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Yoga Teacher (ERYT) Membership Requirements

The importance of an advanced Credentialing System that aim to transform the yoga teaching profession

During lockdown we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a new ‘Credentialing System’ designed to measure quality in a way the old traditional credentialing could not, and a new ‘Educational Structure’ for the definition and classification of yoga teacher educational programs. The new system is designed to benefit existing and prospective yoga teachers to ‘stand out from the crowd’ and distinguish themselves from the thousands of yoga professionals around the world.

The critical importance of well-prepared teachers for student learning and achievement it is ‘imperative one’ for Yoga Alliance International, an organisation that serves the member community by providing tools for professional growth and development, and exclusive benefits.

A Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) credential is earned by yoga teachers if they have successfully completed a minimum 200 hour yoga teacher training and have taught a certain number of yoga classes required by the level of registration applied for.



2020 New ERYT Credentials ‘Senior Levels’

All ERYT applications require to supply evidence of yoga teaching classes hours experience. For more information, please visit Membership Guidelines

*The first 200 hours must come from the same school registered or non-registered YA-International as multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200 hour requirement.

Yoga Alliance ERYT 200 SENIOR LVL 1

Qualification: 200 hour

Teaching hour: Minimum 3500 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-200 can be the Lead Teacher of a 200 hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses


Yoga Alliance ERYT 250 PLUS SENIOR LVL 2

Qualification: 250 hour of higher (max.300)

Teaching hours: Minimum 4500 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion.

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-250 PLUS can be the Lead Teacher of a 200/250 PLUS hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses


Yoga Alliance ERYT 350 SENIOR LVL 3

Qualification: 350 hour

Teaching hours: Minimum 4800 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-350 can be the Lead Teacher of a 200/250 PLUS/350 hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses


Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 SENIOR 500 LVL 4

Qualification: 500 hours

Teaching hours: Minimum 6000 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-500 can be the Lead Teacher of a 200/250 PLUS/300/350/500 hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses


Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 PLUS SENIOR LVL 5

Qualification: 500 PLUS (minimum 650 hour teacher training required)

Teaching hours: Minimum 6500 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-500 PLUS can be the Lead Teacher of a 200/250 PLUS/300/350/500/500 PLUS hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses


Yoga Alliance ERYT 1500 SENIOR LVL 6

Qualification: 1500 hour

Teaching hour: Minimum 15000 documented hours of yoga classes teaching experience from the date on the first RYT qualification. *Pre graduation teaching hours are accepted (depending on the applicant’s background) at the Yoga Alliance International’s review team own discretion

Multiple Trainings: Can be completed with any provider. Accepted format: YTT, seminars, retreats, workshops, mentoring

A ERYT-1500 can be the Lead Teacher of a 200/250 PLUS/300/350/500/500 PLUS/1500 hour teacher training, continuing education programs, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, retreats. Can apply for RYS or the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver teacher trainings or continuing education courses

ERYTs RYS/CEAS Application Requirements

ERYTs planning to accredit a yoga teacher training or continuing education programs must apply for the credential RYS or CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) within one month from the date of registration as an ERYT or will incur additional membership fees. This requirement is in place to ensure that throughout the three years registration period ALL teacher trainings are conducted by the Lead Trainer. For any questions you might have, please contact the office on 02 8006 1211


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