First Yoga Alliance to Raise the Bar for Yoga Training Programs in twenty years!
For Schools and Teachers three NEW designations designed to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education. Members and Non-members of the association are welcome to UPGRADE an existing RYT-200 hours certification.
The first step to achieving High Standards is to lift the quality and status of Yoga Training Programs. Organisations that represent the yoga community worldwide owes a duty not only to the people they operate with, but to anyone who may be affected by the organisation’s activities.
As the popularity of yoga in the world grows each year, so does the need for increased rigor of yoga teacher training programs. To meet the increasing demand for quality yoga training, in January 2017, Yoga Alliance® International made the decision to revise and update its twenty years old Standards 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We felt that our previous Standards were out of date, and restrictive in their prescriptive breakdown of course content and hours.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 Director of Training.
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. Yoga Alliance® International Standards were created to respect the diversity of perspectives in yoga, while still providing a framework for yoga teacher training programs.
The vision and goal of the revised Yoga Alliance’s “Spirit of Yoga Standards” include:
New credentials: RYS-250 PLUS, RYT-250 PLU and ERYT 250 PLUS, designed to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education for training programs below 300/500 hours.
The minimum number of contact hours training programs must incorporate (90%).
The teaching experience of the director of training since graduating from a training course: 2000,2200,3000.5000,10.000 hours.
The number of contact hours trainees must spend in the presence of a Senior Teacher/ERYT (80%).
The minimum course entry requirements (one year).
Keep practitioners safe.
Providing prospective teachers with a solid grounding in knowledge and experience to ensure that all teachers are ready to practice from the start.
20% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING.*Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching.
Currently the industry of yoga is largely self-regulated. *There is no central authority Governing Yoga, (nationally or globally) despite the groundless ‘non-protected’ claims made by certain organisations. Nor can Yoga be resolved by a pre-set of Standards as it is the work of the individual and not of the masses. However, in a largely ‘unregulated’ industry Yoga Alliance has the responsibility to set high professional standards, and show that they oversee and enforce compliance with these standards by their members.
Yoga Alliance International was set-up with the sole and bona fide aim to promote the diversity and integrity of yoga, and promote safe and competent yoga teaching. Yoga Alliance International it is purely a listing of teachers and schools that meet the minimum requirements for teaching yoga set forth by the association.
We accept ALL yoga teacher graduates onto our registry, regardless of whether they’ve attended an approved training school or not, as long as the training matches up to our Standards.
Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Yoga Education and Training
Is 200 hour yoga teacher training enough for someone to be qualified as a yoga teacher? This is one of the biggest discussions in the world of Yoga. The twenty years old 200 hour Standard has become obsolete and a point of contention both within and outside the yoga community worldwide. While this is up for debate and of course everyone’s opinion will differ, more studios and experienced teachers now agree that a 200-hour yoga certification is just not enough and they would welcome 250 hour programs instead. The additional 50 hours according to experts, make the difference for new and seasoned teachers and practitioners looking to begin and or to deepen their understanding of yoga.
After receiving input from member schools, renowned yoga experts and experienced yoga teachers, the Yoga Alliance’s Standards Committee and Board of Directors together made the decision to enhance the credibility for its members and the entire community. Yoga Alliance has a special responsibility to the public to meet the demand for meaningful credentials that promote safe and competent yoga teaching.
After exploring a variety of existing credentialing models, the Committee proposed to improve the foundation of our existing credentialing system by raising the Standards of Practice and level of professionalism of credentialed yoga teachers and yoga schools and thus provide consumers with independent assurance that the people who hold Yoga Alliance Credential possess the knowledge, skill, or ability to practice their occupation competently.
Following the proposal of the Committee, in January 2017 a new designation “RYS-250 PLUS” was added to our existing credentialing scheme, followed by RYT-250 PLUS and ERYT- 250 PLUS. These three new credentials are intended to promote high standards for training programs below 300 and 500 hour and provide more credibility for yoga professionals. and providers. The decision to create new credentials reflected the longstanding desire of the yoga community to “Raise the Bar” for excellence in yoga education.
Although there are no legal requirements or regulations governing the yoga teaching world and all the Alliances are independent non-governmental organisations, 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.
Organisations might show evidence of compliance with specific standards by advertising the name and number of the standard or by displaying a certification mark such as the Yoga Alliance International. Consumers have played a lead role in the development of service standards by demanding higher levels of quality, safety and information provision.
When the founders of Yoga Alliance International began to revise the existing credentialing system in late 2015, they were responding a growing demand for yoga teachers and career development prospects as that demand has led over the years to a vast expansion in the number of yoga teachers at a global level, as well as a huge increase in the number of yoga practitioners interested in participating in teacher training programs.
In fact, the number of teachers registered with Yoga Alliance has doubled since its inception in Australia and New Zealand in 2012, raising new operational challenges for Yoga Alliance International to ensure that teachers act with honesty and integrity to maintain high standards of ethics and professional behaviour in support of learners and their expectations in a saturated market and “unregulated industry”.
Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT-ERYT)
Registered Yoga Schools (RYS/PLUS)
Each of these designations has its own set of specific standards and/or requirements.
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