How do I register with Yoga Alliance?
You can find detailed information, including step-by-step instructions, a Registered Yoga Teacher Handbook and video tutorial on our How to Register page. Top
What are the requirements for registration with Yoga Alliance?
To register with Yoga Alliance, you must complete teacher training at a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 200, 200 and 300 or 500-hour level. When you complete your training, you will be given a certificate to submit when registering with Yoga Alliance.
We are pleased to let you know that we have many RYSs for you to choose from.
You can find RYSs on our school directory by geographic region, city, state, style and more.
RYSs listed on the online directory are currently registered with Yoga Alliance. Contact the Director of Teacher Training at the RYS to inquire about the program content, fees, schedule and style of yoga that they teach. Top
Do you accept applications from graduates of non-registered schools? Do you allow registration if the school was not registered when I completed my training, but is registered now?
To register with Yoga Alliance, you must complete a Registered Yoga School (RYS) 200 or 500-hour teacher training program. When you complete the training, you will be given a certificate to submit for registration. We do not accept applications from graduates of non-registered schools. Your school must be registered at the time of your program completion in order to register with Yoga Alliance. Top
Where can I get my registry card? Do you mail it?
Because we’ve changed over to a new system, we no longer print and mail out registry cards. However, you are now able to print your registry card whenever you want from our website! When you log on to our website, you should be taken to your teacher dashboard. In the middle of the page, you’ll see your registry mark for your designation. Just below that image is a section entitled, “My Registry Card,” with green button that says “Download Registry Card”. If you click that button, a PDF file should start downloading. This PDF is your new printable YA Registry Card. Once downloaded, you can open the PDF, click “Save As” to save it to your computer, or click the “Print” option to print it out.. Top
How do I obtain my registry marks for usage on my website and in marketing materials?
When you log on to our website, you should be taken to your teacher dashboard. In the middle of the page, you’ll see your registry mark for your designation. Just below that image is a red button that says “Download Registry Mark”. If you click that button, a PNG file should start downloading. This PNG is your new printable YA Registry Card. Once downloaded, you can open the file, click “Save As” to save it to your computer, or click the “Print” option to print it out. For more details, please see the Registry Marks Usage Guide. Top
I am trying to register / upgrade, but my RYS is not on the list. What should I do?
If you are unable to find the RYS where you completed your training when you register, please contact the school's Director of Teacher Training to confirm the following:
How long does it take for my RYS to confirm my program completion request?
Once you submit your program completion request, an email will be sent to your RYS to confirm that you have completed their teacher training program. Once your school approves your registration, you will receive an email from Yoga Alliance inviting you to complete the registration process. (Be sure to check your email client's SPAM fileter, or set your email preferences to allow all emails from the yogaalliance.org domain.) Contact the Director of Teacher Training or the Lead Trainer at your RYS to find out how long it will take for them to review your application. If your RYS is unsure of how to verify your account, the Director or Lead Trainer may contact us at credentialingteam(at)yogaalliance.org. Top
I don't have a digital copy of my yoga teacher training certificate. What should I do?
In order to register with YA, you will need to upload a copy of your yoga teacher training certificate. You can either scan the certificate or take a picture of it with a digital camera or smartphone. Save the file to your computer in an acceptable file format (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .doc, or .pdf) and upload it to our website. Top
I am having trouble uploading my certificate. What should I do?
Are my responses to the evaluation of my RYS public?
All survey responses (including ratings and comments) are shared with Yoga Alliance and the school you are evaluating. Your school has the option to hide or display most of the ratings or comments you provide on their public profile page. However, your overall rating (or "Net Promoter Score") will always be displayed on the school's reviews page on their public profile along with your name.
Our evaluation system for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) was designed using the best practices of online rating systems. One of the most successful means of building trust and increasing civility in a social-ratings environment is to prevent anonymous evaluations. Since your identity will be known by your school, make sure your feedback is clear, respectful and constructive. This provides your school with more context to be able to understand and act upon your feedback.
Can I evaluate my RYS if I registered with Yoga Alliance prior to the launch of the new online system?
