Do you need to be an RPYT to teach pre and postnatal yoga is probably the most common question we get from aspiring prenatal and mom and baby yoga teachers.
I’m going to give you the short answer but of course, there’s more that could be said on the pros and cons!
But before we get there - for anyone wondering what the heck I'm even talking about, let's start at the beginning...
A RPYT is a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Yoga Teachers can register as an RPYT if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, an 85-hour prenatal yoga training (that that are both registered with Yoga Alliance), and have submitted 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga.
Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Yoga Alliance is a standard accepted by the yoga community around the world, which fosters accountability and continuous improvement for yoga teacher trainings.
While we LOVE the work Yoga Alliance has done and is doing, there is a misconception that in order to teach or be hired, you must be registered with YA. This is not true 99% of the time.
The short answer is NO. You do not need the designation to teach, to be hired or to provide amazing offerings to pre and postnatal women.
What you do need however is a proven high-quality training provided by skilled and experienced teachers.
Here are components of pre and postnatal teacher trainings outside the RPYT designation that are highly important:
✅ Qualified, skilled and experienced Teachers
✅ Access to feedback (someone to watch you teach)
✅ Access to continuous learning as information in this field changes often
✅ A training organization committed to your success
✅ Ongoing support from your Teachers
✅ Expert multi-disciplinary Teachers
✅ Complete understanding of the following topics:
While we can't make that decision for you, we can tell you that the aspiring teachers who chose our programs (not RPYT eligible) do so because 1) they know we check off the entire list above and 2) because of things like... the pull the brand offers for filing classes, the recognition of the brand helps with being hired, lifelong coaching will help them continuously grow, our pre-made marketing materials make it easy to get started and they know all of that has been proven by our current instructors.
If you're ready to find out if MOGA programs check everything on your list, click here.
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