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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 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.

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. 

200 Hr Course Application and Registration  
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200   200 Hour Course Admission

We recommend that you have substantial yoga experience and be solidly established in a daily yoga practice. You will do best in the Course if you have been a Yoga East member 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.

We are looking for proficiency in yoga postures such as those found in Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. You can also look at the list of poses 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 also take the Course to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga. Phone Laura Spaulding or see her at class to talk about your goals or get more information about the Course.  Phone her at 502-585-9642 (weekdays 9-5) - leave a message if she is not in.
How to Enroll:
Download the Application
- Complete it and turn in at any Yoga East Studio.

Pay for the Course: The Complete Course is $2795 and covers all teacher training workshops and Yoga East classes during the Course (August 30-February 29, 2016). Pay by August 29 and receive a$150 discount.

Or Make a Deposit to Reserve Your Spot: The deposit is $500. Monthly payments of $382.50 are due beginning September 1.

Current Course is underway. The next course will begin March 7, 2016.
300 Hr Course Application and Registration  
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 0
Anatomy & Physiology
(Non-contact:10 hours reading coloring assignments.)
20 0 10  20 0 0
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
(Non-contact: 5 hours in an independent research project.)
20 0 5 60 0 0
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 5 0
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.
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.
Laura Spaulding in Ekapda Bakasana
Medha Suktam
Aum is the best sound of all vedas.
It arose from the nectarine essence of the vedas.
May I hold the immortal teaching in my mind.
May my body be strong.
May my speech be sweet.
May I hear a lot of wisdom.
O Aum, you are the receptacle of the Supreme Truth.
Remove the worldly intelligence that is obstructing my knowledge of you.
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, beginning August, 2015 you can 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.

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.
Yoga East 300 Hour Classes & Workshops   
S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-300  Laura Spaulding will be traveling and studying in India September 28 - December 20, 2015.

300/500 Hour Teacher Training Workshops will resume in 2016.
  • More workshops will be scheduled for 2016.
300/500 Hour Classes 
  • Mysore Ashtanga classes with Laura Spaulding (taught by other teachers Oct-Dec).
  • Intermediate Teachers and Members Class, Thursday, 11:00-12:30 pm, St Matthews (ends Aug 27).
  • Intermediate Rope Wall, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:00 am, Highlands (ends Aug 19).
  • Breath & Relaxation, Fridays, 11:00-12:15 am, East End (ends Aug 28).
  • Intermediate, Saturdays, 9:30-10:45 am, St Matthews (ends Sept 26).
  • Sanskrit, Saturdays 11:00-11:45 am, St Matthews (ends Sept 26).
Continuing Yoga Education for Yoga East Teachers  
Practice Times for Yoga East Teachers at the Highlands Studio
Will not meet October-December, 2015.
(These do not appear on the MBO Schedule. These are opportunities for teachers to practice together. These do not count as certification hours.)
  • Chanting, Monday, 8:30-9:30 Rudram.
  • Chanting, Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30-9:30 Shiva Mahimna Stotram.
  • Chanting, Friday, 7:30-8:30 Rudram, Kundalini Stavah.