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I am registered 200 HRS with Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that I have met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK as a sign of highest standard.

Teacher

200-Hour Standards

Curriculum must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

Techniques Training/Practice (100 hours)

75 contact hours, 50 with primary E-RYTs

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

Note: Contact Hours in this category must be in a dedicated yoga teacher training environment (into which others might occasionally be invited) rather than in classes intended for the general public.

Teaching Methodology (25 hours)

15 contact hours, 10 with primary E-RYTs

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. Although your curriculum may include more than five hours on business aspects of teaching yoga, a maximum of five such hours can be counted.

Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)

10 contact hours

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). A minimum of five hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (30 hours)

20 contact hours

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. A minimum of two contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Note: A minimum of 2 contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum (10 hours)

5 contact hours with primary E-RYTs

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Note: A minimum of 5 contact hours must be spent actively teaching (not assisting or observing)

Electives (15 hours)

Elective hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours).

55 Remaining Contact Hours

Contact hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis.

Total: 200 hours

Total Contact Hours: 180

500-Hour Standards

Curriculum must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

Techniques Training/ Practice (150 hours)

100 contact hours with primary E-RYTs

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

Note: Contact Hours in this category must be in a dedicated yoga teacher training environment (into which others might occasionally be invited) rather than in classes intended for the general public.

Teaching Methodology (30 hours)

20 contact hours with primary E-RYTs

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student's process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga. Although your curriculum may include more than five hours on business aspects of teaching yoga, a maximum of five such hours can be counted.

Anatomy and Physiology (35 hours)

20 contact hours

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). A minimum of 15 hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (60 hours)

45 contact hours

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. A minimum of two contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Note: A minimum of 2 contact hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

Practicum (40 hours)

20 contact hours, 10 with primary E-RYTs

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching. A minimum of 10 contact hours must be spent actively teaching (not assisting or observing others teach).

Note: A minimum of 10 contact hours must be spent actively teaching (not assisting or observing)

Electives (185 hours)

Elective hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours).

245 Remaining Contact Hours

Contact hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis.

Total: 500 hours

Total Contact Hours: 450 (200 with E-RYTs, 100 with E-RYTs 500)

Prenatal Standards

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Curriculum must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

General Background in the Specialty Area (5 hours)

5 contact hours

Understanding the yoga teacher’s relationship with health care professionals. Knowing when to suggest that the student consult a health care professional regarding pregnancy issues. Understanding of psychological considerations during pregnancy and how to differentiate between high-risk and non-high-risk pregnancy.

Techniques Training/Practice (25 hours)

25 contact hours, 18 with primary E-RYTs

Includes yoga techniques specialized to the needs of the pregnant woman, including practice and teaching skills for trimester-specific yoga techniques. Techniques include: alignment for the expectant mother, appropriate yoga techniques for each trimester, how to practice yoga techniques safely and relaxation and stress management techniques.

Teaching Methodology (10 hours)

10 contact hours, 6 with primary E-RYTs

Includes design of lesson plans for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester.

Anatomy and Physiology (10 hours)

10 contact hours

Human anatomy and physiology (both physical and subtle body) related specifically to considerations during pregnancy. Topics include but are not limited to: overview of what is normal anatomy and physiology during pregnancy, how organs function during pregnancy, overview of the complications, including miscarriage, premature labor, hypertension, preeclampsia and body mechanics.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Prenatal Yoga Teachers (5 hours)

5 contact hours

Includes traditional yoga philosophy as it may apply to lifestyle and well-being during pregnancy.

Practicum (20 hours)

10 observing, 6 with Primary E-RYTs
10 teaching, 6 with Primary E-RYTs, at least 1 hour as lead teacher

Remaining Hours (10 hours)

Hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours).

Total: 85 hours

Total Contact Hours: 75

Prenatal Registration

To register with Yoga Alliance® as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®), you must be a RYT® or E-RYT® with one of the following qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a Yoga Alliance registered training in prenatal yoga, or
  • Have satisfied one of the following grandfathering criteria by completing:
  • 25 hours in a prenatal yoga teacher training, plus 150 hours of experience teaching prenatal yoga, completed prior to December 31, 2010; or
  • 250 hours of experience teaching prenatal yoga prior to December 31, 2010.

Continuing Education Guidance

We suggest that RPYTs include further study of prenatal yoga when submitting their continuing education hours.

