I’ve only been doing yoga for 6 months. Can I do teacher training?
Yes, TT is for "everyone" - every level of student. It is based on the same guiding principles as our studio: every body is different, and therefore yoga is different for everybody.
Some of our trainees will have only 3-12 months of yoga practice; others will have many years of experience. Yoga is a journey; it’s a process. Our program is based on the yogic concept of Vinyasa Karma (a step-by-step approach). We encourage each student to start where they are, and consciously progress their practice, deepening their understanding of yoga. We’ll start where we are, together.
It’s for people who want to become 200-HR registered yoga teachers (RYT). With successful completion of the training and its requirements, you’ll receive a certification of completion, with which you can register as an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. AND, it’s also for enthusiastic students who want to enhance their studies of this amazing, transformative practice. Students who want to learn about yoga history and philosophy.
Whether you're interested in becoming a teacher or growing your personal practice - this program is for you!
When does the training begin? How does it work?
The Serenity Yoga Alliance approved training begins in September, 2016. Prior to the start of training, we are planning four informational gatherings to present program details and spend time addressing all of your questions.
The training – including practice, labs, lectures, class observations/assisting, quizzes/tests, practice teaching & more – It will consist of one weekend a month for 8 months. View our brochure for all dates, and times. This program is well rounded, comprehensive and rigorous – physically, emotionally and intellectually. A profound, intense experience for everyone involved – both trainees and teacher- trainers alike.
Who is leading the training? What will the training include?
Lead instructor Alyson Leinbach 500-YT,
Assistants: Sarah ERYT-200, Benton Leinbach 200-RYT
Together and separately, our teachers will lead Asana practice and labs, will work with you on teaching techniques and methodology, and lead discussions and conversations about yoga philosophy – and how it applies to your everyday life (on and off the mat). Please expect homework, reading assignments, quizzes/tests and extra classes/class observations outside of the training hours.
Yoga Alliance also sets requirements for its yoga schools to provide substantial hours in anatomy and physiology, subtle body energy, yoga teacher ethics and the business of yoga.
Our school emphasis is on self-discovery, safe alignment and focused flow. To that end, we’ll study the development of modern Hatha from the Krishnamacharya lineage, as taught by BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.
How much does it cost? Is there a payment plan?
The tuition fee is $2,800 10% off if paid in full by May 1, 2016. A $500 non- refundable deposit (included in tuition) is required to reserve your spot in the training, as space is limited.
In addition to the training itself, tuition includes:
- Serenity Yoga 200 HR Teacher Training Manual
- A companion DVD that is accessed online
Books are an additional cost.
Payment plans are available please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-373-7538 to arrange for that plan.
What should I do to prepare?
Serenity Yoga teacher training does not require - nor does it expect - students to be "advanced” yogis. (We don't have to be able to "perform" certain poses or have practiced yoga for x# of years.) The important thing is to become very engaged in your current study of yoga.
Teacher Training is physically challenging and demanding. Each evening session will include a minimum 75minute Asana practice. We recommend that students be in good health and optimal physical condition.
We recommend that you maintain a regular, consistent, dedicated yoga practice here at the studio. What does that mean? It means you make a commitment to practice yoga (of any kind) at least 3 times a week. We also encourage students to attend workshop offerings. Not only will you learn a lot about the practice (and yourself!), your participation will help you decide whether indeed teacher training is a good path for you.
Can I still do it even if I’m absolutely certain I don’t want to be a teacher?
Yes. The program is named “Yoga Immersion Teacher Training and Vinyasa Karma” And for that very reason. We know that many who enroll in TT may not be seeking teaching positions upon completion of the training. In our own TT experiences at the 200-hour level, roughly 1/2 of participants are there for no other purpose than to grow. Alternatively, some trainees will already have a teaching credential; some may even be teaching already. The group will be mixed and diverse; and that’s part of the beauty and benefit of TT at Serenity Yoga.
I want to teach. Will this program enable me to become a yoga teacher? Do I need any other credentials or licenses?
Upon successful completion of the program requirements, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance – the governing board providing credentialing to yoga teachers and schools – to become an 200 HR RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). This is the first step toward becoming a yoga teacher.
Serenity program will offer you the tools you need to lead safe and successful group and private- client yoga classes. As with any other career choice, the path of teaching yoga requires continued study and exploration. This program provides a solid foundation and framework to begin this exploration.
As mentioned above, the program addresses the techniques, methodology and philosophy and will also cover practical information about how to get started as a teacher, including topics such as: marketing, insurance, applying for jobs, auditioning, rates, etc.
Most yoga studios require teachers to have their 200 HR RYT to teach yoga classes. Specialized instruction (such as yoga therapeutics, Yin, pre- & post-natal, for example) usually requires specialized training (usually an additional 25-40 hours). Some teachers continue training to obtain their 500 HR advanced professional training.
How do I sign up?
A program application is located on the home page under Teacher Training and a paypal link for your deposit. We will also hold four informational sessions prior to the date of the training. We will update all interested students of these sessions so you can come and ask any questions that have not been answered for you here.