200-HOUR (ONLINE) YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Empowered by All You Can Yoga (AYCY)
July 8th - December 12th, 2020
What is the cost of this training?
The suggested cost of this training is $2400 CAD for earlybird registration before June 24th, and $2600 CAD at the regular rate. One of the core values of this training is accessibility, including financial accessibility. Payment plans and financial assistance in the form of partial scholarships are available to all who need them and we are committed to working with you to help make the training accessible for all individuals at all stages of life. Contact an instructor for more information.
What is covered in this training?
This training meets and exceeds the Yoga Alliance curriculum requirements as a registered Yoga School. The required curriculum includes the physical principles of practice, the history of yoga, physiology and energetics, yoga philosophy, ethics, and the business of yoga. This training has a extra focus on the following:
Fostering a safe and appropriate environment, both in the class sequence and in individual bodies.
Building a conceptual, foundational understanding of the structure of yoga postures that can be expanded to any pose.
Evidence-based psychobiological perspective to best harness and apply the tools and teachings of yoga.
The specific learning objectives of this course are as follows:
Develop a rich understanding of the historical, philosophical, and cultural context of the origins of yoga and it’s practice today.
Compare and contrast different styles and traditions of yoga and the applications of each.
Develop your personal yoga practice including meditation, breath work, and poses.
Safely and effectively lead a yoga practice in a flow, restorative, or yin style based on the rubric of the 5 T’s of Teaching: (tone, technique, timing, transitions, theme).
Foster skills in leadership, communication, and holding space for others.
Fill your yogi toolbox with cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual tools for well-being.
Understand the basics of functional human anatomy with a focus on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymph and fascia systems.
Apply an understanding of the variation in human anatomy to modify the practice to suit different bodies and abilities.
Understand ethical issues in the field of yoga and the scope of practice.
Learn about the business of yoga including administration, finances, marketing, and navigating the world of yoga.
Develop the ability to integrate the tools of yoga into other environments and fields.
What is the style of the physical practice in this course?
This course has an eclectic approach drawing from the broad experience of the teachers. One of the goals of the training is to expose students to a wide variety of styles and doctrines from which to build their own teaching practice and style. The primary style of the physical practice will draw from the instructors roots in vinyasa and flow-based practices, however there will be a strong influence of kripalu, hatha, restorative, and yin as well. Students can expect to be comfortable teaching an active flow style class. Yin and restorative styles will be covered in moderate depth, and students will receive an introduction to Yoga Nidra. This course also has an emphasis on accessibility and how to practice and teach in a way that can be modified to suit all bodies and levels of ability.
How will the course be delivered?
In order to enable physical distancing, the Yoga Alliance has established a temporary provision for virtual/online training and certification. This course will be delivered using Zoom as the videoconferencing platform. Students are able to download materials from the AYCY website after registration, and additional materials will be provided in digital form.
Will the online course be the same as taking the training in-person?
The curriculum and content covered will be the same. The biggest difference will be that instructors will not provide hands-on assists and instead will focus more on verbal cues to help students get deeper into the postures. The lead instructor, Sarah Daniels, has had the opportunity to use videoconferencing to lead multiple courses, groups, and lectures, and has used this experience to transition the RYT-200 certification course online in a way that will provide an engaging, active learning environment and mitigate potential disadvantages of the online format.
Videoconferencing can be more draining and exhausting than meeting in person - and we will actively work to counteract this in many ways. The schedule has been created to minimize Zoom fatigue and there will be plenty of breaks throughout the day.
What is the schedule for this training?
The RYT-200 training program consists of 180 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours for a total of 200 hours. This training will run from July 8 - December 12 on Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays per month (with some adjustments for holidays and long weekends). In addition, there will be a weekly practice streamed that can be attended in real-time or on your own time.
Wednesdays will run from 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST and generally be more discussion-focused and may sometimes include a shorter practice. Saturdays will run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm PST and spend more time on posture breakdowns and the physical practice. There will be plenty of breaks throughout the day.
What if I have to miss a class?
It is important to attend the training in real time as it is an interactive course with many discussion-based components. However, life happens and in the event that you may be unable to attend you can either a) be sent a recording from the zoom meeting or b) may need to schedule make-up hours with an instructor. While we understand that unforeseen events may occur, if a significant amount of time must be made up in person there may be a charge for additional instructor make-up hours. If you know ahead of time that you may need to miss some scheduled class time, please touch base with an instructor before registering.
