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Continuing Education to Improve Yoga Teacher Competence
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Why are yoga teachers taking continuing education courses? According to a study analyzed in the year 2008 more than 20 million people in America practice the therapy of yoga and the figures were increased by 29% within recent years. The statistic shows that 82.2% of the populace that practice this therapeutic system are women and 17.8% are men. The exercises are highly beneficial when performed on regular basis and helpful in improving overall health of body by 58.5%, physical fitness by 55.1%, flexibility by 78.3%, reduces stress by 59.6% and provide general advantages to the body around 62.2%.

Nowadays many people are choosing yoga as a professional career, for becoming an accomplished and certified teacher it is necessary to have maximum fitness credentials along with committed and dedicated personal practice of at least 2 years. Moreover a qualified instructor must be a role model with mindfulness charisma, friendly attitude, compassionate approach of working with bodily challenges and restrictions. An expert and determined instructor always look for continuous improvement in teaching skills, knowledge and experience also enhances the class by evolving modifications by his/her own practice or by attending workshops, seminars, participating in yoga events regularly and by keeping in touch with people related to this field. A good coach should be a constant learner that practice new variations, adjustments and teaching styles.

In the USA yoga teacher training programs are standardized that follow some specific parameter such as after completing 200 hours basic certificate course and advance level 500 hours training programs the teacher may use short form RYT of registered yoga teacher after their name. It is important for a certified instructor to seek continuing education courses to enhance their teaching skills, develop abilities to work with practitioners having health related issues or any physical disabilities and also to keep their certification up to mark. At the present time it is best to opt for online certificate courses for continuing education.

It is essential for yoga teachers that belong to the category of 200 and 500 hour certifications to complete continuing education hours every 3 years to maintain their certification also to carry on their knowledge and educating proficiency related to their field. The continuing education courses enhance personal practice; provide learning of new techniques, skills or approaches helpful for the teaching process. The courses serve as a part to cover specific form or technique of teaching in depth. Generally a course is 4 weeks long and qualifies 200 hours for becoming a coach. The continuing courses require at least 45 hours of teaching duration every 3 years that starts from preliminary certification date and 30 hours of training after every 3 years from the date to initial training in which 10 hours must be contact and 20 hours of non contact for continuing education. Contact hours are completed by the physical presence of qualified instructor in any course, workshop, training session or in discussion of a study group. Whereas non contact hours are completed by taking 5 hours online course or associated course and publishing articles, newsletter, books or producing videos related to yoga.

The continuing educations courses include several categories such as guided practice and training of techniques that comprises of asanas, paranayama, mantra, meditation and other classical forms of yoga. Instructing or educating different methodologies of yoga like qualities of an instructor, observation skills, assisting or guidance in process of teaching to students and other characteristics of this therapy related to business. The courses also include study of human physiology and anatomy, application of their principles to perform healthy movements and postures. Provide education about philosophy of yoga, its life style and code of ethics for teaching skills. The courses include the training period in which the teacher assists the students in a class when someone else is conducted the session, also acquire the guidance given by seniors by observing, hearing and following them.

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