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Find answers to common questions about the significantly enhanced RYS standards in these FAQs and on the New Enhanced RYS Standards page

Changes for Schools

When was the Standards System Updated?

The Standards system was updated on January 1st 2017. Yoga Alliance International Australia was the first Alliance organisation in the world to elevate the Standards for teacher training. The same year, on September 1st its sister Yoga Alliance International Italia replaced the old 200 hour standard with the RYS 250 PLUS nationwide.

Why was necessary to update the Standards?

The decision was made based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher trainings and inadequately trained yoga teachers. We felt our previous standards were nothing more than a list of broad and general guidelines, out of date and restrictive in their prescriptive breakdown of course content and hours.

What are the most significant changes?

The introduction of the “RYS 250 PLUS” (Registered Yoga School) standards and the “RYT 250 PLUS” credential. The enhanced Yoga Alliance International standards are intended to improve the quality of teacher training worldwide helping yoga teachers to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. The 250 PLUS standards enables schools to deliver minimum 250 up to 300 hours comprehensive teacher training. Teachers who have completed 250 hours minimum or more of training are more likely to find employment than those with a 200 hour qualification.

Does the 200 hour Standards still available

Yes. Although the most commonly used 200-hour YTT standards standard still available, we strongly encourage new applicants to apply for the 250 PLUS. This new standards has successfully been introduced in China by one of the largest yoga training provider in the country also a member of the association, and in Italy nationwide by our sister Yoga Alliance International Italia.

Does the RYT 200 Credential still available?


Did the YTT Lead Trainer and other Faculty requirements changed with the new standards?

Yes. As of January 1 2017, all training courses must be led by an ERYT member of the association. In addition the Lead trainer (s) will need to teach 80% of the classroom hours in any teacher training. The remaining classroom hours may be taught by Other Faculty members. You can learn more about this requirement here

What are the Requirements for Other Faculty Members

There are three category of professionals that can teach at your school. They must be members of the Association and need to meet the following qualifications and experience criteria:

  • Consultants (i.e: Physiotherapists, Psychologists, MDs, Historians or similar recognised professionals) must have a relevant degree, or certification in the subject they will teach. *Evidence required. This category of professionals are not required to become members of the association.

  • RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) member or non-member of Yoga Alliance International. * Must have a minimum RYT 500/500 PLUS/1500 qualification and 3 years’ experience in the subject they will teach.*Evidence Required. This category of professionals are required to register with the association. Members of other organisations can convert registration to us (we do not accept transfers).

  • Non Yoga Person must have a high level of knowledge or skill in a specific field of expertise they will teach. This category must apply for the Expert Teacher a new designation available to every yoga or non-yoga person with no formal qualification.

Did the YTT requirements changed?

Yes. 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.

Do I have to be an ERYT 500 to be the Lead Trainer?

No. ERTY 200 can lead 200hr teacher training, ERYT 250 PLUS can lead 250 PLUS teacher training and so forth. You can learn more about here

Are there any specific YTT entry requirements?

Yes. All accepted students must have at least one year of documented yoga practice. Also the RYSs should assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of their trainees prior to certifying them as 200/250 PLUS hour teachers, something that many RYSs currently do and is “best practice”.

Is there an example of a Core Curriculum Model to follow?

Yes. Example Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in a YTT. All training courses must be led by a ERYT member of the association.

  1. Techniques and Teaching Practice: Principles of alignment, the main families of asanas - standing positions, backward bending, forward bending, twisting inverted positions, engagement positions of the core, static and dynamic asanas, preparatory asanas, variations, changes, practical adjustments. In detail how to teach each of the positions included in the training course. Develop the ability to conduct yoga classes with confidence. Lesson planning and sequencing. Assisting, manual and verbal adjustments, observation. Demonstration and cuing. How to show the positions of yoga more effectively, with clear and understandable guidance, the quality of the voice, including the active language vs. the passive, tone and audibility. Pranayama and Meditation techniques. Sanskrit nomenclature of asanas. Safety Risk Assessment, evaluate the potential risks that may arise during the practice and teaching of asanas.

