Here at Indi – we are excited to see many positive, inspiring changes going on in the world of yoga.
In order to more deeply benefit all who practice, the standards of education are being raised, and expectations around inclusivity and accessibility are finally being heard.
Yoga has been around now in the west for over a century. In that time, interest in yoga has proliferated and grown to encompass more than 20 million practitioners.
As of December 2015, 52,746 teachers and over 18,000 yoga schools were registered with Yoga Alliance, and there are two people interested in becoming a yoga teacher for every one teacher in the U.S. (Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance 2016). These statistics are the most recent available and with yoga’s rate of growth, you can be sure that they have grown substantially since then.
With all of this growth comes a need to establish some baseline standards of quality. Yoga Alliance was created to help do just that. As many longtime teachers have come to realize, Yoga Alliance began with standards that were not nearly enough. They allowed for new teachers – minimally trained at the 200 hour level sometimes after just 1 month of study – to open up studios and launch their own schools. Consequently, there was little motivation for teachers to pursue education beyond the 200 hour level.
This flooded the yoga community with many under trained teachers, confused and disappointed students and a palpable frustration running through the industry at large.
There was a huge gap between the quality and effectiveness from one training to the next – and the even bigger problem of not being able to tell the difference!
The fact is 200 hours is not enough time to teach people how to lead a class, understand the emotional and physical needs of a diverse population of students, nor honor specific talents of an individual teacher. Additionally, most 200-hour yoga teacher trainings don’t teach enough anatomy–and virtually none teach it functionally. The practice is often taught in a one-size-fits-all model that prioritizes the aesthetics of asana, rather than prioritizing the needs of individual students.
Things are finally changing.
Yoga Alliance has recently upleveled their standards. By 2021 all yoga teacher trainings must be led by E-RYT 500 Hour certified instructors. This means that yoga teacher trainers must be certified at the 500 hour level with more than 2000 hours of teaching experience for at least four years.
We have been awaiting these new standards–because we know the benefits of them first-hand. Indi Yoga teacher training programs have already been adhering to these standards for the last 8 years, with lead teachers certified at the E-RYT 500 level, and carrying additional certifications in fields such as Ayurveda, Sports Medicine and Therapeutics.
The Benefits of our Standards Run Deep!
We are unique in that we offer more than 1000 hours of specialized education to support teachers to rise up and meet the higher expectations of employers and students alike.
Our teacher training programs have an excellent job placement rates; over 80%, while industry wide it is closer to 30%. Additionally, our own teacher turnover is among the lowest in the industry. This results in lasting relationships in a dedicated community.
All of our trainings are built upon a functional approach to yoga and encourage further study and specialization. No one person will look nor feel exactly like another. This functional approach teaches teachers how to embrace and celebrate each person in the classroom – creating a space where you can BE YOU!
We love to see the excitement on students faces when they get to experience the difference of a functional approach that emphasises how they feel in their practice rather than how they look. It is our deepest passion to train teachers who can bring about this feeling of empowerment in each and every student!
The future of yoga looks bright. We’re so excited to share it with you!
The Indi Yoga Team