Yoga Teacher Training FAQ’S
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM?
You can now sign up online! Go to our first Weekend Dates [April 6th] and register just like you would for a class!
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE BALANCED PLANET YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?
Balanced Planet Yoga is a Vinyasa-based studio and school that teaches a method that harmonizes detailed instruction and alignment with breath and fluid movement. We have created our own unique flow consisting of sun salutations and various postures that are skillfully sequenced to complete a balanced 60 minute class. We also teach proper modification and educate trainees on using props to make this practice suitable for all levels. Our flow will also be taught in a beginners format and more advanced format so that the trainee will have experience teaching to different groups of students.
HOW PROFICIENT IN YOGA DO I HAVE TO BE TO DO THE 200-HOUR PROGRAM?
We suggest that you have a minimum of 6 months of a consistent yoga practice before enrolling in our teacher training program. We want to make sure that trainees have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach. Each training weekend will involve a lot of physical activity and we want to ensure that the body is ready for it! Not sure if your practice is “good” enough? Come talk to us. I bet we will think differently!
WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE 200-HOUR BPY TEACHER TRAINING?
In addition to making lifelong friends and deepening your experience of yoga, you will study the following topics in depth:
- Asana – learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses
- Alignment – with modifications, variations and the proper use of props
- Sequencing – how to design dynamic, and effective sequences for all levels
- Working with different kinds of bodies/students
- How to observe bodies in practice
- Working with injuries and limitations
- Hands on adjustments
- Practice teaching
- Pranayama – breathing techniques
- Sanskrit translations
- The History and Philosophy of Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
- The business of Yoga and how to be successful as a teacher
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?
No problem! Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to dig deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It’s also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our loving Yoga Community.
WHAT ARE THE 200-HOUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?
In order to graduate the program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:
- Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
- Successful completion of homework and quizzes
- Participation in teaching a 60 minute class to BPY students
- Assist Kate or Cheryl for two 60 minute classes
CAN I PRACTICE AT YOUR STUDIO DURING TRAINING?
When you enroll for a 200-Hour program at a BPY, you will have access to all regularly scheduled yoga classes from April 6th to July 16th. This benefit does not include workshops, other training programs.
ARE ANY BOOKS AND MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS?
All BPY Teacher Training Manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books.
200-Hour Required Reading:
- Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele
- The Complete Guide To Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope
These books can be purchased via kindle or paperback.
WHAT IS THE 200-HOUR ATTENDANCE AND CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY?
Each student must attend all 200 hours of training. If you need to miss hours talk to Cheryl or Kate to create a plan!
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON 200-HOUR HOMEWORK?
We will ask students to study history and philosophy as well as daily journal in between training weekends. We also encourage making index cards and practicing the sequence. If you wish to receive your Diploma and Letter of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.
WILL I BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH YOGA ONCE I COMPLETE THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?
Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Letter of Completion and Diploma evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. Graduates of the 200-Hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc.
For more information about BPY’s Teacher training program see Kate or Cheryl at the studio or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org