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Licensing in Ashaya Yoga


The requirements for certification at the 200-hour level to become a Hatha Yoga teacher are the basic minimum requirements to go out and begin teaching. Becoming licensed in Ashaya Yoga requires more proficiency and fluency with the method, as well as, addition skills that are taught in the 200-Hour training yet are refinements of the basic understanding.

The requirements for licensing include all of the requirements for certification above plus the following refinements:

  • Seat of Teacher
    • Increased confidence
    • Natural pacing and flow throughout the class and a good sense of timing
    • No notes or minimal use of notes (for reference only)
    • Eye contact and connection with the students
    • Capacity to walk around the class while teaching at least 50% of the time
    • Pace and sequence of the class is appropriate to the level and needs of your students
  • Alignment Technique
    • More fluency and ease in teaching the 4 Essentials
    • More proficiency of postural technique and the ability to see misalignments and teach to what you see
  • Language Refinements
    • More fluency of plain and explicit language
    • Use of directional language
    • Use of linking language
    • Use of active/passive voice
    • Use of Sanskrit names of the poses with correct pronunciation
    • Minimal or no word habits
  • Theme
    • More fluency and clarity of the 4 steps to the introduction to the theme
    • Capacity to interweave the theme throughout the class with appropriate use of context statements (minimum of 4 context statements total choosing from the various context statement categories)
    • Capacity to universalize the theme with clarity and give at least one chit ananda context statement during the intro, asanas, or closing statement
  • Hands-On Adjustments:
    • Simple hands-on adjustments offered with clarity, sensitivity, bone-on-bone contact, and use of good body mechanics
  • Voice Quality
    • Use of a natural, whole-bodied, and modulated voice (rather than monotone)
    • Soothing voice yet clear and commanding, loud enough so that everyone can hear throughout the entire class
  • Self-Demo
    • Clear and instructive
    • Short and to the point
    • Can show the misalignment and correction in your body, plus modification
  • Mirroring

Recommendation by Trainer Required

At the end of your last TT module, your trainer will have a dialogue with you to determine where you stand with respect to the following three things:

  1. Certification at the 200-Hour level, no mentoring needed
  2. Additional mentoring needed for certification
  3. Licensing: whether or not you need additional mentoring

Ashaya Yoga Trademark

Ashaya Yoga Logo




Ashaya Yoga is a registered trademark; hence the small ® mark after the name. The trademark honors the time, energy, and resources you have invested in your training by maintaining the integrity, high standards, and reputation of Ashaya Yoga. It protects the Ashaya name and the efficacy/quality of the method by legally safeguarding Ashaya Yoga from being copied, changed, adapted, or altered by anyone other than the trademark owner, Todd Norian. The trademark further protects teachers who license with Ashaya by maintaining a wholesome cohesion to the method by assuring that Ashaya Yoga classes remain consistent wherever they are taught. The consistent qualities of a heart-centered tone, the specific alignment method, language terms, and class structure, all support the integrity of Ashaya Yoga.

Become a Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher

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Licensing is a way of caring for yourself, your profession, your colleagues, and your students. It honors and protects the trademark and strengthens the method. Licensing symbolizes your commitment to help maintain and contribute to the integrity and meaningfulness of Ashaya Yoga and the Ashaya community. It relates to your practice and your personal and professional journey as a yoga teacher dedicated to your evolution and awakening. It is a statement of your desire to continue your studies and refine your teaching skills through continuing education. It connects you to the Ashaya community, joining with those who wish to be connected to each other in service to a bigger energy and a higher purpose. Upon completion of the 200-hour or 300-hour Ashaya Yoga Teacher Training, with a recommendation from your trainer, you may apply to become a Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher.

Benefits Available to Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teachers

  • Use of the Ashaya Yoga name and logo
  • Directory listing on the Ashaya Yoga website (bio, photo, links to your email and website)
  • Continuing Education and Updates, including teacher inspiration, morning sadhana audio recordings (TBA), free updated manual downloads, and group discussions and networking on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Connection to and support from a community of great beings who wish to serve a bigger vision and live with integrity and authenticity, who are dedicated to offering their unique gift to the world with joy, who wish to support each other to live their dharma, stand in their power, release smallness and other self-limiting beliefs, fulfill their life-destiny path, serve their communities, and align with the highest teachings of yoga together in community.

Licensing Fee and Renewal Date

For all new graduates, the licensing fee is waived for the first year*. The annual renewal fee for licensing is $35/year due on June 15 each year.

*If you graduate between Jan 1-June 14th, for your first year your license is free until June 15th of the next year. (For example, if you graduate in May 2017, your license fee is free until June 15th, 2018).

If you graduate between June 15-Dec. 31, for your first year your license is free until the upcoming June 15th. (For example, if you graduate in Sept. 2017, your license is free until June 15th, 2018).

Continuing Education Credits

To maintain your licensing status, you need at least six hours of Ashaya Yoga private, classroom, workshop, or teacher training hours annually with Todd Norian or another teacher appointed by Todd.

How to Become Licensed

If you would like to be a licensed Ashaya teacher, after you receive your certification, fill out the online licensing application located below.

Take the Next Step Now – Digital Application for Annual License

If you would like to apply to be a licensed Ashaya teacher, please click on and complete the three forms below contained in the red buttons below.

Three Steps Required for Application:

1. Ashaya Yoga Yoga Teacher Contact Info Form

Ashaya Yoga Yoga Teacher Contact Info Form

2. 2017 Ashaya Yoga Teacher Licensing Agreement
Choose either the License Agreement for Renewals or 1st Time applicants

Ashaya Yoga Teacher License Agreement — First Time Applicants(Online Form)

Required to sign and renew each year
Ashaya Yoga Teacher License Agreement — For Renewals (Online Form)

3. Code of Ethics 

Required only if you have not signed the Code of Ethics from the 200-HR Teacher Training
Ashaya Yoga Code of Ethics  (Online Form)

4. Annual Licensing Fee (renewable on June 15th)

Licensing fee waived for the first year after graduation
Pay Licensing Fee

We will review your application within one week of receiving all three forms. If approved, you will receive a link via email to download and print your Official 2017 Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher Certificate.

For licensing applications to be accepted, a written recommendation from your trainer is required. Please have your trainer contact the Ashaya office at 413-232-7839, or send us an email.

 Need Support in Taking the Next Steps?

Please call or email Todd with any questions. He welcomes the conversation and personal connection. You can reach him directly at 413-232-7839 or todd@ashayayoga.com.