Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment?
Trainees must complete all 5 weeks of training, along with all required readings and homework in order to receive their Yoga Alliance approved 200hr certification of completion. Trainees may miss up to 8hrs of class, however these hours MUST be made up with Rachel or one of the lead trainers before completion of the course, and will be billed at $50/hr.
Tell me about the payment plan
The full price investment for Heart Thread Yoga's 200 hr Yoga Alliance certified program is $2650 paid in full by July 1 2017, or $2800 in four payment plan installments ($500 deposit with application, inquire with Rachel about payment plan options).
What if I don't want to be a yoga teacher
That is totally fine :) We will be learning a lot, and all of the principles that we are learning can be applied to your yoga practice, and also to your life. This training is all about identifying and trusting the inner voice, and then living your truth, whether that is through teaching yoga, or bringing the training into another job, relationship, etc.
i have a conflict with some of the training days - now what?
You may miss up to 8hrs, however these hours MUST be made up with Rachel or one of the lead trainers before completion of the course, and they will be billed at an additional $50/hr. It is recommended (and better!) if you don't miss any of our time together though, because we will be doing a lot of really awesome partner and group activities in class!
will there be tests? or homework?
Yes, we will have a few assignments outside of class - for the most part, it will be readings that we will then discuss in class. Here is a detailed breakdown:
1) Read Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
Throughout the course of the TT the trainees will read sections of this book to learn about the 8 limbs of yoga, and their real world applications. "Meditations from the Mat" does a great job of breaking down the 8 limbs of yoga, and making it applicable to living yoga "off of the mat" - it is important to teach the trainees how to live a yogic lifestyle outside of the classroom. This book is also really great for giving trainees some ideas around class themes.
2) Read Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Judith Lasater does an amazing job of describing the application of yogic philosophy to daily life. Students will read sections from the book, and then we will discuss and participate in some of the suggested activities in class. Students will be encouraged to maintain a written journal throughout their training, and will be encouraged to think about and try out the different suggested philosophic exercises from the book.
3) Read How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
This book about meditation is great for those with an existing sitting practice, and also makes meditation super accessible to the beginning mediator with detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises, and visualizations. Trainees will learn the basics of meditation, along with learning tools to help teach meditation in the future
4) Take home Review/quizzes - 3-4 (spread out over the course of the training)
A take home study guide/quiz for students to review the work that has already been completed in the training.
5) 15 Class Observations - Approx 20hrs (over the course of the whole training)
Students will be required to attend 15 classes over the course of the training - due to this training being an intensive format, students can begin their observations ASAP after making their deposit and being accepted into the program. These classes can be in any yoga or meditation style, and should be at least 1 hour in duration. Classes should be mostly Asana focused, with a maximum 2 "meditation" only classes. Trainees will participate in at least 10 of the 15 classes (optional to "observe only" 5 of the classes, with the teacher that is leading the class's advanced permission to observe only) and then spend about 15-30mins afterward to write a reflection about the class. They will also log where they took the class (studio name & location), the style of the class, teacher's name (and signature). This is designed to give students an opportunity to experience different styles and teachers outside of those offered during the teacher training.
6) Practice Teaching - Approx 5hrs, concentrated into the last 2-3 weeks of the intensive
Students will practice teaching Asana to at least five 30 minute classes of a small group (2+) of people. Afterward the participants in the class will be asked to fill out a brief evaluation, and have an optional discussion with the trainee. Trainees will also write about their experience of teaching, along with listing the Asana taught, and any other themes, Pranayama, etc. Trainees will become more comfortable in finding their voice and teaching in front of a group of people. They will begin to practice class flow, time management, and working with different populations. Trainees can then bring their questions to group discussion, where we will work on addressing their specific needs.
what books will i need for the training?
We will be using the following books - these do not need to be "new" copies, and you can find most of these lightly used on Amazon:
1) Meditations from the Mat - by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
2) Living Your Yoga - by Judith Lasater
3) How to Sit - by Thich Nhat Hanh
4) Wheels of Life: the Classic Guide to the Chakra System - by Anodea Judith
5) Yoga Anatomy - by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
6) The Secret Power of Yoga - by Nischala Joy Devi