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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the pre-requisites for enrollment into the Meditation Teacher Training (onsite) program?

  • The SOMA program is an advanced meditation teacher training program.  Participants are expected to have familiarity with the practice and have a regular ongoing meditation practice for a minimum of 1 year.

 

What is the schedule of your teacher training program and how does it work?

  •  Rolling admission to the program allows students to enroll at any time.  Classes typically meet one weekend a month, on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  The curriculum is structured to include 120 hours of required coursework. Participants progress through a series of experiential advanced meditation seminars: including group meditation practice and meditation practice leader; as well as a didactic mind-body courses. Students also complete 20 hours of elective courses. Following completion of the coursework, students are required to fulfill 20 hrs of practicum/community service.

 

Since the program is on a rolling enrollment, what is the time it takes to complete the entire program?

  • The training can be completed within 18 months. If you miss sessions, it may take you longer to complete the training.  Students are required to complete the training within 30 months (2 ½ years) of enrolling. Students who have not completed the training within 30 months may reapply to the program at an additional cost. Readmission is not quaranteed.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • The Science of Mindful Awareness Meditation Teacher Training program is internationally renowned and has drawn participants from around the world. The program is recognized for Approved Professional Development by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and is co-sponsored for continuing education by the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Are there payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we have 3 payment options. You can pay in advance with registration, or choose a 5-month or a 10-month payment plan option with an initial deposit at registration. 

 

How can I apply for a scholarship?

  • We do have a limited number of partial training scholarships available. To be considered for a scholarship, first complete the online application form and then email your interest directly to: tiffany@themindfulnesscenter.org

 

Are there additional costs outside my program costs for the MTT (onsite)?

  • There are no additional program costs to fulfil the requirements of the training.  You may choose to take additional workshops offered at The Mindfulness Center beyond the program requirements. There is an extra cost for these workshops which are not included in the Meditation teacher training.

 

May I attend classes at The Mindfulness Center that are not part of the training program, while I am in the training?

  • You may attend classes at The Mindfulness Center any time that you like, however you must pay for any classes that you take beyond those that fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Training program.

 

MTTO:

 

What are the prerequisites for enrollment into the SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program?

  • The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training Online program is an advanced professional training program.  Participants are expected to have familiarity with the practice of meditation and have a regular ongoing practice for a minimum of 1 year.

 

What is the schedule for the Online Meditation Teacher training, and how does it work?

  • The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program is designed to suit your individual schedule and preferences.  You may enroll and begin the program at any time. You may also progress at your own speed. You have up to 18 months to complete the training, and we encourage you to immerse yourself in the lessons and activities in a way that you incorporate it into your life. 

 

  • The program will provide you with a thorough overview of the evidence-basis of the practice of meditation as well as in-depth experiential practices, and an opportunity to work one-one-one with others in the community. You may also choose to join in group conference calls, or one-on-one office hours with the faculty. The program includes writing, listening and recording meditations in the community forum and incorporates didactic and experiential learning. The curriculum is structured in 3 sequential sections, each of which take ~40-60 hours to complete.
  • An additional 20 hours of supervised practicum/community service project is required after completion of the training modules.

 

What is the standard amount of time it will take to complete the entire program from the start of enrollment?

  • The program will take approximately 160 hrs.  You have the opportunity to complete the curriculum and engage with the community in your own time. The program can be done at your own pace and you have access to the program for a period of 18 months.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • The Science of Mindful Awareness program is internationally renowned and has drawn participants from across the U.S. and abroad.  The program is recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for Approved Professional Development credit.

 

Are there payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we offer two payment option.  You have the option to pay in full when you register, or make 5 monthly payments with a deposit at registration

 

Can I apply for a scholarship?

  • We do have limited partial scholarships available.  To be considered for a scholarship you must first complete the online program application form and then email your interest directly to: tiffany@themindfulnesscenter.org

 

Are there additional costs outside my program costs for the Meditation Teacher Training Online?

