Membership Updates

At Yoga Alliance, we are committed to updating you and connecting with you through the global coronavirus pandemic. This health emergency has understandably caused concern and anxiety amongst our communities around the world. While we cannot eliminate all threats, we can take preventative steps to minimize risk.

We are continuously fielding many questions from member schools and teachers regarding a variety of coronavirus concerns and what impact there might be to our standards, their credentials, or other aspects of their professions as yoga teacher training programs, trainers, and teachers.

Membership Renewal Extension Option

We understand that for many this is a time of financial uncertainty. We do not want Yoga Alliance membership renewal to be another point of stress; rather, our hope is to provide you with the services, resources, education, advocacy, and benefits you need to get you through this crisis and beyond.

As such, we have created a membership renewal extension offering for those members who need it. If your membership renewal falls between now and June 30, you will have the option to delay the payment of your membership dues by up to three months. For example, if your upcoming membership renewal date is May 23, you can choose the option to defer your membership renewal payment for up to three months, extending your renewal payment date to August 23.

How this works: Members whose renewal falls between now and June 30 do not need to do anything immediately. Rather, when your renewal payment date approaches, you will receive an email that offers two options: 1) to request a one-, two-, or three-month deferral or 2) to pay as scheduled.

We recognize that this renewal extension offering does not currently include members whose renewal comes up after June 30. If this is you and you already anticipate the need for an extension, or if your circumstances necessitates additional consideration, please contact us at info@yogaalliance.org. We will work with you to ensure your membership continues without pause. Additionally, we will connect with members whose memberships lapsed in the wake of COVID-19 to offer them this same extension offer as well.

Since it is unknown how long this situation will last, we will be continually evaluating the timeframe of this extension and will make updates as appropriate. And while not required, members who are in a position to pay their membership dues on time may choose to do so. This funds our ability to provide our members with tools and resources at this critical time.

Membership renewal FAQs can be found here

For Registered Yoga Schools—Virtual Learning Temporary Provision
In light of COVID-19, Yoga Alliance made a temporary provision to allow its schools to offer contact hours in a virtual format from March 13—September 30 for any currently active teacher training program as well as those that will be running sessions during this timeframe. This applies to those sessions that would otherwise be in-person. 
Please note: the original end date for this provision was communicated as June 30. However, after hearing the continued need for flexibility in member scheduling and decision making, we extended the provision for three more months. We will continue to evaluate the need for this provision and its corresponding timeline throughout the duration of the pandemic.
This temporary provision applies to:
  • RYS 200, RYS 300, and RYS 500 teacher training programs;
  • RCYS and RPYS teacher training programs;
  • Trainings and courses in support of the Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (CE) requirements; and
  • ALL Educational Categories, including practicum (practice teaching) and observation requirements.

We recommend, where possible, that trainings and courses make every attempt to deliver virtual content live (not pre-recorded) in effort to more fully replicate in-person trainings as much as possible. That said, we understand that this is not always feasible.

To leverage this temporary provision of offering some of your teacher training sessions virtually during this time period, please email info@yogaalliance.org with the name of your RYS, the dates of your training program overall, specifically the dates of the portions of the training to be offered virtually, and the total amount of contact hours you will be delivering virtually (with no restriction on Educational Category). Member Support will respond and confirm your plans for temporary virtual training delivery in order to document that your RYS is still in compliance with our standards during this unique time. While you do need to email us, you do not need to wait for approval from Yoga Alliance to start delivering your content virtually

In addition, please

  • Refer to the Yoga Alliance online learning best practices as a resource;
  • Review the Standards Review Project Online Learning working group paper about considerations as they pertain to online learning; and 
  • As a reminder, Yoga Alliance Members receive between 15–30% off subscriptions to Teachable, an all-in-one platform that helps individuals create and sell courses online. 
For Registered Yoga Teachers—Online Hours for Teaching and Continuing Education

During this unique time, RYTs may count hours virtually taught as regular teaching hours. RYTs can log these hours as they usually would with any teaching hour via their Yoga Alliance dashboard. 

In addition, RYTs may count online courses taken during this time as contact hours for Continuing Education (CE) requirements. Members should refer to our Member Benefits page for partners that offer online training courses.