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Yoga School in India - RYS 200, RYS 300 - Yoga Alliance

Registered yoga school in India Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, RYS 300 - Yoga Alliance, USA - offers 200, 300 and 500-hour residential hatha yoga teacher training programs.

Rishikesh Yog Peeth is a non-profit making organization registered under the Indian Government Act 1860 for Societies. It is also accredited by the Yoga Alliance, USA as a "Registered Yoga School - RYS 200 & RYS 300". Our 200, 300 and 500-hour "Yoga Teacher Training Programs In India" fully comply with the standards set by Yoga Aliance and our graduates can register with it as RYT 200 or RYT 500 as per their qualifications.

RYT 200, RYT 500 - Yoga Alliance Certification in India

RYS 200, RYS 300 - Registered Yoga Schools India

Yoga Alliance certification in India at yoga school Rishikesh Yog Peeth - RYS 200, RYS 300.

Gee... so, I start from the beginning... My yoga teacher training at Rishikesh Yoga Peeth is only half of the transformative experience I had in India... I came to Rishikesh as the proverbial "open sponge"... no expectations, opening myself to a new culture and experiences, head up high and ready to jump in... and I wasn't disappointed... Since I already teach yoga in the states, having a new perspective was exactly what I needed... Yes, it had a western slant... true, it was at times disorganized... but as with a yoga practice, it is all a work in progress and it is all subjective... it is what you make of it... the gurus of RYP recognize the art form and with a passion, intelligence and skill, they were able to show me, and I'm sure other students as well... the nature, philosophies and heart of yoga and its origins... I made this journey my own... unafraid of stumbling... immersing myself in the universe that surrounds RYP and Rishikesh proper... I have had the most monumental experiences that have completely and absolutely re-invented me... at times, it was hard and trying of patience, but that's what growth is all about... with the "Peeth"'s influence, I will continue to be a student... even when I have soooo many hours taught and schooled under... my time at India has opened up that aspect of myself... and for that I humbly thank RYP for that... Thanks again, guys and Namaste!
Yoga Alliance Certification in India - RYT 200, RYT 500
Date published: 06/05/2013
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A Message from Mr. Richard Karpel, President and CEO of Yoga Alliance

Dear Registered Yoga Schools,

As we prepare to launch a new website and adopt a new, more rigorous credentialing system next month, I thought it would be a good time to review the challenges we face as well as the rationale behind the changes that we are making.

For many years, Yoga Alliance has operated a credentialing system based largely on the honor code, with little oversight of our Registered Yoga Schools. By the time I joined the organization 16 months ago, the yoga community was demanding change. You wanted us to uphold rigorous standards, and to elevate what it means to be a Registered Yoga School or Registered Yoga Teacher.

The challenge we faced was adding rigor to the system while continuing to fulfill Yoga Alliance's founding charter of protecting the rich diversity of yoga. How could we add credibility to the system without adding staff, raising fees, launching investigations and becoming a heavy-handed version of the Yoga Police?

It was clear that tinkering around the edges of our current system — or in R. Buckminster Fuller's formulation, "fighting the existing reality" — wasn't enough. So we decided to build a whole new model that we're calling Social Credentialing. Social Credentialing is a blend of traditional credentialing and the best practices of social-ratings sites, utilizing ground-level feedback in order to provide the public with more information about the yoga teacher-training programs listed on our directory. With the advent of social media and ratings sites, people are using the web to seek opinions and advice from others in order to identify the individuals and organizations they can trust. In this spirit of transparency and distributed knowledge, our new system will ask students of teacher-training programs to share their experience for the benefit of the yoga community and the public, as well as the school they attended.

It is understandable if this feels scary at first. But let's face it – whether you like it or not, many of your students are already rating and reviewing your school online and that trend is only going to grow. Rather than sit on the sidelines and let commercial social-ratings sites define the tools by which the yoga community will be evaluated, Yoga Alliance is building a new platform that will be managed and operated by the community itself. And our model is better suited to the needs of the community, since it relies solely on objective, constructive feedback from verified users.

Social Credentialing promotes empowerment and transparency over bureaucracy and control. Instead of creating an expensive, centralized bureaucracy to provide oversight, this new model shines a light on our Registered Yoga Schools and empowers the community to determine whether they meet the standards that all of our registrants have agreed to uphold.

Social Credentialing is also well suited to the ethos of the yoga community because it decentralizes power. We believe that a transparent system of self-regulation has greater moral authority than control exerted behind closed doors by a governing organization.

It's worth emphasizing that we are not changing our standards, and the standards themselves will not be set via Social Credentialing. Social Credentialing is merely the mechanism by which we will determine whether our standards are being met.

Since it's a new model, we don't have all the answers. We're confident that it will meet our broad objectives of adding rigor and credibility while protecting diversity, but we will be looking to you to help us make it work. We have received a flood of feedback from our registrants since we announced the new system earlier this year, and we have already made a number of significant changes based on what we learned. You can expect that process of continual improvement through feedback to continue.

It also is important for us to acknowledge another inescapable reality of our new system: The website
through which we administer it will be far from perfect when it launches next month. It will be a vast improvement over our current website, with more robust directory pages that showcase the character and personality of our registrants, but like all large-scale development projects, there will be problems that need to be fixed. In addition, we already have a lengthy list of features that we plan to build and that would improve the site, but they won't be available on day one.

There is no denying that making these kinds of sweeping changes will require more work on the part of both Yoga Alliance staff and members, especially for the schools that are registered with us. But we promise to provide all of you with the support you need to adapt to our new credentialing model. We also know that, over time, the burden will subside and the steps you will need to take to maintain your registration will become second nature. Your reward will be a significant enhancement in the credibility that your registration confers, and more clients who want to practice and study yoga with you or your organization. And, ultimately, more lives transformed by the practice of yoga, which is the shared goal of our community.

Richard Karpel
President and CEO of Yoga Alliance

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