Our Career Path

Membership Levels

Please have a look at our Joining Criteria for more information about our course standards. We can only accept certificates from Training Courses that meet our criteria.

And you can find a list of all the benefits of teacher membership here - Teacher Expectations.

Teacher Trainee
If you are studying with one of our Trainers your Trainee Membership is automatically included through your Trainer's accreditation! You will receive regular newsletters and business support to set yourself up as a yoga teacher. You are eligible for great discounts on mats, books, equipment and other useful things you might need at the YA Store. You will be able to review your training course and once you graduate you can easily upgrade to full teacher membership on Associate Teacher - Level 1.

As a trainee member you are able to pay for a Trainee Plus membership which includes insurance for the duration of your course (subject to residency)

Please be aware that our Trainee Membership and included benefits are only available for Trainees enrolled on Training Courses offered by our ATPs.

Associate Teacher - Level 1
A graduate or new teacher who has completed a Foundation Course that meets our standards will receive an Associate Teacher - Level 1 membership. Our main focus is to encourage and support you to start teaching and continue to study and develop.

Through a combination of teaching and further training you will progress up our Career Path and you will soon be able to upgrade to the next level:

Associate Teacher - Level 2
Associate Level 2 teachers need a Foundation Training certificate plus 1000 hours and 2 years of teaching experience since graduation.

As your confidence grows we help and encourage you to expand and increase your teaching while continuing to study and develop. Through a combination of teaching and further training you will progress up our Career Path and you will soon be able to upgrade to the next level:

Chartered Teacher - Level 1
Chartered Level 1 teachers need a Foundation Training certificate plus 2000 hours and 4 years of teaching experience since graduation.

This is a major step up in your teaching career. We encourage you to start to share your knowledge. You are now eligible to teach workshops and add and promote these on the Yoga Alliance Professionals website.

Chartered Teacher - Level 2
Chartered Level 2 teachers need a Foundation Training certificate plus 3000 hours and 6 years of teaching experience since graduation.

You are now getting closer and closer to Senior Yoga Teacher status and are eligible to teach Vocational Training Courses and Workshops and add and promote these on the Yoga Alliance Professionals website.

Senior Yoga Teacher
Senior Yoga Teachers (SYT) would either need:
a Foundation Training certificate plus 4000 hours and 8 years of teaching experience since graduation.
OR
have been teaching since before 2001 and min. 6000 hours of teaching experience.

SYTs will need to demonstrate their teaching experience by completing a Statement of Fact and will be required to produce references to verify information.

You have now achieved our top accolade of Senior Yoga Teacher status.
This level is all about ‘giving back’ and sharing your vast knowledge and experience with students and fellow teachers alike.
You are also eligible to teach Foundation Teacher Training Courses, Vocational Training Courses and Workshops plus advanced training courses and workshops and promote these on the Yoga Alliance Professionals website.
We encourage you at this level to add as much information, articles, blogs, videos etc on to our website for sharing with your fellow teachers and students.

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