YOGA ALLIANCE® - INTERNATIONAL

COMPARISON OF STANDARDS  FOR YOGA TRAINING PROGRAMS

COMPARISON OF STANDARDS  FOR YOGA TRAINING PROGRAMS

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 Standards as it is the work of the individual and not of the masses.


Definition of Standards

“It is not Yoga Alliance’s role to ‘create great teachers’. We were established to set minimum standards for yoga teacher training programs. It is up to the schools that register with us to provide the training that enables their students to flourish, and it is the responsibility of individual RYTs to practice and study their way to “greatness”.

To be useful for purposes such as professional learning and recognition, standards must also be understood in the second sense of the dictionary definition, as measures.

One of the hallmarks of a profession is its demonstrated capacity to define and measure quality performance. If Training Providers are to use standards for purposes such as professional recognition and certification, there are three essential steps in their development.

These are:

  1. Defining what is to be measured (what is a high quality yoga training programme and the minimum of contact hours it should contain). These are called content standards.

  2. Deciding how teaching will be measured (i.e. how many contact hours the Director of Training Senior/ERYT should teach).

  3. Identifying what counts as meeting the standard, or how high quality is high quality enough (this leads to performance standards). The key question to be answered by Providers in setting performance standards for teacher trainee.

Below is a list of the most significant Yoga Organisations that has set forth Standards for Teacher Training Programs.  

Yoga Alliance - International Australia

*Quality accreditation Standards are the foundation of the accreditation system developed by Yoga Alliance Australia/International. All of our standards are revised over time to ensure they are contemporary and aligned with the current skill needs of the yoga industry and international best practice.

Requires the Director of Training to lead 80% contact hours across all training courses. Within  ALL courses, 90% of the total hours MUST be contact hours. The existing Standards for  RYS-200  have been updated to RYS-250. Students who complete trainings with these schools are eligible to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).


Yoga Alliance U.S

Requires the Director of Training (ERYT) to lead 33% contact hours of a 200 hour course, 45% on a 300 hour training course and 45% on 500 hour course.

For more information click here: Designations-Standards


Yoga Alliance Professionals UK

Requires the Director of Training (Senior Teacher) to lead 70% contact hours across training courses. Within ALL courses, 90% of the total hours MUST be contact hours.

For more information click here: www.yogaallianceprofessionals.co.uk


Yoga Alliance Italia

Requires the Director of Training to lead 80% contact hours across all training courses. Within  ALL courses, 90% of the total hours MUST be contact hours. The existing Standards for  RYS-200  have been updated to RYS-250. Students who complete trainings with these schools are eligible to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).

For more information click here: www.yogaalliance.it

 


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