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1. Why should I choose a Kula Collective course or retreat?
Within each of us lies a guru, a wise one who knows the truth behind each of our thoughts, words, and actions, an ancient soul that sees through to the essence of all things and knows all there is to be known. Our unique offerings will help reveal the voice of this wise one, giving you the tools and language you need to share the spiritual practice of yoga and empowering you to trust in the channel of truth you carry.
Our Yoga Teacher Trainings and Transformational Retreat offerings are created as holistic experiences; to understand Yoga you must first understand Self... body, mind, and spirit.
2. Are Kula Collective YTT’s Yoga Alliance certified?
Kula Collective is certified at the 200 hour level and 300 hour level.
3. What is the Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance® is the largest internationally recognized registering body for yoga teachers, studios and schools and is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community (see website here). Yoga Alliance provides a set of educational standards for yoga schools that specify hours or study in certain Educational Categories, to ensure schools provide adequate training to yoga teachers, enabling them to teach safely and competently.
4. What type of yoga will be taught in a Kula YTT?
Kula Collective trainings draw from a broad foundational understanding of the vast tradition that is this 5000 year old approach to Self-realization. We thread the four traditional paths throughout our training programs, encouraging a holistic and experiential approach to practice and teaching.
We also weave together diverse understandings of various wisdom cultures and infuse a shamanic connection to the Earth and her elements.
In regards to Asana practice, the ‘Kula Flow’ is a slow vinyasa based sequence with an emphasis on mindfulness, breath, meditation, and alignment. Since vinyasa is not derived from any one lineage, as a collective we have come up with a creative sequence rooted in multiple traditions. The Kula Flow is has roots in Ashtanga, Sivananda, Kundalini, Hatha, and Iyengar. The intention of the flow is to give students an opportunity to access the stillness of the mind, preparing the body for meditation; the foundation of Yoga. As the program progresses, variations on the Kula Flow will be offered for different levels of experience.
The first round of teaching will be the Kula Flow; 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, and will be mentored throughout this process
5. How much yoga practice will I be doing during a YTT?
Our morning Art Of Practice sessions will be 2.5 hours each day incorporating meditation, mantra, asana, pranayama, and relaxation. Each afternoon we will dive into Art of Teaching sessions for 3 hours each day where we break down asana, sequencing, teaching, alignment and adjustment techniques in personal, group and peer-teaching practices.
6. Will I be prepared to teach after a YTT?
Yes! We take great pride in preparing students to become teachers.Teaching yoga is an art form. It is a process of intimacy; one that asks for deep movement within both giver and receiver: through love, authenticity, attention and connection. There are many ways in which yoga can be shared, but here at Kula Collective we believe that the fundamental principle that links all of our yoga teaching is Connection; the concept that in order to truly help another being to find oneness, we must ourselves be a channel to that oneness for our students.
Our YTT’s will help you to find this connection within, in order to share your light with others, helping to awaken and inspire all those around us. You will be given a broad foundational of all areas necessary to give you the confidence, skills, and wisdom to share this profound healing practice.
7. Is there any free time?
Yes. Kula Collective’s unique 200hr YTT programs are structured around three eight day cycles, which will offer two full days and three half days off during the program. Satsang will be shared every other night in order to allow space in the evenings for reflection and integration.
8. What does Kula mean?
Kula in Sanskrit refers to a community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will. An intentional community, a family, a tribe, a sangha to support your spiritual evolution.
9. What is unique about Kula Collective?
Kula Collective weaves together diverse holistic experiences and educational offerings from each of our members, drawn together as a whole through using a common thread that respects ancestral traditions, unites our passions, and inspires spiritual growth in ourselves and in others.
10. May I read about previous students’ experiences of the program?
Yes! Please see our Testimonials page.
11. What is the total cost of attending a program?
Each course will have a different total cost, due to the Room & Board of the various locations. Our aim is to provide affordable and beautiful sacred locations throughout the world for you to choose from. The total cost could look something like this for a program in Guatemala...
Room & Food Package: $1,200
Airfare & Transfers: variable
Other Misc: $200 (Days off, gifts, etc)
12. Are there financing options available for those with financial limitations?
Yes! We are very flexible with payment plans. Email us for more information.
13. Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?
Kula Collective offers scholarship and internship opportunities to make our offerings accessible to those in all socio-economic situations. Because of the intensive immersion nature of the courses, we cannot offer work-trade during the course. We are also not able to offer work-trade or any discounts on R&B, as this money goes directly to the site. Please look at our longer-term internship opportunities if you are interested in work exchange!
Kula also has a grant program to give residents of our host locations the opportunity to participate in our teacher trainings. Upon completion of the training, grantees share their learning's with others in their community to continue spinning the wheel of dharma. Learn more about our Kula Karma program.
14. How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?
There are no definitive pre-requisites when it comes to levels of proficiency in physical asana for our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. For our 300 hour training, you must have already completed a 200hr YTT, and we recommend that you have been teaching Yoga for at least one year before participating.
15. How many students are enrolled in each Teacher Training at one time?
Our programs are quite intimate. All of our locations hold a maximum of 16 students, excluding our Guatemala program which holds up to 20 students. We keep a teacher:student ratio of usually 1:5
16. What is the typical age range of the participants?
We have had a wide range of ages in our programs, from 16 to 78!
17. Do I need to have any other qualifications to be accepted into the program?
None. We only ask that you join us with an open heart and mind for the transformative journey that it is to become a yoga teacher.
18. I want to be a responsible traveler. How does Kula give back to the communities that host their programs and how can I help too?
Kula Collective is unique. We feel so strongly about giving back that we’ve created the Kula Karma project from the start of our endeavors. See our Karma page for more information.