These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 500 hour or (200 +300/) programme. *To learn more about the new standard “RYS 500hr PLUS” click on the logo image.
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:
Teacher Training delivery options (intensive, long-term or weekend training).
Learning modes (theory components can be delivered online or correspondence format).
The new “Spirit of Yoga Standards” 500 hour training programs MUST incorporate ALL the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice below for a minimum number of designated hours (1-5 mandatory) in the presence of a Senior or ERYT.
*Members of Yoga Alliance U.S, Yoga Australia or a similar recognised organisation are welcome to convert registration to us!
Techniques, Training and Practice: 220 hours.
Teaching Methodology: 50 hours.
Anatomy and Physiology: 40 hours.
Yoga History/Philosophy/Lifestyle: 40 hours.
Yoga Teacher Ethics: 10 hours.
5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING. *Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching.
Safety Risk Assessment: Evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in performing or teaching asana.
Sanskrit: Asana Nomenclature.
Students Teaching: Sequencing and Leading Classes.
Yoga Text Books.
The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio.
Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:
MUST be taught by a Yoga Alliance –International Australia ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). Member Teacher of other organisations can convert registration.
The ERYT MUST be teaching a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.
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 or, for 200 hours course the minimum contact hours must be 180.
5% of the Training Course MUST be allocated to TEACHING.*Participants MUST be encouraged to practice Teaching.
The correct YAA logos MUST be on the home page and training page of the website.
Schools MUST have their syllabus clearly on their website.
All accepted students MUST have at least one year of documented yoga practice.
All Schools are encouraged to offer post/pre-course mentoring and further training for its graduates.
500 hour course
Total number of hours – 500
Contact hours (90%) – 450
The minimum number of the Director of Training contact hours requirements within each RYS designation is shown in the following table:
Teacher Designation Eligibility by Designation
Director of Training 80% of 90% Course Contact Hours Requirements by Designation
|RYS 150||ERYT 200 or
|ERYT 200 or
144 (RYS 200)176 (RYS 250)
|RYS 300/350||ERYT 350 or
216 (RYS 300)
252 (RYS 350)
|RYS 500||ERYT 500 or
|RYS 1500||ERYT 1500
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