Yoga Alliance

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The Yoga Alliance is a U.S.-based nonprofit membership trade and professional organization for yoga teachers, headquartered in Arlington Virginia. The organization created the title of Registered Yoga Teacher in the United States to refer to teachers who have finished a yoga teacher training through a school registered with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance charges an annual fee for teachers and schools to be registered.[1][2][3]

The Yoga Alliance states that its registry is a voluntary credentialing system.[4] The teacher registry is not a certification program, but a listing of teachers who meet Yoga Alliance's Requirements for teaching experience and have completed their training at a Registered Yoga School.[4]


Registered Yoga Teacher is a title in the United States that designates a yoga teacher who has received a certain standard of yoga teacher training at a registered yoga school. The designation is offered by the Yoga Alliance at 200-, 300- and 500-hour levels.[4]

The Yoga Alliance published in 2021 "Elevated Standards" for its basic Registered Yoga School 200 hours teaching credential. The core curriculum consists of 75 hours of techniques, training, and practice in asana, pranayama and subtle body, and meditation; 30 hours on anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, of which 20 can be taught online; 30 hours of yoga humanities, covering history, philosophy, and ethics (such as from the Yoga Sutras) of yoga; and 50 hours of professional skills, covering teaching methodology, professional development, and teaching practice ("practicum").[5]

The Yoga Alliance has published an "Ethical Commitment" which consists of a code of conduct, a scope of practice, and a commitment to equity in yoga. All members are required to abide by this commitment. The code of conduct covers behavior on training programs and classes, appropriate student-teacher relationships, touching only by consent, and honesty. The scope of practice sets out the yoga teacher's role including teaching and advising. Equity in yoga draws attention to existing inequities in and around yoga practice and sets out to remedy those.[6]

Systems to keep harmful teachers and schools off Yoga Alliance's registry are weak. Multiple yoga schools and teachers who have participated in misconduct (including sexual abuse) have been listed by the Yoga Alliance. These schools include Yoga to the People, 3HO, and Bikram Yoga.[7][8]


In 2021, the organization's annual revenues were $12 million, of which $8 million went to programs. The Yoga Alliance had $16 million in net assets in 2021.[9]

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  1. ^ "Who should be allowed to teach yoga?". CNN. July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Yoga Alliance Expands Reach | Yoga Journal". July 14, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Brahinsky, Rachel (August 28, 2007). "How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program". Yoga Journal. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Credentialing for Teachers". Yoga Alliance. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Elevated RYS 200 Standards". Yoga Alliance. October 1, 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  6. ^ "The Ethical Commitment". Yoga Alliance. June 8, 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Inside The Dubious World Of A Cult That Turned 550-year-old Religion Into A Commodity". IndiaTimes. 2022-06-30. Retrieved 2023-04-29.
  8. ^ Schettler, Renee (2023-02-03). "He Faced Allegations of Sexual Assault and Rape From Students for Years. Now Bikram Choudhury is "Back" Teaching in Canada". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 2023-04-29.
  9. ^ "Financials | Yoga Alliance". Retrieved 2023-04-29.

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