Yoga Schools – Standards and Forms


This section provides details on the requirements to be met by a Yoga Center for Certification for the 200 and 500 levels, in order to ensure that all graduates meet our high standards of education. Contact hours are those received by the student with the physical presence of a teacher. The number of non-contact hours (independent study) should include: assigned reading or other homework, study groups unsupervised, observing yoga classes, etc. The total hours given below are the minimum requirements.

• 200 – level program YTTC

1. Techniques (total of 130 hours with 90 hours of contact). Training techniques and practice: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, exercises or yoga, mantras, mudras, etc.
2. Teaching Methodology (total of 20 hours to 15 hours contact). Principles of demonstration, observation, support / correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities/skills of a teacher and student learning methodology.
3. Anatomy and Physiology (total of 10 hours, 5 contact hours). Physical Anatomy, Physiology and subtle anatomy.
4. Practical Teaching (total 20 hours with 10 contact hours). Student teaching and observing and assisting in classes taught by others. Times must be a combination of supervised and unsupervised hours.
5. Tasks (a minimum of 20 hours non-contact). Includes personal practice of yoga techniques specified, presentations and assigned specific tests and or assignments.

• 500 – level program YTTC
Techniques (total of 220 hours to 200 hours of contact).Training techniques and practices: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, ekagrata, pratyahara, dharana, samadhi, Samyama, sama, vyayamas exercises or yoga, chanting of mantras and meditation. 
Teaching methodology (a total of 45 hours with 35 hours of contact). Principles of demonstration, observation, support / correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities / skills of a teacher and the student learning process. 
Anatomy and Physiology (total of 50 hours with 20 contact hours). Physical Anatomy, Physiology and subtle anatomy. 
Psychology of Yoga (a total of 50 hours with 25 hours of contact). Psychology (Chitta, Manas, Buddhi, Smriti, samskaras, vasanas, Koshas and chakras, marmas, nadis, etc.)
Philosophy / Ethics / Lifestyle (total of 75 hours with 30 contact hours) Study Text Classic Yoga (Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, etc) , ethics for yoga teacher and development of a healthy yogic lifestyle. 
Teaching Practice (total 60 hours with 20 contact hours).Student teaching practice and observation and assistance in practical classes taught by teacher educators.


This code of conduct is the statement of ethical and professional behavior, which certified yoga schools undertake to respect and comply in full.

  • Recognise the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and, where appropriate, refer students with a specialized monitor.
  • Respect the privacy and personal rights of all students, regardless of age, handicap, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Avoid words and actions that can be considered sexual harassment.
  • Follow the traditional yoga principles as written by Patanjali (Yamas and Niyamas).
  • Maintaining a safe, comfortable and clean for the practice of yoga room.
  • Follow all local and national laws that apply to teaching yoga and general business practices.

*Should a school fail to comply with this code of conduct your registration may be revoked following a review of any complaints received

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