Anusara Teacher Levels

The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga is an International Yoga School

The Anusara School is global with classes taught in studios, health clubs, private sessions and venues all sorts around the world by teachers of various degrees of training and focus. The Anusara training is rigorous in its demand for excellence and breadth of knowledge. Licensing levels are divided into teachers that offer regular Anusara yoga classes (levels are described below), teacher trainers and Subject Matter Specialists who teach in trainings, regional and international gatherings.

The School is decentralized so classes and teachers can be found globally though our search feature. With the impact of a global pandemic an abundance of classes are being taught through the Internet in live and recorded classes. Local, regional and international gatherings on our Events page.

Teacher training levels

The School offers a 200 hour yoga immersions and teacher training course, in addition to a 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Teachers progress in their training from licensing certification of Anusara Element teacher, Anusara Inspired teacher, and then full Anusara Certified Teacher. Full certification requirements extensive training in philosophy, anatomy, teaching skills and the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment.

Anusara Elements™ yoga teacher (AET)

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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.   Read more….

Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher (AIT)

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”.

Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher (CAT)

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.

Experienced Certified Anusara® Yoga Teacher  (ECAT) 

Our School has cultivated a faculty of experienced Certified Anusara yoga teachers that qualify to teach the Anusara Advanced Teacher Training Curriculum. These teachers have achieved both Certified Anusara yoga teacher licensing and Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 designations and meet additional requirements. A directory of ECATs is posted on the teacher directory.

Subject Matter Specialists (SMS)

The School has created a category for both currently licensed Anusara yoga teachers and others that are experts in their fields. These people might have skills in areas like anatomy, kinesiology, ayurveda, yoga philosophy, business management, or in teaching special populations. SMS’s may lead teacher training modules that are specifically related to their field of expertise. SMS that are not current Anusara yoga teachers are called Associate Subject Matter Specialists. View the directory of SMS teachers to see the depth of field our teachers are trained in.


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