Yoga Alliance offers three types of designations:
Each of these designations has its own set of specific standards and/or requirements. To be listed in our Directory and access our member benefits, you must join Yoga Alliance and maintain your membership to retain any of these designations.
Yoga Alliance utilizes Social Credentialing for its RYSs and YACEPs. Registered Yoga Teachers provide feedback to RYSs and/or YACEPs by completing a review. This feedback helps the RYSs and YACEPs continually improve their trainings and courses.
See designations below for eligibility requirements.
Yoga teachers who complete a 200- or 500-hour teacher training at a RYS may apply for registration and use of the RYT credential, provided their training and teaching experience meet our requirements.
*This designation is a specialty designation and cannot be a standalone credential; you must be at RYT 200 or above before adding a RCYT or a RPYT designation.
Application and upgrade fees are non-refundable. For questions, please contact us.
RYT 200; E-RYT 200; RYT 500; E-RYT 200, RYT 500; E-RYT 500
Upgrade Fees (from any other designation; includes specialty designations RCYT and RPYT. Must have RYT designation to upgrade)
The RYS designation is available to schools with a teacher training taught by qualified instructors and a curriculum meeting or exceeding our Standards.
* This designation cannot be a standalone credential; you must have either a RYS 200 or RYS 500 if you want to add the RYS 300 designation.
Application fees are non-refundable. Please confirm that you meet all application requirements prior to submitting payment. For questions, please contact us.
Any designation (includes affiliates): RYS 200, RYS 300*, RYS 500, RPYS, RCYS
*Must have RYS 200 to apply for a RYS 300
The YACEP designation is designed for experts in the yoga community to set themselves apart and teach courses that qualify as Continuing Education hours for RYTs.
* We are introducing the YACEP designation in phases. At this time, the designation is only open to E-RYTs.
Application fees are non-refundable. For questions, please contact us.