yoga teacher training faq

200-hour program (RYS 200)

September through May, annually

What are the qualifications for applying to the program?
You must have had a regular and consistent Vinyasa yoga practice for at least one year prior to applying. It is strongly suggested you attend at least one class with program director, Jill Sockman, before submitting your application. If this is not possible, we will conduct a brief phone interview to ensure this program is the right fit for you. If you have taken fewer than 10 classes with one of the staff teachers at this studio, we will request a letter of recommendation from your current teacher OR we will request that you take at least 10 classes with one of our instructors before the program begins.

How do I apply?
Complete our online application, or submit your application in writing, providing the information specified in the online application, and mail to:  blue lotus, ytt application, 401 n. west street, #105, raleigh, nc  27603. A $300 deposit is required with your application. 

After I send the application, what can I expect?
You’ll receive confirmation of acceptance into the yoga teacher training program within two weeks of application receipt. Within 10 days of receiving this confirmation, you must provide the $300 deposit if you have not done so already. Your place in the program is not secure until the deposit has been paid; if there is a wait list, your space will be released to a waiting applicant if you have not submitted your deposit in the requested 10 days. Once you have paid your deposit and provided a letter of recommendation (if applicable), we will send your enrollment agreement and student information, including the book list, assignment details, directions, and local information if you are not from the area. The balance of your tuition is due in full by August 1, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Who are the teachers for the program?

Is this an inter-disciplinary approach to yoga training?
No. The interdisciplinary approach seeks to offer students exposure to a wide range of styles. In contrast, we invite you to dive deep into Ha-Tha, Sun and Moon, Yin and Yang; the Krishnamacharya lineage of alignment-based Vinyasa yoga and the complementary Yin practices. We feel this “narrow and deep” approach to study better prepares you both to teach and to deepen your own practice.

What is the monthly schedule for the next training?

September 8-10, 2017

October 6-8, 2017

November 10-12, 2017

December 8-10, 2017

January 12-14, 2018

February 9-11, 2018

March 9-11, 2018

April 6-8, 2018

May 4-6, 2018

What if I have to miss a class?
While it is possible to make up some parts of the weekend modules, other portions are impossible to make up, such as those with guest instructors. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know as early as possible and we will work with you toward a solution. Missed material must be made up via private instruction, per current charges listed on the website; makeup work varies from module to module.

What hours are required for the course, outside of weekend modules?
There are nine weekend modules, once per month for nine months. In addition, trainees are required to complete:

  • 30 classes at blue lotus
  • 9 hours of karma yoga
  • 12 documented hours of assisting/observing at blue lotus

In addition, there will be reading and writing assignments each month, to be completed before the next module. Total program hours exceed Yoga Alliance requirements in all categories.

What is a typical weekend module schedule?
Each weekend is slightly different, but in general:

  • We begin on Friday between noon and 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday sessions run from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Most Sunday morning practice sessions begin at 7:00 a.m., and we finish at 3:30 p.m.

How much does it cost, and what is included?
Nonrefundable Course Deposit:  $300 with application
Course Fee:  $3200 (including deposit) if paid by August 1
Early Bird Fee:  $2950 (including deposit)  if paid by April 30
Payment Plan:  $3400 (including deposit) designed to suit your needs

Your program payment provides you with nine weekend modules, course manual, handouts, one-on-one mentoring, 30 free classes at blue lotus, and more. Those who live outside the Triangle will receive a $170 discount on tuition in lieu of free classes. Books on the reading list are not included in the course fee, but may be purchased through the studio at 20% off the list price. During the nine-month program, trainees receive a 20% retail discount on all full-priced boutique purchases.

Are there any discounts available?
Yes. We offer a $300 Early Bird discount on tuition; if you register and pay in full by April 30, the total cost is $2,950. 

There are two work-trade positions available for each program that offer you a discount on tuition in return for work at the studio (mostly on the weekends we meet). These positions are need-based, and are considered and awarded as requests are received. In addition, we offer one or two small scholarships to defray a portion of the tuition costs. To be considered for work-trade or a scholarship, you must submit your application to the program no later than May 1. Please indicate your interest in these work-trade and/or scholarship programs on your application.  Discounts for past graduates and graduates of other YTT200 programs (currently teaching) are available.

