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February 8, 2007 - 11:11 am
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Namaste Janelle,

Just so you know, you do not have to join Yoga Alliance to become a certified Yoga teacher, but I have provided details to answer your question.

Yoga Alliance will recognize Paul's correspondence courses for continuing education credits of existing Registered Yoga teachers (RYT's). He is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and writes Yoga teacher courses, which can be used for a Certified Yoga Teacher Diploma (CYT) or for the continuing education of RYT's

However, due to the current 200-hour contact hour requirements of the Yoga Alliance, you would have to attend an intensive at his facility in Attleboro, Massachusetts, at a Registered Yoga School, or from an E-RYT 500, to get 200 contact hours in one single facility, which meet the current Yoga Alliance requirements.

What is the difference between and CYT and RYT?

CYT is a Certified Yoga Teacher.

RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher.

The first step in teaching Yoga would be to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. Think of this step as earning your Bachelor's Degree.

Optional steps, after becoming a CYT, are to become a Registered Yoga Teacher or to go for level 2 certification. Consider these achievements as similar to earning your Master's Degree.

Paul has onsite classes: He also offers a Yoga Teacher Training Correspondence Course, for those of us who desire to become a Certified Yoga Teacher.

With respect to becoming an RYT: Yoga Teacher Training schools certify, but don't register Yoga teachers.

Yoga Teacher Registration is performed by a third party registrar like the Yoga Alliance.

If you are still not clear on this concept, which is complicated, contact Yoga Alliance to find out more about their current contact hour requirements.

Om Shanti,


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