Joining a professional organisation is beneficial for your own professional development and the future of your career. The connections you’ll make, the resources made available to you, and the ideas and advice you’ll discover represent an outstanding return on what amounts to a modest, manageable investment of time, money and effort. It could turn out to be one of the best things you do for yourself, your career and the yoga industry.
Yoga New Zealand is a national body for registration and representing the interests of yoga teachers from all traditions and styles of yoga, independent from any one teacher-training provider. It is a members’ organisation which operates with internationally accepted standards for professional training and teaching so that other professionals and members of the public can be assured that teachers registered with Yoga New Zealand are competent and have appropriate training and experience, depending on their level of membership.
Membership benefits include:
- – Demonstrating your commitment to yoga as a profession and the international standards required for best practice
- – Advocacy on behalf of profession at national and local government, health authorities, agencies
- – Awareness in the media
- – 30% discount on all advertising options with ‘The Yoga Lunchbox” website
- – Representation at international bodies
- – Public Liability, Statutory Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance option
- – Teacher listing, advertising events online
- – Discounts at YogaNZ events e.g. Hauora Conference
- – Recognition from New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (NZ REPs)
- – Networking with like-minded colleagues & a range of skills
- – Access to research and other resources, CPD activities
- – Use of Yoga New Zealand teaching member logo
- – Ability to volunteer, give something to the yoga profession
Entry level 1 begins with 200 hours training. For levels 3 and 4, significant hours of teaching are also required. There is an upgrade path between grades.
- Level 1 – 200 hour training over a minimum 12 months
- Level 2 – 350 hour training over a minimum 12 months
- Level 3 – 500 hour training, teaching for 5 years, and 500 hours of teaching
- Level 4 – 1000 hour training, teaching for 10 years, and 1000 hours of teaching
Annual membership including optional liability insurance is less than $200 and under $150 without insurance. For a first time application there is an applicable $57.50 application fee.
For membership including the optional insurance cover the annual fee is $197.00.
For membership not including the optional insurance cover the annual fee is $117.00.
For Yoga New Zealand Membership a comprehensive workplace first aid is required. The First Aid Certificate can be completed with any course provider which can be chosen at your own discretion we ask that the course undertaken be one that includes the NZQA units of 6401 and 6402.
Level 1 membership category is equivalent to the Yoga Alliance RYT200® standard and provides recognition in line with common international minimum requirements.
Level 3 membership category is equivalent to the Yoga Alliance RYT500® standard. Teachers will need to also give evidence of training over 5 years and 500 hours of teaching.
Applicants to become Level 1 or Level 3 members with RYT certificates will be able to upload copies of them for evidence of meeting the yoga teacher training requirements. The completion of the Curriculum Mapping Document would not be required for these applicants.
Registered Yoga Therapist
Yoga Therapists certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and have the C- IAYT qualification can directly enter the register as a Yoga Therapist. To do this they will need to be a yoga teaching member.
Teachers with other yoga qualifications will also upload their training certificates as evidence of training, but will also need to complete and submit a curriculum mapping document to confirm they have met all categories.
Yoga Teacher Curriculum Guidelines
The table gives guidelines as to minimum requirements in training and experience for membership.
Your actual training in yoga teaching may vary as required by style or tradition of yoga and may not have come from a single source – you may have acquired your expertise in different ways, from different teachers with different learning models. However, your overall training and experience must largely cover the curriculum areas and time requirements shown in the table, and you must be able to provide documentation to demonstrate this. In instances where no certificate is available, you may get testimonials, which confirm the fact that you have the training, and experience that you claim.
Please note, these are not absolute rules. Membership is considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Yoga New Zealand.
Yoga Therapist curriculum
Available on request.
A yoga therapist must also be a yoga teacher member.
Length of training
The minimum time required for integrating the philosophy and techniques of yoga into a new teacher’s life is considered to be 12 months, whether the training undertaken is full-time, part-time or by distance learning. If training time is less than 12 months then the applicant is to provide evidence of having received regular mentoring from a more senior teacher during the shortfall time.
Hours of training
The curriculum shows the minimum total hours of training required for each level. The total hours are broken down into specific hours for each essential training component. Minimum contact (face-to-face) hours are also given. In the case of distance learning courses, where face-to-face contact is limited compensatory mentoring components are to be included.
