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Requirements & Best Practices

Training Courses

       
Accredit New Yoga Teachers

Foundation Overview

Pre-Foundation

  • Minimum Total Hours: 40
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 28
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes

Foundation Course

  • Minimum Total Hours: 200
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 180
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes

Foundation + Course

  • Minimum Total Hours: 230
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 180
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Accredit New Yoga Teachers

Pre-Foundation

Purpose: Prepare students for a Teacher Training Course

Training to be a yoga teacher is a significant financial, physical, mental and emotional commitment. A pre-foundation course is a perfect way to fully prepare students for the primary Foundation training.   

  • Minimum Total Hours: 40
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 28
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Accredit New Yoga Teachers

Foundation

Purpose: Train and Accredit new Yoga Teachers

The standard Foundation training that all new yoga teachers must complete. High standard courses with a minimum of 180 contact hours and taught by a Senior Yoga Teacher

  • Minimum Total Hours: 200
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 180
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Accredit New Yoga Teachers

Foundation Plus

Purpose: Train and Accredit new Yoga Teachers with advanced pre-course and postgraduate support and development.

The ultimate teacher training course. Our research indicates over 65% of foundation graduates still don't feel ready to teach after basic foundation training. The Foundation + includes invaluable continuous mentoring and development for the first year after Graduation.   

  • Minimum Total Hours: 230
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 180
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Develop Existing Teachers

Specialist Training

Purpose: Train existing teachers in a specialist/niche area

Many yoga teachers are passionate about a specific teaching area or see the advantage in focusing on a niche market.

These are specialist training in the fields of:

Children's Yoga, Teen Yoga, Sports Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness, Thai & Ayurvedic Massage.

  • Minimum Total Hours: 40
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 28
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Develop Existing Teachers

Further Training

Purpose: Longer format continuous training for teachers and students.

Over 98% of our teacher members are looking to continue developing and growing with further training events. `These are an excellent opportunity for Trainers to generate a second income stream while benefiting the teacher community.    

  • Minimum Total Hours: 40
  • Minimum Contact Hours: 28
  • Taught By: Senior Yoga Teacher
  • Accredited Training Hours: Yes
  • Can be Taught Online: Yes
      
Go The Extra Mile

Best Practices

These are standards and practices that go beyond the recommended minimums and which increase the possibility of success.

Accepting Students

  • The Trainee has a minimum of 2 years regular self-practice apart from attending public classes.
  • Trainee completes at least 20 hours of regular classes with the Course Principal teacher.
  • Trainer interviews the Trainee in person or if not feasible, remotely.
  • The Trainee supplies a letter of recommendation from their principal teacher.
  • The Trainer runs an open Assessment Day.

The Course

  • A Foundation Course with a MINIMUM of 250 hours (including 200 contact hours).
  • Consider a Payment Plan Structure
  • Provide Feedback After Each session to ensure the best progress and ‘no surprises’
  • Give Homework Assignments
  • Where possible offer the chance to sit-in and observe your regular classes

Graduation

  • Base graduation on a points system made up of overall course performance, homework submitted and final assessment
  • Encourage the Graduates who join YAP to leave a review on your YAP profile as this significantly increases your Google SEO rankings.
  • Encourage your graduates to join YAP, encouraging potential students to chat with past graduates via the Private Message Board.

Post Course

  • Offer Individual and Group Mentoring
  • Offer further training such as CPD workshops and specialist training.
  • If you do NOT run a studio, consider building a relationship with local studios and gyms, so your graduates have immediate possibilities of work experience.
         
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Additional Requirements

Intensive Courses

  • Must be run over a minimum of 21 days
  • Daily schedule with a breakdown of hours clearly displayed on Trainer’s Profile/Website
  • Post Course Observation and/or Assisting in classes - Minimum of 30 hours
  • The trainer must have evidence of asana experience, for example, video/photograph of asana, telephone or skype interview.
  • The student must have a strong daily practice with at least 2 years of experience.

Online Courses

  • The course is a minimum of 180 contact hours.
  • Must be taught by a Senior Yoga Teacher who teaches a minimum 70% of the course
  • The trainer MUST be able to clearly see all students.
  • The teacher ensures all students have their cameras switched on and are present at all times so they can observe and provide feedback.
  • The Course MUST include a module on 'how to teach online'.
  • A detailed syllabus of the course must be visible on the trainer website.
  • If the course syllabus includes adjusting this must be covered in a face to face module, otherwise, it must be made clear that adjusting does not form part of the syllabus.
  • The Graduation Certificate for Online Training Courses MUST make it clear that the training was ONLINE.

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