The spirit of the Yoga Alliance Standards is to include a school in the RYS® (Registered Yoga School) Directory only when its YTT (Yoga Teacher Training):

  • Has a definite, pre-defined curriculum that meets the Yoga Alliance Standards.
  • Is taught by yoga teacher trainers who are qualified to train teachers
  • Offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches.
All standards for a RYS are intended to be clear, implementable reflections of the above criteria.

A school whose curriculum satisfies or exceeds our minimum training Standards may apply to register as a RYS.

Once a school is registered, the students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Yoga Alliance does not certify teachers or accredit schools. Yoga Alliance’s credentialing system is a directory, not to be confused with other types of credentialing systems (such as certifications, accreditations, licensure, etc.).

Click one of the Registry Marks below to learn more about that designation.

 RYS 200
RYS 300
RYS 500

RYS Benefits

As a RYS, you get all the benefits of a Yoga Alliance membership, like:

  • An internationally-recognized credential that shows you have met our minimum standards of yoga training.
  • Marketing on our RYS directory, where you can list your upcoming trainings and tell the world more about who you are as a yoga school.
  • Access to free live Online Workshops (and a library of their recordings) which allow you to learn from leaders in the yoga community about topics like ethics, marketing and much more!
  • Advocacy alerts when there are local, state and national government issues facing the yoga community.
  • Invitations to community events and meet-ups that Yoga Alliance attends or hosts in your area.
  • Insightful publications ranging from our monthly newsletter, Index of Yoga Research and hundreds of informative articles and videos.
  • Discounts on products and services from our partners on everything from liability insurance to wholesale yoga clothes to business software.

Eligibility Requirements

To become a RYS, you must submit an application with the following materials:

  1. The name(s) and contact information of the school’s Owner(s)
  2. A syllabus of your training that satisfies our Standards at the 200-, 300- or 500-hour level
    If you choose to do a specialty designation school, they must meet our Children’s or Prenatal Standards.
  3. The name(s) of your school’s Lead Trainer(s) – you must have at least one that is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT
  4. The primary location of your school
  5. A sample certificate of what your trainees will receive when they complete the training
  6. Payment for the applicable fees

Learn more about the application process and apply today!


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RYS Resource Center

Get all the tools you need for promoting your credential, working with your teachers and more in this new section, created especially for schools.

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Costs for Schools


RYS Registration Fees and Membership Dues

Application fees are non-refundable. Please confirm that you meet all application requirements prior to submitting payment. For questions, please contact us.

Application Fee
Annual/Renewal Dues
TOTAL Initial Registration Cost

School Training Programs

Any designation (includes affiliates): RYS 200, RYS 300*, RYS 500, RPYS, RCYS





Additional RYS Location Listing (each)
N/A $50

*Must have RYS 200 to apply for a RYS 300

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