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About New Yoga Teacher Courses and Training Materials

YogaWhen questions are asked often enough, we want to make you aware of course changes that are in progress. The following is another question and answer session.

Q: Can you tell us about new Yoga courses, and what we might expect to see in the near future?

A: We have two new Yoga teacher courses in the works. Both of them will be released in December of 2008. The pre-requisite of these courses is that you are already a Certified or Registered Yoga Teacher. Certified teachers may need continuing education credits from Aura or another certifying body. Registered Yoga teachers may need continuing education credits for a registry.

Level I – Yoga Therapy: The course will continue the direction of the Introduction to Yoga Therapy course. The introductory course is a pre-requisite to this course and can be used for continuing education credits with us and for non-contact CEUs with Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance’s current policy, regarding continuing education, is that one non-contact CEU comes from five hours of non-contact study.

Similar to the Introduction to Yoga therapy course, the level 1 – Yoga therapy course requires 100 hours of study. This would give RYTs 20 non-contact hours toward Yoga Alliance’s 500-hour Registration.

As a result, this would fulfill the Yoga Alliance’s non-contact hour CEU requirements over a three year period. The remaining 10-hours are required to be contact hours.

New Prenatal Course: The new prenatal Yoga course will consist of three books, three DVDs, and step-by-step instructions. Again, this is also a 100-hour course; therefore, this would also fulfill the Yoga Alliance’s non-contact hour CEU requirements over a three year period.

Q: I have a Guru, who is not fond of students learning Hatha Yoga from a book or DVD. He believes that Yoga should continue the traditional method of teaching face-to-face. Can you tell me your thoughts on this matter?

A: It is interesting that DVD’s and outside information are discouraged by some Gurus.

If a student were new to Yoga, it is possible to hurt yourself without a safe foundation of Yogic knowledge.

In the hands of an experienced Yoga teacher, or an intern, a Yoga DVD is a valuable learning tool to become the best we can possibly be.

It is best to be thankful:

For the ability to see each horizon as a journey of life,

For the courage to look on the other side of the mountain,

To each teacher, who helped us build a Yogic foundation,

For each event that led us to transcend beyond our beliefs.

© Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

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