- Q: Are you still doing in-person trainings during the pandemic?
A: Yes we are. We never switched to online teacher trainings simply because we don't feel that the online format is suitable for our yoga teacher training. We have hosted our trainings more or less as planned, in compliance with local rules and regulations and with suitable safety measures for everyone, such as self-isolation prior to travelling to training, mandatory civid-tests prior to training, etcetera (exactly what measures are taken depends on the time of training, as you know these things change all the time). If there is a will, there is a way...
- Q: I don't think I want to be a yoga teacher but just learn more about yoga, is this course for me?
A: Our course emphasises teaching more than most other YTT:s. We practice teaching from day 1. You are required to teach a final vinyasa class to your friends. We usually put it like this: If your heart isn't set on teaching yoga, we have to ask that you pretend that it is for the duration of the course.
- Q: I'm already a teacher but would like to learn more about vinyasa. Is this course for me?
A: At the moment we are offering foundational yoga teacher trainings at the 200 hour level. This means if you are already a yoga teacher, you will have to adapt a beginners mind in parts of the course. We are specialised in vinyasa sequencing and the art of teaching well, finding your voice and getting started as a yoga teacher. If this is what you are looking for we will welcome you to participate. In almost every course we have at least one participant who is already a yoga teacher to some degree.
- Q: I'm worried that my yoga practice is not advanced enough. What level do you expect from trainees?
A: In short, we ask that your personal yoga practice is advanced enough so that you understand the unimportance of acrobatics in yoga. Our daily morning practice is a dynamic vinyasa practice, as are the asana workshops throughout the training. It's a physically demanding practice. This doesn't mean that you should already know all the challenging poses! Part of our course is dedicated to advancing your practice, whatever that means for you. More often than not, no participant in a group of trainees shows up with that perfect handstand!
- Q: Will I learn about pranayama?
A: Breath work is included in our daily morning practice to some degree (of course – it's yoga). We introduce the science of breath, common pranayama practices and we go through how to teach basic pranayama and breath awareness to a group of students. In-depth more advanced pranayama and how to teach it we believe should come at a later stage for a yoga teacher.
- Q: Will I get to study the spiritual practices and the ancient philosophy of yoga?
A: No teacher training would be complete without an introduction to the rich history and philosophy of yoga. We study the history of ancient and modern yoga, and we introduce and discuss philosophy and touch on the ancient texts. We tend to steer the discussions in the direction of making this content relatable and relevant as a teacher of modern yoga today. As a teacher training on the 200 hour level, our aim is to open the door to these topics, to demystify and to clear out any misconceptions as well as honor the roots of the topic we guide as teachers.
- Q: Is there an exam? What happens if I fail the exam?
A: There are two Demonstrations of Understanding. One is written and one is practical. It's not a pass or fail type of thing (this is not university and teaching yoga is not a license). They are there as an indication of how well we have managed to get the most important content across. Any misunderstandings are cleared during the last days of training. The practicum means that you will teach a final class to our group and be observed by one of us. Again, the idea and goal is productive feedback, not pass or fail.
- Q: I have to do some other work during the training, can I skip a lecture or a class here and there?
A: The format of these certified trainings are face-to-face and based on a certain amount of hours of contact. This means we require 100% attendance. Any hours missed must be made up for and might be subject to an additional cost for you in order to become certified.
- Q: Will I be able to go surfing/see a friend/go be a tourist on my days off?
A: There are no days off. There are 2 self study days about one and two weeks into training respectively. On these days, after the morning practice, you will have a variety of homework (about 5-8 hours worth) but you can distribute the day as you like as long as you get the job done.
- What methodology do you apply?
A: We use a variety of methods suited for adult learning. You'll come across some (but very few) lectures. Instead we focus on experiential learning (doing something), discussions, learning by teaching others, positive and encouraging feedback and contextualising content.