Instructors Transform Lives –
We Transform Instructors
Why Our Program
At NAFC, we understand that a key reason why many people are reluctant to try a Yoga class is due to Yoga not being presented in a manner that is safe and accessible. Class attendees want to feel supported and that they can be successful in completing classes while improving their overall wellness. We support our instructors to deliver this participant need through progressive educational modules that blend all learning styles into a comprehensive, virtual curriculum that focuses on practical application and development of critical thinking as new skills are learned…truly helping support you in your professional career progression.
This certification includes videos and master classes along with written text. This facilitates an immersive learning experience for our students, allowing them to apply knowledge in both visual and written format. We apply the mind-body connection to our teachings!
This certification is facilitated through virtual programming. The advantage to virtual training, unlike live workshops, is that your education materials and pre-recorded videos will always be accessible to you. Live workshops, while inspiring during participation, leaves a student with nothing to reinforce the learning after the workshop ends. Our education is never complete, and just like our Yoga practice, is a continual work in progress. NAFC’s teaching methods support you in your continual learning endeavors!
When the NAFC certifies instructors, we teach you how to instruct and enable. We train you for success!
Guidance and Support
Our mission is the career success of all our students. You will appreciate the guidance and support you’ll receive both during and after the certification program. NAFC is with you every step of the way! Once you enroll in your chosen program we’ve got your back…
- Use our Contact Page or call us at 800.324.8315 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm PST) for educational support or with your questions.
- NAFC provides a clear path from the beginning for you to successfully negotiate and complete your program.
- NAFC’s Interactive Courses are designed for a better learning experience, including interactive content to help you learn and retain the information.
- Attend NAFC live workshops or opt into the virtual workshop to gain knowledge and experience.
- Use tools provided to help you through the program including virtual flash cards, video instruction, and online practice exams.
- Tap into our Career Counseling and the NAFC Affiliate Program for career assistance to help you land the perfect job.
NAFC Instructors Transform Lives
We train our Yoga instructors to teach classes that are accessible to all participants. Eliminating some of the stigma and barriers surrounding the practice of Yoga, the goal is to open this practical, stress-reducing, flexibility enhancing, and life-giving form of exercise to all levels of participants to promote health and wellness. Become a life transformer!
Fully Accredited and Recognized
Career School and Post Graduate Program
NAFC is one of the only certifying organizations that is also a post-secondary licensed career school. We are a private post-secondary career school licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission through the state of Oregon (OHECC). This allows us to issue college credits through our career school for several NAFC Certification courses and a Medical Fitness Post Graduate Diploma Program. This addresses the eventuality of states requiring licensure in the Medical Fitness space as well as possibly the fitness space as certification alone may, in the future, not be enough to satisfy requirements.
Yoga 200™ Certification Includes:
- Minimum GED or High School Diploma required.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must have and maintain a CPR/AED certification.
Course Education Level: Intermediate
Continuing Education Credits: 4.0 NAFC, 4.0 NESTA
How it Works:
- You must complete all course modules.
- You must take a written examination with a passing score of 80% or higher.
- You must submit a 15-20 minute video for evaluation
- Time to Complete: You have up to 18 Months to complete Examination Process
- Course Access: Continued access with updates available
- Your NAFC Yoga 200 Certification is valid for 24 months. During that 24 months you must complete continuing education prior to your renewal date to qualify for re-certification.
- Recertification is required to keep you up to date with industry standards and practice. You must complete and submit 15 hours (1.5 NAFC credits) of continuing education in a 24 month period of time prior to your renewal date and complete a re-certification application to be recertified.
The benefits of a consistent yoga practice have been well-established. Why then are people not practicing Yoga regularly? This Teacher Training Course offers insight into the basic history of Yoga, and the anatomical theory and practical application components required to properly explain, demonstrate, and instruct yoga with confidence. Instructors will learn proper sequencing and design of a safe, effective and accessible Yoga class. Instructors can expect to gain a strong understanding of how and when to use props and tools to assist students in a wide variety of postures.
The NAFC Yoga 200™ manual contains sample classes, a complete breakdown of each posture, an overview of the anatomy of yoga, and general philosophies of yoga practice. Upon completion of this course, instructors will gain a strong foundation as well as the skills needed to create classes which are accessible for all populations, including young and old and from experienced to beginner level yoga practitioners.
Yoga 200 Required Course Material:
- Yoga 200 Certification Introduction Manual
- Yoga 200 Instructor Interactive Study Course with embedded video, instruction, and video master classes. (Click here to see course objectives)
- 30 minute consultation with a Yoga professional
- Online practice exams
- Yoga 200 Certification Theory Exam.
You must complete and log practice and observation practical hours to submit for certification.
- Yoga 200 Practical Hour Log Sheet
You must take a Practical Examination for the Yoga 200 Certification. You will be instructed on how to create a video submittal to meet the requirements.
