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 200 and 300 hour modules. The 200 hour course is approximately 6-9 months, depending on how your practice teaching is structured. The 300 hour module to complete the 500 hour training can take one to three years, depending on 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.
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.
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 a Registered Yoga School® with Yoga Alliance,
a non-profit organization that is a central registry for both yoga teacher training schools and yoga teachers.
Yoga Alliance has two designations for Yoga Schools based on the number of hours of instruction offered by the school: RYS 200 and RYS 300. 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 Registered Yoga School®. The Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT®) designates RYT®s with significant teaching experience.
Graduates of Yoga East 200 Hour Course may register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200.
Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
Books and props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.
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.
|The 300/500 Hour Course is open to Yoga teachers who have a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registration.
If you have maintained a Yoga East Mysore Membership for 12 months prior to enrolling, an application is not required.
If you are not enrolled in Mysore classes, please phone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5).
(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.
(3) 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 traditions 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 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.