Private Educational Institution by HRSDC
Janati Yoga is recognized as a Private Educational Institution by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and meets the criteria of a Vocational Institution according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
This means that both the 200-Hr (Foundations) and 300-Hr (Advanced) Yoga Teacher Training programs are recognized as educational programs by the government of Canada.
Participants of Janati Yoga School Teacher Training program(s) will not have to pay HST on their courses and will receive an official tuition fee receipt (T2202A – Canada Revenue Agency Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate) allowing participants to qualify for Tuition and Education Tax Credits on their personal income tax.
For more details about Tuition and Education tax credits, please visit the CRA website.
Janati Yoga School has chosen NOT TO RENEW membership with Yoga Alliance as of September 30th, 2020.
To find out more, please refer to this Letter from Mona.
Yoga Alliance FAQ / Q&A
Do I need to be a member of Yoga Alliance in order to teach yoga?
No. The Yoga Alliance has been in existence for less than 20 years, and yoga has been taught for much, much longer.
More important than being with Yoga Alliance for teaching, is completing a good quality Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Will I be able to get a job teaching yoga in my community without being a member of Yoga Alliance?
For the most part, yes. In some places, studios might ask if you have Yoga Alliance or its equivalent. I don’t know anyone in Yoga-Land that needed to be registered with the Yoga Alliance to teach in the community. More important is the appropriate training to teach.
There is no studio here in Kingston that requires its teachers to be Yoga Alliance members. Most of the Kingston studio owners are not Yoga Alliance members. At my Yoga School, even when I was a Yoga Alliance member, I did not require my teachers to be Yoga Alliance members. Being registered with the Yoga Alliance is not indicative of skill or quality.
In all my years teaching yoga (everything from studios, to recreation centers, to public schools, to corporate contracts, to government gigs, to private classes), no one ever asked me if I was a Yoga Alliance member.
Can I get insurance to teach yoga if I am not a Yoga Alliance member?
Absolutely. In order to get insurance, you need a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate, not a Yoga Alliance membership. Some insurance companies give discounts to Yoga Alliance members.
If I take a non-Yoga Alliance Training, then want to join the Yoga Alliance, can I do that?
That’s a great question. I know some people who took non-YA training and were grandfathered in, and others who were not. It’s not really clear why some people are allowed in and others aren’t.
This is actually one of the reasons that Janati Yoga School is choosing not to continue with the Yoga Alliance.
How do I know if I want to take a Yoga Alliance YTT, or a non-Yoga Alliance YTT?
Great question! After years of training, teaching, and teacher training, we suggest you consider the following in terms of picking a training.
Spoiler – it has nothing to do with registry as there are far more important considerations:
1. How many hours is the training?
You want to make sure there is a good amount of time spent training. Sure, some trainings are short and sweet (like one weekend), however yoga is huge and there’s a lot to learn and to practice. Make sure you get in at least 200-hours of this learning (and honestly, even 200-hrs isn’t very long in yoga land). 200-hours is the current industry standard for a foundations YTT.
2. Does the lead teacher/teaching team resonate with me? Do I feel like I can talk to them if something comes up or I need help?
If you don’t resonate with the teacher(s), then it’s going to be a long 200-hours of training. Also, if you’re not comfortable talking to/with them, then you won’t get the support you need in this very transformative process.
3. Will I have access to the teachers when the training is complete?
Some trainings sell you access to teachers post training, some trainings cut off access after training, and some trainings want to foster a student-teacher relationship for as long as the student needs it. Consider what you need.
4. What do you want from your YTT?
Most folks who sign up for a YTT have an idea of what they want from it. Make sure the training you sign up for is going to give you what you are looking for. If you want to be part of a training that simply does class after class after class, then make sure that’s what’s going to happen (another spoiler, it isn’t… there’s a lot of theory in YTT, and it’s necessary!). Or if you’re interested in anatomy, make sure it’s part of the training.
If you can, talk to people who have taken the training and ask them about it. J
If I take the training at Janati, can I use the courses for continuing education?
Honestly, it depends who is asking for proof of continuing education and what they are looking for.
At Janati Yoga School:
– At the end of the 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training program, we issue a certificate to those who complete all the requirements. This is the statement of education. It fits the industry standards and requirements.
– For each 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training module, we issue a letter of attendance that outlines how many hours and what educational category the time was spent on. This counts as proof of continuing education for many organizations.
Is there precedent for an American organization to regulate a Canadian industry?
No. And here a reminder that the Yoga Alliance is not a regulatory board, they are a registry. As far as we can find, there are no American regulatory bodies overseeing Canadian industries – not in yoga or other related fields.
Why is Yoga Alliance the only available registry?
It’s not. You can register with the Canadian Yoga Alliance (registry, not regulatory), and some provinces have their own groups, like Alberta. By yoga standards, Yoga Alliance is a large organization, which means it has more funding than some others. There is also an International Yoga Association, and some countries like the UK and Australia also have their own registries.
Since yoga is not a regulated industry, the value and integrity of each registry needs to be individually assessed.
Why isn’t Yoga a regulated industry?
Earning a full-time income teaching yoga is very difficult, and has frustrated many a hard working individual. That said, teaching yoga is amazing, powerful, and life changing! Teaching yoga makes a great “other” or “part-time” job to earn extra monies.
If there was a reasonable expectation of a living wage from teaching yoga, provincially regulated colleges would have taken over yoga education and a regulatory body would have been created. It comes down to the math of it.