- Yoga 200 Practical Evaluation Outline
- Yoga 200 Video Evaluation Tips and Instructions
Registration vs. Accreditation
Our program is fully accredited, meeting educational guidelines. Registration does not indicate necessary educational markers or give credibility to the registrants Yoga program. RYTs® and RYs® denotes Yoga Alliance registration only. Yoga Alliance registration guidelines do not support educational guidelines or learning outcomes.
A Yoga Alliance certificate does not denote the credential, accreditation, or credibility one may be led to believe. Being registered with Yoga Alliance does not constitute a genuine education credential.
Yoga Alliance does not conduct certification exams or independent assessments of any Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s). Rather, the RYT® credential is derivative of the Registered Yoga School (RYS®) or school registry, and is entirely voluntary.
NAFC is an accredited organization which also holds a career school license. NAFC’s is committed to providing substantive, proven fitness and health education to professionals in the industry, ensuring their credibility and value to clients, members, and even medical professionals. The Yoga 200™ certification course is part of this commitment.
There are several published articles in which Yoga schools identify Yoga Alliance as having a negative impact on Yoga. This is due to very minimal guidelines and educational credibility. There are far too many Yoga classes that demonstrate and lead risky movements and poses taught by minimally educated teachers. Yoga practice has been documented to offer many profound benefits, but it’s also producing an enormous amount of injury. As excerpted in the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Broad stated, “a growing body of medical evidence supports (the) contention that, for many people, a number of commonly taught Yoga poses are inherently risky. The problems can and have ranged from relatively mild injuries to permanent disabilities”. Surveys by the Consumer Product Safety Commission showed that the number of emergency room admissions related to yoga, after years of slow increases, was rising quickly due to no regulations. The populations that are being taught, for the most part, sit in chairs all day and rarely lift anything heavier than an iPad. After sitting all day, they then go to yoga classes, for an hour or more, they flow quickly through poses, bearing weight in an unfamiliar way on their wrists, spines, and knees. The irony is, yoga was developed to help heal.
The number of Americans doing yoga has risen which means that there is now an abundance of studios where many teachers lack the deeper training necessary to recognize when students are headed toward injury. Currently, there is no specific curriculum that is required to be taught, nor is there any required assessment of a registered teacher’s skill. Simply requiring that a certain number of hours be spent covering each of the five areas of study (practice, methodology, anatomy, philosophy, ethics, and hours of practice teaching) is not enough.
The content of Yoga training is left up to the schools that do register through Yoga Alliance. There has been an astonishing decline in the quality of classes over the past 20 years. What is needed is a lengthy set of specific objectives that a Yoga teacher training needs to meet, as is the standard for almost all other vocational training. There needs to be a body that ensures that all yoga teachers are appropriately educated, trained, and considered credible. It is NAFC’s intent to train/educate our students/teachers in a manner that honors science, functional movement, critical thinking skills, safe practices, integrity, compassion, and growth, all the while keeping the Yoga community intact.
NAFC is an accredited educational body. We are recognized as an application-based education organization both in the fitness and medical communities. With regard to the PHIT Act (Yoga Alliance is pro-PHIT Act) being pushed to the legislature, there is a chance the government will more than likely also take into consideration the credentials of the trainers/teachers leading these classes that will be considered a pre-tax deduction for medical expenses. Accreditations and long distance learning are recognized by the US Higher Education and it has established credibility. Accreditation has long been recognized in the domains of hospitals, rehabilitation, and higher education as the way to maintain higher standards of accountability and quality. There are concerns with lack of credibility in the fitness industry.
NAFC is dedicated to improving the quality, standards, and outcomes of preventative health care services while also educating the public on health fitness and wellness issues. Today’s fitness consumers are more sophisticated and knowledgeable than ever, and, they want more information about their fitness and wellness provider. Insurance companies are seeing more accountability and professionalism for their “after care health club memberships.” Medical practitioners are more concerned than ever about the professional qualifications of people they refer their patients to for exercise programs. Performance indicators are becoming more important than ever in medical rehabilitation services. We believe it would be in Yoga Alliances’ interest to also consider long distance learning schools and licensures to stay relevant in a changing industry where medical/fitness integration IS happening.
We understand Yoga Alliance is against licensure and regulation(s), as are many organizations in the fitness industry. However, our industry continues to evolve and is headed in the direction of licensure. Due to the increase of injuries and the correlation with metabolic diseases, an industry that is non-regulated and self-governed according to a loose set of standards, it is clear that what will be required going forward is what is expected from most other industries – standardized education markers and credentials recognized throughout the healthcare industry. NAFC is ahead of the game.
YOGA AND LONG DISTANCE LEARNING
US Department of education data from 2016 (Distance Education is a Key Component of Higher Education in the United States):
- 2002: 1.6 million students taking at least one Long Distance Learning Course
- 2008: 4.6 million students taking at least one Long Distance Learning Course
- 2014: 5.8 million students taking at least one Long Distance Learning Course
And this continues to rise – One-in-seven (14%) of all higher education students took all of their courses “exclusively” at a distance.
More than one in four students (28%) enrolled in at least one of their courses at a distance in the fall of 2014.