Significantly Enhanced RYS Standards as Result of Community-Led Process > Strengthened Application and Review Process

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Strengthened Application and Review Process

In addition to upgrading the standards of the foundational-level RYS 200 credential, we have also up-leveled the overall application process to include additional components, which will provide for greater shared accountability to meet or exceed the new standards.

A more in-depth application will provide for a more in-depth evaluation of schools based on a number of inputs, such as the syllabus, curriculum, and hours-by-competency allocation; the overall schedule; manual(s) and other training materials; letters of intent; and more. Credentialing Advisors will be available to applicants to answer questions and provide clarification on any of the new application requirements or upgraded standards.

In addition, we have adopted several new processes that are considered best practice and common for credentialing organizations, including:

  • An academic-style peer review panel that will help ensure a fair, consistent, and thorough review process; and
  • A re-credentialing process that an RYS 200 will enter into once it operates under the new RYS 200 standards.

New RYS 200 Application Process
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Yoga Alliance has up-leveled its application process to ensure integrity of the enhancements made to the new RYS 200 standards.

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Aspiring RYS 200s will submit an array of application components, including letters of intent, training materials, outlines of their assessment methods, and information on things such as trainer:trainee ratio and trainee prerequisites.

If needed, Credentialing Advisors are available who can answer any questions and provide clarification where need be.

Once ready, the aspiring RYS 200s submit their applications to Yoga Alliance, paying an application fee at this time.

A peer review-style panel will thoughtfully review each application in a fair, consistent, and thorough fashion.

If everything goes well, accepted schools may choose to join Yoga Alliance as RYS 200s and can start marketing their programs. Schools pay a credentialing fee at this time. Each year after this, the RYS 200s will renew their credentials. After three years, they will begin the re-credentialing process to ensure that they still meet or exceed the Yoga Alliance standards for an RYS 200.

In the case when an application does not meet the standards, the school will need to correct or update its application materials and re-submit its application for consideration as an RYS 200.

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We look forward to guiding new applicants and current schools through the implementation with great care.


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

Professional interest in compliance enforcement. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

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

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