Suggestions for Application Process of RYS Trainees

Last Modified: April 12, 2017

A clearly defined formal application process can be instrumental in preventing misunderstandings and legal issues between trainees and Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®s). We recommend each school use the following as a checklist or guideline in formulating or revising their application process:

  1. Have a clearly written application form that is well organized with steps that are easy to follow in completing the form. Include with it a copy of your school's Cancellation and Refund Policy to be signed by the applicant indicating that they have read it and understand it.

  2. Depending on the structure and size of your training, consider offering an in-person interview to applicants.

  3. If charging an application fee, consider:
    • What is the fee refund policy? Spell this out clearly in your application form, to be signed by applicant.
    • Consider making the application fee a deposit that goes toward the tuition.

  4. It is advisable to have a clear set of criteria for being admitted into your program. This can be presented in the following ways:
    • Promotional materials (include a list of prerequisites or important requirements)
    • Include criteria with the application form.

  5. Present the following clearly:
    • The style of yoga your training focuses on.
    • The physical demands of your program, along with an invitation for applicants with disabilities to identify any reasonable accommodation that may be needed, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  6. Some topics you may want to cover in your application form and/or interview, depending on the selectivity of your program admissions:
    • The applicant's personal yoga journey/path (style of yoga, main teachers, how long they have practiced)
    • Commitment, dedication to full participation in the program and to their own practice
    • Aspects of yoga they regularly practice
    • Whether applicant is enrolling in the program primarily in order to enrich their personal practice or with the primary objective of obtaining a qualification to teach yoga classes
    • Reasons applicant wants to be a yoga teacher (if applicable)
    • Population they see themselves teaching
    • References (yoga teachers)

NOTE: When considering these suggestions, please be sure to verify that you are complying with any local, state or federal requirements. You may wish to consult with your legal service provider as well. 

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