International Minimum Standards


These standards apply to teachers of the fellowship who are teaching the public and to the curricula of those qualified teacher training teachers.
Aim and objectives: These standards are set in place to uphold the standards of yoga within the Yoga
Teachers’ Fellowship, nationally and internationally
· To embrace all styles and teachings of yoga under one umbrella: including Raja, Bhakti, Karma, Jnana, Hatha, Integra, Mantra, Yantra, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Tantra, Laya and Kriya yoga.
· To have value with regard to other parties (eg. Government, medical aids, the health professions, etc.)
· To protect seekers and the public who utilize the YTF in search of a qualified teacher
· To ultimately grow and promote yoga for the benefit of practitioners, seekers and society as a whole
· Associate Member: Teacher in training (One year registration; obviates once off entry fee) or non teaching yogi.
· Full Member: Must have completed a curriculum of studies and practices, which
includes the study of at least three of the practices. The minimum time spent with the tutor/s to be 160 hours, in all a minimum 200 hours study & practice. This category does not require teaching experience.
· Teacher Trainer To have completed a curriculum of studies and practices, the total hours of study and practice should be 500 or above. The minimum time spent with the tutor/s to be 350 hours. Teaching experience of 100 hours is needed to qualify for this category.
· Yoga therapist Yoga teacher specialized in specific modality eg Ayurveda
Becoming a member of the Yoga Teachers Fellowship as a full member (teacher):
· Being an associate member of the YTF for one year, while in training or thereafter.
· Having completed a 200 hr curriculum with a teacher/school, recognized as member of the YTF as mentioned above.
· By documenting equivalent training through a school/individual, which are not members of the YTF.
· By Grandfather clause
Grandfather clause:
· Certified before 2005, accepted as a qualified teacher. According to school or curricula followed, the category can be determined.
· Teachers who have helped lay the foundation of the YTF and of yoga in South Africa will qualify immediately in category II.
Requirements: Minimum Yoga Teacher Standards
Our minimum Yoga Teacher standards are taken from the International Yoga Federation (IYF) and are in accordance to international requirements. YTF stakeholders or members are IYF members as is the US
Yoga Alliance and similar international yoga bodies.

Yoga Teacher: Level 1
200 Hour Standards
Category Required Hours
Techniques 100 Hours
Teaching Methodology 20 Hours
Anatomy and Physiology 20 Hours
Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle 20 Hours
Practicum 10 Hours
Electives 30 Hours E
Contact Hours At Least 160
Yoga Teacher: Level 2
500 Hour Standards
Category Required Hours
Techniques 150 Hours
Teaching Methodology 30 Hours
Anatomy and Physiology 35 Hours
Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle 50 Hours
Practicum 40 Hours
Electives 195 Hours
Hours Contact Hours At least 350
Teaching Hours 100 Hours
Training & practice of asanas, pranayama, kriya, mantra, and
Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting,
instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the student’s
process of learning
Includes both physical Anatomy and Physiology (bodily systems,
organs, etc.) and astral/energy/subtle Anatomy and Physiology
(chakras, nadis, etc.)
Study of Yoga Scriptures (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, etc.), ethics for
yoga teachers, yoga as a lifestyle, etc.
Inncludes student reaching, observing and assisting in classes taught by others.
Hours may be a combination of supervised and unsupervised.
Teacher/facilitator is physically in the presence of the student
or independent study hours may include: assigned reading, all
homework, non supervised study groups, observing yoga classes, etc.
(Note: 500-Hour Standards: These hours are not in addition to the 200 hours above, but are a
a complete description for the above.
Category & Description
Teaching Methodology
Anatomy and Physiology
Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle
Electives are to be drawn from the other five categories, according to a school”s own particular emphasis & style
Contact Hours

