Yoga Teacher Training FAQ

Why enroll in a 200 hour yoga TT?

The 200 hour yoga teacher training is meant to educate, inform, and lead you into a deeper understanding of the yoga tradition and practice. Not only will the training offer the chance to study yoga breathing, meditation, asana, philosophy, sequencing, anatomy, pose workshop and breakdown, yoga for pre/post natal but you will be given ample opportunity to find your teacher’s voice by way of practice teaching your fellow trainees, throughout the entire training.

Why should I enroll in this Embody Truth 200 hour TT?

Embody Truth is a unique offering of the 200 hour training in large part due to what lead trainer Dana Damara brings to the experience- over a decade of studying, practicing and teaching yoga. In addition to her profound understanding and knowledge, she brings an innate passion for teaching yoga to those seeking to learn not only more about yoga and its many aspects but also about yourselves. Dana is a yoga teacher, former studio owner, 200 and 300 hour trainer, a mother, an author, a philanthropist, as well as a life coach. She invites all of her students to connect within intuitively. The ability to tap into and express your own true voice in a safe and authentic way is instrumental as you begin on the yoga teachers’ path.

How do I choose the right 200 hour yoga TT for me ?

This is a great question. Many people who are interested in delving deeper into the yoga practice decide to enroll in a 200 hour (Yoga Alliance Certified) training at their home studio with a teacher who they like and respect. All 200 hour trainings should cover similar material. So then the question becomes about the lead instructor; do you like her ? Does her approach resonate with you ? Also it becomes one of timing; are you able and willing to commit the time fully so you can take full advantage of the training making most use of your dedicated time and resources?

Who is the right candidate for this program?

You are! Just the fact that you are taking the time to read this material shows your interest and that you are ready to take your practice to a deeper level of understanding. Questions I would ask my self were I considering enrolling in the training program are:

Why do I want to do this?

How am I hoping to benefit?

Can I commit the time and energy?

Can I ask my family, friends, co-workers to support me during the training  process ?

Am I ready to participate in a 200 hour yoga TT?

Inquiring students often ask if they are ready to enlist in a training of this sort. It’s a fair question. It is ideal if you have 1+ year of yoga practice, priming you for the deeper study. The main requirement for “readiness” is desire to show up and curiosity to  sit in the student’s seat and learn.

What will the program earn me ?

All trainees will be required to complete the 170 contact (in studio) training hours as well as the 30 +/- out of studio hours. There will be reading and writing assignments, short quizzes and a test along the way. If you show up to the practice, if you do the work you will pass. At the completion of the training you will have earned your 200 hour RYT certification status which is the bare requirement for hire. From there you may decide to go right out and look for teaching opportunity. Or you may wish to supplement the training with a mentorship program. Or you may wish to continue training by way of additional supplementary workshops or enrolling in a 300 hour training. 

What is the cancellation policy for Teacher Training?

We understand that Yoga Teacher Training is a large commitment of both time and finances. With that in mind, and to offer our teacher trainers a full and supported program, we have created the following cancellation policy: Following your purchase of teacher training tuition, you have a 30-day grace period. If you decide teacher training is not right for you during that time, we will happily refund everything except your $300 deposit. Following the 30-day grace period, your tuition will not be refunded. 

Is it okay if I don’t currently practice inversions i.e. headstands, handstands?

Absolutely not a problem. You will have the opportunity to practice poses like this and others. However, if for any reason, including past injury, you do not wish to practice a particular pose it will not be a problem.

What if I have to miss a day during the training, can I make it up?

We strongly recommend you attend the training in full. However, if you need to miss a few hours, a day or a short amount of time we will work with you to make sure you make up the missed material. If however you know now that more than one of the six weekends will prove conflict, you might want to consider postponing the training until a time when you can make the entire commitment.

Is the required reading curriculum for the duration of the course or should I complete the reading prior to program start?

Although the training doesn’t officially kick off until Friday January 22nd at 6pm, we strongly encourage you to buy the required reading (either yourself online or via The Pad) and have a look at the books before training begins. At very least just leafing through the books to get a sense of the sort of things we will be reading and discussing. The two philosophy books – Patanjali’s Sutras and the ancient yogic text the Bhaghavad Gita, are hardly accessible, however the corner stones of the yogic tradition. Similarly, it is not expected that you have read and absorbed all information contained in the Anatomy book prior to the program start, but that you have had a look and are generally familiar with the major body part which we will thoroughly dissect during the training. Dana’s book, Oms from the Mat will be an easy and pleasurable read.

The 5 education categories to be covered:

1.  Techniques, training and practice

-practice and training on how to teach pranyama, meditation, asana, mantra,  mudra

2.  Teaching Methodology

-Study of pose names Sanskrit and English

-Study of sequencing

-Study of how to address a class

-Learning styles auditory, visual, kinesthetic, tactile

3.  Anatomy and Physiology

-study of the human body; bones, muscles, organs

-study of energetic centers, the chakras and nadis

-study of how poses can be beneficial or contraindicatory

-study of safe alignment

-working with injury or physical limitations

4.  Yoga philosophy, ethics and lifestyle

-reading and discussion of yogic texts

-yoga lifestyle, such as living practicing non violence, exploring the concepts of  karma, seva, bhakti, and dharma

5.  Practicum

-practice teaching

-receiving and giving feedback

-observing others teach

-hands on assist

A typical training day:

7:00am-8:45am Yoga practice (pranyama, meditation, mantra, mudra, asana)

15 minute break

9:00am-12:00pm Lecture and group discussion

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch break

1:00pm-4:45pm Workshop poses and group practicum

15 minute break 

5:00pm-6:15pm Easy practice 

6:15pm-7:00pm Q&A

Other information:

Dana Damara – to learn more about lead trainer Dana Damara, visit dana@danadamara.com

Payment plans – to learn about payment options please visit: http://thepadstudios.com/training-program/