RYS Evaluation

As part of the new Yoga Alliance Social Credentialing system, trainees that complete a program with a Registered Yoga School (RYS) will be required to fill out an evaluation of the RYS program.  The RYS will be able to see all of the trainees’ responses to the evaluation and their comments.

Ratings Based on a Single Question

The new Yoga Alliance credentialing system is intended to help provide the public with useful information to choose the right teacher-training program for their individual path with yoga. The new directory will provide real-time information about the teacher-training program, including a rating for the school based on a single question: 

To what extent would the trainee recommend the program to others?

Comments can be Public or Private (All or Nothing)

For all other questions on the evaluation, the RYS can choose which ones they wish to publish publicly. If a school wishes to publish any of the comments made, then ALL comments provided on the entire evaluation will be made public and attributable to the evaluator – no anonymous postings. 

The Evaluation

Here are the evaluation questions that the trainees will be answering about the teacher-training programs.

 

1) Syllabus Reflection (Optional for public posting) 

Please indicate how closely the following syllabus reflects what you were taught in teacher-training program.

  • 1 = Not at all
  • 3 = Somewhat
  • 5 = Exactly
  • OPTION: I completed the training a while ago and it looks like they have changed the program since I completed it
  • Purpose of this Question:
    To gain information about whether or not the school is delivering the program approved by Yoga Alliance.  

 

2) Program Learning Objectives (Optional for public posting) 

To what extent do you feel this program met the following learning objectives (i.e., what you were expected to learn and be able to do upon completion of the program)? 

  • [Provided by RYS]
  • Provided by Yoga Alliance, specific to each RYS designation:
  • RYS 200—This 200-hour teacher-training prepares its graduates to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.
  • RYS 500—This 500-hour teacher-training prepares its graduates to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, and to teach with greater skill, than could reasonably be expected of an RYT 200.
  • RYS 300—This 300-hour advanced teacher-training prepares its graduates to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, and to teach with greater skill, than could reasonably be expected of an RYT 200.
  • RPYS—This prenatal yoga teacher-training prepares its graduates sufficiently to customize the principles and techniques of yoga for the specific needs of pregnant women.
  • RCYS—This children’s yoga teacher-training prepares its graduates sufficiently to customize the principles and techniques of yoga for the specific needs of children.

  • Purpose of this Question:
    Seeks to determine if the trainees are learning what the RYS expects them to learn, and if the trainees believe the program helped them achieve the learning objectives defined by the RYS.

 

3) Lead Trainer(s) Contact Hours (Not available for public posting)

Yoga Alliance requires at least 65 hours of a 200-hour program be taught by a primary instructor(s). During your training, did you study for at least 65 hours in the physical presence of one or more of the following trainers [names of Lead Trainers]? 

  • Yes, I think so
  • No, I don’t think so
  • Not sure
  • Purpose of this Question:
    To learn if the Lead Trainers are providing instruction for the minimum number of hours required by Yoga Alliance standards. 

4. Customized Questions from the School (Not available for public posting)

RYSs may provide up to three questions of their choice for the evaluation. 

5. Recommendation (Required to be publicly posted, with no option to turn off) 

How likely are you to recommend this teacher-training program to a friend or fellow yoga teacher?

  • 0 = Not likely at all 
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 = Neutral
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10 = Extremely likely
  • Purpose of this Question:
    This question seeks to learn whether or not the trainees will recommend the teacher-training to others.  If they had a good experience and feel that others would benefit from it then they will proactively and reactively recommend the program.  The same may be true for those who did not like the program, in that they would proactively and reactively not recommend the program to others.  

    The question and rating scale are adopted directly from Net Promoter Score, a widely accepted metric for customer loyalty.  You can find more information at www.netpromoter.com. By using an established metric like Net Promoter Score, YA and its schools have the opportunity to capitalize on the experience of others in using and benefiting from this system. 

    Although we are using a rating scale of 0-10 to allow our RYSs to benefit from the Net Promoter Score system, each rating will be converted to a scale of 1-5 before it’s publicly displayed on the RYS directory page. 

 

6) General Comments (Optional for public posting)

Provide any comments that you would like to share about your experience with this teacher-training program.  Although schools have the option to make all comments public or keep them all private, please assume that any comments you share may be made public and will attributed to you  – no anonymous postings. 


RYS Resources

  • Changes for RYSs - an article highlighting what's new for RYSs.

  • The New Credentialing System - an online workshop (recording) for RYSs about the changes

  • The RYS Evaluation - learn how trainees will evaluate RYSs

  • Syllabus Guide (PDF) - a guide designed to help you understand how to prepare and successfully submit a syllabus using the Syllabus Wizard in our RYS online application form

  • Syllabus Worksheet - examples of syllabus entries and a blank worksheet for you to use when preparing the syllabus for your RYS (XLS) (PDF)

  • FAQs - about these changes

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