New Enhanced Standards for Teacher “RYS PLUS”
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The new Yoga Alliance’s Spirit of Yoga Standards is to include a school in the RYS (Registered Yoga School) online Directory only when its YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) meet the requirements set forth by Yoga Alliance.
The Registered Yoga School (“RYS”) and its various designation levels, are conferred by Yoga Alliance. The RYS credential can be earned by a yoga teacher training program that meets minimum curricular standards (“Standards”), in various categories.
A RYS may hire consultants or a specialist to deliver specific components within the course syllabi, who provide expert advice in a particular field of expertise (i.e. Anatomy, Yoga History and Philosophy, Sanskrit etc.)
All RYSs are required to deliver 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 wellbeing industry.
Before lodging the Application ensure your school meets the requirements
Example Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in a TT. All training courses must be led by a ERYT member of the association
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
Within all Training Courses the criteria below listed must be met
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.
Teacher Training MUST be taught by a ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of our association. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us.
The Lead Trainer (ERYT) MUST be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course 90% contact hours.
The correct YAA logo MUST be on the home page and training page of the website.
Schools MUST have their syllabus clearly on their website.
All accepted students MUST have at least one year of documented yoga practice.
There are three category of professionals that can teach at your school. They 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.
RYS 150/200/250 PLUS/350/500/500 PLUS/1500/YIN 250 LVL 1 and 2 - $ 750
Valid three (3) years
No Annual Renewal
Single and/or Multiple Designations
Membership includes CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School) RCYS/RPYS/ RYS YIN 50/100 hours to enable RYSs to deliver high standards CE programs recognised worldwide
Any person (yoga or non-yoga teacher) doing the CEAS courses can join our online Registry as an “Associate Member” or “Associate Yoga Student” depending on professional background
To register as a RYS (Registered Yoga School) all new schools must submit their syllabus with their application. The YTT syllabus must meet or exceeds the Yoga Alliance’s Standards
The Lead Trainer must be an ERTY (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of the association. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us prior to lodging the application.
On the School letterhead (word document) the applicant must supply the information below (mandatory):
Title program/s and RYS designation/s applied for.
Style of yoga taught.
YTT format (Intensive, long term, short term).
Course’s entry prerequisites (Yoga Alliance International requires minimum one year yoga practice).
A 2000 words maximum synopsis (concise description of the syllabus) for each single training program applied for specifying the topics covered. For further details please consult: Standards Guidelines
The synopsis must contain the breakdown of the teacher training’s content into topics with titles and descriptions which state what will be covered in the training.
Program/s Format and duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training).
Program Objectives (what skills trainees will learn).
Training course assessment method and tools (how students’ knowledge and skills are assessed at the end of the YTT.).
Teacher Training Assessor/s.
Breakdown of the hours (contact/non-contact/online) allocated to each Yoga Alliance’s educational category.
Lead Trainer details, ERYT designation and Yoga Alliance-International’s Registry ID:
Other Faculty/Consultants/Specialists Qualifications.
Ratio between end of course practicum exams and theory.
Sample certificate of course completion (the certificate students receive at the end of the course).
Race Equal Opportunity Statement.
Code of Practice Statement.
Code of Ethics Statement.
Grievance Policy and Procedure.
Brief description continuing education program (s) offered.
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.
Applicants must attach to the online application form the RYS’s Owners Statement or the application will be declined.
ALL specialty training courses (RPYT/RCYT/YIN) MUST be led by qualified teachers in the specialty they will teach.
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