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Yoga Teacher (RYT) Membership Requirements

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.

This will enable existing and prospective yoga teachers to ‘stand out from the crowd’ to distinguish themselves from the thousands of yoga professionals from around the world. It is an indisputable fact that credentials are important and are a vital part of many educational systems including yoga teaching.

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.

Teachers can register as a RYT- 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training that is registered or non-registered with a YA-International school.


2020 New Professional Credentials

Bikram Teachers and Yoga therapists are welcome to register!

Unlike Yoga Alliance (USA), we accept ALL yoga teacher graduates onto our registry, regardless of whether they’ve attended an approved training school or not, as long as the training matches up to our pre-decided standards. *Additional training does not have to be from the same school

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Foundation

Qualification: 200 hours. 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

*Existing RYTs 200 wishing to apply for or upgrade to RYT 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADVANCED, are required to submit evidence of further training (minimum 50 hours) or teaching experience hours. To confirm the hours taught, please download the Statutory Declaration

Teaching hours: None

Continuing Education: Not compulsory. Required for teachers interested to upgrade to higher membership levels

Cannot be the Lead Trainer of a teacher training until upgrade to ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)


Yoga Alliance RYT 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADV

Qualification: 250 hour or higher (max. 300 hour).

Teaching hours: None

Multiple Trainings: Accepted, providing the first 200 hour come from the same school (registered or non-registered YA-International

Continuing Education: Not compulsory. Required if interested to upgrade to higher membership levels

Cannot be the Lead Trainer of a teacher training until upgrade to ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)


Yoga Alliance RYT 350 LVL 2 ADV

Qualification: 350 hour

Teaching hours: None

Multiple Trainings: Accepted, providing the first 200 hour come from the same school (registered or non-registered YA-International

Continuing Education: Not compulsory. Required for teachers interested to upgrade to higher membership levels

Cannot be the Lead Trainer of a teacher training until upgrade to ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)


Yoga Alliance RYT 500 LVL 3 ADV

Qualification: 500 hour

Teaching hours: None

Multiple Trainings: Accepted, providing the first 200 hour come from the same school (registered or non-registered YA-International

Continuing Education: Not required

Can be the additional faculty in a teacher training led by an ERYT. *Must have a minimum 3 years’ documented experience in the subject they will teach. Can apply for CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver Yoga Alliance’s worldwide recognised continuing education programs


Yoga Alliance RYT 500 PLUS LVL 4 ADV

Qualification: 500 PLUS hour i.e.: 650 hours teacher training required)

Teaching hours: None

Multiple Trainings: Accepted, providing the first 200 hour come from the same school (registered or non-registered YA-International

Continuing Education: Not required

Can be the additional faculty in a teacher training led by an ERYT. *Must have a minimum 3 years’ documented experience in the subject they will teach. Can apply for CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver Yoga Alliance’s worldwide recognised continuing education programs


Yoga Alliance RYT 1500 ADV DIPLOMA

Qualification: 1500 hour

Teaching hours: None

Multiple Trainings: Accepted after completing the first 200 hour with the same school

Continuing Education:Not required

Can be the additional faculty in a teacher training led by an ERYT. *Must have a minimum 3 years’ documented experience in the subject they will teach. Can apply for CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) to deliver Yoga Alliance’s worldwide recognised continuing education programs


RYT (ALL levels) - $ 350

Option 1 (Code R1)

  • Membership Valid three (3) years.

  • No Annual Renewal

  • Upgrade to higher membership level included in the fee

  • Can add one or more Specialty designations (RPYT/RCYT/RYT YIN-50/100) anytime throughout the three years registration period

*RYT 500, RYT 500 PLUS and RYT 1500 with a relevant degree, certification or substantial education and experience in specific areas of expertise can apply for the CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School). The CEAS designation is designed for every expert to set themselves apart and teach courses that qualify as continuing education hours for RYTs and non-yoga-person

Requirements CEAS
Requirements Continuing Education
Online Application


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