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frequently asked questions

  1. what is the yogaworks method?
  2. what topics are covered in a yogaworks teacher training?
  3. am i good enough to do a yoga teacher training program?
  4. i have an injury/special condition. can i take this course successfully?
  5. can I take this training if i’m pregnant?
  6. what happens if i miss a day or weekend?
  7. what is yoga alliance?
  8. how much time should i expect to spend on homework?
  9. are some teacher trainers better than others?
  10. do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?
  11. will i be qualified to teach yoga once i complete the 200-hr. teacher training program?

1. what is the yogaworks method?
the yogaworks method balances precise instruction, alignment with breath and fluid movement. classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of yoga. a flow of sun salutes and postures are skillfully sequenced and modifications are used to individualize the practice for each student. the yogaworks teacher training program is based on this clear and effective style of practice. yogaworks’ style classes can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class.

2. what topics are covered in a yogaworks teacher training?

  1. asana – poses including sanskrit and english translation
  2. alignment – with modifications, variations and the proper use of props (block, strap, blankets etc)
  3. anatomy
  4. pranayama – breathing
  5. philosophy – yoga sutras of patanjali
  6. ayurveda – yoga’s sister science
  7. subtle body – chakra system and nadis
  8. meditation
  9. prenatal workshop
  10. hands-on adjustments
  11. a lot of practice teaching

3. am i good enough to do a yoga teacher training program?
students need to have a basic foundation in their yoga practice in order to take our teacher training – 6 months of regular practice is the general guideline. however, a diverse group of skill levels in a teacher training class makes the program stronger for everyone, because the group learns in a real world setting how to teach people of all levels.

4. i have an injury/special condition. can i take this course successfully?
your injuries and special conditions may feel like limitations but they are actually hugely beneficial to the teacher training group as a whole. other students in your teacher training program will learn how to teach and modify for students with similar issues and you will learn more about your personal limitations and how to modify accordingly.

5. can i take this training if i’m pregnant?
absolutely! see answer above.

6. what happens if i miss a day or weekend?
to obtain a diploma and letter of completion you must finish all the hours in the program. however, we understand that unexpected conflicts may arise and have therefore created a variety of make-up options for you.

due to the format’s scheduling, each weekend is equally important, and we encourage you to attend them all. the first two sessions lays the foundation for the entire training, and cannot be missed.

  • if you miss 3 days: you may still complete the program with you class provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with the appropriate trainer at some point during the program a two-hour private session equates to one day in the extended format. the cost of a private is $100 per hour. please contact the appropriate trainer to schedule the make-up session. the maximum number of private make-up sessions is two.

  • if you miss 4 days: you will not be able to complete the program with your class, and you will need to make up the classes in a subsequent training. you may choose to make up the first two days you miss with a private session during your training, but the additional days you will need to take in a subsequent training.

  • if you miss 5+ days: you will need to retake the program, at a discounted price, subject to space availability.
for all trainings: you may make-up your missed class in the subsequent training at no charge, subject to space. you may make-up your missed days in any yw training across the world (s.f., l.a., nyc, oslo, seattle, etc.) that is the same format.

7. what is yoga alliance?
yoga alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. more and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the yoga alliance, either at the 200 or 500 hour level. yoga alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. currently there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher.

8. how much time should i expect to spend on homework?
expect to spend between 4-8 hours per week on written, and reading assignments. the homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. if you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. however, 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 per yoga alliance.

9. are some teacher trainers better than others?
honestly, we highly recommend all of our teacher trainers. yogaworks teacher trainers are some of the most experienced teachers at yogaworks. they have also gone through a training themselves to become eligible to teach aspiring teachers. the line-up we have for the 2012 season is among our best instructors currently at yogaworks with each combination or trainers thought out specifically to complement one another and the material. we are also thrilled to introduce local yogaworks trainers through out the world. these trainers have gone through a training process, and assisted previous 200-hr trainings so become ready to co-lead, and lead trainings.

10. do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?
we offer a partial scholarship each training to a prospective student with exceptional circumstances. for a partial scholarship, yogaworks offers up to 50% discount off the full tuition in exchange for 100 hours of a work-exchange position. positions range from being an in-training assistant (ita) to marketing and retail assistance. to apply for a scholarship, please contact the teacher training department for an application. applications are due 3 months before the training begins.

11. will i be qualified to teach yoga once i complete the 200-hr. teacher training program?
the decision to teach is a personal one. some students graduate from the 200 hour training and begin teaching professionally immediately, whilst others take sometime to fully integrate the material before they begin teaching. you will have learned all the foundational tools to begin teaching, but when to begin is up to you. graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. and sub at larger studios. upon 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-hr level. you may also register with the yoga alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the ryt-200 level (registered yoga teacher 200).



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