November 12, 2018

Yoga Certification Courses

We provide affordable Yoga Certification and CE courses for current and prospective yoga teachers, recreational therapists, activities instructors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Our teacher trainings have one goal in mind: make mindful yoga accessible. We offer the 200 Hour Yoga Yoga Alliance Designation by completing our Modules 1 and Module 2 trainings as well as continuing education training. Training is offered through our sister training company Dosha Yoga Teacher Training.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification Modules

Chicago march 2018 yoga teacher trainingModule 1: Personal Development Techniques and Practice

Module 1 includes topics such as yogic philosophy and history, the basics of Ayurveda, mindfulness, pranayama, and asana. This is approximately 120 hours and includes in-person instruction and personal study. Students will learn how to make postures accessible for their abilities as well as others. Additionally, they will learn how to adapt their practice to their needs and learn formal and informal mindfulness practices.

This training is ideal for students who wish to deepen their personal yoga practice. It is the first step in learning if they interested in teaching yoga and unsure if they want to teach. This course is also good for other professionals who currently teach yoga and are looking for more foundational knowledge. Module 1 is a requirement for those wishing to complete the 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Certification program to receive the Yoga Alliance designation with our program.

Next Training Date: 2019 Spring Yoga Teacher Training

Dates and Times

  • March 9 – 10, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • April 16 – 21,  9:30 – 6:30 PM (Tuesday – Saturday)
  • May 3 – 5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 9, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Students are required to teach 1 recorded class prior to receiving their certificate. It is recommended they are completed prior to graduation but they may complete them up to 3 months after graduation. Students will not receive their Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certificate without successful completion and meetings for the community classes.

Tuition and Costs

  • Tuition: $1399 if paid in full by January 31/$1499 Regular Registration Fee
    • Payment plans require a $499 non-refundable deposit and then three additional autodraft payments of $399.
  • Books: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books. Estimated costs are about $60 for the three books required for Module 1.
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Module 2: Accessible & Adaptive Yoga InstructionYoga teacher certification courses chicago

Module 2 focuses on teaching skills. This includes-depth asana practice and instruction, teaching methodology, anatomy, business of yoga, and goal setting techniques. There are approximately 120 hours of in-person instruction and personal study. Participants interested in teaching and receiving the 200 Hour RYT Yoga Alliance should register for Modules 1 and 2. Students who register for both at the same time will receive a substantial discount. If it fits a students financial and time requirements and they wish to teach as soon as possible, we do recommend taking both programs at the time.

This is for participants who wish to teach yoga and obtain the 200 Hour Alliance Designation requirements. It can also be taken as a stand-alone program for continuing education. Additionally, Module 2 is great for current yoga instructors who want to learn how to adapt their yoga classes to individuals or do not feel comfortable sequencing.

Recreational therapists, group fitness instructors, and other professionals who may teach yoga as a part of their current curriculum are also good candidates for this module. If you are only taking Module 2 with us, please contact us regarding additional information if interested in the Yoga Alliance designation. We do not take transfers from other programs pursuing the RYT designation.

Next Training Date: 2019 Summer Yoga Teacher Training

Dates and Times

  • July 28 – August 3 Intensive Week 9:30 – 5:30 PM
  • August 24 – 26, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • September 28 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • September 29: 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Students are required to teach 6 community classes prior to receiving their certificate. It is recommended they are completed prior to graduation. However, they may complete them up to 3 months after graduation. Students will not receive their Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certificate without successful completion and meetings for the community classes in addition to Module 1.

Tuition and Costs

  • Tuition: $1399 if paid in full by April 30/$1499 Regular Registration Fee
    • Payment plans require a $499 non-refundable deposit and then three additional autodraft payments of $399.
  • Books: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books. Estimated costs are about $60 for the three books required for Module 2.

Immersion Training Date: 2019 Fall Yoga Teacher Training

Dates and Times

  • Pre-Immersion Training September 14 & 15, 1:00 – 5:00 PM in Chicago
    • For those not located in Chicago and an online private session can be done for an additional fee.
  • October 26 – November 2
  • Students are required to teach 6 community classes prior to receiving their certificate. It is recommended they are completed prior to graduation but they may complete them up to 3 months after graduation. Students will not receive their Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certificate without successful completion and meetings for the community classes.

