How to Apply

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To Apply:

  • Complete a 200 Teacher Training Program
  • Fill out an Application
  • Submit your $105 enrollment fee

    Enrollment fee:
    You then have 5 years to meet the following requirements:*When you go to our modules page you will see the requirement that is met and the hours provided.For instance:  “Yay for Yamas” YPLE (which is Yoga Lifestyles, philosophy and Ethics), 6 hrs.

    1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 50 Hours

    Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours
    Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 25 hours

    This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school’s RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: 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.

    1. Teaching Methodology: 5 Hours

    Minimum Contact Hours: 5 hours*
    Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

    Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

    • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
    • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
    • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
    • Teaching styles
    • Qualities of a teacher
    • The student learning process
    • Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal)

    *Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category IF these hours were not included in the RYS 200 curriculum.

    The Teaching Methodology category shall cover additional teaching methods and principles, beyond what was covered in your RYS 200 syllabus content. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category:

    1. Minimum Contact Hours: 10 hoursAnatomy and Physiology: 15 Hours*

    Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

    Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

    *Special Requirement: A minimum of ten of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga

    1. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 Hours

    Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours*
    Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

    Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

    • Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita) than what was included in your school’s RYS 200 syllabus content
    • Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
    • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
    • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva)

    *Special Requirement: A minimum of 2 of the above Contact Hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers

    1. Practicum: 30 Hours

    Minimum Contact Hours: 15 hours*
    Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

    Topics in this category include:

    • Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)
    • Receiving and giving feedback
    • Observing others teaching**
    • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

    *Special Requirement: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. These hours may include the time during which the trainee is receiving feedback on his/her teaching. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

    **Evaluation or observation of yoga classes outside of the RYS Teacher Training Program constitutes Non-Contact Hours.

    1. Remaining Contact Hours and Elective Hours 

    The Standards detailed above ensure that all trainees of a RYS receive training and instruction in five Educational Categories for a minimum number of designated hours. The remaining Contact Hours (190 hours) and elective hours (170 hours, a combination of contact and non-contact) are to be distributed among the five Educational Categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

    1. Total Hours: 300 Hours

    Total minimum Contact Hours: 270 hours
    Total minimum Contact Hours with Lead Trainer(s): 135 hours

    **You will also need to submit documentation of teaching 100 hours and your current CPR certification

    We will be keeping track of your hours, but we highly recommend that you keep track of them as well.