Once you complete your 200-hour teacher training, which is essentially the minimum requirement to become a yoga teacher (even though yoga is not technically a government-regulated industry – it’s self-regulated), there are several things to have in place before you start teaching.
From experience, observation and speaking to many different yoga teachers who have done their training at different places, it’s not always made clear (if provided at all) exactly what kind of documentation and certifications you need as you begin teaching.
Depending on where you teach (a yoga studio, gym, corporate, private, etc), the typical requirements are as follows, and you will usually be asked to provide a copy of each of the following documents to the places you’re going to teach at:
(Note: The below information is in relation to yoga in Australia and may differ in your area of the world, so in this case, it’s best to do your research based on your region/country)
- 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – You will need to demonstrate that you are a qualified yoga teacher, usually through a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school (RYS) – although this second part is somewhat of a grey area, which you can read more about below.
- First aid and CPR – This is a standard requirement for many professions that work with the public, and it’s good to have awareness and know-how. Although you can do one-day trainings with widely known organisations like St John’s Ambulance or Red Cross, there are many other accredited organisations that offer these trainings as well, which are often more cost-effective (sometimes less than half the cost) with highly comparable quality training, so do your reseach. I did mine with Vital First Aid. First aid certificates are usually valid for 3 years and CPR for 1 year, so you will need to re-train again after these timeframes.
- Insurance – There are many different companies that specialise in yoga teacher insurance. Yoga Australia recommends the types of cover you will need are Professional Indemnity ($5-10 million) and Public Liability ($10 million). Some companies have alliances with yoga foundations such as Yoga Australia and International Yoga Teacher’s Association, so if you are a member of one of these or wish to become a member, it may be worthwhile having a look to see what special packages they have that will save you money. Some places also often have specials such as “15 months for the price of 12 months.” Note: You are not required to become a member of any of these associations, however it is your choice if you are interested in the benefits they offer their members. Again, do your research.
My insurance is through Arthur J Gallagher. This is what they say about their insurance:
“Our professional indemnity insurance for yoga teachers covers you for the financial consequences of any mistakes you, or your staff, may make in providing professional advice or instruction to students. It also protects against allegations of professional misconduct or negligence to help safeguard your personal and business reputation.
Another yoga teacher insurance company that is used by many other yoga teachers I know (in Australia) is AON.
**Do you need to become a member of Yoga Alliance to be able to teach yoga? Even though it seems to be a general recommendation by various parties, you do not need to register with Yoga Alliance to actually teach yoga. Depending on your goals and intentions, it may or may not be necessary. If you are a yoga studio or plan to do Yoga teacher trainings, perhaps this is something to look further into, but it’s not a requirement, and at the same time, this is not a national or government standard or regulation. If you have a look at what Yoga Alliance says about their registration here, they state that it is a directory, not a certification. So it’s interesting to ponder about and whether it is worth saving your money.
Here is another informative article all about this matter that gives some great food for thought and is definitely worth checking out.
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