If a circumstance arises where the whole group unanimously agrees to change a time or date this is a possibility. However, if it is not unanimous the original dates will remain.
How much work will I be expected to do outside of the scheduled class time?
Each week there will be a 90-minute “practice and reflect” where you will complete a yoga practice and then write a reflective journal entry. You have the option to complete this practice as it is being streamed or complete it on your own time. There will also be readings and homework assigned throughout the course, which will be spaced with the intent to not exceed 6 hours/month.
Will there be an exam?
There will be quizzes following each module as a tool to help you learn, monitor your progress, and self-identify strengths as well as areas you may wish to focus on. While there will be consistent feedback throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to have their teaching formally adjudicated twice - once for 30 minutes and once for 60 minutes. Following these opportunities, students will receive feedback from their peers and in-depth, written feedback from their instructors.
What if I don’t want to teach and am just taking this course for personal development? Do I still have to do the practice teaches and exams?
Speak to one of our instructors for more information on the option to audit the course and what that would entail.
What supplies will I need?
Daily supply checklist
Each day, come prepared with the following:
Comfortable clothes you can move in
Yoga mat and Props
Device to join via videoconference
Manuals and Readings
Students will be required to download the core manuals from the AYCY website and purchase the Essential Asana Manual from AYCY. It is highly recommended to print at least the Essential Asana Manual as we will be adding lots of notes to each posture. If you have a tablet, you can also use an app that allows you to write with a stylus on PDF’s if you prefer. The other manuals and readings can be used either in digital or printed form depending on personal preference.
Additional essential materials will be provided in PDF form. Excerpts of key passages from the recommended reading list will be provided to facilitate discussion, allowing you to pick and choose which books stand out to you the most to purchase/borrow. It is not necessary to purchase all the books on the recommended reading list. We will discuss more about the readings and materials on the first day. You are welcome to dive into the books on the list ahead of time if you wish.
Food and Drink
We will have a 15 minute break on Wednesday evenings and on Saturdays we will have a 30 minute breakfast break, full 60 minute lunch hour, and 15 min afternoon break. It is encouraged to stay hydrated throughout the day and if you need to snack between breaks that is okay, but we encourage you to try to leave full meals for the break time so that we can all be fully engaged and focused on the content as much as possible.
Journaling and reflective writing will be a key component of this course. If you already have a journaling practice you are welcome to continue in the journal you already have, or you may wish to start a new one specifically for this training. We encourage writing by hand rather than typing journal entries if possible.
Yoga Mat and Props
In order to get the most out of this training, it is ideal to have the following supplies:
Good yoga mat
Two yoga blocks
You can purchase these online or in person, however if it is not possible to purchase all these items right now check out the Props and Equipment section of this handout for some ideas. The easiest items to substitute are a strap and blanket, followed by a bolster. If you aren’t able to purchase all of the props all at once, investing in a good yoga mat is a great priority, followed by blocks. If you have any questions about finding yoga mats or other props that are right for you, don’t hesitate to contact one of the instructors.
As this training will be delivered online, you have the freedom to choose where you want to join in from. Try to find a space that is relatively quiet, with limited distractions, and a strong reliable internet connection. During the times when we are doing posture breakdowns or practicing together, you will need space to roll out a yoga mat and a way to set up where you can be far enough away from the camera that we can see your whole body as you practice on your mat, so that we can provide feedback and an interactive learning environment.
You are welcome to join from outdoors, however be mindful that traffic noise is often amplified over videoconference, even when using headphones, and ensure that your wifi connection is strong enough to support the demands of videoconferencing.
Device for Videoconferencing
It is recommended to primarily use a laptop or another device with a large screen, as we will be presenting and sharing materials over Zoom during discussions. You may be able to use a smaller device during the physical practice time (e.g. if you wish to use a larger computer during discussions but switch to a smaller portable device during practice time). A strong, reliable internet connection is crucial. If you have difficulty with your wifi, you may wish to ask your internet provider for a booster which you can place in the room you’re in - they’re often provided free of charge and can make a big difference. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of the instructors.