Frequently asked Questions
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM?
You can now sign up online! Check out the schedule of our 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga teacher trainings and select your training. Once you select your training, click “register now”. You will have the opportunity to pay your deposit or full payment, to reserve your spot. A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required a week before the start of the program unless a payment plan has been previously arranged.
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE OPEN TO LIFE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?
Open to Life Yoga Teaches Anusara Yoga.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN AN ANUSARA YOGA CLASS?
- Anusara yoga classes are based on a non-dual Tantric philosophy that an intrinsic energy of Oneness underlies everything and everyone. This energy is a ‘goodness’ without opposite, it is auspicious. Anusara yoga teachers are trained to look for this goodness first – in the poses, in our practices, ourselves and in all of life’s experience. This perspective is a shift from looking to ‘fix or correct’ the student, to a vision of service by enhancing and revealing more beauty and innate goodness that is the Supreme nature already present in the student. Anusara yoga teachers are committed to creating an uplifting and empowering experience for every student in class. They inspire lightheartedness and playfulness with a joyful creativity that is the nature of the Anusara yoga practice.
- Each class begins with an invocation or centering as a devotional recognition of the grace-bestowing universal power of Spirit within and around us.
- A key element in an Anusara class is a heart theme, a virtue. The theme is skillfully woven through the breath and postural instructions of the asana (poses) effectively creating the attitudinal expression of the poses from the ‘inside out’. The heart quality cultivates the connection between the physical yoga poses and the greater spiritual purposes of yogic practices.
- A unique set of concise bio-mechanical alignment principles called the “Universal Principles of Alignment™” , is applied to each asana. Anusara yoga teachers are trained to integrate these alignment instructions with the attitudinal heart theme in artful and varying ways, offering students a new experience of yoga in every class.
- Movements and actions within every pose are coordinated with the breath. Postural alignments in each pose are checked in reference to the Universal Principles of Alignment and the teacher may use verbal cues and/or physical adjustments to help each student enhance their full form of the pose. If you are not comfortable with physical adjustments in class, just tell your teacher.
- If necessary, poses are modified or supported with props to help each student achieve the general form of pose.
- Postural demonstrations may be used when necessary to clarify alignment instructions, show actions or show what the pose should look like.
- The Anusara yoga method is designed to serve students of any level of experience, age, gender, race or religion. The Universal Alignment Principles are therapeutic and students with special therapeutic needs may find relief and healing with Anusara yoga.
- There are over 250 poses that compile the syllabii of Anusara yoga asanas. This syllabus encompasses all of the poses are commonly practiced in hatha yoga classes today, covering all of the major classifications of poses: standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, hand balancing, inversions, and restoratives.
- Practicing variations of the basic poses is encouraged as a full, creative expression of the human spirit. Teachers may also creatively include various practices, including but not limited to pranayama, meditation, chakra focus, bhandas, mudras and mantra, in ways that support the theme and/or heart quality, the Anusara Yoga physical methodology and the students’ movement towards Awareness of (Cit) and experiencing your true Nature (Ananda).
- Although there are no set postural routines in Anusara yoga, classes are designed using principles of sequencing. One of the principles includes progressively sequencing poses which encourages students of all levels to advance in their practice.
- Classes are concluded with Savasana and/or meditation or a quiet centering to assimilate the teachings and honor the spiritual experience of the class.
- Ultimately an Anusara teacher’s intention is for every student to leave the class feeling better about him or herself, uplifted and empowered by a revelation of his or her Divine nature.
HOW PROFICIENT IN YOGA DO I HAVE TO BE TO DO THE 200-HOUR PROGRAM?
The 200 hour training program is a entry level into deeper understanding of yoga practice. You should have practiced yoga for at least 6 months, or ask Skeeter for a recommendation before applying. A healthy attitude with a desire and commitment to learn is the number one requirement.
WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING?
Yoga history and philosophy and how to apply the knowledge in your life.
