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Standards for Teacher Training RYS-250hr PLUS now available!

Yoga 250 Plus Hour Standards Following the review of our standards scheme in January 2017, a new set of standards: RYS 250 PLUS were added to the current standards system providing yoga schools with the opportunity to offer a minimum 250 hour or higher comprehensive teacher training. In addition, we also introduced the RYT 250 PLUS credential to support yoga teachers to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. The syllabus must meet or exceeds our minimum training standards conducted by a Yoga Alliance International’s ERYT designated Lead Trainer member of the association.


Example Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in a TT

Techniques and Teaching Practice – 150 hrs: 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 – 20 hrs: 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 – 35 hrs: 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 – 15 hrs 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 -5 hrs: 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.


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 or skill 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 formal qualification.


RYS 150/200/250 PLUS/350/500/500 PLUS/1500/YIN 250 LVL 1 and 2 - $ 750

  • Valid three (3) years

  • No Annual Renewal

  • Single and/or Multiple Designations

  • 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) doing the CEAS courses can join our online Registry as an “Associate Member” or “Associate Yoga Student” depending on professional background


Before filing for accreditation of your YTT, please check: Membership Guidelines

RYS-250 hour course
Total number of hours – 225
Contact hours (90%) – 180

Online/Home Study
Total number of hours – 25


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 Lead Trainer 80% of 90% Course Contact Hours Requirements
RYS 250 PLUS ERYT 250 PLUS
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500
180

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