Get Your Answers Here (FAQs)
Here are answers to many of the questions that people commonly ask us about our Yoga Teacher Trainings. If you have a question that's not answered here (or if you're thinking about coming but you're scared to take the leap!) just reach out and connect with us today!
200HR is the foundational course that will give you all the tools you need to teach yoga. At Awakened Life, we teach you what is considered to be the “advanced” way of teaching yoga by giving you the skills to teach “off the mat” in your 200HR. Most 200HR courses will teach you to teach by doing the class with your students, on the mat. We recommend that you learn how to teach off the mat right away and differentiate yourself from the masses.
The 300HR course is the “advanced” course for people who have a 200HR certificate from another school or from Awakened Life. That 200HR does that have to be Yoga Alliance certified. This course is truly for those ready to take their skills to Mastery-Level and catapult your teaching and yoga career.
The 500HR course is for those who want to “knock-out” their 200HR and their 300HR courses back to back in the most shortened time frame, and cost-effective manner. We offer this course once a year in Bali in November and December. This is a rare, hard to find offering and is for those who are ready to take a big leap and get it done all at once!
Generally, we won’t recommend that you take our advanced 300HR level course without having your 200HR. In some rare exceptions, you can join in if you have been teaching yoga and feel you are ready for this advanced experience. In this situation, we would talk with you and determine the right course for you.
You do not have to have a Yoga Alliance approved 200HR course to attend this training. Only that you have done the hours in some way with some program is the prerequisite!
Awakened Life School of Yoga has been teaching students to teach yoga for almost 10 years. We have years of experience in cultivating the most advanced and polished teachers who are fully confident and able to teach in a way that is considered advanced after only their 200HR.
In our school, it’s like college. You’ll have an expert for anatomy, one for meditation, another for philosophy, etc. You can an array of teachers and breadth and depth that is unique to our school. You’ll never hear just one dominating voice in our school – we teach as a community and cooperatively.
All our teachers have been trained directly by the Masters that we all know such as Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Dharma Mittra, Erich Schiffman, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Cyndi Lee… So, you get direct access to the masters in all your training.
Our expert teachers have years of wisdom and experience and have been doing this work for a LONG time. You can rest assured you are being trained by experts.
Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. Our Yoga Education is a top-notch, personalized and highly transformative experience. We bring in a group of teachers and a high-level of expertise to ensure your experience is nearly perfect. It’s premium, but not over-the-top---just right in food, accommodations, experts and materials.
Our experience is a “premium” because you get a premium education and training. One that will differentiate you from the masses of schools producing teachers – because you will be teaching at a much higher, advanced level.
This will give you an advantage in applying and auditioning for jobs. You’ll get noticed much faster and get teaching opportunities much quicker and that will mean more pay.
No, our courses are designed to meet you where you are at. No need to know all the fancy poses and be advanced in your practice. People who are in the beginning stages of their yoga practice are very welcome and are a great fit for our program.
The 300HR course is our “advanced” course but it doesn’t mean you are doing advanced poses and practice all the time. We carefully balance giving you a solid foundation and then building on that, while ensuring you are getting all the right tools in your toolbox to really make you a masterful teacher. Expect a well-balanced, nourishing experience with a good amount of challenge!
If you want to be certified by Yoga Alliance, which is the agency that oversees the yoga teaching, then it’s highly unlikely you can meet those requirements in a 14, 15- or 16-day course. The reason is, Yoga Alliance requires 180 in person/live teaching with a teacher (ideally your main teacher(s) for the course) and to get 180 hours into that short of timeframe is about impossible!
You’d have to be in class 13 hours a day not counting meals and breaks! If you find a course that is saying you can get that many hours into 14 days, then I would question that and ask for the exact schedule to make sure that is true. If not, you could end up with a course that is misleading and out of compliance to Yoga Alliance while also short-changing your experience.
Yes, we offer a certification for teaching yoga with our school for our 14- day yoga teaching course, but it is not a full 200HRs and is not under the Yoga Alliance umbrella programs.
It is perfect for people who are not interested in being a member of Yoga Alliance but want to learn to teach in a compressed timeframe. This course fully prepares you to teach yoga and instruct in this “off the mat” advanced style that is our signature teaching approach and gives you all the tools and transformation to become an amazing teacher.