Special entry may be available, on request, for teachers who have been trained in yoga where the training was less ‘formal’ and was not certified – for example traditional training in a guru-disciple relationship; apprenticeship training. This membership category is especially relevant to teachers who gained their training and experience in the years before certification of teacher training became the accepted norm.
Once a yoga teacher has the required additional hours of training in the appropriate categories, as shown on the curriculum table then evidence of that training can be uploaded. To upgrade membership the applicant may also need to give evidence for other requirements – such as teaching hours.
Further training may come from taking an additional training course and/or through additional activities as covered by the continuing professional development (CPD) guidelines.
Each year each yoga teacher must earn a minimum of 10 CPD points. Evidence is to be provided at renewal. See here for the CPD guidelines.
As CPD can also count towards upgrading membership level, teachers are advised to keep good records of all training undertaken, along with records of actual teaching experience gained.
NZ REPS (New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals)
All Yoga New Zealand members automatically become recognised as NZ REPs Registered Yoga Teachers. As part of the new relationship being developed through the Exercise Association of New Zealand and Yoga New Zealand – REPs Registration will now be included as a benefit of Yoga New Zealand Membership. This means that all our members are automatically able to teach in fitness environments and premises. In addition, the REPs insurance is now available to Yoga New Zealand members.
The REPs Insurance Covers:
- -Professional Indemnity
- -Public Liability
- -Statutory Liability
You can find more information on the specific REPs Insurance policy on the REPs website – www.reps.org.nz/insurance
What if my training is not from a teacher-training course registered with Yoga New Zealand?
Applications for membership are welcome from all yoga teachers, not only those whose teacher-training course is registered with Yoga New Zealand.
A teacher with a RYT200® qualification may apply for level 1 membership. Evidence of training over 12 months and/or mentorship will also be needed to meet the 12 months training requirement.
Likewise, a teacher with a RYT500® qualification may apply for level 3 membership. Evidence of training over 5 years and teaching for 500 hours will also be needed.
Applicants with other training will need to complete a curriculum mapping document. Testimonials from your teachers, colleagues or students regarding the extent or nature of your teaching should be included. In cases where your statements regarding your training, experience or background cannot be substantiated through external documentation, a statutory declaration relating to this matter may be given.
What if I don’t have enough contact hours in my training?
Generally, at least 65 per cent (two-thirds) of the hours spent training to become a yoga teacher should be with face-to-face contact with your teacher (e.g. about 230 hours of 350 hours). The remaining hours can be completed as home study, as long as evidence of this study can be given. For example, if the teacher training course you attended required the completion of certain activities at home, a diary of those activities should be maintained. If the diary is checked and assessed by the training organisation as part of the course, then the home study component of the course may be counted towards your training hours.
Shortfalls in contact hours may be accepted through discussion with Yoga New Zealand on a case by case basis.
What is required of a fitness professional wanting to teach yoga in a fitness setting?
Many exercise facilities and leisure centres within New Zealand are REPs registered facilities, which means they require any individual delivering exercise or yoga within their facility to hold a REPs Registration to confirm that those delivering exercise or yoga within the facility meet the national standards for their scope of practice.
With a Yoga New Zealand Membership – the requirements for a Yoga Teacher REPs Registration would be met by any category of Yoga New Zealand membership and the registration will be issued to members when their Yoga New Zealand membership application is completed.
A REPs registered Yoga Teacher will automatically gain Level 1 Membership of Yoga New Zealand, once their training (including CPD months) exceeds 12 months. However, they can apply to be recognised at the level applicable to their full training and experience if they meet the curriculum requirements for a higher category. Please see the Curriculum Guidelines.
How can I use the Yoga New Zealand member Registration Mark?
Yoga New Zealand members can and should use the Teacher Registration Mark in their advertising and promotional materials. Use of the Registration Mark is limited to advertising, promotional materials and pages of your website directly related to your teaching. The Registration Mark cannot be used in such a way as to suggest that Yoga New Zealand has recognised any other aspects of your business – only your yoga teaching. Your right to use the Registration Mark remains always at the discretion of the Yoga New Zealand.