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:
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” 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
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..
The business of Yoga - Running and Marketing Studio.
Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:
As a rule 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours.
Senior/ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) MUST teach a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours;
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.
All students accepted onto the course MUST have been practicing yoga for a minimum of 2 years.
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:
Teacher Designation Eligibility by Designation
Director of Training 80% Contact Hours Requirements by Designation
|RYS 150||ERYT 200 or
|RYS 250 (former RYS 200)||ERYT 200 or
|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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