Homework and Certification Requirements
200 hr Yoga Teacher Training
200 hr Yoga Teacher Training
In preparation for Kula Collective RYT-200 programs, we ask that you read The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope. Please order as soon as your registration for this course is confirmed and read prior to your YTT program.
The reference books for the course required are;
Please order both books as soon as your registration for this course is confirmed and bring with you to the YTT program.
Kula Collective RYT-200 Manual will be provided for you at the location of the YTT program.
Syllabus (YA Certification)
In order to meet Yoga Alliance standards for certification, your attendance will be required at all sessions during the training program. If you miss more than three sessions of the course due to illness or non-participation, you can arrange for private tuition with facilitators who will be able to make up time with you via one-on-one hourly sessions, so that you remain eligible for certification according to YA standards.
YTT 200 Program of Study (guided by YA Certification requirements):
Kula Assessment & Certification
We reserve the right to certify only students who pass the practicum for safe teaching, and demonstrate an ability to facilitate and communicate effectively with a group in a class setting. In the case that you do not receive the certificate directly, we offer a mentorship program to help students achieve certification.
There will be three evaluation assignments during the course.
The first is a 45-minute evaluation in the form of questions for reflection at the end of each of the three cycles, ideally the first session on the last day of each cycle. This helps you and the facilitators know whether you are spending enough time reviewing the concepts learned in the course, or whether you need to increase the intensity of your study and class participation. After each 45-minute evaluation session, we will have a 45-minute discussion of the questions for reflection.
The second assignment is a 500-800 word essay on one or two of the Yoga Sutras, or a concept such as karma, dharma, or a comparative study of yoga and another esoteric system (such as Buddhism, Shamanism etc.) The essays will be handed in to the facilitators on the first day of the last cycle of the program. This can be prepared prior to coming to the course if students desire to lessen the load of required assessments.
The third assignment of the program will be a 10-minute Pose Presentation of any pose of your choice. The presentation will demonstrate your understanding of anatomical alignment, muscular activity, energetic alignment, drishti, safety checkpoints, preparatory poses, modifications and variations, benefits, contraindications and sanskrit. This will be the culmination of both anatomy and Art of Teaching components of the course.
In the first half of the program, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching their peers each pose or mini sequence in the Techniques class. This will progress towards ‘Group Teaching’ - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class. In the second half of the course, the trainees will each teach two classes, the first class will be taught to a peer, and the second round of teaching will be taught to a small group. Each class will be 90 minutes long. They will then get 15 minutes of feedback from their peers and from the facilitator.
The first round will be a set Kula Flow sequence; the second round will be a beginners or intermediate level class where students are required to create and sequence their own class holistically around a theme of their choice.
Regarding Teaching and Learning
We hope that you will enjoy the course, and feel that we are all working together as a yoga community in the scholarly study, esoteric practice, devotion and service of the propagation of yoga. If you have any concerns related to the course, please communicate with one of the facilitators right away so that we can address them or help you to work with the issues.
Please be conscious of your facilitator’s time, and first look within to make any inquiries you may normally be quick to voice. Seek nature to see if your questions can be answered, then next discuss your queries with your peers to develop greater perspective, before seeking guidance or counsel with the facilitators for any questions that do not directly affect the running of the program.
We ask that you:
Example of Daily Schedule (will vary depending on location and facilitators):
Mindfulness During Yoga Teacher Trainings
Yoga Teacher Training, especially in the retreat or immersion setting, can be a transformative experience that brings up issues from the tissues for processing and release. It often prompts noticing of the samskaras, or habitual patterns that are in operation in our lives, so that we can move to the processing stage.
If you are currently feeling emotionally vulnerable, please seek appropriate support before considering embarking on Yoga Teacher Training. If you feel emotionally vulnerable during the course, please seek a facilitator to help guide you in the process of unfolding to understand the deeper layers of Self.
We may at any moment take time out to discuss living and learning together and how we can move towards an optimal state of harmony during the program. Any behavior that is disrespectful or harmful to peers or teachers will not be tolerated at any time.