Trademark Usage

Last Updated: December 31, 2017

Yoga Alliance marks include, YOGA ALLIANCE, our lotus flower logo, composite logo (both shown below), YACEP, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, RYT, RYS, E-RYT, RCYS, RCYT, RPYS, and RPYT (collectively, “Yoga Alliance trademarks”). The Yoga Alliance trademarks are federally registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries and jurisdictions.


Yoga Alliance lotus flower       and        Yoga Alliance logo


Permission is Required to Use Yoga Alliance Trademarks

Yoga Alliance trademarks may only be used with written permission, and then only to the extent of and within the scope of the permission granted. Any use of a Yoga Alliance trademark that does not comply with such permission and this policy is not authorized. Valid registration with Yoga Alliance as an RYT, RYS, or YACEP affords you the permission to use the Designation(s) for which you are validly registered.

Changing the appearance of a Yoga Alliance trademark or adding something to it does not mean that you are free to use the trademark without our permission.

General Guidelines for Proper Use

The following basic guidelines apply to our licensees’ uses of the Yoga Alliance trademarks, whether on web pages, in marketing or advertising materials, or in any other manner or medium:

Proper Form

If we license you to use the Yoga Alliance trademarks, we will provide you with trademark images or files to use. The trademarks should be used in the exact form we have provided you and they may not be abbreviated, changed or combined with any other words, symbols or letters.

Accompanying Symbol

Each of the Yoga Alliance trademarks listed above is a federally registered trademark, therefore the symbol “®” should be used immediately to the right of the trademark whenever the trademark is used, except for the lotus logo.


The following notice should appear somewhere nearby (at least on the same page or on the credits page) with the first use of a Yoga Alliance trademark: “The Yoga Alliance name, trademark(s) and logo(s) used herein are the intellectual property of Yoga Alliance.”


Where the YOGA ALLIANCE name is used, the trademark should be set apart from surrounding text by capitalization.

Use of Yoga Alliance Business Partnership Logos

Yoga Alliance business partnership logos (Exclusively Endorsed Partner, Endorsed Partner, Affinity Marketing Partner, and Associate Member) are for the official use of current approved Yoga Alliance business partners and may not be used by any other organizations or individuals. Information about how to become a Yoga Alliance business partner may be found on the Yoga Alliance website on our Become a Partner page.

Third Party Marks

Yoga Alliance does not determine trademark rights for non-Yoga Alliance marks. Yoga Alliance will not become involved in any trademark dispute arising from non-Yoga Alliance marks.


If you have any questions or become aware of any unauthorized use of any of the Trademarks, you can send an email to Yoga Alliance at Please include a copy or screen shot of the unauthorized use with the email.
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