YACEP Educational Categories

Below you will find a list of descriptions for the educational categories for the Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP) designation. 

Three Quick Tips

  1. Please make sure you read the category descriptions or watch the videos below to make sure you understand what's covered in each category.
  2. As you add your courses to your YACEP profile, you must make sure the content fits within our educational categories. This helps teachers know exactly what is covered and that your courses are eligible for Yoga Alliance CE hours in the categories that are listed.
  3. The Educational Categories do not include diagnosis or treatment of mental or physical health conditions.

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

How to Do (Practice) Yoga - [Video]

Topics can include, but are not limited to: asana, pranayama, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

Teaching Methodology (TM)

How to Teach (Yoga) Effectively - [Video]

Topics can include, but are not limited to: communication skills such as group dynamics, time management and prioritizing; how to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; qualities of a teacher, teaching styles and the student learning process.

Anatomy and Physiology (AP)

The Physical and Energetic Bodies - [Video]

Topics can include, but are not limited to: both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). This includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics (YPLE)

History, Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle Practices of Yoga - [Video]

Topics can include, but are not limited to: the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts; yoga lifestyle and precepts; ethics for yoga teachers (such as those involving teacher-student relationships); understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva).

More Information

Want more examples and details for each category? Download the Educational Categories brochure (PDF).

Still confused? Download our step-by-step worksheet for categorizing CE hours.

Our Educational Categories affect schools too. If you're part of a RYS, make sure you know the RYS Educational Categories.

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