Tuition and Costs

  • Tuition: $1399 if paid in full by April 30/$1499 Regular Registration Fee
    • Payment plans require a $499 non-refundable deposit and then three additional autodraft payments of $399.
  • Books: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books. Estimated costs are about $60 for the three books required for Module 2.

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Full 200 Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Designation Certificate

To receive the full 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training designation certificate, students must complete all attendance requirements and pass the quizzes and assignments from Modules 1 and 2. For participants who know they want to take the full training and can commit to the dates, they should register for the full program.

Dates and Times

Module 1

  • March 9 – 10, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • April 16 – 21,  9:30 – 6:30 PM (Tuesday – Saturday)
  • May 3 – 5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • June 9, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Module 2: Chicago Option

  • July 28 – August 3 Intensive Week 9:30 – 5:30 PM
  • August 24 – 26, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • September 28 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • September 29: 11:00 – 2:00 PM

Module 2: Tulum, Mexico Option

  • Pre-Immersion Training September 14 & 15, 1:00 – 5:00 PM in Chicago
    • For those not located in Chicago and an online private session can be done for an additional fee.
  • October 26 – November 2, 2019

Students are required to teach 7 community classes prior to receiving 200 RYT their certificate. It is recommended they are completed prior to graduation but they may complete them up to 3 months after graduation. Students will not receive their Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certificate without successful completion of assignments and meetings for the community classes.

Tuition and Costs

$2499 if registered by January 31

$2799 Regular Registration

*Tulum Immersion students also need include room and board. Pricing for the week starts at $1400 and includes accomodations and food.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Yoga Teacher Certification Courses

Why is the training divided into different modules?

After working with and running our own teacher training programs and continuing education programs, we found that people took trainings for different reasons. For some, it was personal development while other participants wanted to become yoga instructors. Current fitness professions wanted to add yoga on to their current offerings. Yoga teacher training graduates from other programs wanted to supplement their existing education. We also had some people who weren’t quite sure why they wanted to sign up. These different needs while all perfectly acceptable, create different needs for the students while at the same time creating some challenges for our rigorous teacher training program. We found it was best to break up the training into different modules where people could select their own path based on their own needs.without sacrificing the standards needed for a well-rounded program for those who want to become yoga teachers.

Additionally, we found that everyone was on their own timeline and budget. Again, breaking up the training helped accommodate different needs for our students. That being said, for those who want to take the full program they can register for both modules at once and receive a substantial discount.

What if I want to Take the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teacher training program?

No problem at all, simply enroll in Modules 1 and 2. By registering for them both at the same time, you will receive a discount. Both programs together are $2799 or $2499 with an early bird discount paid in full 60 days prior to the Module 1 start date.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, for an additional administrative fee, we can offer autodraft payment plans. Please let us know if you are interested in a payment plan.

Who are ideal candidates for the course?

Our training is ideal for participants who want to teach in trauma-informed method with a focus on adapting yoga practices and postures to the individual as opposed to trying to manipulate a person’s body into a yoga posture. We have a heavy focus on mindfulness and stress reduction. While our training program is rigorous, the postures don’t need to be. We focus on adaptation physically challenging postures so all ablities can practice. Participants tend to gravitate towards teaching special populations with specific needs such as seniors, cancer patients, stressed out individuals, pregnant women, children, and so on.

Why do I need to apply?

Yoga has many paths and ways to practice which is beautiful. However, from experience, we found that some students were not a good fit for our program because they took a different approach to their yoga practice. For example, our program focuses on mindfulness and making yoga adaptive. For those who have a more physical practice and only want to teach rigorous classes, there are programs better suited to their needs that we will be happy to recommend.

Additionally, we include the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) elements into the teacher training which may not be appropriate for everyone at this stage in their life.

How many people are in the trainings?

