Yoga Teacher Training FAQs
“Is Running A Yoga Business Right For You,” will help you evaluate yourself and plan your future as a successful Yoga teacher training graduate.
Be certain that the yoga instructor training program you select will leave you completely prepared to teach Yoga in a variety of settings and many different situations.
Yes, we have interns and graduates from all over the world. With Email and telephone support, Yoga teacher training online is easier than ever.
None of us is perfect, and we all have shortcomings. However, Yoga gives us a “path” toward self-realization. This path allows us to be present for our practice, and to see ourselves from within. If we honestly know our shortcomings, and work toward improving them, we are taking a step that 95% of humanity is [...]
The examination process is a measurement of your time spent in study and practice. Most people look at any exam as an obstacle, but it would be better to look at exams as a natural part of life. We wake up every day to answer questions with family, friends, and at work. So, each day, [...]
Since you understand Raja Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali, there is an easy way to explain union to students of fitness Yoga. The Eight Limbs of Yoga are eight steps, or progressive disciplines, which purify the mind, body, and spirit, to ultimately allow the Yogi to attain union. Most of the limbs are not physical, but [...]
You have one year to complete your Yoga certification course. However, experienced students consistently complete this course in three months or less.
When making a choice about low cost Yoga teacher training- look at how much knowledge you will gain and at what expense. Example: a 60-hour course is actually worth less than one third of a 200-hour course.
Yoga teacher training intensives do not meet on holiday weekends. You can also call ahead to set a private test date. You can take an exam on-site with other interns or schedule a private session.
No, but intermediate and expert students will make faster progress. If you have no previous Yoga experience, you would be best to practice with a local Yoga teacher to get the basics down first.
No, this entire Yoga instructor certification program is set up for home study with online (Email) and telephone support. You are always welcome to visit us – our next on-site yoga teacher training intensive is posted at…
Yes, this Hatha Yoga teacher certification course will help you learn more about Hot Yoga or Power Yoga since these Yoga styles are branches of the “Hatha Yoga tree.” However this course was not specifically designed for those particular Yoga styles. Graduates of this Yoga teacher training program are able to teach Yoga to the [...]
The original 240-hour program is a Hatha Yoga teacher training course, but many materials are included from different branches of Hatha. The same could be said for the basic 200-hour and 300-hour platinum courses.
Chakra awakening is highly a debatable topic with two distinctly different schools of thought. The answer could be yes or no depending upon which school of thought you are trained in. Firstly, let’s cover the side that would say yes to helping you share the experience of Chakra awakening. There is no shortage of detailed [...]
Practical exams take place every Spring and Fall. Yoga Teacher Certification workshops go on all year long on Friday evenings and some Sundays. Yoga Teacher Training classes do not meet on holiday weekends. You can also call ahead to set a private test date. You can take an exam on-site with other interns or schedule [...]
No, this entire Yoga teacher learning program is set up for home study with online (Email) and telephone support. You are always welcome to visit us – our next on-site Yoga teacher training intensive is posted at our studio website Although it is not required, we enjoy meeting our interns and graduates. We will be [...]
To be honest – Yoga teacher certification is the first step in the journey of teaching. As you progress – you will either do independent research or take more Yoga courses. This is the way it is for all Yoga teachers. Most of the time, we tend to focus on finding answers to helping our [...]
The average time for completion of this course and to become a Yoga instructor is 90 days. This is based upon the average turn around time of our graduates. Please bear in mind, there are two main factors to consider when considering time for completion.
Yes, each section of your Yoga instructor training course has a different emphasis. Included with every Camp-in-a-Box is a set of step-by-step instructions to help you concentrate on your teacher training, without being diverted by all the “toys” in the kit.
Yes, a complete Yoga certification course should contain all aspects of Yogic methodology, and there are many. After all, Yoga is the best health maintenance the world has ever known. Your course should cover most, but not all, of the following:
The doctor’s answer for students who are on prescriptions and middle-aged or younger is usually the same. The student is fine, and can take classes, if they stay on their prescription. However, the student should still get his or her doctor’s approval before participating in Yoga training sessions.
When you consider all the money you could spend at an on-site teacher training intensive, it may more than double your base tuition cost. This distance learning program is, in fact, a very low cost Yoga teacher training program.
When teaching a Yoga class for your practical exam video, there is a minimum of one student required, but there are no limits on the maximum number of students that could be be present.
The examination process for the 240-hour Yoga teacher training intensive course consists of three parts. 1. The Written Exam is based upon the study of two teacher’s texts and a 50 question test. The written exam consists of knowledge, which any Yoga instructor should know. You can Email it in a Word document, PDF, or send it by regular mail.