The eight limbs of yoga:
- Yama : Universal ethics and morals, through studying ancient and modern yoga texts as well as through personal journaling.
- Niyama : Personal observances of ethical behavior, Learn the foundation of yoga ethics for individuals and how to create a lifestyle that honors and respects these ethics.
- Asanas : Body postures, Anatomy, Biomechanics of movement, Sanskrit names of Asana, therapeutic alignment, sequencing of asana, props, hand on adjustments, variations of postures for injury and age restrictions, how to observe students, how to assist a teacher teaching, how to create effective demos in class, cultivate your unique voice.
- Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and development of pranic flow for healing.
- Pratyahara : Reposing of the senses, learning to respond in the highest, and to move away from primitive reactive behavior
- Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness, a ability to focus and channel your awareness
- Dhyana : Devotion to the highest principles of yoga, Meditation
- Samadhi : Union with the Divine
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?
The experience of doing a yoga teacher training is a wonderful gift to give yourself or a loved one…. If you do not want to teach, you will still gain all the incredible life changing tools and experiences. Open to life Yoga Teacher Trainings are great foundations for creating a healthy lifetime love and practice of the art and science of the YOGA traditions.
I HAVE AN INJURY/SPECIAL CONDITION – CAN I TAKE THIS COURSE?
CAN I TAKE THIS TRAINING IF I’M PREGNANT?
Please contact Skeeter directly to discuss. Skeeter@opentolifeyoga.com
WHAT IS TEACHER TRAINING CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
The $500.00 deposit is non-refundable, but can be applied to any future classes, teacher trainings, or online programs. Subsequent payments can be refunded up to two months prior to start date.
WHAT ARE THE 200-HOUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?
- Completion of all 200 hours of the training
- A written empowerment review
- A teaching practicum.
I TOOK A 200-HOUR TRAINING WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL. CAN I TAKE YOUR 300-HOUR COURSE?
If you completed a 200 hour Anusara training with another teacher, you qualify to take the 300 hour training and receive Anusara credits. Please contact Skeeter directly.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO TAKE THE TRAINING?
DO YOU HELP ORGANIZE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TRAVELLING STUDENTS?
You will find some housing options on our website. We recommend you check Airbnb and craiglists for options available on the North Shore of Maui. Sometimes we have students wanting to share houses. Please email skeeter with your request.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN EACH TEACHER TRAINING AT ONE TIME?
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND ON 200-HOUR HOMEWORK?
5 hours per week, or 2.5 hours on your two days off.
WHAT IS THE YOGA ALLIANCE?
Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. We do this through:
- Celebrating the diversity of yoga styles, traditions and lineages;
- Advocating for self-regulation in the yoga industry and universal access to safe yoga practices;
- Upholding the worldwide growth of yoga through education and community;
- Educating the public on the value and credibility of voluntary registration with Yoga Alliance Registry, our related 501(c)(3) non-membership public charity;
- Encouraging safe yoga instruction by promoting adoption of Yoga Alliance Registry’s quantitative Standards;
- Inspiring members to foster an informal yoga community by providing fair and full feedback to Registered Yoga Schools, which fosters accountability and continual improvement;
- Advocating to protect the yoga community from unfair or unnecessarily burdensome patents, taxation or government regulation;
- Guiding yoga teachers and schools in achieving success with conscious and effective business practices; and
- Serving the member community by supporting scholarship programs, providing benefits, and developing strategic alliances.
IS THE OPEN TO LIFE YOGA QUALIFICATION RECOGNIZED AROUND THE WORLD?
Yes, through its membership as a Anusara Yoga Teacher Training School and a 5 star rated Yoga Alliance School. Please see our testimonials from our graduates.
WILL I BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH YOGA ONCE I COMPLETE THE 200-HOUR TEACHER TRAINING
Yes, at a entry level. Most serious teachers choose to continue with our 300 hour Open to Life Yoga Teacher Training to qualify for the 500 hour registered trained teacher.
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