These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 500-hour program. Topics for registered teacher trainings must be relevant to the five educational categories below. Registered schools must provide a minimum number of hours of study for each category, and must also provide additional hours of study relevant to these categories, which may be distributed according to the school’s chosen emphasis.
A Registered Yoga School with a 500-hour program (RYS 500) must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 20 hours
Special Requirements: A maximum of five of the above hours can be counted on the subject of business aspects of teaching yoga
Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:
The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category:
Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation
Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles
Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communications and habitual speech and communication patterns
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
Special Requirements: A minimum of 2 of the above contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:
Minimum contact hours w/ Lead Trainers: 10 hours
Special Requirements: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 10 contact hours of practice teaching as the lead instructor. Practice teaching practice does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback.