Yoga Teacher Training
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and In-depth Yoga studies Program.
Next session begins in September 14, 2013! Free information session about the program will be held Friday, August 23rd from 7:30-8:30pm.
Mind Body Zone is proud to offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / In Depth Yoga Studies Program. Whether your intention is to deepen your personal practice or obtain the skills and knowledge to become an effective instructor, this program is diverse and non-denominational, covering all aspects of Hatha Yoga. Upon successful completion of the program, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). It includes:
• In-depth study of over 90 asana
• Styles of yoga
Teaching Methods-35 hours
• Asana modification and use of props
• Demonstration and cueing principles
• Designing and sequencing a class
• Hands-on and verbal adjustments
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
• Students’ process of learning
• Yoga Therapy
• Public Speaking-communicating with your voice and body
• Teaching Beginners
Anatomy & Physiology- 25 hours
• Respiration and Breath
• Joint Mobility
• Preventing Yoga injuries
• Working with student injuries
• Chi and Meridians
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-30 hours
• 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Bhagavad Gita
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Yogic Lifestyle
• Practice Teaching
• Assist senior teachers in his/her class
• Give and receive feedback
September 2013 -June 2014*
One weekend a month
(*Dates/Times subject to change)
• September 14-15, 2013
• October 12-13, 2013
• November 16-17, 2013
• December 14-15, 2013
• January 11-12, 2014
• February 8-9, 2014
• March 15-16, 2014
• April 12-13, 2014
• May 17-18, 2014
• June 21-22, 2014
In addition, 48 hours of Hatha Yoga practice are required. These dates and times will be determined by the trainees.
• A non-refundable application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance to the program.
• Early Bird tuition: $2,000 paid in full by July 14, 2013 (total $2,200)
• Regular tuition: $2,200 paid in full by September 13, 2013. (total $2,400)
• Payment schedule: $2,400 (total $2,600). Three $800 payments due Sept. 13 2013, December 13 2013, March 14 2014
• Tuition Refunds-10% service charge, no refunds after August 14, 2013.
Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading or teaching practicum fees (if any), but does include all listed training sessions, hand outs and 48 free yoga classes at Mind Body Zone during teacher training (value of $576). Subsequent classes can be taken at MBZ at a discounted rate.
Prerequisites for Application and Certification:
• Minimum of 2 years personal practice of Hatha Yoga or approval from Director of Teacher Training
• Commitment to continuing practice and spiritual growth
• Completed Teacher Training Application
• On-time payment of tuition and application fee
• Attendance of all Teacher Training Meetings
• Successful and on-time completion of assignments, quizzes and exams
Lynn Cheng Kaylor- E-RYT 200, Director of Yoga Teacher Training
While she has studied many different styles in her years of practice with senior teachers, she draws the most inspiration from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Kripalu traditions. Her classes are eclectic, incorporating aspects from her teachers, intuition and personal study; each class is different and choreographed to beautiful music. Lynn's teaching style emphasizes the importance of body alignment combined with the natural movement of the breath, inner awareness and the vision of the mind-body-spirit connection. Her hope for her students is to not only achieve their physical goals (strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, stress relief, etc.) though asana (postures) and pranayama (breath techniques), but to also come to know, understand and incorporate other aspects of yoga in their lives. For more information about Lynn, visit www.yogailluminations.com or www.facebook.com/lynnkayloryoga
Connie Habash, MA, LMFT
Setarah Moafi, L.Ac
Grace Kendrick, CAS, CYT
Monica Hanson- RYT 200
And many more instructors!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why it’s important to choose the right training structure?
Yoga is learned by patient practice, dedication and experience. Knowledge is imparted directly from teacher to student. Large classes, high-profile seminars, yoga conferences, workshops with celebrity teachers, and distance learning are less than ideal formats for teacher training.
Beware of trainings that provide limited access to the trainers, those that condense many hours into a short time frame, ones that have heavy homework, online classes with less face-to-face instruction and those that offer less than 200 contact training hours.
What is unique about Mind Body Zone’s program?
Our multiple sessions are spaced over 10 months, we offer a close teacher-student relationship with highly experienced teacher trainers, a supervised and ongoing study into all aspects of yoga including ethical, personal, physical, psychological and spiritual realms.
Our program is designed for people with busy schedules; we meet once a month and you determine when and where you would like to fulfill the requirements for practice and practicum. We offer 48 free yoga classes during the training period and additional classes during this time will be offered at a significant discount.
Most of the material covered in any teacher training is new information-information not received in a typical yoga class or as in depth. Our pacing is set that there is enough time between each session in order for you to digest, process and incorporate the material into your practice before the next session. The training is also progressive, what you learn in the current month will be more relevant in the following month and onwards.
Any Yoga Alliance approved program has the same requirements; 75 contact hours hours for Techniques, 15 contact hours for Teaching Methodology, 10 contact hours for Anatomy, 20 contact hours for Philosophy and 5 contact hours for Practicum. (Contact hours are training hours given by and in the presence of an experience yoga teacher). The remaining 55 contact hours are distributed among the educational categories according to the school’s emphasis. We have placed more emphasis on Techniques and Teaching Methodology and additional hours in Anatomy and Practicum.
How do I know if I am ready?
If you have been studying yoga with a teacher for at least two years, we encourage you to apply. If you have less than 2 years experience, contact Lynn (Director of Teacher Training) to discuss your eligibility. Keep in mind that your sincere desire to learn and explore is the most important factor.
I’m not interested in being a teacher. I just want to learn more about yoga. Can I apply?
Absolutely! This training will give you a depth of skill and knowledge without parallel. Many of these topics are not addressed in a typical yoga class or with as much detail. The training will give you a much better understanding about Yoga as a complete practice and this information will help grow your personal practice. Though you will practice and learn some teaching techniques during the course, yoga teaching need not be your ultimate goal in order for you to take full advantage of the training.
