Thrive YTT FAQs
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (YTT)?
Our YTT is a Vinyasa-based training teaching a method that balances clear instruction and alignment, breath and fluid movement. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of Yoga. A flow of namaskars and postures are skillfully and progressively sequenced with modifications and props used to individualize the practice for each student. The 200 Hour YTT is based on this clear and effective style of practice. Classes can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class.
There are two options for a 300 Hour training. One is immersion-based, in which the students gains their 300HR Certification in 10 concurrent days, and also includes pre and post work. The other is module-based, in which students can choose to gain their 300HR Certification by attending a series of evening and weekend training sessions over a period of six months. Students can also decide to complete only certain modules if they wish to gain deeper knowledge in a certain area and continuing education credits. Both trainings offer advanced methodology and practices suitable for those with a 200 Hour Certification. All trainings are accredited by Yoga Alliance.
HOW PROFICIENT IN YOGA DO I HAVE TO BE TO DO THE 200-HOUR PROGRAM?
We recommend 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 kindly ask you to defer your training until you have this experience. Please be aware that each day includes over two hours of asana.
DO I NEED TO COMPLETE A 200 HOUR YTT PRIOR TO ENROLLING IN A 300 HOUR YTT?
The only requirement to attend A 300 Hour YTT, is a previous certification of 200 hours at any yoga training program. Additionally the module-based program allows any serious student to complete modules individually for self-study.
WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE 200 HOUR YTT?
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
• Hands on adjustments
• Practice teaching
• Pranayama – breathing techniques
• Sanskrit translations
• The History and Philosophy of Yoga
• The business of Yoga and how to be successful as a teacher
*Please see the 300 Hour certification page for a deeper understanding of the curriculum that pertains to that training.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?
No problem! Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It’s also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our thriving Yoga Community.
I HAVE AN INJURY/SPECIAL CONDITION – CAN I TAKE THESE COURSES?
We recommend that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class. With your doctor’s permission and release, minor physical limitations can also serve as helpful demonstrations to learn to work with students with similar limitations.
CAN I TAKE THIS TRAINING IF I’M PREGNANT?
We have had pregnant students in our program. It all depends on how you are feeling. All students should first check with their doctor to make sure they are clear to take this training.
WHAT IS THE TUITION COST & IS THERE IS A PAYMENT PLAN?
Tuition varies depending on the program. To secure your spot for either training, you must submit a deposit of $600, which will be applied to the cost of training.
A payment plan is available. After securing your spot with your deposit, the remaining payments can be made in installments, with the last installment being the remainder of the balance.
WHAT IS THE YTT CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
A $600 non-refundable deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Any payments made toward the balance of the training are non-refundable. In extenuating circumstances, transfers to the next scheduled training will be considered.
WHAT ARE THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?
In order to graduate the program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:
• Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
• Successful completion of homework, quizzes and coursework
• Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
• Completion of class-taking requirement
CAN I PRACTICE AT YOUR STUDIO DURING TRAINING?
When you enroll for either of our training programs, you will have access to all regularly scheduled classes at the studio for two months, starting on the first day of the month preceeding your training (certain limits may apply). This benefit does not include workshops (except workshops included in the training).
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO TAKE THE TRAININGS?
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 from the trainer and written consent from your legal guardian 30 days before the start of the training.
DO YOU HELP ORGANIZE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TRAVELING STUDENTS?
ARE ANY BOOKS AND MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS?
Training Manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books.
200-Hour Required Reading:
- Light On Life by B.K.S Iyengar
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchidananda
- How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach
- The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN EACH TEACHER TRAINING AT ONE TIME?
We limit our trainings to 10 individuals to maximize personalized instruction and guidance.
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 Thrive Power Yoga YTT is approved at the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour level.
WILL I BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH YOGA ONCE I COMPLETE THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?
Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework, and exam, you will receive your 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.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING HIRED TO TEACH AT THRIVE?
Thrive seeks a diverse, committed, and well-trained instructors who uphold our high standard of quality for safe, effective and accessible teaching in the field of yoga. The process to teach at Thrive starts with a guest teaching opportunity attended by Jill Romano and Karen Burnett and possibly a Thrive Instructor.
Please note that being hired at Thrive, or 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 the schedule. It is never guaranteed.