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Yoga Alliance Raising the Bar for Yoga Trainings

First Yoga Alliance in 2017 to raise the Bar for Yoga Trainings in twenty years

As the popularity of yoga in the world grows each year, so does the need for increased rigor of yoga teacher trainings.

To meet the increasing demand for quality yoga training, in January 2017, Yoga Alliance International made the decision to revise and update its old Standards scheme based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher training, and inadequately trained yoga teachers.

We felt that our previous Standards were out of date, and restrictive in their prescriptive breakdown of course content and hours. Updates were made after receiving input from many member schools, renowned yoga experts and yoga teachers.

Rather than requiring a specified, narrow curriculum, Yoga Alliance International evaluation is based on the content, number of contact hours, structure of training programs and the experience of the Lead Trainer - ERYT.

The creation of more rigorous professional Standards is one sign of progress to ensure that teachers will know the subjects they teach and how to teach them to yoga practitioners. Originally the Standards were created to respect the diversity of perspectives in yoga, while still providing a framework for yoga teacher training programs.

The Revision include:

  1. New enhanced standards and credentials for yoga trainings: RYS 250/500 PLUS

  2. New credentials for yoga teachers: RYT-250/500 PLUS/ERYT-250/500 PLUS

  3. The minimum number of contact hours training programs must incorporate (90%)

  4. The teaching experience of the director of training since graduating from a training course: Minimum 3500 hours (depending on the  designation)

  5. The number of contact hours trainees must spend in the presence of an ERYT (80%)

  6. The minimum course entry requirements (one year).

  7. A solid grounding curriculum of study (there currently are five (5) categories, or Educational Categories to incorporate on to an YTT. You can learn more about this here

  1. Strictly follow a Code of Practice. You can learn more about this here

  2. 5% of the training course, must be allocated to teaching.*Participants must be encouraged to practice teaching

The standards underlying the foundational RYS 200, Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school credential which have been significantly enhanced, will remain available for both yoga teachers and yoga schools.


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