Yoga Teacher Training
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and In-depth Yoga studies Program.
New session begins September 2018! The brochure and application can be found at the very bottom of this page or by clicking "to apply" seen above. Please email email@example.com for any additional questions.
FREE Info Session: Monday, July 9, 2018 7:30-8:30pm and Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 7:30-8:30pm (note: date changed from July 16th)
Mind Body Zone is proud to offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / In Depth Yoga Studies Program. Whether your intention is to deepen your personal practice or obtain the skills and knowledge to become an effective instructor, this program is diverse and non-denominational, covering all aspects of Hatha Yoga. Upon successful completion of the program, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). It includes:
• In-depth study of over 90 asana
• Styles of yoga
• Prenatal Yoga
Teaching Methods-35 hours
• Asana modification and use of props
• Demonstration and cueing principles
• Designing and sequencing a class
• Hands-on and verbal adjustments
• Business aspects of teaching yoga
• Students’ process of learning
• Yoga Therapy
• Public Speaking-communicating with your voice and body
• Teaching Beginners and Mixed level classes
• Partner Yoga
Anatomy & Physiology- 20 hours
• Respiration and Breath
• Joint Mobility
• Preventing Yoga injuries
• Working with student injuries
• Chi and Meridians
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-30 hours
• 8 Limbs of Yoga
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yogic Lifestyle
• Practice Teaching
• Assist senior teachers in his/her class
• Receive feedback from senior teachers
One weekend a month
(*Dates/Times subject to change)
o September 22-23, 2018
o October 20-21, 2018
o November 17-18, 2018
o December 15-16, 2018
o January 12-13, 2019
o February 9-10, 2019
o March 9-10, 2019
o April 13-14, 2019
o May 18-19, 2019
o June 22-23, 2019
In addition, 48 hours of Hatha Yoga practice are required. These dates and times will be determined by the trainees.
• A non-refundable application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance to the program.
• Early Bird tuition: $2,100 paid in full by July 22, 2018 (total $2,300)
• Regular tuition: $2,300 paid in full by September 22, 2018 (total $2,500)
• Payment schedule: $2,500 (total $2,700). Three $833 payments due 9/22/18, 12/15/18, and 3/6/19
• Tuition Refunds-10% service charge, no refunds after Sept. 22, 2018.
Tuition does not cover the cost of a small number of books that are required reading or teaching practicum fees (if any), but does include all listed training sessions, hand outs and 48 free yoga classes at Mind Body Zone during teacher training (value of $576). Subsequent classes can be taken at MBZ at a discounted rate.
Prerequisites for Application and Certification:
• Minimum of 2 years personal practice of Hatha Yoga or approval from Director of Teacher Training
• Commitment to continuing practice and spiritual growth
• Completed Teacher Training Application
• On-time payment of tuition and application fee
• Attendance of all Teacher Training Meetings
• Successful and on-time completion of assignments, quizzes and exams
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about Mind Body Zone’s program?
This program is very thorough, comprehensive and covers many different aspects and approaches to Hatha Yoga. It is a general yoga training program and we cover many different styles of yoga practiced today in the US (such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, etc). Trainees will be exposed to these various styles and will come away with the program with a more diverse understanding of Hatha Yoga (rather than focus on one particular style and way of teaching). It is designed to help you become an effective and well balanced teacher and to deepen your personal practice.
Our multiple sessions are spaced over 10 months; we offer a close teacher-student relationship with highly experienced teacher trainers, a supervised and ongoing study into all aspects of yoga including ethical, personal, physical, psychological and spiritual realms. This is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in the Bay Area.
Our program is designed for people with busy schedules; we meet once a month and you determine when and where you would like to fulfill the requirements for practice and practicum. There is no deadline when these requirements must be completed; we ask and hope, however, that it be completed within a year of graduation. We offer 48 free yoga classes during the training period and additional classes during this time will be offered at a 50% discount.
Most of the material covered in any teacher training is new information-information not received in a typical yoga class or as in depth. Our pacing is set that there is enough time between each session in order for you to digest, process and incorporate the material into your practice before the next session. The training is also progressive, what you learn in the current month will be more relevant in the following month and onwards.
