Credentials for Registered Yoga Schools

Schools that register with Yoga Alliance are listed on our online directory as Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs®). Registration acknowledges that the yoga teacher training program meets standards for curriculum developed by Yoga Alliance and that training is conducted by experienced instructors. A school whose curriculum satisfies or exceeds our minimum training standards may apply to register as an RYS. 

Once a school is registered, all graduates of a RYS are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs®).Yoga Alliance reserves the right to suspend or revoke an RYS registration based on evidence that the school no longer meets RYS standards.

Yoga schools can receive varying levels of designation based on the levels and types of training they provide. 

 

Standard Designations

Below are the standard designations we offer for yoga schools. Click on the registry mark to review the standards for the selected program. 

 

 

RYS 200®

This school provides a 200-hour training program that meets or exceeds our standards. Graduates of these schools are eligible to register as RYT 200s.

Review the standards for a 200-hour program

RYS 300®

This school provides a 200-hour training and an advanced 300-hour training that meet or exceed our standards. These schools offer 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers that graduate to become either a RYT 200 or a RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. The 300-hour standards are advanced standards of study, therefore a RYS may not offer only a 300-hour advanced program without providing the foundational 200-hour program as well.

Review the standards for a 300-hour advanced program

RYS 500®

This school provides a 500-hour training that meets or exceeds our standards. Graduates of these schools are eligible to register as RYT 500s.

Review the standards for a 500-hour program

 

 

 

Specialty Designations

In addition to the standard designations above, some schools may elect to offer specialty trainings in children’s or prenatal yoga, as well. Teachers that attend these specialty trainings must also complete a standard training in order to register their specialty with Yoga Alliance. 

Yoga Alliance offers two specialty designations for yoga schools:

 

Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS)®

This school provides training for teaching yoga to prenatal women.

Review the standards for a prenatal yoga program

Registered Children's Yoga School (RCYS)®

This school provides training for teaching yoga to children.  

Review the standards for a children's yoga program
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