There is no way for past graduates to evaluate their RYSs if they registered prior to the launch of our new website and registration system. We've only launched the first phase of our new site, so the option for graduates to complete the survey and be linked to the RYS may be made available in the future. In the meantime, you may state that you have graduated from your RYS in the abstract of your public profile on the registry.
How do I renew my registration?
To renew your registration or verify when your renewal payment is due:
Is there a penalty for renewing my registration late?
There are no penalty fees associated with renewing a lapsed teacher registration, however, schools that allow registration to lapse for longer than 6 months will have to reapply and pay the fees associated with applying as RYS. Please note that if your registration lapses, your profile will become inactive and you will no longer be searchable on the directory. Top
I did not receive a renewal notice, are you still sending them?
Yes, you should receive a renewal notice via email. This notice will be sent to the email address associated with your YA account. For information on how to update your email address, please see: "How do I change the email address associated with my account?" Top
How do I reset my password?
To reset your password, visit this page and submit your email address. You should receive an email shortly with a link to reset your password. If you receive an "invalid password" message after submitting your email address or do not receive an email link to reset your password, please check to ensure that the reset password email did not end up in your email client's SPAM folder.
I did not receive the email to reset my password. What should I do?
Be sure to check for the reset password link at the email address that you used when you registered with Yoga Alliance and/or check your spam filter. If you continue to have trouble, contact info(at)yogaalliance.org to verify which email you used for registration and/or change your email address. Top
I have been locked out of my account. What should I do?
Please contact info(at)yogaalliance.org for assistance. Top
How do I edit my profile?
Log in to your account and select the "My Profile" link from the left-hand menu. This will take you to a page where you can edit your profile. Hover your cursor over the section you wish to edit and a yellow "Edit" button will appear. Click the "Edit" button to update the selected field. When you are finished making changes, click the green "Save" button to confirm. Top
How do I change the privacy settings for my profile?
Log in to your account and select the "My Profile" link from the left-hand menu. This will take you to a page where you can edit your profile. You must set your privacy settings for each section of the profile (My Bio, I Teach, Teaching Experience, and Languages) individually. The preference link may be found by hovering your cursor over the right corner of the text box for the selected category. A small yellow "Edit" box will appear. Select this box and a pop-up will appear with places to enter your privacy selections. Choose the green "save" button to confirm your privacy settings. Top
How do I change the email address associated with my account?
If you are able to log in to your account and need to change your email address, select the hyperlink at the top right-hand side of your screen that reads "Logged in as: [your display name]." From this page, you can update your email address or password. Once you have made the changes to your information, be sure to click the "update" button at the bottom of the page.
If you cannot log in to your account and need to change your email address, YA staff must do it for you. Please send an email to info(at)yogaalliance.org with the following information, from the email address that you would like your account updated to:
If you are a RYS, please also send:
Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email from Yoga Alliance to inform you that your email has been updated. You may expect a response within 1-3 business days. Then, you can log into your account with your new email address and use the Password Reset feature to select your password and access your account. Top
How do I link my teacher and school accounts?
Link your school and teacher accounts by following these directions:
I am a registered teacher, but have not accessed my online account in the past. How do I do this?
Visit this page and submit the email address you used when you registered with Yoga Alliance. This will allow you to reset the password for your account and log in. Top
How do I submit continuing education hours or teaching hours for upgrades?
You can submit your continuing education hours in your online account.
Enter Teaching Hours
Enter Training Hours
How often should I submit teaching hours for upgrades?
You may enter teaching hours into your profile as frequently as you earn them. Some teachers prefer to update their profile after each class taught, and others log hours at the end of each week, month, quarter...etc. Whatever option you choose, the system will automatically notify you when you have entered enough hours to be eligible for an account upgrade. Top
How do I access my new RYS account?
The person who was listed as the main contact of your RYS will be able to access your RYS account using their email. Simply log in to your account (you may reset your password if you have forgotten it). From your RYS account, you can approve teacher trainees awaiting your confirmation in order to register with YA, update your profile, enter in your syllabus, add staff roles and more. Top
You can view information about the RYS designations here.