The practical exam (Video / DVD) portion or, taken in person, is an integral part of the Yoga certification process. In order to evaluate you, we must be able to see how you would teach a typical Yoga class. We are looking for the following teaching skills:
For those who already have completed a 200-hour Yoga instructor certification course or an equivalent qualification, take a look at our Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teachers Diploma Course. This course is highly recommended for certified instructors with pregnant students.
In order to see if this situation can be corrected without surgery or further pain to your wife, you may want to locate a physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor with a Yoga teaching background. This would be someone with a medical background, who specializes realigning the spine, and teaches Yoga.
There are some stretches in asana practice that I cannot do because my foot is not strong enough and I have internal scar tissue that restricts movement within my foot and ankle. Will this affect my yoga teacher training?
Some of our yoga teacher training graduates have fibromyalgia and teach classes to their students daily. All of them feel that a restorative practice has improved the quality of their lives.
Exercise is very important: Regular Yoga practice and physical activities, such as exercise can have beneficial effects for diabetics.
Yes, Yoga home study certification courses are not a new concept. Written distance learning Yoga courses have been around for years. Yoga teacher training online (with technical Email and telephone support) is a new method of tutoring.
If possible, get a doctor’s referral to a particular Yoga teacher, who is more knowledgeable in this area. Many doctors often network with local teachers and ashrams, for the benefit of their patients.
About alignment: Always work with other Yoga teachers, even after becoming a certified Yoga teacher. It helps you learn new things, creates valuable contacts, and keeps you sharp. Find the best Yoga teachers in your area to learn from, work with, and possibly work for. If you are far away from a Yoga instructor, mirrors [...]
We cover modifications in all of our Yoga teacher training courses. The solution depends on the reason why your student cannot practice these asanas and if these postures will benefit your student. If the reason is a neck problem or high blood pressure, Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-wall pose) would be a good substitution for both asanas.
Upon receipt of your Yoga training course material, you will receive step-by-step instructions – however, let’s go over the highlights of your Yoga teacher certification course. You would want to focus on your written exam first. Set a goal of reading a realistic amount of pages each day. For example: if you were to read [...]
Please bear in mind that I have no medical degree and am not a medical professional. The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion. Yoga cannot replace the medical treatment that cancer survivors must experience. However, gentle, restorative yoga speeds the recovery process and provides [...]
The practical exam (Video, DVD, or Streaming Video) portion, or if taken in person, is an integral part of the testing process. We must be able to view how you would teach a typical Yoga class. You must have at least one Yoga student with you. This could be a friend or family student. We [...]
You don’t have to; you can practice with a local Yoga teacher, with the videos in your kit, with additional videos, with friends, or visit us for an inexpensive Yoga teacher training intensive.
Your essay about Yoga, and health, can be very specific such as: Yoga for neurological disorders, Yoga for stress management, Yoga for seniors, Yoga for children, Yoga for sciatica, or any other health subject. It could also be an overview of the many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits of Yoga practice. The subject [...]
Student safety is Priority #1. If you injure your students, they will not be back and you may be opening yourself up for a liability lawsuit. Teaching Yoga is not a “show or exhibit.” Teaching is about the care and concern of your students and passing on your knowledge to them. Many “gifted” student practitioners, [...]
Cueing skills are developed by copying your past Yoga instructors, video tapes, and repeating the directions you have read in your texts. Once you have finalized your lesson plan, try it out on a friend. Practicing your cueing technique will develop your skills. If you want to critique yourself objectively, run a tape recorder and [...]
Some, but not all, of the different safety issues are covered in your first two books. For example: contraindications are mentioned in the first book in preparation for your written exam. There is also a continuing education text in your third module, (if you are on the Multi-Payment Option Plan), that touches on these points. [...]
There is no ideal age for learning Yoga and there are many styles of Yoga, which focus on the many different aspects within such as Diet, Hygiene, Asanas for strength, Asanas for flexibility, Asanas for better health, Pranayama, Relaxation, Meditation, Enlightenment, and much more. The fact is; anyone who can breathe can practice Yoga. Older [...]
If you are not a certified Yoga teacher, you should start with a Camp-in-a-Box, which is a Level 1, 240-Hour, Yoga teacher training course.
Yes, the best Yoga teachers are the students who are serious about practice, know what they want, and are challenged along the way. Naturally athletic and youthful students can make good teachers, but they often push their own students to do things that they naturally perceive to be easy.
Every Yoga practitioner is different, but an average amount of experience for an intern would be; to have a minimum background in Yoga of at least two years of steady practice, before starting a Yoga Teacher certification course. This will give you a strong foundation in relation to the basics of Yoga. Within Yoga training, [...]
The Yoga Alliance is an independent third party registrar. If you are from North America, it can enhance your Yoga teaching certification to join Yoga Alliance. To apply for an RYT, you should download a copy of their latest application or call them for details. The Yoga Alliance will research your contact hours, Yoga teaching [...]
