There are three options – Full Member, Associate Member and International Member.
Associate Member – for the yoga enthusiast (not necessarily teachers) although teachers (with a 200 hour teaching qualification approved by the IYTA Committee) working towards full membership can opt for an Associate Membership.
The annual fee is $65 and you receive a minimum five per cent discount off IYTA courses and workshops. You also receive the e-newsletter and magazine International Light three times a year.
Full Member – the requirement is that you have a minimum of 350 yoga teacher training hours as approved by the IYTA Committee.
The annual fee is $95 and you receive a minimum ten per cent discount off IYTA courses and workshops. You also receive the e-newsletter and magazine International Light three times a year.
The benefits are huge – from being able to use the IYTA logo for your promotional purposes, having a listing on the IYTA website, receiving 10% off workshops and courses to being able to join the IYTA mentoring team.
International Member – the annual fee is $65 and is open to teachers who meet the Full Member criteria. It allows them to stay connected with the IYTA and to receive the quarterly International Light magazine.
You will receive a personal renewal reminder email and then an invoice via email two weeks before the due date, and your membership will automatically renew on the renewal date using the credit/debit card you used originally.
Note: we do NOT store your credit card details - we use a secure token system with our Payment Gateway, eWay.
All members will be sent a personal renewal email with full instructions prior to their renewal date.
However you can visit to your Dashboard anytime to check your details and click on the RENEW button* - this will take you to a form. Once you have completed this form and paid, your membership will then switch auto-renewal.
* The RENEW button is only shown when your membership has expired or if your renewal is due soon and is still manual.
Note - to stop auto-renewals simply notify us in writing (via email or use our contact us form) at least 3 business days before your next renewal date.
We've switched to Auto-renewals for a couple of reasons:
- To make renewals as easy as possible for our members
- To keep our administration costs as low as possible - which helps keep our membership fees as low as possible!
It is necessary as a yoga teacher to continually update your knowledge and experience of yoga teaching in the same way any profession continues their professional development.
All Full Members need to earn at least 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points per year.
The major Australian health funds also require of IYTA that our Full Members meet this yearly 12 CPD point minimum.
We make it as easy as possible to meet your annual CPD requirements.
Earn one CPD point every time you watch one of the free IYTA video tutorials. View one per month and you have gained all 12 mandatory CPD points for the year.
Ways to earn CPD points
- viewing your free IYTA video tutorial (members only)
- attending IYTA workshops and events
- volunteering at IYTA events and further training
We have recently enabled recurring billing when paying your membership subscription, which means the next renewal will be automatically charged to your credit card. We implemented this new system in an effort to save you time and to minimise the association's overheads, which will help us keep fees as low as possible.
How do we store your card details?
IYTA does NOT store your card details, we simply encrypt them and securely pass them into our PCI compliant Payment Gateway who securely manages them. We use eWay as our Payment Gateway for all card types (Visa and Mastercard).
If you have received an invoice and want to update credit card details you can update online: Click here to update credit card details
If there is any problem when processing your credit card, you will receive an email prompting you to update your details.
Your email address is also your log in, so making changes to this can only be actioned by our Membership Secretary. Please call or contact us and we'll make these changes for you.
Yes, as a Full Member of IYTA you will receive a discounted rate from Yoga Australia.
When signing up with Yoga Australia, please ensure that you tick “Another Association Member” to be eligible for the special rate negotiated for IYTA members.
Full Membership to IYTA is either $95 or $65 (non-teaching) with no application fee for new IYTA members. Membership with Yoga Australia would be an additional $96.25 with dual membership (vs $137.50 standard price) plus $110 application fee for new members. If you have trained with a Yoga Australia-registered school, the application fee for new members is $55.
Whilst Full Members must continue to meet their insurance, first-aid and CPD requirements to maintain their membership, we no longer need Full Members to send in any documents via email. We trust you to keep the documents and be able to produce them if requested.
However, as a Full Member, you do still need to make sure your information is kept up-to-date in your profile.
NB: your annual membership certificate will NOT be issued unless your insurance and first-aid/CPR are current.
You can enter your insurance and first-aid information online by visiting to your Dashboard.
Roma Blair is the founder of IYTA, also known as Swami Nirmalananda. She celebrated her 90th birthday on 28th July 2013 and passed on the 5th of November 2013 in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast where her light shines brightly.
Roma Bliar lived an extraordinary life. Married to a Dutchman and living in Java, Roma became a Japanese prisoner of war. For three and a half years she had been missing and presumed dead. Roma gave birth to her son on a table with no medical help and even the demands of her Japanese captors to be out in the fields the following day could not break her spirit. Her journey through her life is one of remarkable strength, determination and courage.
With her release in 1945, Roma returns to Sydney to be reunited with her husband and family. Later travelling to South Africa with her husband and son, Roma takes up modelling. As her memories of the camp were fading her health becomes an issue.
Roma ends up at a yoga class and so begins a journey of healing. Roma has spent her life teaching others the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga and has continued to dedicate her life to charity.