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Joining a Yoga District teacher training means you’ll be joining a growing community of yogis who understand concepts that govern a wide variety of yoga traditions. Our curriculum features a variety of different styles of yoga to celebrate their similarity and diversity. Teachers specializing in different yoga styles and teachers bringing yoga to various communities (trauma survivors, outreach settings, corporate settings, studio settings, private settings, etc.) lecture and lead trainees in practice. The program embraces a holistic approach to yoga teaching, philosophy, and lifestyle. Given the diversity of instruction presented, trainees may pair with faculty mentors to help them focus on the yoga tradition that best suits their personal style and strengths.
Homework, Lectures, and Special Projects
Trainees attend all training days scheduled for their teacher training session and any absences must be arranged with make-up plans assigned. The training lecture period features 12 or 14 hour-days dedicated to asana, pranayama, teaching, philosophy, professional development, assisting techniques, and meditation. As described in our teacher training overview, a variety of yoga styles are studied so that graduates can teach a wide variety of class levels in a wide variety of styles in diverse settings.
Trainees will also benefit from consultations and lectures with teacher training faculty members and/or Yoga District Senior Instructors to learn about sequencing choices and teaching methodology. Trainees receive personal constructive feedback on their practice teaching during the training.
In addition to training lecture hours, trainees in certain trainings (in which lecture hours do not total 180) may be asked to complete mentorships involving taking and/or observing up to ten yoga classes with our mentoring faculty. If the training you are interested in requires a mentorship and if you are traveling from out of town and need to complete the mentorship promptly, we can assist in making arrangements for you to complete the mentorship within the two days following the training lecture period (if remaining an additional two days for the mentorship is not possible for your travel schedule, alternative arrangements may be available). All of our trainings require homework, which may be completed from anywhere and turned in at any time.
Before the start of training, except in the case of last-minute registrants, trainees are required to read The Heart of Yoga and provide a written summary of each chapter in the book. Summaries must be printed and brought to the first training lecture.
Trainees must complete the following assignments before graduating from the 200 hour certification program:
- Attend yoga classes and provide written analysis of each class according to a variety of topics.
- Successfully complete written and practice-based assignments and exams, including 15-30 days of daily yoga, breathing, and meditation practices according to methods learned during training lecture hours.
- Teach community yoga classes with related reporting and writing assignments.
- Take a simple final at-home, closed-book written exam.
- Write a short essay on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras.
- Make a video recording of you teaching at least three students for faculty feedback (this assignment is optional in most trainings).
After approval of your completed post and pre-training assignments, we will issue you a certificate from our Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, which you can upload to the Yoga Alliance website. After paying Yoga Alliance a small processing fee, they will process your certification and mail you a Yoga Alliance certificate confirming that you are registered at the 200 hour level. You can present the Yoga Alliance certificate to hiring organizations. To maintain your Yoga Alliance accreditation, you can review their continuing education requirements on their website. Please note that all dates, times and requirements are subject to change. Graduation will be considered once all assignments are complete, rather than date of last lecture.
Included in your teacher training is an ayurvedic dosha analysis that will help you understand which yoga practices will be most helpful to you. Understanding your dosha is also helpful for our teaching faculty, so that we can help present information to you in a context you may be most receptive to.
Required for 200 Hour Training:
- The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with translation and commentary by Swami Satchitananda
- Bhagavad Gita; the original Sanskrit text with English translation by Christopher Isherwood (2002)
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- Dharma Sequence chart for Dharma level 1
- Integrative Yoga Therapy Teachers’ Toolbox
- Yoga District’s Teacher Training Workbook
Available for Purchase from Yoga District
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- The “Book Bundle” ($170): The Bhagavad Gita, Journey Into Power: Baron Baptiste, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga Anatomy, Dharma Sequence Chart for level I, IYT Teacher Toolbox and Yoga District Teacher Training Workbook.
- The Heart of Yoga ($13)
- Yoga District Teacher Training Workbook ($40)
Required for 500 Hour Training*
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