Yoga Alliance: Yoga’s Professional Organization

The Yoga Alliance®  registers both individual Yoga teachers and Yoga teacher training programs (schools) who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization.

Please visit the YA  website to locate registered teachers and schools, for information and applications to register with Yoga Alliance, or for general information about Yoga.  Here’s an overview of YA:

Yoga Alliance® supports Yoga teachers and the diversity and integrity of Yoga.

Yoga Alliance’s mission is to lead the Yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of Yoga.

The Yoga Alliance does not claim to “represent Yoga” in the United States, but does represent its registrants and supports all Yoga teachers, whether or not registered with the Yoga Alliance organization.


Yoga Alliance® is a non-profit, tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organization. It maintains a national Yoga Teachers’ Registry to recognize and promote teachers with training that meets Yoga Alliance standards. Registered teachers are authorized to use the initials “RYT®” (Registered Yoga Teacher) after their name, or the initials “E-RYTSM” (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) if they have significant teaching experience in addition to training. Yoga Alliance issues registry marks (logos) for enrolled teachers to use in their resumes, advertising and business endeavors.

Yoga Alliance® also maintains a Registry of Yoga Schools to recognize Yoga teacher training programs of at least 200 or 500 hours. Registered schools are authorized to use the initials “RYS®” (Registered Yoga School) after their names, and receive certificates of registration as well as registry marks. Once a school is registered, all graduates of an RYS® are automatically eligible to register as RYT®s.

The Registries are advertised and promoted to the general public, organizations that employ Yoga teachers and organizations that review Yoga teachers’ credentials.

Yoga Day USASM

Yoga Alliance® is also the creator of Yoga Day USAS , an annual nationwide celebration of Yoga designed to make Yoga accessible to everyone.  For more details, please go to


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