The Path of an RYT

Last Updated: February 27, 2020

As Yoga Alliance enhances the standards underlying its Registered Yoga School (RYS) credentials, many RYTs are curious as to what these changes mean for them. There's good news!

  • If you are a current RYT, you are still an RYT. We are proud to have you as a Yoga Alliance member. You do not need to take and graduate from another RYS 200 program.
  • If you are not a current RYT, as long as your yoga school was a current RYS 200 at the time you graduated, you are still eligible to join Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. We would be honored to talk to you about the value of a Yoga Alliance membership. To learn more about Yoga Alliance membership, please visit Become a Member or email
  • All Yoga Alliance members agree to a shared ethical commitment, either upon registration, if new, or renewal, if a current member. The Ethical Commitment includes three elements, the need for which was voiced loud and clear amongst the membership and broader yoga community: an updated Code of Conduct, a new Scope of Practice, and an awareness of and responsibility to equity in yoga. Click here for Yoga Alliance's position on equity.

Pathway of a Registered Yoga Teacher

Below is an infographic that outlines the journey of an RYT, from the foundational RYT 200 to the professional E-RYT 500 credential.

Path of an RYT 200
Path of an RYT 200. View full size.

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