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Calculating RYS Credit Hours

Last Updated: February 27, 2020

For each of the standards that underlie the Yoga Alliance credentials, (e.g. RYS 200, RYS 300, RYS 500, RCYS and RPYS) there is a minimum amount of hours in the curriculum for each of the credentials that must be met.

If a school is interested in applying for their yoga training program to become a Registered Yoga School (RYS), they must go through the application process. This process includes submitting component parts, that include a syllabus and a required number of contact and non-contact hours.

For more information on the enhanced standards underlying the RYS 200-hour credential, including a comparison of the current hours and new hours, and infographic, click here.

Hours that are completed count towards one yoga teacher training program and cannot be counted twice. Trainees are not eligible for recording the same hours across multiple yoga teacher training programs or RYSs.

Some examples of incorrect usage of RYSs teacher training program hours are as follows:

  • Contact hours completed in an RYS 200-hour yoga teacher training program may not be credited or counted towards the required contact hours for an RYS 300-hour yoga teacher training program.
  • Contact hours completed in an RYS 300-hour yoga teacher training program may not be credited or counted towards the required contact hours for an RCYS or RPYS yoga teacher training program.
  • Non-Contact hours completed in an RYS 200-hour yoga teacher training program may not be credited or counted towards non-contact hours in an RYS 300-hour yoga teacher training program.
  • Non-contact hours completed in an RYS 300-hour yoga teacher training program may not be credited or counted towards the required non-contact hours for an RCYS or RPYS yoga teacher training program.
  • Contact hours completed in an RPYS training may not be credited or counted towards contact hours in an RYS 300-hour yoga teacher training program.

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