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Registered Yoga School Membership Guidelines

The globally accepted professional credential for Yoga Schools

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

Within all Training Courses the criteria below must be met

  1. 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.

  2. YTTs MUST be taught by a ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of our association. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us.

  3. The ERYT MUST be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course 90% contact hours.

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

  5. The correct YAA logo 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.

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. Read more Here

Educational Categories of Study and Practice

Mandatory inclusion in all YTT

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice.

  2. Teaching Methodology.

  3. Anatomy and Physiology.

  4. Yoga History/Philosophy/Lifestyle.

  5. Yoga Teacher Ethics.

Inclusion in all YTT

  1. 5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching.

  2. Asana Risk Assessment: Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching advanced postures.

  3. Sanskrit: Asana Nomenclature.

  4. Students Teaching: Sequencing and Leading Classes.

  5. Observation/Assisting

  6. Mentoring learning.

  7. Yoga Text Books.

  8. The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio.

Note: Training courses may include instruction in Reiki, Thai yoga massage, Doula training, Ayurveda, Psychology and other components

Online Educational Components

Online components cannot exceeds more than 10% of the YTT total hours

  1. Anatomy and Physiology.

  2. Theoretical Studies.

  3. Occupational Health and Safety.

  4. Essays/Exams.

Faculty Qualifications

Definition of an ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)

A Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) credential is earned by yoga teachers if they have successfully completed a 200 hour or higher yoga teacher training and have taught a certain number of hours since or prior qualifying. For more information read Here

Other Faculty Qualifications

In order to teach at your school, they need to meet the following qualifications:

Specialists/Consultants (i.e: Physiotherapists; Psychologists; MDs, Historians and 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 a member of the association.

RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) member or non-member of Yoga Alliance International Australia. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us (we do not accept transfers) must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have a RYT 500 qualification and minimum 3 year experience in the subject they will teach.*Evidence Required

Non Yoga Person

  1. Must apply for the Expert Teacher a new designation available to every yoga or non-yoga individuals with a high level of knowledge or skill in a specific field of expertise. *Evidence Required

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