Yoga Alliance Standards

The following are the Advanced Teacher Training Standards as defined by Yoga Alliance. For more information, visit the Yoga Alliance page on standards.

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 50 hours

This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school's RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

2. Teaching Methodology: 5 hours

Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:

Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
Teaching styles
Qualities of a teacher
The student learning process

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 15 hours

Special Requirement: A minimum of ten of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:

  • Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita) than what was included in your school's RYS 200 or foundational syllabus content
  • Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva)

5. Practicum: 30 hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)*
  • Receiving and giving feedback**
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Remaining Contact Hours and Elective Hours (190 hours)

The requirements detailed above ensure that all trainees of a RYS receive training and instruction in five educational categories for a minimum number of designated hours. The remaining contact hours (190 hours) and elective hours (170 hours, a combination of contact and non-contact) are to be distributed among the five educational categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

We have chosen to use the remaining hours within the different modules to instruct on the details of accessible, modified, therapeutic, and chair yoga.


TOTAL HOURS: 300 hours