GOYA-CYS200

GOYA-CYS200 Standards

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GOYA Expectations

  • Uphold the principles of the GOYA Code of Ethics.
  • Uphold the principles of the GOYA Code of Conduct.
  • Adherence to GOYA curriculum standards and guidelines set by GOYA for the respective certification level.
  • Participate in community engagement in the broader GOYA community, sharing insights, ideas and more.
  • Maintain transparent communication with both students and the GOYA organization.
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  • You school possess a compassionate spirit, and even in moments of imperfection, you continuously endeavour to embody kindness, humility, and care for your fellow humans.

Embracing Authenticity, Diversity & Evolution

Inclusive Yoga Education: Beyond Boundaries

The standards set for the GOYA-CYS200 (GOYA - Certified Yoga School 200 Hour) credential, aims to strike a balance between structure and flexibility for yoga schools. We recognize the rich tapestry of yoga and its myriad expressions around the world. Our standards serve as foundational pillars, ensuring that certain core competencies are met and that new teachers are well-equipped with the essential tools and knowledge they need.

At the same time, we provide ample room for schools to infuse their unique approaches, traditions, and specializations into their curriculum. This approach not only respects the vast diversity inherent in the world of yoga but also fosters creativity and innovation. By maintaining this equilibrium, we hope to uphold the integrity and depth of yoga teachings while also allowing for evolution and individual expression.

GOYA-CYS200 Standards

GOYA Designation CYS200

GOYA-CYS200

Curriculum Standards

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology - 25 hours

A comprehension of anatomy empowers teachers to navigate students safely, tailor poses for various body types, and offer a balanced practice that harmonizes both its physical and metaphysical elements. Integrating physiology equips teachers with a comprehensive awareness of how the body operates, ensuring they can lead students with assurance and efficacy. Understanding kinesiology, grants teachers essential knowledge about bodily movements, helping them to steer students toward proper posture, minimize injury risks, and enrich their overall practice.


Purpose:

This curriculum serves to ground teachers in the scientific understanding of the human body, enabling them to teach yoga poses safely and effectively. It equips them with the knowledge to understand how different bodies move and adapt, ensuring a practice that respects individual limitations and promotes overall well-being.


Curriculum:

Schools have the discretion to select and tailor topics that best reflect their unique expertise and philosophical approach, while also having the flexibility to incorporate additional subjects as they see fit.


The following topics are strongly recommended for inclusion in the curriculum:

Anatomy & Physiology

Skeletal System

  • Major Bones: Understanding the foundational bones and their roles in asanas, like the spine, pelvis, and femur.
  • Types of Joints: Distinguishing ball and socket, hinge, pivot, and saddle joints and their relevance in yoga postures.
  • Key Muscles: Identifying primary muscles activated in asanas, such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, and deltoids.
  • Muscle Contraction Types: Differentiating between isometric, concentric, and eccentric contractions in the context of yoga movements.

Nervous System

  • Parasympathetic vs. Sympathetic: Understanding "rest and digest" versus "fight or flight" and how yoga practices can activate the parasympathetic system.
  • Mind-Body Connection: Role of the nervous system in perception of pain, proprioception, and body awareness in asanas.
  • Stress Response: Recognizing the physiological signs of stress and using yoga techniques to mitigate them.
  • Neural Control: Understanding how nerves influence muscle activation and relaxation.
  • Proprioception: The body's ability to sense its position in space, crucial for balance and coordination in yoga.

Respiratory System

  • Breathing Mechanisms: Differentiating between diaphragmatic and thoracic breathing and their applications in pranayama.
  • Anatomy of Breath: Recognizing structures like the diaphragm, intercostal muscles, and lung lobes.
    Pranayama: Benefits and techniques of yogic breathing practices.

Cardiovascular System

  • Circulation & Yoga: Understanding how asanas and pranayama influence blood flow and heart function.

Muscular System

  • Muscle Groups & Yoga: Identifying major and minor muscle groups engaged in various asanas.
  • Tendons & Ligaments: Recognizing their role in connecting muscles to bones and bones to bones, respectively, and their importance in maintaining joint stability.
  • Muscle Activation: Identifying which muscles are engaged in different asanas.
  • Flexibility vs. Strength: Understanding the balance required for both in various yoga postures.

Digestive System

  • Yoga's Influence on Digestion: How certain asanas aid in digestion and gut health.
  • Organs & Functions: A brief overview of organs like the stomach, liver, and intestines, and their relevance to certain yoga practices. Role of twists, forward folds, and inversions in aiding digestion and waste elimination.

