How long do you have to be a student to take the teachers’ training course?
It is most preferred that prospective teachers have been studying yoga for at least two years and have already committed to an ardent home practice and regular meditation.
Is the programme certified?
Our Teachers’ Training Programme is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level and every successful graduate can register with the Alliance as a “Registered Yoga Teacher.” In time, this registry could lead to more yoga teaching opportunities for you.
If this information or the studio or any of the graduates’ testimonials do not tell you enough, please call to talk with one of the program staff or one of the graduates.
Can I teach as soon as I graduate?
Yes, many graduates do. You will learn asanas, meditation and some pranayama techniques, as well as how to combine those practices into safe and enjoyable yoga classes for students.
Is the Teacher Training Programme difficult?
The training certainly involves commitment. Students are expected to complete homework, readings and assignments while they regularly attend studio classes. There is an absentee policy and your work and attendance are monitored by the programme director. Physically, your regular practice will likely evolve and expand. Students are always pleased to discover what they didn’t know they could do.
Do I have to be able to do advanced yoga postures in order to be certified?
We would like our teachers to understand how to adapt the asana to the person, not forcing the person to do something inappropriate for his or her body. In this spirit, you need to be able to do the asanas covered in this course in ways that are appropriate for your own body and health conditions.
This may mean modifying some of the asanas, perhaps significantly in some cases, but rarely does it mean not doing any version of the asana at all. However, you will need to know how to teach all the asanas covered in this course.
I don’t intend to teach. Can I still complete the programme?
Absolutely. Students may take this course simply for personal development while enhancing their current practice. Beyond the yogic methods and techniques, the personal development includes improved public speaking, reading ancient texts, how to offer and receive positive criticism. There is, however, no auditing the course – full participation is required regardless of a person’s chosen path at the end of the programme.