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Yoga Alliance 200 & 300 Hour Training and Certification

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.  Our teacher training programs are nationally-recognized, and are registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. We offer 200 and 300 hour modules.  The 200 hour course is approximately 6-9 months, depending on hour your practice teaching is structured. The 300 hour module to complete the 500 hour training can take one to three years, depending your schedule.

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.

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.

 RYS 200   RYS 300 
Wake Up to Your Inner Courage and Live the Life of Your Dreams.  

kailash_shutterstock_120267757This 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. 

200 Hour Course

Application and Registration - 2015 Course
Beginning January 2015, the 200 Hour Course is automatically open to Yoga East Members who meet these prerequisites:
  • Maintained a membership at Yoga East for one year prior to enrolling in the Course, and continue to maintain your membership during the Course.
  • Have attended a minimum of 100 hours in classes at Yoga East in the 12 months prior to enrolling. 
  • Have taken 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).
  • 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). Levels are Gentle, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. You should be proficient in the postures shown for your level. In General, Gentle classes are those taught to older students who have not exercised recently, seniors, students with physical restrictions or medical conditions.  Beginning level is the level of most yoga students. Intermediate level applies to students who have been practicing for a long time and can do straight-leg forward bends, hold Caturanga Dandasana, safely practice lotus posture, hold poses such as headstand and shoulderstand for longer periods, and have no limiting injuries. Very few students are at advanced level. 
If you do not meet the prerequisites, fill out the application and Laura Spaulding will contact you about your readiness to enroll. You can also phone (don't email) Laura at 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5) if you have questions about your readiness to enroll.

Application for the next Course, January 10-June 27, 2015. Click to download.

Course Components, Dates and Fees, January-June, 2015 
  • Deadline to apply: November 30, 2014
  • Orientation: January 10, 2014, 1:30-3:00 pm East End Studio. 
  • Classes meet Saturdays, East End studio, Philosophy: 11:45-12:45 pm; Anatomy 12:45-1:45 pm; Teaching Methodology: 1:45-2:45 pm. Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 25, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 20.
  • Ramanand Patel Workshop (required) June 12-14.
  • Practice Teaching: July-December. Each student is required to teach 16 classes as an intern. Classes will be assigned.
  • Tuition: $1700; and students are required to maintain a Yoga East monthly membership during the course.

Only twelve students will be accepted. Apply early. The Course always fills.

Required Texts and Materials

Always bring a notebook and pen to class.

Required Texts

  • Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga the Iyengar Way, Mira Mehta; 
  • Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th Ed.

Yoga East Recommended Reading List (pdf file)

Required Props

  • Yoga sticky mat
  • 2 4" blocks
  • 10' D-ring yoga strap
  • rectangular bolster
  • 2 cotton blankets

Books and props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.  

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. 

300 Hour Module/500 Hour Course 

Application and Registration

The 300/500 Hour Course is open to:

  • Yoga teachers who have a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registration and have maintained a Yoga East Mysore Membership for 12 months prior to enrolling. Phone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5). 

An Application is Not Required

  • An application is not required.  (1) Download the 300 Hour Syllabus which shows certification requirements and enables you to track your hours; (2) 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.
  • You will need to keep your monthly Mysore membership to attend the required number of classes. 

500 Hour Level Certification

An accomplished level of practice and understanding of the principles and tradtions of yoga is required for certification. Simply meeting the required hours is not sufficient for certification as a Yoga East 500 Hour 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 on the level of your personal practice.
  • Asana exam demonstrating alignment points of important asanas.
  • Teaching exam instructing beginning students.
  • Written exam on anatomy, philosophy and ethics.
  • Oral exam with the Certification Committee.
Course Components, Dates and Fees
  • Classes are shown on our online schedule. Check both the Teacher Training tab and the Workshops tab for current class offerings.
  • The schedule will show the Yoga Alliance hours and subject which is covered by the class. 
  • The 300 Hour Syllabus shows the hourly requirements for certification.  You can access your class attendance history online when you register for a Yoga East online account.

Continuing Yoga Education (CYE)

MBO Training for Current Yoga East Teachers

This training is required for all Yoga East teachers and subs. You will not be put on our schedule until you complete this training.

The training is an introduction to Yoga East policies and administration; orientation to the studios and staff; how to register and check in students and handle sales using Mindbodyonline (MBO - our studio software), processing credit cards, operating the alarm system, selling gift certificates and store items.

Upcoming Dates - Register Online with your Student Login (not the Teacher Login) so your handouts can be printed. 

Next date will be announced.