Endocrine System

  • Chakras & Anatomy: Bridging traditional yogic knowledge of energy centres with anatomical structures.
  • Energy Channels: Understanding the yogic concept of nadis or energy pathways, and their physiological relevance.
  • Hormonal Balance: Role of yoga in regulating hormones related to stress, metabolism, and reproduction.
  • Glands: Understanding the significance of thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands in relation to yoga practices.

Special Emphasis on Injuries & Precautions

  • Common Injuries: Identifying frequent yoga-related injuries and how to avoid them.
  • Contraindications: Recognizing when certain asanas should be avoided due to anatomical or health considerations.
Kinesiology

Body Movement Principles

  • Kinetic Chain: Understanding how different parts of the body are interconnected and influence each other during movement.
  • Planes of Movement: Recognizing sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes and their relevance in yoga poses.

Joint Movements & Mechanics

  • Types of Motion: Flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, rotation, and their application in asanas.
  • Joint Stabilization: Importance of muscle activation to protect and stabilize joints during poses.

Yoga Studies: History, Philosophy, Language - 30 hours

Yoga Studies, encompassing History, Philosophy, and Language, are vital in yoga teacher training because they provide a comprehensive foundation of yoga's origins, evolution, and its ethical framework. This knowledge fosters a deep respect for the practice, enriches the teaching with cultural and philosophical context, and enables instructors to connect more profoundly with the essence of yoga beyond the physical postures. Understanding the historical and philosophical aspects also helps teachers to convey the principles of yoga with authenticity and to incorporate the ancient language of Sanskrit, further honouring the tradition.


Purpose:

This curriculum equips teachers with a comprehensive understanding, enabling them to teach with authenticity, respect traditions, and guide students on a profound journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being.


Curriculum:

Schools have the discretion to select and tailor topics that best reflect their unique expertise and philosophical approach, while also having the flexibility to incorporate additional subjects as they see fit.


The following topics are strongly recommended for inclusion in the curriculum:

Yoga Studies: History, Philosophy, Language

Historical Evolution

  • Pre-Classical Yoga: Ancient Indus Valley roots and the Vedic tradition.
  • Classical Yoga: Establishment of core tenets in foundational texts like the Yoga Sutras.
  • Post-Classical Yoga: Emergence of Tantra and the focus on the physical body.
  • Modern Yoga: Adaptation and global spread from the late 19th century onwards.

Foundational Texts

  • Bhagavad Gita: A scripture highlighting yogic values, duty, and the paths of devotion, action, and knowledge.
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: Detailed exploration of the Eight Limbs and the philosophy of yoga practice.
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Insights into physical postures, breathing exercises, and purification techniques.
  • Modern Yoga: Adaptation and global spread from the late 19th century onwards.

Key Philosophical Concepts

  • Dharma: The ethical duty and one's righteous path.
  • Karma: Understanding actions, their repercussions, and cyclicality.
  • Samsara: The cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga)

  • Yamas & Niyamas: Ethical guidelines for internal and external conduct.
  • Asana: Significance of postures beyond the physical.
  • Pranayama: The breath's role in uniting body and mind.
  • Pratyahara to Samadhi: The progressive stages of meditation and realization.

Traditional Paths of Yoga

  • Bhakti: The path of heartfelt devotion.
  • Jnana: The quest for self-knowledge and realization.
  • Karma: The path of selfless service.
  • Raja: Comprehensive yogic path, often referred to as the "royal" yoga.

Energetic Anatomy

  • Chakras: The seven energy centres and their spiritual implications.
  • Nadis: The energy channels, most notably Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.
  • Kundalini: The coiled energy at the spine's base, its potential, and awakening.

Historical Figures & Lineages

  • Key Gurus and Sages: Contributions of figures like Swami Sivananda, Sri Krishnamacharya, and others.
  • Yoga Lineages: The development and characteristics of schools like Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Kundalini.

Modern Interpretations & Context

  • Western Adaptation: How yoga evolved and integrated into Western cultures.
  • Contemporary Issues: Addressing topics like commercialization, cultural appropriation, and evolving yoga traditions.

Ethical Considerations

  • Yogic Ethics for Teachers: Principles of ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness), and others as they pertain to teaching.
  • Respecting Traditions: Balancing traditional teachings with modern interpretations.

Historical Roots

  • Origins of Yoga: Tracing yoga's roots in ancient India and its evolution over time.
  • Vedic Tradition: Understanding the earliest references to yoga in the Vedas.

