Maintaining Your RYT Status

We have four Requirements for you to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and enjoy the benefits of Yoga Alliance membership. As a RYT, we require that you:

  1. Abide by our Codes of Conduct
    Yoga Alliance maintains a Code of Conduct that serves as a declaration of acceptable ethical and professional behavior by which all registrants and members 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.
  2. Abide by Yoga Alliance’s Policy on The Use of Yoga Therapy Terms
    Yoga Alliance’s Policy on The Use of Yoga Therapy Terms is an outgrowth of its Code of Conduct tenet that registrants must acknowledge the limitations of their skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction. Because Yoga Alliance credentials do not provide qualifications for yoga therapy practice or instruction, the policy restricts the use of certain terms or words that may confuse the public about the meaning of Yoga Alliance credentials. View the Policy.
  3. Provide Feedback to your RYS*
    When you first register with Yoga Alliance, you will review your school’s training online to complete your registration. Your review will not be anonymous and cannot be changed, edited or deleted after you submit it. We take these reviews seriously and expect you to provide thoughtful feedback. Your school will choose how much or little of their reviews can be seen on its Directory profile, but the school’s overall rating will always be public. The overall rating you provide will show up next to your name in the school’s full list of reviews. All of these measures are part of our Social Credentialing system. Find out more about Social Credentialing.
  4. Submit Continuing Education hours every three years
    Our Continuing Education Policy encourages RYTs of all levels of training and experience to never stop learning, to embrace a philosophy of being open to what you don't know and to continue improving over time. Our Continuing Education requirements are updating in January 2014, and will soon require all RYTs at every level to report at least 45 hours of teaching and 30 hours of training every three years. Read the Continuing Education Policy.
  5. Pay your annual renewal fee to maintain your designation
    Your annual fees allow us to keep our organization running, continually improve our credentialing system and expand our benefits and services to members. Learn more about your annual fees.

(* - This is only a Requirement for new teachers or teachers upgrading after taking an advanced or specialty teacher training. At this time, RYTs who are currently registered may not review the school where they previously completed their training.)

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