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Enhanced Lead Trainer Requirements

Last Updated: February 27, 2020

The conversation around what qualified yoga teachers to lead teacher training programs was one of the eight topics explored in-depth via the working groups, resulting in the Teacher Trainer Qualifications working group paper. While these elevated requirements of Lead Trainers might be challenging for some members individually, collectively these changes answer the call from the yoga community to ensure that experienced yoga teachers are training the next generation of yoga teachers, which promotes consistency, quality, and safety in training, teaching, and delivering yoga throughout our communities.

In effort to ensure that those new to yoga teaching will be guided and supported by teachers who have a deep familiarity with yoga’s full breadth and depth, beginning in February 2022, RYS 200 Lead Trainers must hold the E-RYT 500 credential and teach at least 150 of the minimally-required 200 hours of the foundational teacher training program.

Lead Trainer Pathway For New RYS Standards
Enhanced Lead Trainer Requirements for New RYS 200 Standards. View full size.

Given all of these considerations, we have allowed for ample time for RYSs and RYTs to plan and prepare for these changes. We have also allowed an increase from two to five Lead Trainers in order for RYS 200 programs to be able to meet this new hours-driven requirement.

We do understand that many E-RYT 200 Lead Trainers have been successfully leading yoga teaching training for years and do not have the geographic, time, or financial means to pursue an RYS 300 in order to meet the February 2022 deadline without substantial disruption to their livelihoods as Lead Trainers and RYTs. For this portion of the membership, in the summer of 2020, we will open up a one-year application window for these Lead Trainers who have led RYS 200 programs for more than three years that will grant them Intermediary Status and thus be able to continue as Lead Trainers for their RYS 200s. Click here for more information.

Finally, Yoga Alliance will work with the yoga community and long-time yoga teacher trainers to develop a pedagogy course to support teachers in their transition to Lead Trainer status. We look forward to sharing more information on this in the future.

RYS 200 Decision Tree

Are you interested in a pathway to be a Lead Trainer? Here is an infographic that outlines the path of an RYT, from the foundational RYT 200 to the professional E-RYT 500 credential and beyond.

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

Teacher trainer requirements by group. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

Number of hours to be a trainer of teachers. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

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