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RYS Requirements

To maintain your credential of a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and reap the benefits of your Yoga Alliance membership, we require that you:

  1. Enter and update your syllabus
    Syllabi are a standard practice for any educational training and reflect a school’s competence and professionalism. To strengthen the value and integrity of our RYS credential, we require each RYS to submit a syllabus outlining its curriculum. The syllabus is a break down of your training’s content into sessions/topics with titles and descriptions which state what will be covered in the training and what information and skills trainees will learn. All new schools must submit their syllabi with their application. In the future all existing RYSs will be required to enter a syllabus for each of their Teacher Training Track in their online account in order for their trainees to register with Yoga Alliance. RYSs will be notified at least 6 months prior to when this requirement will be enforced. 
  2. Maintain an active Lead Trainer(s)
    Regardless of your school’s designation, you must include at least one E-RYT on staff who teaches the minimum number of hours required in your school’s teacher training. The Lead Trainer (formerly called “Primary E-RYT”) must be an E-RYT at the appropriate training level:

    RYS Track Designation Required Lead Trainer Designation
    RYS 200 E-RYT 200 or E-RYT 500
    RYS 300 E-RYT 500
    RYS 500 E-RYT 500
    RCYS E-RYT,RCYT
    RPYS E-RYT,RPYT


    Lead Trainer(s) must also be actively registered with Yoga Alliance at the time you register or renew your school. Learn more about RYS faculty requirements.
  3. Approve your past trainees
    By confirming your trainees yourself, you’re providing the most accurate information regarding when a trainee graduated from your training. After you approve your trainees, they will complete a review of your school to provide both you and Yoga Alliance with feedback about your teacher training. Learn how to approve your trainees.
  4. Pay your annual fees to maintain your school’s registration
    Your annual fees allow us to keep our organization running, continually improve our credentialing system and expand our benefits and services to members. Find out more about your annual fees.
  5. Abide by our Code of Conduct
    Our Code of Conduct is a declaration of acceptable ethical and professional behavior by which all registrants agree to conduct the teaching and business of yoga. It is not intended to supersede the ethics of any school or tradition but is intended to be a basis for yoga principles. View the Code of Conduct.

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