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200 Hr Yoga Alliance Registered Course
Yoga East's 200 Hour Course is registered with Yoga alliance, a non-profit organization that has established uniform standards and credentialing for yoga schools. Go to the Yoga Aliance website for e description of the subjects and the applicable standards.

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S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200   200 Hour Course Description

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Our 200 Hour Course is registered with Yoga Alliance and includes all required hours in five subjects: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology, Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics and Practicum.

Techniques includes detailed instruction in the technical aspects of yoga to improve your personal practice and show you how to teach: asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energy locks) and meditation. The Course will improve your practice and understanding of yoga.

Teaching Methodology surveys methods of teaching, how students learn and covers the legal and business aspects of teaching yoga and running a studio. Learn how to observe students, how to give clear instructions, how to correct students with verbal instructions and safe hands-on adjustments, how to teach students at all levels, how to give effective demonstrations, and how to handle challenges in class. We help you to find your own teaching voice and style of teaching.

Anatomy & Physiology teaches anatomy as it pertains to yoga. Knowing how the body works and knowing how yoga works helps you to perform postures more skillfully, and you can share this skill with your students. Learn about common injuries and medical conditions. Learn how yoga can help and how to prevent injuries from happening in class. We show you how to adapt postures for students with limitations.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics teaches the inspiring philosophy which is the heart and soul of yoga. The deep truths of yoga will inspire you so that you can inspire your students. The ancient texts are the accumulated wisdom of yoga teachers who have gone before us. We will study and practice meditation and contemplation; learn how to attain deep inner peace and share it with others, learn how to live your life more fully and joyfully and find spiritual fulfillment.

Practicum is practice teaching with the supervision, constructive feedback and support of an experienced mentor-teacher. Practice teaching is done in a safe and supportive environment so that you will have a positive teaching experience.

To Apply
Download the Application
Complete it and mail to:
Yoga East, Inc.
1232 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204

Prerequisites and Requirements

Download the Yoga East Syllabus of Postures

This is a chart of postures taught at Yoga East. If you have not attended Yoga East classes prior to applying for teacher training, you may be asked about your experience with postures on the syllabus.

May 1, 2017: Application Deadline.
May 10 2017: Acceptance letters will be mailed.
May 31, 2017: Course Deposit of $500 to Reserve Your Spot is Due, or payment in Full to Receive 5% Discount.
July 29, 2017: Course orientation. Register and obtain your texts.
Tuition and Fees

The cost of the entire Course is $2520.

Tuition includes all the teacher training seminars, unlimited classes at Yoga East from August 1-December 31, 2017, and two guest teacher workshops. Pay in full for the Course by May 31, 2017 and receive a 5%  discount. 
The course begins with Orientation on July 29, 2017.
Course meetings begin August 4, 2017 and end December 16, 2017.
Your tuition covers classes from August 1 - December 31, 2017. 
Dates of Meetings 

Orientation: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 2:30-5:00 pm.
PLE (Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics) meets Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm: Aug 4, 18, 25; Sept 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 8, 15. 
T and AP classes meet on Saturdays: Aug 5, 19, 26; Sept 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 27; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16.
T (Techniques) meets Saturdays: 10:00-11:15 am. 
AP (Anatomy & Physiology) meets Saturdays,1:00-2:15 pm. 
TM (Teaching Methodology)meets Saturdays, 2:30-5:00 pm: Aug 19; Sept 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 18; Dec 9.
Internships are assigned. Dates will be coordinated with your schedule.

Fee Breakdown:

Techniques 16 classes, 20 hours $400
Teaching Methodology, 8 classes, 20 hours $400
Anatomy & Physiology, 16 classes, 20 hours $400
Philosophy & Ethics, 16 classes, 20 hours $160
Practice Teaching, 16 classes, 20 hours $400
Two Workshops, 20 hours total $360
Five months unlimited Mysore membership $400
200 hr Module (RYT 200) Certification Requirements  
Hours Needed for Certification 200 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.  Contact hours are hours in class with your teacher.  Non-contact hours are hours you spend practicing, reading, studying, viewing DVD's, doing research, etc. Yoga Alliance sets a maximum number of non-contact hours they will allow.  Total with
Techniques, Training and Practice 100 50 10
Teaching Methodology 25 10  0
Anatomy & Physiology 20 0 10
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 20 0 5
Practicum (Yoga East requires 20 hours - 10 assisting and 10 teaching) 20 5 5
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
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. Students with excellent class performance and attendance may have exams waived.
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.
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: Yes, see Laura Spaulding if you want to pay for the entire Course. 

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 study in Mysore with Sharath Jois you must study at least two months with Laura Spaulding. You will also be expected to 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.

Make Up Policy

You can make up no more than 10 missed hours by attending an additional guest teacher workshop (at an additional charge). You will not get credit or a refund for missed or unused classes. Please check your calendar and make sure you can attend the required hours. 

Requirements for Admission

We recommend that you have two years of yoga class experience.  Having a daily practice of yoga is the best preparation.  We have found that students do best in the Course who have been attending 2-3 classes per week in the past 12 months. It is also helpful to have attended our yoga workshops with Douglas Keller, Francois Raoult, John Friend, Kino MacGregor, David Garrigues, David Swenson and Ramanand Patel, as this gives you the experience of immersion in yoga practice and learning.


If you need more information or have questions about your readiness to enroll, phone Laura Spaulding or see her in one of her classes.
Phone  502-585-9642 Monday-Friday during business hours.  Leave a message if she is not in and she will promptly call you back.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students
Yoga East, Inc. Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation. Donations to Yoga East are tax-deductible charitable donations and support our scholarships and community programs.

Yoga East, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.