CERTIFICATION & STANDARDS
Yoga Ayurveda Training (YAT) International
Yoga Awareness (YAT) Yoga Ayurveda Training
The Yoga Awareness YOGA AYURVEDA TRAINING (YAT) certification is an international standard established in 2002 by Yoga Awareness (USA), Yoga Raksanam (INDIA) and Ayu Wellness (INDIA).
The purpose was to set a high level of training honoring the Indian philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda and then integrating these ancient teachings to meet the modern day needs of students. The essence for achieving these high standards are two-fold:
(1) establishing a teacher and student relationship
(2) developing daily sadhana (practice)
Only from this well-established foundation can a high caliber of teachers develop. This is a life commitment which will increase your 'self' awareness and personal growth. It grooms Yoga Ayurveda Teachers to share Raja Yoga and the Teachings of Patanjali through the Krishnamacharya lineage.
Yoga Awareness offer the highest international standards of professional Yoga Ayurveda trainings. They prepare Yoga Teachers to share Raja Yoga and the Teachings of Patanjali through the Krishnamacharya lineage, and Ayurveda Therapists to be of service with the Teachings of Charaka Samhita and Ashtanga Hridayam Samhita. Each level is consecutive and requires the previous level of achievement before proceeding on to the next level. The certification requirements are to ensure that the student is 'fit and ready' so that the growth of the student becomes a positive transformation.
There are 4 levels of Yoga Teacher training (YAT 300, 600, 900, 1200) and 3 levels of Ayurveda Practitioner training (YAT 30, 200, 400). On successful completion of each training the student will be certified by Yoga Awareness as a YOGA TEACHER or AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER and this certification is the minimum requirement for ongoing advanced studies with Yoga Awareness. You will be automatically eligible for the Yoga Alliance RYT 200 and RYT 500 hour registration, and can become a member with the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) and the National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA). The Yoga Awareness YAT certification may be used to teach at any Yoga studio, worldwide.
Yoga Teaching and Yoga Therapy terminology?
Yoga Awareness states that Yoga cikitsa (therapy) is the skillful application of Yoga teaching and this knowledge has come from our Indian teachers. We consider that the newly coined Western term "Yoga Therapy" is simply the continuing advanced education of "Yoga Teachers". Yoga teaching is therapy, they should not be defined as two separate entities. Yoga gives therapeutic and healing benefits for all human beings, at the levels of our body, mind and spirit. Yoga Awareness offer YAT 300 - 1200 hour Yoga Teacher certifications and YAT 30 - 400 hour Ayurveda Practitioner certifications.
Yoga Alliance USA
RYT National Registry
REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER RYT 200 & 500 HOURS
Yoga Awareness is a registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance, which is the national organization for Yoga in the United States. Yoga Alliance maintains a registry of yoga schools (RYS) to recognize yoga teacher (RYT) training programs that meet their 200 and 500 hour requirements. Once a school is registered, all graduates of a RYS are automatically eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT (registered Yoga Teacher).
The Yoga Awareness YAT certification can be used to apply for registration with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200 & 500 hours), however the Yoga Alliance hours gained from other Yoga schools may not be used for ongoing advanced studies with Yoga Awareness. The yoga therapy components of our training are based on our Yoga Awareness YOGA AYURVEDA TRAINING (YAT) certification, not derived from our status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Yoga Teaching terminology: Yoga Alliance has in 2016 categorized Yoga teaching as avocational and educational. Avocation is a hobby or minor occupation. They have implemented an organizational policy restricting the RYT registered Yoga teachers to use the terms "Yoga therapy" and "healing".
International Association of Yoga Therapists
US National Membership
" IAYT works to establish Yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. "
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) supports research and education in Yoga and serves as a professional organization for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists worldwide. IAYT mission is to establish Yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. IAYT membership is open to Yoga practitioners, Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, Yoga researchers and healthcare practitioners who utilize Yoga in their practice. Current membership (c. 2009) is approximately, 2,600. IAYT also serves members, the media, and the general public as a comprehensive source of information about contemporary Yoga education, research, and statistics.
The Yoga Awareness YAT Certification can be used to apply for membership with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), however the International Association of Yoga Therapist hours gained from other teachers may not be used for ongoing advanced studies with Yoga Awareness.
Yoga Therapy terminology: IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) is developing Yoga therapy as a vocational and profession. Vocation is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which she/he is suited, trained, or qualified. This is by voluntary self regulation and not State licensing.
National Ayurveda Medical Association
US National Membership
National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA) is the voice of the Ayurvedic community that empowers individuals, communities and humanity to achieve heath and well being through Ayurveda. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association is a national organization representing the Ayurvedic profession in The United States of America. Its mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the philosophy, knowledge, science and practice of Ayurveda for the benefit of humanity. The purpose of the Association is to provide leadership within the Ayurvedic profession and to promote a positive vision for Ayurveda and its holistic approach to health and wellness. We will carry out our mission by creating and implementing a dynamic strategic plan to ensure the professional growth and success of Ayurveda.
The Yoga Awareness YAT Certification can be used to apply for membership with the National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA), however the National Ayurveda Medical Association hours gained from other teachers may not be used for ongoing advanced studies with Yoga Awareness.