Intro to Yoga Styles: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Eischens, Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Slow Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga for Youth; ParaYoga
Intro to Ayurveda
Ethics of Teaching
Bandhas & Mudras
Intro to Chanting
Practice Teaching Yoga
Yoga Alliance requirements:
A RYS with a 200-hour program (RYS 200) should adequately prepare trainees to teach a general adult population and must incorporate training hours in the following Educational Categories:
Techniques, Training & Practice: 100 hours, Minimum contact hours: 75 hours; Contact hours with lead trainers: 50 hours.
Teaching Methodology: 25 hours, Contact hours: 15 hours; Contact hours with lead trainers: 10 hours; 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. The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.
Anatomy & Physiology: 20 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.).
Yoga Lifestyle, Philosophy & Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours; Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: The study of yoga philosophies and texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita. Yoga Lifestyle, such as ahimsa (non-violence) and the concepts of dharma and karma. Ethics for yoga teachers such as student-teacher relationship and community. Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service to others.
Practicum: 10 hours. Practice teaching, giving and receiving feedback, observing others teaching, assisting students while others are teaching.
Remaining contact hours and elective hours: The Standards, detailed above, ensure that all trainees of a RYS 200 receive training and instruction in five Educational Categories for at least 185 hours with 125 hours of those being Contact Hours. Any remaining required curriculum contact and Non-Contact Hours (totaling 200 hours in all) 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.
What we provide as added value: In our program, trainees will be given the opportunity to practice teaching earlier in the program, with guidance by our trainers who all have at least 10 years of teacher experience. We go beyond minimum requirements to make sure you are solidly prepared for a career in teaching yoga and may also have the opportunity to learn more about the business of yoga.
Our studio is located in a small town atmosphere where you can walk a block or two to a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, a grocery store, theaters and a variety of other services. We have a thriving yoga community at Good Vibrations Yoga with a full daily class schedule to choose from. Teacher trainees have unlimited access to classes throughout their training (some programs charge additional fee for attending these classes).
Testimonials Read what our graduates are up to…
I went through RYT Teacher Training with Karen in 2009. At that time, I had already been practicing yoga regularly for approximately 15 years. I had a thorough knowledge of the asanas, as well as Sanskrit terms, but I didn’t have any knowledge of yogic history or yoga philosophy. Teacher Training gave me the opportunity to explore these different areas and incorporate them into my teaching. Teacher Training was also my first introduction to meditation, which I regularly practice now. Several of those sessions helped shape what direction I wanted to go with my future teaching. The bonding with other teachers was one of the most valuable take aways from my training. One of my yoga classmates is now my business partner, as joint owners and instructors at a yoga studio in the area. Another classmate has become a very close friend and regular participant in my weekly classes. I am grateful to Karen for offering this program at just the right time for me in my life, and for the time and effort she put into her teaching. Carole McMonigal, Yoga Bella Studio, Chanhassen, MN
I loved your yoga teacher training. I was hesitant to take a training because I thought I couldn’t do it. You were so encouraging and non-judgemental. It was perfect for me. The small group training was really great. Lots of personal attention. We went over lots of different styles and were given the exposure to different teachers through the training. I can honestly say it was such a great experience. I am thankful I did it and can now share yoga with others 🙂 L. M.
I started my yoga teacher training with Karen in 2012 and enjoyed the experience. She provided a good foundation and encouraged me to get experience teaching. I continued my training and now teach at the YWCA of Minneapolis, both Hatha Yoga and Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga. As I teach I still use the tips and guidance that Karen provided. Russ B.
I took my 200 RYT with Karen in 2010. I chose her program initially because it seemed well rounded in yoga concepts and I connected with Karen the first time I talked to her. Almost 8 years later I currently teach yoga in Estes Park CO and am grateful for the groundwork my program with Karen gave me. I felt that I walked away with a whole understanding of yoga. We worked on postures and alignment sure but we were also taught and had discussion on philosophy, breathwork, energy, Ayurveda, proper ways to conduct ourselves as teachers, the benefits of other styles of yoga (which I have really learned to love as I have found many people bash alternative styles to their own). It was a wonderful intro to being a yogi, not just learning the physical postures. It was intense at times but well supported. I pushed through things I didn’t think I was capable of with Karen’s support, becoming a more well rounded person, yogi, and teacher. Karen became a mentor and eventually a friend through this process. She is great at wearing many hats, teacher, mentor, friend and I’m grateful for her continued presence in my life. Caryn Ling