Credentialing

Our credentialing system is a way of identifying certain yoga teachers and schools whose training meets our standards, which require a minimum number of hours or study in certain educational areas. These individuals or schools are able to use the title and mark of Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) or Registered Yoga School (RYS), as long as they maintain their registration with Yoga Alliance. 

Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential in the field of yoga teaching and training.

As part of our credentialing system, RYTs and RYSs participate in a transparent evaluation and feedback system, which helps ensure the quality of future teacher-training programs and supports the integrity of our credentialing system. The social ratings and comments of past trainees may be shown on our public directory, providing a wealth of information to potential trainees, along with insight into the school’s culture and training experience.

These two systems combined -- our traditional credentialing system and social ratings – form a unique Social Credentialing system. 


Credentials for Teachers

Being a Registered Yoga Teacher means your training and teaching experience meet our minimum standards.  Yoga teachers that graduated from Registered Yoga Schools can receive varying levels of designation based on the amount of training and teaching experience they have. The E-RYT designation (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) distinguishes teachers with significant teaching experience. We also recognize RYTs that have training in specialized areas of children’s and prenatal yoga.

A RYT is a yoga teacher that has:
  • Received a well-rounded training experience.
  • Completed a teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS)
  • Developed knowledge and skills in five areas of teaching yoga – teaching methodology, techniques and practice, philosophy and lifestyle, anatomy and physiology, and practicum
Learn more about the credentials for teachers

Credentials for Schools

Being a Registered Yoga School (RYS) means your training program meets our minimum standards of curriculum and that training is taught by experienced teachers. RYSs provide a pathway for would-be and already experienced yoga teachers to grow and develop their knowledge and skills in teaching yoga.  

Yoga schools can receive varying levels of designation based on the levels and types of training they provide. Some schools provide a 200-hour foundational level training, others a 300-hour advanced  level training, or both.  Some of our schools also offer specialty teacher trainings in prenatal and children’s yoga.   Trainees that complete these programs are recognized with the appropriate level of Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation.

 Registered Yoga School Designations
RYS 200 RYS 300 RYS 500
A RYS 200 is a school that

 

  • Submits and follows a 200-hour syllabus that meets the Yoga Alliance 200-hour standards
  • Issues a 200-hour certificate to trainees who complete the program
  • Trainees are eligible to earn the RYT 200 after completing the program
  • Trainees review the 200-hour syllabus and evaluate the RYS 200 when they register with Yoga Alliance
A RYS 300 is a school that

 

  • Already has a RYS 200 in place (schools are not permitted to apply for a RYS 300 unless they already have an active RYS 200)
  • Submits and follows a 300-hour syllabus that meets the Yoga Alliance 300-hour standards
  • Issues a 300-hour certificate to trainees who complete the program
  • May or may not accept transfers into the 300-hour program
  • Trainees are eligible to earn the RYT 500 after completing the 300-hour program and a RYS 200 program (can be different schools)
  • Trainees review the 300-hour syllabus and evaluate the RYS 300 when they register with Yoga Alliance
A RYS 500 is a school that

 

  • Submits and follows a 500-hour syllabus that meets the Yoga Alliance 500-hour standards
  • Issues a 500-hour certificate to trainees who complete the program
  • Does not accept transfers into the program at the 200-hour mark
  • Does not issue a 200-hour certificate at the 200-hour mark
  • Trainees are eligible to earn the RYT 500 after completing the program
  • Trainees review the 500-hour syllabus and evaluate the RYS 500 when they register with Yoga Alliance


A RYS is a school that has:
  • Knowledge and skill-based training. Our schools incorporate at least five areas of educational categories within their training – teaching methodology, techniques and practice, philosophy and lifestyle, anatomy and physiology, and practicum.
  • Experienced Trainers. Trainings are lead by experienced teachers carrying our “E” level designation.
Learn more about the credentials for schools







Additional Resources

Social Credentialing
This three-minute video explains our Social Credentialing system.

 



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