200 Hour Standards


200 Hour Standards

RTY 200

RTY 200

200 Hour Standards describe Worldwide Yoga Alliance requirements for a Registered School of Yoga (RSY) offering a total of 200-hour program.

For RTY 200, we follow a pattern consisting of:

  • Foundation curriculum: Five courses totalling 170 hours (5 separate courses of 34 Hours each), and
  • Elective Topic: One, 30 hours course, on an Elective Topic.

Topics for both, Foundation Curriculum as well as Elective Topic, must be relevant to the educational categories described below. Registered Schools must provide a minimum number of hours of study for each category, as prescribed, and must also provide additional hours of study relevant to these categories. Elective Topic may be picked up according to the school’s chosen emphasis.

An RSY with a 200-hour program (RSY 200) should adequately prepare trainees to teach a general adult population. It is prudent to keep your subject matter geared towards practical success of your students. It is helpful to carefully consider what a successful Yoga Teacher should know and be able to do, and then to develop your topics and description of topics based on the learning objectives of your program.

Foundation Curriculum

Five courses of 34 Hours each (Totalling 170 Hours) must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 17 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 12 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 8.5 hours

Topics in this category could include: Asanas, Pranayama, Kriyas, Mudra, Chanting, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

These hours should be used to put substantial emphasis on:

1) Training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and

2) Practice of techniques under supervision.

2. Teaching Methodology and Yoga Business: 5 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 3 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 2 hours

A maximum of 1 hour can be used to teach business aspects of Yoga Teaching.

Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:

  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Identifying own dominant style, and learning about other styles
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correction
  • Developing Communication skills
  • Use of Language and Voice
  • Addressing specific needs of individuals and special populations
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

This category introduces to a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods.

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 3.5 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 1.75 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 0 hours

A minimum of 1 hours must be spent applying Anatomy and Physiology principles to Yoga.

Topics in this category could include:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.),
  • Energy Anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, marmas etc.)
  • Healthy movement patterns etc.

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 5 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 3 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 0 hours

A minimum of 30 minutes Contact Hours must be spent on ethics for Yoga Teachers.

Topics in this category could include:

  • The study of Yoga philosophy and traditional texts (e.g., Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita)
  • Yoga lifestyle, such as the concepts of non-violence, dharma and karma
  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers, e.g., teacher-student relationships, community
  • Understanding the value of teaching Yoga as a service

5. Practicum: 2 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 1 hour
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 1 hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching as the Lead Instructor for at least 4 hours
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Evaluation or observation of yoga classes outside of the Teacher Training Program constitutes Non-Contact Hours.

Elective Topic 

A 30-hour Elective Topic or Program, according to the focus of the RSY, must incorporate training hours in the same educational categories as described above.

Remaining Contact Hours

The above details ensure that all trainees of a RSY receive training and instruction in five educational categories for the minimum number of designated hours. The remaining Contact Hours are to be distributed among the five educational categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RSY based on the focus of their program.

TOTAL HOURS: 200 hours

Total minimum Contact Hours: 180 hours
Total minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 65 hours


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