., or to different religions, such as Hinduism. There are different types of Swamis or different types of people who have the title of Swami. We must clarify that Swami is not necessarily a monk, priest, or need to be religious or be part of a cult or sect. Being a Swami is more a way of life, a philosophy, rather than a religion.
Note: Yoga Alliance reserves the right to reject or refuse an application for Master Yoga Teacher and reserves the right to alter, modify, update, add to, subtract from or otherwise change the Master Yoga criteria and requirements at any time for any reason or no reason at all. We will post any changes here, and any changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless we tell you otherwise.
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