mission & history
yoga alliance® is the national education and support organization for yoga in the united states. they work in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction.
yoga alliance was formed in 1999 by a merger of two volunteer organizations, unity in yoga and ad hoc yoga alliance. unity in yoga sponsored national and international yoga conferences from 1982 until 1995. ad hoc yoga alliance was formed in 1997 to create minimum standards for yoga teachers. since their formation, they have emphasized mutual respect, sensitivity and support of different yoga styles and traditions.
in september 1999, the newly organized yoga alliance® established a national yoga teachers' registry to recognize and promote teachers with training that meets their minimum training standards. teachers who meet these standards are eligible to register as "ryt®"s (registered yoga teachers). in 2005, in conjunction with enhanced revised standards for registration, they began recognizing and registering teachers with significant teaching experience in addition to training (experienced registered yoga teachers, or "e-ryt®"s).
yoga alliance® also maintains a registry of yoga schools to recognize yoga teacher training programs of at least 200 or 500 hours. a school whose curriculum satisfies or exceeds their minimum training standards may apply to register as a "rys®" (registered yoga school). once a school is registered, all graduates of a rys® are automatically eligible to register with them as ryt®s.
for more information: yogaalliance.org