What is Yoga Teacher Training?
The Wandering Ashram’s Yoga teacher training is a program designed to help students (soon to be teachers) gain a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of yoga and meditation. Through that knowledge and practice, students will gain the confidence to guide others. The training is 200 hours, which is the amount of physical time that students, will be engaged with trainers and/or doing assignments independently for the program. Certification will be granted once all the requirements are satisfied.
What style(s) of yoga is taught?
The Wandering Ashram’s teacher training program takes on an integrated and contemporary approach to yoga. We believe that the practices of yoga and meditation should be made available to all populations of people. We desire to make yoga available to those interested in learning the practice. The training encompasses classical hatha yoga as the foundation from which other styles including vinyasa, gentle, and restorative are all learned. When a student completes teacher training, they will be able to teach all of the above classes.
How will taking the teacher training change my life/my yoga practice?
Teacher training is a true journey, an exploration. It differs from other educational programs in that the student becomes immersed into the deepest part of himself or herself, both physically and mentally as they do yoga and really live yoga. It changes your day-to-day life. As a practitioner you “go” to yoga class, and as teacher/scholar, yoga weaves its way into your daily actions, it becomes integrated into your being.
Gandhi says, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” This is true integration of yoga.
Is attendance mandatory?
Yes, attendance is mandatory and will count toward certification. We understand illnesses and emergencies and will deal with those situations should they arise.
What is the final exam?
There is three parts to the final exam. A practical exam that consists of students teaching a 60-minute asana class, a 15-minute guided meditation class, and a written (essay, short answer & multiple choice) exam. All exams are pass/fail.
How much hOMework is there?
There is about 2 hours of homework associated with each weekend of teacher training. HOMework consists of journaling, the anatomy-coloring book, practice teaching to family/friends/dog or cat, and reading.
What are the additional requirements for certification?
Certification will be granted after passing final exams, turning in all course work/assignments & projects, community service hours. Upon receiving certificate from Wandering Ashram, students may apply to The Yoga Alliance for 200-Hour Registry. www.yogaalliance.org
What if you think…. I am not flexible, I can’t do a handstand, I am not “good” at yoga? Can I still teach yoga?
Yes! If you want to teach yoga and you want to surrender to the natural flow of your life, then do it. If you are curious and want to learn more about yourself and yoga, and help others learn more, then do it. If you want to learn how to navigate your own life with skill and share this with others, this is for you. The reasons people practice and teach yoga vary, but universally yoga cues us into our bodies and minds and through this practice, through this journey, we learn to accept ourselves and others without judgment and because of this acceptance are able to connect to our truest nature and community. To put it more simply, if you want to learn more and help others, then do it, don’t get in your own way!
What is a typical training day like?
Days will be a blend of practice and theory. We will practice asana, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and peer teach daily. We will examine the methodology and history behind these practices and apply these techniques. In short, we will do yoga and learn how to teach yoga every single day of training.
The Wandering Ashram’s School and Staff:
Kathy Glaser (E-RYT500, YACAP, RYS200) is the founder, and director of the Wandering Ashram Yoga & Meditation School, a Registered 200 Hour Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Kathy is an E RYT 500 and received her advanced yoga certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Military Spouse Information:
The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship official web address is https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa. Military spouses living overseas may experience issues accessing the site. For assistance, spouses may contact Military OneSource through the international dialing instructions located at http://militaryonesource.mil/web/mos/contact-us or through email at MyCAAhelp@militaryonesource.mil
Who is eligible for My Career Advancement Account Scholarship?
Spouse eligibility requirements include:
- Service member on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2
- Service member in the National Guard or reserves in the pay grades listed above
- Completion of high school
- Approval of financial assistance document(s) before the active-duty service member’s date of separation or the active-duty service member’s release from Title 10 military orders
Yoga Teacher Training is a rewarding and transformational journey. And as the Bhagavad Gita reminds us, “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self to the SELF.”
We look forward to traveling with you!