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Yoga Alliance’s First Diploma for Yoga Teaching RYS-1500hr

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Yoga Alliance Australia® 1500 hour Registered Yoga School

These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 1500hr Diploma of Teaching Yoga. If the registered school already offer a 200/250 hour, 350 or 500 hour, the training school must include additional hours into an existing programme.


The Standards for RYS-1500 must incorporate all the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice listed below for a minimum number in the presence of a ERYT/Senior teacher. The curriculum of study can be developed according to the school yoga tradition and lineage. A minimum online training is acceptable for some subjects, but not all. Content considered not conducive to online learning includes practicing asana, adjustment, assisting.

  1. Techniques,Training and Practice

  2. Teaching Methodology

  3. Anatomy/Physiology/Biomechanics

  4. Assisting/Manual Adjustments/Observation

  5. Yoga Teacher Ethics

  6. 5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching

  7. Safety Risk Assessment-Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching asana

  8. Class Sequencing

  9. Teaching At-Risk People (Special Population)

Accepted Online Components

  1. Sanskrit (Asana Nomenclature)

  2. History/Philosophy

  3. Essays/Home Work

  4. The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio

  5. Theory Test

  6. Yoga Text Books

Before filing for accreditation of your YTT, please see the Spirit of Standards Guiding Principle (all RYS) and Membership Guidelines

RYS-1500 course
Total number of hours – 1500
Contact hours (90%) – 1350

Online/Home Study
Total number of hours – 150

The minimum number of the Lead Trainer contact hours requirements within each ERYT designation is shown in the following table

RYS Designation

Lead Trainer Designation Eligibility by Designation

Lead Trainer 80% of 90% Course Contact Hours Requirements

RYS 1500 ERYT 1500 1200

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