The Yoga Alliance has changed its standards over the years. To apply for the RYT 200 you will need “contact hours.” If you desire an RYT certification with the Yoga Alliance, we have a program for it, but it involves on-site training. No correspondence course will meet the contact hour requirements of the Yoga Alliance. [...]
There are currently three ways to get contact hours for the Alliance RYT. 1. Mentor with an E-RYT or RYT 500 who will vouch for your hours. 2. Visit a Yoga teacher training center for an intensive training session. Our on-site training program will make you eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance RYT. Dr. [...]
Since you are currently working with a certified Yoga teacher you should meet the Yoga Alliance’s requirements. From the Yoga Alliance site, you can download a copy of their application to see their current requirements, and discuss this with your Yoga teacher. He or she can act as your tutor, during your internship, so you [...]
You can use your Yoga teacher certification in any country. I am not aware of any country that does not recognize our Yoga teacher Certification. As it would be – we have Yoga teacher graduates worldwide.
Please research objective resources before making any judgments about meditation. Roman Catholic priests, brothers, monks, and many Christian ministers also meditate. This practice has been going on for centuries. In fact, meditation has been a part of Christianity since the beginning. Christian meditation consists of prayer, chanting, (For example: Gregorian Chanting) and scripture study. In [...]
You do not have to change your religion to study, practice, or teach Yoga. People of all faiths can practice Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation, without conflicting with their own religion. Yogic philosophy does not conflict with any religion. In each of us, religion is our particular and familiar path toward God. Knowing this, we should [...]
Lately, there has been a lot of confusion as to what credentials are needed to teach Yoga. There have been some recent changes within the certifying bodies who train Yoga teachers. Here are some of the most common questions and answers in regard to Yoga credentials and regulations. Why should a Yoga teacher be certified? [...]
The on-site practical exam is an excellent option. Many Yoga Teacher graduates prefer the preparation and live feedback they get after their on-site practical exam session. Below are the steps and procedures for an on-site practical exam. 1. Set a date with us. Right now, we need at least 30 days notice to schedule you [...]
What is the difference between and CYT and RYT? Do you offer both or just the CYT? CYT is a Certified Yoga Teacher RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher The first step in teaching Yoga would be to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. Think of this step as earning your Bachelor’s Degree. Optional steps, after [...]
A well designed lesson plan, containing warm ups, sun salutations, asanas (Yoga postures), pranayama, and meditation. You can substitute a stage by stage relaxation sequence for the meditation segment of your Yoga class. Suggested Sequence of Asana Series: sun salutations, standing, seated, cat or table, prone, and supine. There are many other options, but this [...]
Yes, you will receive a diploma as a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and a letter of recommendation, allowing you to find job opportunities in a variety of settings. You will need to be CPR certified, if you work with health clubs or groups with large numbers.
Your essay can be about Yoga and any health issue that motivates you. For example: Yoga for the Handicapped, Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Kids, Yoga in School Systems for Physical Education, Yoga for Drug Rehabilitation, Yoga for Menopause, Yoga for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Yoga for Psychotherapy, and the list goes [...]
Your Yoga diploma will state that you are a completely certified Hatha Yoga Instructor. It is the same world recognized diploma we issue to our on-site Yoga teacher training graduates. You can see a copy at the bottom of the home page.
The RYT certification is an enhanced credential, issued by independent third party registrars like the British Wheel of Yoga and The Yoga Alliance. It is not currently required in the U.S. or Canada, but may be required within some countries. You should check on your country’s regulations, if any, pertaining to the licensing for Yoga [...]
Yes, the DVD’s and CD’s have been inspected and repackaged, but if you have any problems with them, send us an Email and we will replace them free. All of the texts are functional, have been inspected for missing pages, and we do reject excessive wear. Most books have been scuffed and show signs of [...]
The Kids Yoga Camp-in-a-Box (Kids Yoga Teacher Certification) is a specialized Yoga course and geared toward teaching Yoga to kids only.
We can accept Yoga teacher practical exam videos in the following formats: VHS / NTC (North American VHS), DVD, VCD, and Video Stream. Unfortunately the PAL VHS videos are not compatible with our North American VHS players. Do not send small video tapes, such as: Hi8 format. These are de-magnetized by government security equipment.
Unless the question asks, “according to the author” you are free to insert information from outside resources, your own experiences, and your Yoga knowledge. It is always more interesting to read your thoughts and experiences. One of the purposes of the Yoga teacher written exam is for you to have this basic knowledge “at hand,” [...]
There are five requirements for the Restorative Yoga Teacher’s Diploma Course: 1. The foundational written exam is based upon the study of two teacher’s texts and contains a 50 question essay format test. You can Email any completed exam in a Word document, PDF, or cut and paste your exam into the body of your [...]
