DUE TO THE ONGOING NATURE OF COVID-19 WE ACCREDIT ONLINE TEACHER TRAINING COURSES. PLEASE CHECK Accreditation Online Teacher Training FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY

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Guidelines for the Accreditation and Delivery of Virtual Learning





  










Online Teacher Training in the Pandemic Era

Online learning is quickly becoming the new normal and with it, some concerns for the yoga community about potential impacts this delivery method may have on the integrity of RYS standards and trainees’ experience and learning.  

Because of this, it is more important than ever that the Yoga Alliance European Registry commitment to supporting and fostering the high quality of yoga teaching does not change.

To assist our RYSs and new applicants, we have gathered a series of recommendations and guidelines to assist yoga training providers’ rapid transition from in person to  virtual learning.


The teacher training accreditation applies to:

  1. RYS 200, RYS 250 PLUS, RYS 350, RYS 500 PLUS and RYS 1500 teacher training programs.

  2. RCYS, RPYS, RYS YIN 50, RYS YIN 100 teacher training programs.

  3. Trainings and courses in support of the Yoga Alliance European Registry Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

  4. ALL Educational Categories, including practicum (practice teaching) and observation requirements.


What is the difference between synchronous learning and asynchronous learning?

  • Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time, often with a set class schedule and required login times.

  • Asynchronous learning does not require real-time interaction; instead, content is available online for students to access when it best suits their schedules, and assignments are completed to deadlines. Programs can also use a hybrid learning model, which includes a blend of both formats.


Curriculum Requirements

  1. Format: Online programs are required to have a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.

  2. Hours with Lead Trainer ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)

  3. At least 80% of the course total hours, regardless of format, must be taught by the LT(ERYT).

Standards Requirements

The trainings offered in a virtual format must follow the syllabus sent and approved by Yoga Alliance International. Including teaching, practical work, online assessments, and coursework. For more information, please see here Yoga Alliance European Standards

  1. To maintain the integrity of yoga teaching, across ALL training courses, at least 75% of the same syllabus must be taught live streaming.

  2. ALL training courses must be led by an ERYT. 

  3. Adhere to the Yoga Alliance online learning best practices.

  4. The delivery of online content should be varied, providing a balanced blend of pre-recorded and live streaming, interactive material to serve multiple modalities of learning.

  5. The more in-person training a school can do the better! Only resume in-person training when the Government relaxes the lock down restrictions in your State or Country.

  6. The final assessment is face to face in person (where possible for future courses) or via an online video-call.