What is Yoga Alliance and Why Should You Know About Them


While searching for yoga teacher training courses, you would often come across a term “Yoga Alliance Certified” and wonder who or what are they and why it is such a big deal to be certified by them. We understand your confusion and we also want to save you time that you would otherwise spend asking ‘Mr. Google’ all sort of questions about Yoga Alliance.

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Yoga Alliance is an international nonprofit organizational body based out of United States which is responsible for creating and managing a network of yoga teachers and schools, and for accrediting eligible individuals and schools with the legitimate recognition of being certified as a yoga teacher or yoga school, respectively. The organization is headquartered in Virginia.

Yoga Alliance, after several years of experience auditing various schools and teachers in the field of Yoga, has formulated a set of guidelines which needs to be met by an individual or a school to be certified by the establishment.

How is it important for a Yoga school?

Known as ‘Yoga Alliance Standards’, a set of guidelines are set by Yoga Alliance for schools to meet and follow in order to be known as ‘Registered Yoga School’ or RYS and to be featured on the RYS registry of certified yoga schools from all over the world. A school is awarded the RYS recognition only if:

  • It has a pre-defined, explicit course curriculum designed in accordance to the standards of Yoga Alliance
  • It employs teachers teaching the courses are qualified to train other teachers
  • It offers a steady approach that is provides in-depth knowledge and not a touch base of various approaches

Apart from those mentioned above, Yoga Alliance also requires the school to be clear and dedicated towards its cause and reflect the same through its courses.

Once a school has been certified as RYS by Yoga Alliance, its students automatically become eligible to apply for their RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certificate after completion of their subsequent 200, 300, or 500 hour teacher training course with the school.

How can a school apply to be registered with Yoga Alliance?

To apply and be accepted as RYS with Yoga Alliance, a school needs to submit an application with the following:

  • Name and contact information of the owner
  • The syllabus of training that satisfies Yoga Alliance Standards at the 200, 300. or 500 hour level
  • Name of the school’s lead teacher (s) – at least one of the teachers’ need to be registered with Yoga Alliance as an e-RYT
  • The primary location of the school
  • A sample certificate that is rewarded by the school to their graduates
  • The applicable fee

How is it important for a Yoga Teacher?

Although a certification from Yoga Alliance is not mandatory to practice or teach yoga but it is significant if you plan to make Yoga teaching your career and wish to teach with reputed yoga schools across the globe. One of the first things schools interviewing you or students enrolling in your class would like to know is if you are a certified RYT. In this regard, a RYT is almost as compulsory and the in-depth knowledge of yoga itself.

To be qualified as a RYT, you must:

  • Have completed your 200/300/500 hour teacher training from a school registered as RYS with Yoga Alliance
  • Have been confirmed by a RYS
  • Continue yoga education and practice
  • Pay the annual fee of the RYT registration

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What are the benefits of being a Registered Yoga Teacher?

Apart from its obvious benefit of giving you the recognition as a certified Yoga teacher, here are some of the advantages that you, as a RYT with Yoga Alliance, can enjoy:

  • An internationally recognized certificate that proves your compliance with the standards and guidelines of Yoga Alliance
  • A chance to be featured in Yoga Alliance’s RYT directory along with the details of who you are, what you teach, and where you teach
  • Access to free online workshops and seminars (along with their recordings) which will help you stay updated with what’s happening in the world of Yoga and the chance to learn from renowned and revered yoga gurus from all over the world
  • Alerts on legal issues of local, state, or national matters related to the world yoga community
  • A chance to participate in local activities and meet-ups hosted by Yoga Alliance in your area
  • Monthly newsletters, hundreds of informative content and video, and index of Yoga Research
  • Special membership discounts on products and services from Yoga Alliance’s affiliate partners

What are the different types of RYT certifications you can apply for?

Below are the various types of RYT certifications you can apply for:

  • RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher 200) – For those who have completed a 200 hour TTC from a RYS.
  • RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher 500)– For those who have completed a 200 plus a 300 hour TTC from a RYS
  • E-RYT200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200) –For those who have completed a 200 hour TTC from a RYS and have taught a minimum of two years after completing their training. All training hours must come from the same school. Multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour Requirement. Applicants must submit 1,000 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after completing training with a RYS 200 (as mentioned by Yoga Alliance)
  • E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500) – For those who successfully have completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance and have taught a minimum of four years since completing training with a 200-hour RYS. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus an additional 300-hour advanced training program from a different RYS. Applicants must submit 2,000 teaching hours for this designation; 1,500 of the teaching hours must have been taught after completing training with a RYS 200 or 500 and the remaining 500 teaching hours must have been taught after completing training with a RYS 300 or 500 (as mentioned by Yoga Alliance)
  • RCYT (Registered Children Yoga Teacher) – For those who have successfully completed a 200 hour TTC from a RYS and an additional 95-hour children’s yoga training from a school registered with Yoga Alliance as RCYS.
  • RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) – For those who have successfully completed a 200 hour TTC from a RYS and an additional 85 hour prenatal yoga training from a school registered with Yoga Alliance as RPYS.

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What are the steps to apply as an RYT with Yoga Alliance?

To apply as an RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to:

  • Create an account with Yoga Alliance.
  • Click on ‘Register Now’ and select your desired RYT designation in – RYT 200, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, RCYT, or RPYT.
  • Enter your training program details from your Yoga School (the dates) along with a copy of the certificate you received upon completion of your teacher training course. Submit a Program Confirmation Request to your RYS.
  • Wait for RYS Confirmation. Your school must confirm that you completed the program with them. Once they confirm, you’ll receive an email inviting you to continue registration.
  • Pay the registration fee.
  • Review your RYS. To complete registration, you must review your school otherwise your registration process won’t be considered complete.
  • Publish your RYT Profile. Complete and publish your RYT profile to appear in the online directory and some other yoga directoriesTo protect the privacy of members, Yoga Alliance does not publish RYT profiles automatically.

We assume by now you understanding the importance and hype that is created around Yoga Alliance. So, if you haven’t undergone a teacher training from a RYS yet or haven’t registered yourself as an RYT, it is time!