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November 23, 2005 - 9:06 am
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I have taken one major yoga class in the last few years and then started doing it on my own. I LOVE yoga and am now looking into possibly teaching. I have a ways to go, I think. I don't know if I need to certify, or what step to take next. I live in a ski resort town without a yoga school near me. I have seen online programs, some from this website. I would love to hear what some of you have done!!! Thanks.

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November 23, 2005 - 9:31 am
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I just read the home page and that helped!:) :) Still any advice or personal stories would be EXCELLENT!

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November 23, 2005 - 9:32 am
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I would love to hear from those who have gone through this website, and facility.

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November 23, 2005 - 1:25 pm
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Hi There!

Welcome! I am a graduate of Paul's school (Aura). I have to say that I was completely impressed with everything from the very beginning. The materials were incredible and there was a nice variety of books and DVD's. Paul was very encouraging and always available with any questions. I am a stay at home Mom of a special needs child and I could not have done this any other way. I have a testimonial on the home page if you would like to read it as well. I loved the idea that I could learn at my own pace without the pressure of having to get to class. I hope this helps. :) I wish you the best of luck on this journey.

Namaste,

Jeann Carroll

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November 24, 2005 - 10:03 am
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Watch how fast you get a reply if you contact Aura. If you have general or technical Yoga questions they get back to you within a day. Paul will answer you, even if he is on vacation.

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December 29, 2005 - 11:26 am
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I earned my 240 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification August 2005 through Paul Jerard and AURA and was accepted as member of the Yoga Alliance as a R.Y.T.

I teach for local colleges and love the job! My yoga has improved with the constant practice and challenge. I also lost 30 pounds and feel so well...

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I have been teaching yoga since July of this year. I also took my training through Aura which is based out of Massachusetts, but they used to have trainings all over New England. I found a training within 45 min. of my house. I think there is a great benefit to working with local teachers while taking the Aura yoga teacher training course if you can.

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Namaste Twenne,

Yes, Paul and Marie do have a very nice program. Very safe and thorough for teaching Yoga in any setting. There are many avenues to travel in continuing education, and all of us believe in networking with local instructors, Yoga teacher associations, going to Yoga teacher functions, and hands-on training.

Learning Yoga at home is also rewarding, if you have obligations at work or at home. This is why the Yoga Alliance allows non-contact hours for continuing education of existing Registered Yoga Teachers.

It comes down to where we are in life. If I had no obligations, I would spend my life at Yoga retreats, but I attend a Yoga teacher conference, at least, once a year. The Yoga correspondence courses produced by Aura fill the gap, because they have measured goals.

Om Shanti,

Donna

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Namaste,

How could a person become a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher in 90 days? I thought the process of becoming a Yoga teacher required more time.

Any feedback from teacher graduates of this Yoga teacher course would be appreciated.

I am researching Yoga instructor training certification programs, and would like to be more informed.

Sincerely,

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Upon travelling the world, I have seen weekend fitness yoga certifications. I have also seen Iyengar Yoga teaching programs, which required many years of study before one could teach yoga classes.

Well - a weekend Yoga teacher certification is not enough and shame on those fitness organizations for putting the public at risk. You could be certified at a tropical resort over 3 weeks and have working knowledge for teaching Yoga classes.

Or you could get the aura Yoga teacher correspondence course which takes 2 - 12 months for people to complete. Graduates averaged 90 days of self-paced study, which would also give you some working knowledge. So, don't be under an illusion that your studies are done once you have a diploma from any Yoga teacher training course. To teach - You have to practice and study Yoga for the rest of your life.

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Namaskar Everyone,

I am training an apprentice Yoga teacher with much natural talent, but she feels very nervous, when she teaches Yoga classes. I will have to travel later this year and hope she will be able to project confidence as she becomes comfortable with teaching Yoga classes. Kindly, tell me of your experiences. Also, Paulji - I know you train many teachers. Please do the needful. Any insight that anyone would like to share would be helpful.

Thanking You in Advance,

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December 31, 2007 - 11:57 pm
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Namaskar Jopis,

About the anxiety you mentioned, which your apprentice teacher is feeling: It is normal for her to feel self-doubt, apprehension, anticipation, and a little nervous, in any new situation.

At this point, it is best for her to look at her Yoga teacher studies as a life long journey, which she intends to enjoy. There is no pressure for her to study. It is part of the trade. It seems that no Yoga instructor can stop studying. A Yoga teacher is truly a perennial student. Tell her to have fun on the path, because the journey is for life.

My feeling is that her anxiety might also be creating anxiety for you. You want the best for your number one student, much like the feelings you have for one of your children. Step back from the relationship, and look again - You are her teacher.

She needs to practice teaching, until the anxiety gs away, and then teach more to build experience. Have her teach classes, which have lower class attendance. If her only problem is anxiety, it will pass with her teaching experience. Once upon a time, most Yoga teachers were a little nervous before teaching, but after time passes, so ds the anxiety.

Om Shanti My Friend and Happy New Year.

Namaste,

Paul

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New to Yoga - Tips for Safely Practicing Yoga at Home

Home Yoga Builds Strong Minds and Great Bodies

By D C James

Whether you are just starting an exercise program or seriously training, include home yoga as an essential element in your conditioning. Yoga stands-out as the one vigorous exercise which promotes muscular strength and grace while it develops psychological and emotional well-being.

Fans of NBC's smash hit "The Biggest Loser" should approach doing yoga at home as Jillian Michaels in slow motion, a boot camp exercise with the volume turned way down. Renegade Jazzercizers will recognize how yoga incorporates many challenging modern dance moves, substituting peaceful meditation for perkiness; and discouraged Pilates practitioners or throw-backs to the aerobics age will appreciate how yoga DVDs builds strength, balance and grace. Natalie Coughlin and her friends on the swim team already know the profound joys and profuse benefits of daily yoga practice. Ballerinas accept a daily yoga routine as a natural part of the preparation for their art. Skeptics, focused on yoga's apparent simplicity, demand, "How hard can that be?" Then, they try it, discovering pains in muscles they thought existed only in Grey's Anatomy.

In yoga, muscles matter.

One experienced yoga teacher quips, "If yoga were easier, we would see more men on the mats." She goes on to explain that regular yoga practice builds strength and flexibility appropriate for hard work and endurance exercise. "Although football players would reduce stress injuries if they practiced yoga, they would forfeit a little bit of their explosive power." The best yoga practice requires holding the poses and moving from one pose to the next at approximately the speed of a glacier. Muscle groups stretch and flex as you move, and you must exercise your mind and your body to maintain both your balance and your dignity. In the same way Jillian Michaels promotes muscle tone over raw strength, yoga slowly adds muscle mass while it radically builds strength and control. Swimmers, runners, and dancers devour yoga DVDs. Rugby players, not so much.

Yoga teaches "mind over matter."

Whether or not you feel prepared to accept yoga's profoundly spiritual element, at least embrace its benefits for your thoughts and feelings. You may not meditate as you practice yoga, but you must concentrate on your breathing and movement. Instructors suggest beginners focus on the animals associated with each pose or pay attention to each of the chakras the poses open, energize, and strengthen. One skeptic, somewhat shamefaced, confesses, "At first, the spiritual element in yoga seems like just so much New Age nonsense, but when I actually tried it, it worked. Mind over matter, I guess." Because of its soothing, calming effects and its influence on concentration and self-control, home yoga is the exercise-of-choice among psychotherapists who prescribe regular exercise for their patients suffering with stress.

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