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New RYS 250 PLUS Standards

What are They and Why are They Important?


A Standard is defined as a formal document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context…Standards form an important and fundamental building blocks for product development by establishing consistent protocols that can be universally understood and adopted.  


Yoga Alliance European Registry (YAER) Standards  RYS 250 PLUS

The popularity of yoga within the European community has grown significantly in recent years. In line with this growth, there has been an increase in the availability of yoga teacher training courses. These courses range in duration from a few weeks intensive to four years part-time and are usually run face-to-face, but sometimes also by distance learning. 

There is a great disparity in duration, quality, the experience of the Lead Trainer and the online components allowed between teacher training courses, from less than 100 hours to more than 1000 hours, with varying degrees of face-to-face contact hours.

Although the standards underlying the foundational RYS 200, Yoga Alliance’s most widely-held school credential will remain available for yoga teachers and yoga schools from certain Yoga Organisations, the YAER only offer the RYS 250 PLUS standards providing yoga school with the opportunity to develop a minimum 250 and max 300 hours comprehensive teacher training.

In addition, we have created the RYT 250 PLUS credential to support yoga teachers to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. Teachers who hold an RYT 250 PLUS credential are more employable than those who hold 200 hours.


The YAER Objective

The Yoga Alliance European Registry main objective is guiding the direction of yoga teaching in Europe. As such, we have a responsibility to set standards for membership with care in order to protect both the public and the tradition of yoga. 

For consumers, it is important to ensure they trust that yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance European Registry have at least a level of training and experience considered to be a reasonable minimum standard by their peers, employers, insurance companies and ultimately their students.


The Yoga Alliance European Registry YTT "PLUS"Standards

The Teacher Training Standards fall into seven domains: 

  • Professional Knowledge
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Engagement
  • The Experience of the YTT Lead Trainer
  • The number of contact hours a TTC must incorporate
  • YTT enrollment requirements.
  • Code of Ethics

Within the seven domains listed above, there is a Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in a YTT. 

To find out what is expected of you from these domains see Here