Any Yoga Alliance approved program has the same requirements; 75 contact hours hours for Techniques, 15 contact hours for Teaching Methodology, 10 contact hours for Anatomy, 20 contact hours for Philosophy and 5 contact hours for Practicum. (Contact hours are training hours given by and in the presence of an experience yoga teacher). The remaining 55 contact hours are distributed among the educational categories according to the school’s emphasis. We have placed more emphasis on Techniques and Teaching Methodology and additional hours in Anatomy and Practicum in order to best prepare one to become a yoga teacher.
What skills will I have after I complete this training?
With successful completion, a graduate will possess all the skills to become an efficient and effective teacher. He/She will have confidence in the ability to:
• know the different styles of Hatha Yoga, both on an intellectual level and through personal experience of practicing various styles
• have a strong understanding of asana/yoga postures: their functions, benefits, contraindications, modifications and purpose
• be familiar with different meditation and pranayama (breathing) techniques
• sequence a class for several styles/types of Yoga classes
• cue a class with thorough and clear verbal instruction
• modify a class for pregnancy, prior injuries and limitations
• know how to read bodies
• be proficient in applying hands-on and verbal adjustments of varying degrees of intensity and intention
• have a foundation in yoga philosophy and how to integrate it with a physical practice.
Why it’s important to choose the right training structure?
Yoga is learned by patient practice, dedication and experience. Knowledge is imparted directly from teacher to student. Large classes, high-profile seminars, yoga conferences, workshops with celebrity teachers, webinars and distance learning are less than ideal formats for teacher training.
Beware of trainings that provide limited access to the trainers, those that condense many hours into a short time frame, ones that have heavy homework, online classes with less face-to-face instruction and those that offer less than 200 contact training hours.
How do I know if I am ready?
If you have been studying yoga with a teacher for at least two years, we encourage you to apply. If you have less than 2 years experience, contact Lynn (Director of Teacher Training) to discuss your eligibility. Keep in mind that your sincere desire to learn and explore is the most important factor.
I’m not interested in being a teacher. I just want to learn more about yoga. Can I apply?
Absolutely! This training will give you a depth of skill and knowledge without parallel. Many of these topics are not addressed in a typical yoga class or with as much detail. The training will give you a much better understanding about Yoga as a complete practice and this information will help grow your personal practice. Though you will practice and learn some teaching techniques during the course, yoga teaching need not be your ultimate goal in order for you to take full advantage of the training.
What is the difference between taking this program for personal development versus getting a certificate to teach yoga?
If your objective is to obtain a certificate of completion, you must complete all the assignments, pass the written final, take 48 Hatha Yoga classes at any facility of your choice and spend at least 10 hours outside of the monthly training sessions to work on the practicum part of the program. This is where a trainee mentors with an experienced teacher and observes and assists in his/her classes. In addition, the trainee must teach 5 hours where the mentor will observe and provide feedback.
If you are taking this program for your personal practice, you do not have to complete the requirements listed above (although it is highly suggested that you complete the assignments as it deepens your understanding and experience of the teachings).
I can not do advanced yoga postures; can I still enroll in the Teacher Training Program?
Proficiency in these postures does not correlate to being an effective yoga instructor and is not important for teaching yoga.
I have a prior commitment and can not make a training session, can I make-up the class?
Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend a training session, we do not offer a make up class, but will work with you individually to find a suitable way to ensure you receive and understand the information that was covered. If possible, we can change the dates of training if all participants agree on the revised date.
I can not make the whole tuition payment in full, does MBZ offer any payment schedules?
While the amount seems large when you look at it as one payment, it actually is quite reasonable and is one of the most affordable yoga teacher trainings in the Bay Area. If it is broken down to an hourly rate, the teacher training program actually costs less per hour than a drop in class rate. As mentioned, teacher training program offers much more than you would receive in a typical yoga class.
We offer a discounted rate (early bird) for those who pay in full and register early. For those who can not pay the tuition rate up front, we offer a payment schedule of three $800 payments. If that payment schedule does not work for you, please contact us. We are happy to work out a payment schedule for you.
What qualities do you need to become a yoga teacher?
Being curious and enthusiastic about yoga is the first prerequisite. Qualities such as empathy, clarity, integrity, reliability, open minded, determination and playfulness are hallmarks of a great teacher.
How will I go from where I am now to being a confident yoga teacher?
Our program is paced so you learn gradually in order to integrate the various practices and information. During our training sessions, we will break down and practice the elements of effective yoga teaching. By the time you complete the training, you will have the skills to teach a basic level yoga class.
