Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher

What is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher?

Certified Anusara yoga teachers (CATs) are highly skilled at teaching the Anusara yoga method. The “Certified Anusara” license indicates that a teacher has over 500-hours of Anusara training (including the 300-hour Anusara teacher training). They have taught Anusara yoga for at least two years and have a minimum of four years of teaching experience. They have passed a 30-hour exam demonstrating their knowledge in yoga philosophy and the Anusara yoga method.

Certified Anusara teachers have skillfully demonstrated the ability to teach the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment™, the heart of the Anusara method. 

The demanding Anusara yoga training course curriculum makes the Anusara yoga method distinct from many others teaching systems.

Earning the licensed membership title of “Certified Anusara Teacher” is the result of many years of devoted practice and training in multiple fields of yogic studies.

Certified teachers are trained in biomechanics, yogic philosophy, anatomy, effective teaching language, class theming, therapeutics, alignment principles, and more….

Anusara teacher Robin Christ receiving her certification

Applying for a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher Licensing:

A Certified Anusara yoga teacher license entitles a teacher to market themselves as Anusara or Certified Anusara Yoga teachers and title their classes and workshops as Anusara yoga. Pre-approved licensed Certified Anusara teachers can begin offering the Anusara 200-hour Teacher Training. This license earns them the right to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Anusara yoga teachers. 

Anusara teacher Adolfo Sauri receiving congratulations from Will Doran for his certification

Certified Anusara teachers describe their completion of the certification process and final licensing as a life-time achievement. A true recognition of years of dedicated training and teaching refinement.

Prerequisites for application

To apply for Certified Anusara teacher license, the applicant must meet the two (2) following mandatory criteria:

  • 200-hour Anusara Teacher Training + 300-hour Anusara Teacher Training. (Total Anusara hours = 500)
    300-hour Anusara Teacher Training (including the Anusara Bridge Program for teachers who have already completed a 200-hour teacher training in another style of yoga) + additional 200 hours of Anusara workshop/retreat training hours. (Total Anusara hours = 500)
  • At least four (4) years yoga teaching experience, including 2 years teaching as a licensed Anusara- Inspired yoga teacher. 

The 3-Part Certified Anusara Licensing Process:

A distinguishing feature of Anusara licensing is the Certification Process. When a teacher applies for Certified Anusara licensing they first need to complete the Certification Process, a milestone in the Anusara yoga professional development continuum. Here, teachers undergo further refinement of their skills through written exam, practical evaluations and peer mentoring. To complete licensing a teacher must complete the following:

  1. Application 
    • Have a Certified Anusara teacher/mentor view your class and approve you for Certification Process using the Universal Class Assessment Form – UCAF (approval must meet the Certified Anusara teacher requirements)
    • Submit application form with credit hour log and copy of mentor’s UCAF.
    • Payment of application fee
  2. Certification Process: 
    • Written exam 
    • Class assessment process with a Certified Anusara assessor
  3. License purchase 
    • Sign license agreement contract
    • Payment of annual license fee (prorated if applying in the middle of your membership year)

With the completion of the licensing process, the candidate has earned the legal right to use the trademarked title of Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher. A beautiful Anusara yoga teaching certificate will be mailed to the teacher, and they will be listed in Anusara’s online Teacher Directory as a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher.

Certified Anusara yoga teachers Will Doran, Kim Friedmann and Jayendra Handley

Already a yoga teacher in another style of yoga?  

No problem! Simply complete the Anusara Bridge Program or ask your teacher trainer if the Bridge program is required for their program and you’ll be eligible to start the 300-hour Anusara Teacher Training right away.


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