Frequently Asked Questions
Is your 200-Hour YTTC suitable for beginners? Is my yoga experience adequate to take the program?
This 200-hour course is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. More important than the physical abilities is that the applicant's comes with an open mind and eagerness to learn. How long you have been doing yoga, is not the most important factor. You will deepen your practice no matter where you are at the moment. The best time to move forward is now.
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I don’t practice Ashtanga Yoga. Can I join this yoga teacher training course?
We do not expect students to be masters of Primary Series of Ashtanga or inversions. We are here to teach you everything about Ashtanga during the training.
Our asana curriculum is equally split between Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga. Meaning, in the mornings you will practice three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week. The Ashtanga classes will progress slowly, class by class.
Ashtanga has 4 set sequences and in our 200-hour training, we focus on the first sequence called Primary Series. During the yoga course, we take the Primary Series and really break it down. We explain in detail the correct and safe alignment for each asana. We teach you modifications and preparations for even the most difficult poses. This is a course where you will immerse deeply into the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method. Most students fall in love with Ashtanga after this course.
An equal amount of time will be dedicated to Vinyasa (Flow) yoga. There you will obtain the skills necessary to teach others. You will find your voice as a teacher by learning sequencing techniques, by learning how to theme your classes, and by using creativity in building flows.
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How can I best prepare for my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course?
A few months before the course starts, we recommend you begin to get in the habit of waking up before 7:00 am. Also, we encourage students to practice yoga asana at least 3-4 times a week. Preferably, practice Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga sequences.
We then recommend you begin to practice meditation or awareness techniques. This can take the form of f.e. guided meditation, chanting, breathwork, seated silence, observation techniques, e.t.c. If none of these float your boat, try getting outside and connecting with nature. We will teach you everything once you arrive.
Start maintaining a healthy diet to prepare both your physical body and your mind. Consult your doctor in case of any medical conditions or history of injury.
Should I invest in Yoga Teacher Training if I don’t want to become a yoga teacher?
It is perfectly common that yoga students do not attend the course with the intention to teach right after the training. If you’re interested in deepening your yoga practice and learning more about it, we welcome you with open arms. Alpha Yoga School designed the training for both “to be yoga teachers” and for “self practitioners”, whose main aim is strong self-sequence and safe self-practice. 🧘♂️🧘♂️
First, we need to practice yoga. Then, we learn about the aspects of yoga, embody it and incorporate it into our everyday life. As our personal practice deepens, teaching others may naturally blossom. Halfway through the training, many students realize that they actually enjoy teaching. Immersion is the most important element of the whole experience. Absorb the teachings and do it for yourself. You will learn so much about yourself, about your mind, body, strength and even weaknesses. You will start the training and who knows...?
That is exactly how we started our own yoga careers. We needed practice for home and for the road. Now we are teaching future teachers. Who would have thought...🤔
Only after you teach the first class and it’s over, you will have a real idea whether you actually enjoy teaching, yes or no.
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How many students do you accept per YTTC?
On the number of students that we accept for all our training courses, we limit that number to 20 students. This is a perfect number for both students and teachers. Students can experience the benefits of group energy, practice real teaching scenarios. Yet, teachers can provide the personal attention students need and deserve.
What is the age profile of the students?
The course welcomes practitioners of all ages. 75% of the group is between 25 to 45 years old. The rest is either younger students or more mature ones, between 50 and 60 years of age and older. The "older" students often make the strongest and most relaxed students. Martin and I are both in mid-40s. All the people that we meet are wonderful, kind, compassionate, and support each other.
Do you offer an internship yoga program?
We offer scholarships to our ex-students. We call it the "Karma Yogi program".
To be eligible, you must first complete either 200-hr or 300-hr program with Alpha Yoga School. This way we know your yoga practice, personality, teaching skills. The rest goes from there.
As a Karma Yogi, you have the rare opportunity to do the whole yoga course again and allow all the teaching to sink in. The second time you follow the same course, you deepen the understanding of all the aspects of yoga. You re-learn, reinforce, and grow confidence in teaching skills. All that in a great learning environment, always supported by the lead teachers. That is what makes it a great opportunity.
The program also offers rare opportunities to teach yoga classes and workshops. It is up to each karma yogi how far he/she wants to take it. Karma yogi can always join the philosophy, anatomy lectures, or any other activities on schedule.
In exchange, we ask karma yogis to assist us in the morning asana classes, alignment, and adjustments classes, in making announcements, and in bridging the students' communication with us and the retreat center.
As we do not own the retreat centers, karma yogi will pay for her/his food and accommodation. Karma yogi does not pay anything to the teachers.
Can I teach Power Yoga after your yoga teacher training course?
Once you complete our yoga teacher training, you will be qualified and confident to teach Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, often called Flow Yoga.
Power Yoga is another modern yoga style very similar to Vinyasa Yoga. You could say that Ashtanga Yoga is the mother of Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga is the mother of Power Yoga. This also means that Ashtanga is the most powerful style of all these styles. Power yoga focuses more on strength and sweating, less on flexibility, meditation, or chanting.
These are elements that can be brought, depending on the teacher, into a Vinyasa yoga class.
There are not many teacher training that will train you how to teach Power yoga only. If you can teach Vinyasa yoga, and then attend, say 10 power yoga classes, you will know how to teach Power yoga yourself…
Can I teach Rocket Yoga after your yoga teacher training course?
