Homework & Certification Requirements
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 Wisdom of Yoga
by Stephen Cope
For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition–now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist, and leading American yoga instructor.
While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies, and spirits? What is an optimal human life?
In preparation for Kula Collective RYT-200 programs, we ask that you purchase and bring Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali to your 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. It is NOT required that these books be read before the beginning of training.
by Leslie Kaminof
This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume I of the series describes the key muscles of hatha yoga and how they are utilized. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
You are welcome to bring any translation of Pantajali's Yoga Sutras. We have enjoyed translations by Swami Satchidananda, Chip Hartranft, Nischala Joy Devi, Christopher Isherwood. The author's names are linked to their amazon page for your convenience.
About the sutras, from Chip Hartranft's book:
In just 196 short aphorisms, this classic work of Indian philosophy spells out succinctly how the mind works, and how it is possible to use the mind to attain liberation. Compiled in the second or third century CE, the Yoga-Sutra is a road map of human consciousness—and a particularly helpful guide to the mind states one encounters in meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. It expresses the truths of the human condition with great eloquence: how we know what we know, why we suffer, and how we can discover the way out of suffering. Chip Hartranft's fresh translation and extensive, lucid commentary bring the text beautifully to life. He also provides useful auxiliary materials, including an afterword on the legacy of the Yoga-Sutra and its relevance for us today.
Purchase on Amazon here.
Yoga Alliance Certification Requirements
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:
- 100 hours: Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
- 25 hours: Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, prenatal yoga, learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and prenatal yoga: each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence, or a more dynamic feel, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher, and the students present in any given class
- 20 hours: Anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga, Subtle Yogic anatomy and the Chakras
- 5 hours: Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the Yogic diet
- 30 hours: Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path), Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices and contemplations, as well as their life-transforming benefits
- 20 hours: Teaching practicum and feedback from the trainers and your peers
Kula Assessment & Certification
Kula Collective reserves 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.
We will assign various reading assignments from the manual throughout the course.
You will also be asked to answer some 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.
During each day’s Asana Analysis class time, 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’ in the Review time each day - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class.
We will have three teaching opportunities:
- Each student will teach the Kula Basic Flow to a peer. This class is about 90 minutes long.
- The second teaching will incorporate the Kula Signature Sequences into the Flow. Each student will be assigned a section of the class to create, and together students will co-create the entire class. This will be 90 minutes long and taught to the entire class.
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:
- Review your notes at least one hour per day, and do all the readings and activities assigned for homework
- Respect the space and location, keeping it conducive for spiritual growth and learning, walk quietly and meditatively to and from classes and maintain inward inquiry during personal sadhana periods
- Observe mauna (silence) when requested
- Do not force the asana poses for any reason
- Be on time to class
- Sit in class in any comfortable position, keeping the spine lengthened and neutral to maintain awareness and energy levels
- Participate fully in pair work or group activities, as well as asking questions at the end of lectures.
- Listen respectfully to all peers and teachers, contribute to group discussion and give all the chance to speak. We are all learners, it is immensely valuable to open ourselves to learning from others as well as expressing our thoughts
- Keep an open mind in yoga philosophy discussions. Yoga is an esoteric philosophy, not a dogmatic one, and aspirants may interpret and practice according to their understanding and experience of the scriptures and teachings. It is always useful to consider new perspectives, diverse class styles of yoga, etc. The paths are many, but the Truth is one.
- Take this opportunity to explore the yogic understanding of life, human interaction and conscious community living.
- Recognize the importance of approaching others with openness and respect, acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses and encouraging them in their personal and spiritual development.
- Remember that teachers are also on a journey (a process-oriented, rather than product-oriented journey) towards increased consciousness. They are there to simply act as facilitators of learning and discussion. A teacher may be able to trigger you to engage with yoga and sadhana and to continue to peel away the layers of ego and social conditioning, but the universal teacher lies within you. A student is not a passive follower, but actively engaged in and responsible for his/her own contemplation, integration of the teachings and sadhana.
Sample of Daily Schedule (will vary depending on location and facilitators):
- 6:15-8:30 AM - Art of Practice (Meditation, Pranayama & Asana)
- 8:30-10:00 AM - Breakfast
- 10:00-1:00 PM - Art of Living/Teaching (Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, Daily Intentions & Special topics)
- 1:00-3:00 PM - Lunch & Self-Study
- 3:00-6:00 PM - Art of Teaching Kula Flow, Asana Analysis, Adjustments & Creative Sequencing
- 6:00-7:00 PM - Dinner
- 7:00-8:30 PM - Art of Healing - Ceremony, Kirtan or Satsang sacred gathering (*every other evening)
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.