Everything you need for your study is contained within our virtual learning environment. This means no textbooks, workbooks, or digital add-on purchases are required, everything is already at your fingertips when you log on. If you have a PC, Mac, tablet, large size android or iPhone, or even a Kindle with internet access, you can access the learning environment anytime and anywhere. All synchronous engagement (teacher-student, teacher-student group, student-student) requires a webcam or phone camera, and conveniently occurs inside our virtual learning environment. Similarly some courses require student submissions of demonstration or teaching videos and require a video, web, or phone camera.
You don’t even need any yoga gear to start with, your very first course leads you through how to select what you wear and what you use in your personal practice. This enables you to acquire exactly what you need and not waste money on purchasing unneeded vanity or non-essential items.
Time. You do need time. The courses require engagement with them or the instructor on the order of about five hours per week. We expect that you are motivated to become good at doing and teaching yoga and as such, we strongly recommend spending an additional six to ten hours per week studying course materials and practicing skills. Further, in KA205 Supervised Yoga Practice, a forty week long course, there are scheduled times for participation where the student must make themselves available. These time slots are spread throughout the day and throughout the weeks for maximal convenience for students. Students at a distance join students present in-person at these sessions via videoconferencing and engage with the instructor and other students online.
Desire and dedication. The intellectual and physical demands in learning to teach yoga are not small. You go to class, you study, you practice, you ponder, you experiment, and then you repeat all or some of these every day because no one is perfect on the first try. Your desire to teach yoga professionally merits all the dedication you can muster during the months of the program. Fitting this into a busy work and home life can prove challenging but it is worth it.
Start the program when you are ready, simply go to our catalog page and sign up for KA999 CYT-200 Teacher Training Program Registration (it's free to register for the program).
Our system of Hatha Yoga focuses on learning, then mastering the physical aspects of the asanas along with continuous integration of pranayamas into practice. We consider these two branches to be the most important starting points in the teaching of yoga to the general public. We endeavor to create immersive experiences with the asanas and pranayamas for our teacher trainees, ones that lead seamlessly and intuitively into incorporating niyama and dhyana into practice. We then guide them along the path to becoming teachers in that same natural process. We approach our instructional responsibilities as initiators of personal journeys into first learning, then teaching elementary yoga. We further recognize that learning, complete learning, of yoga is a lifelong process. We thus limit our instruction to the branches named above. If we have done our job correctly in these aspects, we believe the individual student will seek out further mentors to add to their understanding and practice. Our certifying bodies are part of the Bihar yoga lineage and date back over five centuries and still maintain an active ashram in Puducherry India. Old, but they also stress the importance of adapting knowledge and practice into a modern and evolving world. Our methods and our content is built to produce yoga teachers that can successfully work with clients wishing to connect with traditional yogic concepts and also with those that are only interested in the physical aspects and benefits of training.
We wrote the books from which all of our original content comes, yoga related, scientific, and gym or studio-based practical applications.
The entire curriculum is delivered and completed over 48 weeks. There are five hours, on average, of direct student instruction each week and eight hours, on average, of expected independent student study and skills practice each week. Each component listed above is assessed for mastery, and assessments must be passed with a minimum 75% correct score to be eligible for the certificate award. The content is distributed across five individual courses, a work-based learning experience, and an exit examination (beyond the in-course tests), all comprising the certification program. You can finish the program faster if you invest the time, but practice and study, over time, creates the best teachers.
While this is not a quicky program, you can progress at your own pace.
We maintain an academic transcript of your work throughout your study. Upon completion we provide you and the certifying body a copy of your transcript (we do not send transcripts to the certifying body without your express permission). The Kilgore Academy & Energy in Season Yoga Teacher Training will also provide you an interim certificate (lacking certifying body seals). To receive your official certification document from the World Yoga Federation or Yoga Alliance International, you are required to submit a certification application form to the certifying body in addition to their receipt of your transcript. The academy pays the 100 Euro certification fee (remember, we have no hidden costs). Your official certificate is generated in India and generally takes two to four weeks to arrive in your post box.