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Mt. Kailash 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 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 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.

About Yoga Alliance-Registered Teacher Training  
RYS 200  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.
Course Applications and Registration  
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200  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. 
  Application - Click to Download
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-300 300/500 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.
Certification Requirements  
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.)
100 50 10  120 55  0
Teaching Methodology 25 10  0  60  0
Anatomy & Physiology
(Non-contact:10 hours reading coloring assignments.)
20 10 10  20
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
(Non-contact: 5 hours in an independent research project.)
20 20 5 60 
Practicum (YA requires 10 hrs, Yoga East requires 20 hours - 10 assisting and 10 teaching)
(Non-contact: 5 hours observing and journaling classes.)
20 5 5  10
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. 
Certification Exams
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.
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: 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.

Yoga East 300 Hour Classes & Workshops   

Classes that Count for 300 Hr Level
  • Intermediate Rope Wall Yoga, Mondays 6:00-7:15 pm, Highlands Studio. (T 1.25 hr)
  • Tattva Samasa (Heart of Yoga), February 6-March 27, Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm, Highlands Studio. (YPLE 8.0 hr) $20/8 classes.
  • Tattvabodha (Heart of Yoga), April 3-June 26, Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm, Highlands Studio. (YPLE 12 hrs) $30/12 classes.
  • Sanskrit 300 Hr, March 4-April 22, 5:45-6:45 pm, $40/8 classes, Highlands Studio (YPLE 8 hrs) Yoga East Chanting & Sanskrit Booklet (Rev 2/2015)
  • 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)
300 Hr level Workshops
  • 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) (Mostly Filled!)
  • 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.
300 Hr Level Teacher Training Seminars
  • Principles of Yoga Therapy Part 1, March 14, 3:00-5:00 pm, East End. (TM 2 hrs) $40
  • Yoga Therapy Part 2 - Assessment, April 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Highlands Studio. (TM 2hrs) $40
  • Ashtanga Adjustment Training, March 28, 3:00-5:00 pm, Highlands. (TM 2 hrs) $30, Free to Yoga East Teachers.
  • Yoga Therapy Part 3 - How Yoga Helps, May 9, 3:00-5:00 pm, Highlands (TM 2 hrs) $40.
  • More are being scheduled, so watch the website.