Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Is the course accredited, and if so, with who?
Our course is both personally accredited through Keen On Yoga, as well as through the official governing body of Yoga Alliance Professionals. On completing the training you will receive a diploma from us, as well as eligibility to register through YAP.
Who are Yoga Alliance Professionals?
Yoga Alliance professionals is a nationwide organization across the UK that acts as an official source of industry standards for an increasing number of yoga studios and healthcare providers. As an organization it is meticulous about assuring quality levels are upheld and standards are met across the board.
Will I be able to get insurance?
Insurance is an absolute essential to teaching. The YAP body qualifies with a wide range of insurance-brokers so as one may choose the policy that suits best.
How do I know if I’m ready to teach and am I good enough at Yoga?
There is no definite answer to this. However, it is assumed that all applicants have maintained, up to that point, a regular yoga practice for at least 2 years. We ask for at least one letter of reference from a teacher who you have worked with. After this point, if you are interested in teaching, it is our job to convert you from a personal practitioner into a confident and proficient teacher. As to advanced ability in yoga, postures are less important than attitude and interest!
How long is the course and how much of my time does it require?
The course is roughly 9 months, requiring attendance for one weekend a month as well as an odd extra-day here and there. The weekends are full days, 8am – 6pm, but they are so stimulating and engaging, don’t worry, they go by fast!
How is our time structured?
You will have over 180 hrs of contact time and 20 hours are set aside for personal study and assignments. Within the contact hours; roughly 100 hours are practice time teaching, either learning how to adjust, cue, teaching each other or leading the class. The rest of the time is in learning the theory of yoga. Approximately alignment 15hrs, yoga anatomy 15hrs, breath-work 10hrs, philosophy 10hrs, business 3hrs, and diet 2hrs.
What does a typical day look like?
09.00-11.00 – Practice class, a self-practice or led class with Sanskrit posture names chanting
11.00-11.15 – break
11.15-13.00 – study module
13.00-14.00 – lunch break
14.00-16.00 – study module
16.00-16.15 – break
16.15-18.00 – study module
*Study modules we endeavour to balance out over the course of one day in a range of theory and practice classes.
Can I meet the team?
From our point of view this is absolutely essential too. You will attend an interview session with one of the teachers, generally Adam, but, if you have a question or wish to meet another member of the team, we strongly encourage you, and will endeavour to put you in touch with them.
When can I start teaching?
As soon as the course has been successfully completed and our diploma awarded, you are then able to register with the official-body and gain insurance to teach. Before this point, however, after the first few weeks, it is advised that each individual start to practice teaching the basics to friends and relatives.
Can I teach and will I be taught to teach other styles than Ashtanga?
You will have all the tools to teach yoga in any style you choose. Although the course is ashtanga-based, this is simply to provide a traditional and firm foundation in yoga. After learning this, there is absolutely no pressure to teach ashtanga and other styles will be presented throughout the course.
What if I am pregnant or find out I am pregnant; can I still do the course?
There may be some modifications you need to employ around physical practice, but other than this, every effort will be made to accommodate your needs, which need not present any problem at all.
What if I don’t want to teach, instead just deepen my practice?
Whilst, we would never encourage you to categorically decide not to share yoga, it is perfectly fine and incredibly beneficial to sign onto the course simply to go deeper on one’s personal journey. There is no pressure to teach right away, rather the best approach, in fact, is to learn and deepen ones’ own yoga. After all, it is only out of a personal journey we will have anything of value to share; so all students on the course will be on this path together.
Does everyone pass, and what happens if I struggle with some aspect?
It is our intention that all students come out of our program as fully-fledged, qualified teachers. If there is a will to learn, it is our manifesto to guarantee everyone, even If some additional coaching and study is necessary, will pass the course and go out into the world to represent us as fantastic teachers. As well as group sessions, you will have personal meetings with the teachers where you can discuss your concerns if necessary. Indeed, throughout the course, there is a constant checking-in process to guarantee we have unbroken and free communication with all participants, and, most importantly, you feel heard.
Will I have to do a lot of study or attend workshops outside of the course?
There is a small amount of assignment work required, as well as keeping a journal and record of a number of hours of personal (home) practice and also attendance of classes/workshops/retreats. This is all totally manageable within the demands of full time employment.
What happens when I finish the course, will I still be supported?
A unique feature and emphasis of our course is its continued mentoring program. For, graduating is just the start of the journey and we acknowledge this in endeavouring to provide support along the way as you go out into the world and teach. All teachers will be on hand for advice and informal discussions, as well as scheduled meetings as and when necessary.
How many other people are attending the course?
At Keen on Yoga, we limit each training to 20 people to guarantee personal attention is given, allowing each student to learn in their own unique and individual way, being given further help and advice as and when necessary. It is our intention to create a strong group dynamic, but also, to recognize each trainee on a personal level.
How do I pay, are there discounts or, can I pay in installments?
Payment is always a difficult subject in the yoga world. We try to be as fair and clear as possible with costs. There will be a couple of places on each course offered on discount applied for by written application. Other than this, course fees can be paid online, and there is a payment plan that makes this as feasible an option as is possible.
How regularly do you run these trainings, where are they and is accommodation offered?
We endeavour to run one training per year in central London, UK. It is a non-residential course, although we can help with finding you a range of local accommodation possibilities.