Foundational Texts

  • Bhagavad Gita: Exploring its teachings on dharma, karma, and the yogic path.
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: Delving into the Eight Limbs of Yoga and the concept of attaining samadhi.
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Insights into the physical practices and purification techniques.

Core Concepts

  • Dharma: The idea of one's duty and righteous path in life.
  • Karma: The law of action and consequence, and its role in the yogic journey.
  • Samsara and Moksha: The cycle of birth and rebirth, and the ultimate goal of liberation.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga)

  • Yamas & Niyamas: Ethical guidelines for yogis, covering aspects like non-violence, truthfulness, and contentment.
  • Asana: The physical postures, their deeper meaning, and their place in the holistic practice.
  • Pranayama: Breath control and its significance in connecting the body and mind.
  • Pratyahara: Withdrawal from sensory distractions, fostering inner focus.
  • Dharana: Concentration, laying the groundwork for deeper meditation.
  • Dhyana: Meditative absorption, cultivating mindfulness and presence.
  • Samadhi: The ultimate state of union and enlightenment.

Sanskrit

  • Basic Sanskrit Terminology (names of Asana etc.)

Paths of Yoga

  • Bhakti Yoga: The path of devotion and love.
  • Jnana Yoga: The path of knowledge and wisdom.
  • Karma Yoga: The path of selfless action.
  • Raja Yoga: The "royal" path, encompassing the Eight Limbs.

Chakras and Energy

  • Kundalini: The dormant energy at the base of the spine and its awakening.
  • Seven Major Chakras: Understanding their location, symbolism, and relevance in yogic practice.

Historical Figures & Lineages

  • Key Gurus and Sages: Contributions of figures like Swami Sivananda, Sri Krishnamacharya, and others.
  • Yoga Lineages: The development and characteristics of schools like Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Kundalini.

The Five Koshas

  • Layers or "sheaths" of the self, from the physical body to the bliss body, and their interconnectedness.

Ethics in Teaching

  • Ahimsa: Emphasizing non-violence and compassion in teaching.
  • Satya: Upholding truthfulness and authenticity in one's practice and instruction.
  • Aparigraha: Letting go of greed and practicing contentment.

Modern Interpretations

  • East meets West: Adapting ancient teachings to contemporary contexts.
  • Cultural Appropriation: Navigating the fine line between appreciation and appropriation in today's globalized yoga landscape.

Asana: Teaching Methodology & Techniques - 85 hours

Asana: Teaching Methodology & Techniques is a core component of yoga teacher training because it equips aspiring teachers with the skills to safely and effectively guide students through yoga poses. It covers not only the correct alignment, modifications, and adjustments for each posture, but also how to sequence asanas in a manner that is anatomically sound and meaningful for students of all levels. This knowledge is essential for creating classes that are both physically beneficial and experientially rich, ensuring that practitioners can progress safely and with an understanding of the deeper purpose behind each movement.


Purpose:

This curriculum equips yoga teachers with the necessary tools to guide students safely, effectively, and inspirationally. This foundation ensures that the physical practice of yoga remains a transformative journey for every student.s.


Required:

A minimum of 40 foundational asana are required to be taught in a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.


Curriculum:

Schools have the discretion to select and tailor topics that best reflect their unique expertise and philosophical approach, while also having the flexibility to incorporate additional subjects as they see fit.


The following topics are strongly recommended for inclusion in the curriculum:


Asana: Teaching Methodology & Techniques

Foundations of Asana

  • Definition & Purpose: Understanding 'asana' beyond mere physical postures.
  • History & Evolution: Tracing the development of asanas through time.

Key Asana Categories

  • Standing Postures: Importance and foundational techniques.
  • Seated & Twisting Postures: Techniques for alignment and benefits.
  • Backbends: Safe execution and anatomical considerations.
  • Inversions & Arm Balances: Building strength, balance, and focus.
  • Forward Bends & Hip Openers: Techniques for flexibility and release.
  • Restorative & Relaxation Postures: Principles and benefits for recovery and relaxation.

Alignment & Adjustments

  • Anatomy-Based Alignment: Ensuring safety and maximizing benefits.
  • Hands-On Adjustments: Techniques for assisting and deepening students' postures.
  • Use of Props: Incorporating blocks, straps, bolsters, and chairs for support and depth.

Sequencing Asanas

  • Dynamic Warm-Ups: Incorporating preparatory movements and stretches.
  • Thematic Sequencing: Designing classes around a particular theme, chakra, or anatomical focus.
  • Flow vs. Hold: Balancing movement-based sequences with static posture holds.
  • Cool-Down & Savasana: Techniques to wind down a session and promote relaxation.