  • There are no additional program costs.  You have access to the training for a period of 18 months.  After 18 months has expired, you may apply for additional access for an additional charge. Completing the training does require access to a computer, and to a recording device for making voice recordings. Access to a phone is also required

 

What is the difference between the meditation teacher training onsite vs. online?

  • There is not any difference in certification level between the on-site and online program.  The online version is simply meant as a learning modality for those who are unable to attend in person at The Mindfulness Center.  The format is slightly different in that onsite provides the benefit of having direct in-person access to faculty and other trainees.  The online program also provides a community page where trainees and faculty interact, as well as occasional conference calls and office hours with the faculty. The Online program allows you to login and complete the program at your own pace and according to your own schedule. 

 

Can I enroll in both the onsite and the online programs?

  • Yes.  You can enroll what we refer to as the Hybrid program, which gives you access to both the onsite training as well as the online program. In this way you get the benefit of both programs.  You can complete the training at your own pace, and you can join the onsite community at any time.  You also have access to online materials and research updates, as well as conference calls and office hours. The Hybrid option is great for those who may be moving to or from the D.C. area and want to get started before or finish after they move. It is also ideal for those who live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but whose schedule is more demanding. There is an administrative fee added to the cost of the onsite training for administering of records.




 

YTT:

 

Are there any prerequisites for your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program (YTT200)?

  • A minimum of one year of yoga practice is required before admission to the Yoga Teacher Training program. Most students who enter the 200-hr program have engaged in some form of yoga for more than a year, and are looking to take their practice to the next level, to deepen their personal practice and perhaps to teach yoga to others.  Every individual comes to yoga in his or her own way. Therefore, rather than any other specific prerequisites, the Director of Education, who makes the final admission decision, reviews each application individually.

 

What is the curriculum and content of the program?

  • This training provides students with a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. As part of the SOMA, Science of Mindful Awareness series of training programs, the YTT200 is grounded in evidence-based scientific practice and theory as well as the ancient cultures of yoga philosophy and perspective. Graduates are well rounded in their ability to teach the tools of the trade, including asana, pranayama, nidra and seva, and in their knowledge of the history of yoga, anatomy and physiology, chakra systems, Sanskrit, and the business and ethics of yoga practice.

 

What is unique about your Yoga Teacher Training program?

  •       Science-based
  •       Focus on the tools of empowerment, awareness, and transformation.

 

The Science of Mindful Awareness (SOMA): Yoga Teacher Training featuring Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D., is unique from other programs in its evidence-based approach to yoga and related mind-body practices. Dr. Norris has been teaching mind-body medicine and related neurobehavioral sciences for nearly four decades at American University (AU) and also at Georgetown University Medical School. She has received awards at AU and elsewhere for her teaching. An author and research scientist, students travel from all over the world to study with Dr. Norris as undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and apprentices. She is an acclaimed and adored professor, for her ability to make all level of concepts understandable and practical, and her ability to teach the process and energetics of mind-body-spirit transformation.

 

Senior faculty Jessie Taylor and James Foulkes are both acclaimed and respected teachers, with a world-wide following for their retreats and workshops. Jessie is Co-Founder, and Director of Education at The Mindfulness Center. Mr. Foulkes, a certified yoga therapist, cranial sacral therapist, and Wudang Longmen (Dragon’s Gate) – 19th Generation Adept, is the author of Yoga Therapy.

 

How long does it take to complete the program?

  • To complete the YTT200 training program, students must attend 8 modules plus one elective program, and complete 20 hours of Seva/community service.
  • Every month, one of the modules is offered over a four-day weekend, including Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday. Students who attend all classes every month could potentially complete the training in 9 months. Students are allowed 18 months from registration to complete the training so that those who miss a weekend module or parts thereof can attend the module at another time. Students who do not complete the YTT200 training within 18 months may reapply.  There is an additional administrative fee to reregister.
  • We understand that life happens, and that while you have made the decision to devote yourself to the study of yoga, work, weddings, birthdays, illnesses and all sorts of obligations may interfere with your best intentions. Our modules are planned so that you can join the program at any time through our rolling admission, and complete the modules in any order. We do prefer that you attend an entire weekend when you do attend, but even then, with notice, we can accommodate your absence.

