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What's the difference between a studio, an RYS and a YACEP?

Studio

  • not registered with Yoga Alliance
  • brick + mortar (physical) location
  • offers classes
  • not an individual, but run by individuals

RYS®

Registered Yoga School

  • registered with Yoga Alliance
  • can have multiple locations
  • offers yoga teacher trainings
  • some training must be done in person
  • not an individual, but run by individuals

YACEP®

Continuing Education Provider

  • verified by Yoga Alliance
  • may teach at many locations
  • offers continuing education
  • may teach online/remote or in-person courses
  • is an individual

Key

  • Has E-RYT® designation, qualified to be a YACEP®
  • Administrative role; may also be a teacher or trainer
  • Teacher or trainer role
  • Type of teaching or training offered

The Big Picture

Only individuals can be YACEP®s. This means if you are an owner and you're qualified, you can become a YACEP®. So may your teachers, trainers or any other staff, depending on their qualifications. However, your RYS® or studio can not be a YACEP®.

Any E-RYT® is prequalified to be a YACEP®. RYT®s who are not yet at the experienced level, or those who are not registered with Yoga Alliance, may be eligible at a later time based on their education and experience.

Learn more about YACEP® eligibility

Studio

  • not registered with Yoga Alliance
  • brick + mortar (physical) location
  • offers classes
  • not an individual, but run by individuals

RYS®

Registered Yoga School

  • registered with Yoga Alliance
  • can have multiple locations
  • offers yoga teacher trainings
  • some training must be done in person
  • not an individual, but run by individuals

YACEP®

Continuing Education Provider

  • verified by Yoga Alliance
  • may teach at many locations
  • offers continuing education
  • may teach online/remote or in-person courses
  • is an individual

Key

  • Has E-RYT® designation, qualified to be a YACEP®
  • Administrative role; may also be a teacher or trainer
  • Teacher or trainer role
  • Type of teaching or training offered

The Big Picture

Only individuals can be YACEP®s. This means if you are an owner and you're qualified, you can become a YACEP®. So may your teachers, trainers or any other staff, depending on their qualifications. However, your RYS® or studio can not be a YACEP®.

Any E-RYT® is prequalified to be a YACEP®. RYT®s who are not yet at the experienced level, or those who are not registered with Yoga Alliance, may be eligible at a later time based on their education and experience.

Learn more about YACEP® eligibility

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