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Registered Yoga School Membership Guidelines

The globally accepted professional credential for Yoga Schools

The new Spirit of Yoga Standards Scheme 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 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.


Educational Categories of Study and Practice

Please see each standard’s detailed description for the definition of each educational category as it relates to that specific designation: Spirit of Yoga Standards

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.

YTT Entry Prerequisites

The school will accept students with at least one year of documented yoga practice


Additional Educational Categories

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.


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