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Comparison of Standards between Yoga Organisations

Although there are no legal requirements or regulations anywhere in the world governing the yoga industry, standards matter to everyone. They protect us and give us the information that we need to make informed choices.

As standards are voluntary, consumers can feel confident that organisations choosing to use them take issues such as safety, accessibility and services and products they supply seriously.

Transparent information are essential to assist the yoga community and consumers to make informed decisions on the quality of yoga teacher training programs.

Standards for Yoga Training in an “unregulated industry”

Essentially, currently everywhere in the world all one has to do to become a “certified” yoga teacher is to pay a fee, take an exam if the training provider is reliable and professional, and most studio and health clubs will hire the individual regardless of the type of certification.

Setting of Standards presupposes clarity about the organisation's objectives. People need to know why the organisation exists. They want to be part of an organisation that is the first or best at something, does what no other organisation has ever done, and offer goods or services that meet their needs.

In the context of yoga, there are organisations in the world known as the “Yoga Alliance” that confers credibility to an individual based on published Standards or Guidelines determined by specified knowledge-based requirements that grants individuals or entities a time-limited status. These organisations: “Yoga Alliance” (Australia), “Yoga Alliance” (Italia), “Yoga Alliance” (New Zealand), “Yoga Alliance” (UK/Professionals) and “Yoga Alliance” (USA), are governed by an independent board of directors, they are unrelated and independent of one another and have their own respective accreditation criteria and Professional Standards which differs considerably in quality from one another.

Although the Alliances have identified a number of competencies necessary to work in a yoga setting, the industry itself is unregulated and lacks a unified governing body. As such, a plethora of yoga teacher certifications exists that fail to ensure qualified teachers and, therefore, protect the consumer. Essentially, all one has to do to become a “certified” yoga teacher is to pay a fee, get a certificate of course completion and most studio and health clubs will hire the individual regardless of the type of certification. Because the industry is not regulated, employers are not obligated to hire staff possessing any specific type of certification and will typically hire low-cost yoga teachers when possible.

Standards Comparison within the Yoga Alliance Organisations

Transparent information are essential to assist the yoga community and consumers to make informed decisions on the quality of yoga teacher training programs.

As many sensible people have pointed out in many other places and as we think to whenever we hear our industry described as “unregulated”, it is important to clarify 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.

The concept of the informed consumer is a fundamental one for Yoga Alliance International and although it is essential for the consumers to recognise their personal interests and make a judicious decision we strongly advise and encourage anyone wishing to become a yoga teacher or a provider of yoga teacher training to compare the quality of professional standards within the most significant Yoga Organisations.

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.

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 standard, 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 Australia

First Yoga Alliance to Raise the Bar for Yoga Training Programs in twenty years!

To improve the quality of Yoga Training Programs, Yoga Alliance-International has made the decision to update its standards based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher training, and inadequately trained yoga teachers. We felt that our previous twenty year old standards were out of date, and restrictive in their prescriptive breakdown of course content and hours.

Quality accreditation Standards are the foundation of the accreditation system developed by Yoga Alliance International/Australia. All of our standards are revised over time to ensure they are contemporary and aligned with the current skill needs of the yoga industry and international best practice.

We have introduced three NEW designations “RYS-250 PLUS”, “RYT 250 PLUS” ,“ERYT 250 PLUS” designed to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education. Non-members of the association are welcome to UPGRADE an existing 200 hours programme.

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:

  1. MUST be taught by a Yoga Alliance –International Australia ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). Member Teacher of other organisations can convert registration.

  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. 20% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING.*Participants  MUST be encouraged to  practice Teaching.

  5. The correct YAA logo 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 minimum two Continuing Education Courses. 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.

For more information please visit the web-page: Spirit of Yoga Standards

Yoga Alliance Italia

Italy is the first country in Europe to implement new Standards “RYS 250 PLUS” and RYT 250 PLUS for Yoga Training Programsand Teachers designed to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education nationwide.

Yoga Alliance (Italia) professional standards requires that within ALL courses, 90% of the total hours are contact hours. The Director of Training (ERYT/Senior Teacher) MUST lead 90% contact hours across ALL training courses.

Following the proposal of Yoga Alliance (Italia/International) to its partner and accrediting body C.S.E.N, a Body for Sports Promotion recognised by the Italian National Olympic Committee CONI, as of September 2017, the existing international Standards RYS 200 and RYT 200 will be replaced by RYS 250 PLUS and RYT 250 PLUS, three new designations designed to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education on a National scale.

For Yoga Alliance (Italia) the agreement with the CSEN to implement new standards nationally, it is a milestone achievement. The CSEN aims to promote and disseminate sporting activities with a high social value; to contribute to developing sports, thus reaching the objective of “Sports for everybody and belonging to Everybody” (in line with the “Sport for All” movement); to establish favourable conditions for a wider development of physical education, yoga, pilates, sports and health; to cooperate with the C.O.N.I., Sporting Federations, schools, Regions and Local Authorities, with social and political groups as well as with autonomous organizations from other countries; (Yoga Alliance International/Yoga Alliance Australia) to promote the growth of Sporting Clubs; to operate not-for–profit across Italy.

For more information visit their web-site:

Yoga Alliance Professionals UK

Within ALL courses, 90% of the total hours MUST be contact hours.The Director of Training (Senior Teacher) MUST lead 70% contact hours across ALL training courses.

For more information visit their web-site:
Yoga Alliance (USA)

Requires the Director of Training (ERYT) to lead 65 contact hours (33%) of a 200 hour course, 135 contact hours (45%) on a 300 hours course and 200 hours (40%) on a 500 hour course.


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