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Comparison of Standards between Yoga Organisations

The proliferation of 200-hour yoga teacher trainings may be good for business, but is it enough?

The popularity of yoga is growing rapidly. There are new yoga studios popping up on every street corner around the world that offer teacher training claiming to give you all the knowledge and skills needed to become a teacher but let’s be clear - Yoga is an unregulated industry. This essentially means that anyone can become a yoga teacher and anyone can start a teacher training course. This is a major concern for the future of yoga.

Transparent, high-quality international standards are essential pillars of the yoga industry. Their adoption and implementation improves the high-quality of yoga teacher training programs and provide credibility for yoga professionals in an unregulated industry. Yoga Alliance International Division, is committed to a global standard-setting system that is credible, inclusive, and produces international standards that are relevant, innovative, and responsive to meet the challenges of the future. Consumers can feel confident that organisations choosing to use them take issues such as safety, accessibility and services and products they supply seriously.

Despite the groundless ‘non-protected’ claims made by certain Yoga Alliance organisations, the standards for teacher trainings were first introduced by the International Yoga Federation in 1987 under the honorary presidency of Indra Devi and since 1900-2000 have adopted by Yoga Alliance organisations.


Voluntary Standards vs Mandatory

It is important for consumers to know that the standards for yoga teacher training are voluntary published documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable. There is no requirement for the public to comply with the standards.

Mandatory standards on the other hand, are standards that have been incorporated into the law and require compliance by law, regulation, government statute policy, or contractual agreement. It is an offence to supply goods that do not comply with mandatory standards.


Transparent Information

In the intricate world of yoga certifications, it is fair to say that the absence of regulation in the yoga industry by government does not remotely mean the absence of effective regulation. Consumers’ ability to say “no” to industry offers is an important and effective form of regulation. That’s why, transparent information are essential to assist the yoga community and consumers to make informed decisions on the quality of yoga teacher training programs.

One of the hallmarks of a profession is its demonstrated capacity to define and measure quality performance. If training providers are to use standards for purposes such as professional recognition and certification, there are three essential steps in their development, there are:

These are:

  1. Defining what is to be measured (what is a high quality yoga training programme contents and the minimum of contact hours it should contain). These are called content standards.

  2. Deciding how teaching will be measured (i.e. how many contact hours the Director of Training Senior/ERYT should teach and the standard of teaching he/her may provide).

  3. Identifying what counts as meeting the standards, or how high quality is high quality enough (this leads to performance standards). The key question to be answered by Providers in setting performance standards for teacher trainee.

Yoga Alliance (International Division)

Yoga Alliance RYS 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADV Face to FaceYoga Alliance RYS 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADVYoga Alliance (International Division) is considered the world’s leader for supporting the highest Standards for YTT. In January 2017, Yoga Alliance (International Division) was the FIRST of the Alliance organisations to revise its standards scheme and introduce the new standards RYS 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced and RYT 500 PLUS Level 4 Advanced and related credentials RYT 250 PLUS and RYT 500 PLUS.

Since the introduction of the new standards ‘PLUS’, the Yoga Alliance Registry is currently populated by over 70% of yoga teachers registered at the RYT 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced.

In December 2020, as part of their heart-centered innovations, the association launched a new ‘Credentialing System’ designed to measure quality in a way the old traditional credentialing could not, and a new ‘Educational Structure’ for the definition and classification of yoga teacher educational programs. The new system is designed to benefit existing and prospective yoga teachers to ‘stand out from the crowd’ and distinguish themselves from the thousands of RYT 200 form around the world.

Although the Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school 200 hour credential will remain available for both yoga teachers and yoga schools, Yoga Alliance encourages every provider to offer the 250 PLUS hour teacher training.

Standards Criteria

  1. 200 hour course (180 contact hours)

  2. 250 PLUS hour course (225 contact hours)

  3. 80% of the course hours must be taught by a ERYT Senior Yoga Teacher

  4. Courses entry requirements (minimum one year of yoga practiced)

Virtual Training Criteria

To maintain the integrity of yoga teaching, across ALL training courses, at least 70/75% of the same syllabus must be taught live streaming. Further information are available HERE


Yoga Alliance (Italy Division)

Yoga Alliance RYS 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADV Face to FaceYoga Alliance RYS 250 PLUS LVL 1 ADVYoga Alliance (Italy Division), is leading the European yoga industry after deleting the RYS 200 standards from their credentialing system. On September 1st 2017, in collaboration with the C.S.E.N (Italy’s largest National Educational Sport Organisation) recognised by the Italian National Olympic Committee C.O.N.I Yoga Alliance Divisione Italia successfully replaced the old 200 hour standards with the RYS 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced and RYT 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced credentials. *The introduction of the 250 PLUS has been successfully adopted by 95% of Italy’s yoga training providers.


Teacher Training Standards Criteria

  1. 250 PLUS hour course (225 contact hours)

  2. 80% of the course hours must be taught by a ERYT Senior Yoga Teacher

  3. Courses entry requirements (minimum one year of yoga practiced)

Virtual Training Criteria

To maintain the integrity of yoga teaching, across ALL training courses, at least 70/75% of the same syllabus must be taught live streaming.


Yoga Alliance Professionals UK

Standards criteria:

  1. 200 hour course (180 contact hours)

  2. 70% of the Course must be taught by a YAP Registered Senior Yoga Teacher

  3. Courses entry requirements (not available on their website)


Yoga Alliance U.S.

Standards criteria:

  1. 200 hour course (160 contact hours)

  2. Maximum of 40 classroom hours to be delivered online

  3. As of 2022 the Lead trainer must be a ERYT 500 with 2000 hours teaching experience since qualifying

  4. Courses entry requirements (not available on their website)

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