Yoga Unify intends to be the trusted source when it comes to choosing a yoga professional to hire or with whom to study. This provides the general public with the guarantee that when guided by the Yoga Unify seal of Qualification, they are being led to a skilled and ethical yoga professional. By identifying the range of experience among yoga educators through our innovative portfolio review process and collaborative peer review process, vetting professionals for competency, and requiring a commitment to ethics, together we elevate the profession of yoga.
What Are Qualification Designations?
Multiple designations of Qualification are not intended as hierarchical—there is a place for all of us at Yoga Unify—but instead, as benchmarks that identify the current level of skill and embodiment of a yoga teacher or professional. It is from this place of awareness that Yoga Unify can support and nurture the growth and continued embodiment of the yoga teacher with advisors, mentors, grants, and pathways to lifelong learning and excellence. You do not need to have taken a teacher training or a certification to Qualify with Yoga Unify, as we understand that yoga education may be transmitted in myriad ways.
Yoga Instructor (YU-QP1)
The Yoga Instructor has a foundational understanding of the principles and practices of yoga. An Instructor has enough knowledge and skill to lead a basic yoga class (1:1 or group). An Instructor is still developing their own teaching voice. A Yoga Instructor has made a solid commitment to ethics.
Yoga Guide (YU-QP2)
The Yoga Guide has a fluent understanding of the principles and practices of yoga. A Guide has fluent knowledge and skill to teach an effective yoga class to groups of people with a range of abilities, preferences, and needs. A Guide can design and lead an inclusive class (or longer workshop, course, or curriculum) and they have the adaptive skills necessary to effectively teach in diverse environments and to a range of populations.
Yoga Mentor (YU-QP3)
The Yoga Mentor has an advanced understanding of the practices of yoga, and embodies the principles of yoga. A Mentor has advanced knowledge and skill in one, or more, concentrated areas to allow for specialization. They are conscious catalysts, exhibiting applied yogic action. They are able to teach a group of teachers, or otherwise direct their wisdom, skill, and knowledge in the field of yoga as called upon.
Yoga Adept (YU-QP4)
The Yoga Adept has expert knowledge and a lifetime of experience with the principles and practices of yoga. They are transmitters of the teachings, inspired to inspire. They embody yoga and display dedication to the practice, the tradition, and the profession. They have contributed a body of work in service to yoga, and all beings. Adepts are peer-reviewed, dissertation-style, led by the Yoga Unify Council on Qualifications and engaging the Yoga Unify community for the purpose of group transmission, information dissemination, community innovation, and community inspiration.
How Does it Work?
YU has chosen a collaborative peer review process to involve the community collectively in assessment and in celebration. You’ll be asked to self-assess your competencies, and to reach out to your teachers, peers, and students (if you have them) to sign off on your self-assessment.
All submitted materials will be reviewed by our Qualifications Team, and you’ll have an opportunity to set up a one-on-one meeting with a Qualifications advisor. The process is not only for Yoga Unify, however; but meant to provide space for self-analysis so that candidates can determine where they hope to focus their personal efforts toward learning and growth.
The median fee for individual Qualification application is $180 applied on an income based sliding scale. If you are a Yoga Unify Founding Circle Member, the application fee is waived.
I am impressed and moved by its mission to change the way people are able to navigate through the complex roadmap which is modern-day yoga. Yoga Unify is a very thorough and well thought out system of making growth accessible to many different people on many different paths.
– Sarah Platt-Finger