 

What if I miss a weekend training?  When is the next opportunity where I can make-up my session?

  • The Mindfulness Center’s YTT program is comprised of 8 monthly weekend sessions.  You have 18 months to complete the training.  If you missed an entire session or a large portion of a session you may need to make it up the next time it is offered.  Each session is offered twice within the 18 months.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • Yes. Yoga Alliance has accredited and recognizes The Mindfulness Center SOMA 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
  • Completion of this training also fulfils part of the requirements for The Mindfulness Center, SOMA 500-hr Yoga Teacher training.
  • Completion of the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training also fulfils the prerequisite for the SOMA 1000-hour Professional Yoga Therapy training program recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  

 

 

 Do you offer payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we have payment plan options.  You have the option to pay in full when you register. Or you may choose to make a deposit at the time of registration, and then make monthly payments over eight months.

 

Do you offer any scholarships, and if so, how do I apply?

  • We do have limited partial scholarships available for those with financial need.  To be considered for a scholarship, you must first complete the online program application form, and then request a scholarship application form. (Click here to request program application form.)

 

Are there additional costs outside the main program cost of the $2950?

  • The cost of the training includes the 200 hours of training plus the SOMA: YTT200 training manual. In addition to the cost of the training, there may be additional costs for textbooks and supplies. The required texts bought new on Amazon cost approximately $— .  Some of these texts can be bought used. Students should also have their own mats and related yoga equipment, though these supplies are also available for your use for free at The Mindfulness Center.

 

MTT (onsite):

 

 

What are the pre-requisites for enrollment into the Meditation Teacher Training (onsite) program?

  • The SOMA program is an advanced meditation teacher training program.  Participants are expected to have familiarity with the practice and have a regular ongoing meditation practice for a minimum of 1 year.

 

What is the schedule of your teacher training program and how does it work?

  •  Rolling admission to the program allows students to enroll at any time.  Classes typically meet one weekend a month, on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  The curriculum is structured to include 120 hours of required coursework. Participants progress through a series of experiential advanced meditation seminars: including group meditation practice and meditation practice leader; as well as a didactic mind-body courses. Students also complete 20 hours of elective courses. Following completion of the coursework, students are required to fulfill 20 hrs of practicum/community service.

 

Since the program is on a rolling enrollment, what is the time it takes to complete the entire program?

  • The training can be completed within 18 months. If you miss sessions, it may take you longer to complete the training.  Students are required to complete the training within 30 months (2 ½ years) of enrolling. Students who have not completed the training within 30 months may reapply to the program at an additional cost. Readmission is not quaranteed.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • The Science of Mindful Awareness Meditation Teacher Training program is internationally renowned and has drawn participants from around the world. The program is recognized for Approved Professional Development by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and is co-sponsored for continuing education by the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Are there payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we have 3 payment options. You can pay in advance with registration, or choose a 5-month or a 10-month payment plan option with an initial deposit at registration. 

 

How can I apply for a scholarship?

  • We do have a limited number of partial training scholarships available. To be considered for a scholarship, first complete the online application form and then email your interest directly to: tiffany@themindfulnesscenter.org

 

Are there additional costs outside my program costs for the MTT (onsite)?

  • There are no additional program costs to fulfil the requirements of the training.  You may choose to take additional workshops offered at The Mindfulness Center beyond the program requirements. There is an extra cost for these workshops which are not included in the Meditation teacher training.

 

May I attend classes at The Mindfulness Center that are not part of the training program, while I am in the training?

  • You may attend classes at The Mindfulness Center any time that you like, however you must pay for any classes that you take beyond those that fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Training program.

