Frequently asked questions are just that; Questions that we receive most often.
If your query hasn’t been answered below then contact us, we’re always happy to help.
If you have a specific question about yoga teacher training or enrolling in a course, then head to the NEW STUDENTS page. You may find the answer waiting for you there.
Are YIMI courses accredited?
Courses that grant a qualification upon graduation are accredited with appropriate industry bodies. Please refer to each course for specific accreditation information.
Courses that upgrade qualifications attract CPD points with relevant industry bodies and are accredited where required.
What is the minimum qualification to become a yoga teacher?
Technically, you need to complete a minimum of 200 hours of formal training to obtain a qualification that entitles you to apply for insurance to teach yoga. Formal training consists of yoga teacher training courses that are offered with the intention to provide a qualification. For example, undertaking 200 hours of yoga classes does not qualify you as a yoga teacher for insurance purposes. It is a good idea to enrol in a course that is accredited and recognised by an industry body to ensure you can obtain adequate insurance. YIMI courses are recognised by Yoga Australia.
Do I need to be a member of Yoga Australia to be a yoga teacher?
While we recommend joining Yoga Australia or another industry body, you do not need to be a member of Yoga Australia, or any other industry body, to be a qualified and insured yoga teacher. To obtain full membership with Yoga Australia, you require a minimum of 350 hours of formal training to be a recognised yoga teacher. You can find out about Yoga Australia membership here. You could also join Yoga Alliance or another similar body, which generally only require a minimum of 200 hours of formal training. To join an industry body, you must demonstrate your qualifications. If the course you undertake is not accredited with that body, you may need to provide evidence that it meets the industry body’s criteria for membership.
Do I need insurance to teach yoga?
Yes, you should take out insurance public liability and medical malpractice/professional indemnity if you plan to teach yoga. Insurance to teach yoga can be obtained through most insurance companies.
Can I teach abroad?
Yes! Yoga Australia registered teachers are recognised overseas. They have teachers registered who teach in Thailand, Singapore, Europe and Cambodia. The only place they cannot teach is the US. This requires Yoga Alliance membership. Though Yoga Alliance US is perceived as International, it is a registration body operating in the US only. Beyond the US, the organisations cannot represent Yoga Teachers like Yoga Australia do here in Australia, for example forming relationships with certain Health Funds and Insurance providers etc.
The standards supported by Yoga Australia is one of the highest internationally and this is recognised in other countries.
How do I get to Zama Yoga Toowong?
Our Toowong Studio is conveniently located on Toowong High Street, within walking distance of Toowong train station. Maps and full details can be found on our campuses page.
Is there accommodation near by?
A list of places to stay nearby can be found on our accommodation page
Where can I park?
There is is free street parking near the studio. Leave plenty of time to find a space. Alternatively there is a commuter car park off Coronation Drive.
How do I get to Upper Brookfield Retreat?
Our Brookfield studio is amongst the trees and greenery of the beautiful Upper Brookfield. Public transport will only take you so far so it’s best to drive or car share where possible. Maps and full details can be found on our campuses page.
Is there accommodation near by?
Yes! See our accommodation page for more details
Where can I park?
There is plenty of parking available on site.
What is the difference between Online and Distance yoga teacher training?
Distance yoga teacher training includes personal mentoring sessions with a teacher at YIMI. Your assignments are monitored and marked throughout the course and guidance is given as you progress. The distance course is suited to those who prefer more guidance throughout their learning.
The online course is structured for self-directed learning. You will have access to all course materials and your final teaching assignments will be assessed. You will have a mentoring session at the end of the course to discuss your progress and teaching assessment. This course is ideal for those who prefer to work independently and who may have access to a regular teacher that they can work with.
I cannot attend some scheduled teacher training dates, is there an alternative and can I still enrol?
If you’re struggling to find a course that suits your availability please contact us for other options including mixed intakes. Whilst we recommend committing to one full course intake, we understand that life isn’t always smooth sailing and our dates may not fit into your year, so we will do our best to find you a solution.
If there are just one or two dates that clash then we can send you alternative make up days providing we know the dates you will miss before the course begins. Please contact us if you are unsure.
Can I complete my class hours at my local studio or with my regular teacher instead?
Class hours are an integral part of your teacher training and ongoing personal development and as such they must be completed with us at YIMI. However, if you are unable to attend these studios (e.g. due to long distance), classes may be undertaken with a mentor approved by us at YIMI. Please contact us to seek approval for your mentor. We also have a list of preapproved mentors if you are unable to find your own.
When can I start Online or Distance yoga teacher training?
Distance and Online courses can be started at any time; No waiting for course intakes or start dates, you can begin at a time that suits you and your lifestyle.
How long does the course take?
We recommend 12 months for our courses but the pace will be determined by your learning style and lifestyle. We encourage you to work through the course at a pace that works for you.