|This is the beautiful and inspiring message on a photo of Mt. Kailash that is hanging at the Kentucky Street Studio. Mt. Kailash is a mountain in an isolated region in the Himalayas in Tibet. A sacred pilgrimage site for many religious traditions, it has also become a popular pilgrimage site for many people, including many Westerners who undertake the trek every year. Even in the modern age, trekking to Mt. Kailash is an difficult journey with many obstacles. We are drawn to such a journey because we sense that something great is waiting for us out there in the unknown... something that will take us beyond our current limited experience.|
Yoga East is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Our non-profit mission is to offer yoga education and training in the Greater Louisville metropolitan area. For the past forty years we have been training yoga teachers to teach classical yoga. Our teacher training programs are nationally-recognized, and are registered with Yoga Alliance, a national yoga registry program that has set standards for yoga teachers and the yoga teacher training schools.
Yoga East offers a traditional yoga education that includes detailed instruction in the technical aspects of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energy locks) and meditation; thorough preparation in teaching methodology; anatomy as it pertains to yoga practice; philosophy and metaphysics of yoga; and practice teaching under supervision.
Laura Spaulding, our lead trainer, has been studying and practicing yoga for 48 years and has visited India to study yoga eleven times since 1986. She is an E-RYT 500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, and has over 10,000 hours of study, practice and teaching experience. She has been training yoga teachers since 1995, and has trained over 150 yoga teachers, several of whom have successfully opened their own yoga studios.
Yoga Teacher Training is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless and life-changing teachings and practices of yoga. Whether you intend to teach yoga, or whether you want to inspire your yoga practice and take it to the next level, we invite you to join us in the journey of a lifetime.
| Yoga East is a Registered Yoga School® (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that is a central registry for yoga teacher training schools and yoga teachers.
Yoga Alliance has two designations for Yoga Schools: RYS 200 and RYS 300.
Designations are based on the number of hours of instruction offered by the school:
Yoga East is registered for both designations.
Yoga Alliance has four designations for yoga teachers:
RYT 200, RYT 500, E-RYT 200 and E-RYT 500.
A yoga teacher may apply for a designation based on the number of training hours completed at a RYS®.
The Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT®) designates RYT®s with significant teaching experience.
|200 Hour Course Admission Requirements
Our Course is not an introduction to yoga. We expect you to have substantial yoga experience and be solidly established in a daily yoga practice. We teach yoga in the Krishnamacharya tradition which includes alignment-based Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga or Anusara Yoga.
Yoga East Members who have attended 2-3 classes per week in the past 12 months might already have met some certification requirements. If you attended at least two workshops at Yoga East with our guest instructors in the two years prior to enrolling (Douglas Keller, Francois Raoult, John Friend, Kino MacGregor, David Garrigues, David Swenson, Ramanand Patel) these might also count toward certification requirements.
We expect you to be proficient in the postures shown in the Yoga East Syllabus (this is a list of the postures taught at Yoga East with their level of difficulty) at Beginning level or above. Fill out the application and Laura Spaulding will contact you about your readiness to enroll. If you are not a Yoga East Member, we may need to see your practice level before we accept you into the Course. You can phone (don't email) Laura at 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5) if you have questions.
The January-July, 2015 course is underway and is not accepting new students. The next course is scheduled to begin September, 2016. We will not be offering a second session for 2015 because Laura Spaulding is planning to travel in India from October-December.
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|300/500 Hour Module Admission Requirements
The 300 Module is open to Yoga teachers who have a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registration. It can take one to three years, depending on your schedule, to complete the hourly requirements. If you have maintained a Yoga East Mysore Membership for 12 months prior to enrolling, you can count those hours toward certification. If you are not enrolled in Mysore classes, please phone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5). You will need to have a monthly Mysore membership to attend the required hours of Mysore classes.
