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Registered Yoga School (RYS)
Online Teacher Training Requirements

Last Updated: October 2021



Yoga Alliance uses sound research, data, and proven methodologies to shape its standards to meet the global yoga community’s needs, including their adaptation to the online environment.

In order to host teacher training programs online, Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs) must follow a unique set of requirements, and adhere to the Yoga Alliance Ethical Commitment.

To uphold the integrity of its credentials, Yoga Alliance regularly assesses its policies and procedures and may incorporate additional changes to existing and future standards requirements.


Find Your Online Teacher Training Requirements

*Applies to programs taught 100% online or in a blended format


Find Your Online Teacher Training Requirements



2021 RYS Online Teaching Exemption (OTE)

The 2021 OTE, first created at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, closes to applications on December 31, 2021. [Apply]


Participation Requirements

  • Submit the OTE application and be approved
  • To inform future standards, all schools must complete surveys provided by YA in a timely manner and allow us to survey trainees and trainers, too.
  • Adhere to Yoga Alliance’s online learning best practices.
  • Upon request, provide access to online teacher training materials, including pre-recorded content, competency testing benchmarks, including final test and test results, to inform online standards in the future.
  • Agree to opt-in to the YA CommUnity, an inclusive peer-to-peer online space designed for members to share information, resources, and experiences and develop meaningful personal and professional relationships.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Format: Online programs are required to have a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.
  • Hours with Lead Trainer(s): At least 50% of the total hours, regardless of format, must be taught by the lead trainers.
  • Lead Trainer Maximum: A maximum of five (5) lead trainers per training.
  • Competency assessment: Must clearly describe methods of testing trainees’ competency in synchronous and asynchronous spaces.

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2022–2023 RYS Online Teaching Application

RYSs that wish to teach online in the upcoming years must apply to the 2022–2023 Online Teaching Application. This serves as a bridge to all RYSs being required to up-level to the Elevated RYS Standards by December 31, 2023. Information regarding Elevated 300 and 500-hour Standards, as well as specialty credential information, will be arriving prior to the end of this year. [Apply]


Application Details

  • Applications will open October 4, 2021 and are applicable to RYS programs that end in 2022 or 2023, including those that begin in 2021. If your RYS program begins in 2021 and ends in 2022 or 2023, you must apply for both the 2021 OTE and 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application.
  • RYSs will be required to provide details about their course design, including:
    • The percentage of content that is synchronous and asynchronous. Curriculums should include a blend of both types of content.
    • How the RYS will incorporate the following teaching models to integrate knowledge:
      • Trainee-to-content: Use of pre-defined feedback, tutorials, reading discussions, quizzes, and/or other competency testing
      • Trainee-to-trainee: Planned interaction(s) that encourages problem solving and critical thinking skills among trainees
      • Trainee-to-teacher: Teacher-led interactions and discussions to cultivate a sense of connectedness while enhancing learning outcomes
  • The requirements as outlined in this application are only applicable through December 31, 2023. At that time, all RYSs must be up-leveled to the Elevated RYS Standards.

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If I choose to offer in-person teacher trainings that incorporate a few modules hosted online, should I still apply for the 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application?  

Maybe! Within the Elevated RYS 200 Standards, RYS 200s are allotted up to 40 online hours in the Yoga Humanities and Anatomy & Physiology Educational Categories. If you plan to offer any online hours outside of that between now and the end of 2023 or have yet to up-level, you must apply for the appropriate Online Teacher Training Requirement per your timeline.


Does my training have to be livestream, or can it be combined with prerecorded material?

As part of the 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application, we are requiring a blend of asynchronous (prerecorded) and synchronous (interactive) learning. We offer many resources that address both types of learning.


If the program is self-paced while still including some required live hours, does my school need to be in current status for the entirety of a trainee's program?

Yes, in order for trainees to register, an RYS must be registered in current status during the time of training. Some schools may include self-paced learning (asynchronous) but it must also include synchronous learning.


Can I change my mind if COVID restrictions are lifted and I choose to host my program in person?

Yes, as long as your program still adheres to Yoga Alliance standards and the program curriculum was approved by Yoga Alliance, you may move your exempted online training to in-person training.


Does Yoga Alliance offer guidance on teacher training prices?

We understand that pricing for online teacher trainings vary widely, which can create confusion amongst students and competition between schools. How schools price their programs is a business decision of the school and not regulated, mandated, or within the scope of Yoga Alliance. However, we do encourage all schools to price their programs accordingly based on the effort and cost being put into them, including RYS credential-holder status, and to not undervalue your offer and the quality standards your training upholds. We would like to remind members that the development of online teacher training standards is an opportunity to meet the broader yoga community’s needs and evolution of times, rather than change or devalue existing programs. We encourage students who are trying to understand the difference between schools and different price points to contact us at Yoga Alliance so we can outline the standards an RYS credential-holder is bound to, as well as the requirements being followed in the 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application. We also encourage schools to advertise on their Yoga Alliance dashboard if they offer scholarships so students with financial hardships can still have access to the training.


When will I receive a decision from Yoga Alliance on the status of my 2022-2023 RYS Online Teaching Application?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and in the order received. You will receive an email notification once your application has been reviewed. If you have any further questions or have not heard back within 7-10 business days of submission, please email credentialingteam@yogaalliance.org.


If my training ends in 2021 and I have not yet applied to teach online, should I fill out the 2021 Online Teaching Exemption or 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application?

  • If you are running a training that ends in 2021, you are required to fill out the 2021 OTE application.
  • If you are running a training that begins in 2021 but ends in 2022 or 2023, please fill out both the OTE application and the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application.
  • If you are planning a program that begins in 2022, you will need to complete the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application.

Review all RYS Online Teacher Training Requirements.


I have been approved for the 2021 Online Teaching Exemption, is there anything else I am required to do?

Nope! However, if you plan to continue teaching online through 2022 or 2023, please fill out the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application.


Can I apply for the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application before or during the RYS application process?

Only existing RYSs with current training programs can apply to teach online. Once your initial RYS application is approved, you can then apply to teach your program online.


What is the deadline for my trainees to register with Yoga Alliance as RYTs after completing my RYS program online?

There is no deadline. Trainees will be able to register any time after graduating a training at an RYS.


I’m not interested in participating in the YA CommUnity. Am I still eligible for the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply. While participating in the YA CommUnity is no longer a requirement outside of the 2021 Online Teach Exemption, you are still welcome and encouraged to engage with your peers in this platform! Doing so helps to grow your network and enhance your yoga profession and practice.


How long does the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application allow me to offer virtual teacher training?

Through December 31, 2023. The requirements within this application will not be applicable after that time, as all RYSs will be operating under the Elevated RYS Standards at that time.


What if my program under the 2021 Online Teaching Exemption is not completed by the end of the year?

If you are currently operating under the 2021 Online Teaching Exemption, but your program does not end in 2021, you will need to complete the 2022-2023 Online Teaching Application to remain in compliance.




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