Yoga Alliance is currently the main organization for yoga education and support in the United States, with a national Yoga Teachers’ Registry that now serves thousands of registered yoga teachers.
Students often ask me about what the difference between being “certified” and being “registered” is, and what you will receive from me once you are finished our yoga training?
Well, first, our program is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered program. This means that by the end of your 200 Hour training, you will receive a certificate from us that acknowledges your successful completion of the program. You are now certified to teach yoga.
What you will then do is go onto the Yoga Alliance website, create a new account, and then fill out the Registration Application, send it in with a copy of your certificate and the $80 registration fee, and wait for confirmation that you are now an “RYT 200,” meaning a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 Hour level. You will also receive a card from Yoga Alliance that affirms you are now a registered member — a card-carrying member of Yoga Alliance, oh my! Jai!
Students also frequently ask whether it’s important to be registered with Yoga Alliance at all? Well, as usual, it depends…Mainly on whether or not you will be teaching at a place that requires official confirmation that you are a registered yoga instructor. In general, in this day and age I would say it is a good thing to be registered because it tells people that you have the credentials to teach, though in reality, as we know, credentials dont necessarily a qualified teacher make! Generally, it takes years of dedicated and devoted study and practice to become a really good yoga teacher. Anyway, here’s Yoga Alliance’s answer to this question:
And here are the standards we follow for our Yoga Teacher Training Programs (back in 2006, I designed a program following these standards that was accepted by Yoga Alliance):
And for those of you who are already registered with Yoga Alliance, here are the Continuing Education Standards:
One question many new yoga teachers ask is whether they need yoga liability insurance. And the answer is again, as usual, it depends…It depends on whether: 1) You can afford it!; and 2) You really feel you need it — if you’re not working at a yoga studio or other similar establishment, and only teaching part-time, it might not be necessary to get it.
My sense is that if the energy and service you put out as a yoga teacher is high quality, you will not need to be concerned that someone will bring a lawsuit or other legal action against you for some mishap that occurs in your class (group or private). If you have the money, of course (and not all yoga teachers do — we’re going to be working on this!), then sure, you might feel better being able to tell prospective students you are “licensed and insured,” that might inspire more confidence in you as a professional.
Personally, in my 12 years of teaching yoga, I have gone at least a couple of years without insurance, and it didn’t make any difference whatsoever. Yet I was not working at a yoga studio during that time, and most yoga studios these days do require that you have insurance. So, with that said, here are some different sites online where you can purchase your yoga insurance:
Namasta is potentially the cheapest option:
Next least expensive is this one:
Alternative Balance Insurance
Prices Range from $119-$179 per year
but with a lot of great extra perks for signing up,
is Yoga Journal’s provider:
Yoga Journal Benefits Plus Insurance
I’m sure there are at least several other insurance providers online, too, these are just some of the more well-known and visible ones.
So I hope this helps, and I invite your feedback on whether you have found this helpful, and what other specific “Business of Yoga” questions you might have…
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