The 200-hour online course from the fitness education leader comes as the yoga industry continues to grow and attract new participants
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a leader in online fitness and wellness certifications, is debuting a new division, ISSA Yoga & Wellness Academy.
In addition to the new academy, ISSA is offering Yoga 200, an online yoga teacher training course approved by Yoga Alliance.
The 200-hour online course offers flexible scheduling options so yoga enthusiasts can learn at their own pace. Students can interact with Yoga 200’s instructors during live weekly virtual study studio sessions, which are recorded and available on-demand.
“At ISSA, we aim to provide individuals aspiring to teach yoga with a top-quality, comprehensive, affordable and flexible option that offers the esteemed Yoga Alliance accreditation,” said ISSA CEO Andrew Wyant. “Through the establishment of ISSA Yoga & Wellness Academy, we have developed a 200-hour online course led by renowned yoga experts to help people achieve their goal of becoming certified yoga instructors.”
Erika Weiss, general manager of the ISSA Yoga & Wellness Academy, says that as more fitness enthusiasts incorporate yoga into their lives as either exercise or a side hustle, it was important for ISSA to offer an educational course to meet the needs of yoga students.
“Our program allows participants to deepen their yoga practice, share their love for yoga with others and make a meaningful impact in the world on a self-paced schedule,” Weiss said.
Yoga 200 offers ten modules, covering teaching and cueing for Hatha and Vinyasa-style classes; sequencing; anatomy and physiology; meditation and pranayama; yoga history and philosophy; ethics; professional development and yoga asanas. The course also offers graduates a signature 37-pose foundational yoga class so they can begin teaching immediately.
More than 36 million Americans practice yoga, spending $1,080 a year on average on classes, workshops and equipment, according to Zippia. The ancient practice has numerous benefits to health, including one recent UCLA Health study that showed promise for older women with risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and memory decline by participating in Kundalini yoga.
Yoga also has numerous benefits for younger fitness enthusiasts. CorePower Yoga introduced a free teen summer program this season, using yoga as a way to reduce stress and promote overall well-being.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.