A RYS 300 (which must also hold a RYS 200) offers two separate segments of training, permitting trainees to receive certificates after the first 200 hours and again after the 300 hours of advanced training. (Trainees who complete both RYS 200 and RYS 300 programs can register as a RYT 500). By contrast, a RYS 500 offers 500 hours of training without permitting trainees to receive a certificate until they complete the full 500-hour training. RYS 300 programs may also allow trainees from another school to transfer.
For detailed information, please review the RYS 300 article here. Top
How do I approve a "Teacher Trainee Awaiting Confirmation"?
If you are listed as the owner of a Registered Yoga School (RYS), you now have a new and very important role. Effective immediately, it is now up to you to confirm with Yoga Alliance that your trainees completed your teacher training program. In fact, you may have already received a couple of “Teacher Trainee Awaiting Confirmation” messages from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you haven’t held a teacher training program recently, some of your past trainees may now decide that this month is the time that they want to register with us. In order for them to register with Yoga Alliance, they will need you to take action and confirm their eligibility to become Registered Yoga Teachers.
If you are the owner AND an active RYT
If you are the RYS Owner and an active RYT yourself, then our new website may have linked your RYS and RYT accounts (only if the email address associated with your RYT account is identical to the email address associated with your RYS account). In this case, in order to access your account and confirm your trainees’ requests, follow these steps:
! Please do not confirm any trainees unless you are absolutely sure that the level of RYT they are applying for and the date of completion match your records for the training they completed with you.
If you are a RYT but the instructions above did not work for you, it may be that we have a different email address on file for your RYS. For example, if our email address on file for you as a teacher is email@example.com but your school is firstname.lastname@example.org, then your teacher and school accounts are not linked.
In this case, please use your RYS’s email address to log in (please note that RYSs with multiple locations should all be accessed using the same email address associated with the primary RYS location). You may reset your password if you have forgotten it; type in the email address associated with your school, and it will send an email with instructions for resetting your password. Then follow the steps above; clicking on “My Dashboard” will take you directly to your school dashboard.
If you do not remember what email address is associated with your RYS, please contact our customer service team by email or at 888-921-9642 to retrieve that information.
If you are the owner, but your RYT is inactive
If you are a RYT but you have not paid your annual renewal fee, then your account is inactive. Due to limitations in our current system that we plan to eventually fix, you will not be able to access your teacher or school profile and dashboard, or approve any of your trainees' requests for registration.
If you prefer not to renew your RYT, please contact us and we will help you gain access to your school profile.
If you choose to renew your RYT, you should then be able to proceed with the instructions above. Top
What does it mean to be the "owner" of a RYS?
Yoga Alliance defines a RYS owner as the person (or the representative within an entity) who has the legal signing authority for a school – i.e. with tax documents and banking institutions. Top
How do I change the "owner" of a RYS?
Please follow the appropriate instructions below:
Adding a new owner
Removing an owner
Due to YA’s wishes for enhanced security of your RYS account, owners can only remove themselves – they cannot remove other owners and other owners cannot remove them! To remove yourself (or an old or outdated email address that is assigned as an owner in your RYS account), you must log in with the owner’s login credentials.
Can I upload my syllabus?
It is possible for RYSs to enter in their syllabus. However, we are encouraging RYSs to wait until we have increased the stability of our website before attempting to enter in their syllabus. Please check back for further instructions. Top
When can I send in my RYS application?
Unfortunately, we are still having technical issues with the school application and syllabus entry process, and will not be able to open it to everyone until February at the earliest. Leave your name and email in the form below and we'll contact you when school registration is available.
School Registration Notification Top
How do I enter additional locations for a RYS?
What is the difference between a program and a track?
A track is a subset of a school designation for a RYS to register one or more training of the same designation type. For example, a RYS 200 can have one 200-hour track dedicated to teaching Hatha yoga or it may also add a separate 200-hour track, with a different syllabus, dedicated to Raja yoga. Each track includes a syllabus that outlines the content of the training and is reviewed by Yoga Alliance to ensure it meets our standards for registration. Each RYS has one track per designation and may add more tracks at any time.