What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is the only nationally recognized organization that registers both individual yoga teachers and yoga teacher training programs who have complied with minimum educational standards established by the organization. Its mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga. By completing this teacher training, one is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). An RYT® designation enhances your credibility as a yoga professional. Yoga Alliance RYT® designations are trusted symbols of knowledge, training and experience for employers and students.
“This Program gave me the tools as well as the confidence to begin teaching immediately after training. One of my greatest compliments came from a seasoned yoga student who commented that I seem to have a lot of experience teaching yoga. This compliment really made me realize how well MBZYTT prepared me to teach in my own unique way.” – Shannon
“Teacher training has completely changed my life. I watched myself transform more in the last ten months than I had in 20 years in the Western mental health care system. My eyes and mind have been opened to more than I could have hoped for and it’s given me a renewed zest for life.” -F.R.
“I highly value the wide range of knowlege this teacher training has given me. It has really helped me define my own style as a teacher and thereby feel confident facing classrooms full of students. To anyone looking to prepare yourself to teach, or even just deepen your practice, this is a great program!” – Marci
“Learn from a myriad of master Yoga teachers who share their wealth of knowledge and experience not found in books or journals.” – Shannon
“This training is beneficial to ANYONE who is practices yoga, at any level. Enroll in this course if simply want to know more about yoga, deepen your practice or if you want to teach. I received valuable knowledge, inspiration and an unforgettable experience!” – Su
“Meeting one weekend/month provided a perfectly balanced pace; we could absorb lots of information during class time, and then have time to reflect on it, incorporate it into our lives and our yoga practice, and then be excited again when the next weekend of training approached. Retention of the material was easier this way, and there was no feeling of burn-out or being rushed. A great program!” – Julie
“I have taught yoga for many years, and this program has broadened my teaching skills enormously and greatly enhanced my personal practice.” – Julie
"Mind Body Zone's teacher training allowed me to explore the abundant facets of yoga at a steady and practical pace. The support and insight I received created a learning experience that deepened my personal practice and thoroughly prepared me to pursue this profession. Of all the trainings that could have fell into my lap, I'm eternally grateful this one did." - Laura
"extremely organized, well thought out and exposes you to the whole spectrum of yoga knowledge. The things I learned just continue to unfold every day with new and deeper meaning in my life." - Molly
“The post training support has also been so amazing and extends beyond the 10 months of training. I always know I can contact any of the faculty if I have an idea or question.” - Carole
"As a busy mother of two I often wanted to complete a yoga teacher training program, but never had the time. That was until I discovered MBZTT. The one weekend a month meetings allow you time to absorb and apply the information while at the same time manage other aspects of your life. It was an opportunity to explore and deepen your knowledge of yoga and an opportunity to explore and deepen your knowledge of self." - Kristian
"This training introduced me to the heart of yoga and changed not only my career path, but the path of my life." - Audrey
"An insightful 200 hour journey leading to positivity & light, an amazing life." - Denise
“Awesome teachers and insightful sessions! I am so glad I explored the many faces of yoga!” –Irma
“a highly recommended, well-rounded agenda providing coverage of all aspects of yoga and related teachings. An excellent opportunity for personal and spiritual growth as well as teaching potential” – Don
“…best learning experience by blending lecture, hands on, self-practice, instructor critiques, and lots of optional reading and practice opportunities.” – Caron
“A wonderful experience. The training is professional and the teachers have developed a lovely sense of community in our class.” – Kate
“Lynn is one of the most effective and down-to-earth teachers I have encountered.” – Jill
“The pace of the program gave us plenty of time to review important concepts and let them sink in. The mentorship and practicum portion further helped to solidify and confidently put all that we had learned into practice.”- Sweta
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in MBZ’s Teacher Training and Yoga Studies Program
1. Improve your understanding of Yoga Asana (postures).
2. Explore the other 7 limbs of yoga, beyond the physical practice, that can be implemented into your daily life.
3. Get to know yourself better through observation, inquiry, mindfulness, meditation, and experimentation.
4. Challenge yourself and open your eyes to new possibilities and realities.
5. Engage in a shared group experience and develop a new community and network of people.
6. Transform mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually. This program will change your life.
7. Pledge to invest in your own well being.
8. Add meaning to your life's work and make an impact on those around you.
9. Open the door to a satisfying, potentially new, career as a yoga instructor.
10. Have fun!
To apply, please fill out this application and mail it to Mind Body Zone.
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