Are you wondering what all of this means for you as a yoga teacher? Are you still a teacher? Can you still teach?
Yes! You are still a yoga teacher. And if you are currently an RYT, you are still an RYT.
If you are not an RYT with us yet, you might still be able to join without having to take another 200-hour yoga teacher training program. As long as your yoga school was a current RYS 200 at the time you graduated, you are still eligible to join YA as an RYT 200.
Are you wondering what the terms “foundational” and “professional” mean with respect to the RYS 200, RYS 300, and RYS 500 teacher training programs?
The use of “foundational” and “professional” are simply to reinforce the key learnings of each level of school.
The new RYS 200 standards center around a common core curriculum that will offer graduates a shared understanding of foundational yoga concepts that all yoga teachers should know, providing a baseline of comprehension to take into the world as they start to teach yoga. As yoga teachers continue their lifetime of learning as students first, teachers second, many will want to enhance their professional understanding of what it means to be a teacher of this practice, at which time they might pursue any number of options on our professional track.
The professional track includes the RYT 500 credential, which can be obtained upon successful graduation from an RYS 300 or RYS 500. It might include upgrading to E-RYT 200 or E-RYT 500 status based on number of hours taught. It might include pursuing specialty credentials, including becoming a Continuing Education provider or being a Registered Prenatal or Children’s Yoga Teacher.
It might also include the path towards being a Lead Trainer, which happens after achieving E-RYT 500 status.
Creating a “path of an RYT” offers a shared understanding of yoga concepts at foundational and professional levels while also providing for flexibility based on lineage, style, or methodology.
We at Yoga Alliance look forward to supporting all of our member teachers where they are on their individual paths.