Recently I have had several students ask me about yoga teacher training. While I do offer one on one 200hr RYT, I think it’s important to answer your questions objectively.
Q-What is Yoga Alliance A- Yoga Alliance is an organization that sets standards for yoga professionals and teacher training programs around the world. Their aim is to “promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.” The idea was to create a program that could help hold yoga schools and yoga instructor accountable. An RYT certification, then, would mean that you have an in-depth understanding of yoga history, the anatomy of the yoga postures, pranayama meditation, and teaching skills.
Q-What is a 200hr RYT A-200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher is the minimum recommended standard for yoga teachers that are certified through the Yoga Alliance. From there, you can add an additional 300hrs and become a 500hr RYT You can also take specialized trainings in smaller commitments like 50hrs, 100hrs or 200hrs. These courses would be in specialized areas like, yin, vinyasa, hatha, kids, prenatal etc. Q-As a studio owner do you require a 200hr Yoga Alliance certification A-No, I do not require a certification. A Yoga Alliance certificate is absolutely NOT necessary to teach yoga. An RYT certificate does not automatically mean that you are knowledgeable, that you are reliable, or that you are trustworthy, or that you can lead a class.
More things to consider when attending a YA certified school. 1-You must finish that course as outlined by the alliance and by the school. 2-You must pay the applicable fees to YA; which include and initial registration fee and annual dues. 3-You must participate in continuing education programs as dictated.
Q-What options are there? A-There are many options and many levels of education, classes, and certifications. You just have to really look and really know what your intentions are for learning about yoga. International Yoga Federation Click here IYF operates in a similar certifying format to Yoga Alliance. However, they differ in that IYF offers three different Yoga Teacher Training Programs (depending on region) in which different training standards are required.
British Wheel of Yoga. click here (BWY) is the largest yoga membership organization in the United Kingdom. The British Wheel of Yoga school focuses on hands-on training that shows the student “how to teach” as their primary method of cultivating great yoga teachers.
Q-Local? Online? Far away country? A-Local. Text me if you really want me to go into this.
Q-Do you have recommendations? Yes, of course I would recommend going through me! My 2nd alternative recommendation would be Katona Yoga Click here And…. It really all depends on what your goals and intentions are after training. This is another F.A.Q. or just text me if you want me to elaborate.
Q-What is taught? A-Basic YA training requirements Techniques, Training and Practice This portion of the course is the physical asana practice. Students are taught proper alignment of the postures along with the Sanskrit name for each yoga asana. With breath being the most important element of yoga, there is almost always a dedicated pranayama class. Yoga Teaching Methodology An RYS needs to include some guidance on how to create sequences and structure yoga classes. While each RYT can develop their own teaching style, certain teaching skills and techniques are expected to be covered in a credentialing program. Some trainings may have a certain focus, such as kids yoga or yoga therapy. Anatomy & Physiology Understanding how the body moves is important in assisting students with achieving the correct alignment in the yoga postures. Becoming a certified yoga instructor should mean that you know enough to teach yoga without putting anybody in a potentially harmful posture. Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle This is a broad category and can include topics such as pranayama meditation, ayurvedic health, raw foods, and philosophy. It is where students are meant to study the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which includes far more than just the poses and postures that we see in western yoga classes. Students will often be required to read ancient text important to yoga history, such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita. Practicum A certain number of hours in each course is dedicated for students to teach their own classes. These contact hours allow students to teach yoga and gain experience before actually gaining their yoga certification. It is where they can try on their own teaching style, practice cuing their students into different yoga postures, and guiding pranayama meditation.
Q-What are important qualities I look for in a yoga instructor? A-An amazing yoga teacher can have a massive impact! They can uplift and inspire, they can help to relax and rejuvenate, they can even help us push through mental barriers we didn’t know we had. 1. They connect with everyone in Class A great teacher can lead a class of 50 just as effectively as a class of 5 because they have the ability to make everyone feel connected to them. (even the person in the back corner trying to be inconspicuous).
2. They Have A Way With Words A yoga teacher’s voice is perhaps their most powerful tool. Being able to confidently direct a group of people in and out of postures using only words can be challenging. A teacher must do it in a smooth and clear way that maintains the flow of the class.
3. They Leave Their Ego At The Door They understand that the purpose of the class is not about their own practice. It’s to lead and support their students through an experience of yoga and with this in mind they teach and demonstrate postures that are suitable for the level of the class. Ego-less teachers are happy to share their wisdom and knowledge openly and they can totally laugh at themselves when they make a mistake.
4. They Love (And Respect) Yoga Yoga works on the mind, the body and the spirit. This holistic approach is what makes yoga more than just a stretch class and a great teacher can easily find the balance between the physical and the esoteric. Their deep love and respect for this amazing life science can be a real source of energy and inspiration for their students.
5. They Let Their Authentic Personality Shine Through No matter what we are doing, we do it better when we operate from an authentic space. A few well-timed jokes in a class can really relax everyone and bring a light heartedness to the room but it works better when the teacher has a natural sense of humor. If a teacher’s authentic personality is more about warmth and compassion and they teach from their heart, they too have the ability to create a really beautiful and uplifting class.
6. They Are Prepared I support a spontaneous, intuitive style of teaching. A great teacher will have given time and thought to how they are going to lead a class and it usually results in a better experience for their students. Preparation also takes into account arriving early, setting the scene and creating an environment...
7. They teach to All Levels Our yoga classes are open level, which means there will be a range of abilities, from beginners to advanced. Yoga can be intimidating for beginners and it’s a real skill for a teacher to make them feel supported and included without compromising the challenge for the more advanced students.
8. They Share Their Knowledge It’s comforting when a teacher clearly knows their stuff. Whether they explain the medical benefits of postures as we hold them or confidently offer variations for people with injuries or limitations, by demonstrating their knowledge they gain credibility, leading nicely on to the next point.
9. They Gain Trust When we have 100% trust in a yoga teacher, we are willing to push outside of our comfort zone and test our boundaries both mentally and physically. An excellent yoga teacher will take our practice to a whole new level, to a place where we can really start to transform, both on and off the mat.
10. They love their students. An amazing yoga teacher is a beacon of light and willingly shares that light with everyone around them, making their class a really special place to be.
I charge $2,300 which works out to be only $13.00 per hour. If you are interested in taking my 200RYT, we would work out a schedule that we can both live with.
I hope this helps, and Don’t hesitate to text me if you have any additional questions.