We know that deciding which program to choose is challenging. We believe in transparency and have addressed potential questions you may have. This is a great way to decide if this is the program for you. Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
In this changing climate, is online programming now recognized with Yoga Alliance?
This is the question on everyone's mind. The answer is, YES!
On September 25, 2020, Yoga Alliance confirmed it is now approving all registrations until the end of 2023. This means that if you register for our training before December 31st, 2023, you will receive Yoga Alliance Approved Certification ~ you do not need to finish the program by then, just be enrolled.
Yoga Alliance is at a crossroads; they understand that live, in-person programming is no longer accessible, affordable or equitable for every student. In all honesty, it never was. The global COVID crisis has made this very apparent. Schools all over the globe are petitioning Yoga Alliance to change the mandate immediately, to approve online programming, permanently.
Yoga Alliance Professionals UK has approved all online programming.
Is this program just for people who want to teach Restorative Yoga?
Absolutely not! Anyone wishing to delve deeper into their practice is welcome to join us. The skills and tools you learn in the program can be applied to many aspects of life. Yoga does not just happen on the mat ~ it happens in every moment!
What certification will I receive upon successful completion?
This program qualifies you for 50 Continuing Education credits and is a recognized program under our YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) designation with Yoga Alliance.
You will also be certified as a Restorative Yoga Teacher.
Is this course suitable for beginners or people without any yoga experience?
Anyone can opt to take this program, but we highly suggest beginners start with the 200 Hour Online Yoga Training ~ Level 1 program. That program will provide you with a solid foundation for the unique practice offered in this program.
Is age an issue?
Yoga knows no age and it is never too late or too early to start. All students must be a minimum of 18 years of age to take the program, but from there on everyone is welcome. If it is any inspiration, our oldest graduate (Khatun Dhamji, December 2012) was in her late 70’s!
How physically fit do I have to be? What if I have mobility issues?
We welcome you, where you are. What that means is that not every student will always be able to do every single pose. It is about learning how to teach the pose, even if you have limitations physically, which prevent you from demonstrating. Our program is not about trendy yoga. It is about learning, with the notion that we are all perfectly imperfect.
Do I need to be fluent in English?
We welcome students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. All students should be fairly fluent in the English language (reading, writing & speaking).
Will my teaching certificate be recognized, globally?
Absolutely! We have students from the U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Canada, U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and more!
Do I automatically graduate, or receive a certificate if I pay for the course?
No. In order to successfully graduate from any training program we offer, you must successfully meet the graduation criteria. It serves no purpose for us to simply pass students who are not ready or able to teach yoga. It is unfair to you, to the public you may teach, and to the integrity of our programming.
No need to be anxious. All items on each evaluation will be covered in advance and our goal is to ensure you are prepared. Your success is our success!
Will I be able to confidently teach Restorative Yoga classes upon completion of this program?
This online yoga teacher training program has been designed to help you learn all types of techniques to ensure you can teach Restorative Yoga classes safely and with confidence.
Can these program hours be allotted towards hours for my 300 Hour certification?
Yes, these are credits that work towards your 300 Hour Certification, that you take through our school.
Combining this course with other programs, taken outside of our school cannot be used towards your 300 Hour certification.
Any student who is looking to be certified as a 300 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, must have completed the 200 Hour ~ Level 1 program as a pre-requisite. If you have completed your 200 Hour program with another RYS (Registered Yoga School), we will accept that as your pre-requisite. Upon registration, we will ask you to provide a copy of the certification.
If you are considering 300 Hour programming, please view details here.
Are there any live sessions in the program?
No, the entire program is on-demand.
Do I require an internet connection while taking the program, or can I view lectures offline?
Yes, you will require a reliable internet connection as the entire program is web-based. Video content is not downloadable for offline viewing.
You will also require the most up-to-date version of the Google Chrome browser. Our programming is most compatible with this browser.
What does self-paced, on-demand learning mean?
What this means is that the program does not require any group study, or attending particular tutorials at specific points in the training. You set the pace for your learning. You move through the curriculum when and as you want. Students can go back and review sections as many times as needed. The entire program is pre-recorded so that it is on-demand, available to you, always.
If the program is on-demand, what opportunities are there for faculty support and interaction with other students?
We have four key tools and resources that we provide to students to ensure they have a truly interactive and engaging experience.
- The program has an internal Q&A forum where students engage with one another and faculty throughout the program.
- We have a private FB Group for alumni and faculty - it has hundreds of members. This platform is active daily with interaction between peers and teachers alike.
- Each month, faculty holds a live Q&A session. If you are not available at the set time, you may submit questions prior to the session and they will be addressed. It is recorded and made available to all students.
- We have a dedicated Student Support Centre staffed by faculty and our administration team. This is available 7 days a week.
- Each week, a faculty member holds a Live, Student Development session. If you cannot join in live, that's ok. All sessions are recorded for you to watch anytime!
- Also, each week, a faculty member holds a Live, Yoga Practice. If you cannot join live, that's ok. You can always watch the replay on-demand.
