Generally, in order to become a Yoga instructor and teach this exercise to other people, you will need 3 things: a Yoga instructor certification, insurance and you need to be accredited by the Yoga-Alliance of South Africa.
The above-mentioned three things were not always a must. In the old days, Yoga was only taught by people who had mastered the art. The knowledge and practices were handed down from teacher to student once the teacher felt that the student was mature enough and had sufficient knowledge.
Since then, Yoga has enjoyed a resurgence in the Western world. Sadhguru J. Vasudev – founder of the Isha Foundation – gives an interesting explanation of why this has happened.
He says that our lives are very much dictated by ‘fads’. We are subject to people telling us to do something today and something else tomorrow. And this causes a lot of stress. Yoga – which is famed for its stress-busting properties – is being turned to so that people can alleviate this sense of anxiety and burn-out. (For more of Sadhguru’s wisdom, click here.)
The result of this resurgence of Yoga is that there is a desperate need for qualified and experienced Yoga instructors. If this is a career path that interests you, below are three steps that you need to follow.
1. Get an accreditation
First you need to choose a place where you would like to study and receive your Yoga certification. We recommend that the certification is accredited through the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) as well as the Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPSSA). This will open both local and international job opportunities for you.
2. Get Yoga teaching insurance
Yoga teaching is crucial so that you can protect yourself from any claims that may be made against you while you are teaching . Claims can sometimes be quite substantial which means that you need to have sufficient cover so you don’t get yourself into financial difficulties. (For more information about insurance options, follow this link.)
3. Sign up with the Yoga-Alliance of South Africa
If you register with the Yoga-Alliance of South Africa, all your students, current and potential, will be reassured that you are completely qualified and that you meet the strict requirements of the Yoga-Alliance.
You cannot choose a better place to get your Yoga certification than Trifocus Fitness Academy. Our Yoga instructor certification is accredited with both CATHSSETA and REPSSA, and will give you the best grounding out there in Yoga instruction. Follow this link for more information.