Q & A: What do all those letters means after a yoga teacher's name?

Q: What do all those letters mean after a yoga teacher's name and should I care about them?

A: Most yoga teachers are constantly learning. It's our personal desire to understand the practice of yoga by learning from various instructors who can teach us even more in depth topics like prenatal, children's yoga or simply to further advance our own teaching style. I believe that as a yoga instructor I am always a student, always learning.

Should you care about all those letters behind my name and other yoga instructors' names?

Maybe..maybe not. If nothing else it can be a road map for you to understand the type of yoga instructor that is teaching the class.
There is an umbrella company, Yoga Alliance, that yoga teachers pay annually to be considered registered with them. Think of it as an association or a union. Yoga Alliance came about to create guidelines on yoga teacher trainings. Each registered yoga school is expected to teach students certain standards and to teach an appropriate number of hours on each subject of importance to being a yoga teacher. When you register with Yoga Alliance you are held to certain standards in order to achieve all of those letters behind your name.

What do my letters mean?
RCYT: Registered Children's Yoga Teacher.
This means that I completed a children's yoga teacher training program. I am certified to teach yoga to children, of all ages.
E-RYT 200: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour.
This means that I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and after completion of that training I have taught over 1,000 hours of yoga classes.
RYT 500: Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour.
This means that I have completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training program. There is not a level beyond 500 hour except being labeled "Experienced" after 4 years and another 1,000 hours of teaching.
All of these letters after my name basically means that I am an advanced yoga teacher. That I've been doing this for a while and when you come to my classes you can expect to experience an advanced knowledge of the poses and style of teaching.

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