Yoga Teacher Training Frequently asked questions
1. How do I know if I am ready for a yoga teacher training?
Our Yoga Teacher Training programs are all designed for all levels. Either you may want to teach yoga as your new career, and need assistance opening your own HOT yoga school, or you may be a brand new student to yoga who wants to learn more about yoga beyond the physical aspects. During our Yoga Teacher Trainings, we focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga beyond the simple execution of moves. You may sit & observe any class, the only requirement we have is that you show up and participate to the best of your ability every class scheduled to meet the mandatory requirements. Not every participant wants a certification, some may just want the experience and to deepen their understanding and to receive the healing benefits of yoga. We strongly believe yoga is a healing journey, and it is an experience that varies greatly form person to person.
2. What will I learn in your yoga training?
You will learn a lot! We start by creating a foundation of yoga philosophy through an in depth study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In a 200 hr training you will learn basic yoga philosophy, psychology, anatomy, diet & nutrition as it pertains to yoga. You will be required to memorize at least 15 minutes of the dialogue, which we will provide for you to teach during our Yoga teacher training program. You will also learn the basics of use of props, modifications, assists, yoga for special needs, and the dynamics of conducting a safe yoga class. We have a strong focus on the health aspects of yoga. We strive to teach what is happening internally in each and every posture and believe hot yoga is a medical healing system. You will learn the basics of public speaking and how to talk with clear & direct effective communication. We also focus on the teachings of Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. This means to us, how to live with a positive outlook on life. Our intention is to have the main influence of our trainings to be a life changing (Spiritual) experience for the individual, so that individual may share their own personal transformation with others, and perhaps make this world a better place.
4. Are the study materials included in the training fees?
Your student manual is included in the price of the training. Your textbooks are not, however they may be available to purchase at a discounted rate through your local studio. Please contact us for a reading list specific to your program.
5. When will I found out if I have been accepted into a program?
After you submit your completed Teacher Training Application, you will be contacted via email within 2 weeks with an official acceptance letter. Your payment will be processed upon acceptance. If you are not accepted into the program, your teacher training coordinator will present a pathway that will help you prepare for a future teacher training.
6. How many students are enrolled into a program at one time?
We generally like to keep our class size small, but have also learned from experience trainings work the best when we have 5-25 participants.
7. What qualifications do I need to be accepted into the program?
To qualify for one of our Teacher Training Programs, you must complete an application. Depending on the location and training you are applying fo, the application will include either a signature of approval and or letter of recommendation form. Students who are unable to obtain a Signature of Approval from an approved Yoga Oasis instructor may instead complete our Recommendation Form. Please refer to our application for instructions.
8. How rigorous is the training?
Our trainings all vary depending on which program you apply for. Our trainings offer several classes per day, depending on the training. Most days consist of two hot yoga classes back to back, a lunch break, then a three hour workshop. Each class day ends with a 90 minute class to observe, assist, mentor or to practice karma yoga.
9. What else is expected on me other then participating in classes?
You will be required to complete the homework, read the reading materials, and to be able to get up in front of the group and verbally teach some poses, as well as demonstrate and assist others. In order to complete you must participate in all our classes, as well as complete a written test. You will also be required to complete a verbal test by teaching a pose or a group of postures. The requirements vary from training to training.
10. What if I can not participate in every class because I am tired, sore or just needing a rest?
We have organized our program in such a way that participants may be in classes observing, mentoring, assisting, as well as helping out with the classes and will receive class credit even though you may not be able to fully execute the moves on your yoga mat. It is even OK to rest in childs pose and feel the classes more internally rather then externally.
11. What if I miss a class?
To obtain a diploma and letter of completion you must attend 100% of the classes to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements. However, we understand that you may not be able to foresee every conflict, so we have devised the following procedures if you must miss a class.
To get the most out of your Teacher Training Program, it is critically important that you attend the first four days of the Intensive Program.
