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Yoga Teachers who graduated from a Registered Yoga School (RYS) can receive a designation based on their amount of training and teaching experience.

Standard Designations

RYT-200
Training requirements: Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200
Teaching hour requirements:None
Teaching time requirements:None

Teachers can register as an RYT- 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement. Teaching hours are not required for this designation.

RYT-200 Designation will NOT be able to provide continuing education classes, workshops and seminars to other teachers and cannot be a director or principal instructor of a 200-hour or 300-hour teacher training programme until upgrade to E-RYT Designation.


RYT-300
Training requirements: Teacher must have completed a 300-hour or a 200-hour training programme with an additional 100 hours of training.
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 100 hours of teaching experience since completing training with a RYS 200 or 500
Teaching time requirements:None

Teachers can register as an RYT-300 if they have successfully completed a 300-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance.

RYT-300 Designation will NOT be able to provide continuing education classes, workshops and seminars to other teachers and cannot be a director or principal instructor of a 200-hour or 300-hour teacher training programme until upgrade to E-RYT Designation.


RYT-500
Training requirements: * Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS-500 or
* Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS-200 and an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different yoga school registered as a RYS-300
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 100 hours of teaching experience since completing training with a RYS 200 or 500
Teaching time requirements:None

Teachers can register as an RYT-500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training.

Applicants must submit 100 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500. Once registered, a RYT-500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers.


E-RYT-200
Training requirements: Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS 200
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience since completing training with a RYS-200
Teaching time requirements:Has taught for at least 2 years since completing training with a RYS-200

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of two years after completing training. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement.

Applicants must submit 1,000 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after completing training with a RYS-200. Once registered, an E-RYT 200 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour teacher training program.


E-RYT 200 & RYT-500
Training requirements: * Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS-500 or
* Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS-200 and an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different yoga school registered as a RYS-300
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 1,000 hours of teaching experience since completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500
Teaching time requirements:Has taught for at least 2 years since completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 200, RYT-500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of two years since completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus an additional 300-hour advanced training program from a different RYS.

Applicants must submit 1,000 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after completing training with a RYS-200. Once registered, an E-RYT 200, RYT-500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour teacher training program.


E-RYT 500
Training requirements: * Completed a 500-hour training program with a RYS-500 or
* Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS-200 and an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS or a different yoga school registered as a RYS-300
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 2,000 hours of teaching experience since completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500
Teaching time requirements:Has taught for at least 4 years since completing training with a RYS-200 or RYS-500

Teachers can register as an E-RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of four years since completing training with a 200-hour RYS. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus an additional 300-hour advanced training program from a different RYS.

Applicants must submit 2,000 teaching hours for this designation; 1,500 of the teaching hours must have been taught after completing training with a RYS-200 or 500 and the remaining 500 teaching hours must have been taught after completing training with a RYS-300 or RYS-500. Once registered, an E-RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour, 300-hour or 500-hour teacher training program.

Specialty Designations
In addition to the standard designations above, some teachers may take specialty trainings with schools that permit them to register under the specialty of Children’s or Prenatal yoga. Yoga teachers that have also completed a standard training with a Registered Yoga School and have at least the RYT-200 may apply to register with a specialty designation.

This designation is given in addition to the standard designation. A teacher may not register a specialty designation without also completing a standard training (either before or after the specialty training). Yoga Alliance permits teachers with a registered specialty to use both designations as long as they remain in active standing.

RCYT - Registered Children's Yoga Teacher
Training requirements: * Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS-200 and
* Completed a 85-hour training program with a Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS)
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 30 hours of teaching experience in children’s yoga since completing training with a RCYS
Teaching time requirements:None

Teachers can register as a RCYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and a 95-hour children's yoga training, in no specifric order, that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in children’s yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RCYS (Registered Children’s Yoga School).


RPYT - Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Training requirements: * Completed a 200-hour training program with a RYS-200 and
* Completed a 85-hour training program with a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RCYS)
Teaching hour requirements:Has at least 30 hours of teaching experience in children’s yoga since completing training with a RPYS
Teaching time requirements:None

Teachers can register as a RPYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and an 85-hour prenatal yoga training, in no specific order, that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School).

Grandparenting
Yoga Alliance permits teachers to become RCYT or RPYTs via grandparenting, according to the policies below.

Grandparenting for Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT)
To register with Yoga Alliance as a RCYT, you must first be registered as a RYT or E-RYT. You must also have satisfied one of the following grandparenting criteria by completing:
* 250 hours of experience teaching children's yoga prior to December 31, 2010, OR
* 25 hours in a children's yoga teacher training, plus 150 hours of experience teaching children's yoga, completed prior to December 31, 2010
These hours can occur either before or after your standard training. This option will close on 1 January 2016.

Grandparenting for Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT)
To register with Yoga Alliance as a RPYT, you must first be registered as a RYT or E-RYT. You must also have satisfied one of the following grandparenting criteria by completing:
* 250 hours of experience teaching prenatal yoga prior to December 31, 2010, OR
* 25 hours in a prenatal yoga teacher training, plus 150 hours of experience teaching prenatal yoga, completed prior to December 31, 2010
These hours can occur either before or after your standard training. This option will close on 1 January 2016.


Last Updated: May 2015
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