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TEACHER TRAINING FAQs

What are the prerequisites for Advanced Yoga Study/Teacher Training?

We ask that students applying to the training have at least one-two years of consistent practice. While the training provides the basic foundation of the yoga practice, it is still helpful if students have become acquainted with the yoga studio setting, the concept of the student-teacher relationship, the use of Sanskrit in classes, and the general purpose of the yoga practice. The 200-hour program is considered foundational and as such will cover the basics of the yoga practice and includes modules on teaching beginning-level asana. While 200 hours is not a lot in the broad perspective of such a deep practice, it is a commitment nonetheless. Students considering the program should be ready for immersing themselves for the full 9 months.

What if I have to miss one or more classes?

This is generally not a problem if you can attend most of the c weekends. The 200-hour Certification requires 90% attendance, which means you could miss one full weekend and still receive the number of hours needed. You are also welcome to make up a weekend the following year. If for some reason, you will not be in the Reno area to attend the following year's program, you can talk to Kim, the Program Director, and she will help you make up the hours in some other way such as in other workshops or by doing written assignments. Currently, this program runs once a year.

Will I be ready to teach after finishing this program?

That is a one of the most commonly asked but also one of the most subjective questions regarding Teacher Training. First of all, some students come in with a desire to teach, many students choose to participate in the training without intending to teach. The program prepares students with the information, precautions and practice to teach beginning-level students. There is, however, a lot of information to digest and embody. Some students feel comfortable teaching classes right away. Others may take more time and continue learning and integrating all they learned before starting to teach.

What are the class sizes?

The average class size for our Teacher Training is between 12-25 students.

What are the typical students like?

Most Advanced Study/Teacher Training students are relative beginners, studying an average of 2-3 years, although some students come to the training after practicing asana for more than a dozen or so years and still others are at about one-two years of practice. Each class has a broad representation of ages and body types. In past trainings the ages of participants have ranged from 18-65. Our program tends to attract a diverse population--students of all backgrounds and career paths--teachers, therapists, businesspeople, full-time grad students, full-time mothers, etc.--interested in deepening their understanding and practice of yoga. Some students will have other spiritual practices and some will have no previous experience with meditation or other internal work.

What is the atmosphere like?

The Advanced Yoga Study/Teacher Training Program is kind of a microcosm of Yoga Loka's community. Although many students come from other studios, there is a similar feel to the depth of study they are seeking and to how they are willing to engage with and relate to the practice. This is not an add water and stir kind of program. Students and teachers alike are asked to show up and participate in the class in a way that meets all situations and offers the potential for growth of each as individuals. It is not about giving students information so much as helping students broaden their perspective and learn in a particular way.

What is the led practice portion of the Weekend Asana classes?

Each weekend, Kim will lead the group in a 1.5 hour asana practice based on the content of that days module.

What about breaks?

There are breaks throughout the afternoon. As with any yoga class, you should not eat for a few hours before the start time of the practice but you should bring lunch and/or snacks for after that or for during the long afternoon.

Is there homework?

Built into the YA 200 hour program is the requirement of 30 hours of independent study. To meet this requirement monthly reading assignments, written and participatory assignments will be thoroughly explained the first weekend. As with the entire program, the student is urged to participate and engage as fully as possible but we are realistic about work and family obligations. Yoga is a lifelong practice, and teaching yoga requires a commitment of learning the skills, experiencing the practice, and serving our community. The 9 month schedule is a time of breaking down and building up; it is a time for taking in a vast amount of information. It may take months or years to integrate the information and to fully embody it.

What kind of accreditation?

Yoga Loka is a recognized, registered school with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org). Our program requirements meet or exceed Yoga Alliance's national standards for yoga teacher education.

What is the Yoga Alliance?

In the United States, teacher-training programs that meet certain standards are certified by the Yoga Alliance, a nationally recognized certification. There are two levels of Yoga Alliance certification -- 200 Hour and 500 Hour, referring to the length of the program. Trainees first complete the 200-Hour certification, which many yoga studios require as the minimum training for their teachers. Upon completion of a Yoga Alliance certified teacher-training program, teachers may use the acronym RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) after their name. Some teachers then choose to continue their studies by undertaking a 500-Hour training (see below).

What happens after 200 hours?

Yoga Alliance also offers accreditation for 500 hours of study. Yoga Loka is also offers a 500 hour program, available to participants of any 200 hour yoga teacher training course.

How do I apply to this Advanced Study Training Program?

Download the application and take your time writing out the answers. All the financial and processing information is included right on the application.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

For answers to all of your questions, please call 775-337-2990 or email kim@yogalokareno.com

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