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New Spirit of Yoga Standards

Yoga Alliance New "Spirit of Yoga Standards"

To elevate the profession of yoga teaching, in January 2017 Yoga Alliance-International was the FIRST Alliance organisation to review and update its Standards system. The Standards and their descriptors represent an analysis of effective, contemporary practice by yoga teachers throughout the world.

The purpose of the new Standards is to set out clear expectations of effective yoga practice, education and training for ALL yoga professionals.

The international Standards for Training Programs were originally published in 1987 by the International Yoga Federation and duplicated by various yoga organisations across the globe between 1999/2001. However, the Yoga industry is constantly evolving, and we believe it’s vital that we continue to monitor our standards for relevance.

That is why at Yoga Alliance-International Australia we believe that yoga teachers and training providers deserve a better support system than what you have had in the past. Organisations that represent the yoga community worldwide owes a duty not only to the people they operate with, but to anyone who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.

In January 2017, followed by its associates Yoga Alliance Italia/NZ/Singapore and International, Yoga Alliance-International Australia was the FIRST Alliance organisation to review and update its Standards system based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher training, inadequately trained yoga teachers and unscrupulous providers who deliver substandard training.

The new Standards are designed to meet everyone's needs. Set across six sections each of equal importance, each links to and supports the other sections these Standards define the professional requirements of yoga teachers and specialists underpin good teaching practice in the sector. This includes describing the skills, knowledge, values and attributes of those individuals.

We are very proud that other Yoga Alliance organisations are looking at our RYSs and RYTs new credentialing system as an important step in assessing and evaluating Yoga Training Programs. Thanks to the credentialing committee for all of their hard work in this very successful endeavour!

Yoga Alliance (International Australia) is FULLY committed to help safeguard the public and to optimise yoga teaching outcomes.We believe the new Standards will benefit yoga professionals and encourage training providers to develop their own unique curriculum of study.

Whereas we will continue to accept RYS-200 and RYT-200 registration applications, we encourage members and non-members (must sign up) of the association to UPGRADE to the new Standards.

*There is no central authority governing Yoga, (nationally or globally) despite the groundless ‘non-protected’ claims made by certain organisations. Nor can Yoga be resolved by a pre-set of Standards as it is the work of the individual and not of the masses.

Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more about that designation

Yoga Alliance Australia® 150 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 200 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 250 Plus hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 300 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 350 hour Registered Yoga School

Yoga Alliance Australia® 500 hour Registered Yoga SchoolYoga Alliance Australia® 500PLUS  hour Registered Yoga SchoolYoga Alliance Australia® 1500 hour Registered Yoga SchoolYoga Alliance Australia Children's Yoga Yoga Alliance Australia Prenatal YogaYoga Alliance Continuing Education Accredited School


To evaluate the Definition of Standards amongst the major yoga organisations click here: YTT Standards Comparison

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:
  1. MUST be taught by a Yoga Alliance –International Australia  ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). Member Teacher of other organisations can convert registration.  

  2. The ERYT MUST be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.

  3. 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours. For example, for a 250 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 225 hours or, for 200 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 180.

  4. 5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants  MUST be encouraged to  practice Teaching.

  5. The correct YAA logos MUST be on the home page and training page of the website.

  6. Schools MUST have their syllabus clearly on their website.

  7. All accepted students MUST have at least one year of documented yoga practice.

  8. All Schools are encouraged to offer post/pre-course mentoring and further training for its graduates.

  9. All Schools MUST provide minimum two Continuing Education Courses. to ensure that all Yoga Alliance’s RYSs provide high quality continuing education programs for yoga teachers and countless category of professionals within the holistic and well-being industry.

Faculty Qualifications-ERYT/Senior

Teachers Member of other organisations can convert registration prior to registering the training programme.

For further information pleasevisit the web-page: Convert Registration

Registration Requirements (all Schools)

Successful course registration requires substantial supporting documentation. For further details please visit the web-pages below:

Registration Guidelines

RYS Registration Requirements

How can I Upgrade an existing 200 hours Training Program to RYS-250 PLUS?

ALL existing Yoga Alliance - International Australia’ RYSs can UPGRADE a 200 hours Training Programme FREE of charge.

Schools member of other organisations are welcome to convert registration and UPGRADE.


  • Yoga Alliance Australia Schools: Submit current Training Program Title, RYSs Registry ID number (see your certificate of registration), evidence of additional 50 training hours.

  • Non-Members: Convert RYS registration/membership first, submit current Training Program details i.e.: Title, training hours (200) and evidence of additional 50 training hours.

  • 50 hours training accepted formats: Seminars, workshops, retreats or extended course content.

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