We are pleased you have chosen to consider Yoga to the People to further your yoga education and are happy to share with you some brief insight into the course's intention and structure. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any remaining questions after browsing this site, please feel free to contact us via email or in-person at studio!
I'm really interested in enrolling in teacher training, but I'm not sure I qualify. Who is a good candidate for the program?
Students choose to enroll in teacher training for many reasons. Some have found value while on the mat and wish to share their experience through the path of instruction, while others are seasoned practitioners looking to deepen his or her own personal practice. Still there are some who are brand new to yoga and find an immersive program such as this to be the best introduction. Because there are so many reasons a person could choose to participate in training, we do not require a specific level of physical ability or previous knowledge. All that we look for is a feel for the yoga and a curiosity to sustain you throughout the process.
What does the teacher training curriculum include and when do we meet?
Depending on the program*, teachers-in-training will experience a certain level of exploration in essential fields. Group sessions take place wholly on the the weekends, with class gathering to study asana and sequence breakdown, alignment and adjustments, yoga philosophy and history, anatomy for yoga, breathing techniques and dialogue construction. Trainees are also required to participate in hands-on practicum and continued study throughout the duration of the course (this can include weekdays).
*please refer to our Dates and Rates page for details on schedule and location
What are the expectations for participants?
Please show up on time** and be ready to actively engage during each session. Study outside of training for dialogue practice, asana and sequence analysis, and quizzes. Observe a minimum 5 of classes throughout training (these will be assigned to you), and take at least 3 classes on your own during week*. Finally, you must demonstrate the ability to teach a complete class before graduation.
*all classes you take during the program are included with your tuition. We ask that you continue to pay for water, as well as mat and towel rentals if practicing outside of our Saint Marks studio.
**NOTE** Please understand that the start time of training is not the arrival time of training. If we have a start time of 10am, be sure you are in place for the program to begin. Be considerate of the time needed to organize your things, put down your mat, and use the restroom, assuming others may want to use the facilities as well. The instructors and lecturers arrive early so they can begin their presentations on time.
Can I still enroll if I know there is a weekend I will be absent for?
These are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you know you will be absent during the course, please reach out to us with your specific dates and times for further discussion.
Where will I be able to teach after completing the teacher training with Yoga to the People?
With YttP as a Yoga Alliance member, graduates are able to submit their newly acquired credentials to the Y.A. teacher's database, creating an additional source for future employers to verify your qualifications. Not every training offered through Yoga to the People is eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance. Please contact us with your specific program interest to find out if you’d qualify.
If working for YttP is something you wish to pursue, we will support you in making it happen. Yoga to the People only hires from our own trainings, and while we cannot hire everyone who comes through our doors, we encourage those interested to look at these programs as extended, two-way interviews.
If you desire to find employment elsewhere, or even open your own space or business, we will also do our best to help you. While each studio has its own set of criteria for hire, most will always start with an interview/audition, and the certificate you receive is a true testimony of your abilities.
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curriculum and subjects explored:
Anatomy and Yoga Assists
History of Yoga
Pranayama and Kriyas