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Registered Yoga School (RYS) Membership Levels

RYS 250 PLUS and RYS Online now available!

In January 2017, Yoga Alliance-International was the FIRST Alliance organisation to review and update its old standards system in response to the proliferation of low-quality yoga teacher training and inadequately trained yoga teachers.

To elevate the quality of yoga teaching, two additional credentials RYS 250 PLUS and RYT PLUS were added to the existing standards system. The enhanced Yoga Alliance-International Standards are intended to improve the quality of teacher training worldwide helping yoga teachers to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment.
The standards underlying the foundational RYS 200, Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school credential which have been significantly enhanced, will remain available for yoga schools.

The new Standard System is to include a school in the RYS (Registered Yoga School) online registry only when its yoga teacher training curriculum of study meet the Yoga Alliance’s International high set of standards.

Accreditation Teacher Training Online

As yoga schools, businesses, and classrooms re-open around the world, after careful consideration and the ongoing and continued nature of the coronavirus pandemic, and all its fast-moving effects on the global economy, in May 2020, the board of directors, made the decision to offer the accreditation of online training courses as a permanent format. We have received considerable community feedback about this unusual action. This includes responses in favour of and in gratitude for reacting flexibly considering unprecedented challenges.

The registration fee does not include professional insurance.


Important Updates

COVID-19 and Online Training Info Page


Other Helpful Links

Yoga Alliance Standards

FAQs About the New RYS Standards

RYS Membership Guidelines


Arthur J. Gallagher - Australian Insurance Brokers
All YA’s members can benefit from affordable professional insurance policy
Insurance Combined Liability


Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more about each designation requirements

Yoga Alliance® RYS-150 Yoga Alliance® RYS-200 Yoga Alliance® RYS-250 PLUS Yoga Alliance RYS YIN-250 LVL 1Yoga Alliance® RYS-300/RYS-350 Yoga Alliance® RYS-500 Yoga Alliance® RYS-1500


Yin Yoga today is something most yogis has tried or heard about. Yin Yoga is now being taught across North America and in Europe, due in large part to the teaching activities of Yin Yoga teachers and developers Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers www.paulgrilley.com and Biff Mithoefer www.biffmithoeferyoga.com Following a significant high number of feedbacks received from the international community, in April 2018, we introduced the new credentials below


CEAS (Continuing Education Accredited School). RYTs and ERYTs can apply for the CEAS as a stand-alone designation or in combination with any Specialty Designations 

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Accredited School


Specialty Training Courses

Yoga Alliance® RCYS Yoga Alliance® RPYSYoga Alliance® RYS YIN-50 Yoga Alliance® RYS YIN-100


Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more about the Online RYS guidelines and requirements

Yoga Alliance®Online RYS 150 hourYoga Alliance® Online RYS 200 hour Yoga Alliance® Online RYS 250 PLUS hour Yoga Alliance®  Online RYS 350 hour Yoga Alliance®  Online RYS 500 hour

Yoga Alliance® Online CEAS Yoga Alliance®  YIN 50 Yoga Alliance®  YIN 100 Yoga Alliance® Online RPYS Yoga Alliance® Online RCYS


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)

History/Philosophy

Essays/Homework

Theory Test

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 hour course minimum 225 contact hours or, for 200 hours course minimum 180 hours.

Teacher Training must be taught by a Yoga Alliance International’s member ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us.

The Lead Trainer (ERYT) must be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course 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.

5% of the training course, must be allocated to teaching.*Participants must be encouraged to practice teaching.


As of March 2020, to safeguard the integrity of yoga training programs, the Yoga Alliance International’s board of directors has made mandatory for ALL RYS applicant to register ALL additional teaching faculty with the Association. *Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the accreditation to be denied.

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, skill or a degree and diploma 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 RYT qualification.


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.

*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.

On the School letterhead (word document) the applicant must supply the information below (mandatory):

  1. Title program/s and RYS designation/s applied for.

  2. Style of yoga taught.

  3. YTT format (Intensive, long term, short term).

  4. Course’s entry prerequisites (Yoga Alliance International requires minimum one year yoga practice).

  5. 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 the Standards Guidelines

  6. 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.

  7. Program/s Format and duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training).

  8. Program Objectives (what skills trainees will learn).

  9. Training course assessment method and tools (how students’ knowledge and skills are assessed at the end of the YTT.).

  10. Teacher Training Assessor/s.

  11. Breakdown of the hours (contact/non-contact/online) allocated to each Yoga Alliance’s educational category.

  12. Lead Trainer details, ERYT designation and Yoga Alliance-International’s Registry ID:

  13. Other Faculty/Consultants/Specialists Qualifications.

  14. Ratio between end of course practicum exams and theory.

  15. Sample certificate of course completion (the certificate students receive at the end of the course).

  16. Race Equal Opportunity Statement.

  17. Code of Practice Statement.

  18. Code of Ethics Statement.

  19. Grievance Policy and Procedure.

  20. Brief description continuing education program (s) offered.

  21. RYS’s Owners Statement or the application will be declined.

Continuing Education Trainings Requirements

  1. All RYSs are required to deliver continuing education to ensure that all Yoga Alliance’s RYSs provide high quality continuing education programs.

  2. Provide a brief content description (200 words) for each single CE training program including title, contact and non-contact hours.

 *ALL specialty training courses (RPYT/RCYT/YIN) MUST be led by qualified teachers in the specialty they will teach.

Apply: Online Application


RYS (ALL Designations) - $ 800

  • Valid four (4) years (Face to Face and Online Training). Important Note Emergency COVID-19: Four (4) years membership offer (instead of 3 years pre-COVID-19) is available only until August 31st 2020

  • No Annual Renewal

  • Single or Multiple Designations

  • Upgrades within RYS Designations included

  • A Yoga School that offer 150 hour or higher Yoga Training that meet the YA’s Standards.

  • 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

  • If applied for single designation, can add designations anytime during the three years registration period free of charge

Note:

Any person (yoga or non-yoga teacher) completing CEAS courses can join our online Registry as an “Associate Member” or “Associate Yoga Student” depending on his/her professional background

Requirements: RYS

Apply: Online Application


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