Teacher Training

YAA 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (est. 1978)

Overview
Program Requirements
Forms & Further Information

Teacher Training Program Overview

The YAA is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes high standards of yoga instruction through a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (TTP) as well as Hatha Yoga Teacher Equivalency Certification, which recognizes outside training with equivalent standards.

The YAA TTP is a 300-hour mentorship-based program taken over a minimum of two years, rather than a short-term workshop-based program.  To qualify for enrolment in the YAA TTP, applicants must be residents of Alberta, 18 years of age or older, and must have also taken a prerequisite of two years of regular yoga classes before entering the program.  A Senior Teacher should be chosen within four months of entry into the program.  A current list of YAA Certified Teachers can be found on the Find A Teacher page of our website.  TTP students will need a YAA Senior Teacher with whom to apprentice, and may also access classes taught by YAA Intermediate Teachers.  Some also have websites on our Links page.  

The YAA TTP is an adult-based learning program. Students choose from qualified teachers to customize their training according to their own particular needs, schedule, and interests. Under the guidance of a Senior Teacher, the student plans what classes and workshops to take in order to fulfill the curriculum requirements of the program.  In Edmonton, TTP classes taught by Senior Teachers are held once a month on a Saturday, 9:30am-3:00pm. They rotate on a two-year schedule and may be started at any time.  Senior Teachers in other locations may run their own equivalent classes.  The YAA also offers Teaching Skills Workshops and specialized workshops with acclaimed International Teachers.  The YAA provides a listing of all YAA events as well as a free listing for events province-wide on the YogaEvents page of our website.  Download an article from the Fall 2013 Yoga BridgeHow to Find a Good Teacher.

The YAA TTP Application fee is $125.  The approximate minimal cost of the classes, workshops, etc. is $3,000.  As these costs are paid directly to each class or workshop organizer, they are spread out over the two years or more. Tax receipts are issued for all classes, workshops, etc. taken from the date of registration into the program.  Upon completion of the program, there is a final $75 fee for Application for Initial YAA Certification.  YAA Membership is required and must remain current.

YAA Certified Hatha Yoga Teachers meet professional upgrading standards and recertify every three years, maintaining active participation in both classes/workshops and teaching hours.  This allows for credibility and recognition within professional circles, referrals from health authorities such as Alberta Health Services, and access to community job postings.  YAA Certified Teachers may obtain discount insurance rates under the umbrella of the YAA’s insurance policy.  With further training and experience, YAA Certified Teachers may also qualify for YAA Extended Training Certification (500-hours), as well as YAA Intermediate Teacher Status (600-hours+) and YAA Senior Teacher Status (800-hours+).  Further details can be found on the Recertification page of the website.

 

Program Requirements

The hourly requirements for this Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 300-hour Program are:

• 100 hours of weekly Hatha Yoga classes with Senior Teacher
• 100 hours of Hatha Yoga Workshops including 3 International Teachers and 3 YAA-TTP Teaching Skills Workshops
• 10 hours of Anatomy and Physiology
• 20 hours of Psychology / Philosophy
• 10 hours of Breath Awareness
• 10 hours of Meditation
• 10 hours of Special Concerns & Therapeutic Applications
• 40 hours of Apprenticeship and Supervised Teaching.
• In addition, a student is required to complete 10 written assignments, obtain a CPR certification, and perform an extra 10 hours of karma yoga (volunteer work).

By the end of the YAA Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (TTP), a student is required to have an understanding of Level One and Level Two Asana / Pranayama Required Practices and is required to be able to teach them safely, in order to be eligible to apply for certification.

 

Forms & Further Information

YAA Teacher Training Syllabus & Certification Guidelines – Full Document

Or by section:

YAA Teacher Training Syllabus & Certification Guidelines – no Appendices

Appendix A – Definition of Hatha Yoga
Appendix B – Mission Statement & Code of Ethics
Appendix C – Asana Pranayama Required Practices
Appendix D – Reading List
Appendix E – Effective Teaching Skills

Appendix F –YAA Teacher Training Program

Appendix F-1 – TTP Application Form
Appendix F-2 – Senior Teacher Letter of Agreement
Appendix F-3 – Intermediate Teacher Letter of Agreement
Appendix F-4 – List of Senior Teachers
Appendix F-5 – List of Intermediate Teachers

Appendix G – Initial Certification for YAA-TTP Students

Appendix G – Certification Checklist
Appendix G-1 – YAA TTP Initial Certification Application
Appendix G-2 Summary Spreadsheet (pdf file)
    or download Excel Version Summary Sheet
Appendix G-3 – Summary Spreadsheet Guidelines
Appendix G-4 – Monthly Class Topics
Appendix G-5 – Assignments
Appendix G-6 – Senior Teacher Letter of Recommendation
Appendix G-7 – Monthly Class Topics Summary Sheets

For further information please contact the TTP & Certification Coordinator at cert@yoga.ca

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