FAQ: Yoga Alliance Guidelines Regarding Non-Contact Continuing Ed Hours

Please note: Most YogaUOnline courses qualify for NON-CONTACT Continuing Education hours. Please see the guidelines below from Yoga Alliance for teachers who qualify for offering continuing education.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for social distancing, we have established a virtual learning temporary provision.  Under this provision any online workshops—whether prerecorded or live—that are viewed between March 13-September 30, 2020 can count toward contact hours. For more information, please review our Continuing Education FAQs.

Yoga Alliance currently has two systems for submitting continuing education hours: Through the old system and on their new YACEP system. Please note that YogaUOnline’s courses are not offered via YACEP, so you will need to submit hours through the old system. Below, please find the Yoga Alliance guidelines for this and how to submit your hours.

From the Yoga Alliance Website

What is a Continuing Education Non-Contact Hour?

Continuing Education Non-Contact Hours consist of learning outside of the classroom or without a qualified Continuing Education Provider present. All hours must be directly related to one of our Educational Categories. A Non-Contact Hour is earned by completing one hour of any of the following activities:

  • Reading a book or article, or watching a video

  • Being a student participant in a webinar or taking an online or correspondence course

  • Receiving remote mentoring

  • Authoring content for public dissemination 

  • (e.g., in newsletters, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, online, etc.)

  • Creating class materials for distribution to students

Registered Yoga Teachers are required to submit a written reflection or evaluation of each activity, to demonstrate what was learned and how it relates to one or more of our Educational Categories.

Who May Offer Continuing Education?

Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) must ensure they obtain Continuing Education from a qualified provider who meets any of the criteria below:

  1. A YACEP whose membership is current, or

  2. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT®) who is currently registered, or

  3. Someone who has both professional experience and substantial education related to one or more of the Yoga Alliance Educational Categories. The Provider must be able to document or demonstrate his/her relevant experience and education, and may provide Continuing Education only in their area(s) of expertise.*

*Yoga Alliance reserves the right to request supporting documentation from RYTs to substantiate the qualifications of any non-YACEP Continuing Education Provider.

How do I Log Continuing Education Hours

Registered Yoga Teachers log Continuing Education through your online account. After logging in:

  • visit “My Teaching Hours” and select the green button to “Add Teaching Hours”
  • visit “My Training Hours” and select the green button to “Add Training Hours”

How to Submit CE Credits Earned at YogaUOnline to Yoga Alliance: 
The CEs earned on YogaUOnline are non-contact hours with a non-Yacep provider. So, to submit them, follow these steps. 
1. Log In to your Yoga Alliance account, then go to https://www.yogaalliance.org/TrainingHours 
2. Under Add Training Hours, check the option for In person with someone who is not a YACEP. 

3. Under Add CE Training hours, select the button that says Only Non-Contact Hours (in green below). Then follow the prompts to enter the details of your training. 

Please Note: You can enter up to 20 Non-Contact hours for the 30 hours of Continuing Ed requirements with Yoga Alliance.