FAQ’S (Yoga Teacher Training)
+ 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?
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 $95 . 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.