Practices / Techniques in detail
· Asana: Incl. benefits, contra-indication, healing through asana practice, Bandhas,mudras, 8 limbs of Patanjali
· Pranayama: Incl all breathing techniques
· Meditation (Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi) Satsang
Incl trataka, pratyahara, yoga nidra, silence, kaya sthairyam, chidakash Dharana
· Kriyas
· Mantra Incl Japa, Ajap, Kirtan
· Bhakti Incl Havans, rituals, worship, prayer
· Shatkarmas Purification
· Anatomical and physiological studies
· Psychological studies Incl, mind, mental states, affect of yoga on the mind.
· Spiritual bodies incl nadis, chakras, aura and energy work, kundalini, dis-ease, pranic healing
· History and yogic philosophy Incl, any books, for example, Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali’s Sutras, Upanishads, Vedanta, Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
· Ayurveda Incl, nutrition, gunas
· Teaching techniques and methodology Incl. Voice projection, class planning, teacher qualities
· Other yogic paths school specific
Membership Benefits For Yoga Teachers & Schools
YTF is an independent Non Profit Organization (029-725 NPO) An umbrella body or ‘home” to unite teachers and students who subscribe to a yogic lifestyle and want to be included in a community of like minded people. Benefit from the ongoing public awareness campaign to install Yoga Teaching as a
recognized Profession in South Africa.
Ensure that yoga teachers are trained to a standard that ensures safety, wellbeing and good practice for the benefit of all existing and potential yoga students.
Recommendation of qualified yoga teachers; Response to call & e-mail inquiries
Advertised in Yoga Teachers’ Register; YTF advert in Odyssey magazine, Telkom directories & Online Yellow Pages plus most other media services
Employment opportunities: studios, corporate clients, general public requiring services of qualified, recommended, professional yoga instruction
Continuing Professional Development Ongoing affordable workshops for teacher upgrade, to refresh yoga skills & general inspiration, preferential rates at YTF events
Longevity & History Initiated in the 1960s, a successful model that is now used by many studios
Website: Area specific register of teachers: Full members & Associate members; Teacher trainers and their course specification; Therapists; Register of Studios; Social Media
Events Calendar: Events listing and happenings, social media exposure of workshops and events
Inspiration, Articles, Meditations, general awareness
International updates of news and conferences
Personal assistance with queries: registrations, international standards, teacher training, studio requirements, Public liability Insurance – do through your personal insurance broker
Code of Conduct: Commitment to honour Ethics for Professional Yoga Teachers
Codes of Conduct apply in all walks of life.
This code is meant to remind you that your ability to honour your promises directly impacts your credibility, reputation, trustworthiness, earning ability, and overall peace of mind. The power of commitment and honouring promises to yourself and others is the key to abundance. The Code is not intended to supersede the Code of Conduct/Ethics of any school or tradition but is intended to be a basis for yoga ethics, in general and specifically as a Registered Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship Teacher.
· Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as expressed in the Yamas and Niyamas.
· Uphold the integrity of the yoga profession by conducting oneself in a professional and conscientious manner.
· Create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
· Actively encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, physical limitations or religion affiliations.
· Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students and the essence of Yoga.
· The teacher should be able to adapt her/his teaching to the students’ requirements, their individual needs and to respect their limits.
Adhere to local government and national laws that pertain to best business practice.
(Adapted from International Yoga Federation, with gratitude)
Mission Statement
The Yoga Teachers Fellowship S.A. is a body of Teachers and people interested in yoga who wish to
further the aims of Yoga in Southern Africa and if possible further a field.
· Fellowship means partnership in promoting the principles and interests in yoga irrespective if
colour and creed.
· Fellowship means better communication and understanding between all members.
The fellowship has the following objectives:-
· To promote the principles and interests of yoga in Southern Africa and co-ordinate the
policies, attitudes and interests of all those concerned with the development and
teachings of yoga.
· To establish, maintain and promote the observance of ethical codes of conduct in
teaching and advertising and to protect the consumer public from malpractices.
· To further and protect the interests of Yoga teachers.
· To maintain a register of teachers and members, for the purpose if informing the public
where and when classes are held in their area throughout Southern Africa. This valuable
information constitutes one of the pillars of the Fellowship.
· To provide a forum for discussion, consultation and co-operation between members and
schools of yoga affiliated to the fellowship.
· To obtain:-information or data and /or legal opinions whether from council or from its attorneys for dissemination amongst members or other persons on all matters affecting yoga and the interest of members.
· To assist with advice and service on matters pertaining to yoga and for this purpose to issue circulars or publish journals, periodicals or newsletters.
· To extend the scope of the Fellowship by becoming affiliated to any similar association outside the Republic of Southern Africa.
· To set up channels of communication throughout Southern Africa to achieve the greatest possible harmony and unification of objectives between members, teachers and Schools of Yoga for the benefit of all.
· To assist in the development of courses, schools, libraries, examinations, standards of instruction and ethical codes of Yoga Teachers.
· To safe-guard the teachings of yoga and promote a spirit of brotherhood, love and understanding.
The teaching of Yoga is a vocation demanding knowledge of techniques and personal maturity. It should be exercised with care and concern for its precious heritage.
Founder: Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger
Chairperson: Marina Contardo