What is Yoga Teacher Certification?
Is Yoga Certification like a License?
Certification is not a "license".  Many professions have licenses that are regulated by local, state or federal agencies. Barbers and hairdressers, tattoo artists, physicians, nurses, chiropractors, lawyers, psychotherapists, social workers, and many other professionals who provide professional services to the public must pass exams and meet professional standards in order to do business.  There is no such requirement for yoga instructors.  There are no laws or regulations in that apply to the training, licensing or certification of yoga teachers. 

What is Certification?
Certificates are given by yoga schools or yoga teachers to their students that certify that the student has completed a course of instruction.  There are some non-profit yoga organizations that establish certain standards for yoga teachers, and membership in these organizations by yoga schools and yoga teachers is voluntary.   Yoga Alliance and The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) are two such organizations.  Some yoga systems have their own methods of training and authorizing teachers.  Anusara Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are three yoga systems which have their own standards and do not recognize YA or IAYT. 

Who is Qualified to Teach Yoga?
In yoga’s five thousand year-old tradition, one could only become a teacher after years of dedicated study with a guru. A guru is a specially-qualified teacher who has thorough knowledge of the methods and teachings of yoga and whose years of experience and dedication to yoga enable him or her to awaken the student’s abilities and open the student’s heart. In the past, a student would learn the teacher’s qualifications by simply asking, “Who was your teacher?” This tradition has never changed. If you want to know your yoga teacher’s qualifications, simply ask your teacher about his or her teacher.

Can You Learn to Teach Yoga Quickly?
Yoga’s new popularity has created a whole teacher training industry. Many fitness businesses have jumped on the yoga bandwagon to offer yoga teacher training that “certifies” you to teach yoga in a weekend or month-long workshop. Yoga cannot be learned in a weekend or a month. Yoga requires years of dedicated practice and study to master. No reputable yoga studio would ever hire a teacher “trained” in this way. Many beginning level yoga students know more about yoga than is taught in such courses.

Why Poorly-Trained Teachers are Dangerous
Yoga is not as easy as it looks, and teaching yoga is very challenging. Most students come to yoga classes after having exhausted conventional medical treatment for chronic illnesses or injuries. Many students are elderly and have arthritis, osteoporosis, back injuries and other disabilities. Like the population in general, yoga students are aging. Many younger students are the victims of chronic stress, abuse or have emotional problems. A poorly-trained teacher cannot help such students and may even cause harm or serious physical injury.

Yoga Is More Than a “Workout”
Contrary to much ill-informed publicity about yoga, it is not intended to be a “workout”. Yes, yoga can be a great form of fitness that builds strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, coordination and balance, but it’s more than that. Yoga has the power to transform your life. That transforming power can only be obtained from study with a qualified, dedicated yoga teacher. oga East has been offering yoga teacher training since 1974.  

About Yoga East
Yoga East is the only yoga school in Kentucky that offers 200 Hour, 300 Hour and 500 Hour teacher training courses that are registered with Yoga Alliance.  Since 1994 we have offered 23 teacher training courses and have trained 169 teachers.  Our graduates teach in their own studios, in YMCA's, fitness centers, hospitals, corporate settings, and in their own yoga studios.  Our expertise is recognized in India by the K Pattabhis Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.  When you train with Yoga East, you form an alliance with an established yoga organization that has been training teachers for over 40 years.  More than that, you become part of a dedicated yoga community. 

Frequently-Asked Questions  
Q: What if I miss classes? Can I make up my hours?
A: It's easy to make-up missed classes.

Q: What if I don't want to teach yoga? Is it okay for me to take the course to deepen my own practice and experience?
A: Yes! 

Q: I'm afraid that everyone in the course will be more advanced than me. What if I'm not ready?
A: We are not expecting a certain level of ability except that you should be established in a daily practice. 

Q: What if I have work or family obligations that prevent me from taking enough Mysore hours with Laura? 
A: You need to talk to Laura when you submit your application.

Q: Can I pay for the course in one payment?
A: Yes, see Laura Spaulding if you want to pay for the entire Course. 

Q: I would like to be certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Can I do that through Yoga East?
A: Ask Laura about this in person.
Requirements for Admission

Currently under revision.

August -December, 2017 Course
The 2017 Course has now started and we are not accepting any more applications. The next Course begins January 27, 2018. 
January - May, 2018 200 Hour Foundation Course
Orientation - January 27, 2018, 2:30-5:00 pm..
Classes begin  February 1, 2018.
Classes end June 30, 2018. 

Dates, times, locations, descriptions and class fees will be on our online schedule. 
Teacher Training cannot be accessed from the Mindbody phone app. Phone Laura Spaulding if you are having trouble registering online.

2018 200 Hour Course Application
Will be posted November 1, 2017. 
2018 200 Hour Course Fees
Will be posted November 1, 2017. 
Make Up Policy

You can make up missed classes. See Laura on how to do this.


If you need more information or have questions about your readiness to enroll, phone Laura Spaulding or see her in one of her classes.
Phone  502-585-9642 Monday-Friday during business hours.  Leave a message if she is not in and she will promptly call you back.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students
Yoga East, Inc. Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation. Donations to Yoga East are tax-deductible charitable donations and support our scholarships and community programs.

Yoga East, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.