School Faculty and Requirements
are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT's) who are indicated on the syllabus
as teaching contact hours in a Registered Yoga School (RYS) teacher
Trainer(s) are Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT's)
at the corresponding level (or higher) of a RYS teacher training track who are
indicated on a syllabus as teaching Contact Hours with a Lead Trainer in
a RYS teacher training track. Lead Trainers must teach a minimum number
of Contact Hours for each designation. Lead Trainers must be actively registered
in order for a school to register and/or renew a teacher training track they are
Trainer Requirements per Designation
Number of Lead Trainers per Track*
Required to be Taught by Lead Trainer
200 or E-RYT 500
Children's Yoga School (RCYS)
Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT)
Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS)
Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT)
Maximum number of Lead Trainers: When a school registers a new track, they must
designate the Lead Trainers associated with it. Registered Yoga Schools that have
more than the maximum allowed Lead Trainers for their teacher training track may
be granted an exception if they are able to demonstrate that all Lead Trainers
maintain consistency in the delivery of the track's syllabus. Schools desiring
this exception will have the option to apply for it in the application.|
Faculty: Other Faculty are non-RYTs who are eligible to teach Contact
Hours in a RYS Teacher Training Track. They must have a relevant degree, certification
or substantial education in the subject that he or she will teach, which must
be related to a Yoga Alliance Educational Category, plus a minimum of 500 hours
of teaching experience in that subject and/or the equivalent of two years
of relevant experience in that subject area. A RYS Owner or Syllabus manager must
submit documentation of and attest to the relevant education, qualifications and
experience of all Other Faculty who teach in their training.
Owners are the legal owners and/or legal representatives of a school
applying to the Yoga Alliance Registry. RYS
Owners can assign their staff roles in their online account to assist with administration
of their school.
Hours must take place in the physical presence of a RYS faculty member. Content
of contact hours must be intended for teacher trainees rather than the general
* The content of these hours advances the education
of trainees as demonstrated explicitly through the course syllabus and its Learning
* These hours fall into the normal content flow of the overall
training entailing discussion, reports submitted by trainees on their experiences,
related homework, projects, or the like.
* Faculty for these hours meet Yoga
Alliances faculty qualifications and are designated in the syllabus as training
Hours are the number of hours of learning that occur without a RYS faculty
member present. All Non-Contact Hours must be relevant to the five Educational
Categories. These outside resources should be thoughtfully chosen to support the
training. Non-Contact Hours must be an assigned part of the curriculum and may
* Reading, audio/video or internet resources that are integrated into
the curriculum via reports, class discussions, presentations, tests, etc.
Webinars on yoga-related topics.
* Written assignments on yoga-related topics
- may be counted for all categories except Practicum.
* Group activities including
directed discussion, techniques practice or teaching practice.
yoga classes outside of the program, with the following stipulations:
Each class must be evaluated via a written or oral exercise, and
2. These hours
may count toward the Techniques, Training and Practice, Teaching Methodology or
of Unallowable Non-Contact Hours include:
* Personal private practice.
Attending classes intended for the general public without entailing discussion,
reports submitted by trainees on their experiences, related homework, projects,
or the like.