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Standards for Teacher Training RYS-200hr

Yoga 200-Hour Standards

These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 200 hour YTT. Online training is acceptable for some subjects, but not all. Content considered not conducive to online learning includes practicing asana, adjustment, assisting.

*Members of Yoga Alliance U.S, Yoga Australia or a similar recognised organisation are welcome to convert registration to us!

The new Spirit of Yoga Standards 200 hour for YTT MUST incorporate all the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice below for a minimum number of designated hours (1-4 2-3 mandatory) in the presence of a Senior or ERYT.

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 110hr

  2. Teaching Methodology: 25hr

  3. Anatomy and Physiology: 20hr

  4. Assisting/Manual adjustments: 20hr

  5. Yoga Teacher Ethics: 5hr

  6. Asana Risk Assessment: Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching asana

  7. Students Teaching: Sequencing and Leading Classes

Accepted Online Components (20 hours max.)

  1. Asana Nomenclature (Asana Nomenclature)

  2. History/Philosophy (min 10hr)

  3. Essays/Home Work

  4. Yoga Text Books

  5. Theory Test

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:

  1. MUST be taught by a Yoga Alliance–International ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).Teachers of other organisations can convert registration.

  2. The ERYT MUST be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.

  3. 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours. For example, for a 250 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 225 hours or, for 200 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 180.

  4. 5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching.

  5. The correct YA logos MUST be on the home page and training page of the website.

  6. Schools MUST have their syllabus clearly on their website.

  7. All accepted students MUST have at least one year of documented yoga practice.

  8. All Schools are encouraged to offer post/pre-course mentoring and further training for its graduates.

  9. All Schools MUST provide continuing education courses of their choice 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 well-being industry.

200 hour course
Total number of hours – 200
Contact hours (90%) – 180

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

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

RYS 200

RYS 250

ERYT 200 or
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500

144 (RYS 200)

176 (RYS 250)
RYS 300/350  ERYT 350 or
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500

216 (RYS 300)

252 (RYS 350)

RYS 500 ERYT 500 or
ERYT 1500

RYS 1500 ERYT 1500

RYS Requirements

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