Table of Contents
Table of Contents … 1
Introduction & Intention … 2
Certification Requirements … 3
Central Teaching Elements … 4
Certification Process Checklist … 5
Video Requirements … 6
Continuing Education … 7
Introduction & Intention
Dear Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher,
Thank you for your interest in Anusara yoga teacher certification. With love, respect and honor, Anusara teachers are dedicated to serving and helping each student build their self-esteem, unveil their innate goodness, worthiness, and Supreme nature. Another emphasis for Anusara yoga teachers is evoking lightheartedness, playfulness, fun, celebration and joyful creativity in the student’s yoga practice. Students are also encouraged to be independent in their thinking and to resist mindless conformity.
The Anusara yoga certification program is among the most professional and demanding in the industry of yoga teaching. All Certified Anusara Yoga Teachers complete several years of study, including hundreds of classroom hours with other Certified Anusara Yoga Teachers. They all go through multiple teacher training courses and teach professionally for a minimum of four years, before formally entering the certification process.
Once you have met the prerequisites (listed below), you can submit your application and begin the certification process. You must be a currently-licensed Anusara-Inspired Teacher (AIT) to apply. ALL OF OUR FORMS are available ONLINE in the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga (Our School) Teachers’ Lounge. If submitting the forms and/or payments online is not possible, please contact Ory Brown, our Licensing Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anusara yoga certification process is designed to be a wonderful process of education and building self-esteem. When both the exam and video(s) meet approval, you will be awarded certification. If either the exam or video does not meet certification standards, then you will be clearly informed on what to work on in your teaching and/or practice for some period of time, usually 3-6 months. During this time you will be encouraged to contact your assigned certification assessor by phone or email to discuss aspects of your teaching or practice. You will then be asked to resubmit another video for evaluation or send an addendum to the exam. Generally teachers complete the exam and video process within one year of application. Finally, once the exam and video have been approved a beautiful Anusara yoga teaching certificate will be mailed to you.
The process of certification is, in many ways, more important than actually receiving a certificate. Earning an Anusara yoga certificate honors and acknowledges that the teacher has done a great deal of study and practice in the art of teaching yoga. The certificate is not a contract that forces the teacher to follow any dogma or to limit the teacher’s creativity and individuality. On the contrary, the certificate is similar to a diploma that the teacher earns by completing all the certification requirements of Anusara yoga. The teacher is encouraged to grow and develop, fulfilling his or her own individual potential. Once you have completed the certification process, sign the Anusara yoga license agreement, abide by Anusara yoga’s ethical guidelines, continue to regularly study and practice Anusara yoga, and pay the annual license fee, you earn the legal right to promote yourself as a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher. If in the future, you lose your certification status with Anusara, you can still advertise that you “once were Anusara yoga certified,” however, you are not permitted to promote yourself as a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, if you do not hold an active license with Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. In the spirit of simplifying life, all the information and documents that you will need to prepare for certification are available in a downloadable printer-friendly packet on our website, which you may save to your computer for easy personal reference.
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Certification Application Requirements
The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga is an internationally recognized Hatha yoga school that offers a professional yoga teacher certification for teachers who meet the following requirements:
Prerequisites for applying for certification – Please ensure that you have met all of the prerequisites before submitting your certification application.
- Current Anusara-Inspired license – License agreement signed and current. License fees paid and current.
- Minimum of 4 years of teaching hatha yoga: Minimum of 1.5 hours per week for 40 weeks within each year = total of 60 hours teaching per year and 120 hours teaching in the 2 years.
- Minimum of 2 years of teaching Anusara-Inspired yoga classes with the Anusara-Inspired license. These two years can be included in the 4 years of hatha yoga teaching above.
- Minimum of 4 years practicing and studying hatha yoga, including:
- Minimum of 1.5 hours of public per week for 40 weeks per year = total of 240 classroom hours over 4 years.
- Minimum of 1 hour/day – 4 days/week for 52 weeks/year = 832 hours of home asana practice over 4 years.
- Minimum 2 years of practicing and studying Anusara yoga. These two years can be included in the 4 years of hatha yoga practice listed above.
- Minimum of 2 years practicing sitting meditation. Minimum of 15 minutes/day, 6 days/week = 156 practice hours of meditation practice over 2 years.
- Completion of one 200-Hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training (or one 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training plus a 36-Hour Bridge Program).