Children's Standards

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Curriculum must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

General Background in the Specialty Area (12 hours)

12 contact hours

Includes the study and understanding of all childhood developmental stages from age 2-15 and how the issues of each stage impact what is appropriate for teaching them. The school may split ages 2-15 into age groupings as it sees fit (e.g., ages 2-4, 5-8, etc.; or pre-school, elementary school, middle school). All five of Yoga Alliance’s educational categories are to address the specifics of appropriate developmental application for each age group. Also includes the understanding of the yoga teacher’s relationships with parents/guardians and developmental specialists and basic communication skills for conducting those relationships.

Techniques Training/Practice (20 hours)

20 contact hours, 15 with primary E-RYTs

Includes yoga-based practices appropriate for child development, such as asanas, asana-based movement, yoga-based games and activities, breathing techniques and chanting.

Teaching Methodology (15 hours)

15 contact hours, 12 with primary E-RYTs

Includes knowledge of classroom techniques, lesson plans and group processing for children’s activities. Age-appropriate teaching skills for yoga class techniques (including how to phrase age-appropriate questions to a child) and effective communication skills (such as songs and stories) for working with children.

Anatomy and Physiology (10 hours)

10 contact hours

Anatomy and physiology related specifically to changes during child development and their application to yoga techniques (see Techniques category above). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.)

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Children’s Yoga Teachers (12 hours)

12 contact hours

Includes basic yoga precepts as they relate to children and to teaching yoga to children (e.g., the Yamas and Niyamas). Awareness of ethical behavior and state and local legal requirements as related to behavior with and supervision of children. Specific training in parameters and techniques of ethical touch with regard to teaching children. Basics of ethical language and behavior, both when parents or guardians are present and when they are not.

Practicum (18 hours)

6 observing, 4 with primary E-RYTs
12 teaching, 6 with primary E-RYTs, at least 4 as a lead teacher

Remaining Hours (8 hours)

Hours to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours).

Total: 95 Hours

Total Contact Hours: 87

Children's Registration

To register with Yoga Alliance® as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT®), you must be a RYT® or E-RYT® with one of the following qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a Yoga Alliance registered training in children’s yoga, or
  • Have satisfied one of the following grandfathering criteria by completing:
  • 25 hours in a children’s yoga teacher training, plus 150 hours of experience teaching children’s yoga, completed prior to December 31, 2010; or
  • 250 hours of experience teaching children’s yoga prior to December 31, 2010.

Continuing Education Guidance

We suggest that RCYTs include further study of children’s yoga when submitting their continuing education hours.

Register / Renew / Upgrade

How to Apply

To register your yoga school, submit a paper application for review. The application asks for information on your faculty and curriculum. Yoga Alliance will review your application and contact you if anything is unclear. Once all materials are submitted, the process for review takes 60-90 days from the date of receipt of a complete application.

If you’re currently developing your curriculum, here are a few ideas to help you start this process:

  • Search for a local registered school and contact them about their experience creating a yoga program
  • Solicit experienced teachers in your area to co-teach, co-develop or review your program
  • Start with the sutras, using the wisdom from the ancient texts to inform your yoga curriculum as well as your training policies
  • Reflect on your own training, what you enjoyed, what other elements you’d like to incorporate based on your experiences
  • Price your program costs against the market and make a clear refund policy
  • Schedule the program compassionately, consider what type of schedule you can wholly commit to and what type of schedule your potential trainees desire, as well as potential make-up sessions for special circumstances

Who can Teach

Faculty of RYSs must meet the criteria below:

Director: Director and Primary ERYT's must be an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT 200 or 500) at the corresponding level of the training.

Primary E-RYT®s: The Director of Teacher Training must be an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200 or 500) at the corresponding level of the training. Directors of Teacher Training for RCYS and RPYS (Registered Children's Yoga Schools and Registered Prenatal Yoga Schools) must carry the corresponding specialty designation (RCYT or RPYT). For more information on the qualifications of an E-RYT, review the teacher designations.

Other Faculty: All teachers other than the Primary E-RYTs in the yoga teacher training must be documented as either: a) a RYT, or b) having substantial training in the subject category they are teaching (at least 100 hours of education and/or experience).

What to Cover

Review the educational categories for what to cover in your RYS curriculum.

How to Maintain Registration

Schools must pay an annual fee to remain registered with Yoga Alliance. If registration lapses for more than one year, a school must reapply.