What is the difference between taking this program for personal development versus getting a certificate to teach yoga?
If your objective is to obtain a certificate of completion, you must complete all the assignments, pass the written final, take 48 Hatha Yoga classes at any facility of your choice and spend at least 10 hours outside of the monthly training sessions to work on the practicum part of the program. This is where a trainee mentors with an experienced teacher and observes and assists in his/her classes. In addition, the trainee must teach 5 hours where the mentor will observe and provide feedback.
If you are taking this program for your personal practice, you do not have to complete the requirements listed above (although it is highly suggested that you complete the assignments as it deepens your understanding and experience of the teachings).
I can not do advanced yoga postures; can I still enroll in the Teacher Training Program?
Proficiency in these postures does not correlate to being an effective yoga instructor and is not important for teaching yoga.
I have a prior commitment and can not make a training session, can I make-up the class?
Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend a training session, we do not offer a make up class, but will work with you individually to find a suitable way to ensure you receive and understand the information that was covered. If possible, we can change the dates of training if all participants agree on the revised date.
I can not make the whole tuition payment in full, does MBZ offer any payment schedules?
While the amount seems large when you look at it as one payment, it actually is quite reasonable. If it is broken down to an hourly rate, the teacher training program actually costs less per hour than a drop in class rate. As mentioned, teacher training program offers much more than you would receive in a typical yoga class.
We offer a discounted rate (early bird) for those who pay in full and register early. For those who can not pay the tuition rate up front, we offer a payment schedule of three $800 payments. If that payment schedule does not work for you, please contact us. We are happy to work out a payment schedule for you.
What qualities do you need to become a yoga teacher?
Being curious and enthusiastic about yoga is the first prerequisite. Qualities such as empathy, clarity, integrity, reliability, open minded, determination and playfulness are hallmarks of a great teacher.
How will I go from where I am now to being a confident yoga teacher?
Our program is paced so you learn gradually in order to integrate the various practices and information. During our training sessions, we will break down and practice the elements of effective yoga teaching. By the time you complete the training, you will have the skills to teach a basic level yoga class.
What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is the only nationally recognized organization that registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization. Its mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. By completing this teacher training, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). An RYT® designation enhances your credibility as a yoga professional. Yoga Alliance RYT® designations are trusted symbols of knowledge, training and experience for employers and students.
What kind of work does a professional yoga teacher do?
Yoga teachers work in a wide variety of settings with a range of students. Most yoga teachers are self-employed, teaching either part-time or full-time at more than one location. Income is a reflection of an instructor’s specialized knowledge and skills, so a yoga instructor works fewer hours and is paid more per hour than in most traditional jobs. Part-time yoga instructors can supplement their regular income by teaching as little or as much as they want. Venues can include yoga studios, health clubs/gyms, corporate businesses, community centers, schools, spas, resorts and doctors’ offices.
“This Program gave me the tools as well as the confidence to begin teaching immediately after training. One of my greatest compliments came from a seasoned yoga student who commented that I seem to have a lot of experience teaching yoga. This compliment really made me realize how well MBZYTT prepared me to teach in my own unique way.” – Shannon
“I highly value the wide range of knowlege this teacher training has given me. It has really helped me define my own style as a teacher and thereby feel confident facing classrooms full of students. To anyone looking to prepare yourself to teach, or even just deepen your practice, this is a great program!” – Marci
“Learn from a myriad of master Yoga teachers who share their wealth of knowledge and experience not found in books or journals.” – Shannon
“This training is beneficial to ANYONE who is practices yoga, at any level. Enroll in this course if simply want to know more about yoga, deepen your practice or if you want to teach. I received valuable knowledge, inspiration and an unforgettable experience!” – Su
“Meeting one weekend/month provided a perfectly balanced pace; we could absorb lots of information during class time, and then have time to reflect on it, incorporate it into our lives and our yoga practice, and then be excited again when the next weekend of training approached. Retention of the material was easier this way, and there was no feeling of burn-out or being rushed. A great program!” – Julie
“I have taught yoga for many years, and this program has broadened my teaching skills enormously and greatly enhanced my personal practice.” – Julie
"An insightful 200 hour journey leading to positivity & light, an amazing life." - Denise
“Awesome teachers and insightful sessions! I am so glad I explored the many faces of yoga!” –Irma
“a highly recommended, well-rounded agenda providing coverage of all aspects of yoga and related teachings. An excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual growth as well as teaching potential” – Don
“…best learning experience by blending lecture, hands on, self-practice, instructor critiques, and lots of optional reading and practice opportunities.” – Caron
“A wonderful experience. The training is professional and the teachers have developed a lovely sense of community in our class.” – Kate
“Lynn is one of the most effective and down-to-earth teachers I have encountered.” – Jill
“The pace of the program gave us plenty of time to review important concepts and let them sink in. The mentorship and practicum portion further helped to solidify and confidently put all that we had learned into practice.”- Sweta
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in MBZ’s Teacher Training and Yoga Studies Program
1. Improve your understanding of Yoga Asana (postures).
2. Explore the other 7 limbs of yoga, beyond the physical practice, that can be implemented into your daily life.
3. Get to know yourself better through observation, inquiry, mindfulness, meditation, and experimentation.
4. Challenge yourself and open your eyes to new possibilities and realities.
5. Engage in a shared group experience and develop a new community and network of people.
6. Transform mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. This program will change your life.
7. Pledge to invest in your own well being.
8. Add meaning to your life's work and make an impact on those around you.
9. Open the door to a satisfying, potentially new, career as a yoga instructor.
10. Have fun!
To apply, please fill out this application and mail it to Mind Body Zone.
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