  2. Teaching Methodology: The teaching method is focused on direct practice in order to make the student able to build effective, professional classes aimed at the safety of practitioners in perfect autonomy. Class Sequencing

  3. Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics: Functional, biomechanical and kinetic anatomy of applied movement to observe students in practice, and guide them in a meaningful, safe and effective way. Knowledge of basic human skeletal structure such as different types of bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues and how they function optimally in postural practices; basics of human movement to understand transitions in and out of asanas.

  4. Practical Teaching TT Students: Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching. Teaching must be dedicated to the practice of teaching yoga classes, consolidating their knowledge and teaching practice to facilitate the practical learning of the lessons.

  5. Code of Ethics for Yoga Teachers: The code of ethics identifies the ethical and behavioural principles, in affirmation and negation, which inspire and delimit the profession of the yoga teacher. The Code of Ethics is a declaration that provides clarity and guidance on ethical behaviour and on how the entities adhering to the Code must behave at all times.

Accepted Online Components

A minimum online training is acceptable for some subjects, but not all. Content considered not conducive to online learning includes practicing asana, adjustment, assisting. The online hours allowed are listed in each single standard page.

Sanskrit (Asana Nomenclature)



Theory Test

Yoga Text Books

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics (20 hours can be online)

Note: All RYSs are required to deliver continuing education 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 wellbeing industry. You can learn more about this here

General Questions

How many Yoga Alliance Organisations are there?

The international structure of the Yoga Alliance Organisations is particularly extensive and articulated. The first self-appointed organisation to adopt the name “Yoga Alliance” was established in the United States in 1999, accrediting yoga teachers and schools in the U.S to serve the yoga community of the United States and neighbouring countries.

Between 2004 and 2013, due to poor customer service, limited product range, low quality standards for teacher training offered by Yoga Alliance (U.S) and negative publicity of sexual abuse scandals perpetrated by yoga teachers member of the association, other independent organisations were established in other countries – e.g. The Canadian Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals UK and Yoga Alliance International Australia and its sisters Yoga Alliance International Italia, Yoga Alliance New Zealand and Yoga Alliance International. These organisations, trademarked the name “Yoga Alliance”. They are governed by an independent board of directors, they are unrelated and independent of one another and have their own respective accreditation criteria and professional standards.

What exactly are the Yoga Alliance Organisations?

A self-regulatory non-governmental organisations that exercises some degree of regulatory authority over the yoga industry worldwide. The Yoga Alliances primary activities are developing, coordinating, promulgating, revising, amending, reissuing, interpreting, or otherwise producing standards for yoga training programs

Is any of the Yoga Alliance a Governing Body?

No. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is not, therefore, an activity incapable of being regulated.

Is the Affiliation with Yoga Alliance International recognised anywhere in the world?

Yes. The public’s perception that the affiliation with any of the Yoga Alliances named on this page may differ according to the country where they were established and that it is limited to the country of residence only, it is incorrect. Educating the public about membership validity is important. The Yoga Alliances membership is a globally recognised hallmark of a high-quality professionals. Because our requirements include adopting international standards and supporting implementation, the affiliation with Yoga Alliance International Australia demonstrates expertise and commitment to international standards, best practices, and serving the public interest.

Does membership with Yoga Alliance International enable teach anywhere in the world and apply for Insurance?

Yes. You can work anywhere in the world, apply for insurance, teach in studios and health clubs. Yoga Alliance International marks are recognised worldwide as the sign of excellence! As a qualified teacher, Yoga Alliance International is committed to promoting you as a professional teacher and supporting you on your career path.

What are the Benefits of been a member of Yoga Alliance International?

  • Be part of an organisation renowned for the world’s highest Standards for yoga teacher training

  • An internationally-recognised credential

  • Marketing on our RYT online directory

  • Discounts on products and services from our partners on everything from liability insurance to yoga clothes (available soon!)

  • Permission to use the acronym RYT or RYS on letterhead, brochure, flyers, website

  • Over 16 membership levels for yoga teachers to meet everyone’s needs

  • Yoga Trainees can access our Registry prior or whilst completing a teacher training course

  • Promote your events, yoga classes, retreats, seminars, workshops and teacher training across our Social Network



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