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Yahweh Yoga Teaching Academy Earns Distinction as First, Exclusively Christian, Yoga Academy Worldwide to Receive both accreditations as State License as Private Post-Secondary Education College and Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.
In 2009, Yahweh Yoga Christian Yoga Teaching Academy announced it has been named a licensed, private, post-secondary education college by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The licensure remains today and complements the organization’s existing status as a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance institution and makes it the first Christian Yoga Teaching Academy worldwide to achieve this status.
Answering Your Questions
1. Is accreditation necessary?
Our experience shows us that the school you choose needs to be accredited in order for you to maximize your career and ministry opportunities. For the safety of their customers and yoga students, many potential employers will ask for your credentials including the name of the school from which you graduated. In fact, in recent years, so many groups that were not licensed or accredited started offering yoga teacher training that forty state governments concluded that there was the need to pass a law requiring anyone accrediting yoga teachers to be a Licensed Private Post Secondary Education (PPSE) institution.
2. Who is Yoga Alliance and why is it important to be a Registered Yoga School with them?
According to their website, “Yoga Alliance® is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. They work in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction.”
Universally recognized as the world’s authority for setting standards and ethics for yoga school curriculums, yoga teacher trainings and yoga instructors, Yoga Alliance sets high curriculum requirements which include 180-hours hands-on with ERYTs and RYTs before any individual can earn status as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with them. In order for students to earn their RYT, they must attend a Registered Yoga School (RYS) that has been approved by Yoga Alliance. Yahweh Yoga has been a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance since 2005. We love and appreciate them and their work!
4. How does Yoga Alliance Support You—and Christian Yoga?
We have a multi-faceted response for this question, so we’ve decided to bullet-point them for easier reading:
- As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yahweh Yoga you gain instant respect and credibility with other professionals throughout the yoga industry. These professionals are your potential employers. The Yoga Alliance RYT designation denotes excellence in meeting high educational training standards. It gives you an edge with perspective employment opportunities.
- Yoga Alliance supports all yoga. Their motto is “Diversity. Integrity. Community.” It’s a pleasure working with them. They’re genuinely supportive of the Christian yoga movement. In fact, Yoga Alliance has chosen to list Yahweh Yoga as a specific and separate style of yoga on their website: i.e. Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara and Yahweh Yoga.
- You may have heard that Yoga Alliance requires students to say Hindu Prayers and doesn’t allow Christian yoga schools to use Bibles. This simply is not the case. Yoga Alliance welcomes all faiths and allows us to use the Bible in our curriculum wherever we see fit. If you have any questions about this, please contact Yoga Alliance personally at 1.888.921.YOGA (9642).
- In our training, we do teach a section called “History of Yoga” which is not only an interesting study, but it is useful in understanding today’s yoga industry. By studying yoga’s history, you will be assured that yoga is a “methodology” and not a “theology.” People of any religion or faith tradition, as well as those with no religion, are welcome to practice yoga. Many diverse religions use methods (or disciplines) such as prayer, fasting, study, or solitude in living out their specific faith theology. Yoga is merely one such method. And the method/discipline of Christian yoga is based entirely on the praise-worthy work of the Triune God as revealed in the Holy Bible.