Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a Lifelong Journey – I’m On Board for Life and Always Refining.

Balance, Peace, Health, Truth, Clarity come from Yoga.

Yoga Accelerates the Pace of my Personal Evolution; In All Ways.

Yoga, because it keeps me Peaceful and Healthy and in Alignment with my Soul and Purpose.

Yoga, because it Connects Me Deeper to Humanity and to the Practice that is Off-the-Mat.

Yoga Helps to Keep Me (somewhat) Sane.

Yoga is Life, Peace, Freedom, Humility, Compassion, Awareness.

Yoga is a Pathway to my Growth and Awareness.

Yoga is an Important Self-Care and Personal Therapy Practices.

Yoga is a Blueprint to Being Comfortable in My Own Skin.

Yoga Keeps Me Consciously Breathing.

Yoga is the Beginning of Everything.

My Yoga Practice is My Inner Sanctuary Where I Reconnect with Poise and Serenity Daily.

Yoga is a Pathway to Divine Guidance.

Yoga Keeps Mind and Body Flexible, Steady & Open.

My Yoga Practice Always Brings to the Center of the Present Moment. 

The Energetics of My Practice is a Part of My Life, an Art Form that is Inseparable from my Way of Being in my World.

Yoga Informs my Path and Purpose.

My Yoga Practice Brings Me Both Peace of Mind and the Fire to Create an Action (MY Karma).

My Yoga Practice Gives Me the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit to be able to Serve Humanity from a Grounded, Whole Place of Love and Devotion for our Collective Healing and Transformation.

Yoga brings Peace and Comfort in Every Breath I Take, On or Off the Mat.

I Practice Yoga because it Allows Me to Elevate my Consciousness and Character.

Yoga is a Practice for How I Want to Live My Life.

Yoga Provides Me with Tools that Enhances my Personal and Professional Development.

Practicing Yoga Confers Benefits onto the Body, Nervous System, and Mind.

My Being Wants the Freedom and My Heart Needs the Stillness Discovered by the Practice of Yoga.

Practicing You is art of Imperfection that Signals We Need More Practice. 

What Do YU Qualifications Have to Do with Energy Transmission? Read On.

May 18, 2021Future of Yoga

yu qualifications change yoga education

We trust our yoga instructors with a lot. As a philosophy with religious traditions, yoga is a complicated intellectual journey that asks us to understand deep and complex concepts. As a movement practice, asana can be physically demanding and lead to serious injury if attempted in an unsupported environment. Regardless, both the physical and emotional aspects of yoga are often touted as a way to find healing in the body. There are no shortage of yoga practitioners who claim that the practice of physical yoga is what allowed them to cure their back pain or their shoulder immobility; nor whose emotional trauma was soothed by meditation. 

In terms of the healing benefits yoga offers, it’s not so different from other traditional healing arts, such as acupuncture or therapy. And yet unlike both examples, there is no central assessment body that reviews the quality of a teacher’s personal education and experience—until now. Teacher trainings vary wildly when it comes to “graduation” assessment, meaning that as a yoga student or practitioner, it is nearly impossible to determine whether the teacher of your group class has been personally assessed for a basic understanding of either yoga philosophy, anatomy, or even a more amorphous ability to hold space. This is what Yoga Unify is changing

Continuing Education is About More than “CE Credits”

Many yoga professionals insist on the pursuit of higher education for their own efficacy: to bring a greater depth of knowledge, insight, and understanding to their students. Others may pursue additional “continuing education credits” for the prestige. But in either case, pursuing education even while teaching is a crucial part of being a yoga professional. Anne Minter, an adjunct professor at Miami University, yoga researcher, Kundalini teacher, and Yoga Unify Education Lead says that “every profession has a certain vibrational pattern to it that tracks professionals who move through the system. Yoga,” she says, “is in contrast because every entry point is the same.” 

In the yoga world, there hasn’t been—again, until now—a progression for yoga professionals beyond a 500-hour RYT. “Yoga Unify Qualification levels matter because they’re a multi-dimensional progression for anyone working in the field,” says Anne. “If yoga is going to reach its power and expression, it has to follow an energy current from that vibrational field, and include sequential steps, like all professions have. So the different lines of Qualifications are the sequential steps that allow us to have fundamentals,” she says. 

The Responsibility of  Yoga Professionals 

Why does this matter? There’s the obvious idea that by assessing the quality of a teacher’s ability, it could lead to more student safety. A teacher who has been trained—and evaluated—in their anatomy skill, for example, will be a more supportive guide for a back-bending sequence than someone who has not. But according to Anne, it’s more complicated than that. Big, real shifts happen for people in a yoga practice. In many instances, it’s the first time that people may have experienced something like that. As such, a yoga teacher may often hold space for both a physical and a psychological transformation. 

“There are so many people I’ve worked with where they fall in love with the practice, have a honeymoon phase. They’re seeing things differently, and it’s just a sense of beauty,” recalls Anne. “And then the energy moves in their system as they have a new consciousness, a new subtleness, and the things that were comfortable start to become uncomfortable.” When this happens, says Anne, we need guides to usher people through this science of self-evolution, similar to the way you’d want to have a psychologist or psychiatrist to usher you through those types of healing shifts. 

How Yoga Unify is Creating Qualifications

The Governing Council on Qualifications and Education will be first Qualifying the Founding Circle. From there, the ability to be YU Qualified will open up to the yoga community at large. Qualification Levels will be Instructor →  Guide → Mentor → Adept. 

To learn more about Yoga Unify Qualifications, click here. Join us in the Founding Circle to be among the first to be Qualified, and to be a part of changing the yoga community.

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