Not All “Yoga Alliances” Are the Same

Published on: November 21, 2014
Last Updated: January 3, 2018

Since 1999, Yoga Alliance® has been the internationally recognized standards-setting organization for yoga. While credentialing yoga teachers and schools remains the core activity of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Registry, in recent years we’ve expanded to offer benefits such as Online Workshops, publications and Member Perks.

“Yoga Alliance USA” = Yoga Alliance

"Yoga Alliance USA" is not our name. Rather it is simply a moniker that some other entities use to refer to us. Our organization should be referred to as Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Registry.

Yoga Alliance is Not Affiliated with Other “Yoga Alliances”

Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Registry are operated and maintained by Yoga Alliance staff in the U.S. Yoga Alliance is not affiliated or connected with any of the following entities listed on this page.

Yoga Alliance’s Purpose Spans Geographical Borders

The mission of Yoga Alliance is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. It’s a mission that transcends the boundaries of state and country lines, and serves to unite yogis all over the world.

Our credentials carry meaning outside of the U.S. – they represent the same qualification whether you’re in the U.S. or abroad. The Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) designation indicates that a teacher’s training and experience meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements.

Yoga Alliance Membership is Open to International Yogis

Currently, we have RYTs in more than 130 nations and territories. More than 18 percent of our 85,500 RYTs, including 10,800 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Providers (YACEP®s), reside outside the U.S., while more than 29 percent of our 5,700 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®s) are internationally located.

Of our 30+ Member Perks, more than 20 are accessible to International members. Our Online Workshops, along with all of our online resources, may also be accessed internationally.

Yoga Alliance accepts applicants from all over the globe, and will continue to enhance our international offerings to members.


Yoga Alliance is not affiliated with any of the following entities:

  • The Canadian Yoga Alliance
  • European Yoga Alliance
  • Free-Style Yoga Alliance
  • Gulf Yoga Alliance
  • Indian Yoga Alliance
  • Naked Yoga Alliance
  • Spiritual Yoga Alliance
  • World Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Alliances
  • Yoga Alliance Academy
  • Yoga Alliance Africa
  • Yoga Alliance Argentina
  • Yoga Alliance Asia Pacific/Southeast Asia
  • Yoga Alliance Asia
  • Yoga Alliance Asia Pacific
  • Yoga Alliance Australia
  • Yoga Alliance Brazil
  • Yoga Alliance of Chile
  • Yoga Alliance China
  • Yoga Alliance Europe
  • Yoga Alliance India
  • Yoga Alliance International
  • Yoga Alliance International (Alliance Internationale de Yoga)
  • Yoga Alliance International (Alianza Internacional de Yoga)
  • Yoga Alliance International Australia
  • Yoga Alliance International USA
  • Yoga Alliance Italy
  • Yoga Alliance of Red Deer
  • Yoga Alliance Russia
  • Yoga Alliance UK/Yoga Alliance Professionals

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