The 200-hour and 500-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS) programs that have met standards set by Yoga Alliance require an investment of money (generally $2,000-$3,000 for the 200-hour program) and time for a yoga certificate.
When considering a yoga school, one of the big questions you’ll want to ask is about the training schedule.
Some programs meet once a month, over a period of 12 months. Others meet on weekends only for four to five months. And others offer an intensive first week of classes, followed by additional weekend training. This way, you don’t have to stress over a long time commitment for training and can easily achieve your goals of earning a yoga certificate, which will show your dedication and commitment to yoga.
The 200-hour program is a route that people first take, and then they pursue the 500-hour program for additional training. Program locations include studios, ashrams, or home settings, according to the Yoga Alliance. In both programs, you will be spending half of the program in training. The remaining hours focus on the basics of teaching yoga, learning anatomy and physiology, studying yoga philosophies and ethics, and hands-on teaching with students.
Once you graduate from a school that has met Yoga Alliance standards, you will be able to apply for the Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification. It takes just a couple of days for your online application to be reviewed and processed; paper applications typically take six weeks, according to Yoga Alliance. Yoga certificate programs allow you to learn about all styles of yoga, master the ones of most interest to you, and become an expert at teaching others to love the practice of yoga.