Open Source Certification Standards

Open Source Certification Standards – 200 hour level

Assessment of 3 key poses.
  • Sun Salutation
  • Parsvakonasana
  • Rajakapotasana

Teaching demonstration will be subjectively graded on clarity, confidence, creating supportive and disciplined environment and continuity of mental focus.

Pranayama – demonstrate Ujjaii breath, Nadi Shodhana.

Teaching competence
  • Teach the above poses, observing and not simultaneously performing the poses with the student.
  • Student taught into the basic form of each pose to their ability, blocks or props given if needed.
  • Concise verbal and safe, effective physical adjustments when needed.
  • Clear, audible language, camera position such that both student and teacher can be seen all the time.
  • Smooth transition language pose to pose.
  • Teacher holds a comfortable and safe space.
  • Recorded audio of the teacher is very clear, every word understandable.
  • Pose durations between 30 seconds and one minute on each side.
Total video duration @ 5 – 7 min

Video of asana demonstration and asana teaching can be uploaded to youtube privately, or copied to d.v.d and mailed in. Certification awarded upon successful review. If first review does not pass requriements, feedback will be provided on how to improve. Up to 3 more videos may be submitted at a cost of $150 each.


Breakdown of information on Side Angle Pose




To teach this pose you’ll need to do the following:


  • Start the student’s entry into it from another pose – let’s make it from Tadasana (Mountain pose).


  • Know the correct width of stance for that particular student.  To say, “step your feet 3 1/2 feet wide” may not be correct.  People have different leg lengths, arm lengths, and range of motion which will determine the appropriate length of stance for them.


  • Know if the student will need a block to support their bottom hand (the one that would be touching the floor for stability and to help open that shoulder).


  • Guide integrative muscular action in the lower and upper body to ensure a safe and comfortable entry into the pose.


  • Know the effect of the rotations of the back and front leg on the pelvis and how to observe and then cue alignment and the grounding action of the legs.  Know that the end range of motion in the hips will vary student to student, so the pose form will look slightly different even in the full form of the pose.


  • Be able to guide the transition of the spinal orientation from upright into the side lean, and then the rotation, including the direction of gaze from an aligned head and neck.


  • Guide a smooth transition to side two and then back to Tadasana.


  • Do all this within a time frame short enough to allow the student to stay integrated without exhaustion, and long enough to gain the benefit from the pose (generally 30 seconds to one minute per side of the pose).


To teach hatha yoga effectively, competence in teaching the essential standing, seated, supine, prone and inverted postures is necessary.  The teacher must be intimate with the poses through regular self-practice.  When the essential poses are integrated on a personal level then the teacher is able to view another in those poses and offer both objective and subjective commentary and assistance.  One could say that mastery in teaching hatha yoga happens when the teaching becomes spontaneous.  This takes time.

200 hour  yoga teacher training and development courses in Vancouver, B.C., residential training on Texada Island and part-time courses in Kuwana, Japan are available.