ASHY Teacher Licensing Changes for 2014

Our continuing evolution as a teacher led school of yoga enables us to more clearly recognize our teachers and introduce new refinements to ASHY.  After the positive results came in from a survey of our licensed teachers, ASHY has created two new levels of teacher licensing. All changes will be implemented incrementally over the next 18 months. If  you are currently studying to become an Anusara inspired or Certified Anusara yoga teacher, please contact ASHY with any questions about how these changes might impact you. 

Anusara Yoga Teacher Level Descriptions

Anusara Elements™ yoga teacher  –  NEW – The introductory level of teacher, licensed after completing 100 hours of Anusara yoga Immersion, 100 hours of teacher training with an Anusara certified yoga teacher, and a recommendation from a Certified Anusara yoga teacher. The Anusara Elements yoga teacher will present yoga classes entitled “Anusara Elements yoga” or “AET yoga”. These teachers will incorporate the Universal Principles of Alignment™ of Anusara yoga into their classes, along with a basic heart theme.   More details can be found here.

Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher – Anusara-inspired yoga teachers have at least two years of teaching experience after completing their initial 200 hours of teacher training for this level of license. To achieve this title, they must have a recommendation from a Certified Anusara yoga teacher who has reviewed a live or recorded class. Anusara-inspired yoga teachers reflect a higher level of skill that reflects their dedication and professionalism. Their classes may be listed as  “Anusara-Inspired” or “Anusara® yoga”. Anusara-inspired yoga teachers can be found here.

Certified Anusara® Yoga Teacher  –  Full certification in Anusara yoga is granted only after a minimum of 500 hours of teacher training and four years of teaching, and all Certified Anusara yoga teachers have passed a comprehensive (30 – 40 hours) exam and a review of their teaching from an experienced mentor. Only teachers that have achieved this level of training and experience may call themselves Anusara yoga teachers, and their classes reflect a highly refined ability to weave the philosophical principles of Anusara yoga with the Universal Principles of Alignment. After apprenticing as an assistant in an Anusara Immersion and teacher training, and with one full year of teaching experience as a fully Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, these teachers may lead Anusara Immersions and 100 hour teacher trainings. Click here to search the Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher directory.

Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher Trainer – COMING SOON – ASHY has begun cultivating a faculty of experienced Certified Anusara yoga teachers that qualify to teach this new level of licensure. These teachers have achieved both Certified Anusara yoga teacher licensing and Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 designations and can lead advanced Anusara yoga teacher trainings.

Beginning in mid-2014 new standards for certification will be implemented via a 300 hour Advanced Anusara Yoga Teacher Training program.  This program will consist of 150 – 200 hours of required advanced Anusara yoga teacher training modules, with the balance of hours filled through electives in varied fields like pre-natal, therapeutics, philosophy, children’s yoga, etc. In 2015 the new modular system will be completely implemented. More details about the new Certification process in will be announced throughout 2014.