If you’re considering becoming a yoga teacher, deepening your yoga practice, or a little bit of both, deciding to commit to a training program can be one of the biggest decisions you have ever made - and it will undoubtedly change your life FOREVER!
As a teacher training graduate of Yoga People, I know just how monumental this decision was for me. Committing to my dreams of becoming a teacher and deepening my practice took a leap of faith, but I knew it was the right move when I decided to embark in Teacher Training here.
Whether you’re not sure about making your own leap, or have already formed a vision and are ready to commit, these questions may help you to understand what you are looking for in a Teacher Training program and whether we are a good fit for your aspirations!
How much practice will you have teaching?
Our trainees get to practice teach with the other trainees and teachers starting the first weekend of training! Practice teaching sessions are scheduled throughout the curriculum. One of my favorite parts of Yoga People’s YTT program was that we had the opportunity to teach each pose to our classmates and receive feedback and helpful critique from our teachers. This ensured that we really knew and understood how to give spot on alignment calls, adjustments, and assists.
How many fellow trainees will you have?
Yoga People offers an intimate training program with a small group of dedicated students. This allows for plenty of individualized attention and instruction from our professional instructors and guest lecturers. In my class, there were 9 trainees, and it was the perfect size! Other classes recently have had between 5-12 trainees.
Can I teach at Yoga People after I complete the Teacher Training?
We love to have our teacher trainees teach at Yoga People! Upon completion of the training, each graduate is eligible to teach a series of Community classes. Upon the recommendation of the training directors, YP staff and students, you will be eligible to audition to become a regular sub and/or instructor at Yoga People.
Who are the teachers?
Our two lead teachers for the training are Donnalynn Civello and Julia Haramis, both 500-hr ERYT (experienced Registered Yoga Teachers).
In addition to teaching yoga and yoga teachers-to-be, Donnalynn is also a Certified Intuitive Life Coach and Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHHC, and AADP. She is dedicated to helping clients and students find balance in all aspects of their lives. Did you know? Donnalynn was actually the reason I signed up for Yoga People’s Teacher Training Program. I was studying with her for four years at Yoga People and fell in love with the care, attention, and grace she provided to her students. She helped me to uncover my light and desire to teach. Spending every weekend with her throughout the duration of the program was such a gift!
Julia is an NYC native and has been an avid student of Yoga since 1997. Her practice has transformed her body, mind, health and view on life.
Wanting to deepen her Yoga practice, Julia completed her 200 Hour RYA Teacher Training in the spring of 2007 at Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights. Immediately after that she started teaching and fell in love with it. Since then she has also completed all 108 hours of Anusara Immersions 1, 2 and 3 through Yoga People. Julia has also studied with Seane Corn and completed her Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive with Off the Mat, Into the World. In March of 2010 Julia completed her 500 Hour RYT at ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda) Yoga with Alan Finger, Mona Anand and Sarah Finger. Julia is also certified in Restorative Yoga through two programs - Relax and Renew Restorative Training with Judith Hanson Lasater and ISHTA Restorative and Yoga Nidra Training with Mona Anand and Gina Menza. Julia’s classes are a blend of all of the teachings she has enjoyed and benefited from over the years.
Julia is also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is certified through Purchase College of SUNY, the AADP and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She completed her training in Health Counseling at IIN in 2009.
How often will you be able to communicate with the teachers outside of class?
Donnalynn teaches at the studio 3 times a week and Julia teaches 2 classes here weekly so you have plenty of opportunities to take class with them outside of training. Also, both teachers are available via email and Facebook so you can connect with them off the mat! Our guest teachers also are reachable via email so you may contact them when you have questions or concerns.
What is their personal practice like?
Donnalynn, Julia, and our guest teachers have a daily practice, whether they are taking classes in a studio or having a self-practice at home. As a teacher, as you soon will learn, it is essential to get to your mat (besides for teaching a class) every single day.
How many classes do they teach?
Our teachers instruct as many as 10 classes per week at studios around New York City, with additional private clients. They are quite busy and have made yoga teaching a successful, fulfilling career!
What happens if you’re injured or have an emergency and can’t make it to class one day?
During the training, you can miss one session as long as all homework, practice teachings, and curriculum exercises for that day are made up at a later date. We ask for advance notice of any absences outside of emergencies.
Are there certain poses you have to “achieve” to graduate?
No! Our trainees come to us at all different levels. While no particular level of asana practice is required for the training, the curriculum is not geared for beginning students, and we require at least one year of yoga practice as a prerequisite.
Do I need to pass a Final Test to register with the Yoga Alliance?
Yes. The certification process concludes with a Final Exam that covers the entire curriculum, and a teaching Practicum in which each trainee leads a class.
I am not necessarily interested in teaching, can I participate?
Absolutely! Yoga People’s 200-hour teacher training program is a yoga immersion designed to deepen your own practice. Many students are unsure when they enroll if teaching is in their future. This in-depth experience of yoga will be rewarding regardless of your plans to teach. While we do spend a great deal of time preparing you to teach and assist, the journey of self-awareness is life changing. We encourage all interested yogis to take this step and see where it leads them!
Yoga People’s Fall 2014 program starts September 26th!
Yoga People’s 200-hour Teacher Training program is designed for individuals with passion for yoga. This Vinyasa training will immerse you in yoga, yogic philosophy, and intensive asana instruction. It will also transform the way you practice and give you the tools necessary to teach.