Yoga Alliance FAQ's
...Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, in the land whose you are living. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Q: Is Holy Yoga a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance?
A: No. We are not a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance anymore, as they would not let our biblical study hours count as hours towards the registration. We were required to study the Hindu scriptures in order to remain registered with the Yoga Alliance, so we made the decision to withdraw from the registration. Our curriculum is exactly the same as it was when we were registered with the YA as a RYS, so our program content is similar to any other registered school. Holy Yoga maintains a wonderful relationship with the Yoga Alliance. No matter what school you complete your certification from, if you choose to register with the Yoga Alliance, you must do so separately.
Q: What is the difference between the 225 hour Holy Yoga certification and a certification from a school registered with the Yoga Alliance?
A: From a practical standpoint, nothing, with the exception of the hours spent focused on the philosophy and religious traditions of yoga. Please see the Accreditation Hours Comparison for more details. From an experiential standpoint, everything is different! We are dedicated to inspiring not just good teachers, but world class Holy Yoga Instructors that share not only a passion for yoga but for Jesus Christ.
Q: Can I register with the Yoga Alliance with my Holy Yoga certification?
A: No. As of April 15, 2011 the Yoga Alliance (YA) changed it's requirements for registration hours. Due to those changes, Holy Yoga has elected to no longer register any of our graduates with the Yoga Alliance.
For clarification, the Yoga Alliance is not a governing body of Yoga, is not recognized by the government, and is not branch of the government. If a state or government decides to regulate teachers, you will have to register with the state and they will require you to have a certification. The Yoga Alliance does not provide certification only registration which IS NOT required to teach or seek employment.
If you have completed a YA affiliated 200 hour program prior to your training with Holy Yoga, you may elect to register with the YA.
Q: What does the designation of Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) mean and how does it compare to Registered-Holy Yoga Instructor (R-HYI)?
A: The Yoga Alliance is a group of individuals who wanted to be sure that the science and the art of yoga teaching was standardized. They created a registration list and coined the term "RYT" to designate such standards. The hours in the Holy Yoga certification match up entirely with the standards put forth by the Yoga Alliance, with the exception of the spirituality. Therefore HYI and RYT both carry the level of expertise required to be a quality yoga instructor.
Q: After completing the Holy Yoga Instructor Program, what designation do I have?
A: R-HYI which is a registered Holy Yoga Instructor. The R-HYI indicates at least 200 hours of yoga training.
Q: Is there a cost to maintain my R-HYI designation?
A: No. Holy Yoga is not a network there are no dues for membership. Rather we are a community of believers dedicated to providing world class yoga and worship. Your R-HYI also includes unlimited access to the Holy Yoga Instructor portal without any cost. This portal provides all branding, marketing, advertising, and business related support.
Q: Do I have to be registered with the Yoga Alliance to carry insurance?