300 Hour Standards


300 Hour Standards

Registered WWYA Yoga Teacher 500

Registered WWYA Yoga Teacher 500

300 Hour Standards describe Worldwide Yoga Alliance requirements for a Registered WWYA Yoga School 500 (RWS 500) offering a 300-hour program after 200 Hour training. The 300-hour standards are advanced standards of study; therefore a RWS may not offer only a 300-hour advanced program without providing the foundational 200-hour program as well.

200 Hour Program + 300 Hour Advanced Program = 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification

These schools offer 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting trainees to register accordingly:

  • Trainees who complete the 200-hour training may become RWT 200.
  • Trainees who complete the 300-hour training after completing a RWT 200 training AND teach for 100 hours upon completion of the 200-hour training may become RWT 500.

A 300-hour advanced training is designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of teaching yoga that are generally taught at the 200-hour level. A 300-hour advanced training prepares its trainees to teach more advanced, more detailed, and/or more subtle concepts, and the training enables them to teach with greater skill than could reasonably be expected of an RWT 200.

It is prudent to carefully ascertain learning objectives, and then to develop your topics and description of topics based on the learning objectives of your program.

For RWT 500, we follow a 150 Hours + 150 Hours pattern:

  • 150 hours for the Advanced curriculum, and
  • 150 hours for the Elective according to School’s focus.

Topics for both, Advanced Curriculum as well as Elective, 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.

Advanced Curriculum

A 150-hour program must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 50 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 25 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: 5 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 5 hours

A maximum of 5 hours 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: 15 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 10 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 0 hours

A minimum of 5 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: 30 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 0 hours

A minimum of 2 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: 30 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 15 hours
Minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 5 hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching as the Lead Instructor for at least 5 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 150-hour Elective Topic or Program, according to the focus of the RWS, must incorporate training hours in the same educational categories as described above.

Remaining Contact Hours

The above details ensure that all trainees of a RWS 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 RWS based on the focus of their program.

TOTAL HOURS: 300 hours

Total minimum Contact Hours: 270 hours
Total minimum Contact Hours with Principal Trainer(s): 135 hours

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