Continuing Education

Registered Yoga Teachers must complete continuing education hours every three years to maintain their registration and continue to grow their yoga knowledge and teaching skills.

Requirements

The continuing education requirements consist of:

  • Teaching hours: 45 hours

    You must submit a minimum of 45 hours of yoga teaching every three years starting from your initial registration date. 
  • Training hours: 30 hours 

    You must submit a minimum of 30 hours of yoga training every three years starting from your initial registration date. At least 10 of these hours must be contact hours. No more than 20 hours may be non-contact hours.


Contact hours
 are in-person classroom hours in the physical presence of a qualified instructor. One contact hour of continuing education is achieved by completing one hour of any of the following activities:

  • Yoga teacher training
  • Workshops
  • Courses
  • Discussion or study groups

Contact hours must be taken in one of the five educational categories listed below.

Non-contact hours do not count towards continuing education in a one-to-one ratio.  One non-contact hour for continuing education is achieved by completing five hours of any of the following activities:

  • Reading a book or article or watching a video that deepens your yoga practice and understanding
  • Taking an online or correspondence course related to yoga
  • Participating in a webinar related to yoga
  • Publishing yoga books or articles in newsletters, newspapers or magazines
  • Producing yoga videos
  • Receiving mentoring by telephone through a yoga-related program
  • Creating class materials for distribution to students

Teaching or training hours prior to registration with Yoga Alliance may not be counted towards continuing education. If you earn more than the required hours for continuing education in a given three-year period, the extra hours may NOT rollover into the next three-year period. 


Five Educational Categories

Continuing education must fit into one of these categories:

  • Techniques Training & Practice: Includes asana, pranayama, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. Hours may include (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.
  • Teaching Methodology: Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. 
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). This includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). 
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. 
  • Practicum: Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

 

Who Can Provide Continuing Education?

A CE qualified teacher or instructor may be a:

  • RYT 500 
  • E-RYT 200
  • E-RYT 200, RYT 500 
  • E-RYT 500, or 
  • Someone with a relevant degree, certification, or substantial education and teaching experience (100+ hours) in their area of expertise related to one of the Yoga Alliance educational categories. These instructors may only teach in their area of expertise.

Yoga Alliance does not pre-approve providers for continuing education. RYTs must ensure that continuing education is obtained from a qualified instructor and fits into one of the five educational categories. CE qualified instructors are not required to submit eligibility documentation or training curriculum to Yoga Alliance, however they may provide this information to RYTs who request it.  

 

How to Submit Continuing Education

RYTs are not required to provide a certificate of completion or attendance record for continuing education hours. Reporting of continuing education requirements is done by the honor system today, but that will be changing in the future. You can submit your continuing education hours in your online account.

Enter Teaching Hours

  • Log in to your online account, which sends you to your "Dashboard."
  • Select the menu item on the left for "My Teaching Hours."
  • You should be on the "My Teaching Hours" page. Select the green button to "Add Teaching Hours." 
  • Enter in your hours, using a close approximation of the hours you taught during a particular time period. You can make as many or as few entries as you like. Simply select the start and end dates using the calendar wizard (all dates must be entered in month, day, year format). Then, select the class type and enter the total number of hours taught during that time frame. 
  • Additional fields are optional, such as the average number of students that you taught per class, location, and notes. This additional information is not required by Yoga Alliance, but you may find it useful for your own records.

 

Enter Training Hours

  • Log in to your online account, which sends you to your "Dashboard."
  • Select the menu item on the left for "My Training Hours"
  • You should be on the "My Training Hours" page. Select the green button to "Add Training Hours." 
  • Enter in the time frame, the activity, and the number of training hours completed in that time frame (all dates must be entered in month, day, year format). Specify whether these hours were contact or non-contact hours.
  • Additional fields are optional, such as location, and notes. This additional information is not required by Yoga Alliance, but you may find it useful for your own records.
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