If you’ve navigated here, congratulations! Taking an interest in Professional Qualification with Yoga Unify is your first step toward commiting to a more ethical and safe yoga community, while leveling-up the profession and preserving the tradition. Yoga Unify is changing the paradigm of yoga education, to be more supportive of yoga as a lifelong journey of study, philosophy, practice, and lifestyle.
You may recognize Yoga Unify Qualified Professionals by the “YU-QP” after their name. You can trust the Yoga Unify seal of Qualification to lead you to an ethical and safe teacher.
Yoga Instructor (YU-QP1)
A Yoga Instructor has a basic understanding of what it means to lead a yoga class (1:1 or group) and is inspired and dedicated to sharing the practice of yoga. An Instructor is still developing their own “teaching voice.” As an Instructor, a professional may only feel comfortable providing basic information on common terminologies such as the history of yoga, sacred texts, pranayama, and basic anatomy. A Yoga Instructor has made a solid commitment to ethics. The decision to become a yoga instructor is determined through many years of the practice and study of yoga and/or through the encouragement of an elder yoga mentor or senior yoga teacher. Suggested years of experience are one (1) to three (3) years.
*An applicant for Yoga Unify Qualified Professional status as Instructor (YU-QP1 | Instructor) participates in the YU Collaborative Peer Review Process, self-assessing and providing confirmation of demonstration of competency from their teachers.
Yoga Guide (YU-QP2)
A Yoga Guide is fluent in their knowledge of the core competencies of yoga. A Guide would not only have the ability to design an effective class or curriculum, but have the ability to adapt to the needs of all levels of students practicing together in the same class regardless of the style of class. Yoga Guides have begun to study their primary modality with a deeper intention and have applied their knowledge of the origins of yoga, other modalities, meditation, anatomy, contraindications, and hands-on assists. Moreover, a Guide may have general knowledge of Sanskrit, pranayama, mantra, asana, bandha, yogic cleanses, and sacred texts. A Yoga Guide has found their unique voice and has an intrinsic motivation to share their yogic knowledge.
Teaching the spiritual knowledge of yoga transforms as a calling. The Yoga Guide is able to teach from a place of embodied experience. Suggested years of yogic experiences are two (2) to ten (10) years.
*An applicant for Yoga Unify Qualified Professional status as Guide (YU-QP2 | Guide) participates in the YU Collaborative Peer Review Process, self-assessing and providing confirmation of demonstration of competency from their teachers and peers.
Yoga Mentor (YU-QP3)
A Yoga Mentor has advanced skill in advising professional yoga teachers and/or other specialists, such as yoga therapists, ayurvedic practitioners, occupational therapists, and educators. Additionally, a Yoga Mentor is a conscious catalyst, who is inspired to inspire. They are dedicated to unconditionally holding a space of grace emanating from ancestral awareness and a sacred stance towards the development of healthy, self-sovereign, empowered beings. A Mentor demonstrates a commitment to courageous self-inquiry on their personal path and has a dedicated sadhana. They are well-organized and train yoga practitioners strategically with an intention of improving their own craft of yogic transmission. A Yoga Mentor demonstrates awareness of the micro and macro positioning of yoga within the global community to allow inclusiveness for those who are or may feel marginalized. At this level, a Yoga Mentor may lead workshops, immersions, and trainings, as they continue their own quest for more knowledge and skill refinement. A Yoga Mentor has extensive experience and has immersed in skills of engaging others in yogic studies. Furthermore, they humbly recognize that in training and teaching others, they are the lifelong student of yoga, as well. Suggested years of experience are ten (10) to thirty (30) years.
*An applicant for Yoga Unify Qualified Professional status as Mentor (YU-QP3 | Mentor) participates in the YU Collaborative Peer Review Process, self-assessing and providing confirmation of demonstration of competency from their teachers, peers, and students.
Yoga Adept (YU-QP4)
The Yoga Adept is recognized by his/her peers as an expert of yoga, having achieved mastery of themselves. At this level, the professional has contributed a body of work to the yoga community. The Yoga Adept’s work could consist of selfless service, innovation to yoga, or life’s dedication to yoga that spans several decades, although there may be special exceptions. Ultimately, the Yoga Adept is a tradition holder. They contribute their knowledge and expertise through the form of a book or a presentation that has never been presented. The Yoga Adept embodies all the teachings of yoga, and may be a blend of traditionalist and innovator of the art of yoga. The Yoga Adept may be recognized as a healer’s healer.
*A candidate petitioning to become a YU-QP4 Yoga Adept will present in a dissertation-style process.