What is the assessment process?
In order to graduate from the program, the following items must be complete:

    • Perfect attendance (or hours made up) and active participation in all weekend modules
    • 30 classes at blue lotus
    • 9 hours of karma yoga
    • 12 documented hours of assisting/observing at blue lotus
    • Satisfactory completion of written assignments
    • Completion of personal sadhana log, in which you are to journal your daily practice for nine months
    • Passing grade on written exam
    • Successful final practice teach, based on five criteria:
        1. Teaching skills (effective use of voice, demo, connection to students)
        2. Verbal and physical assists (appropriate and effective use)
        3. Language (verbal cues, clarity of instruction)
        4. Posture details  (demonstrate understanding of proper alignment, key actions, benefits and contraindications of postures taught)
        5. Safety (In all areas, from providing accurate information to offering appropriate modifications, to attending to immediate needs of students in the classroom)

What do I receive at the end?
Successful completion of the yoga teacher training program entitles you to a graduation certificate, with which you may apply to Yoga Alliance for registration as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level.

What is the refund policy?
Course deposit of $300 is nonrefundable. Withdrawal from the course prior to August 1, results in a refund of tuition paid, less nonrefundable deposit and a $250 administration charge. Without exception, there are no refunds after August 1.  If you have uncertainty about the intensity of the course or time commitment involved, please talk to us before registering for the program.

Can I attend if I am not from the Triangle area?
Absolutely! If you have attended fewer than 10 classes with a blue lotus instructor, you will need to include with your application a letter of recommendation from your current yoga teacher, and we may suggest a telephone interview to determine if this program is the right fit for you. Raleigh/Durham (RDU) airport is just 15 miles from downtown Raleigh, and the possibility of a home stay can significantly reduce your expenses. Likewise, you will be given alternatives for completing class requirements in between modules.

How demanding is the training?
Even if there were no outside readings, assignments, class attendance or teaching to be completed, committing to a nine-month program of self-study is an intense experience. Dedicating yourself to a daily practice, regular study, class attendance, and an entire weekend every month is no small endeavor and should not be undertaken lightly. If you have undergone a personal tragedy in the past six months to a year, we strongly suggest postponing training until next year.

How do I know if my physical yoga practice is “good enough” for teacher training? 
Our program is open to a wide range of physical capacities, and we do not define advanced yoga practice by your ability to perform complex yoga postures. We do require a year of vinyasa experience to make sure that our trainees are familiar with the fundamental yoga postures and the elements in a flow style of yoga, but you are not required to master any particular pose as part of your training. That being said, there will be challenging vinyasa practices offered throughout the training, as well as extended sessions of seated meditation. We ask our trainees to honor any physical limitations, modify their physical practice when needed, and seek guidance when they are uncertain about how to do so. If you have significant physical limitations or other concerns about the physical aspects of the training, please talk to us.

What will I learn on the course?
Like most endeavors, you will get as much out of the course as you invest into it. Our intention behind offering this yoga immersion and teacher training program runs much deeper than teaching a series of physical poses; for at its core, yoga is a way to help you reach your fullest potential. Through the process of deep and honest self-study, discipline, and surrender, we expand our minds and hearts. Precepts of the program are creating community and self-awareness, and living authentically, not just learning how to teach Warrior 1. For this reason, it is wise for you to be clear about your intention for embarking on the journey.
Practically speaking, you will:

  • Cultivate self-care and create a  balanced home practice
  • Study asana, as well as pranayama, meditation techniques, and chanting/use of mantra
  • Understand the art and science of sequencing poses for safety and optimal energetic flow
  • Explore practical anatomy & physiology (including alignment, pose modifications, and posture assisting) as well as energetic anatomy
  • Study the philosophy of yoga, according to Patanjali, as a guideline for living a full and joyful life
  • Experience extended practice sessions with guest teachers
  • Explore and learn the importance of good studentship and concentrated practice
  • Work one-on-one with your own mentor who has already completed the program.

I don’t want to teach yoga, is this the right program for me?
Many yoga practitioners enter yoga trainings with no intention of teaching, for it is an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge and experience yoga in a way you simply cannot do in regular classes.

This course was designed to offer you the theoretical and practical knowledge base for you to be able to teach yoga, as well as provide information and skills to make you a stronger, more flexible, and more compassionate human being. Whether you choose to teach or not, the positive effects of that growth will spill over into all aspects of your life. So, whether you aspire to teach yoga, already teach and want to refine your skills, or simply want to immerse yourself in the practice, you can find what you are looking for in this program.

Have more questions?  Please contact Kathleen at blue lotus!

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