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STANDARDS FOR 1500 HOUR YOGA DIPLOMA


STANDARDS FOR 1500 HOUR YOGA DIPLOMA

Yoga Alliance Australia® 1500 hour Registered Yoga School These standards describe Yoga Alliance requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 1500 hour Diploma of Teaching Yoga. If the registered school already offer a 200/250 hour, 350 or 500 hour, the training school must include additional hours into an existing programme.

Before applying to register your training programme as a RYS 1500 hour, you may carefully want to consider the following points:

  1. Teacher Training delivery options (intensive, long-term or weekend training).

  2. Learning modes (theory components can be delivered online or correspondence format).


The new “Spirit of Yoga Standards” for a 1500 hour training programme must incorporate the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice below for a minimum number of designated hours in the presence of a Senior or ERYT.

For these courses, the school can develop its curriculum of study according to the school yoga tradition and lineage.

  • Techniques, Training and Practice

  • Teaching Methodology. 

  • Anatomy and Physiology. 

  • Yoga History/Philosophy/Lifestyle.

  • Yoga Teacher Ethics.

  • Meditation.

  • Asana Risk Assessment: Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching advanced postures.

  • Sanskrit: Asana Nomenclature.

  • Students Teaching: Sequencing and Leading Classes.

  • Observation/Assisting.

  • Text Books: Bhagavad Gita/Yoga Sutras of Patanjali/Gheranda Samhita.

  • The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio.


Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:

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

  2. Senior/ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) MUST teach a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours;

  3. The remaining contact hours that do not require the presence of a Senior or ERYT may be distributed according to the school’s chosen emphasis.

  4. All students accepted onto the course MUST have at least 450 hours of regular yoga practice or a RYT qualification.

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

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

  7. As a guide the following contact hours MUST be met:

    1500 hour course

    Total number of hours – 1500 
    Contact hours – 1350 (minimum)


The minimum number of the Director of Training contact hours requirements within each RYS designation is shown in the following table:

RYS Designation
Teacher Designation Eligibility by Designation
Director of Training 80% Contact Hours Requirements by Designation
RYS 150 ERYT 200 or
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500
108
RYS 250 (former RYS 200) ERYT 200 or
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500
180
RYS 300/350  ERYT 350 or
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500

216 (RYS 300)

252 (RYS 350)

RYS 500 ERYT 500 or
ERYT 1500

360
RYS 1500 ERYT 1500
1200

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