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Foundation Course Requirements

This is the main route for qualifying as a full yoga teacher.

To find out if you're eligible to have your Yoga Teacher Training Course accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, read on.

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Course Requirements
(Per Syllabus)

  • Min 200 hours (180 contact hours). If the course is over 200 hours, at least 90% must be contact hours.
  • Approved Training Providers can add up this event.
  • Anyone looking to teach can attend this event
  • 70% of the Course must be taught by a YAP Registered Senior Yoga Teacher

Additional Requirements for Intensive Courses

  • Must be run over a minimum of 21 days
  • Daily schedule with a breakdown of hours clearly displayed on Trainer’s Profile/Website
  • Post Course Observation and/or Assisting in classes - Minimum of 30 hours
  • The trainer must have evidence of asana experience, for example, video/photograph of asana, telephone or skype interview.
  • The student must have a strong daily practice with at least 2 years of experience.

Procedural Requirements

Before we can accredit your Foundation Course with Yoga Alliance Professionals we will need to confirm certain requirements and review your policy documents and syllabus

Trainer Requirements

      • Display your YAP logo on your website and social media.
      • Detail all course syllabi on your website.
      • Add all course dates to your YAP Trainer Profile.
      • Regularly check your Profile for leads.  
      • Show your Trainee Teachers supplied YAP marketing material.
      • Lists of successful graduates must be sent to us within 7 days of the course end date.
      • Use your YAP Trainer Profile to add content, like articles, videos. This increases your profile's SEO ranking.

What To Include In Your Policy Documents
(We can provide examples if needed)

        • Terms & Conditions (include in your T&Cs that you will pass your Graduates contact details to YAP, so we can invite them to join). 
        • Refund Policy.
        • Complaints Procedure.
        • Code of Conduct.
        • Provide Evidence of Corporate Insurance (for UK or Eire only).
        • Add your policy documents onto your website.

Registering Trainees

We have excellent resources for Trainee Teachers. To offer them additional support, we require all non-intensive Foundation Courses to supply us with a list of Trainee Teacher contact details.

How Do I Apply?


Read the points above very carefully, to ensure that you fully understand our requirements.
Make sure that your Senior Yoga Teacher is already registered with YAP. If you're not sure? contact us!
Complete the form at the top of this page to start the trainer sign up process.
Note: There is no guarantee of acceptance and your application fee is non-refundable.



To run a training course you will need to sign up as an Approved Training Provider.

Your Membership price and course price is separate, learn more about the fees below.


Approved Training Provider


• Any Business or Brand running or hosting teacher training courses can apply.
• Training Courses can be led by multiple registered Senior Yoga Teachers.
• Separate Trainer Profile Account.
• The Trainer agrees to abide by the ‘Trainer Terms of Engagement’.

Foundation Course

Unlimited Course Syllabi

You can teach these courses in two formats;
- for example, 4 consecutive weeks
Non-Intensive - for example over the course of one year