Regarding Rocket Yoga, you are lucky because Joanna, your Vinyasa teacher, has completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with the creator of Rocket Yoga himself, with LARRY SCHULTZ!
That training was again a mix of Ashtanga Yoga and Rocket Yoga. Larry had studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Method, and later came up with his own unique sequences that he called "Rocket Yoga".
Rocket Yoga is very flexible, which means that once you learn the sequences by heart, you have the freedom to deviate from the preset sequence.
You could take short training in Rocket Yoga, but you first need to finish a 200-hour yoga training first.
Joanna teaches Rocket 1sequence in each training.
There is no such thing as 200-hour training for Rocket Yoga only.
Just like Power Yoga, once you take 10-15 Rocket yoga classes, you will be able to teach it yourself🧘♂️🧘♂️.
Can you tell me more about your 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program?
On the 3-weeks' yoga immersion with Alpha Yoga School, you will arrive at the roots of the yogic ancient tradition. Our established and knowledgeable instructors will guide you along as you will nourish yourself with the sun, sea, and a powerful plant-based diet. Either here in Greece 🇬🇷, or soon enough, in India. Through establishing a solid foundation in Yoga Philosophy and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Method, your creative potential will flourish. It is from here that true educated Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga arises.
You will practice Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
We will break down with you more than 60 most important yoga poses. You will learn their correct alignment, recognize their misalignment tendencies, their safe modifications, and offer hands-on adjustments for different body types.
You will learn applied functional anatomy.
You will build a self-practice (home practice) without always having to rely on a teacher to guide you.
You will learn short sequences for 15, 30, 60, and 90-minute self-practice.
Our experienced yoga teachers will offer several one-hour workshops for asanas such as lotus, headstand, chaturanga dandasana, backbends, and arm balances. These workshops give a lot of attention to detail and will change your personal practice. The emphasis is on safety to your own body and prevention of injuries for yourself and for your students.
You will learn how to stand in front of the students and know what to do...like: "Do we sit when students sit? Do we stand when students stand? Where do we sit when students are in Shavasana?", and more.
- You will learn how to create vinyasa sequences and to teach your classes to your fellow students.
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You will learn philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, chanting, mantras, and mindfulness techniques.
What specific subjects are taught in the yoga theory lectures?
Philosophy (Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, breathing techniques (theory and practice), moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), classical texts, and more modern texts on yoga.
Yoga Anatomy with hands-on practical exercises wherever possible.
Teaching Skills which will be also put into practice. For example, learning theory on how to demonstrate yoga postures by using the mirror technique and after theory has been covered, you also practice this technique on your students. Theory on how to guide potential students into the yoga postures and then practicing the theory on your fellow students.
- Alignment and Adjustments could be considered either theory or practice because not only will you learn them theoretically first, but you will also practice them on yourself and ohters students.
Is there a written and / or practical exam on the 200-Hour YTTC?
Yes. You will take a written exam in the anatomy philosophy and asana section. A practical assessment in the form of peer teaching will also take place towards the end of the course as part of the teaching methodology unit.
Have no fear! You will be more than prepared by the time assessments roll around so there is no reason to feel any anxiety about this. We work with students to make sure they are thoroughly prepared and provide one-on-one mentoring if needed.
If for any reason you do not pass or cannot attend one of your assessments you will have an opportunity to re-take it before the end of the course.
Will we learn how to find work after the yoga teacher training course?
Yes, you will cover this in a class called "Business of yoga".
We will tell you everything we know on how to get yoga jobs and how to get started. We have also made some mistakes in this process and we will share those with you too.
We will discuss how to have a digital presence, such as hosting online classes, and how to use social media to attract new students for your classes and even yoga retreats.
We are not experts in social media. However, we know the most important thing a yoga teacher needs to do is to build trust and authority. The best way to do that is to provide "free and valuable content".
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Will we learn pregnancy yoga?
We don't teach prenatal yoga.
This is a yoga niche, something that you will have to learn separately.
Prenatal yoga courses are usually short, 50-hours maximum.
Joanna took a prenatal course and she will bring a study book so that you can read on your own, if interested.
She will add a few guidelines for pregnant women during the teaching methodology classes and will be ready to answer any questions.
In which countries can I teach with the yoga certificate that I earn?
The certificate from our school is recognized worldwide.
Our yoga teacher training programs are registered with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. These are the two most world-wide recognized yoga organizations.
After you receive your diploma with us, you can register as a Registered Yoga Teacher with either organization. It is payable service which is not included in the price of our yoga teacher training. You can register with these organizations only if you want, you don't have to. This registration is not a prerequisite for you to teach yoga.
After finishing the course with us, your diploma only will be accepted anywhere in the world. You can start teaching by showing the certificate that you will get from us. Sometimes studios will ask for your diploma, and some studios prefer to see your practice and will ask you to teach a demo class, it depends from studio to studio.
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Can I join yoga teacher training after injury or with a physical limitation?
The answer here is yes! Not only can an injury be a gift to your experience of Yoga Teacher Training, but it can also offer so much to the other students, the teacher, and the lessons.
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Will we learn how to integrate the use of props into our yoga practice?
At Alpha Yoga School, we understand the benefit of using props and encompass them in our teacher trainings. We encourage students to experience them in their own practice, as well as in their teaching.
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