These Standards are requirements to become a Registered Yoga School (RYS) that offers a 500-hour program.

Program Requirements

Techniques, Training and Practice


Boat/Bridge/Cat-Cow/Chair/Child/Cobra/Corpse/Dolphin/Downward Facing Dog/Eagle/Fish/Happy Baby/Mountain Pose/Plank Pose/Seated Forward Bend/Side Plank Pose/Sphinx Pose/Tree Pose/Triangle Pose/Upward-Facing Dog Pose/Warrior I/Warrior II/ Warrior III + Low Plank/Puppy Pose/Lotus Pose/Twisted High Lunge/Half Moon Pose/Revolved Half Moon/Warrior 3/Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose
Dancer/Side Plank/Crow Pose/Crane/Wild Thing/Camel Pose/Bow Pose/Wheel Pose/Shoulderstand/Plow Pose/Fish Pose


2 beginners and 3 advance pranyamas your choice

Chanting & Mantra

 2 beginners and 3 advance mantras your choice


 2 beginners and 3 advance mudras your choice

Contact 50 Hrs     Non Contact 50 Hrs     Total 100 Hrs     Min Hours With Leads 50 Hrs

Teaching Methodology

Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and boundaries setting/Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting/Teaching and learning styles/Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)

Contact 25 Hrs     Non Contact 25 Hrs     Total 50 Hrs    Min Hours With Leads 25 Hrs

Anatomy and Physiology

Advance Human Anatomy and Physiology and advance Chakras

Contact 10 Hrs  Non Contact 5 Hrs      Total 15 Hrs     Min Hours With Leads 10 Hrs

Yoga Philosophy

Advance Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita

Contact 15 Hrs     Non Contact 10 Hrs     Total 30 Hrs     Min Hours With Leads  15 Hrs


School chooses a specialty type of yoga like yin yoga, etc

Contact 100 Hrs     Non Contact 0 Hrs     Total 100 Hrs     Min Hours With Leads 0 Hrs


50 class taught outside classroom post training

Contact 0 Hrs     Non Contact 30 Hrs     Total 30 Hrs     Min Hours With Leads 0 Hrs

Total Contact Hrs: 240 hrs

Total Non Contact Hrs: 260 hrs

Total Hrs: 500 hrs

Min Total Hours With Leads: 200 hrs

Online 500 Program Requirements

  • The entire hours of this program can be done online (i.e. non contact hours). To be allowed to register as an online school for this program: 
    • Schools must meet the overall hour requirements as the in person program requirements above.
    • Students need to be tested both in theory (e.g. yoga philosophy, etc) and practice (e.g. the ability to teach class) to demonstrate that they have gained the same level of knowledge and skill that would be obtained if they had taken the program in person, thus schools need to show in their syllabus how they will evaluate theory (e.g. yoga philosophy, etc) and practice (e.g. the ability to teach class) via exams or other form of evaluation.

Lead Requirements

  • All 500 hour program requires a trainer with a   ERYT 500 or 500 or equivalents.
  • Maximum of 2 trainers per program per location.

How To Apply

* Fill out an application for free

*Complete a school syllabus for approval

*Submit required certificates

*Pay fees

*Receive a school certification and registration material and info