The world’s High Professional Standards for Yoga Training Programs

As of January 2017, to improve the quality of Yoga Training Programs in Australia, Yoga Alliance-International has made the decision to change its Standards based on the proliferation of low quality yoga teacher trainings, and inadequately trained yoga teachers. The changes specifically affect the RYS-200 hour Standard which has been replaced with RYS-250 hour. The RYT-200 designation will remain in place. *International Schools can apply for RYS-200 hour or convert from Yoga Alliance U.S or a similar recognised organisation.

The main focus of the revised Standards is the minimum number of contact hours Yoga Training Programs must incorporate, the experience of the Director of Training, the number of contact hours trainees should spend in the presence of a Senior Teacher or ERYT and the prerequisites necessary for aspiring teachers to access training courses.

We believe the new system will benefit yoga businesses and encourage Training Providers to develop their own unique curriculum of study.

*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.

Please click on the images below to see each Standard’s detailed description of each educational category as it relates to that specific designation.

Yoga Alliance Australia® 150 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 200 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 250 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 300 hour Registered Yoga School Yoga Alliance Australia® 350 hour Registered Yoga SchoolYoga Alliance Australia® 500 hour Registered Yoga School

Yoga Alliance Australia® 1500 hour Registered Yoga SchoolYoga Alliance Australia Children's YogaYoga Alliance Australia Prenatal YogaYoga Alliance Continuing Education Accredited School

To evaluate the Definition of Standards amongst the major organisations click here: YTT Standards Comparison

CEAS-Continuing Education Accredited School

For Providers of Continuing Education Programs

CEAS, or Continuing Education Accredited School, is a Yoga Alliance designation for yoga or non-yoga individuals designed to create an avenue for practitioners of all kind to become part of the Alliances community.
As of January 2017, CEAS is available as stand-alone designation to all RYTs, ERYTs (Member and non-member of our organisation),Yoga Therapists, Expert Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance-International Australia and, to anyone with a relevant degree, certification or substantial education in specific areas of expertise to deliver Yoga Alliance accredited Continuing Education Specialty Courses for RYTs and other category of professionals.

Any non-yoga person doing CEAS courses can join us as an Affiliate Member, read more: CEAS

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:
  1. Yoga Alliance Australia’s ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) MUST teach a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.

  2. As a rule 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours. For example, for a 250 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 225 hours.

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

  4. Schools MUST have their syllabus clearly on their website.

  5. All accepted students MUST have at least 450 hours of documented yoga practice.

  6. All Schools are encouraged to offer post/pre-course mentoring and further training for its graduates.

Faculty Qualifications- ERYT/Senior

Organisations that employ a Yoga Alliance or a similar recognised organisation ERYT or Senior teacher as the Director of Training, may apply to Yoga Alliance Australia for registration of their teacher training course.

Non-registered Yoga Alliance Australia teachers can convert registration prior to registering the training programme: Convert Registration

Registration Requirements (all Schools)

Successful course registration requires substantial supporting documentation. For further details please visit: RYS Registration Requirements

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