As you already know Side Crow Posture (Parsva Bakasana) can be a test of patience. Sometimes cultivation of patience is the deeper reason certain asanas exist. Some Yoga students never quite get it, despite how many years they practice. This could be compared to a golfer, who has never made a particular shot despite years [...]
Your diploma would state that you are a certified Hatha Yoga instructor for children. As mentioned earlier this is a specialist course for teaching Yoga to kids. If you want to teach as a “general practitioner,” to a wide variety of students, the Camp-in-a-Box is the Yoga course for you. This course will cover teaching [...]
Yes, everything is the same including $221.95 worth of Free bonuses. The only difference is that your Yoga certification course is shipped in three separate modules, as you make your monthly payments.
We now send all Yoga course videos in DVD format. This seems to be a universal format for domestic and worldwide orders and no one has had any difficulty with our DVD’s.
There are no hidden costs for Yoga teacher tutoring online or by phone. If you have an international order, your country may have customs fees. These vary in rate within each country. We do declare exported Yoga courses as “educational materials” and some countries have lenient policies with duty charges for education.
Yes – The Aura Yoga teacher training course is entirely complete and if you wanted to send me an early video or DVD to monitor your progress, I would be happy to give you a review for free. A mirror, camera and audio recorder also make great learning tools for monitoring your progress while you [...]
For International Yoga teacher interns, the only additional cost would be, if customs charges an Import Fee, on educational materials.
Aura Wellness Center and Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 have global credibility. Successful graduates in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and many island nations, have been certified by Paul Jerard for over two decades. Paul is a registered E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance (An authorized trainer of Yoga teachers). Aura Wellness [...]
The two hour window between eating and a physical Yoga (Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, etc.) practice is a general guideline. Severe twists, forward bends, and prone Asanas, such as Bow pose (Dhanurasana), can cause indigestion or worse. Some people will vomit, if there is too much food in their stomach, during a physical Yoga session. If [...]
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Learn to Market Yourself: Learn everything you can about marketing and take charge of it. This will be one of your most expensive overhead costs, especially when you do any paid advertising. In a small “mom and pop” type business, you can’t afford to ignore marketing and advertising costs. If you already have the money, [...]
You will do well, in New York, as a graduate of a Yoga teacher training school from India. This is an excellent opportunity and a valuable point you will want to make in all of your marketing materials. The first questions an ashram or health club, in the States, will ask is: Did your Yoga [...]
My friend, I want to thank you for the opportunity to answer your sincere question. Firstly, I have had the experience of teaching free yoga classes in parks and holding down a full time job, at the same time. Many of those students really didn’t see a value in free Yoga. It was just something [...]
In answer to your question, ” No, you don’t have to be registered. The type of ‘unofficial’ Yoga practice you mention exists, even in strictly regulated countries.” One of the main reasons Yoga teachers go through a certification process and later another registration process, is to cover themselves from potential malpractice or negligence lawsuits. A [...]
You would want to build your business as an independent contractor first. In this course, you will find 16 ways to grow your business with little or no overhead. When you build up enough accounts, the decision to of whether or not to open your own independent Yoga studio will be clear. This has been [...]
Yes, we do have Yoga marketing and business coaching services, but due to demand, Paul has only a few openings available to work with Yoga teachers or Yoga studios. Paul will work with you for one hour a month by phone and you will receive unlimited Email support. Space is definitely limited. You may want [...]
A flat, hourly rate is nice; and rates do depend on the location where you live. However, the best way to work with a fitness center is to get a percentage of the class fees. Generally speaking, health clubs try to get 50%, so they want a 50/50 split. Some Yoga teachers are getting 60% [...]
Everything you need to become a yoga instructor is in the Camp-in-a-Box. We do charge for shipping, but there are no hidden fees. Factor all the costs – including the lost wages due to time away from your place of work and any transportation costs. When you consider all the money you could spend at [...]
All the reputable Yoga organizations that handle licensing for Yoga instructors believe in continuing education courses and the re-certification process. It is very easy to become stale and “rest on your laurels,” after graduation. As a certified Yoga teacher, you should stay current and be sharp. This means, attending workshops, taking continuing education workshops, reading [...]
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Aura Wellness Center offers 2 payment options: 2 or 3 monthly payments for our Yoga Teacher Training courses (Courses on sale are not applicable). *Level 2 Complete Courses are the only exception ($997 and higher), they can be put into 4 monthly payments. Initially, both Options need to be set up by phone. The remaining [...]
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Shipping cost depends upon the destination and the type of shipping service. Generally speaking, the further our Yoga course travels, the more expensive the shipping will be. The services we use are Priority Mail and Express Mail. Both of them are easy to track, and are very reasonable in price, if you compare them to [...]