What Counts as Teaching Hours for Yoga Alliance?

Advanced training for aspiring yoga teachers requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training. If you're curious to learn more about the various titles that yoga instructors have, such as CYT, RYT, and E-RYT, you can use this flow chart to determine if your training hours are eligible for continuing education credits. A yoga teacher who has completed a YTT at an RYS in India should have a similar in-depth knowledge of the same basic topics and concepts as a yoga teacher who has completed a YTT in the United States at an RYS. To maintain your Yoga Alliance registration, you must meet five requirements.

A CYT or “certified yoga teacher” is a yoga teacher who has completed any comprehensive yoga teacher training. Someone who has professional experience and substantial education related to one or more of the Yoga Alliance educational categories can also be considered a CYT. The Yoga Alliance Foundation aims to create unity and responsibility within the yoga industry, so it's important that you leave comments on the training of your teachers. In addition, the time spent teaching yoga online can be counted toward meeting the requirement for continuing education (CE) teaching hours for all RYTs.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlines the responsibilities and limits of a yoga instructor, primarily for teaching according to credentials, experience, or skills. As a yoga instructor, you should not pretend to be able to diagnose or treat any mental or physical injury or illness. Once you complete your Yoga Alliance registration, you will have three years to complete 75 hours of continuing education. The Code of Conduct describes appropriate teacher behavior, such as active inclusion, respect for student-teacher relationships, consent-based contact, and honesty in communications.

To do this, visit the training hours page in your account control panel and select the second option that says: “In person with someone who is NOT a YACEP”. Anyone who completes yoga teacher training must receive a yoga teaching certificate from the YTT or “yoga teacher training program” that they have completed. If you're not sure when you should renew, you can find the next renewal date in the “Teacher Panel” of your Yoga Alliance account.

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