Certification for Yoga: Understanding the Different Types of Yoga Teacher Certifications

It can be hard to navigate the different kinds of yoga certifications when browsing the internet. Do I even need certification, and if so, which one? And what do they even mean or stand for? In this article, we aim to provide some clarification on the different types of certification for yoga, with a particular focus on Yoga Alliance certifications.

Importance of Yoga Teacher Certifications

Obtaining a yoga teacher certification, especially from an organization like Yoga Alliance, holds a lot of benefits. Most importantly, it provides credibility and establishes you as a qualified yoga teacher. Studios and students are more likely to trust yoga teachers who have completed a certified Yoga Teacher Training, as it demonstrates that you have undergone formal training and ensures the standard of the training. Yoga Alliance holds significant recognition within the yoga community and is internationally accredited and well-known.

But there are also other yoga organizations worth mentioning, such as Yoga Alliance Professionals and others.

Different Types of Yoga Teacher Certifications

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification

The 200-hour yoga teacher training is the standard foundation certification for yoga teachers, and it is where everyone starts. Students who have completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training can call themselves a 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher. If the training is Yoga Alliance registered, they can call themselves a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher.

Take a look at our Yoga Alliance recognized 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

The 300-hour yoga teacher training is the next step that builds upon the knowledge acquired in the 200-hour training. It is not possible to do a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training without having completed the 200-Hour Foundation Yoga Teacher Training.

Take a look at our Yoga Alliance recognized 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali

500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

It is also possible to do a 500-hour yoga teacher training right away. This means you are completing both a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in one go. Upon completion of either a 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in one go or a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training followed by a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, students can call themselves a Certified 500-Hour Yoga Teacher. If the training is Yoga Alliance registered, they can call themselves a Certified 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher.

Specialized Yoga Teacher Certifications

In addition to the above trainings, Yoga Alliance also recognizes specialized certifications that cater to specific populations or styles of yoga. These certifications include pre & postnatal yoga, children’s yoga, yin yoga, meditation, and more. These trainings often fall under continued education course certifications or have their own certification processes.

An example of a specialty training could be our 25-Hour Online Meditation Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance Certification

Yoga Alliance is one of the internationally recognized organizations that sets standards for yoga teacher training programs and certifies both individual teachers and schools.

They provide two main types of certifications:

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

The Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation is for individual yoga teachers who have completed a Yoga Alliance approved training. The RYT designation is further categorized based on the number of training hours completed, such as RYT-200 and RYT-500 as described above. It then furthermore goes on to E-RYT-200 or E-RYT-500 with E standing for experienced, meaning teachers that meets certain requirements to call themselves experienced yoga teachers.

Registered Yoga School (RYS)

The Registered Yoga School (RYS) certification is for yoga teacher training programs that meet the standards set by Yoga Alliance.

For more information about Yoga Alliance and their different types of Certification please have a look at Yoga Alliance’s Website.


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Leticia Debas

United States & Brazil
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
January 2020

“It has been a journey that I will be forever grateful for!”

It forced me dive into myself & is helping me to begin to establish a relationship between my physical body, my mind and my soul.

Some days I thought were “rock bottom” … but it only made me realize that was part of the journey, the journey of trusting myself of becoming my own “hero” the person who I’ve always been but have never really trusted! All these “things” I see as signs from the universe telling myself to trust ME to believe in ME and to hear ME … to L O V E me as I am and accept all the little “flaws” that comes with being a human and all.

But I couldn’t have done it without all these beautiful souls, these magical humans who were always there to listen to just “one more story” of why “I’m crying right now” or to give me some ibuprofen when my muscles ached or to pay for a cab ride back to the hotel when I didn’t have any more cash on me and didn’t sweat it cause “it happens to all of us” or that person who believed in me more than I did when I finally landed that “tri-pod headstand” and says “I told you, you could do it!” Or that person who held my hand while I got stitches for the first time & for that I’m so thankful to you all ♥︎ .

if that weren’t enough the universe blessed me with some great teachers. So knowledgeable while being so understanding when we were faced with feeling frustrated. Teachers Who would stay 15 (or more) minutes after a two hour lecture or practice making sure they answered all our questions … & to our yoga philosophy teachers who knew some subjects were hard & uncomfortable and gave us time to absorve it all and were understanding if we (me) shed a tear and needed a moment to ourselves. Thank you @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey I couldn’t be more grateful!

Leticia Debas


Claire Falconer

Australian living in Dubai
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…most incredible group of students”

To put the last month into words is impossible, to put into feelings is impossible and to put into emotions is even more impossible.

When I signed up for my yoga teaching course I genuinely didn’t expect so learn so much about myself, I didn’t expect to open my heart and open my mind as much and sure as hell didn’t expect to open my tear ducts as much.

I think I’m still trying to process, or even being to process the learnings and new ways of thinking. So from here, the learnings & new practices have only began. From here, I’m nervous for a new future and from here all I can say is fuk yes.

Thank you  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga for this journey. Thank you to the most incredible group of students I got to share this with, and thank you to all my incredible teachers legit you’ve changed my life. 😭
Analu, Sean, Jono, Maria, Bente, Magdalena & Rachel Fearnley.

From Instragram @clairefalconer__

Claire Falconer


Ryan Lyons

Unites States
200HR Yoga Teacher Training
August 2019

“…thank you for sharing this journey with me”

It’s official, completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with  @thepeacefulwarriorsyoga. Without sounding cliché, this journey was life changing. When we think of yoga we often only think of the physical practice, poses, turning oneself into a pretzel! It’s the western way of thinking, and we forget about the connection to the mind and soul. We forget that yoga is also about the breath, meditation, energy systems and the power of what this connection can bring to our lives. I am full of gratitude! I have found a deeper purpose from this journey and I look forward to what lies ahead to help others live a more healthy, and meaningful life.

To all my teachers Bente, Maria, Sean, Rachel, Analu, Magdalena thank you for inspiring me, I have a light inside that is shining brighter then ever!
And to my fellow classmates, thank you for sharing this journey with me, for being vulnerable, and for being courageous! I do not believe we came together by chance, but more so to each learn and grow from one another.

From Instragram @ryflips

Ryan Lyons

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