Platinum Designation applications are assessed on an individual basis using a variety of criteria including prior education, long standing teaching experience (over 15 years), knowledge and skills gained through working in the yoga industry, and community service.
Applicants that are published authors or have participated in CDs for the divulgation of Yoga and related disciplines, and/or are initiated as Sannyasa (Swami) or publicly known and recognised as Yoga Great Grand Masters are regarded by the Yoga Alliance’s Review Team as more favourable candidates for the Master Teacher Platinum Designation.
Swami is a Sanskrit word that literally means one who knows, who is master of himself. Generally, the word Swami is a title of honor which is awarded to masters and spiritual teachers in many different traditions, philosophies, schools and doctrines, such as Vedanta, yoga, etc.., Or to different religions, such as Hinduism.
There is a great confusion about the definition and interpretation of the word Swami due to a lack of information above the various traditions and philosophies. There are different types of swamis or different types of people who have the title of Swami. We must clarify that Swami is not necessarily a monk, priest, or need to be religious or be part of a cult or sect. Being a Swami is more a way of life, a philosophy, rather than a religion.
Note: Yoga Alliance reserves the right to reject or refuse an application for Master Yoga Teacher Platinum Designation and reserves the right to alter, modify, update, add to, subtract from or otherwise change the Master Platinum Designation criteria and requirements at any time for any reason or no reason at all. We will post any changes here, and any changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless we tell you otherwise.
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