A great fit for someone who has limited time and wants to learn to teach, and doesn’t have a desire to be part of Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance is not a mandatory requirement to teach yoga. It’s simply a membership option that some people want to be a part of. Some studios require Yoga Alliance to teach with them, but more and more, people and studios are not requiring the Yoga Alliance membership to teach with them. Do the research and find out what is best for you. We are happy to chat with you about it, too!
At Awakened Life School of Yoga we invite all levels of students to our 200 Hour Program. All our classes are designed to meet the needs of beginner level students and those who have more advanced practices. This way we can all learn together in a community-spirited atmosphere.
Our program attracts a wide-range of students from across the globe and from all generations. This encourages a strong community of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and wisdom to offer the group experience through the program.
Yes, Awakened Life School of Yoga is registered and approved by the Yoga Alliance, and our school number is 90090. All students will receive their internationally-recognized RYT -200, RYT – 300, RYT – 500, RPYT, RCYT designation at the completion of their particular training. All certifications all you to teach worldwide!
You’ll learn to teach Active Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, and Restorative classes. You’ll learn from expert teachers who've studied under the world's top yoga masters, including Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffmann, Tias Little, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, David Life, and many others. And you’ll learn a proven system for developing an intelligent and cohesive style that is authentically yours.
We encourage you to read as much of the reading list as possible before your training starts. If for some reason you can’t get to any of the reading, know that you will still have a great experience at your yoga training!
Yes, this is considered education and is tax deductible under US guidelines. Be sure to check with your accountant for a definitive answer. For other countries you will need to research tax laws to confirm.
Absolutely! Even though all of our Yoga Teacher Trainings meet Yoga Alliance requirements, many of our students are not necessarily planning to teach. Our trainings also have a a rich personal development component, which makes them especially beneficial for anyone interested in transforming their lives.
Most of our program are entirely inclusive or almost all inclusive. Airfare and airport transfers are not included in any program, but we do help you coordinate all your logistics. Bali YTT programs do not have dinner included, as most students like having their evenings free to do as they please and explore local cuisine. (Dinners for our Bali programs start at about $5 USD). In Bali, you can enjoy one included massage and one group excursion!
Even if you have medical insurance, it probably won’t provide much coverage out of your country. Travel medical insurance can help provide peace of mind, and many companies offer it for a low fee. Travel website such as Fodor’s and Frommer’s have a wealth of information and recommendations that you can use to help choose a plan and provider that is right for you. We strongly recommend that everyone purchase Travel Insurance to cover your entire trip and emergency medical services, that includes MediVac.
A regular yoga practice, an interest to grow yourself, a good sense of humor, and a sound mental, physical and spiritual body.
You can easily come early or extend your stay at any of our venues. Please alert us and we will help coordinate your reservation with your training. Additional nights and meals are not covered in your YTT pricing.
A detailed packing list of what to bring will be provided to you. Most of our venues provide all props, so you don’t have to travel with any props of your own. We do recommend bringing your own favorite mat, although all venues do provide mats!
Yes, your curriculum includes education on getting a teaching job, teaching privates, how much you can get paid, registering with Yoga Alliance, etc.
We have carefully chosen our venues to promote relaxation and wellness. All of our venues and the local towns are safe and friendly – take the same level of care you’d take when traveling to any foreign country, and you’ll be fine.
Visa requirements for each of our locations will be explained to you when you register. All our venue locations are easy to obtain a Visa from most Countries!
Yes, you will need a passport, and to be safe, one that does not expire within 6 months.
We always recommend that you exchange money once you arrive to your destination, in the local town. You will get a better exchange rate here than you will in the airport facilities. Please alert your credit card companies that you are traveling to avoid a fraud protection action against your account.
All our venues have wonderful spa and wellness services where you can take advantage of lovely body treatments. You will also have the opportunity to work 1:1 with your faculty in private yoga sessions, private meditation training, personalized life coaching and other healing modalities. Information on these options will be provided to you upon your arrival. All our locations also offer exciting and fun excursion options. It’s best to organize your excursions and other activities once you arrive and understand your particular training schedule.