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What Comes Next?

Last Updated: February 27, 2020

Yoga Alliance will commit to a process of continuous improvement and community collaboration in service to the membership and yoga community for years to come.

We will evaluate the needs for new future credentials such as one for more experienced senior teachers or for additional specialty areas, something 83% of SRP survey respondents expressed as wanting (see the side bar graph). We will also evaluate the role of mentorship in supporting quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching of yoga. 75% of survey respondents reported that mentorship was “equally if not more valuable” than the number of training hours.

RYS 300 and RYS 500 Initial Outcomes
RYS 300 & RYS 500 Timeline. View full size.

In June 2020, Yoga Alliance will announce enhanced standards to the professional RYS 300 and RYS 500 credentials. Schools applying for the first time will need to abide by these new standards beginning February 2021, with current RYS 300 and RYS 500 credential holders re-applying under the news standards by December 31, 2021.

Until the new RYS 300 and RYS 500 standards take effect, their credentials will still allow for Educational Categories and contact and non-contact hours as defined and outlined prior to the June 2019 RYS 200 changes.


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

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

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

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