Credentials for Registered Yoga Teachers

Teachers who register with Yoga Alliance are listed on our online directory as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs®). The teacher registry is not a certification program but a listing of teachers whose training and teaching experience meet our minimum standards. Yoga teachers that graduated from Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs®) can receive varying levels of designation based on the amount of training and teaching experience they have. The E-RYT designation (Experience Registered Yoga Teacher) distinguishes teachers with significant teaching experience. 

We do not accept RYT applications from graduates of non-registered schools. The school where you completed your training must be an active RYS 200, 300 or 500 in order for you to register with Yoga Alliance. You can verify if your school is registered by searching for them on our directory.

Standard Designations

Below are the standard designations we offer for yoga teachers:



RYT 200®

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200

Teaching hour requirements:
- None 

Teaching time requirements:
- None

Teachers can register as an RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement. Teaching hours are not required for this designation.

RYT 500®

Training requirements: 

✓ Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS 500, OR
✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200 AND an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different RYS registered as a RYS 300

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 100 hours of teaching experience since graduating from a RYS 200 or 500

Teaching time requirements:
- None

Teachers can register as an RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training. Applicants must submit 100 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after graduating from a RYS 200 or 500. Once registered, a RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers.  

E-RYT 200®

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience since graduating from a RYS 200

Teaching time requirements:
✓ Has taught for at least 2 years since graduating from a RYS 200

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of two years since their graduation date. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement. Applicants must submit 1,000 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after graduating from a RYS 200. Once registered, an E-RYT 200 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour teacher training program.  

E-RYT 200, RYT 500®

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS 500, OR
✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200 AND an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different RYS registered as a RYS 300

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience since graduating from a RYS 200 RYS or 500

Teaching time requirements:
✓ Has taught for at least 2 years since graduating from a RYS 200 or 500

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of two years since graduating from a RYS 200 or RYS 500. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different RYS. Applicants must submit 1,000 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after graduating from a RYS 200. Once registered, an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour teacher training program.

E-RYT 500®

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS 500, OR
✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200 AND an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different RYS registered as a RYS 300

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 2,000 hours of teaching experience since graduating from a RYS 200 or 500. At least 500 of these hours must be taught after graduating from a RYS 300 or 500.

Teaching time requirements:
✓ Has taught for at least 4 years since graduating from a RYS 200 or RYS 500

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of four years since graduating from a 200-hour RYS. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different RYS. Applicants must submit 2,000 teaching hours for this designation; 1,500 of the teaching hours must have been taught after graduating from a RYS 200 or 500 and the remaining 500 teaching hours must have been taught after graduating from a RYS 300 or 500. Once registered, an E-RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour, 300-hour or 500-hour teacher training program. 

Specialty Designations

In addition to the standard designations above, some teachers may take specialty trainings with schools that permit them to register under the specialty of children’s or prenatal yoga. Yoga teachers that have also completed a standard training with a Registered Yoga School  and have at least the RYT 200 may apply to register with a specialty designation. This designation is given in addition to the standard designation; a teacher may not register a specialty designation without also completing a standard training (either before or after the specialty training). Yoga Alliance permits teachers with a registered specialty to use both designations as long as they remain in active standing.
 

Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT®)

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200
✓ Completed a 95-hour training program with a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS)

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 30 hours of teaching experience in children’s yoga since graduating from a RCYS

Teaching time requirements:
- None

Teachers can register as a RCYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and a 95-hour children's yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School).

Currently, teachers with significant experience in children’s yoga prior to 2011 can also register as a RCYT via grandfathering.

Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®)

Training requirements:

✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200
✓ Completed a 85-hour training program with a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS)

Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 30 hours of teaching experience in prenatal yoga since graduating from a RPYS

Teaching time requirements:
- None

Teachers can register as a RPYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and an 85-hour prenatal yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School). 

 
Currently, teachers with significant experience in prenatal yoga prior to 2011 can also register as a RPYT via grandfathering.
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