Yoga Alliance® Worldwide Registry
Yoga Alliance® - Worldwide Registry of Yoga Professionals

Contact Us | FacebookTwitterYoga Alliance Australia Instagram Linked inPinterest  

Standards for Teacher Training RYS-250hr PLUS

Yoga 250 Plus Hour Standards

These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 250 PLUS hours. Online training is acceptable for some subjects, but not all. Content considered not conducive to online learning includes practicing asana, adjustments, 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 Standards 250-PLUS 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.

Contact hours

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 150hr

  2. Teaching Methodology: 25hr

  3. Anatomy and Physiology: 35hr

  4. Assisting/Manual Adjustments 10hr

  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 (25 hours max)

  1. Asana Nomenclature (Sanskrit)

  2. History/Philosophy (min 10hr)

  3. Essays/Home Work

  4. The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio

  5. Theory Test

  6. Yoga Text Books

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:

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

  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.

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

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

Before filing for registration of your school, please visit the page  below:

Registration Requirements

Convert Registration from other Organisations

Apply Now


Application Form

For further information, please send us an e-mail: Contact Us


© 2011-2019 Yoga Alliance® and Yoga Alliance International® - All rights reserved