The Washington Yoga Center 200-hour Yoga Alliance® Registered teacher training certification provides a strong foundation specifically designed to cultivate and hone your ability to teach yoga. Our 200 hr. curriculum is ready and updated for 2018, and ahead of many. It focuses on nurturing development towards proper teaching techniques, grounded in deeper aspects of yoga. More than your average 200 hour course (view our curriculum), we strive to teach beyond the standards of practicing yoga by combining with learning how to teach yoga to diverse groups. This program will provide an opportunity to get you started on your journey to the next level of practice. Learn to educate, empower and transform your community. Our teachers come from a broad background of styles representing lineages derived from the father of modern yoga teachers, Krishnamacharya. Our focus is on a vinyasa (flow) style of practice. Our curriculum will offer a gateway to advance towards our 300-hour certification training in 2019.
Our YTT leaders have 5,000+ teaching hours of experience, and registered with
Yoga Alliance® Train with the best!
We have divided our certification into 4 Modules so that you will be able to work around your schedule. If you want to just go deeper in your practice you can drop into the Module that relates to what you want to learn. You can take all four or just a couple of them. If you do complete all 4 and the required assignments you will receive your 200-hr certification. Teachers you can also use the Modules to attain CEC's. The great thing about this system is that if you miss a module, you can always make it up the next time it comes around.
50 cec contact hrs / 50 hours towards full 200 hr YTC
This 50 hour certification module is a starting point toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice. Module 1 provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment, techniques and philosophies. Through the art of breath and sequencing, you will learn how to accomplish meaningful in-depth modifications and variations, that will bring confidence to your teaching practice. You will be required to teach 2 community classes seva (free of charge), that will elevate the understanding of sharing what you love. Learn to create a life-long connection to yourself, your life, and a supportive community.
What you will learn:
NEXT SESSION STARTING DECEMBER 7, 2018
Dates & Times:
Dec 7-9 | Jan 6 | Jan 18-20 | Feb 15-17
Fri: 6:00-9:00 PM | Sat: 2:00-8:00 PM | Sun: 12:00-6:00 PM
43 cec contact teacher hours/ 43 hours towards 200 hr YTC
This module is designed to provide a deeper understanding of Module 1 foundational asanas by exploring deeper through creative teaching techniques.. Students learn to teach who is in front of them, discovering a way of practice for individual bodies. Explore how community building in a class structure, allows for personal growth. Learn how the use of props can transform to deepen the understanding of poses, that bring yoga into the practice. This module shares ways to bring yoga to every student, regardless of ability or background, as well as how to integrate different levels of ability into yoga classes to serve the needs of all.
What you learn:
Books required: Light on Yoga-Iyengar
NEXT SESSION STARTING NOVEMBER 16, 2018
Dates & Times:
Nov 16-18 | Nov 30-Dec 2 | Dec 14-16
Fri: 6:00-9:00 PM | Sat: 2:00-8:00 PM | Sun: 12:00-6:00 PM
Teach what you love! Our 200-hour training fully prepares you to teach yoga with confidence and inspiration rooted in competence and your own deepening practice. We help you find your voice. This training also prepares those wanting to use this training to find a deeper understanding of yoga. Our comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of yoga philosophy, teaching methods, specific techniques for working with a diverse array of students in all aspects of posture (asanas), breathing, and meditation practices, and myriad small matters that come into play in the art and science of teaching and practicing yoga. We begin with the question.
“What is yoga?” We then fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated practice and how best to share it with others.
Teach what you love! The idea of learning to teach yoga is enough. Having
an understanding of a basic yoga practice is encouraged.
Washington Yoga Center 200 YTT (yoga teacher training manual) included in the course
Purchased books required:
The Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga Anatomy by Kaminoff Matthews
In Search of the Highest Truth by Hari-kirtana das
What Makes the 200 hour YTT at WYC stand out?
The BEST part about our 200 Hour Teacher Training is that there is a heavy emphasis on trainees practice teaching within each course session from day one! In addition, this course will cover effective teaching methods for leading groups as well as one-on-one sessions. You will actually “assist” teaching even before you graduate, making use of hands on adjustments learned in the program. After graduation, we will offer new graduates the experience of teaching real community classes at our studio! How, amazing to be able to put teaching on your resume right away!
I’m not sure I want to teach. Is this training appropriate for me to deepen my practice?
Yes. These 12 weeks are an intense experience to teach what your love and deepen your own relationship to this practice. Many students are unsure when they enter if teaching is in their future. While we do spend a great deal of time practicing to teach and assist our fellow students, the inner journey of self awareness that is the practice of yoga can be life changing. In the process of helping others learn how to practice more effectively, it is amazing how much we learn about deepening our own practice. After the first weekend, you will be amazed with all you learn.
Is attendance for all sessions mandatory? What happens if I have to miss a class?
Yes, attendance is mandatory for all sessions. If you know in advance that you will need to miss a class, make-up assignments may be given if appropriate. Because so much information is given and built upon each day, any absence becomes disruptive to the learning process and the group.
What happens if I can’t do all the advanced poses?
Yoga is so much more than “advanced asanas”. While this program is not suitable for beginners, your sincere desire to study and learn is the only prerequisite.
How do I receive my certification? And do I have to register with YA?
After successfully completing all requirements (100% attendance or make-up work, homework, reports, testing, assisting, and group classes) you will receive a Washington Yoga Teacher certificate of vinyasa yoga completion and become a CYT-200 (certified yoga teacher at the 200-hour level) which will allow you auditions to teach at The Washington Yoga Center or anywhere else in the world. Registering with Yoga Alliance®, while not mandatory, offers ways to publicize your certification, and your skills internationally.
How do I find work after graduation?
The Washington Yoga Center offers an opportunity for recent graduates to sign up and teach community classes. This allows new teachers to become more comfortable leading group classes. When you feel ready, you may be placed on the WYC teacher sub list, enabling your career to grow.
Besides our weekend schedule are there any outside requirements?
Yes. There is required reading, and books you must purchase for the course. You will be asked to observe 10 classes and also assist another teacher trainees (by giving hands on adjustments) in 5 additional classes. The observations and assists can be done in any regularly scheduled group class. Homework is given each along with a midterm and final test. Successful completion of all outside requirements is necessary to receive your certification. There will be a graduation ceremony on the final day of the course.
Are there any discounts on classes/workshops or boutique items for trainees?
Yes! You will receive unlimited classes at Washington Yoga Center for the duration of the program, if you choose to pay for the program in full. You also will receive special discounts on classes/workshops and boutique items from the time your tuition is paid in full. Please ask the desk staff for further details.