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Standards for Teacher Training RYS-500 Advanced Diploma

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These standards describe Yoga Alliance International’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a minimum of 500-hour or more training program. The syllabus must meet or exceeds our minimum standards. The YTT must be taught by an ERYT designated Lead Trainer member of the association. *After careful consideration and the ongoing and continued nature of the coronavirus pandemic, in May 2020, the Yoga Alliance International’s Board of Directors made the accreditation of virtual training available as a permanent format. For more information, please visit Virtual Learning Accreditation


Example Curriculum Model and a minimum of hours assigned to each Educational Category to be included in a TT

Techniques and Teaching Practice 270 hrs: Principles of alignment, the prominent 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 asanas 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 cueing. How to show the asanas more effectively, with clear and understandable guidance, the voice quality, 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 65 hrs: The teaching method is focused on direct practice to make the student able to build practical, professional classes aimed at the safety of practitioners in perfect autonomy. Class Sequencing

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics 70 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 35 hrs: Participants MUST be encouraged to practice teaching. Teaching must be dedicated to teaching yoga classes, consolidating their knowledge and teaching practice to facilitate the practical learning of the lessons.

Code of Ethics for Yoga Teachers 15 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)



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.

As of March 2020, to safeguard the integrity of yoga training programs, the Yoga Alliance International’s board of directors has made mandatory for ALL RYS applicant to register ALL additional teaching faculty with the Association. *Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the accreditation to be denied.

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, skill or a degree and diploma 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 RYT qualification.

To register as a RYS (Registered Yoga School) all new schools must submit their syllabus with their application. The YTT syllabus must meet or exceeds the Yoga Alliance’s Standards

The Lead Trainer must be an ERTY (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of the association. *Members of other organisations can convert registration to us prior to lodging the application.

*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.

On the School letterhead (word document) the applicant must supply the information below (mandatory):

  1. Title program/s and RYS designation/s applied for.

  2. Style of yoga taught.

  3. YTT format (Intensive, long term, short term).

  4. Course’s entry prerequisites (Yoga Alliance International requires minimum one year yoga practice).

  5. A 2000 words maximum synopsis (concise description of the syllabus) for each single training program applied for specifying the topics covered. For further details please consult the Standards Guidelines

  6. The synopsis must contain the breakdown of the teacher training’s content into topics with titles and descriptions which state what will be covered in the training.

  7. Program/s Format and duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training).

  8. Program Objectives (what skills trainees will learn).

  9. Training course assessment method and tools (how students’ knowledge and skills are assessed at the end of the YTT.).

  10. Teacher Training Assessor/s.

  11. Breakdown of the hours (contact/non-contact/online) allocated to each Yoga Alliance’s educational category.

  12. Lead Trainer details, ERYT designation and Yoga Alliance-International’s Registry ID:

  13. Other Faculty/Consultants/Specialists Qualifications.

  14. Ratio between end of course practicum exams and theory.

  15. Sample certificate of course completion (the certificate students receive at the end of the course).

  16. Race Equal Opportunity Statement.

  17. Code of Practice Statement.

  18. Code of Ethics Statement.

  19. Grievance Policy and Procedure.

  20. Brief description continuing education program (s) offered.

  21. RYS’s Owners Statement or the application will be declined.

Continuing Education Trainings Requirements

  1. All RYSs are required to deliver continuing education to ensure that all Yoga Alliance’s RYSs provide high quality continuing education programs.

  2. Provide a brief content description (200 words) for each single CE training program including title, contact and non-contact hours.

 *ALL specialty training courses (RPYT/RCYT/YIN) MUST be led by qualified teachers in the specialty they will teach.

Apply: Online Application

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

RYS-500 Advanced Diploma YTT
Total number of hours – 500
Contact hours (90%) – 450

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 Advanced Diploma ERYT 500 Senior LVL 4
ERYT 500 PLUS Senior LVL 5
ERYT 1500 Senior LVL 6



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