200-HR Yoga Teacher Training
Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Join Amy and Lucie for an immersive 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Earth Treks. You’ll dive deep into the history and philosophy of yoga, uncover the true essence of the postures, and quiet the mind through meditation to reveal your inner wisdom and purpose. Not only will you embark on a journey of self-discovery, but you’ll graduate prepared to teach potent and inspiring classes based on the authentic roots of yoga.
Sri Pattabhi Jois said, “Yoga is 1% theory and 99% practice.” Our training emphasizes experiential learning and especially practice teaching so you can develop your own unique voice; design dynamic, effective and intelligent sequences for all levels; and skillfully weave themes, pranayama, and meditation into your classes.
Lucie and Amy have devoted their lives to the embodiment of yoga. While they each bring their own unique strengths to the training, they are both rooted in tradition. Lucie studied at one of the earliest and most respected teacher training programs in the country, and Amy learned from the yogic masters in Rishikesh, India. Their specializations include innovative sequencing, teaching to special populations, Sanskrit, subtle anatomy, and meditation.
In addition to deepening your experience of yoga, you will study the following topics in depth:
- Asana - learn the safe and intelligent way to perform poses
- Alignment - feel the energetics of each posture with modifications, variations and use of props
- Sequencing - how to design dynamic, effective sequences for all levels
- Accessibility and Inclusion - 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
- Prenatal Yoga
- The business of Yoga and how to be successful as a teacher
Anticipated Program Schedule (Dates subject to change)
6 month format at Earth Treks Englewood
Time: Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm (lunch 12-1pm), Sundays 9am-6pm (lunch 12-1pm)
Jan 17-19* Our opening Friday session will start at 5pm.
Jan 31- Feb 2
In addition to our weekend workshops, participants will be required to attend/observe two classes per week for the duration of training, documenting their attendance. These classes are not included in tuition; students will be responsible for purchasing day passes, punches, and/or a membership. There will be three to four hours of homework each month outside of training.
Investment: $2500 (if signing up before/by November 11; $500 non-refundable deposit secures your place)
$2950 ($500 non-refundable deposit secures your place; $2450 balance due by the start of training).
Includes your Tuition and Course Manual. Does not include Earth Treks membership.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM?
Click here to sign up now!
A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Sign up before November 11 to receive $450 off the cost of training. Full payment is required before the first day of the program unless a payment plan has been previously arranged. We will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials.
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE EARTH TREKS TEACHER TRAINING?
Our training will teach foundational poses from the Ashtanga lineage that can be sequenced in a vinyasa flow to suit a variety of styles and abilities. A flow of Sun Salutations and dynamic postures are skillfully sequenced to prepare the body for more advanced poses; modifications and props are used to individualize the practice for each student. Earth Treks style classes can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class.
HOW PROFICIENT IN YOGA DO I HAVE TO BE TO DO THE EARTH TREKS 200-HOUR PROGRAM?
We recommend having at least six months of consistent yoga practice. Please be aware that each day includes two+ hours of vigorous asana class.
WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE 200-HOUR EARTH TREKS TEACHER TRAINING?
Techniques, Training and Practice - asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.
Teaching Methodology - how to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations; Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; Teaching styles; Qualities of a teacher; Use of language and voice; how to incorporate impactful themes
Anatomy & Physiology - applied physical anatomy as it relates to yoga; benefits and contraindications of asanas, energy anatomy including chakras, bandhas, koshas, and nadis
Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle - The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts; Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community; Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
Practicum - Practice teaching as the lead instructor; assisting students while someone else is teaching.
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 THIS COURSE?
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?
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 EARTH TREKS TEACHER TRAINING CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
Participants must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit and sign an enrollment agreement in order to secure a spot in the training. The student may cancel the enrollment agreement at any time prior to midnight of the third business day after signing it. Students may cancel until two weeks (14 days) before the start of training to receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid minus $500 deposit. Because of the limited number of spots, no refunds will be issued within two weeks of the start of training.
All refunds will be made within 30 days from the date of termination.
WHAT ARE THE EARTH TREKS 200-HOUR 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, in-class and take-home final exams
- Participation in a final in-class teaching practicum
- Completion of required practices outside of training
CAN I PRACTICE AT YOUR STUDIOS DURING TRAINING?
You will be required to attend/observe two classes per week for the duration of training. These classes are not included in tuition. Students may choose to purchase day passes, punch pass, and/or a membership to fulfill these class requirements.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO TAKE THE TRAINING?
You must be at least 16 years old to take the teacher training. If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you must get written consent from your legal guardian before the start of the training.
ARE ANY BOOKS AND MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS?
All Earth Treks Teacher Training Manuals are included, but there will be additional required reading. Students may choose to purchase, borrow, or check out additional reading from a local library.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN EACH TEACHER TRAINING AT ONE TIME?
We expect to have 15-25 individuals in our trainings, though more or less is possible.
WHAT IS THE 200-HOUR ATTENDANCE AND CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY?
Yoga Alliance requires that you complete all 200 hours of training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy listed below. Please note that you can miss a maximum of 27 training hours, and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. If you miss more than 27 hours or do not complete your make up hours within one year, you will receive a not passing status and will be required to pay in full to retake the training.
You have the following two options for making up your missed time:
Option 1: Schedule a private session with a lead trainer at some point during the program. The cost of a private session ranges from $100-$150 per hour:
- 1 hour private = 1-4 hours of missed time
- 1.5 hour private = 5-6 hours of missed time
- 2 hour private = 7-8 hours of missed time
- 2.5 hour private = 9-10 hours of missed time
- 3 hour private = 11-13 hours of missed time
Please note: Only two sessions of private instruction, regardless of hours, are allowable and are subject to trainer availability. The remainder of your missed time will need to be made up in a future training (see Make Up option 2 below). Private make up sessions are only an option during your current training and are not an option once the program is complete.
Option 2: You can attend the days you missed in an upcoming training of the same format in another Earth Treks training, free of additional class training charge. You have one year from your program end date to complete your make up classes. If the training is sold out, you will need to wait for a future training with space available to complete your make-up(s).
Please note that if you miss over 27 hours, you will not pass the program and will be required to pay in full to retake the program.
It is important to note that all of our 200-Hour formats meet the required Yoga Alliance standards as specified on their website, www.yogaalliance.org.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON 200-HOUR HOMEWORK?
Expect to spend between 1-3 hours per training weekend on homework, in addition to monthly required reading. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the course for non-credit. However, if you wish to receive your Certificate of Completion for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.
WHAT IS THE YOGA ALLIANCE?
Yoga Alliance is an organization that creates internationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. While Yoga Alliance registration is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga, many studios require teachers to be an RYT (registered yoga teacher) through YA. Earth Treks is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) through Yoga Alliance.
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 200-Hour Certificate of Completion. 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 EARTH TREKS?
Earth Treks seeks a diverse, committed, and well-trained faculty who uphold our high standard of quality for safe, effective and accessible teaching in the field of yoga. The process to teach at Earth Treks starts with an audition held by the Yoga Program Manager and at least one senior teacher.
Please note that being hired at Earth Treks, 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. Employment is not guaranteed.