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Common Core Curriculum for RYS 200

The newly enhanced standards underlying the RYS 200 credential create a shared core curriculum for all RYS 200s that emphasize key learning goals and desired outcomes. Inclusive of lineage, style, or methodology, by February 2022 (when current RYSs meet these updated standards), all Yoga Alliance RYS 200 programs will operate from a common core curriculum that includes four categories and thirteen competencies. In addition, each RYS will assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of its trainees prior to graduating and certifying them as 200-hour teachers against this core curriculum to ensure comprehension and understanding.

Core Curriculum Comparison
Core Curriculum: Current RYS 200 vs New RYS 200. View full size.

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The new RYS 200 standards reflect a shift to an Hours+Competencies model based on a shared, or common, core curriculum across all RYS 200s. RYS 200s must allocate 100% of their hours as classroom hours across 4 categories and 13 competencies.

Techniques, Training, Practice consists of a minimum of 75 classroom hours across the competencies of Asana, Pranayama & Subtle Body, and Meditation.

Anatomy & Physiology consists of a minimum of 30 classroom hours across the competencies of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics. 20 of the 30 hours may be delivered online, with the remaining hours being delivered in-person.

This same delineation is true of Yoga Humanities as well, which includes the competencies of History, Philosophy, and Ethics. This category is what was formerly known as Yoga Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle. The Yoga Humanities category consists of a minimum of 30 classroom hours, 20 of which may be delivered online, with the remaining being delivered in person.

Finally, Professional Essentials, replaces the Teaching Methodology educational category. It consists of a minimum of 65 hours, which includes Teaching Methodology, Professional Development, and Practicum. In addition, up to 15 of these 65 hours can be dedicated to Electives that support trainees in learning teacher training concepts.

What has changed?

  • The five current categories, or Educational Categories, have been condensed into four categories
    • The category of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics has been renamed Yoga Humanities
    • The categories of Teaching Methodology and Practicum have merged into Professional Essentials
  • All hours are now classroom hours versus a distinction between contact and non-contact hours, increasing the emphasis on learning objectives transparently tied to instructional hours
    • Upwards of 40 hours may now be delivered via online classroom hours
    • Of these 40 hours, up to 20 may be in the Anatomy & Physiology category (20 of the 30 total required hours) with another 20 being in support of Yoga Humanities (20 of the 30 total required hours)
  • Though there are assigned classroom hours by category, each RYS has flexibility with respect to how to allocate them across the respective competencies and required assessment of them

New RYS Core Curriculum

While the core curriculum requires 200 hours of instruction and training, 200 hours is only a minimal requirement. RYS 200s are encouraged to offer additional hours as desired or needed to support the core curriculum and to expand upon lineage, style, or methodology via any incremental topic or activity.

Click here to see a further description of the thirteen competencies across the four categories.


Questions about our new standards? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Professional interest in updating standards. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

Minimum number of training hours to teach yoga. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

For answers to common questions about our new standards, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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