Cueing & Communication

  • Clear & Concise Cues: Using language effectively to guide students.
  • Visual Demonstrations: When and how to demonstrate postures.
  • Energetic & Anatomical Cues: Guiding students to connect with the internal aspects of asanas.

Modifications & Variations

  • Offering Levels: Catering to beginners, intermediate, and advanced practitioners in the same class.
  • Special Populations: Adapting postures for pregnant students, seniors, or those with specific injuries.

Safety & Contraindications

  • Understanding Risks: Recognizing common injury-prone areas in asanas.
  • Contraindications: Identifying when certain postures should be avoided or modified.
  • Safe Entry & Exit: Guiding students into and out of postures without harm.

Building Confidence & Authenticity

  • Finding One's Voice: Cultivating a teaching style that's both authentic and resonates with students.
  • Dealing with Challenges: Managing large classes, disruptive students, or unexpected situations.
  • Continuous Feedback: Encouraging peer and mentor feedback to refine teaching methods.

Integration of Breath & Movement

  • Pranayama with Asanas: Incorporating breath techniques into posture practice.
  • Synchronizing Breath: Emphasizing breath synchronization in movements, especially in flow classes.

OBSERVATION

  • Observation & Analysis: Watching experienced teachers and analyzing their methods.

Professional Ethics - 5 hours

Professional Ethics form the bedrock of a yoga teacher's practice and teaching, especially in a foundational 200-hour teacher training program. They instill a code of conduct that governs interactions with students and colleagues, fostering a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment. Ethics ensure that teachers understand their responsibilities, avoiding misuse of authority and fostering transparency and trust in their relationships. By embedding ethical considerations in training, teachers are better equipped to navigate the complexities of guiding students through their personal and physical yoga journeys. Moreover, adherence to professional ethics helps to preserve the integrity of yoga as a spiritual discipline, honouring its traditions and ensuring its practice is carried out with the utmost respect for its philosophy and historical context.


Purpose:

This curriculum establishes the moral framework within which teachers operate, ensuring respect, integrity, and safety in the practice and teaching of yoga. They serve to maintain a trusted and professional standard that upholds the dignity of the teacher-student relationship and the authenticity of the yoga tradition.


Curriculum:

Schools have the discretion to select and tailor topics that best reflect their unique expertise and philosophical approach, while also having the flexibility to incorporate additional subjects as they see fit.


The following topics are strongly recommended for inclusion in the curriculum:


Professional Ethics

Yamas (Ethical Restraints)

  • Ahimsa: Non-violence; ensuring physical safety and emotional well-being of students.
  • Satya: Truthfulness; being genuine and honest in teachings and communications.
  • Asteya: Non-stealing; respecting intellectual property and not taking undue credit.
  • Brahmacharya: Moderation; ensuring appropriate boundaries between teachers and students.
  • Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness; avoiding greed and promoting contentment.

Niyamas (Positive Observances)

  • Saucha: Cleanliness; maintaining a clean teaching environment and personal hygiene.
  • Santosha: Contentment; fostering a positive and accepting atmosphere.
  • Tapas: Discipline; committing to continuous learning and dedicated teaching.
  • Svadhyaya: Self-study; encouraging reflection and personal growth in oneself and students.
  • Ishvara Pranidhana: Surrender to the divine; reminding the role of a bigger force or universe in one's journey.

Professional Integrity

  • Clear Boundaries: Maintaining a professional relationship with students, avoiding conflicts of interest.
  • Confidentiality: Respecting students' personal information and privacy.
  • Representation: Advertising classes and skills accurately, avoiding exaggeration.

Inclusivity & Respect

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Welcoming students of all backgrounds, abilities, and orientations.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Respecting the roots of yoga and avoiding cultural appropriation.
  • Adaptability: Being flexible in teaching to cater to individual needs, while staying true to yoga's essence.

Safety & Well-being

  • Physical Safety: Understanding students' limitations, giving safe adjustments, and being aware of contraindications.
  • Emotional Safety: Creating a supportive environment where students feel heard and validated.
  • Informed Consent: Ensuring students are aware of the nature and potential risks of practices, especially in specialized classes (e.g., prenatal yoga).

Continuous Growth & Accountability

  • Lifelong Learning: Committing to ongoing training and self-improvement.
  • Feedback Reception: Welcoming constructive feedback and being open to change.
  • Peer Interaction: Collaborating with and seeking guidance from peers to uphold ethical standards.

