New Standards for RYS 200 and RYS 300 Registered Teachers and Schools

Yoga Alliance will require that each school assess teacher trainees before certifying them as 200-hour yoga teachers, yet the organization will be pretty hands-off when it comes to the actual test.

“To be a home for most, if not all, lineages, we won’t prescribe a mandate for the assessment,” says Catherine S. Marquette, vice president of marketing and communications for Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. “We’ll offer resources and sample rubrics, but schools will be responsible for these tests.”

The tests can take a variety of formats, including a combination of written work and practice teaching. What Yoga Alliance will require is that the 13 competency categories outlined in its new core curriculum be included in the assessment: asana, pranayama, and subtle body, meditation, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, history, philosophy, ethics and teaching methodology, professional development, practicum (practice teaching), and elective hours.

If you sign up for a 200-hour YTT in 2020 or 2021, whether or not you are tested will depend on three factors: whether or not your school already tested students prior to the updates, when your school first registered with Yoga Alliance (registration after February 2020 means required testing in 2020), and when your school updates its training to meet the new standards (current schools will have up to one year from their 2020 renewal dates). Come 2022, all 200-hour trainings by registered schools will include the mandatory assessments.

All Lead Trainers will need an E-RYT 500 Credential (200 hour schools and 300 hour schools)

If you want to be a lead trainer of a 200-hour YTT, an E-RYT 200 (you completed a 200-hour training plus taught at least two years and 1,000 hours of classes) will no longer fly as a minimum requirement.

You’ll need an E-RYT 500 (you completed a 500-hour training and taught for at least four years and 2,000 hours of classes—with at least 500 of those hours since graduating from an RYS 300 or 500) by February 2022

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