- Completion of one 300-Hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training. Including the following: 144-hours of required modules and 156 elective hours. Including:
- REQUIRED MODULES – Taught by Experienced Certified Anusara Teacher (ECAT), inc. the following modules:
- Teaching with the UPA’s
- Teaching with a Theme
- Observation and Adjustment
- Methodology and Co-Mentoring
- REQUIRED MODULES – Taught by ECAT or Licensed Subject Matter Specialist (SMS)
- Philosophy (24 hours)
- Anatomy (24 hours)
- Teaching Meditation
- Teaching Pranayma
- ELECTIVE HOURS (Taught by ECAT, Certifed Anusara Teacher (CAT), or Licensed SMS (36 hours maximum with SMS)
- 156 Hours of Anusara Teacher Training Elective Modules, Anusara Teacher Continuing Education, Anusara Workshops, and the Anusara Bridge Program are all examples of Elective Hours that may be included in the 300-Hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training.
- Public classes do NOT qualify as elective hours for the 300-Hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training.
Teaching skills – Observed by a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher via a live class or video that includes an entire class from beginning to end. The class must be between 60 and 90 minutes in length. The video must capture clear audio and video, as well as the teacher and a majority of the students at all times. The video must depict a well-rounded class in which the applicant demonstrates the knowledge and skill of teaching Anusara yoga, including all of the central teaching elements.
Knowledge and understanding of Anusara Yoga – Tested by a take-home exam, subjects including but not limited to the following:
- Yoga Asana
- Yoga Philosophy
- Yoga History
- Yoga Anatomy and Kinesiology
- Universal Principles of Alignment
- Pranayama & Meditation
- Asana Sequencing
- Anusara Methodology
Asana performance ─ The ability to perform most of the Level I Syllabus of poses with a yogic Attitude, good Alignment, and balanced Action. Asana performance will be observed and evaluated during classes and workshops by a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher.
- Anusara Immersion Manual
- Teacher Training Manual
- Light on Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar)
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- Bhagavad Gita
- The Splendor of Recognition (Pratyabhijna Hrdayam)
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Shiva Sutras: Supreme Awakening (Swami Lakshmanjoo)
- Anatomy of Movement (Blandine Calais Germain)
- Meditation for the Love of It (Sally Kempton)
Central Teaching Elements
Include the following central teaching elements in each class in order to avoid the most common teaching mistakes and hence dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of your teaching. This list of teaching elements is simply a summary of some of the most important elements described in this section on the art and skill of teaching yoga.
1. Begin the class by having the students take their seats and turning inside to become mentally and spiritually centered. Without a brief period of centering and establishing intention in the beginning of class, the spiritual art of yoga can easily degrade into a mere physical work-out session.
2. The initial period of centering and invoking blessings should be reasonably brief in order to start warm-up exercises within the first 7 minutes of class. The warm-up poses should be performed dynamically – held briefly and repeated several times – so to help dissolve any sluggishness and inertia. Do not start the class too slowly, or give too much commentary or instruction in the beginning of class.
3. Set a heart-oriented theme for the class, and then periodically interweave it throughout the entire class, not just at the beginning or end of class.
4. Evoke the attitudinal theme in the students’ poses by using language, images, and anecdotes that are clearly contextualized, so that the postural instructions truly inspire and make sense to the students. The heart quality of one of the virtues will enhance your theme, i.e., cultivating courage or humility. This heart quality should be paired with one of the 5 principles like Muscular Energy, Open to Grace, or Inner Spiral. The theme and heart quality should repeat throughout the class and bring the students into their own hearts and the deeper purpose of yoga. The heart quality and theme are tools to connect students to their deep intention (sankalpa) to become more in tune with their essential nature.
5. Stick to one or two central attitudinal themes/heart qualities throughout the class. Do not confuse the students or dilute your presentation by mixing a variety of themes.
6. Look at the foundation of the pose! See if the students have set the foundation properly. Do not start instructing other parts of the pose until the foundation is properly set. It is a major error of teaching yoga to instruct postural details on a minor part of the pose while the foundation is grossly misaligned.
7. Relate your postural instructions to what you are observing with the students’ poses. Teach to what you are seeing. Do not fall into automatic pilot and rattle off standard postural instructions without looking for the common misalignments.
8. Walk around the classroom while teaching. Don’t spend much time teaching while performing the poses at the front of the class, since you cannot easily observe the students if you don’t walk around the classroom.
9. Be sure to help inexperienced, stiff or weak students achieve the rough form of the pose. Use both verbal and physical adjustments to help them move along with the rest of the class. These students must be given special attention. Do not neglect these students.
10. Keep demonstrations succinct and focused on just 2 or 3 specific postural actions. Do not teach a lot of general alignment points when demonstrating. Include heart theme/quality in the demo.
11. Link instructions. Also, remember to connect alignment instructions with the breath.
12. Allow for sufficient time to cool down and conclude the class properly with cooling poses, Savasana, and a blessing. Allow each class to connect you to your deepest longing to serve the highest for yourself and your students.