Financial Integrity

  • Transparency: Being clear about fees, refunds, and other financial matters.
  • Fairness: Offering fair pricing, considering sliding scales or community classes to make yoga accessible.

Practice Teaching - 15 hours

While the significance of practice teaching is universally acknowledged, the way in which they are integrated into the training curriculum may vary from one school to another. Schools are granted the autonomy to tailor these practices based on their philosophy, resources, and the specific needs of their trainee cohort. This flexibility ensures that the teaching methodologies remain organic, innovative, and resonate with the unique ethos of each institution.

This curriculum component ensures that yoga teachers emerge not just as instructors of poses but as guides, mentors, and lifelong students of this ancient practice.  As each school navigates this journey, their discretion in integrating this component ensures that the essence of yoga remains fluid, vibrant, and ever-evolving.

The Business of Yoga - 5 hours

The business of yoga component is critical for equipping budding yoga teachers with the practical skills needed to navigate the marketplace effectively. This segment of the curriculum offers valuable insights into how to ethically and sustainably manage yoga teaching as a professional career. It covers aspects such as marketing strategies, financial planning, legal considerations, and studio management, providing a comprehensive framework for those aspiring to establish their own yoga business or collaborate with existing studios. Integrating business acumen with yogic philosophy allows trainees to align their entrepreneurial pursuits with the core principles of yoga, ensuring that their professional endeavours contribute positively to their personal growth and the well-being of their future students.


Purpose:

This curriculum ensures teachers are better equipped to navigate the employment landscape, ensuring they can make a sustainable living while staying true to the essence of yoga.


Curriculum:

Schools have the discretion to select and tailor topics that best reflect their unique expertise and philosophical approach, while also having the flexibility to incorporate additional subjects as they see fit.  

Reminder: GOYA equips all affiliated Certified Yoga Schools with a comprehensive 5-hour online module focused on the Business of Yoga. This resource is readily available for schools to integrate into their curriculum, satisfying the requisite training for this essential aspect of yoga education.


The following topics are strongly recommended for inclusion in the curriculum, if a school plan to create their own module:


The Business of Yoga

Establishing Your Brand

  • Personal Branding: Crafting an authentic image and voice for your yoga teachings. Identifying what makes you stand out as a yoga teacher.

Marketing & Outreach

  • Social Media: Using social media platforms to showcase classes, workshops, and yoga insights.
  • Email Marketing: Building a subscriber list, sending newsletters, and special offers.
  • Website Creation: Designing a professional site for class schedules, bookings, and blogs.

Networking & Building Relationships

  • Yoga Communities: Joining peer groups, attending workshops, and participating in yoga events.
  • Collaborations: Partnering with other yoga teachers or wellness professionals for events or retreats.
  • Local Outreach: Building ties with local organizations and community centres for classes or events.

Financial Management

  • Pricing Strategies: Deciding on pricing for classes, workshops, retreats, and private sessions.
  • Expense Tracking: Managing costs for studio rentals, marketing, and other business expenses.
  • Revenue Streams: Exploring diverse income avenues, such as online classes, merchandise, and affiliate marketing.

Legal & Ethical Considerations

  • Insurance: Getting coverage for potential liabilities in teaching yoga.
  • Student Waivers: Implementing liability waivers for students attending classes.

Professional Development

  • Continued Education: Pursuing advanced trainings or specialized yoga certifications.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Collecting reviews and feedback to continually refine offerings.
  • Mentorship: Seeking guidance from seasoned yoga professionals or business mentors.

Studio Management & Operations

  • Renting vs. Owning: Understanding the pros and cons of each for teaching spaces.
  • Class Scheduling: Efficiently organizing classes, workshops, and events.
  • Hiring & Collaboration: If expanding, selecting teachers or support staff for your studio or brand.

Digital Platforms & Online Yoga

  • Online Class Platforms: Exploring tools like Zoom, or specialized yoga platforms for virtual sessions.
  • Video Production: Learning basics of filming and editing for quality online content.
  • Monetizing Online Content: Subscription models, paid webinars, or online course creations.

Client Relations & Retention

  • Building Trust: Ensuring authenticity, consistency, and quality in teachings.
  • Communication Skills: Effectively addressing concerns, feedback, or inquiries.
  • Loyalty Programs: Implementing offers to retain and reward regular students.

Sustainability & Ethics

  • Eco-friendly Practices: Implementing sustainable practices in studios or during events.
  • Community Involvement: Offering free community classes or participating in charity events.
  • Ethical Business: Ensuring fair treatment of employees, students, and maintaining transparent business practices.