Download the 300 Hour Syllabus which shows certification requirements and enables you to track your hours;
Register for the classes you want to take. You can register online or at the studio. Classes are added frequently, so keep checking the online schedule to see what's new.
|Hours Needed for Certification||200 Hr||300 Hr|
|Yoga Alliance requires that a certain number of hours be in classes with the lead trainer (Laura Spaulding). More details about requirements are shown on the course syllabus which will be given to you when you apply, are accepted and register.||Total||w/Laura||Non-Contact||Total||w/Laura||Non-Contact|
|Techniques, Training and Practice
(Non-contact: minimum 10 hrs home practice.)
|Anatomy & Physiology
(Non-contact:10 hours reading coloring assignments.)
|Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
(Non-contact: 5 hours in an independent research project.)
|Practicum (YA requires 10 hrs, Yoga East requires 20 hours - 10 assisting and 10 teaching)
(Non-contact: 5 hours observing and journaling classes.)
|Texts and Materials Needed|
|Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
Recommended Props for Home Practice: Yoga sticky mat, 2 4" blocks, 10' D-ring yoga strap, rectangular bolster, 2 cotton blankets (Props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.)
|200 Hr: Required Texts: Yoga the Iyengar Way, Mira Mehta; Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th Ed., Kapit & Elson
|300 Hr: Required Texts: Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar, Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater, Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz.|
|200 Hr Research Project
Each teacher training student must complete an original research project. The project can be in the form of a written paper, but it can also be in the form of a video, graphic, mixed media, musical or theatrical performance.
If the project is a written paper, it must be typed, printed, and bound in a report cover so it can be stored in the Yoga East library. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, using MLA or Chicago-style citation forms. The paper does not need to be of any particular length. For examples, look at well-written yoga-related articles for publication in Yoga journal, Yoga International, Integral Yoga, or Elephant Journal.
An accomplished level of practice and understanding of the principles and traditions of yoga is required for certification. Simply meeting the required hours is not sufficient for certification as a Yoga East Teacher. Final certification decisions are made by the Certification Committee composed of senior teachers who sit on the Yoga East Board of Directors. Certification decisions are based on the results of your final certification exams. Exams will not be scheduled until you have met all your hourly requirements.
Asana Exam A tests the level of your personal practice.
Asana Exam B allows you to demonstrate alignment points of important asanas.
Teaching Methodology Exam C shows how you instruct beginning students.
Theory and Philosophy Exam D is a written exam on anatomy, philosophy and ethics.
Finally, there is an Oral Exam with the Certification Committee.
|Certified Graduates of Yoga East are given a certificate that shows the hours you have completed. This certificate allows you to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 or RYT 500.|
|Q: What if I miss classes? Can I make up my hours?
A: There are some make-up classes already scheduled. See the information above. Missed hours can also be made up by taking other workshops. Ask Laura Spaulding to get specific information.
Q: What if I don't want to teach yoga? Is it okay for me to take the course to deepen my own practice and experience?
A: Yes! You do not have to teach. But you will probably find that you WANT to teach by the end of the course.
Q: I'm afraid that everyone in the course will be more advanced than me. What if I'm not ready?
A: We are not expecting a certain level of ability except that you should be established in a daily practice. In order to keep pace with the class, we are expecting that you are at least at Beginning level. If you have not regularly attended classes or regularly practiced yoga, wait and take a future teacher training.
Q: What if I have work or family obligations that prevent me from taking enough Mysore hours with Laura?
A: Mysore-style is the way yoga has been taught in India for over two thousand years. Experiencing the Mysore-style of teaching is very important in our teacher training, and Laura is one of the few teachers in this part of the United States who is authorized to teach in this way. You need to talk to Laura when you submit your application.
Q: Can I pay for the course in one payment?
A: No. It is easier for us to keep track if you register for the course components individually. You should pay your supervising teacher directly for the internship supervision. All Yoga East teachers are qualified to supervise you. Pick the teacher of your choice.
Q: I would like to be certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Can I do that through Yoga East?
A: No. The Ashtanga Yoga tradition does not recognize "teacher training". The only way to be approved to teach Ashtanga Yoga is by going to the KP Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India to study. In order to be considered, you must make a minimum of four trips to Mysore, staying for at least one month each visit. You must be proficient in all the postures of Primary Series including being able to stand up out of a backbend (Urdhva Dhanurasana) and drop back. You will then be considered for Level 1 authorization, the first step. Laura Spaulding has Level 2 authorization and can designate assistants who are allowed to teach classes under her authority. In order to become an assistant, you must have a regular Mysore Ashtanga practice at Yoga East, be proficient in Primary Series and set an example for other students by your devotion to Ashtanga Yoga and respect for Yoga East's Ashtanga tradition.
|300/500 Hour Workshops
|April Practice Times for Yoga East Teachers at the Highlands Studio
(These do not appear on the MBO Schedule. These are opportunities for teachers to practice together. These do not count as certification hours.)