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Standards for Teacher Training RYS-150hr

Yoga Alliance® 150 RYS-150

These standards describe Yoga Alliance International’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 150 hour training program for existing yoga teachers who are interested in enrolling in a post-graduate yoga program or, for complete beginners interested in pursuing a career in teaching yoga. These courses offer the flexibility to meet everyone’s needs! The YTT must be taught by an ERYT designated Lead Trainer member of the association. The Standards for RYS-150 does not require to incorporate any of the mandatory Yoga Alliance International’s educational categories. The provider can develop the curriculum of study 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.


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.


150 hour course

Total number of hours –150 

Contact hours (90%) – 135

Online/Home Study

Total number of hours – 15


The minimum number of the Director of Training contact hours requirements within each RYS designation is shown in the table below

RYS Designation Teacher Designation Eligibility by Designation Director of Training 80% of 90% Course Contact Hours Requirements by Designation
RYS 150 ERYT 200 or
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500
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