As you can see, you will never be left without the ability to reach us and have your questions and queries addressed. We understand how important support is for online learning.
Once I begin the program, how long do I have to complete it?
From the time you register, you will have 2 years to complete any programming we offer.
The beauty of our online yoga teacher training is that it is a completely self-paced program - you decide when you start and when you finish. Ideally, working through the program without large gaps in time works best, but we appreciate that life is complicated.
How long will it take me to complete the program? Will it take 50 hours?
How long it takes, is really up to you and will depend on your availability. This program will take 50 hours, so work on a schedule that makes learning and life workable for you.
Does my access to the digital course materials expire?
Your access to the program expires 2 years after your initial enrolment. If you find that you need an extension, because you need to complete the program, you may request that closer to the expiry date. Remember, within that 2 years, you will have full access to updates and revisions, even if you have completed the program. Many of the resources in the program are also downloadable, so those are yours to keep always.
I notice that some other programs offer "Lifetime Access". Why do you not offer this and what do you offer after the 2-year expiry?
The honest truth is quite simple. In order for us to offer "Lifetime Access", we would have to increase the price point well into the 1,000's. Our ethos is about accessibility and affordability. That is our aim for all students we provide programming to. When the 2-year mark arrives, we simply do not let our students lag. All students (Alumni and Current) will always have ONGOING access to:
- Our private FB Group for alumni and faculty - has 1000+ members. This platform is active daily with interaction between peers and teachers alike.
- Our monthly live Q&A sessions.
- Our dedicated Student Support Centre staffed by faculty and our administration team is always here to support you.
- Our weekly Student Development sessions.
- Our weekly FAQs answered via the Facebook platform.
- Our weekly live Yoga Class with Faculty.
We would stress that the notion of "Lifetime Access" is extremely new and many programs are utilizing it as a selling feature. The reality is, if an organization no longer exists, what happens to that access? That may be a good question to ask when researching programs.
If I am pregnant, can I take this program?
Many of our students are pregnant or planning to have a child soon. We begin each program with a clear outline of what modifications need to happen. Yours and your baby's well-being is our first priority.
When I go to purchase the course, I notice a price difference. Why is that?
If you are in the UK or the EU, there will be an automatic addition for the VAT taxes. The system recognizes that your devices' IP address is located in these countries. Because of tax treaty laws, we cannot amend that. If you are in other areas, such as Canada or the US, there will be a different tax applied, depending on where you are located. Certain jurisdictions, do not have taxes. Also, any and all taxes collected are on behalf of the governments, and do not come to us directly; they are remitted directly, to the applicable jurisdiction.
Why do prices vary so much from one school to another?
This is an excellent observation! We know that price points vary all around the globe. Because these are not live, in-person trainings, any school that charges in excess of $600 is selling at an unethical price ~ they know it, and so should you. As you review programs, you will know where you feel most comfortable. We always say, listen to your intuition, it is never wrong.
Why am I required to join the online yoga class streaming platform?
The online streaming platform, at $8 USD per month, is a tool we use while you are actively engaged in the program. A very small percentage (2%-3%) of the program is accessed via this platform. Once you have completed the program, you are free to cancel that. You can also place your access on hold at any time you are taking a break from your training program. Most students find the platform extremely helpful after they have completed the program, but the choice is yours!
What does the evaluation process look like?
There are 2 phases in evaluation: 1. the Online Written Exam (multiple choice questions), 2. the Practicum Video Exam. All evaluations are marked | graded by teachers from your program.
If you have completed your course work, you will be successful in the written exam.
Students are always anxious about the practicum exam, when they start the program. By the time you are ready to submit the practicum, you have all the tools you need to be successful. The entire program prepares you for this submission.
There are specific criteria that you must include in your practicum and this information is made very clear in advance. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions, connect with your teachers and support staff. before creating your practicum video. You will also have access to a number of resources, including sample practicum videos, so you can see what yours should look like. And if technology is not your forte, we have "How To" videos to help you with the technical aspects of creating your practicum video.
We are here to guide you every step of the way!
What if I am unsuccessful in my evaluations?
While this happens very rarely, we will work with you and address areas of concern, and then you will try again. You will not need to pay full program fees again.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we offer payment plans. We understand that times may be challenging and financial resources can be limited.
What course materials are included in my fees?
- Lifetime access to the online curriculum (quizzes, videos, lectures, chants, resources, etc.)
- Access to our private FB Group of students, alumni, and teachers.
- Ongoing faculty support. Once you have finished your program, we would welcome you to reach out whenever you need to.
What course materials are not included in my fees?
What payment forms do you accept?
Visa and Mastercard
If you do not have a credit card, please email us and we will gladly work something out.
For all payments processed, we are committed to utilizing the highest grade of security available for payment processors. We will never have direct access to your financial details.
Are there any hidden fees for the program?
Absolutely not! We take pride in being transparent about the full cost of the program. We will never charge you more if we decide to add new resources to the program.
All pricing is listed in US dollars and payments will automatically be converted to US dollars if you are paying with another currency.
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