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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 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

See each standard’s detailed description as it relates to that specific designation Spirit of Yoga Standards

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.

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.


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.


Other Faculty Qualifications

Other Faculty are specialists that are not registered with Yoga Alliance. In order to teach at your school, they need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Relevant degree, certification, or substantial education in the subject they will teach.

  • A minimum of 500 hours teaching experience or two years of relevant experience in the subject they will teach.


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