Teacher Qualifications

THE CONVERSATION: What qualifications are necessary to be a yoga teacher?

Some of the questions that this group will work through are what prerequisites if any should there be to take a yoga teacher training? Is the current 200hr/500hr system sufficient? Do we need more hours? Different levels?

We have brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices to maximize the perspectives and resources within this area of inquiry. They represent one stream of input in the process — represented in the timeline activities below — alongside the thousands of voices inside and outside of yoga who have already contributed their viewpoints through a comprehensive survey, focus groups, online discussions, and other channels that will continue to be offered through the duration of this project.

Teacher Qualifications Working Group Timeline

Timeline events include scheduled calls with the assigned advisory committee to refine recommendation papers, as well as supporting podcasts and workshops.

View the summarized timeline for all working groups here.

Advisors on this group:

Trina Altman

Trina Altman

Trina Altman, BS, PMA-CPT, received her training through STOTT PILATES® and is an E-RYT 500. She’s the creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®, which take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of yoga and Pilates and their relationship to ...
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Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their ...
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Donalee Campbell

Donalee Campbell

Donalee Campbell, E-RYT 200, is a Certified Senior Teacher (800hrs+) with the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA) and is well known throughout Alberta in her role as Coordinator for the YAA Teacher Training and Equivalency Certification Programs.  An umbrella organization, ...
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Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham, E-RYT 500, YACEP, believes that yoga is a path towards cultivating wellness — which for them involves a daily practice of breathing, meditation, and movement. They spent many years attending Barbara Benagh's weekly teachers' class as well as ...
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Nischala Joy Devi

Nischala Joy Devi

Nischala Joy Devi, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing ...
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David Emerson

David Emerson

David Emerson, YACEP, TCTSY-F, is the founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga." He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention ...
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Maty Ezraty

Maty Ezraty

Maty Ezraty, E-RYT 500, is a uniquely inspiring teacher known for her dynamic style of teaching, a keen eye for observation and a depth of knowledge that is steeped in years of practice. Maty discovered yoga in her early 20's ...
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Leslie Glickman

Leslie Glickman

Leslie Glickman teaches a broad spectrum of yoga, including Vinyasa, yin, and meditation. Her "Pause, Breathe, Notice, Feel" ideology is the foundation to her teaching approach. She believes there is a yoga for "every body" and strives to be mindful ...
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Amy Ippoliti

Amy Ippoliti

Amy is a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist. Her caring approach brings ancient wisdom to modern yogis, both on and off the mat. She is known for her genuine style of teaching, intelligent sequencing, compelling and clear instruction, and ...
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Val Spies

Val Spies

Val Spies, E-RYT500 is the owner/director of the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga established in 2003. The Lotus Pond 200/300hr. Teacher Training programs originated in 2006 and graduate an average of 60 teachers per year.  Val is the lead teacher ...
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Peter Sterios

Peter Sterios

Peter Sterios, ERYT-500, has been part of the global yoga community for over four decades as a teacher, writer, and entrepreneur based in San Luis Obispo, California. He is the creator of Manduka™, a leading eco-yoga products company based in ...
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