 

MTTO:

 

What are the prerequisites for enrollment into the SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program?

  • The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training Online program is an advanced professional training program.  Participants are expected to have familiarity with the practice of meditation and have a regular ongoing practice for a minimum of 1 year.

 

What is the schedule for the Online Meditation Teacher training, and how does it work?

  • The SOMA Meditation Teacher Training online program is designed to suit your individual schedule and preferences.  You may enroll and begin the program at any time. You may also progress at your own speed. You have up to 18 months to complete the training, and we encourage you to immerse yourself in the lessons and activities in a way that you incorporate it into your life. 

 

  • The program will provide you with a thorough overview of the evidence-basis of the practice of meditation as well as in-depth experiential practices, and an opportunity to work one-one-one with others in the community. You may also choose to join in group conference calls, or one-on-one office hours with the faculty. The program includes writing, listening and recording meditations in the community forum and incorporates didactic and experiential learning. The curriculum is structured in 3 sequential sections, each of which take ~40-60 hours to complete.
  • An additional 20 hours of supervised practicum/community service project is required after completion of the training modules.

 

What is the standard amount of time it will take to complete the entire program from the start of enrollment?

  • The program will take approximately 160 hrs.  You have the opportunity to complete the curriculum and engage with the community in your own time. The program can be done at your own pace and you have access to the program for a period of 18 months.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • The Science of Mindful Awareness program is internationally renowned and has drawn participants from across the U.S. and abroad.  The program is recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for Approved Professional Development credit.

 

Are there payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we offer two payment option.  You have the option to pay in full when you register, or make 5 monthly payments with a deposit at registration

 

Can I apply for a scholarship?

  • We do have limited partial scholarships available.  To be considered for a scholarship you must first complete the online program application form and then email your interest directly to: tiffany@themindfulnesscenter.org

 

Are there additional costs outside my program costs for the Meditation Teacher Training Online?

  • There are no additional program costs.  You have access to the training for a period of 18 months.  After 18 months has expired, you may apply for additional access for an additional charge. Completing the training does require access to a computer, and to a recording device for making voice recordings. Access to a phone is also required

 

What is the difference between the meditation teacher training onsite vs. online?

  • There is not any difference in certification level between the on-site and online program.  The online version is simply meant as a learning modality for those who are unable to attend in person at The Mindfulness Center.  The format is slightly different in that onsite provides the benefit of having direct in-person access to faculty and other trainees.  The online program also provides a community page where trainees and faculty interact, as well as occasional conference calls and office hours with the faculty. The Online program allows you to login and complete the program at your own pace and according to your own schedule. 

 

Can I enroll in both the onsite and the online programs?

  • Yes.  You can enroll what we refer to as the Hybrid program, which gives you access to both the onsite training as well as the online program. In this way you get the benefit of both programs.  You can complete the training at your own pace, and you can join the onsite community at any time.  You also have access to online materials and research updates, as well as conference calls and office hours. The Hybrid option is great for those who may be moving to or from the D.C. area and want to get started before or finish after they move. It is also ideal for those who live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but whose schedule is more demanding. There is an administrative fee added to the cost of the onsite training for administering of records.




 

YTT:

 

Are there any prerequisites for your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program (YTT200)?

  • A minimum of one year of yoga practice is required before admission to the Yoga Teacher Training program. Most students who enter the 200-hr program have engaged in some form of yoga for more than a year, and are looking to take their practice to the next level, to deepen their personal practice and perhaps to teach yoga to others.  Every individual comes to yoga in his or her own way. Therefore, rather than any other specific prerequisites, the Director of Education, who makes the final admission decision, reviews each application individually.

 

What is the curriculum and content of the program?

