Become a Member

We’re so glad you’re interested in becoming a member of Yoga Alliance! You can join us in three ways: 

  1. as an RYT, 
  2. as an RYS,
  3. as a YACEP. 

Here’s how to apply for your desired designation:


You must complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training at a RYS 200 or a 500-hour teacher training at a RYS 500 or RYS 200 and RYS 300

> See all available RYT designations and their specific requirements.

What You Need for Your Application

  • Your certificate of completion from your RYS
  • The start and end date of your training
  • A credit card or PayPal account to pay applicable fees

How to Apply

  1. Create an account
  2. Submitting a Program Confirmation Request to the RYS where you took your training.
  3. Once your request is confirmed, pay your fees and you submit a review of your school. Both of these components must be done to officially become a RYT.


You must have:

  • A syllabus that meets or exceeds our minimum training standards
  • At least one E-RYT designated as a Lead Trainer

> See all available RYS designations and their specific requirements

What You Need for Your Application

  • A syllabus for your training, which you will enter into the application
  • A sample certificate of completion
  • The name of at least one Lead Trainer that’s currently registered as an E-RYT
  • A credit card or PayPal account to pay applicable fees

How to Apply

  1. Create an account
  2. Start a RYS application by entering your syllabus, Lead Trainer(s) and sample certificate.
  3. Pay the applicable fees and submit your application for review.


At this time, only an E-RYT is eligible to become a YACEP. Members with any E-RYT designation are prequalified to become a YACEP.

This is a unique opportunity for members with extensive training and teaching experience to share their knowledge and reach new students through the first and only directory of yoga CE Providers.

How to Apply

Each E-RYT may add YACEP by logging in to their online account and clicking the "Add YACEP" button.

Not yet an E-RYT?

If you’re registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT, you may be able to upgrade.

To upgrade from being an RYT to being an E-RYT, you need to have taught at least 1,000 hours since graduating from an RYS, and that graduation must have been at least two years ago.

Ready for YACEP?

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