Apply for the Registered
Yoga School (RYS) Credential
When you apply for your yoga teacher training program to become an RYS through Yoga Alliance, you are taking the first step towards joining a global community of yoga schools and teachers that represents the high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching of yoga.
It's exciting to see you are interested in applying for an RYS credential! Below you will find all the information you need in order to prepare for your application. Please note: All members will be required to up-level to forthcoming enhanced standards by December 31, 2023. You will hear from us in 2022 with next steps.
$640 USD for your first year
includes application fee and registration dues
You will pay a one-time fee of $400 USD (per training program) to cover careful and comprehensive assessment of your school’s application to ensure it matches Yoga Alliance’s standards and requirements. If your application is approved and you decide to join Yoga Alliance, you will then pay registration dues of $240 USD, which will be due each year of membership.
Globally Recognized Credential
The Yoga Alliance RYS credentials are globally recognized and represent high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching in communities around the world. Graduates of your RYS will be invited to join Yoga Alliance themselves as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT™s).
A Shared Ethical Commitment
Yoga Alliance membership shares a collective Ethical Commitment that includes an updated Code of Conduct, a new Scope of Practice, and an awareness of and responsibility to equity in yoga. This signals to the public that members strive to build a community for all.
Professional Tools & Resources
Yoga Alliance membership includes access to professional yoga tools and resources. Members will also be a part of our global directory, have rights to our trademarks and logos, and receive perks including discounts on relevant products and services.
Steps for Submitting an RYS Application
1Review RYS Standards and Compile Materials
Yoga Alliance currently offers five different RYS credentials, each of which has similar but different standards underlying it. Review RYS requirements associated with your desired credential from the list below, read about our required Ethical Commitment, and download our Guidebook to RYS Application to
2 Resolve Your Questions
Have questions on the RYS application? Watch the Unpacking the Upleveled Standards workshop hosted by the Yoga Alliance Credentialing Team. They answer frequently asked questions, explain the application requirements, and provide an overview of the review process. To schedule a pre-application consultation call, please click here.
3 Start Your Application
Are you ready? Let’s apply! Be sure you have reviewed the standards underlying the RYS credential for which you’re applying. In addition, be sure you have compiled all the elements on the checklist and reviewed our new Ethical Commitment. Remember, we are just a phone call away, and we are here with you every step.
4 Yoga Alliance Review Process
Your work is done! Your application now goes through
Yoga Alliance’s six-week academic-style peer review
process. Once completed, you will be contacted about
a decision and next steps.
If your application is approved, you may register as an
RYS. Until full approval, marketing your school as an
RYS is prohibited.
Thank you for your patience while we review your application and for your commitment to the high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching