CERTIFICATION, MEMBERSHIP & LICENSING
APPROVAL TO OPERATE
STATE OF MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL AND FINANCIAL REGULATION
Namasté Institute is licensed to operate by the State of Maine Department of Education. State Approval notifies you, the consumer, that an institution has been evaluated and found to be in compliance with the highest standards in public and private education.
The State of Maine Massage Licensure Board requires approved schools to offer a minimum of 500 hours of massage training. Successful completion of Namasté Institute's School of Massage program qualifies students to meet the approved school educational requirements for licensure.
State of Maine Department of Education
State of Maine Massage Therapy Licensure
State of Maine Approved Massage Therapy Programs (PDF)
ASSOCIATED BODYWORK & MASSAGE PROFESSIONALS
Namasté Institute is an Institutional Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), a membership organization providing professional services and networking to over 54,000 members in the massage, bodywork, somatic and esthetic professions. Enrollment or successful completion of Namasté Institute's Massage Therapy program qualifies students or graduates for membership in the ABMP. (www.abmp.com)
THE YOGA ALLIANCE
Yoga Alliance was formed by a merger in 1999 of Unity in Yoga (a group that organized and sponsored national and international yoga conferences from its formation in 1982 until 1995) and the Ad Hoc Yoga Alliance (a volunteer group that in 1997 started working on creating minimum standards for yoga teachers, as well as other issues relevant to the yoga community). In September 1999, the newly organized Yoga Alliance established a national Yoga Teachers' Registry to recognize and promote teachers with training that meet Yoga Alliance minimum training standards. Teachers who meet these standards are eligible to register as "RYT"s (Registered Yoga Teachers). In 2005, in conjunction with enhanced revised standards for registration, the Yoga Alliance began recognizing and registering teachers with significant teaching experience in addition to training (Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers, or "E-RYT"s). Yoga Alliance also maintains a Registry of Yoga Schools to recognize yoga teacher training programs of at least 200 or 500 hours. A school whose curriculum satisfies or exceeds the Yoga Alliance minimum training standards may apply to register as a "RYS" (Registered Yoga School). Once a school is registered, all graduates of a RYS are automatically eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as RYTs. (www.yogaalliance.org)