The strengthening and modification of the twenty year old Standards for Teacher Training revised in September 2017 has very clearly had a positive impact on both the national and the international yoga community. Our range of assessment methods has also been revised and made more selective and stringent in order to promote high standards of excellence in yoga education.

Before lodging an application please read the criteria to apply for RYS status and the list of documents required. If you believe that you cannot comply with the requirements, it is highly recommended that you refrain from applying.

  • Only the school owner or a legal representative with decisional authority over the business can apply for RYS status.

  • The Director of Training MUST be a ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) member of Yoga Alliance International/ Australia. If is not registered, before filing for  RYS status, MUST apply for registration or convert registration/membership to Yoga Alliance International from a similar recognised yoga organisation.

  • As a rule 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours.

  • The Director of Training MUST teach a minimum of 80% contact hours of the whole course.

  • Programs that do not provide at least 180 contact hour will not be eligible for registration.

  • ALL RYSs are required to offer Continued Education programs through the CEAS, or Continuing Education Accredited School. A minimum of 2 programs/seminars/workshop or retreats format of the school’s choice (min 30/max.80 hours) MUST be accredited. Any yoga/non-yoga person and/or a non-member of Yoga Alliance (Australia) that complete these courses can join our Registry as an “Affiliate Member”.

  • ALL RYS includes RCYS/RPYS.

  • No distance learning practicum components and/or demo classes are recognised for RYS accreditation.

  • Some of the theory components (non-contact hours) can be delivered online/correspondence format.

Note: Programs that contains medical references in the title e.g.: Yoga and Health Science, Health Yoga Medicine, Yoga for Medicine or similar terminologies that may confuses or mislead yoga students and the public into thinking that the programme may provide the cure to health conditions through yoga, will not be accepted for the purpose of registration. In spite of the many researchers and studies on the many benefits of yoga by the Medical Establishment worldwide, there still are many controversies concerning Yoga as a medical treatment.

Mandatory documents required to register a School
  1. All applicants MUST provide copy of business/sole trader/sole proprietor certificate of registration issued by the government of the country of residence. *Without this document applications are rejected.

  2. School owner/s MUST provide a Certificate of Training Programs Trademark ownership and/or a Statutory Declaration stating ownership rights. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity representative of the school.

  3. Prior to apply for accreditation it is mandatory that ALL Schools protect their Intellectual Property (IP) of the programme/s applied for. In event of a legal claim, or case of infringement or plagiarism, the copyright owner can produce a copy of the work from an official government source. To register your original work online please visit the largest copyright organisation in the world:

  4. All Training Programs material submitted to Yoga Alliance International/Australia for the purpose of registration MUST contain a copyright notice (the symbol © the word "Copyright"), the name of the owner of the copyright, the year when the work was first created.

To Apply for RYS status please provide ALL Documents below listed (PDF format).

  1. A 3000 words maximum Synopsis (concise description WORD FORMAT) of the Syllabus (a break-down) of the training’s content into sessions/topics which MUST incorporate the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice for a minimum number of designated hour allocated to each RYS designation,with titles and descriptions which state what will be covered in the training and what information and skills trainees will learn and a breakdown of 90% contact hours allocated to the whole programme. The Syllabus MUST meet or exceeds the new Yoga Alliance’s “Spirit of Yoga Standards” for each individual training programs. *Please visit each individual RYS Standard page (200/250 PLUS/300/350/500/1500) from the “Spirit of Yoga Standards” page to find out more about single programme designation. The synopsis must be supplemented by the supporting documents 1-21 and CEAS 1-4.

  2. Copy Certificate Copyright Registration and Trademark (the latter if applicable)

  3. Director/s of Training's (ERYT) Yoga Alliance International Australia’s registry ID.* Only ERYT/Senior teacher can be the Director YTT.

  4. Programme/Course Title.

  5. Style of Yoga taught.

  6. Course format and duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training). 

  7. Course Objectives.

  8. Student Evaluation Methods. 

  9. A statement (duly signed) that  ALL accepted students MUST have at least one year of documented yoga practice.

  10. A statement (duly signed) that the Director of Training will teach 80% of 90% contact hours.

  11. A detailed list of additional Teaching Faculty (ERYT) and Consultants (Specialists). Please provide a CV of individual facilitators.

  12. A statement (duly signed) that the school will have the YTT syllabus clearly advertised on their website and profile page on our online Registry. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the registration being revoked.

  13. A statement (duly signed) that the school will display our logos and assets clearly on their web-site in order to avoid confusion for consumers between us and similar organisations.

  14. A statement (duly signed) that the school will provide Yoga Alliance with a list of graduates at the end of the course.*Please note that as of September 2017 this requirement is ”mandatory”. Failure to comply will result in the accreditation of RYS to be revoked at any time. No registration FEES refunds applies.

  15. Training course assessment method and tools (how students are assessed). 

  16. Student’s certificate of training completion (the certificate students receive at the end of the course).

  17. Code of Practice.

  18. Code of Ethics.

  19. Grievance Policy and Procedure.

  20. Race Equal Opportunity Statement.

  21. School Professional and Public Liability Insurance.

CEAS- Continuing Education Accredited School. *Please provide ALL Documents below listed (PDF format). *CEAS includes RCYS/RPYS.

  1. Continuing education programs (min 2 unit MUST be accredited).

  2. Courses title and outline (max.300 words) specifying the topics covered. 

  3. The programs format can be a short course/seminar/workshop/retreat. 

  4. ALL Continuing Education Programs MUST include min.30/max.80 hours (contact/non-contact).

CEAS - For Providers of Continuing Education
  1. The CEAS, is a Yoga Alliance designation for RYSs and/or individuals that creates an avenue for practitioners of all kind to become part of the Alliances community.

  2. As a CEAS, you can offer various formats such as short courses, seminars, retreats or workshops that will count as Continuing Education hours for RYTs or other categories of professionals to improve their professional competence.

  3. Becoming a CEAS means you can deliver Yoga Alliance-International certification recognised worldwide. With this new designation, medical doctors, psychologists, natural therapists, holistic professionals and other experts can participate.

RYS Assessment Procedure and Application Review Timeline

Yoga Alliance Australia allocates an external assessor to each programme submitted. Applications must be received complete of the required accompanying documents or will be rejected. For further details please see here: RYS Assessment and Review

Important Notices:

  • Yoga Alliance reserves the right to alter, modify, update, add to, subtract from or otherwise change the RYS Guidelines and Requirements at any time for any reason or no reason at all. We will post any changes here, and any changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless we tell you otherwise.

  • All documents submitted for the purpose of RYS registration are considered legally binding and enforceable.

  • Yoga Alliance reserves the right to decline an application for any reason or no reason at all.

Apply for Registration

Before submitting the application, please review the Standards that applies to your programme and the procedure and requirements to register the Director of Training. Please click the links below:

Yoga Alliance Standards

How to Join

Member Benefits

ERYT Gold Designation

Applications Forms



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