If you miss 1-2 days, You may still complete the program with your class provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with an Assistant Trainer at some point during the four weeks of the program. A two-hour private session equates to one day in the intensive. The cost of a private session is $100 per hour. Please contact the Assistant Trainer to schedule the make-up session. The maximum number of private make-up sessions is two.
If you miss 3-4 days, You will not be able to complete the program with your class, and you will need to make up the classes in a subsequent training. You may choose to make up the first two days you miss with a private session during your training, but the additional days you will need to take in a subsequent training.
The fee for retaking up to 4 days in a subsequent Intensive training is $100/day.
If you miss 5+ days, You will need to retake the program, at a discounted price, subject to space availability.
To get the most out of your Teacher Training Program, it is critically important that you attend the first four weekends of the Weekend Program.
If you miss 1-2 weekends: You may still complete the program with your class provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with an Assistant Trainer at some point during the weeks of the program. A two hour private session equates to one weekend. The cost of a private session is $100 per hour. The maximum number of private make-up sessions is two.
If you miss 3 weekends: You will not be able to complete the program with your class, and you will need to make up the classes in a subsequent training. You may choose to make up the first weekends you miss with a private session during your training, but for the additional weekend you will need to take it in a subsequent training. The fee for retaking up to 3 weekends in a subsequent Weekend training is $150/weekend.
If you miss 4+ weekends: You will need to retake the program, at a discounted price, subject to space availability.
12. What is the difference between the different trainings you offer?
In an attempt to meet the scheduling needs of more of our students, we have created three different formats. The “4-week Intensive” is scheduled Monday-Friday for eight hours a day (typically 8:00 am-5:00 pm) over the span of 4 weeks. The “weekend” format spans over 12 weeks and is scheduled Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and one extra night during the week. In some cases we also offer an “Extended” format which meets once a month for three to four days in a row over a period of approximately 6 months. The same “core” content is covered in all of our 200-Hour Programs regardless of scheduled format, however, there are slight variances in our specialty discussions (Philosophy, Anatomy, Pregnancy, Ayurveda, etc.) to accommodate the schedules of our guest experts. It is important to note that all of our 200-Hour formats meet the required Yoga Alliance standards as specified on their website, www.yogaalliance.org.
13. Do you offer scholarships and work exchange programs?
Yoga Oasis & Maui Hot Yoga both offer a limited number of partial scholarships each year to prospective students with exceptional circumstances. For a partial scholarship, Yoga Oasis offers a discount off the full tuition in exchange for 100 hours of a work-exchange position. Positions range from being an In-Training Assistant (ITA) to marketing and retail assistance. To apply for a scholarship, please contact the teacher training department for an application. Spaces are limited & not guaranteed to be available for every session.
14. How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
Expect to spend between 8 to 12 hours per week on written assignments and class observations. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. However, if you wish to receive your Diploma and Letter of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.
15. Do you organize accommodations?
In some cases, we can direct you to condo rental services. We do not offer any accommodations for our programs, but Craig’s list (www.craigslist.com) is a great source for finding short-term housing. Simply select the state and region, and it provides some wonderful links for housing rentals.
16. What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500 hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. Yoga Alliance has their own fees which are separate from the fees of your Yoga Oasis certification.
17. Will I be qualified to teach once I complete the 200 hour program?
With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Letter of Completion and Diploma evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200).
Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 300-Hour Professional Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge and style as a yoga instructor. The Yoga Oasis Professional Program offers a curriculum that builds on the material presented in Oasis’ initial 200 hour training as well as a six-month apprenticeship with a senior teacher whom trainees assist weekly, and meet with monthly to gain valuable in-class experience and one-on-one attention. This training is a thorough, professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It rounds out and solidifies a teacher’s complete education. Once a trainee has successfully completed 500 hours, they are eligible to apply for Yoga Oasis Certification. Although it is a highly recommended path, you do not need to be Yoga Oasis certified in order to teach yoga.