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Yoga Alliance

Things to consider before registering as an RYT 

or if you wish to take the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training

Before taking the 200hr Foundations training 

Before reading the information below,

If you are taking a yoga training so you can teach yoga for a particular place / employer,

then simply start with asking that employer

if they require you to be registered with Yoga Alliance.   

...Most likely they will not require this and so you can save your money

and choose any training you like.

Many of the best yoga training's are Not registered with Yoga Alliance 

(Continued from the Training Overview page)


All of CYS trainings surpass the requirements for you to register your certificate with Yoga Alliance, and thus be recognized as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) (Or an RYT 500 if you later decide to do the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training.)

Now, having said that, frankly, I feel you should know that many (probably most) good yoga studios nowadays do not care if you are registered with Yoga Alliance; as well as many (probably most) common gyms, such as LA Fitness (or even the Bethesda Hospital (gym) facility for Integrated Medicine that i worked at). Even the YMCA doesn't seem to care if you are registered with Yoga Alliance. Actually the YMCA requires (at least in Cincinnati), as any good yoga studio does, an audition; where the director or evaluator watches you teach a class. Nevertheless, there are some places [i assume there are, though i do not actually know of any in particular] that want you to be registered with YA. But i guess the best reason to register with them is if later you want to run a yoga training program yourself and register it with Yoga Alliance. But there are many, many training's out there in the world that have nothing to do with YA.  

The real proof is in the yoga pudding, not in a YA registry card! There are many poor teachers that are registered with Yoga Alliance and many great teachers that have never been Yoga Alliance; and many great teachers that have dropped out of Yoga Alliance. If you do a quick search on complaints against YA -get your popcorn out - you can read for days as you find that droves upon droves of yoga teachers and yoga studios are no longer paying their expensive dues to renew their registry/memberships. (...I once had overpaid Yoga Alliance by $900 and they didn't even tell me; i discovered it around a year later). I even know of a founding member of YA that no longer has anything to do with YA. Furthermore, even Master teachers from India, who have pioneered the whole world-wide asana boom are unable to register their training, if they actually wanted to, because they wouldn't fit into lines that YA has drawn; unless they choose to change their programs for the ambiguous whims and financial gains of YA.


Unfortunately, YA has long cornered a market of their own creation. Many studios, such as my own, would prefer not to have anything to do with YA. Nevertheless, most studios that hold teacher trainings still feel that they need to register their programs with YA anyway; because potential students could be potentially lost if a studio lets their YA registry expire. This is the case with CYS as well; and thus we still keep our trainings registered with them.


As an individual yoga teacher i personally would not register with YA if i had the choice, but as a studio owner that holds teacher trainings i must continue to renew with them or CYS could lose many potential YTT students. On the other hand, i am hopeful that in a few years i will no longer find it necessary to be registered with them.

The purpose for explaining all of this is not simply to bash YA and encourage you to save your money, but to let you know that you can take either of our trainings ~ the 200hr Vishwa Yoga training -Or- the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training ~ in whatever order that works for you, and still receive a certificate from Cincinnati Yoga School. Or maybe you just do one training or the other. Either way it is fine with Cincinnati Yoga School. But, Yoga Alliance has a rule that you must take a 200hr training before you can get a 300hr training certificate in order to register with them. Thus, this rule forces yoga studios that hold trainings to follow this order whether it makes any sense or not; it also requires studios to keep paying dues on two or more trainings even if they are only presently conducting one. YA rationalizes that such rules are to ensure quality training. This may be true in some instances, but it makes no sense in relation to the trainings we have at CYS. It inhibits both the school and our students. Furthermore YA never actually inspects what is going on in any training. Any RYT can fill out a curriculum form in a few hours, pay the dues and then be considered an RYS (Registered Yoga School) but they would never know if you are following the curriculum you have submitted; so long as you keep paying your dues.

I won't go into much further detail about all of the above, but for the sake of students who just want to begin training  with CYS but without having to wait several months or years for the various trainings we hold to line up in such a way that works for Yoga Alliance, let me explain the following:

The 200hr Foundations training is largely about the spiritual and philosophical foundations of yogic paths found all around the world. The Vishwa Ayurveda training is far more specific. The skills gained in this training do not require the large breadth of knowledge gained in the Foundations training. But together -having the specific skills of Vishwa Ayurveda and the philosophical foundations of the 200hr training- will make for an awesomely well-rounded, full spectrum, yoga teacher. Both trainings equally compliment each other, but the order in which you take them makes absolutely no difference. 

Many students who have already had a 200hr basic yoga training or even an advanced 300hr training at other studios have come to some of our training modules and tell us thereafter, 'Wow, my (basic/advanced) training didn't go into anything like this!' In other words, they often become interested in taking our Foundations training even when they have already had a basic or advanced training in the past. But usually 200hr graduates from other trainings will not go ahead and do it because Yoga Alliance will not award them the hours needed so they could apply it towards becoming the (once) coveted YA title of RYT 500.      ~ But CYS will!


In other words, if you do the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training first and then later do our 200hr Vishwa Foundations  training, or vice versa, CYS will award you a 500hr certificate. But, unfortunately, as we have explained above, Yoga Alliance would only award you the RYT 200 title for having taken them in that order. On the other hand, if you do take the 200hr Foundations training first and then later take the 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training, then you can register both of these CYS certificates with Yoga Alliance and become an RYT 500; for whatever that is worth.  

But why would you want to take our 300hr Vishwa Ayurveda training first anyway?

Well, there are several possible pros to this. Here are just a few: 

1. The training is even more amazing than the 200hr training.

2. The next Foundations training is not until Winter 2018-19, but the Vishwa Ayurveda training starts in May.

3. It will give you a very unique and powerful skill set that can be used in a wide variety of settings.

4. Later you can take the 200hr training and take $500 off the cost.

5. You can still get a 500hr certificate from CYS; which carries more respect with many yoga studios than YA does.

6. You can go ahead and take the 300hr Vishwa Yoga Journey (Training + Tour) in India.

7. It simply may appeal to you more at this time. Read all about the Vishwa Ayurveda training Here.

The only con is the hindrance of Yoga Alliance.

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