The purpose of registration of a Yoga Training
Programme is to fulfil the primary purpose of protection of the public, yoga
students and aspiring yoga teachers in an unregulated industry.
Guidelines below applies to all applications for RYS. Yoga Alliances
teacher training programs assessment adheres to stringent guidelines to ensure
Standards of excellence in yoga education are met. The objectives of an accredited
programme are to offer aspiring yoga teachers a structured curriculum to deepen
their practice and knowledge of yoga.
Registered schools must meet the high international Standards set forth by Yoga
Alliance South Africa.
Director of Training must be teaching a minimum of 70% of the course and must
be 500 hour (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) registered with Yoga Alliance
South Africa. If not registered, should apply for registration or convert
from a recognised yoga organisation prior to filing for School registration.
Programs must provide a minimum of 200 hour (contact and non-contact hours). Contact
hours mean that the Teacher-Trainer is physically in the presence of the student.
Non-contact study hours may include: assigned reading or other homework, non-supervised
study groups, observing yoga classes, etc.
Programs may be delivered in a variety of formats (intensive, week-ends, year/s).
6. Programs that do not
provide at least 180 contact hour will not be eligible for registration. No
distance learning practicum components and/or demo classes are recognised for
7. As part
of the accreditation, Yoga Alliances RYSs are required to offer two Continuing
Education Programs for all their graduates and yoga professionals. This means
that RYT's will fully meet Yoga Alliance South Afircas Continuing
requirements are set forth by Yoga Alliance South Africa for a Registered Yoga
School that offers a 200 hour, 300 hour or 500 hour programs. See School
Faculty & Requirements
for registered teacher trainings must be relevant to Yoga Alliance South Africa's
curriculum of Standards for Teacher
schools must provide a minimum number of hours of study for each category, and
must also provide additional hours of study relevant to these categories.
Only the school owner/s or a legal representative with decisional
authority over the business can apply for RYS status.
A copy of the business/school certificate of registration with the appropriate
2. School owner/s
Statutory Declaration and or Certificate of Trademark ownership. The trademark
owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity.
All Training Programs material submitted to Yoga Alliance South Africa for the
purpose of accreditation must contain a copyright notice (the symbol © the
word "Copyright", the name of the owner of the copyright, the year when
the work was first created.
Director/s of Training: supply a copy of Yoga Alliance South Africas Teacher
Registration on the designated level.
Style of Yoga taught.
Course Format and Duration (intensive-long/short term-weekend training).
Daily training breakdown hours (including breaks).
Maximum number students intake per Training.
A detailed course outline specifying the topics covered and an explanation of
how these topics /hours match up to the Yoga Alliances Standards
12. Teacher Training
Manual (2 Pages Synopsis). This must include: course outline, number of contact/non-contact
hours, format and course topics. The completed Faculty/Student Training Manual
must be sent upon successful school registration/accreditation acceptance.
Course Assessor/Faculty CVs including Yoga Organisation Registration.
A breakdown of the hours (contact/non-contact) allocated to each topic.
Prerequisites for the RYT-200 hour Programs: Students eligible to enrol must have
a minimum of 1 year continuous yoga practice (this must be clearly publicised
on the school website).
Prerequisites RYT-300/500 hour Programs: Students eligible to enrol must have
a minimum of 2 years continuous yoga practice (this must be clearly publicised
on the school website).
Training Course Assessment Method and Tools (how students are assessed).
Continuing Education Programs (2 modules, yoga topics of choice). The curriculum
of study must incorporate Yoga Alliance South Africas five curriculum
areas and comprise of 85 hours in total (50 contact and 35 non-contact-hour) non-contact
hours can be delivered as online study. Continuing Education can include Prenatal
Yoga or Childrens Yoga (80 hours contact and 5 non-contact hour) and can
be applied for by registered or non-registered members as a stand-alone programme.
Continuing Education Manuals (Title and 2 Pages Synopsis of each subject). This
must include: course outline, number of contact/non-contact hours, format and
course topics. The completed Faculty/Student Training Manuals must be sent upon
successful school registration/accreditation acceptance.
The school must have in place a Learning Policy stating what support they
offer for applicants wishing to enrol on their teacher training that are affected
by mild disorders such as Dyslexia (the most recognised of reading disorders),
Visual Processing Disorder, Dysgraphia etc. that does not affect the body functions
but can slightly impair the way information are processed.
Details of the qualifications, experience and yoga organisation registration number
(if applicable) of all teaching faculty.
Support for Students that fail the course (what alternative the school offer to
students that fail the course and live far away or cannot come back to complete
23. Yoga Alliances
Students Feedback Form. The school must provide this document on the website
for their trainees. The schools own trainees will be Yoga Alliance South
Africas investigators providing feedback about their training
experience in the form of ratings and comments.
Code of Practice.
Policy and Procedure.
Race Equal Opportunity Statement.
Professional and Public Liability Insurance.
Programme Curriculum of study must include summary outline and hours for each
of the five Yoga South Africas curriculum areas listed below:
b) Teaching Methodology.
e) Yoga Philosophy - Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers.
* Yoga Alliance reserves the right to alter, modify, update, add
to, subtract from or otherwise change the RYS Guidelines and Requirements at any
time for any reason or no reason at all. We will post any changes here, and any
changes will become effective immediately upon being posted unless we tell you
* All documents submitted for the purpose of RYS registration are
considered legally binding and enforceable.
* Yoga Alliance reserves the right
to decline an application for any reason or no reason at all.
Schools are required to provide Continuing Education?
* Ensure that all Yoga
Alliance's Registered Schools offer their graduates (in particular newly qualified
200-RYTs and 350-RYTs) the opportunity to refine and deepen their teaching and
practical skills and educational process.
* Keep the industry, safe, authentic
and raise the Standards.
* Ensure that graduates and yoga professionals fully
meet Yoga Alliance South Africa's Continuing Education high Standards.
Education programs endorsed by Yoga Alliance South Africa are internationally
recognised, students will receive extra qualifications they can use anywhere in
RYS Convert Registration
Yoga teaching programs accredited
by other Yoga Organisations are likely to be in compliance with our Standards
and accreditation procedures. To convert registration is easy and faster than
standard applications. RYS applicants are required to submit the documents listed
Certificate of registration with the nominated organisation.
2. Documents listed
in the above section: No: 1 to 10; 13;18 to 27.
Prior to lodging the application review the Standards
that applies to your programme.
* Applications must be received complete of the required
accompanying documents or will be rejected.
* Applications that convert registration
are prioritised (four weeks). Speedy application processing available (additional
* Standard applications are processed within ten weeks from the
* If we ask for additional documents, the processing timeframe
will start only after you provide us with all outstanding documents.