Yoga on High’s 200-hour Teacher Training Program is a 9 month long curriculum that prepares you to teach safe, well-designed and well-rounded classes to beginning and intermediate students. Completion of the coursework and requirements described here leads to Yoga on High Teacher Certification and registration through Yoga Alliance. After completing this fundamental coursework you can elect to take one of the 100-hour specializations in teaching Ashtanga or Vinyasa. If you have already graduated from a 200-hour teacher training program you are eligible to take the 100-hour modules, or you can bundle them with the Yoga on High 200-hour program to create a 300-hour program that focuses on a teaching approach specific to your interests.
Teacher trainees are scheduled to assist senior teaching staff and given opportunities to teach their peers and classes of differing levels. This is a hands-on program with ample opportunity to put your new skills to use and find your own voice as a teacher.
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What can you expect to learn in our program?
The Yoga on High Teacher Training program is a full-spectrum curriculum. At the end of this training course, you will be able to:
- Design safe, graduated classes for beginning students (we define beginners as students in the first several years of yoga classes and practice)
- Teach breath awareness to beginners
- Understand how to sequence poses from warm ups though deep relaxation
- Analyze a pose and break it into focused points of emphasis in order to introduce it to students in increments
- Protect students with common functional or structural problems from harm
- Use props creatively
- Teach basic principles of alignment
- Step a pose up or down in complexity to accommodate students with differing capabilities
- Ask your own body a question about the beginner’s body and answer it
- Diversify your teaching approach to accommodate students with different learning styles
- “Read” a student’s body and make proper adjustments
- Teach simple restorative poses
- Guide relaxations
- Understand classroom ethics and professionalism
- Understand general principles of anatomy as they apply to teaching yoga
- Be familiar with basic theoretical principles of yoga philosophy
As part of the course fees and materials, you receive a teacher training manual and two sample nine-week beginners’ course outlines, one for Hatha and one for Ashtanga. You also receive a 9-month, unlimited pass to Yoga on High and a 3-day, offsite silent retreat. We begin our nine-month long, 200-hour programs twice a year. The one that starts in March meets one weekend a month, and the September program meets weekly on Thursday nights. You can choose the option that best fits your schedule.
We require that you maintain a daily personal practice in addition to regular attendance at one or more of our weekly asana classes. Besides attending the teacher training sessions and the silent retreat, you are required to assist in two 10-week sessions for beginners to get real experience in the classroom. Those of you who are already teaching will be offered strategies for maturing your teaching skills. We also require no less than 20 hours of practice teaching.
All teacher training sessions, mentored assisting sessions, personal yoga classes and the silent retreat are covered by the teacher training fee. There are no additional fees except for the cost of your books or any workshops not included in your teacher training that you wish to attend.
Attend weekly asana classes
Attend teacher training sessions
Assist in class
Practice teach 20 hours
Attend 3-day silent retreat
Attend philosophy weekend workshop
Upcoming Program Dates
We have two 9-Month 200-hour Teacher Training Programs that start every year in March and in September. Our March program is on one weekend a month and the September program is weekly on Thursday evenings.
200-hour Teacher Training 9-Month Evening * Starts September 28th, 2013
This program meets Thursday evenings and approximately three weekends (includes the Annual Silent Retreat). Both programs include the same material and require the same number of hours to graduate.
200-hour Teacher Training 9-Month Weekend * Starts March 2014
Certification and Attendance Policy
To become certified, you must attend 85% of the teacher training sessions and all required assisting and asana classes. You are expected to work with another student to cover and practice the material you miss when you are absent. When assisting, you must attend every class with the same teacher, arriving on time and staying through deep relaxation.
Cost of Program
We offer three payment options for the 2012 program. The prices below include a $300 non-refundable deposit that is due when you are accepted into the program.
Paid in Full $3150
Paid in Four Quarterly installments $3292 ($748/quarter)
Paid in Ten Monthly installments $3380 ($308/month)
We invite you to meet us at our upcoming information session:
Thursday, June 6, 7:30-8:30p at Yoga on High
You may also contact Linda Oshins, Marcia Miller, or Jasmine Grace at email@example.com or call 614-291-4444 and ask for any one of us. We would love to talk to you about your past training and practice, our program, or any of your concerns. If you would like to be on our mailing list for information on this and other teachers’ programs, please let us know. If you would like to apply, complete an application online or download the form and return it via email or mail it to Jasmine Grace at Yoga on High, 1081 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201.