In the absence of federally regulated standards, YogaWorks has created a pathway for teachers to achieve this benchmark that represents the highest level of education and skill: the YogaWorks Certification process. YogaWorks grants certification on those teachers who are recognized by a panel of experienced instructors, as knowledgeable and mature, creative, thorough and compassionate. These are teachers who can hold a room, see students’ bodies, offer appropriate modifications and adjustments, and create a well-organized and intelligent sequence of poses. These teachers, to whom YogaWorks lends its name, also have an understanding of yoga philosophy and its depth as well as technical skill with asana and pranayama. YogaWorks Certification is an emblem of this comprehensive knowledge: Our gold standard for teaching yoga.
Step One: The Diploma
Upon successful completion of the YogaWorks 200-Hour Teacher Training, trainees will receive a YogaWorks diploma as an acknowledgement of the successful completion of the course. Receipt of a YogaWorks diploma is the first step toward YogaWorks certification as well as a doorway into teaching. With this diploma new teachers can begin the process of refining their skills as a yoga teacher at many local gyms and small yoga studios, as well as with private clients and YogaWorks exchange programs in emerging markets.
Trainees will also receive their Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Certification (RYT-200) as soon as they apply for it and pay a registration fee. Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Certification offers the added benefit of a listing on their website and the recognition of a national certifying body. Yoga Alliance certification is also a requirement for employment at many gyms and yoga studios.
Step Two: YogaWorks 300-Hour Professional Program
Trainees who are interested in continuing with their education through YogaWorks 300-Hour Program may apply for admission and, if accepted, receive an additional 300 hours through successful completion of this course. These 300 hours can then be applied towards the 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification (RYT-500) as well as eventual YogaWorks certification.
The YogaWorks Professional Program offers a curriculum that builds on the material presented in YogaWorks initial 200-hour training as well as a six-month apprenticeship with a senior teacher whom trainees assist weekly, and meet with monthly to gain valuable in-class experience and one-on-one attention. This training is a thorough, professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It rounds out and solidifies a teacher’s complete education.
Once a trainee has successfully completed 500 hours, they are eligible to apply for YogaWorks Certification.
Step Three: YogaWorks Certification
Assessment is offered twice a year in Los Angeles and once a year in New York and consists of a written exam on all aspects of yoga: philosophy, anatomy, sequencing, as well as a practical exam to assess teaching skills in which applicants are asked to teach a half hour sequence of asana in front of a panel of senior teachers. Applicants who this panel deems representative of YogaWorks standards receive a certificate and are considered “YogaWorks Certified.”
YogaWorks Certification is an important achievement in the evolution of a teacher as it represents a vote of confidence from the best respected yoga teacher training program in the country. It also opens the door to many new career opportunities including the possibility of one day leading YogaWorks Teacher Trainings.