Recertification

YAA Hatha Yoga Teacher Recertification

Overview
Requirements
500-Hour Certification
600-Hour Certification (Intermediate Teacher Status)
800-Hour Certification (Senior Teacher Status)
Permanent Certification
Forms & Further Information 

Recertification Overview

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers meet professional upgrading standards and maintain regular attendance in both classes/workshops and teaching hours.  YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers must maintain up-to-date YAA membership and apply for recertification every three years in order to maintain certification status.

With further training and experience, YAA Certified Teachers may also qualify for 500-Hour Certification, as well as 600-Hour Certification (Intermediate Teacher Status) and 800-Hour Certification (Senior Teacher Status). See below for details.

Recertification Requirements

YAA Hatha Yoga Teacher Recertification may be obtained by submitting the following documentation to the YAA Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Committee for review and recommendation, which is then approved by the YAA Executive:

  • Recertification Application Form with fee payment.
  • Minimum total of 300 hours of hatha yoga professional development within a three year period in the following categories:
    • Minimum of 150 hours ATTENDING hatha yoga classes and/or workshops
    • Minimum of 50 hours TEACHING hatha yoga classes and/or workshops
    • The remaining minimum of 100 hours may be EITHER ATTENDING OR TEACHING hatha yoga classes and/or workshops.

In extenuating circumstances, a YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher may be considered for an extension of his / her recertification period.

500-Hour Certification

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers with an additional 200 hours of hatha yoga classes and/or workshops since initial 300-Hour Certification, who have not yet met the Intermediate Teacher Status requirements (see below), may apply for YAA Hatha Yoga Teacher 500-Hour Certification.

600-Hour Certification (Intermediate Teacher Status)

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers with 10 or more years of on-going learning and practice of hatha yoga, including 6 years or more of on-going teaching experience as a YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher (or equivalent) may apply for 600-Hour Certification  (Intermediate Teacher Status). YAA Intermediate Teachers teach weekly hatha yoga classes that YAA Teacher Training Program students are able to attend in order to meet the 100 hour weekly hatha yoga classes requirement and work in cooperation with the TTP student’s chosen Senior Teacher.

800-Hour Certification (Senior Teacher Status)

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers with 20 or more years of on-going learning and practice of hatha yoga, including 10 years or more of on-going teaching experience as a YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher (or equivalent) may apply for 800-Hour Certification (Senior Teacher Status). YAA Senior Teachers train hatha yoga practitioners to become teachers of hatha yoga in alignment with the training principles of the YAA.

The YAA recognizes YAA Certified Senior Teachers as dedicated and accomplished teacher-practitioners. As such, learning and study in a formal way is expected to be ongoing within an established practice, although the required class hours for Recertification are reduced.

Permanent Certification

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers with 20 or more years of on-going learning and practice of hatha yoga, including 15 years or more of on-going teaching experience as a YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher (equivalencies not accepted), and who are are at least 55 years of age, may apply for Permanent Certification.

YAA Permanent Certification recognizes distinguished individuals for their years of service to the art of yoga, in both practice and teaching, and for their commitment to the YAA. YAA membership must remain current for Permanent Certification to be valid.

Forms & Further Information

YAA Recertification Guidelines (application forms and appendices included)

Application forms only:

Appendix I – Recertification Forms

Appendix J-1 – 500-Hour Certification Application
Appendix J-2 – 600-Hour Intermediate Teacher Application
Appendix J-3 – 800-Hour Senior Teacher Application
Appendix J-4 – Permanent Certification Application

Appendix K – Senior Teacher Recertification Forms

Online Payment of Recertification Fee

Questions and applications may be directed to cert@yoga.ca

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