Who is the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga? Who started it? Who owns it?

The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga is an international organization that is responsible for creating and maintaining the standards for Anusara yoga teachers worldwide. Managed by an international group of licensed Anusara yoga teachers, ASHY oversees the certification and licensing for hundreds of teachers from every corner of the globe. In August 2012, a committee of Anusara yoga teachers was invited by Anusara, Inc. to envision a way forward for those teachers that wanted to preserve the teachings and continue to provide them to students after the crisis created by founder John Friend led to the resignation of many teachers. This group, BJ Galvan, William “Doc” Savage, Jackie Prete, Christy Nones McKenzie, Jane Norton, and Bill Dorigan, were called the Teacher Advisory Committee or TAC. The TAC realized pretty quickly that the best way forward would be to create a separate school of hatha yoga that would license the trademarks and intellectual property of Anusara yoga.

At that time, the TAC was made aware that our colleagues in Europe were creating a similar plan. Members of the TAC collaborated with the European teachers and out of these discussions ASHY evolved into an entirely new school of yoga. With the help of Kai Hill of Germany and Andrea Boni of Italy, global school with regional representation and participation at every level was designed. Day to day affairs of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga are managed by a corporation, First Principle, Inc. whose principals are Certified teachers BJ Galvan of Arizona and Doc Savage of South Dakota, and Anusara-inspired teacher Jane Norton of Massachusetts. The school’s policies are being developed and maintained by a Board of Directors. The school has representatives from 5 distinct global regions that facilitate ASHY teacher licensing in their respective territories, with the capable and dedicated support of the Certification Team led by Jackie Prete. Today, the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga is in the final stages of the legal process of acquiring all of the trademarks and intellectual property of Anusara, Inc.

I am interested in becoming an Anusara yoga teacher? Where do I start?

Our world wide community of teachers is continually growing. To find out more about the training and prerequisites needed to become an Anusara yoga teacher, please visit the Become a Teacher section of our website. Currently, there are two levels of licensure in Anusara yoga, Anusara-inspired yoga teacher and Certified Anusara yoga teacher. Beginning in 2014, ASHY will be offering an entry level license to graduates of 200 hour Anusara yoga teacher trainings through the Anusara Elements™ program. With the advent of new Yoga Alliance teacher training guidelines, ASHY curriculum and certification teams have begun developing a 300 hour modular advanced teacher training program that will meet or exceed all Yoga Alliance 500 hour standards. Completion of the new 300 hour program will grant Certified Anusara yoga teacher status. ASHY is a registered school with Yoga Alliance, and will offer the designation of Certified Anusara yoga teacher trainer to all Certified teachers that meet the requirements needed to lead advanced teacher trainings.

2014 will be a year of change for yoga teacher trainings throughout the world, and ASHY is well positioned to be a leader in yoga teacher training in this new environment. Our curriculum and certification teams are dedicated to upholding the high standards of teacher training that has long been associated with Anusara yoga, while being responsive to the needs of a dynamic global community. More information on the new teacher licensing standards will be available in early 2014, and there will be a grace period for those that are on the path to certification so they complete the process under the old standards for a designated period of time.

Can teachers that resigned their license become a member of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga?

Yes, any teacher that was in good standing with Anusara Inc. in January 2012 may join and will be welcomed back.  Anyone who has not paid their 2012 licensing fees to Anusara Inc. can renew their license for the 2013 year by emailing us here. ASHY will send you an electronic license agreement to sign and a link to pay the 2013 license fee. After 2013, there may be some requirements put in place to reinstate lapsed teachers such as having a class reviewed by an ASHY teacher or verifying some class hours in 2013 with licensed ASHY teachers.

Where can I buy the Anusara yoga teacher training or Anusara Immersion manuals?

We’re launching our online store soon, but for now please contact Doc Savage to order manuals.

I was writing a book, producing a video, printing tee-shirts with some of the registered material on or in them, who do I talk to?

The ASHY will hold exclusive worldwide rights to all Anusara intellectual property and trademarks.  ASHY will be the approving authority on materials use. We’ll have established and published guidelines for producing products and do our best to quickly respond to all items submitted to us. We also welcome ideas from our community on how to develop products that might help the ASHY grow. For more information on this, please contact admin@anusarayoga.com

If you have any other questions please contact us at info@anusarayoga.com