The spirit of the Yoga Alliance Standards is to include a school in the RYS® (Registered Yoga School) Registry only when its YTT (Yoga Teacher Training):
- Has a definite, pre-defined curriculum that meets the Yoga Alliance Standards.
- Is taught by yoga teacher trainers who are qualified to train teachers
- Offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches.
All standards for a RYS are intended to be clear, implementable reflections of the above criteria.
A school whose curriculum satisfies or exceeds our minimum training Standards may apply to register as a RYS.
Once a school is registered, the students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s). Yoga Alliance does not certify teachers or accredit schools. Yoga Alliance’s credentialing system is a Registry, not to be confused with other types of credentialing systems (such as certifications, accreditations, licensure, etc.).
Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more about that designation.
As a RYS, you get all the benefits of a Yoga Alliance membership, like:
- An internationally-recognized credential that shows you have met our minimum standards of yoga training.
- Marketing on our RYS directory, where you can list your upcoming trainings and tell the world more about who you are as a yoga school.
- Access to free live Online Workshops (and a library of their recordings) which allow you to learn from leaders in the yoga community about topics like ethics, marketing and much more!
- Advocacy alerts when there are local, state and national government issues facing the yoga community.
- Invitations to community events and meet-ups that Yoga Alliance attends or hosts in your area.
- Insightful publications ranging from our monthly newsletter, Index of Yoga Research and hundreds of informative articles and videos.
- Discounts on products and services from our partners on everything from liability insurance to wholesale yoga clothes to business software.
To become a RYS, you must submit an application with the following materials:
- The name(s) and contact information of the school’s Owner(s)
- A syllabus of your training that satisfies our Standards at the 200-, 300- or 500-hour level
If you choose to do a specialty designation school, they must meet our Children’s or Prenatal Standards.
- The name(s) of your school’s Lead Trainer(s) – you must have at least one that is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT
- The primary location of your school
- A sample certificate of what your trainees will receive when they complete the training
- Payment for the applicable fees
Learn more about the application process and apply today!