Bespoke Content - 35 hours 

In a globalized world, where standardization often dilutes uniqueness, school-specific, bespoke content in yoga teacher training offers an avenue for schools to uphold their unique values, methodologies, and expertise. This not only ensures that the teachings are relevant to modern-day challenges but also provides students with a holistic, comprehensive, and unique learning experience.

Tailoring Content for Unique Yoga Teacher Training Experiences

Unique Identity and Differentiation

  • Branding: In a vast market of yoga schools, a unique, curated curriculum can help a school stand out, offering a signature approach that attracts students.
  • Specialization: Schools can hone in on specific yoga styles, methodologies, or philosophies, becoming recognized experts in that niche.

Catering to Modern Needs

  • Relevance: The challenges and needs of today's society differ from the past. A curriculum addressing modern-day stressors, mental health concerns, and lifestyle habits ensures that the teachings are pertinent and beneficial.
  • Integration with Technology: Curated content can incorporate the use of modern tools, apps, and online platforms, making the training more accessible and adaptable to digital natives.

Quality Assurance

  • Depth over Breadth: By curating content, schools can delve deeper into specific topics, ensuring comprehensive understanding rather than a superficial overview of many areas.
  • Consistency: Custom content ensures that there's a consistent teaching standard and approach across all classes and sessions.

Responsive & Adaptive Learning

  • Feedback Loop: School-specific content allows for regular feedback and iteration, ensuring that the curriculum remains up-to-date and meets students' needs.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Curated content can be adapted to respect and reflect cultural, regional, or community specifics, making the teachings more relatable.

Enhanced Student Engagement

  • Interactive Learning: Curated content can integrate multimedia, workshops, and practical sessions tailored to the school's ethos, making learning more engaging.
  • Personalized Approach: Schools can create content addressing varied learning styles, ensuring all students can grasp concepts effectively.

Preservation & Innovation

  • Tradition Meets Modernity: While honouring the ancient wisdom of yoga, curated content can introduce innovative practices, techniques, or scientific research, bridging the old and the new.
  • Research-Based: With a specific focus, schools can incorporate the latest studies and findings related to yoga, anatomy, psychology, and more into their curriculum.

Community Building

  • Shared Philosophy: Curated content can foster a strong sense of community among students, as they align with the school's specific vision and ethos.
  • Collaborations & Partnerships: Schools can collaborate with experts or other institutions, bringing diverse voices and expertise into their unique curriculum.

Ethical & Sustainable Practices

  • Mindful Business Practices: Curated content can emphasize ethical business practices in yoga, from fair pricing to sustainability.
  • Empowerment: By offering content that is rooted in empowerment and inclusivity, schools can foster a generation of teachers who champion these values.

Assessment Requirements

In yoga teacher training, both written or verbal and practical assessments serve a pivotal role. The written or verbal evaluations ensure that students have a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical concepts, philosophy, and foundational knowledge of yoga. On the other hand, the practical assessments gauge the practical skills, teaching methodologies, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-life scenarios. Together, these evaluations ensure a holistic development of aspiring yoga teachers, equipping them with the necessary tools to guide and inspire their future students effectively and safely.


Embracing flexibility in assessment allows schools to craft methods that resonate deeply with their core educational principles, teaching strategies, and the varied needs of their students.

Requirements for Certified Yoga Schools

Written or Verbal Assessment

  • Learners will engage in either a written or verbal evaluation.
  • The specific format, whether it be multiple choice, module quizzes, short answer, or others, is at the discretion of each school.
  • Schools are encouraged to offer accessible alternatives to accommodate all learners, particularly those facing challenges. For instance, provisions should be made for learners with visual impairments or other diverse needs to ensure an inclusive and equitable assessment experience for all.


Practical Assessment

  • Learners will engage in a practical teaching experience or undergo an evaluation reflecting the program's core components.
  • The specific format is at the discretion of the school's unique approach and preferences. Assessment methods span a broad spectrum, including live teaching demonstrations, video submissions, peer evaluations, self-reflections on teaching sessions, observational feedback, and group-based discussions or feedback rounds. This list isn't exhaustive; many other possibilities exist. Schools are urged to explore innovative methods to meet this requirement.

GOYA-CYS200

Trainer Standards

Principal Trainer & Assistant Trainer Requirements

principal Trainers

  • Required to possess a minimum GOYA-ECYT200 credential.
  • Required to deliver a minimum of 50 hours.

Assistant Trainers

  • Required to possess a minimum GOYA-CYT200 credential.
  • May co-facilitate all sessions in partnership with Principal Trainer(s).
  • Professionals with specialized expertise, such as Kinesiologists, may be designated as Assistant Trainers upon the endorsement of the Principal Trainer(s).

