I am searching for a yoga certification program and was wondering if this program is accepted by the Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance information(18 posts) (10 voices)
Just so you know, you do not have to join Yoga Alliance to become a certified Yoga teacher, but I have provided details to answer your question.
Yoga Alliance will recognize Paul's correspondence courses for continuing education credits of existing Registered Yoga teachers (RYT's). He is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and writes Yoga teacher courses, which can be used for a Certified Yoga Teacher Diploma (CYT) or for the continuing education of RYT's
However, due to the current 200-hour contact hour requirements of the Yoga Alliance, you would have to attend an intensive at his facility in Attleboro, Massachusetts, at a Registered Yoga School, or from an E-RYT 500, to get 200 contact hours in one single facility, which meet the current Yoga Alliance requirements.
What is the difference between and CYT and RYT?
CYT is a Certified Yoga Teacher.
RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher.
The first step in teaching Yoga would be to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. Think of this step as earning your Bachelor's Degree.
Optional steps, after becoming a CYT, are to become a Registered Yoga Teacher or to go for level 2 certification. Consider these achievements as similar to earning your Master's Degree.
Paul has onsite classes: http://www.aurawellnesscenter.com He also offers a Yoga Teacher Training Correspondence Course, for those of us who desire to become a Certified Yoga Teacher.
With respect to becoming an RYT: Yoga Teacher Training schools certify, but don't register Yoga teachers.
Yoga Teacher Registration is performed by a third party registrar like the Yoga Alliance.
If you are still not clear on this concept, which is complicated, contact Yoga Alliance to find out more about their current contact hour requirements.
Thank you Tomako. The above post covered everything.
In the past, I was asked to be kinder and gentler about my feelings toward Yoga Alliance (YA).
Here is a basic Yoga formula: YA (RYT) = mucho deniro
If you want an RYT, you have to pay mucho deniro to your trainer, or the Yoga teacher training school, or to a YA approved mentor for the "Contact Hours."
For your YA membership you will not get a magazine, much contact, a fancy diploma, or any advice. In fact, Yoga Journal will supply you with more help. But YA will get your membership dues every year, until you finally say, "ENOUGH."
That's all Folks.
Remember the saying, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Yogi is harmless, he enjoys and laughs at his own jokes.
Tomako is 100% correct about the contact hours, but the Yoga Alliance has been updating their standards once or twice per year. In truth, it is hard to keep up.
You should check their site: yogaalliance.org for updates. If you are still confused; call them. They are very helpful, but if you are looking for an RYT 200, straight away, they will insist on contact hours.
If you are already an RYT, these Yoga courses are good for CEC credits.
Lastly, you do not have to be an RYT to teach Yoga classes. Some Yoga teachers apply for Grandmothering an RYT after 1000 hours of teaching Yoga lessons.
If you go that route, it is much, much less money, and you would have been paid well for your 1000 hour experience.
There is another way to become an RYT: You can get a mentor for 400 hours. The Yoga Alliance gives you one hour of credit for every two hours of mentoring. This drives home some of Yogi's points. The least expensive is the grandmothering or grandfathering after 1000 hours of teaching. Does the Yoga Alliance want to control all forms of Yoga or just Hatha Yoga?
No disrespect intended to kind Yoga teachers of this forum or Paulji.
If teachers of Hatha and Kundalini wish to follow Yoga Alliance that is fine. How can Yoga Alliance relate to Bhakti Yoga? Yoga Alliance can regulate Yoga for material world. Since 1999 Yoga Alliance was self created by two big American ashrams to act as shepherd over Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teachers.
This cannot happen to Bhakti. Yoga Alliance does not regulate our prayers and conversations with God. Yoga Alliance is not authority for Bhakti, Jnana, Raja, Karma, or Tantra. The whole concept is foolish.
No disrespect taken. You are right. How could the Yoga Alliance regulate all forms of Yoga? Yet, this is not their intent. Hatha is the most popular Yoga style in North America, so that is what they're after and maybe a little Kundalini too.
Here is what Maty Ezraty, for the Yoga journal, has to say about this subject:
"There is no magical number of hours or days that makes the measure of a fine instructor. In truth, it takes years to become a good teacher.
Therefore, I caution against putting too much attention on "Yoga Alliance accreditation." Yoga Alliance is a registration organization, not a certificate control agency. I am not aware of its having any quality-control system to check the certification programs listed in its registry. "Two hundred hours" means nothing if the 200 hours are not worthwhile. There are many good schools that register with Yoga Alliance”but many inferior programs do so as well."