Programs are specific courses when your track is conducted. For example, your track might be a 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training, but your program might be the “2013 Fall 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training”. Programs include a name, set of trainers, start date, end date, track, and location. In addition, RYSs add trainees to each program as part of the teacher registration process. Programs are set up after you have an approved track for your RYS. Top
If your school chooses not to provide us with the email addresses of trainees, the trainee would create their own account, and then a message would be sent to the RYS asking you to confirm that this person completed training.
I've upgraded to E-RYT and was invited to evaluate my school. How do I do this?
If your upgrade was from RYT 200 to E-RYT 200, or if it was from RYT 500 to E-RYT 500, you will not be able to review your school’s program.
In our new system, reviews are initiated after a trainee completes a request for confirmation from their school. This function is currently just for new registrants or people who are upgrading to/adding RYT 500, RCYT, or RPYT to their designation. Top
How do I upgrade to RYT 500 from RYT 200?
Here's how to upgrade to RYT 500 online:
How do I upgrade to E-RYT 200 from RYT 200 or E-RYT 500 from RYT 500?
To register as an E-RYT 200, you must have a minimum of two years teaching experience and 1,000 teaching hours since graduating from a 200-hour RYS.
To register as an E-RYT 500, you must have a minimum of four years teaching experience and 1,500 teaching hours (100 for RYT 500 and 1,500 for E-RYT) since graduating from a 200-hour RYS and 500 teaching hours since graduating from a 500-hour RYS.
Is the grandfathering option still available for RCYT and RPYT?
Yes. For detailed information on grandfathering, please see the explanation here. Top
B. 250 hours of experience teaching children’s (or prenatal) yoga prior to December 31, 2010.
At this time, our system will only allow upgrades if the option B qualifications are met. We are working diligently to implement a fix so that option A upgrades are available soon. Please check back with our website at a later date for more information.
You can upgrade to RCYT or RPYT on your online account.
Why can't I find myself in the directory?
In order to show up on the YA directory, your registration must be active, your profile must be published, and your location and name (either first, last, or spiritual) must be set to "public."
To publish your profile, log into your account, click the “My Profile” option on the orange menu to the left. Once you’re on the “Edit Profile” page, click the green “Publish” button towards the right side of your screen.
You may update location and name preferences in the privacy settings in the "My Profile" section of your teacher dashboard.
Please also understand the limitations of our directory search feature. Our new directory search is powered by Google, and as Google says, for a location to appear on an online map, “we must reserve a spot for it.” Thus, if you do a state-wide search for all RYTs or RYSs in Nebraska, Google will start looking from the spot it has determined to be the geographic center of the state of Nebraska, radiating outward up to 50 miles (the current limit in our “search near” parameters, which we are planning to increase for RYSs). Since Omaha, NE is located over 200 miles from the center of Nebraska, none of the RYSs in Omaha would appear in that search! While we work to resolve this issue, we recommend that you search by both the city and state (or city and province/territory) in which you hope to find a Registered Yoga School (e.g. “Omaha, NE” would yield a dozen search results). Top
How do I update my contact information and privacy settings for the directory?
To update your information, log in to your account and click the "My Dashboard" link at the top right-hand corner of the screen. Under the "Personal Details" header, select the red "Edit Profile" link. On this page, hover your mouse over where your contact information is listed and click the yellow "Edit" button to make changes.Top
How do I access member perks and benefits?
To access your YA member benefits, log in to your account. Select the "Benefits" navigation tab and then choose "Member Perks" from the drop down menu, and you will be taken to our Member Perks catalog. Top
What does Yoga Alliance do with my fees?
Your annual fees keep our organization running. We have over 45,000 Registered Yoga Teachers and 3,000 Registered Yoga Schools as members, and the support and administration of such a large community requires significant effort and resources. We have 24 full-time staff members in an Arlington, Va. office who run all of our programs and handle the day-to-day administration of the organization. Along with staff, we invest in infrastructure to support you, including phone systems, databases, a website, and our office space. In the past couple of years, we have significantly enhanced the benefits available to members, launching an annual conference, member perks, online workshops and a new website. Learn more about the widespread transformation of our organization that we call the Next Generation of Yoga Alliance.