Program Structure

  • If the program is being taught by a team, 1 educator is required to meet the criteria of a Principal Trainer, with the remaining being Assistant Trainers.

GOYA-CYS200

Delivery Standards

Delivery of Content

The manner in which content is delivered can take various forms, either being a singular approach or an amalgamation of multiple methods, ensuring versatility and adaptability for diverse learning preferences.  This inclusive model ensures that all students can engage and benefit, irrespective of their circumstances. Additionally, it offers schools an economical method for content distribution, reducing conventional financial barriers and broadening the spectrum of available choices.

From hybrid learning models that combine both online and in-person sessions, to entirely face-to-face environments, and even to fully on-demand digital platforms, our experience post-pandemic has shown that each of these methods is effective. The mode of delivery does not compromise the program's quality. Rather, it offers flexibility and caters to diverse learning preferences, ensuring that the essence of the curriculum remains robust and impactful, regardless of the medium.

Online - Live

  • Real-time sessions where participants can engage directly with the instructor and fellow learners.
  • Offers instant feedback, interactive discussions, and immediate query resolution.

Online - On Demand

  • Pre-recorded sessions or modules accessible anytime, providing flexibility for learners to progress at their own pace.
  • Convenient for those with varied schedules or time zones.

In Person

  • Classroom setting where participants and teachers share a physical space.
  • Fosters direct human interaction, kinesthetic learning, and a tangible sense of community.

Hybrid

  • A combination of online and in-person methods, blending the best of both worlds.
  • Provides the flexibility of online access with the interpersonal advantages of in-person sessions.

Investing in Your SCHOOL, IS INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

Understanding the Costs of a CYS200

Venturing into the realm of yoga education as a school requires dedication, vision, and resources. At GOYA, our commitment to clarity and fairness is reflected in the comprehensive breakdown of the obligations linked with each level of certification. While there is a modest financial aspect to consider, view it as an investment towards refining your institution's offerings and extending your outreach. Every penny you invest goes straight into fortifying resources and tools that uplift every school in our network. Your contribution amplifies not just your school's potential but also elevates the shared experiences and prospects for our entire community. Together, we're building a brighter, more inclusive, future for yoga education.

Certified School

Initial Fee ALL DESIGNATIONS

  • Registration Fee: $99
  • This is a one-time registration fee. After which there is an annual fee of $40 for each school designation. To ensure affordability, we have implemented a cap where the maximum annual fee is limited to $240. Therefore, schools are charged for a maximum of six designations per year, with any additional designations included at no further charge.
  • Refund Policy: All payments are final.
Certified School

Annual Fee ALL DESIGNATIONS

  • Annual Fee: $40
  • This is an annual fee of $40 for each school designation. To ensure affordability, we have implemented a cap where the maximum annual fee is limited to $240. Therefore, schools are charged for a maximum of six designations per year, with any additional designations included at no further charge.
  • Refund Policy: All payments are final.

Let's Get Started

Certified School Application Request

Please make sure to thoroughly review this section, and watch the instructional video before initiating your request.

All schools interested in beginning the application process or grandfathering of existing credentials, start here at step one, which involves submitting a request for the full application.
It's important that this request is made by either the Owner, who must also be a Principal Trainer, or an authourized Principal Trainer of the school. Additionally, the person making this request must be an active, GOYA Certified Teacher who also qualifies as a Principal Trainer. This requirement ensures that the application process is initiated by someone with the appropriate qualifications and authourity.
Our goal is to make this process as smooth and seamless as possible for you. We are excited about the prospect of welcoming you and are committed to assisting you throughout the process.

Please make sure to thoroughly review this section, and watch the instructional video before initiating your request.

All schools interested in beginning the application process or grandfathering of existing credentials, start here at step one, which involves submitting a request for the full application.
It's important that this request is made by either the Owner, who must also be a Principal Trainer, or an authourized Principal Trainer of the school. Additionally, the person making this request must be an active, GOYA Certified Teacher who also qualifies as a Principal Trainer. This requirement ensures that the application process is initiated by someone with the appropriate qualifications and authourity.
Our goal is to make this process as smooth and seamless as possible for you. We are excited about the prospect of welcoming you and are committed to assisting you throughout the process.