Thank you for that post. I recognize the author from Yoga Journal, but had not seen her comments about becoming a registered Yoga teacher. This is a "gray area," and only time will tell what result the Yoga Alliance will have on Yoga or teaching Yoga. The fact is getting registered doesn't require direct contact with the Alliance. They are a virtual organization with no government authority that wants to control yoga teacher training. In other words, it is too soon to state an opinion for or against joining the Yoga Alliance. Many have joined and many more have not.
Some organizations such as White Lotus do not endorse them, but Paul has joined the Yoga Alliance, so there must have been some deep thought before making this decision. With that said, we should take into consideration the concept of credentials in Yoga. Some of us work with the medical community and having an RYT now or in the near future could help.
In other words if we want the yoga Alliance certification, we have to travel and see Paul? So, we get held up from being certified by the Yoga Alliance, if we take this Yoga teacher course? It doesn't sound like a good deal. How are we supposed to find a teaching position if we don't have a Yoga Alliance certification? Are we better off to spend 10,000 bucks on an in-person Yoga teacher training? What is I really want to be Yoga Alliance certified? Tell the truth about this program. I'm tired of reading about paulji, E-ryt500, yoga master, yoga author, and mega blackbelt. Tell me the real story.
If you want to get a Yoga teacher certification, you get it through an authorized Yoga teacher trainer, Yogacharya, Master Yoga teacher, or an E-RYT 500.
The Yoga Alliance registers Yoga teachers and doesn't issue certifications to teach Yoga. If you have doubt, please contact YA.
Most Yoga teachers do not belong to the Yoga Alliance, at all, but if you want to, you have to have contact hours through Yoga teacher training in person or mentoring with an E-RYT.
If you want to be a Registered Yoga teacher, you will have to pay more for it, but there is nothing that requires you to do it. About the dirt: Well, there's nothing much to say. He's a straight arrow, married 29 years, gs to church, helps people, and keeps his nose clean. What can you say? BORING, but he likes what he ds.
Best of luck!
You don't have to Join the Yoga Alliance. You don't have to join any Yoga Teacher group or association. If you want to join a non-political Yoga teacher association visit: http://www.iayt.org/
About Dirt: It is a favorite past time to pick on someone in the public eye. People enjoy Britney Spears and Michael Jackson's fall from grace. If you want dirt, go to a Hollywood forum. It is a shame to try to destroy people for the pleasure of it.
Truce - Sorry - I Apologize
I did some real deep searching and found this course is legit, recognized, authorized, and accredited. I now realize about red tape with the Alliance and I don't think I will join them. But I never mentioned the word "dirt." Although, I admit i wanted to hear it. Also thanks for the link to International Association of Yoga Therapists. This is totally non-political association and they have tons of valuable Yoga teacher information. I started off on the wrong foot, but you were still helpful.
Thank you for your kindness,
This has been interesting to see this conversation develop. Paul's correspondence courses are honored by the Yoga Alliance for non-contact CEC units of existing Registered Yoga teachers. Yet, Yoga Alliance ds not bend on the contact hour policy for the RYT 200 standard. I was just on the phone with them this week.
It is so weird because this Yoga teacher course is very comprehensive. I had taken a fitness Yoga certification six years ago and we didn't learn all of these aspects. We didn't even have to do a practical exam or create a lesson plan. The fact is some of the fitness Yoga certifications are designed by fitness people who never taught Yoga a day in their life. Yet, Paul is the real deal. If you spend a half hour with him in person or on the phone you will learn so much.
It is surprising to see how many people in the west are starting to understand the value of a sage. For a long time, I felt Yoga was becoming a performance to impress those who see the supeficial layer.
After comparing notes and researching, I have come to the conclusion that International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) is a great association to join. For example - Their magazine: International Journal of Yoga Therapy should be required reading for all Hatha Yoga teachers. This would keep all of us safe and on the cutting edge. I may not ever join the Yoga Alliance, but I will always be a member of the IAYT. Thanks for the tip.
Most of the newbies love the Yoga Alliance. Just read that article in the NY Times. You can become a prestigious RYT overnight. Just get your parents to pay for it. Seriously folks: The IAYT is geared more toward the old guard. The information they produce is first rate and you can learn a lot from them.
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