Yoga Australia is a voluntary, not-for-profit association, incorporated in 1999 (originally known as the Yoga Teachers Association), by a group of independent yoga teachers who recognised the need to bring yoga teachers together from all different traditions, styles and backgrounds, to provide mutual support and professional recognition of yoga in Australia. This was a step towards the development of the independent self-regulation of the profession of yoga teaching in Australia.
Since it was first incorporated, the Association continues with this primary objective and mission, and has now grown to become recognised as the “industry peak-body” of yoga in Australia. It has also gained a reputation internationally for ‘best practice’ and it’s registered teachers enjoy international as well as national recognition. Yoga Australia provides a variety of benefits to members, including: professional support networks; access to continuing professional development; professional publications; personal webpage; registration for the purposes of health insurance, referrals and public searches for teachers; and assistance with the promotion of each member and yoga in general.
Yoga Australia is also recognised as the peak advocacy organisation for yoga teachers in Australia. Its mission is to promote the values and benefits of yoga, and to support teaching yoga as a profession. Members of the Association’s Executive Committee are available to provide information or resources to the media, medical and health professionals, educational organisations and the general public.