Certified School Application Request Form

First Name
Last Name
Your Role
Owner + Principal Trainer
Principal Trainer
School Email
Legal School Name
Is the School affiliated with other organizations?
Yes
No
If Yes, which one(s)? Please choose all that apply.
If Yes, what type of School(s) do you have registered with other organizations?
GOYA will be able to grandfather your existing credentials.
Which School Designation(s) are you applying for with GOYA?
Is your School a multi-location or a franchise?
Multi-Location or Franchise implies the existence of several schools operating under the same name, but with different ownership. It is mandatory for each individual school within this structure to register their specific location.
Yes
No
Unsure
If Yes, please provide details. 
Please outline the organizational structure of your franchise or multiple locations. This will help us ensure clarity and prevent any potential mix-ups or confusion between different branches of your organization.
Have you reviewed & confirmed that you have the necessary Principal Trainer requirements for all school designations for which you are applying?
If not, please review the details here.
Yes
Do you hold GOYA Certified Teacher status? This status is a prerequisite for all school applicants.
If you are not yet registered as a GOYA Certified Teacher, please complete your registration here.
Yes
Which Certified Teacher status' do hold with GOYA? Please select all that apply.
Have you reviewed, and do you understand, the fee structure for Certified Schools?
Yes
No
Each Certified School Designation (such as CYS200, CPYS, etc.) incurs an initial registration fee of $99USD along with an annual fee of $40USD, amounting to a total initial expense of $139USD for every school designation registered. Any eligible discounts will be applied during checkout.
Please confirm you understand your financial obligation.
Yes
No
E-Signature Acknowledgment: I hereby confirm that I am the authourized individual for the above noted School, and possess the legal authority to submit this request.
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requirements

Qualify as a Principal (Teacher) Trainer

Principal (Teacher) Trainer Requirements

A Teacher with the GOYA-PT designation has met GOYA's standards of education and teaching expertise, as detailed below.


A Principal Trainer is a role held by a GOYA Certified Teacher who is either an existing owner of a Certified School or is in the process of registering one. This individual serves as the lead educator for the programs offered at their school.


There is NO fee associated with adding the Principal Trainer status. The GOYA-PT designation can be obtained either at the time of registration or added subsequently. 


Only Principal Trainers are able to register Schools with GOYA.

requirements

Qualify as a Principal (Teacher) Trainer

Principal (Teacher) Trainer Requirements

A Teacher with the GOYA-PT designation has met GOYA's standards of education and teaching expertise, as detailed below.

A Principal Trainer is a role held by a GOYA Certified Teacher who is either an existing owner of a Certified School or is in the process of registering one. This individual serves as the lead educator for the programs offered at their school.

There is NO fee associated with adding the Principal Trainer status.

During the Certified School registration review process, eligible individuals who meet the criteria as Principal Trainers will be granted the GOYA-PT designation, which will be featured on their profiles.

Only those who have the qualification criteria as Principal Trainers may register schools with GOYA.

requirements

Qualify as a Principal (Teacher) Trainer

Principal (Teacher) Trainer Requirements

A Teacher with the GOYA-PT designation has met GOYA's standards of education and teaching expertise, as detailed below.

A Principal Trainer is a role held by a GOYA Certified Teacher who is either an existing owner of a Certified School or is in the process of registering one. This individual serves as the lead educator for the programs offered at their school.

There is NO fee associated with adding the Principal Trainer status.

During the Certified School registration review process, eligible individuals who meet the criteria as Principal Trainers will be granted the GOYA-PT designation, which will be featured on their profiles.

Only those who have the qualification criteria as Principal Trainers may register schools with GOYA.

GOYA-PT Requirements for Certified Schools

For a GOYA-CYS200 (200 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-ECYT200 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS300 (300 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS500 (500 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CCYS (Children's) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CCYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CPYS (Prenatal) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CPYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CRYS (Restorative) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CRYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CYYS (Yin) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CMS (Meditation) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CMT Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS200 (200 Hour) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-ECYT200 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS300 (300 Hour) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS500 (500 Hour) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CCYS (Children's) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CCYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CPYS (Prenatal) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CPYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CRYS (Restorative) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CRYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CYYS (Yin) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CMS (Meditation) School >

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CMT Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS200 (200 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-ECYT200 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS300 (300 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CYS500 (500 Hour) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYT500 Designation.

For a GOYA-CCYS (Children's) School 

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CCYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CPYS (Prenatal) School

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CPYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CRYS (Restorative) School

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CRYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CYYS (Yin) School

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CYYT Designation.

For a GOYA-CMS (Meditation) School

A PT must possess a minimum GOYA-CMT Designation.

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Essentials

Code of Ethics

Understand the ethical responsibilities that come with being a member.