Although our 2014 financials aren’t complete yet, we project that the organization collected approximately $4 million in total revenue in 2013. That makes Yoga Alliance a fairly average-sized nonprofit membership association for the Washington, D.C. area, according to data from the American Society of Association Executives. However, that level of revenue is extremely low for an organization with almost 50,000 members. Here’s is how that money was spent (these are rough figures that will be updated when our 2013 financials are complete):
Payroll and Benefits – 39%
Annual Conference – 5%
Website/IT Expenses – 9.5%
Rent and Occupancy Fees – 4%
Consulting Services – 5%
Legal Fees – 4.5%
Office Expenses (e.g., supplies, bank fees, postage, phone) –
Marketing and Communications –
Board and Committee Expenses* –
Online Workshops – 2.5%
Other General and Admin Expenses – 2.5%
(*Board and committee members are volunteers who are not paid any fees or salary. These expenses are primarily for room, board and travel associated with meeting attendance.)
We ended the year with net ordinary income of approximately 17%. After interest, depreciation and other non-cash flow expenses, our net surplus will be near 12%. In 2013, our surplus was devoted to pay the capital expenditures required to build our new website.
You can also review our audited financial reports from 2005 to 2012, to see how Yoga Alliance collected and spent funds in previous years. Top
What is the “membership assessment”?
You may have noticed that your fees paid to Yoga Alliance are now broken down into two parts: one portion is a “Yoga Alliance Registry Fee” and the other is a “Membership Assessment.” This is simply our way of accounting for the work and resources required to run our two organizations. The reason we founded a second organization, in 2011, was to deliver many of the services and benefits our members wanted, such as liability and health insurance, and issue advocacy. Under Yoga Alliance’s original charter (as a 501(c)3 public charity), we were limited in the range of activities we could perform. With the addition of a new organization (a 501(c)6 trade association), we’ve been able to provide many new services to members. For simplicity, we operate these two organizations under the same roof and maintain one point of contact for you to connect with us. The separation of these fees in your invoice is simply a necessary accounting measure that is required by Internal Revenue Service rules so we can properly allocate our resources amongst the two organizations that work jointly to serve you. Top
Is my credit card information safe with Yoga Alliance?
Yes, it is.
When you make a payment through yogaalliance.org by credit card, we do not store your credit card number or security information on our servers. That sensitive data is sent directly to Sage Payment Solutions, our credit card processing company, which issues an authorization code for the payment. After the transaction is completed, the only information remaining on our servers that is connected to your account are the date and time the payment was processed, the authorization code, and the last four digits of your credit card number.
Many members have asked us about the possibility of establishing an auto-renewal process for the payment of annual fees. We may consider that possibility in the future, but it would require Yoga Alliance to store sensitive credit card information on our servers. If we ever decide to do that, we will inform our members and let them know the steps we are taking to safeguard their data. Top
I always paid by check in the past, is this still an option?
At present, our system does not accept checks, money orders, or payment by phone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but there are some workarounds that could assist you in paying online if you do not have a credit card.
Do you accept payments via telephone or mail?
Yoga Alliance accepts registration and renewal payments solely through our online system. We are unable to process payments over the telephone or any sent via mail.
My fees seem different. Have they changed?
Some of our fees have changed. You can review the fees associated with the different designations on our website here.
You may also notice a difference due to a new date feature on our website.
Registrants can now select the date which they would like to pay through, and the website will prorate the payment the correct amount. Top
I am from the United Kingdom and am required to key in a state to make a payment. What should I do?
Please select the "n/a" option and follow the prompts to submit your payment. Top
If the file has not uploaded, ensure that it is an acceptable file type. Our system is equipped to upload .gif, .jpeg, .png, .doc, and .pdf files. If you are using a different file type, see this document on how to change it to one of the acceptable file types.
You may also try using a different browser or device. While our developers are working to ensure that all browsers and devices work well with the site, we have found that Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are often the most reliable browsers for the current system. Trying a different device may assist those who have apps, anti-virus programs, or other software that can cause uploads to be blocked. Top
• How to Register as a New RYT
• Registered Yoga Teacher Handbook (PDF)