Yoga 500-Hour Standards

These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 500 hour or (200 +300/) programme.

The new Standards are intended to encourage Training Providers to develop their own unique curriculum of study.

Before applying to register your training programme as a RYS 500 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 500 hour training programme must incorporate the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice below for a minimum number of designated hour in the presence of a Senior or ERYT.

500 hour are categorised as Advanced Training designed to deepen the trainee’s understanding of the concepts of teaching yoga that are generally taught at the 200/300/350-hour level.

  • Techniques, Training and Practice: 240 hours

  • Teaching Methodology: 60 hours

  • Anatomy & Physiology: 40 hours

  • Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle: 40 hours

  • Meditation.

  • Asana Risk Assessment: Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching advanced postures: 25 hours

  • Sanskrit: Asana Nomenclature.

  • Students Teaching: Sequencing and Leading Classes..

  • Mentorship Programs.

  • Observation/Assisting.

  • 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;

  1. 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.

  1. All students accepted onto the course MUST have been practicing yoga for a minimum of 2 years.

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

    500 hour course
    Total number of hours – 500 
    Contact hours – 450 (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
RYS 250 (former RYS 200) ERYT 200 or
ERYT 350
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500
RYS 300/350  ERYT 350 or
ERYT 500
ERYT 1500

216 (RYS 300)

252 (RYS 350)

RYS 500 ERYT 500 or
ERYT 1500

RYS 1500 ERYT 1500

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