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About Yoga East 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 yoga teacher training schools.  

Why train at Yoga East?

• Yoga East is one of the oldest yoga schools in the country, established as a non-profit educational organization in 1974. We are one of the few yoga programs in the country which is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit charitable organization.
• Yoga East is recognized as a leader in yoga training and education here in the Greater Louisville community, nationally and internationally.   
• Completing our training gives you a lifetime connection to a long-established yoga community that provides support and services to its graduates long after your training has ended.  Many of our graduates return here for further training, workshops, study, and assistance.  We have assisted many of our graduates in traveling to study in India. We provide job referrals to our alumni, and help them start their own studios, wellness businesses and teacher training programs.
• Alumni get discounts on classes and workshops and have access to our library and our other resources - including our greatest resource - our outstanding, experienced teachers who have practiced yoga for many years.  

200 Hr Yoga Alliance Registered Course
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200   200 Hour Course Description

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 asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudras (gestures), bandhas (energy locks) and meditation. The Course will help you improve your practice and understanding of yoga.
Teaching Methodology is how to teach. We show you how to observe your students and what to look for so that you can quickly help them, 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, 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 safely modify postures for students with injuries or medical conditions.
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. 

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 Swenso 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.
To Apply
Download the Application.
Complete it and mail to:
Yoga East, Inc.
1232 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
May 1, 2016: Application Deadline.
May 6, 2016: Acceptance letters will be mailed.
May 31, 2016: Course Deposit of $500 to Reserve Your Spot is Due, or payment in Full to Receive 5% Discount.
July 30, 2016: Course orientation. Register and obtain your texts.
The cost of the entire Course is $2,520.00.
Tuition includes all the teacher training seminars, unlimited classes at Yoga East from August 1-December 31, 2016, and two guest teacher workshops. Pay in full for the Course by May 31, 2016 and receive a 5% ($126) discount. Registration will open February 15, 2016.
The course begins with Orientation on July 30, 2016.
Course meetings begin August 5, 2016 and ends December 3, 2016.
Your tuition covers classes from August 1 - December 31, 2016. 
Dates of Meetings
Orientation: Saturday, July 30, 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm.
Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm: 8/5, 12, 19, 26; 9/9, 16, 23, 30; 10/2, 14, 21, 28; 11/4, 11, 18; 12/2. 
Saturdays: Saturdays 10:00-11:15 am; 1:00-5:00 pm; 8/6, 13, 20, 27; 9/10, 17, 24, 31; 10/3, 15, 22, 29; 11/5, 12, 19; 12/3.

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.
200 hr Module (RTY 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.
300 Hr Course (RYT 500) Registration  
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-300 300 Hour Module Completes Yoga East's 500 Hour Certification 

If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 teacher these classes count for RYT 500 registration with Yoga Alliance.  An application is not required. Phone Laura Spaulding for an appointment and she will meet with you to review your 200 hour certificate, talk to you personally about your goals, give you the course syllabus, and answer your questions.  

The classes are also open to all Yoga East students who want to deepen their practice. We recommend that you have a minimum of two years of yoga class experience if you are not a yoga teacher.

hone Laura Spaulding for more information: 502-585-9642. Phone during business hours, 9:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.

Classes are added frequently, so keep checking the online schedule to see what's new.
300 hr Module (RTY 500) Certification Requirements  
Hours Needed for Certification 300 Hr
Yoga Alliance requires that a certain number of hours be in classes with the lead trainer (Laura Spaulding - if there is an asterisk *, it means there is no specific requirement.). More details about requirements are shown on the course syllabus which will be given to you when you are accepted into the program. Total with
Techniques, Training and Practice  120 55
Teaching Methodology  60 *
Anatomy & Physiology  20 *
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 60 *
Practice teaching under supervision   10 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.) 
Required Texts: Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar, Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater, Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz.
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 500.
Wake Up to Your Inner Courage and Live the Life of Your Dreams.  
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 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.
Laura Spaulding in Ekapda Bakasana
Laura Spaulding, our lead trainer, has been studying and practicing yoga for 49 years and has visited India to study yoga twelve 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.
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.

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. 

About Yoga Alliance-Registered Teacher Training  
    300/500 Hour Teacher Training Classes and Workshops 
  • Classes and workshops are also shown on the online schedule. Registering in advance is helpful.
Classes that count for hours.
  • Mysore Ashtanga classes with Laura Spaulding.
  • Inversions 2-3 Class, Thursday, 10:45-12:00 pm, St Matthews.
  • Intermediate Rope Wall (it's more than ropes - we'll use notes from workshops with Ramanand Patel, and class will include pranayama) meets once a month on Saturdays, 1:00 pm, dates will be posted later in January. 
  • Intermediate Asanas, Saturday, 8:30-9:45 am, East End, April 2-June 11, 2016 (see MBO and register, please).
  • Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Class (dates will be announced).
  • Heart of Yoga, Fridays, 5:30 pm at St Matthews beginning Feb 12. See online schedule for exact dates and topics.
  • Sanskrit Study Group, email Laura with days/times that work for you if you are interested.
  • Tantra Study Group, email Laura with days/times that work for you if you are interested. The text I recommend is The Splendor of Recognition by Swami Shantananda, $27.95 (or less, if bought used from Amazon).
Handouts for Classes

Heart of Yoga Feb 12 - Values Handout

Chanting Times at the Highlands Studio (these do not count for hours)
  • Monday 8:30-9:30 am, Laghunasya, Rudram, Chamakam.
  • Tuesday 8:30-9:15 am, Shiva Mahimna Stotram, Shiva Manasa Puja.
  • Wednesday 8:30-9:30 am, Laghunasya, Rudram, Chamakam.
  • Thursday 8:30-9:30 am, Shri Guru Gita. 
  • Friday, 7:30-8:30 am, Rudram, Shiva Arati, Kundalini Stavah.
  • Sunday, 9:15-10:15 am, Shri Guru Gita.
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.
Yoga East 300 Hour Classes & Workshops   
Continuing Yoga Education for Yoga East Teachers  
Trainings and Workshops
None scheduled at the moment - check back.