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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Most qualified yoga and Pilates instructors become certified through a professional association, such as the Yoga Alliance or the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). For example, the PMA offers a comprehensive program consisting of training on proper form, the purpose of each exercise, how to assess and adjust class members' posture and form, and how to properly pace the class to create an effective and comprehensive class. Those who complete a minimum of 450 hours of documented training and and pass a multiple-choice examination receive the certified Pilates teacher designation. The American Fitness Professionals and Associates also provides certification. 

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