1Is the teacher training only for people who wish to teach yoga?
No, it is not. Our YTT is both for the student who dreams about teaching yoga and the student who only wishes to dive deep into the world of yoga, but doesn't necessarily have a desire to teach yoga. A YTT is about so much more than just teaching yoga, and you will benefit greatly from the training, regardless as to whether you wish to teach or not. A YTT will deepen your understanding of both yourself and yoga.
2How much experience do I need?
We recommend that you have at least one year of experience practising yoga before doing the Art of Yoga YTT. Our 200-hour YTT includes two daily two-hour asana practices. Furthermore, by having practised yoga for a bit you ensure that you actually know what you are signing up for.
3Can I teach yoga after the YTT?
Yes, once you have completed our 200-hour YTT you will be able to teach yoga. During the training you will have plenty of opportunity to teach, both in smaller groups and in front of the whole class. Moreover, we will teach you how to sequence a yoga class, whether a dynamic or a more slow paced class. Lastly, we will provide you with the tools you need to build a career as a yoga teacher and how to market yourself.
4Why do I need to do an intensive training?
Doing an intensive training as opposed to a training that is over the course of many months, has its advantages. By doing an intensive training you get a unique opportunity to dive deep into the world of yoga without having to worry about washing, work, cleaning, paying bills and any other responsibilities from your daily life. Instead, you can focus solely on your YTT.
5How many students are in one YTT?
Typically, we have 15-20 students. This ensures that each student gets one-on-one time with the teachers, and it is a safe space for every student.
6Which style of yoga do you teach at Art of Yoga®?
Art of yoga® is primarily a shala for Vinyasa yoga. Our style of yoga can be described as traditional Ashtanga yoga combined with dynamic Vinyasa sequences. The Art of yoga® system included asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mantras, meditation, Yin yoga, Yoga Nidra and more.
7What can I expect to learn at the 200-hour YTT?
Our 200-hour YTT gives you a strong foundation both when it comes to yoga philosophy and the physical aspect of yoga. We will study asanas, anatomy, modifications, adjustments and biomechanics in depth. It is our belief that every yoga teacher needs an in-depth understanding of how the body works and be able to create different sequences as well as modify poses and sequences when necessary. Furthermore, we will explore the different styles of yoga, yoga history and yoga philosophy. Moreover, we will introduce you to mantras, pranayama, meditation and ayurveda. Throughout the training you will have plenty of opportunity to practice teaching in a safe environment as well as receiving feedback from fellow students.
8What does the schedule look like?
Our days usually begin with a sunrise practice as this is believed to be the most ‘magical’ time of day. The practice included meditation, pranayama, asanas and setting a sankalpa (intention). After our morning practice we will enjoy a healthy, nourishing and delicious breakfast together. After breakfast we have theory and then a long lunch break. After lunch we have theory again. After theory students are teaching before we end the day with an afternoon practice. Our days end at 18:30, however, you have the option of participating in an evening meditation. We always include three full days off during the training. This is to ensure that you rest and recharge physically, mentally and energetically.
9What are the requirements for passing the YTT?
It is important that you are engaged in the training, and that you show up with an open mind and respect both your teachers, the traditions of yoga and your fellow students. We also expect that you are willing to work together with your co-students. In order to receive your certificate it is required that you participate in a minimum of 90 percent of classes as well as completing assignments required by Yoga Alliance®. To sum up, the most important factors for passing the training are: showing up/participation, attitude and completing assignments.
10How do I prepare for the YTT?
The best you can do to prepare for your YTT is having a consistent yoga practice. We recommend that you practice for at least one hour at least three times a week. You can explore different styles of yoga and attend classes with different teachers both in yoga studios and online. It is important that you listen to your body and do what feels right for you to avoid and prevent injuries. Furthermore, we recommend that you start reading the required material before the YTT starts. This also gives you an opportunity to learn a little bit about yoga philosophy and history before starting the YTT.
11Which certificate do I get when completing the YTT?
You will receive a certificate approved by Yoga Alliance® (www.yogaalliance.org). Art of Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance (RYS), meaning that you can become a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) after completing your 200-hour YTT with Art of Yoga. The application is online, and there is a yearly member fee.