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Standards for Teacher Training RYS-500hr

Yoga 500-Hour Standards

These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 500 hour or (200 +300/) program.

The Standards for RYS-500 must incorporate all the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice listed below for a minimum number of designated hours (1-6 mandatory) in the presence of a ERYT/Senior teacher. 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: 200hrs

  2. Teaching Methodology: 70hrs

  3. Anatomy/Physiology: 40hrs (10 of which can be online)

  4. Assisting/Manual Adjustments/Observation: 25hrs

  5. Yoga Teacher Ethics: 10hrs

  6. 5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching: 25hrs

  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-500 hour course
Contact hours (90%) – 450

Online/Home Study
Total number of hours –50

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

RYS Designation Lead Trainer Eligibility by Designation Lead Trainer 80% of 90% Course Contact Hours
RYS 500 ERYT 500
ERYT 1500

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