become a vinyasa yoga instructorBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

No matter how long the step-by-step instructions are there will always be questions. However, let’s address some of the most common questions we received regarding preparation for the practical exam

1. If I give “cueing and modifications” for those with high blood pressure, lower back problems, limited range of motion and pregnancy.” Do I need to give modifications for all of the postures in my lesson plan?

A: A “blanket warning” at the beginning of class will suffice. This is one of those things where no teacher wants to injure a Yoga student. Some students do show up to class pregnant or with high blood pressure, and don’t tell their instructors. If all of your students are in great health, any modifications shown are more for “extra credit.”

2. Should I have the camera pointed at me as I face my students? Of course I, demonstrate Yoga techniques on my mat, but I also walk around, observe, and make physical assists. I am just worried that I will not be able to get all of my students and myself in the video at all times.

A: The best spot for the camera is a rear corner of the room that catches you facing your students. In this way, we see you and the students in that view most of the time. We realize that you will make assists and walk around the room. In fact, we encourage you to walk around the room. It is hard to see all of your students at times and that is the best time to work the room. Some cameras have a wider view than others and I’m never going to take points off for videography or equipment.

3. When I complete the Aura Yoga certification course, and am ready to take the test, what are the requirements to pass the practical test?

A: The Practical Exam is a video of you teaching Yoga to one student, or more, for at least 60 minutes. It should demonstrate you teaching asanas, pranayama, modifications, assisting a partner with alignment, and meditation or a relaxation sequence.

In our Yoga teacher training course you will learn to create lesson plans. You will learn many techniques and how to organize them into your own lesson plan. There are no specific techniques required. All we ask is that you choose what you do well.

4. If for some reason someone did not pass this practical exam, what would happen to their training?  Would they be able to try again, with the same course, as long as it is within the year time limit?

A: It is always best to think positive about exams. However, if for some reason you did not pass this test, you could re-test for no charge, and there is no limit to the number of times, within your one year period. If you go beyond one year, you can always apply for an extension.

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