Yoga Teacher Training FAQ
With the many yoga teacher training programs being offered it is difficult to know exactly what you are going to learn and experience because, well, there is 5,000 years of material out there and you will not learn it all in one training.
Here is some frequently asked questions that we get when we are approached by potential students. As a consumer you should do your research to pick the best fit for YOU.
I'm not sure where I should go for my training, where do I start?
You first need to decide whether you will be attending a program locally or travelling. If you are staying locally you should make yourself familiar with the studio and the director or primary teacher of the program. If you are travelling it is a wise idea to speak with the primary teacher that will be hosting the training and prepare a set of questions to ensure that you are aware of their lineage or style of teaching, their education and experience and any provisions for unforeseen circumstances. You don't want to spend all that money not to come home without your certification.
What does it mean when a training is accredited?
There are a couple of associations that oversee the curriculum of the school's syllabus to make sure that they are meeting the requirements that an individual would have once they complete the training. The ones that we are familiar with are Yoga Alliance International, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Association of Alberta and Canadian Yoga Alliance. They all have their own standards to which they hold the school and the teachers of the school in compliance so that you as a consumer can have some level of confidence in the school. With that said, they are poorly regulated therefore it is up to you to do your research. Once a school has been accepted there is little way of follow up to make sure the school is complying with the regulations.
What is the difference between 200 and 500 hour programs at Soul Fitness Mind Body Studios?
The 200 hour program is the foundation of teacher training and you will begin with this training. Our program is designed to give you a solid understanding of the philosophy of yoga and anatomy and physiology. Our primary teacher, Lisa Babiuk, has had over 25 years of teaching experience which makes the teaching methodology and practicum components second to none. You will receive considerable experience before you have completed the training.
Our 500 hour program begins where the 200 hour training left off and is a progression of what you learned at that level. We use the cohort system of learning that allows for steady progression and advancement in all areas of teaching with a strong emphasis on philosophy and anatomy, physiology and pathology and is not simply a quantitative accumulation of more hours.
You can contact us to receive our course syllabus for both of our 200 and 500 hour programs.
What if I am not able to attend all the classes?
You are required to complete the total hours of training in the designated categories to receive your certificate. It is a commitment however once you decide to take the training usually no one wants to miss any classes! In our 200 hour program we are fortunate to have a daytime program and an evening program. Upon unforeseen circumstances we have been able to get the student into a class that is missed can be made up by attending the other program on that day. No one has been left without finishing the required hours.
Do you have an intensive training over a one month period?
No, we do not offer an intensive type of training. All of our 200 hour programs are offered over a 6 month period and the 500 hour training is spread over one year. This gives our students time to digest the material they have learned and put it into practice. Part of yoga teaching training is that you understand the intention of yoga which is self study and to experience that. A one month intensive simply does not provide enough time for you to be fully prepared as a yoga teacher or to delve into yoga philosophy.
Do you offer a module system to accumulate hours to make up the 200 hour or 500 hour training?
Our program is progressive in nature and therefore we don't offer modules. Again with the cohort system it allows students to become familiar with each other and progress in learning together in a sacred sharing environment.
How many students do you take in each class?
We keep our class sizes small and will accept a maximum of 10 students that allows for personalized attention for students. With an increased student participation and engagement we are able to offer plenty of time for you to gain the necessary practicum experience teaching both your peers and members of Soul Fitness Mind Body Studios which leads to an improved mastery of teaching skills and a deeper personal experience.
Do you have any online options for training?
As yoga is a complex practice which in part is physical in nature, hands on experience is essential. We will be teaching you modifications and adjustments that without that experience will be difficult to learn and therefore we do not offer any online trainings.
How proficient do I have to be at yoga to take the training?
In the end it is not up to use to decide whether you are ready to take your yoga teacher training or not. Some people chose to take it with no intentions of teaching but rather for their own personal development. Once you have decided to take a training it is most likely that you have had enough experience to know that you wish to move into the practice of yoga at a deeper level and understand the commitment required to take the training.
What is included in the training?
We provide all the textbooks that we will be using in this training along with a comprehensive manual. You will also receive an unlimited membership to attend any classes at Soul Fitness Mind Body Studios. In addition we offer Usui Holy Fire Reiki Level 1 Certification which can be taken any weekend that we offer this particular training at no extra cost to you.
Why do you offer Reiki training as part of your program?
The Reiki training is not a part of the syllabus that is accredited through the Yoga Alliance because they cannot endorse the level of the Reiki training offered therefore it is not a part of the yoga teacher training and it is optional. Our Reiki program is accredited through the ICRT.
We offer this additional training as it enhances the skills of a yoga teacher through the understanding of subtle body anatomy.
Why does teacher training seem so costly?
To become a well trained and accredited teacher requires an investment of both time and money. There are many hours of designing and executing a course syllabus and additional hours of planning for each class. Remember that the instructors of the program have also invested in their education to become proficient enough to pass along the knowledge and experience that they have so that you are well prepared when you complete the training.
Do you have payment options?
Yes we can provide you with a monthly payment plan at anytime from when you register for the training to be paid in full by the course end date. If you register early it will make the monthly payment smaller.
How much experience do your instructors have?
Our primary teacher is Lisa Babiuk. She has been instructing and mentoring in the wellness and fitness industry in many different capacities for almost 30 years. She is an E-RYT 500 hour instructor accredited through the Yoga Alliance and, a Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master.
Our teachers and contributors include Dr. Janice Dacyshyn N.D. (anatomy, physiology and pathology) and Dr Nand Narine PhD (Yoga Philosophy). Both offer extensive knowledge and experience in their fields.
Is there a requirement to pre read anything before the program begins?
We do not have a reading list that you are required to read before our training begins. We will go through everything in class to ensure that you understand the yogic texts and philosophies and guide you through the anatomy. Doing this on your own can become complicated.
Will homework be assigned?
There is some light reading that we will do throughout the training that will need to be done at home prior to class so that you are prepared for discussion. There are a couple of light assignments and then a final project that will require work on your part. You will also want to do some studying for review before the final exam but we make sure that you are prepared from the time we spend together in class.
We all have other responsibilities outside of the training and so we don't want to make this a stressful experience (another reason we hold the 200 hours over 6 months and 500 hours over the year). It is an opportunity to learn and evolve and we strive to make this a nurturing environment to do so.
If you have a question that hasn't been answered please email Lisa Babiuk directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an important decision when choosing a teacher training that is right for you. You want to make sure that you are investing wisely.