There are currently 2,500 active RYSs. In order to obtain the RYS designation, these schools have had to submit documentation and answer questions to demonstrate that they offer a curriculum that meets Yoga Alliance standards for providing instruction to students who aim to become RYT 200s or RYT 500s. Their application and renewal fees help to support the infrastructure required to operate the registry. Allowing teachers to register from non-registered schools would undermine that support and place a burden on YA staff to independently confirm, on an ad hoc basis, whether or not the non-registered school’s curriculum meets our standards. It would also be unfair to those registered schools that have made the effort to conform their curriculum to YA standards; in effect, it would penalize them for the time and expense they endured to submit their curriculum to the RYS application process.
We regret that there are yoga schools that continue to market their curriculums as meeting Yoga Alliance standards despite the fact that they haven’t registered with us. When we learn that a school is wrongly making this claim, we contact them directly to instruct them to discontinue the practice. But we think it is important to issue this statement in order to remind all non-registered schools that their curriculums don’t meet Yoga Alliance standards, their graduating students will not be able to register with us, and they may not promote their programs using language that is inconsistent with those facts.
We understand that registration with Yoga Alliance is very important for yoga teachers who want to work at studios that require registration and to inspire confidence in the public about their qualification to teach. We hear from them every day. So we are reiterating our previous announcement in order to inform all yoga practitioners who may be considering a teacher-training program that the only way they can register with Yoga Alliance is by attending a school that has been designated as a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and is in active status with Yoga Alliance.
We encourage prospective teachers to check our directory to determine whether a school they are considering is an RYS capable of issuing a certificate eligible for registration as an RYT. We also encourage them to contact us immediately when they think a school or teacher may be mistakenly touting a non-registered program as RYS-compliant, so we can quickly rectify the situation.