Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information

How do I sign up for the program?

You can sign up online or call Patricia at (713) 443-7725 to hold a place for you and mail us a check. A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Join TT with a $500 deposit by October 7th & receive a $100 tuition discount! Pay in full by 12/1/18 for another $500 off.  We will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials.  Your payment is due in full by December 1, 2018 in order to receive the $500 Earlybird Discount. Full payment is required January 11, 2019, unless a payment plan has been previously arranged.

 

What style of Yoga is the Yoga Therapy College Teacher Training course?

Yoga Therapy College seeks to impart an eclectic set of teachings based on both the classical texts of Yoga, and also modern-day explorations built upon the need to guide people in effective understandings of stress, chronic issues, and effective tools of transformation. This eclectic style seeks to teach a variety of yoga based practices, in order for our graduating yoga teachers to have an understanding of the types of yoga offered in the West. The standards that Yoga Therapy College abides by are in synchrony with the standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and would apply to a graduating student should they seek to move further in their educational endeavors of becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

  

How proficient in Yoga do I have to be to do the 200-Hour Program?

We require that you have a minimum of 6 months of a consistent yoga practice before enrolling in our teacher training program. We want to make sure that trainees have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach. If it appears that you do not have the necessary foundation, we will suggest classes that you can attend to begin to understand how we teach.  As part of our Teacher Training program you are invited to attend the classes of our main faculty for no additional fee, while you are enrolled in the Yoga Therapy College teacher training program. Available classes are listed on "Class Schedules" in our drop down menu on this site. We invite you to try one of them to help you make your decision about joining our training.


What will I learn in the 200-hour Yoga Therapy College Teacher Training?

In addition to making lifelong friends and deepening your experience of yoga, you will study the following topics in depth:

  •  Asana - learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses
  • Alignment - with modifications, variations and the proper use of props 
  • Sequencing - how to design dynamic, effective and intelligent sequences for all levels 
  • Working with different kinds of bodies/students 
  • How to observe bodies in practice
  • Working with injuries and limitations 
  • Adjustments and Assist
  • Practice teaching 
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Pranayama - breathing techniques
  • Sanskrit translations 
  • The History and Philosophy of Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) 
  • Yoga for a variety of lifestyles:  Senior, Children, Prenatal
  • The business of Yoga and how to be successful as a teacher 


What If I don't want to be a teacher?

Yoga is a lifestyle choice, and as such, immersing yourself in our teaching program can only further your personal growth physically, mentally and spiritually.  Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, to improve their own practice, and  to explore nothing less than a transformational experience. 

 

I have an injury/special condition – can I take this course? 

Yoga Therapy College prides itself in making its teachings available to all levels of physical ability. We recommend that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can plan with you how to give you the best experience possible. 

 

Can I take this Training if I’m pregnant?

We ask that all students first check with their doctor to make sure they are clear to take this training.  Then, please speak with us personally so that we may plan with you in giving you the best possible experience. 


What is Yoga Therapy College Teacher Training Cancellation and Refund Policy?

  • Deposit and registration must be made to reserve your place in the training.
  • If an applicant is accepted, the $500 USD deposit sent on application automatically becomes non-refundable. If an applicant is not accepted the deposit will be immediately refunded.
  • In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled we will refund 100% of your payment or offer an alternative placement.
  • We are not to be held liable for flight costs or any other expenses.
  • If a student withdraws from the course more than 2 weeks before the course commences, the deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to another future training. If a student withdraws from the course in the last two weeks before the course begins, the deposit will no longer be transferable.
  • This refund policy applies to the remaining balance (excluding deposit) of the course fee. Cancellation 0 – 30 days before start date – 0% refund. Cancellation 31 – 60 days before start date – 50% refund. Cancellation 61 – more days before start date – 100 % refund.
  • Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


What are the 200-Hour graduation requirements? 

In order to graduate the Yoga Therapy College Teacher Training Program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:

  •  Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions 
  • Successful completion of homework, quizzes, in-class and take-home final exams (don’t worry, you will be will prepared!)
  • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
  • Completion of taking yoga classes in the community 
  • Completion of all make-up sessions (please note policy on how many sessions you can miss and take a makeup session)

Where Can I practice?

When you enroll for a 200-Hour teacher training program at Yoga Therapy College, you will have access to all regularly scheduled classes that our main faculty teach for the duration of the teacher training program, starting on the first day of your training.

 

Is there a minimum age requirement to take the training?

You must be at least 16 years old to take the teacher training. If you are between 16 and 18 years old it is required that we receive approval in writing from your legal guardian.


Are any books and materials included in the price of the trainings?

All Yoga Therapy College Teacher Training Manuals and handouts are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books.


What is the 200-hour Attendance and Class Make-Up Policy?

Yoga Alliance requires that you complete all 200 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy listed below. Please note that you can miss a maximum of 19 training hours (1 weekend), and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. If you miss more than 19 hours or do not complete your make up hours within one year, you will receive a not passing status and will be required to pay in full to retake the training. You have the following two options for making up your missed time: 


Option 1: Schedule a private session with the faculty member whose class you missed at some point during the program. The cost of a private session ranges from $50-$75 per hour:
1 hour private = 1-4 hours of missed time 

  • 1.5 hour private = 5-6 hours of missed time 
  • 2 hour private = 7-8 hours of missed time 
  • 2.5 hour private = 9-10 hours of missed time
  • 3 hour private = 11-13 hours of missed time 
  • Please note: Only two sessions of private instruction, regardless of hours, are allowable and are subject to trainer availability. The remainder of your missed time will need to be made up in a future training (see Make Up option 2 below). Private make up sessions are only an option during your current training and are not an option once the program is complete.

Option 2: You can attend the days you missed in an upcoming training of the same format in another Yoga Therapy College teacher training, free of additional class training charge. You have one year from your program end date to complete your make up classes. If the training is sold out, you will need to wait for a future training with space available to complete your make up(s).

Please note that if you miss over 19 hours, you will not pass the program and will be required to pay in full to retake the program.


It is important to honor your commitment to both the faculty and the students of the class you are a part of. If you are going to miss a class, make sure to notify either Yoga Therapy College Administration and/or the faculty member’s class you will be missing 24 hours in advance.


How much time should I expect to spend on 200-hour homework?

Expect to spend at least 20 hours on homework as required by Yoga Alliance. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. However, if you wish to receive your Diploma and Letter of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.

 

What is the Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings in the US. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200-Hour or 500-Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. The Yoga Therapy College Trainings are approved at the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour level in the United States.

 

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your Letter of Completion and Diploma evidencing your training at the 200-Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-Hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 300-Hour Professional Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge, and style as a yoga instructor.  Becoming a yoga teacher is not just about taking a specialized course; but is also about embracing the concepts, creating your own daily practice, looking to always improve yourself and the lives of others; and basically living the yogic lifestyle.

  

What is the process for getting hired to teach after I graduate?

Being hired after completing our program at any institution, is not only a matter of completing a training, but of the right teaching fit for that studio as well as the availability of openings on their schedule. It is never guaranteed.  As we are made aware of opportunities we pass these on to the graduating students to seek out.  We suggest you get to know the yoga community where you live, take a variety of classes, and offer your services in a variety of venues.  As well, ask the various yoga teaching sites to get placed on their sub-teacher list for when a teacher needs somebody to fill in. Offer to teach volunteer classes as many studios are open to feature your class. Offering your services at a hospital, the community you live in, your workplace, or as a community service project is another way to gain experience and add to your resume.

During your training with Yoga Therapy College, explore what interests you, keep an open mind, and always look to what the next opportunities may be for you.