A 501c3 Non-Profit Ministry

Yoga Alliance FAQ

After completing the Holy Yoga Instructor Program, what designation do I have?

R-HYI, which is a registered Holy Yoga Instructor. The R-HYI indicates at least 225 hours of yoga training.

What does the designation of Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) mean and how does it compare to Registered-Holy Yoga Instructor (R-HYI)?

The Yoga Alliance is not an accreditation or certification granting board. They are a group with the intention of standardizing yoga certification programs to insure that yoga instructors have enough training to be safe in the classroom.

The Yoga Alliance 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 being 10 hours shy of the in person (or contact) hours. While the RYT and HYI programs are very much alike, the Holy Yoga training actually requires more anatomy, physiology and history of yoga hours than the outlined RYT requirements.

Therefore HYI and RYT both carry the level of expertise required to be a quality yoga instructor.

What is the difference between the 225-hour Holy Yoga certification and a certification from a school registered with the Yoga Alliance?

From a practical standpoint, nothing, with the exception of the contact hours. The platform Holy Yoga uses to train restricts us from having a 7 day retreat, therefore we are 10 CONTACT hours shy of the Yoga Alliance requirements to be a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

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 also for Jesus Christ.

Is Holy Yoga a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance?

No. We are not a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance anymore. Six years ago, we made the decision as a non-profit 501c3 to follow the Lord into the call of being a ministry that trains yoga instructors instead of being another yoga school.

The Yoga Alliance accreditation requires, as a part of yoga history, study of sacred yogic texts. That is one reason we made our decision, but another reason is that we were 10 hours short of the required contact hours. Our retreat is 6 days and the full contact hours would only be met in an 8 day retreat.

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. 

Registration with the Yoga Alliance is NOT required to teach or be insured. It is an elective participation. Paying for registration with the Yoga Alliance allows you to place your name on their list denoting the level of instruction you have received in your elected training.

Can I register with the Yoga Alliance with my Holy Yoga certification?

No. Holy Yoga has elected to no longer register as a school of yoga with the YA. As of April 15, 2011 the YA no longer accepts registration from graduating students of non-registered schools.

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.

Do I have to be registered with the Yoga Alliance to carry insurance?