13. Remember to remain soft, open and enjoy yourself – ultimately that’s how you will do your best teaching.
Certification Process Checklist
❏ 1. Complete the Anusara Certification Application: https://www.anusarayoga.com/certification-application/
❏ 2. Pay the Application Fee – when you complete the Anusara Certification Application you will be redirected to Mind Body Online (MBO).
❏ 3. Download, complete, and submit the Credit Hours Log along with all training certificates related to training hours: https://www.anusarayoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ASHY-Credit-Hour-Log.pdf
❏ 4. Download and familiarize yourself with the Universal Class Assessment Form:
❏ 5. Contact a Certified Anusara Teacher and request them to observe your class or a video of your class AND to submit the Universal Class Assessment Form: https://www.anusarayoga.com/universal-class-assessment-form-ucaf-2/
❏ 6. Schedule your Certification Exam with the Anusara Licensing Specialist, Ory Brown (email@example.com). The exam takes most applicants between 30 and 40 hours to complete and you have 10 days to complete the exam from the time you receive it. Schedule appropriately.
❏ 7. Complete the exam and submit it to Ory Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). Within two weeks of submitting your exam, your Anusara Certification Assessor (ASA) will contact you to schedule a review of the exam. The review typically takes 60-90 minutes. Some follow-up work may be required after the review. [The Anusara Certification Assessor is selected by the Anusara Director of Professional Development. The ASA will review your exam first and your video later. The ASA will be a Certified Anusara Teacher in a different part of the world. The intention is that the ASA does not have a prior relationship with the applicant.]
❏ 8. Create a class plan, submit a Class Planning Form to your Assessor, and have a conversation with your Assessor regarding the class plan. Class planning forms can be found here: https://www.anusarayoga.com/class-planning-forms/
❏ 9. Once your Anusara Certification Assessor approves your Class Plan then record a video of your class AND complete the Universal Class Assessment Form (UCAF). Make sure that the video reflects the central teaching elements of an Anusara class that clearly demonstrates the Central Teaching Elements of an Anusara Class, outlined in the Certification Video Self-Assessment Form. Submit the video and the form to your assessor. The UCAF can be found here: https://www.anusarayoga.com/universal-class-assessment-form-ucaf-2/
❏ 10. Repeat the video submission process as necessary. Remember, this is a learning process and one of the last times you will receive specific feedback on your knowledge and teaching skills. Rewriting part of the exam and/or re-shooting part or all of the class video is not uncommon. This is all part of the process. Relax, breathe, and enjoy.
❏ 11. After final approval by your Assessor, Ory will send you a link to pay the annual Certified license fee.
Each certification video must capture an entire class from beginning to end, with a duration of between 60 and 90 minutes. Both audio and video must be clear and easy to review. The camera position must capture the teacher and a majority of the students at all times and must clearly show adjustments and demonstrations. Video with a stationary camera is highly recommended and preferred.
The video must depict a well-rounded class that clearly demonstrates the knowledge and skill of the teacher. The class should be a regular public class with a wide variety of postures and students of varying skill levels, from basic to advanced. A minimum of 6 students is required.
All of the Central Teaching Elements of an Anusara yoga class must be presented and demonstrated by the teacher in the class. Please refer to the Central Teaching Elements in this packet AND please review and be familiar with the Universal Class Assessment Form (UCAF), as you will be required to submit the form along with your video.
Please record your class on phone, camera, or other video recording device and upload the video to one of the following platforms:
You may keep these video private/unlisted and share them with the Assessor.
Anusara Elements Teachers
Suggested Annual Education
- 10 hours of continuing education
- 5 contact hours in workshop/training with a current Inspired or Certified teacher or approved philosophy scholar.
- 5 non-contact hours : Approved online learning, participation in ASHY online-community learning opportunities (e.g. book discussions).
- Elements teachers with 2 years teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply for Inspired status. Those who wish to remain AET beyond 2 years may be required to have a Class Evaluation.
Anusara-Inspired and Certified Anusara Yoga Teachers
Suggested Biennial Education (every 2 years)
- 20 hours over two years.
- 10 contact hours in workshop/training with a currently licensed Certified Anusara yoga teacher or Anusara-Inspired yoga
- 10 non-contact Approved online learning, participation in ASHY online-community learning opportunities (e.g. book discussions) or study with a teacher outside Anusara yoga that holds an ERYT-500 or equivalent certification.
- 10 contact hours in workshop/training with a currently licensed Certified Anusara yoga teacher or Anusara-Inspired yoga
- Peer class review by an Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher or a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher using the UCAF.