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April 27, 2015
Please excuse my English, but I am curious. Please explain to me why should someone would want to take the level 2 TTC? Once one has the yoga teacher diploma, why should someone want to study for 260 to 300 hours more? Will this make a difference on the yoga teacher liability insurance rate?
April 27, 2015
Is There a Need for a 500-Hour Yoga Certification
You may be wondering if or why there is a need for a yoga certification. Well, in short, getting certified benefits you, your clients, and either your business or a business that you are associated with, such as a health facility and so on.
When it comes to your benefits, a certification offers you a number of advantages. First, it offers you a more professional appearance. It shows that you know your stuff. Second, it is easier to get insured when you have some proof that you know what you are doing. Also, it gives you the advantage to reach more people who want to know that they are being taught by a professional.
Another reason to get certified is to increase your industry value. By getting certified, you will potentially be opening up doors to a larger customer base, more prestigious job opportunities, as well as higher paying jobs.
The most important reason for a certification is for the safety and wellbeing of your clientele. The education required, which will be discussed further in the next section, ensures that you are teaching your students properly, reducing their risk of injuries or other complications. Proper education gives you the knowledge and training to screen students for health issues, instruct them on proper execution of techniques, as well as supervise them to ensure they are doing the exercises properly and not overstraining themselves.
How to Get Certified
Certification, simply, is a documented process showing that you have proficiency in a certain area. In the case of yoga, it means that you will be proficient in areas such as poses and routines, physical anatomy, the history and philosophy of yoga, and injury prevention.
Getting an entry-level certification, usually around 200 hours of study, opens the door for you to teach. Advanced levels of certification, such as a 500-hour course, offer you the chance to gain even further knowledge and experience, as well as specialize in certain demographics such as certain age groups, injury recovery, or training in working with pregnant women.
What is Covered in a Typical 500-hour Yoga Teacher Course?
500-hour programs at registered yoga schools are required to incorporate the following educational categories in the specified amount of hours.
Teaching Methodology: 30 hours
This includes business aspects of yoga teaching, the student's process of learning, qualities of a teacher, teaching styles, instruction, observation, demonstration, correcting and assisting. It is possible that a school's curriculum could contain over five hours of business aspects of yoga teaching. However, you are only permitted to count a maximum of five of those hours towards your total of 500.
Techniques Practice and Training: 150 hours
This includes meditation, mantra, chanting, kriyas, pranayamas, asanas and other various traditional yoga techniques. The hours that are used in this category are required to be a mix of two different areas. The first is the analytical training in how to effectively practice and teach all of the techniques. The second is the guided practice of the actual techniques. Extreme emphasis must be placed on both areas.
Yoga Ethics, Lifestyle and Philosophy for Yoga Teachers: 60 hours
This includes the study of the three principles mentioned in the title of the course. Many of the yoga schools that have opened in the past decade are placing an increased emphasis on the study of ethics for yoga teachers.
Physiology and Anatomy: 35 hours
This includes the study of human energy physiology and anatomy (nadis, chakras, etc) and physical physiology and anatomy (organs, body systems, etc). Both the study of these subjects, and the methods used to properly apply them to the practice of yoga are also studied. This includes healthy movement patterns, contraindications and the benefits of these principles.
Practicum: 40 hours
This includes the hearing, giving and receiving of feedback, as well as observing the teaching of others. You will also be required to help other students while another person is teaching the class. A person must actively teach the class for a minimum of 10 hours. This does not include time spent observing or assisting.
Electives: 185 hours
The electives can be divided between the various educational categories that are emphasized by the school you are attending. These are allowed to be contact or non-contact hours. A contact hour is an hour where the student is actually in a classroom, under the supervision of a school staff member. In order for it to be considered a true contact hour, it must take place in a location that is dedicated to teacher training, as opposed to a class that is open to the general public.
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