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Who is Yoga Alliance and how their certification works

BECOMING A REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER WITH YOGA ALLIANCE

Yoga Alliance Certification. What it is and how it works?

It is generally accepted that to become a yoga instructor and teach yoga you need three things: a teaching certificate, accredited status from a yoga association and insurance. In this guide we will outline the steps to becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance,  what Yoga Alliance is,  and the value of a Yoga Alliance membership. 

While registration with Yoga Alliance is entirely voluntary and is not required to teach yoga, many studios do require their instructors to hold a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) credential and maintain a registration with Yoga Alliance. This is a way for studio owners and Yoga Teacher Training coordinators to understand the quality of education that you as the Yoga Teacher have received.

When considering any Yoga Teacher Training Program it is important to check whether the course is registered with Yoga Alliance if you know you’d like to register with them. This will ensure that your program meets the program standards of Yoga Alliance. Training taken with a school that is not recognised by Yoga Alliance will not be eligible for registration with them. 

All of School Yoga Institute’s 200hr, 300hr, Prenatal, Yin and continuing education YACEP courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance. 

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GETTING YOUR YOGA ALLIANCE CERTIFICATION

If you’ve been searching for training programs it’s likely you’ve stumbled upon a dizzying variety of course formats and opportunities. Yoga Teacher Training programs can range from 20hr – 500hr, with courses spread out over months or packed into an intensive few weeks. Choosing the right one for you can feel overwhelming, check out our tips on what to look for when booking a Yoga Teacher Training 

The 200-hour YTT is the foundational level of training where you will be introduced to yoga anatomy & physiology, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, asana, teaching methodology and more. It is an in-depth offering where serious students and eager-to-be teachers are ready to take their practice to the next level.

For many, it marks a commitment to self-growth, spiritual growth, and transformation. A rite of passage for those wanting to go deeper into the study of yoga. If walking the path of a Yoga Teacher is your goal, the first question you will be asked when applying for jobs is if you have completed a 200-hour YTT. The second is if you are registered with Yoga Alliance

A 200hr Yoga Teacher Certificate is generally required to develop your career into more specialized areas of Yoga Teaching such as 300hr YTT’s, and continuing education programs. Click here to read more about our 200hr programs.

WHO IS YOGA ALLIANCE

With the popularity of yoga rising so much in the last few decades governing bodies such as Yoga Alliance have established themselves in an effort to foster and support the high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching of yoga.

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community, with over 100,000 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and more than 7,000 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS). As of April 2020. Yoga alliance is a recognised international regulating agency which ensures the quality of Yoga Teacher Trainings and the consistency of education that trainees receive from a Registered Yoga School.

Yoga Alliance’s work includes:

  • Celebrating and uplifting the many diverse yoga styles, traditions, and lineages.
  • Advocating for self-regulation in the yoga industry and universal access to high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga practices.
  • Upholding the worldwide growth of yoga through education and community.
  • Encouraging safe yoga instruction via quantitative standards and a member-wide Ethical Commitment, which includes an enhanced Code of Conduct, new Scope of Practice, and responsibility to equity in yoga.
  • Serving the member community by providing tools for professional growth and development, exclusive benefits, and timely resources and information including those on COVID-19 and Social Justice.
  • Fostering accountability by encouraging members to provide fair and full feedback on RYSs.
  • Advocating for the yoga community’s protection from unfair or unnecessarily burdensome patents, taxation, or government regulation; and
  • Providing yoga schools and yoga teachers with effective business practices to help achieve success.
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TYPES OF REGISTRATION

Registered Yoga Teacher 200

This is the foundational course for all Yoga Teachers. The 200hr YTTC is a prerequisite for a 300hr YTTC. Teachers can register as an RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training that is registered with Yoga Alliance. All training hours must come from the same school, and multiple training sessions cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement.

Registered Yoga Teacher 500

Teachers can register as an RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour teacher training plus an additional 300-hour advanced teacher training* from a different RYS. Applicants must also submit 100 teaching hours that were completed after their RYS 200 or RYS 500 training. 

Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200

Once registered, an E-RYT 200 is able to provide Continuing Education workshops to RYTs and can be a Lead Trainer of a 200-hour teacher training for an RYS 200.

Experienced Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500

Once registered, an E-RYT 500 is able to provide Continuing Education workshops to other teachers and can be a Lead Trainer of a 200-hour, 300-hour, or 500-hour teacher training.

CONTACT SCHOOL YOGA INSTITUTE

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

As an RYT, you gain access to all Yoga Alliance membership benefits, including:

  • An internationally recognized credential that stands as a marker of high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching.
  • Marketing on our RYT directory, where you can list where you teach and tell the world more about who you are as a yoga teacher.
  • Access to free online workshops (both live and recorded) which allow you to learn from leaders in the yoga community about a range of relevant yoga, business, and wellness topics.
  • Advocacy alerts when there are local, state, and national government issues facing the yoga community.
  • Invitations to both live and virtual community events and meet-ups.
  • Insightful publications ranging from our monthly newsletter, scientific research on yoga, and hundreds of informative articles and videos.
  • Discounts on products and services from our partners on everything from liability insurance to yoga clothes to business software. 

REGISTER YOUR 200 HOUR YOGA CERTIFICATE

As a graduate of School Yoga Institute’s 200-hour yoga teacher training you can register as an RYT 200. This is the foundational course for all Yoga Teachers. The 200hr YTTC is a prerequisite for a 300hr YTTC.

You can register by following this link: https://www.yogaalliance.org/AccountSetup

COSTS FOR TEACHERS

RYT REGISTRATION FEES AND MEMBERSHIP DUES

Application and upgrade fees are non-refundable. For questions, please contact Yoga Alliance.

MANTAINING YOUR REGISTRATION

  1. Abide by the member-wide Ethical Commitment including an enhanced Code of Conduct
  2. Abide by Yoga Alliance Yoga Therapy Policy
  3. Complete your Continuing Education Requirement every three years
  4. Pay your annual renewal fees.

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Wherever you are on your journey as a yoga teacher, thank you for listening to your inner heart’s call! If we can support you in any way please message info@schoolyogainstitute.com.

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