We believe in small group classes for one on one attention and will run the program regardless of the number of participants. However, the maximum amount of people per training is 12 people.

Where are the classes located?

The yoga teacher training course is located in Uptown. For trainings with less than 5 people, they are located in Melissa’s home studio. For more than 4, we will be located in another location in Uptown.

Do you offer a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program?

Yes, our 300-hour program is set to open up in the Fall of 2019. This is an invite-only program where students must apply and have taken at least one of our modules before in addition to being a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance designated instructor who has completed our sequencing, mindfulness, and Ayurveda courses.

 

 

Yoga Instructor Continuing Education Programs


For current yoga instructors or other professions, we offer continuing education programs throughout the year.

Yoga Sequencing Techniques and Practice


20 Hour Yoga Alliance CE Course

Cost $325

This training helps students learn how to teach well rounded, logical, and safe yoga classes by using a 5 Phase and 10 Step Asana Sequence. This course is incredibly interactive including a review of how to sequence classes, group activities, and then a personal one on one instruction portion to be conducted online over Zoom. There are 3 components to this workshop:

  • 1 Hour Pre-Requisite Online Class
  • Weekend Training
  • Four 30 minute online review sessions with the lead instructor after the course (to be completed within 6 weeks of the course date)

This training is ideal for those who are current yoga teachers where their original yoga teacher training did not place an emphasis on sequencing or for those in other fields such as group fitness, recreational therapy, mental health counselors, or other therapies who have been tasked with teaching yoga classes. Students should already have some familiarity with postures such as their names and positioning who mainly need assistance sequencing the class together.

Upcoming Training Dates

Dates coming soon. Join our interest list to find out about the next training and how to register early for a discount.

Mindful Yoga Guiding and Instruction


12 Hour Yoga Alliance CE Course

Cost $199

Yoga helps us draw the awareness inward to experience what is. However, sometimes our knowledge of alignment, what we think a posture can look like, or judging our students’ ability can start moving the awareness outward instead. During this course, we will learn:

  • What mindfulness is and what it is not
  • The use of language to help guide a mindful yoga practice
  • How to adapt postures and cues to promote a more mindful yoga class
  • Practice teaching mindful yoga

Upcoming Training Dates

Dates coming soon. Join our interest list to find out about the next training and how to register early for a discount.

Essential Oils for Yoga Teachers


4 Hour Yoga Alliance CE Course

Cost $175 (includes essential oil starter kit)

Have you heard about essential oils but are not really sure how to bring them into your yoga class safely. During this session training session we will:

  • Practice and experience using essential oils in class
  • Learn how to distinguish between high-quality oils and synthetic oils
  • How to use them safely in class
  • Use relaxation techniques with essential oils to help guide students into savasana

Upcoming Training Dates

Dates coming soon. Join our interest list to find out about the next training and how to register early for a discount.

The Business of Yoga Launch Program


Cost $199

You’ve gotten your Yoga Alliance certificate– now what? How do you find a job? How do you diversify your offerings? Where do you get a waiver? How do you get people in your classes? If yoga is your thing– but the business of yoga is not, this is the offering for you.

Upcoming Training Dates

  • January 12 and January 26
  • Participants will also complete coursework in between the dates for experiential learning and action.

Making Yoga Accessible

Cost $325

16 Hour Yoga Alliance CE Course

Everybody’s bodies are not the same. Different body types, abilities, stages of life, and energy levels are all still capable of practicing yoga. In this course, we will learn and practice how to make yoga more accessible. This course covers:

  • How to adapt postures to different abilities
  • How to use props and environments to make yoga more accessible
  • Experiential learning
  • The business of teaching accessible yoga

Upcoming Training Dates

Dates coming soon. Join our interest list to find out about the next training and how to register early for a discount.

Yoga Instructor In Person Mentorship


25 Hour Yoga Alliance CE Course

Cost $299

8 Week Mentorship

Dates: January 2019 – February 2019

Get one on one mentorship from an experienced yoga teacher and learn how to safely sequence well rounded classes, adapt yoga classes to different abilities, and learn about the business of yoga.

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