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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.  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.

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

 RYS 200  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.
Application and Registration - September 2015-February 2016 Course
The 200 Hour Course is recommended for yoga practitioners who have:
  • Maintained a membership at Yoga East for one year prior to enrolling in 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, you can still apply.  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, September-February, 2016. Click to download.

Course Subjects
Courses of study registered with Yoga Alliance include five main subjects with these hourly requirements:

Contact Hours (in classes with the trainers)

  1. Techniques, Training and Practice, 100 Hours of which 50 hours must be with the lead trainer (Laura Spaulding).
  2. Teaching Methodology, 25 Hours of which a minimum of 10 hours must be with the lead trainer. (Yoga East requires 30 hrs)
  3. Anatomy and Physiology, 20 hours, of which at least 10 hours must be with the lead trainer.
  4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics, 20 hours.
  5. Practicum, practice assisting and teaching classes, 10 hours, of which 5 hours must be with the lead trainer. (Yoga East requires 20 hrs: 10 hours assisting and 10 hours teaching)
Non-Contact Hours Requirements
  1. Techniques: home practice requirement, 10 hours minimum.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology, 10 hours reading coloring assignments.
  3. Yoga Philisophy, 5 hours in an independent research project.
  4. Practicum, 5 hours observing and journaling classes.
Yoga East Certification Requirements:
  • Complete Course hourly requirements shown above;
  • Satisfactorily pass exams A, B, C, D.
  • Pay Course fees.
Course Components, Dates and Fees. 
2015 200 Hr Course is filled and underway. We are no longer accepting applications.  Information for the next course will be posted March 1, 2015.

Required Texts and Materials

Always bring a notebook and pen to class.

Required Texts

  • 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. 

Frequently-Asked Questions
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: If you are taking the course to deepen your practice and experience, we are not expecting a certain level of ability. However, in order to keep pace with the class, we are expecting at least two years of yoga class experience. If you do not have that, 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.

300 Hour Module/500 Hour Course 

  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. 
Current 300/500 Hour Level Classes and Seminars
Classes with Laura Spaulding
  • Intermediate Rope Wall Yoga, Mondays 6:00-7:15 pm, Highlands Studio. (T 1.25 hr)
  • Heart of Yoga, Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm, Highlands Studio. (YPLE 1.0 hr)
  • Intermediate Yoga, Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, St Matthews. (T 1.5 hr)
  • Mysore Classes with Laura Spaulding. (T hours)
  • Breath and Relaxation, Fridays 11:00-12:15 pm, East End. (can count as T, TM, AP or YPLE hours)
  • Wheels of Light Yoga Nidra, January 31, 5:00-6:30 pm, East End. (1.50 T, TM, AP or YPLE hours)
  • Beads of Faith, February 14, 6:00-7:30 pm, Highlands. (1.5 YPLE hrs)
  • Saraswathi Jois, April 27-May 2, 2015 (9 T hrs)
  • Ramanand Patel, June 12-14, 2015 (T 5, TM 5, AP 2, YPLE 2 hrs)
  • Kino MacGregor, August 15-16, 2015, (T 4, TM 4)
  • Ramanand Patel, Mukesh Desai, Sw. Tattvavidananda; Yoga and Sound; Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA, September 9-16, 2015 (T 14, TM 14, YPLE 19.25-29.75) Register directly  with Ramanand.
  • Sharath Jois, Ashtanga Yoga Sadhana Retreat, October 12-17, 2015, Uttarkashi, India (Hours TBA). Register directly with Namarupa.
  • Namarupa Yatra, October 1-30, 2015, Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Uttarkashi, Kedarnath, Badrinath, India (Hours TBA). Register directly with Namarupa.
  • Douglas Keller, December 4-5, 2015, Yoga Therapy, (details coming).
  • K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India (one month) (T 30, YPLE 30). Register directly with KPJAYI.
Teacher Training Seminars
  • Principles of Yoga Therapy, March 7, 3:00-5:00 pm, East End. (TM 2 hrs)
  • Ashtanga Adjustment Training, March 28, 3:00-5:00 pm, Highlands. (TM 2 hrs)
  • More are being scheduled, so watch the website.

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.