2. Opportunity to practice teach - Do you desire the opportunity to practice teach and brush up on your skills each week, under the honest and compassionate feedback from your teachers?
What makes our program unique is that we place a heavy emphasis on practice teaching and assisting within each course session. In addition, you will learn different teaching techniques that reflect an understanding that people learn in many different ways.
3. Style of Yoga - Is there one particular style of yoga you have been gravitating towards? Or maybe you’re interested in a few types of yoga and would like to gain a comprehensive background on several styles of yoga.
At Yoga People, our YTT program gives you the knowledge and wisdom of several styles of yoga! Our two teachers leading the program, Donnalynn Civello has a Jivamukti Yoga and Dharma Yoga background, and Julia Haramis has an ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda) as well as Restorative and Anusara education. What I found most helpful throughout my training program with them was that I received helpful, well-rounded feedback from them collectively. This also helped me to develop my own authentic teaching voice!
4. Curriculum - Are you looking for a training heavily based in philosophy, asana, anatomy, or a combination?
Our program has a heavy emphasis on practice teaching within each course session. In addition, you will learn different teaching techniques that reflect an understanding that people learn in many different ways. Yoga People’s curriculum is robust and includes not only Asana and Teaching Methodology, but also Anatomy, Philosophy, Ethics for Teachers, Meditation, Chanting & Sanskrit, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Ayurveda, Chakras, the Subtle Body and Nutrition.
5. Access to teachers - Would you like access to the lead teachers, or only mentors? How available are the teachers for feedback and concerns?
Our lead teachers make themselves available for any questions or concerns you may have. Julia and Donnalynn also teach at the studio several times a week so you have the opportunity to take, observe, and do ICPs (In-Class Privates) in their classes.
6. Mentorship - Is there a dedicated mentor to support your growth?
Throughout the program, you have access to a mentor who graduated the program and teaches at the studio. You may ask any of your questions that you may not feel comfortable asking your teacher, and your mentor is available to work with you to support you during and after your program! I’m mentoring the program this fall and am so excited to answer any questions you have!
7. Length of program - Are you looking for a compact program where you will focus consecutive days for a few dedicated weeks to complete your 200-hour requirements, or are you looking for a program where you have more ample time to practice teach, schedule ICPs and observations, and absorb information at your own pace?
Our 200-hour program spans several months, meeting Fridays - Sundays, with selected weekends off for holidays. In between weekend classes, you have the opportunity to take and observe classes, practice ICPs with your classmates, and study!
8. Opportunities to teach at studio after graduation - Are there opportunities to teach at the studio after graduation?
Of course! At the end of your program, you will have an oral (teaching) and written exam. Your oral exam will also serve as an audition for sub and teaching opportunities! We love for our graduates to teach here. Our current teachers Kathryn Robinson, Kristin Law, and Fern Langham have all graduated from our program and you can find their classes on the weekly schedule.