300 Hour Training

ABOUT THE TRAINING:

Our advanced teacher certification program. A 300 hour yoga alliance registered certification. The program is designed to give you the opportunity to work at your own pace and the flexibility to tailor your education to your interests.

WHEN IS IT?

Similar to choosing college courses, students will be responsible for completing x modules to reach the equivalent of 300 hours and must fulfill these requirements within 5 years of registration.

Each module will be 2-3 day weekend workshops beginning on Friday evening and continuing through Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

The workshops we are offering have been mindfully chosen with the intention of expanding your body of knowledge and enhancing your personal style of teaching through in-depth study.

REQUIREMENTS:

Must be completed within 5 years of registration

 1. TECHNIQUES, TRAINING, & PRACTICE: 50 HOURS

  • Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours
  • Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 25 hours

This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school’s RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

2. TEACHING METHODOLOGY: 5 HOURS

  • Minimum Contact Hours: 5 hours*
  • Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal)

*Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category IF these hours were not included in the RYS 200 curriculum.

The Teaching Methodology category shall cover additional teaching methods and principles, beyond what was covered in your RYS 200 syllabus content. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category.

3. Anatomy & Physiology: 15 hours*

  • Minimum Contact Hours: 10 hours
  • Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

*Special Requirement: A minimum of ten of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga

4. YOGA PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE, & ETHICS FOR YOGA TEACHERS: 30 HOURS

  • Minimum Contact Hours: 25 hours*
  • Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita) than what was included in your school’s RYS 200 syllabus content Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva)

*Special Requirement: A minimum of 2 of the above Contact Hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers

5.  PRACTICUM: 30 HOURS

  • Minimum Contact Hours: 15 hours*
  • Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching**
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

*Special Requirement: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. These hours may include the time during which the trainee is receiving feedback on his/her teaching. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

**Evaluation or observation of yoga classes outside of the RYS Teacher Training Program constitutes Non-Contact Hours.

6.  REMAINING CONTACT HOURS AND ELECTIVE HOURS

The Standards detailed above ensure that all trainees of a RYS receive training and instruction in five Educational Categories for a minimum number of designated hours. The remaining Contact Hours (190 hours) and elective hours (170 hours, a combination of contact and non-contact) are to be distributed among the five Educational Categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their program’s focus.

 

TOTAL MINIMUM CONTACT HOURS: 270 HOURS

 

TOTAL MINIMUM CONTACT HOURS WITH LEAD TRAINER(S): 135 HOURS

 

Total Hours: 300 Hours

 

 

**You will also need to submit documentation of teaching 100 hours and your current CPR certification

We will be keeping track of your hours, but we highly recommend that you keep track of them as well.