  • This training provides students with a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. As part of the SOMA, Science of Mindful Awareness series of training programs, the YTT200 is grounded in evidence-based scientific practice and theory as well as the ancient cultures of yoga philosophy and perspective. Graduates are well rounded in their ability to teach the tools of the trade, including asana, pranayama, nidra and seva, and in their knowledge of the history of yoga, anatomy and physiology, chakra systems, Sanskrit, and the business and ethics of yoga practice.

 

What is unique about your Yoga Teacher Training program?

  •       Science-based
  •       Focus on the tools of empowerment, awareness, and transformation.

 

The Science of Mindful Awareness (SOMA): Yoga Teacher Training featuring Professor Deborah Norris, Ph.D., is unique from other programs in its evidence-based approach to yoga and related mind-body practices. Dr. Norris has been teaching mind-body medicine and related neurobehavioral sciences for nearly four decades at American University (AU) and also at Georgetown University Medical School. She has received awards at AU and elsewhere for her teaching. An author and research scientist, students travel from all over the world to study with Dr. Norris as undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and apprentices. She is an acclaimed and adored professor, for her ability to make all level of concepts understandable and practical, and her ability to teach the process and energetics of mind-body-spirit transformation.

 

Senior faculty Jessie Taylor and James Foulkes are both acclaimed and respected teachers, with a world-wide following for their retreats and workshops. Jessie is Co-Founder, and Director of Education at The Mindfulness Center. Mr. Foulkes, a certified yoga therapist, cranial sacral therapist, and Wudang Longmen (Dragon’s Gate) – 19th Generation Adept, is the author of Yoga Therapy.

 

How long does it take to complete the program?

  • To complete the YTT200 training program, students must attend 8 modules plus one elective program, and complete 20 hours of Seva/community service.
  • Every month, one of the modules is offered over a four-day weekend, including Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday. Students who attend all classes every month could potentially complete the training in 9 months. Students are allowed 18 months from registration to complete the training so that those who miss a weekend module or parts thereof can attend the module at another time. Students who do not complete the YTT200 training within 18 months may reapply.  There is an additional administrative fee to reregister.
  • We understand that life happens, and that while you have made the decision to devote yourself to the study of yoga, work, weddings, birthdays, illnesses and all sorts of obligations may interfere with your best intentions. Our modules are planned so that you can join the program at any time through our rolling admission, and complete the modules in any order. We do prefer that you attend an entire weekend when you do attend, but even then, with notice, we can accommodate your absence.

 

What if I miss a weekend training?  When is the next opportunity where I can make-up my session?

  • The Mindfulness Center’s YTT program is comprised of 8 monthly weekend sessions.  You have 18 months to complete the training.  If you missed an entire session or a large portion of a session you may need to make it up the next time it is offered.  Each session is offered twice within the 18 months.

 

Is your program accredited or recognized by any organizing body?

  • Yes. Yoga Alliance has accredited and recognizes The Mindfulness Center SOMA 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
  • Completion of this training also fulfils part of the requirements for The Mindfulness Center, SOMA 500-hr Yoga Teacher training.
  • Completion of the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training also fulfils the prerequisite for the SOMA 1000-hour Professional Yoga Therapy training program recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  

 

 

 Do you offer payment plan options?  And if so, how is the payment plan set-up?

  • Yes, we have payment plan options.  You have the option to pay in full when you register. Or you may choose to make a deposit at the time of registration, and then make monthly payments over eight months.

 

Do you offer any scholarships, and if so, how do I apply?

  • We do have limited partial scholarships available for those with financial need.  To be considered for a scholarship, you must first complete the online program application form, and then request a scholarship application form. (Click here to request program application form.)

 

Are there additional costs outside the main program cost of the $2950?

  • The cost of the training includes the 200 hours of training plus the SOMA: YTT200 training manual. In addition to the cost of the training, there may be additional costs for textbooks and supplies. The required texts bought new on Amazon cost approximately $— .  Some of these texts can be bought used. Students should also have their own mats and related yoga equipment, though these supplies are also available for your use for free at The Mindfulness Center.