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Introducing the RYS 250 PLUS Standards in Europe

The importance of an Advanced Credentialing System that aims to transform the Yoga Teaching Profession


       

 The 200 foundational yoga teacher certification course has become a well-accepted international standard for aspiring yoga teachers. Whilst 200 hours of training will certify you as a teacher and can certainly land you a teaching position, pursuing higher-level training, to begin with, can make a huge difference.


To meet the increasing demand for quality yoga training, the YAER has introduced across Europe the RYS 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced standard and related RYT 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced credential. 


The 250 PLUS new standard allows for more flexibility, with higher contact hours (225) than the old 200 hours. An RYS 250 PLUS-hour Level 1 Advanced training is designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga thought at the RYS 200-hour level. It prepares its trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, more detailed, and/or subtler. The training enables them to teach with greater skill than could reasonably be expected of an RYT 200.


Teachers who have completed 250 hours minimum or more of training are more likely to find employment than those with a 200 hour qualification.


Stand out from the crowd

The critical importance of well-prepared teachers for student learning and achievement is a necessary imperative for YAER, an organisation that serves the member community by providing tools for professional growth and development and exclusive benefits.

By becoming a qualified YAER  Professional, you have the ability to differentiate your level of education and experience to potential students and potential employers, as well as be supported in your continued growth at the appropriate level.

The new standards RYS 250 PLUS Level 1 Advanced, successfully introduced in China by one of the largest yoga training providers in the country, and a member of the association, and in Italy nationwide, is about yoga teachers demonstrating they had reached a higher level of training. 


YAER's Objective


YEAR main objective is guiding the direction of yoga teaching in Europe and beyond. As such, we have a responsibility to set high standards for membership with care 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.


Educational Structure

How training courses are described in the YAER:

RYS 250 PLUS - LEVEL 1 ADVANCED

RYS  350 - LEVEL 2 ADVANCED

RYS 500 - LEVEL 3 ADVANCED

RYS 500 PLUS - LEVEL 4 ADVANCED

RYS 1500 ADVANCED DIPLOMA


 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 YTT must incorporate
  • YTT enrolment requirements.
  • Code of Ethics

Within the seven domains listed above, there is a Curriculum Model and 5 Educational Categories to be included in yoga teacher trainings. To find out more see HERE