Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice for Registered Yoga Professionals

Defining the roles, responsibilities and professional boundaries for Registered Yoga Instructors.

Yoga professionals registered with AUSactive provide a variety of services for a range of clientele across many varied settings. Competency to practice is represented through the registration category held and associated continuing education completed.

AUSactive has developed a position statement that aims to define the Scope of Practice for Australian Registered Yoga Professionals (RYPs). It provides clarity about the role and responsibilities that exist for an RYP in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of professional services and safeguard the health and interests of people using yoga professional services. Additionally, the standard aims to provide clarity for collaborative practice with professionals across broader health and community service delivery systems.

Concurrent with the higher-level objectives, it is also acknowledged that adaptation to a changing environment, innovative practice and consumer access to participation should not be unnecessarily impeded by the terms contained within the statement. In this context, the statement is viewed by AUSactive as a living document that will be reliant upon ongoing reflection, review and modification to maintain its accuracy and relevance into the future.

The Scope of Practice for Registered Yoga Professionals (RYPs) has been developed to align with the standards of local and international Yoga registration bodies and organisations.   

Yoga Professionals registered with AUSactive provide their services for a range of clientele across varied settings. Competency in delivering specific activities as a Registered Yoga Professional is obtained through recognised qualification/s and/or approved continuing education.  
The core role of a Registered Yoga Professional is to plan and deliver safe and effective Yoga programs for individuals and/or groups and includes the below; 

  • Typically works independently (may be self-employed or an employee) and may support or lead other Registered Yoga Professionals 
  • May work within various settings such as a fitness facility, recreation facility, community facility or studio. 
  • Offer an integrated set of practices aligned to the needs of the individual and/or group in-line with your initial qualification, continuing education and the Code of Ethical Conduct. 
  • May deliver Yoga services designed for participation by individuals and/or a group of clients after the completion of the nationally endorsed Pre-exercise Screening System to determine appropriate activities based on the client’s risk factors. 

To gain or maintain registration, Yoga Professionals are required to complete the minimum level approved education requirements and/or qualification for registration and abide by AUSactive's Code of Ethical Conduct. They must hold a current vocational nationally endorsed first aid and CPR certification. Competency in delivering Yoga services is enhanced through the completion of AUSactive approved continuing education programs or other recognised activities as defined in the CEC Guidelines. 

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