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Yoga Alliance® Worldwide Registration Validity


Yoga Alliance® Teachers and Schools Worldwide Registration Validity

There is No “Global Yoga Governing Body” anywhere in the world.

Instead of being scared by transparency, Yoga Organisations should embrace it and be clear with consumers and the yoga community about their “real” role within the “unregulated yoga industry” and registration/membership worldwide validity and its purpose.

The registration of yoga teachers and schools with any yoga organisation is Voluntary and therefore recognised anywhere in the world.


Registration with any “Yoga Alliance” is valid and recognised worldwide

“All Yoga Alliances Are The Same” regardless of the geographical position.

Yoga Alliance (USA) is often “believed or mistaken” to be “The International Yoga Regulating Body” but the reality couldn't be further from the truth! There are a number of international, unrelated and independent of one another yoga organisations (Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, New Zealand, UK, USA) that use and have trademarked the name “Yoga Alliance”. This group of Yoga Alliances are considered the largest yoga teachers and schools membership organisations in the world with over 100.000 registered members.

In Australia the “Yoga Alliance”, “Yoga Alliance International” and “Yoga Alliance Australia” name is registered and used by Yoga Alliance Ltd with headquarters in Sydney, New Zealand and the UK and therefore have the exclusive legal right to use those names and marks in Australia and in other countries or international jurisdictions where the Mark/s is/are registered.

As the international structure of the Yoga Alliances is particularly articulated, it is important that the Yoga Community and Consumers are clear that the global yoga industry is ostensibly an unregulated, heterogeneous market. There is NO “Global Yoga Governing Body” or authority anywhere in the world and it is inaccurate for any Yoga Alliance organisation to claim to be the “real” or “true” Yoga Alliance or a “Yoga Governing Body” in order to attract customers and mislead consumers under false pretense.

It is also incorrect for any yoga organisation to infer that registration is required in order to teach yoga – yoga is an unregulated industry and there is no legal requirement for yoga teachers and schools to be affiliated with Yoga Alliance or any other yoga organisation. Off course registering with an association that promotes standards for training and practice, yoga teachers and teacher training programs may increase their credibility.


Yoga Alliance® International/Australia Registration Validity

Yoga is largely “unregulated” everywhere in the world, therefore, the registration of yoga teachers and schools with a yoga organisation is Voluntary thus by default is recognised anywhere in the world.

Because the industry is not regulated, yoga teachers and schools have the right to choose the professional body to join in regardless of its geographical position.

By registering with a yoga organisation that truly promotes and implement high standards for yoga training and practice, yoga teachers and teacher training programs may increase their credibility but does not guarantee employability for teachers or the quality of training programs. It is up to the schools to ensure the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality education program to all students and it is the responsibility of individual RYTs to improve their skills and knowledge.

Whereas, in some professions it is compulsory to be a member of the professional body, in others like teaching yoga it is not because still is an unregulated profession for which there is no legal requirement or restriction on practice with regard to licenses, certificates or registration.

Although the actual laws regarding teaching yoga have not changed, the perception of yoga teachers as a professional entity has and this is where the registration with a yoga organisation becomes necessary to "enhance your credibility" as a yoga teacher or yoga school. You are unlikely to have much luck finding a job teaching yoga unless you have been through some training as employers or insurance providers may require that you are a member of a recognised yoga organisation before you get hired.

As a brand new yoga teacher today, it can be a little confusing to figure out which “ Yoga Alliance” to register with. The most important thing to know about teaching yoga anywhere in the world and in the USA, is that although there are plenty of organisations out there purporting to be national, international and even “Global Governing Bodies” in order to attract new members, the registration of yoga teachers and schools with a yoga organisation is Voluntary, therefore, teachers can work anywhere in the world WITH or WITHOUT affiliation to a yoga body.

In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers in the yoga industry have never been certified, registered, or licensed. When many of these teachers started teaching, there were no formal yoga teacher training programs. That is because all of these are relatively recent concepts, especially in regards to teaching yoga. There are thousands of teachers in the world that have opened a school even if they are not registered with the Yoga Alliance.


Yoga Alliance International’s “Registry”

Yoga Alliance International’s founders chose a Registry to showcases the talents of thousands of extraordinary individuals in the field of yoga.

REGISTRY

CERTIFICATION

ACCREDITATION

The Yoga Alliance International® Registry is a listing of teachers and schools who have agreed to abide by an explicit code of conduct and standards set forth by the association. Prospective teachers who complete a RYS program are automatically eligible to become RYTs.

Registration is a voluntary act that recognises an individual's personal responsibility to be held accountable for his or her professional behavior. Teachers can go ahead and register right away if they feel that an extra credential will help their chances of getting a job, or they can wait and see if anyone asks for it.

Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organisation. This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, assessment tests supplemented by an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement.

Achieving the title of Certified Yoga Teacher recognises that you have completed a yoga training course and that you practice in a professionally competent, independent and ethical manner, and shows you are a leader in your field.

Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency. In the yoga teacher training context, an accreditation refers to yoga training programs delivered by schools which periodically may be subject to audits to ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically and employ suitable quality assurance.

 

 


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