Significantly Enhanced RYS Standards as Result of Community-Led Process > Current v/s Enhanced RYS 200 Comparison

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Current v/s Enhanced RYS 200 Comparison

The standards underlying the foundational RYS 200, Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school credential, have been significantly enhanced. The changes outlined below substantially increase the baseline for this credential, which will provide consistency across RYS 200s as well as build confidence in the quality and safety we deliver to our communities through yoga trainings, classes, workshops, and more.

They will further allow Yoga Alliance to ensure that all existing RYS 200 credential holders meet these new standards before adding any additional enhancements.

RYS 200 Comparison
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There are some key differences between the current and new RYS 200 standards that will significantly up-level the credential and greatly impact the quality and safety of the foundational teacher training program.

Moving towards 100% of the minimally-required 200 hours to be classroom hours substantially increases the time trainees spend learning. And elevating the Lead Trainer qualifications ensures that these increased hours that trainees spend learning are predominately with experienced yoga teachers-as-trainers.

Adopting a strengthened core curriculum across all RYS 200s offers a shared understanding of foundational yoga concepts while still providing for flexibility based on lineage, style, or methodology. And requiring that RYSs assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of their trainees prior to certifying them reinforces this common comprehension that the practicing public can come to expect from RYSs and their graduates.

The Standards Review Project survey highlighted that 72% of you believed that 200 to 300 hours of training is sufficient to realize proficiency as a foundational yoga teacher. We heard similar feedback via other channels utilized during the SRP and, as a result, have made significant enhancements to our RYS 200 standards, bringing them into integrity and building capacity for accountability prior to any further enhancements.

Substantial changes to the RYS 200 standards include:

  • Embracing an Hours+Competencies model centered around a common core curriculum, moving away from strictly an hours-based model based on educational categories
  • Requiring 100% of the minimally-required hours to be classroom hours tied directly to the core curriculum and learning objectives
  • Allowing for a maximum of 40 classroom hours to be delivered online (shared across the categories of Anatomy & Physiology and Yoga Humanities)
  • Creating a common core curriculum across four categories and thirteen competencies, emphasizing key learning goals and desired outcomes
  • Requiring that RYSs assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of their trainees prior to certifying them as 200-hour teachers, something that many RYSs currently do and is “best practice”
  • Substantially increasing the requirements of the RYS 200 Lead Trainer

Comparison of Hours

Click here to see a detailed comparison of hours delineated by educational category (current standards) and hours delineated by the common core curriculum (new standards).


Questions about our new standards? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Professional interest in updating standards. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

Minimum number of training hours to teach yoga. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

For answers to common questions about our new standards, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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