Yoga Teacher Training
Thinking about teaching yoga? Great! You will need to know how to practice yoga, learn tools for teaching yoga, and actually practice teaching yoga - supervised, with feedback.
RYT200 (basic) - RYT500 (basic + advanced)
If you are new to teaching yoga, you will begin with what is called the RYT 200 program. Ours usually takes about a year for an adult with another job. If you know you are interested in a more thorough training, you can sign up for the RYT 500 hour program at the onset and receive a price discount on our basic (RYT 200) + advanced (RYT 300) trainings. Our RYT 500 program usually takes 2-3 years for adults with other jobs.
If you have previously completed another RYT 200 teacher training and wish to transfer into our RYT 300 / 500 program, please see the transfer student page
Our teacher training programs are thorough. You will graduate with confidence, and along the journey you will discover great personal healing and growth. Yoga education is still in an early developmental stage in the USA. Historically, yoga teachers trained for 7-10 years - not 7-10 weekends. The current yoga industry standard of 200 hours is insufficient for effectively learning how to teach, and in time the standards will change. Here at Santosha, you will receive double the hours required by our industry, apprentice teach at least 40 classes with feedback, and do so for the same price as other training programs. We are committed to the beautiful growth of Yoga, we salute your sincere efforts, and we will do our very best to support your journey. - lead trainers Pierre Couvillion E-RYT500 and Shiela Dimof E-RYT200
3 MAIN CATEGORIES comprise our programs:
Yoga is experiential learning. Having developed a personal practice is essential prior to teaching one. You will practice at least 125 hours at Santosha. These hours are self-paced and separate from your tuition. Those with many years of experience will be given special consideration to test out of this requirement.
(2) TOOLS DEVELOPMENT
Teaching requires sharing information with others. Reaching students of different backgrounds requires different toolsets. These courses include: bodywork, for how to work physically with others; communication, for navigating teacher-student relationships; anatomy, for understanding body systems; music, for leading meaningful group ritual; yoga lab, for understanding modifications, alignment, and how to assist/adjust poses; sanskrit and philosophy, which establish the background from which the teachings of yoga and ayurveda have been preserved.
(3) TEACHING PRACTICUM
Having a personal yoga practice, and having developed some tools for teaching, you will then progress through several stages of teaching, and need to pass each stage. In all you will teach at minimum 40 classes and receive a lot of constructive feedback on your unique gifts and on how to improve. For the 300 hour teaching practicum, you will have the option to develop your own style with input from the trainers.
RYT 200 (basic) a great value at $3195
RYT 300 (advanced) depth, specialization, thorough, a great value at $4495
RYT 500 (basic and advanced together) - save $500 by doing both - $7190
What kind of payment options exist? You can pay in full using a credit card or check. Or, you can pay in installments with a minimum 10% non-refundable deposit paid upfront. For installment pay, we additionally charge on any balance remaining after your deposit: 5% if using pre-dated checks, 8.5% if using autopay by credit card. For example, on a $2000 balance owed for an RYT 200 ($1195 deposit paid), $100 is added for checks (total paid $3295 rather than $3195), or $170 is added for scheduled credit card payments (total paid $3365).
Refunds: deposits and installment payments are non-refundable. See our refund policy for tuition paid upfront here.
How do I start? We have open enrollment - you can start tomorrow! Or, you can even come observe our training before you commit.
Orientation every Wednesday night at 6pm. Any sincere student curious about the teacher training can come any Wednesday night.
To enroll, simply come take a yoga class with Pierre or Shiela (schedule is online) and chat afterwards. You are also welcome to a Wednesday night teacher training class or Saturday yoga lab, where you can watch our teacher training in progress. Any coursework you have done at Santosha will count toward your graduation.
How long does it take? Most people finish within a year, though it could be finished in as little as 9 months, or take as long as 3 years if needed.
What are the dates? You are expected to attend most Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings (you can miss occasionally). Other portions are self-paced with options including weekend intensives, weekly drop in courses and 12-week enrollments.