Standards Guidelines (all RYS)
Spirit of the Standards
The spirit of the Yoga Alliance Standards is to include a school in the RYS® (Registered Yoga School) Directory only when its YTT (Yoga Teacher Training):
- Has a definite, pre-defined curriculum that meets the Yoga Alliance Standards.
- Is taught by yoga teacher trainers who are qualified to train teachers.
- Offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches.
All standards for a RYS are intended to be clear, implementable reflections of the above criteria.
Educational Categories of Study & Practice
The RYS Educational Categories are:
- Techniques, Training and Practice
- Teaching Methodology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle
Please see each standard’s detailed description for the definition of each educational category as it relates to that specific designation.
Training hours may go into ‘N/A - Supplemental Training’ when they include content that does not fit in the Educational Categories. Examples of such content include instruction in Reiki, Thai yoga massage, CPR, Doula training, “Yoga Therapy”, etc. These hours are not counted in determining whether or not the syllabus meets Yoga Alliance Standards.
Lead Trainer Qualifications – E-RYT
Definition of an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)
- E-RYT 200 - This is a RYT 200 who has been teaching yoga for at least two years since completion of training with a RYS 200, and has taught at least 1000 hours of yoga classes since that time. This person must have accumulated the 1,000 hours of yoga teaching experience after having met the RYT 200 Requirements (whether registered as an RYT 200 or not).
- E-RYT 500 - This is a RYT 500 who has been teaching yoga for at least four years, and has taught at least 2000 hours of yoga classes. This person must have accumulated this much yoga teaching experience after having met the RYT 200 Requirements (whether registered as an RYT 200 or not), with at least 500 of those hours having been accumulated after having completed the advanced training.
Trainers must be documented as having either:
- E-RYT registration or
- RYT registration
Other Faculty Qualifications
Other Faculty are school trainers that are not registered with Yoga Alliance. In order to teach at your school, they need to meet the following qualifications:
- Relevant degree, certification, or substantial education in the subject they will teach
- A minimum of 500 hours teaching experience or two years of relevant experience in the subject they will teach
Lead Trainers and Contact Hours with Lead Trainers
Lead Trainer(s) are E-RYT’s at the appropriate level for the relevant RYS designation (see table below) who teach Contact Hours in a RYS training. Lead Trainers must be actively registered with Yoga Alliance.
In order to meet the general principle “Offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches” (see Spirit of the Standards section I.1), there must be minimum numbers of Contact Hours in three of the five Educational Categories with a maximum number of pre-designated E-RYTs for each training offered. The minimum number of Contact Hours by subject category are defined in the individual Standards for each RYS designation. The maximum number of E-RYTs allowed for a training within each RYS designation is shown in the following table:
||Lead Trainer Eligibility by Designation
||Maximum Number of Lead Trainers per Training
||Lead Trainer Contact Hours Requirements by Designation
||E-RYT 200 or E-RYT 500
Subjects of Study
Although Yoga Alliance honors and respects related disciplines and traditions, both Contact and Non-Contact Hours are limited to areas that fall within the scope of traditional yoga studies.
CPR and First Aid Training
CPR and first aid training hours cannot be counted toward satisfying the minimum YTT curriculum hours or Continuing Education Contact Hours. Yoga Alliance suggests CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid training for all RYT’s