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200 Hour Yoga Alliance-Registered Foundation Course
The Yoga Instructor Profession is Growing
Employment of fitness trainers and [yoga] instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors. 
 U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The Yoga Instructor Profession is an Excellent Career
Being a professional Yoga Teacher is a rewarding, respected career. If you love yoga and are dedicated to the study and practice of this distinguished tradition, you can bring the benefits of yoga to others.  At the same time you enjoy a profession that brings you optimal health and physical and mental well-being.

When You Study with Yoga East
Yoga East is the only yoga school in Kentucky that offers 200 Hour, 300 Hour and 500 Hour courses that are registered with Yoga Alliance.  We have offered advanced yoga study in Kentucky since 1974. Since 1994 we have been under the same management and have offered 24 courses and have trained 175 students.  Our offer the benefits of yoga in yoga studios, in YMCA's, fitness centers, hospitals and corporate settings.  Our expertise is recognized in India by the K Pattabhis Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.  When you study with Yoga East, you form an alliance with an established yoga organization that has been educating yoga students for over 44 years.  More than that, you become part of a dedicated yoga community. 
Yoga East is committed to your success!

How to Apply
Requirements for Admission

Students do best in the Course who have taken classes at Yoga East for 6 or more months prior to admission. You can enroll in the course even if you do not have this amount of  yoga experience.  The Course is not intended to be an introduction to yoga. We expect you to have a minimum of two years experience in yoga classes. 
Download the Application

You can leave your application at any of the studios or mail to:
Yoga East, Inc.
1125 E Kentucky St
Louisville, KY 40204
Phone Laura Spaulding at 502-585-9642 if you have any questions.
Course Fees

Foundations of Yoga Practice: $25/class; $400 series of 16.
Art of Teaching Yoga: $30/class; $480 series of 16.
Yoga Anatomy: How Yoga Works: $25/class; $400 series of 16.
Taking the Seat of the Teacher: $50/class; $800 series of 16.
Membership at Yoga East during the Course: $810 ($90/month, March-November)
Complete Course: $2890; Enroll by Jan 31 $2457; Enroll by Feb 28 $2601.
Payment Plan: $305/month beginning March 1. 9 payments - $2745.
(Yoga East's cancellation and refund policy is on the application.)
New to Yoga East?

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Please register here to create your online account with us. You will need to use your account to register for classes and seminars, keep track of your hours, and to pay your tuition.

2018 200 Hour Foundation Course

Laura Spaulding is our director of Teacher Training and this is what she says:

Yoga is a "come-as-you-are" party. We are not expecting any particular level of practice or knowledge. We want to work with you just as you are. You have something to offer yoga seekers. Let us help you explore your particular, unique gifts. However you are, we will take your strengths and make you better. We will show how your "weaknesses" are really your strengths. 


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.

What is Yoga Teacher Certification?

Is Yoga Certification like a License?
Certification is not a "license".  Many professions have licenses that are regulated by local, state or federal agencies. Barbers and hairdressers, tattoo artists, physicians, nurses, chiropractors, lawyers, psychotherapists, social workers, and many other professionals who provide professional services to the public must pass exams and meet professional standards in order to do business.  There is no such requirement for yoga instructors.  There are no laws or regulations that apply to the training, licensing or certification of yoga teachers. 

What is Certification?
Certificates are given by yoga schools or yoga teachers to their students that certify that the student has completed a course of instruction.  There are non-profit yoga organizations that establish certain standards for yoga teachers, and membership in these organizations by yoga schools and yoga teachers is voluntary.   Yoga Alliance and The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) are two such organizations.  Some yoga systems have their own methods of training and authorizing teachers.  Anusara Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are three yoga systems which maintain their own teacher training standards. 

Who is Qualified to Teach Yoga?
In yoga’s five thousand year-old tradition, one could only become a teacher after years of dedicated study with a guru. A guru is a specially-qualified teacher who has thorough knowledge of the methods and teachings of yoga and whose years of experience and dedication to yoga enable him or her to awaken the student’s abilities and open the student’s heart. In the past, a student would learn the teacher’s qualifications by simply asking, “Who was your teacher?” This tradition has never changed. If you want to know your yoga teacher’s qualifications, simply ask your teacher about his or her teacher.

Can You Learn to Teach Yoga Quickly?
Yoga’s new popularity has created a whole teacher training industry. Many fitness businesses have jumped on the yoga bandwagon to offer yoga teacher training that “certifies” you to teach yoga in a weekend or month-long workshop. Yoga cannot be learned in a weekend or a month. Yoga requires years of dedicated practice and study to master. No reputable yoga studio would ever hire a teacher “trained” in this way. Many beginning level yoga students know more about yoga than is taught in such courses.

Why Poorly-Trained Teachers are Dangerous
Yoga is not as easy as it looks, and teaching yoga is very challenging. Many students come to yoga classes after having exhausted conventional medical treatment for chronic illnesses or injuries. Many students are elderly and have arthritis, osteoporosis, back injuries and other disabilities. Like the population in general, yoga students are aging and it is not uncommon to have students in class with artificial joints. Many younger students are the victims of chronic stress, trauma, or have emotional problems.  A poorly-trained teacher cannot help such students and may even cause more harm or serious physical injury.  At Yoga East, we train you to be able to safely and confidently teach all kinds of students.

Frequently-Asked Questions  
Q: What if I miss classes? Can I make up my hours?
A: You can make up a limited number of missed teacher training hours by attending workshops.  

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! 

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. 

Q: What if I have work or family obligations that prevent me from taking enough class hours? 
A: 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: Ask Laura about this in person.
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.