What are the qualifications for applying to the program?
You must have had a regular and consistent yoga practice for at least one year prior to applying. It is strongly suggested you attend at least one class with program director, Julee Snyder, before submitting your application. If you have a strong movement or meditation practice and are less familiar with yoga, but are very interested in the training, let’s have a conversation. An exception may be made in certain instances.
What can I expect after I send the application?
You will receive an email to schedule a phone interview. The interview is an informal conversation about your experience with yoga and what you hope to get from the training. You’ll receive confirmation of acceptance into the yoga teacher training program within two weeks of the interview. Your deposit is required as part of your application. Once you have been accepted, we will send your enrollment agreement and student information, including the book list, assignment details, directions, and local information if you are not from the area. The balance of your tuition is due in full by August 1st.
Is this a multi-disciplinary approach to yoga training?
No. The multidisciplinary approach seeks to offer students exposure to a wide range of styles. In contrast, we invite you to dive deep into Hatha Yoga from Embodiment Etude’s specific Somatic approach. We feel this “focused and deep” approach to study better prepares you to deepen your own practice. And from that depth of personal practice, you then learn to teach.
What’s required outside of the weekend modules?
There are 13 weekend modules, over the course of the year. In addition, trainees are required to complete:
- 25 classes with designated teachers
- 5 documented hours of assisting/observing with designated teachers
There will also be reading and writing assignments each month, to be completed before the next module.
What is the cost? And what does that payment include?
The nonrefundable course deposit of $300 with the application is applied to the total cost of the program. The cost of the program is $3000, however if you apply by December 15th, you can save $200.
Your program payment provides you with 13 weekend modules, course manual, handouts, and one-on-one mentoring. The 30 outside classes are not included in the course fee. Books on the reading list are not included in the course fee.
Are there any discounts available? Is there a payment plan?
The early bird price is $2800 if paid in full by December 15th. There is no payment plan available.
How demanding is the training?
The program is designed to give you time for learning, integration, practice, and application in a supportive studio setting with knowledgeable Embodiment Etudes teachers. There will be outside reading, class attendance, observing and teaching assignments over the 12 months. Dedicating yourself to a home practice, regular study, 13 weekend immersions, and weekly class is a commitment that should support your growth and be undertaken with a full understanding of the commitment.
How do I know if my physical practice is “good enough” for teacher training?
Our program is open to a wide range of physical capacities, and we do not define advanced yoga practice by your ability to perform complex yoga postures. We do require a year of yoga experience to make sure that our trainees are familiar with the fundamental yoga postures, but you are not required to master any particular pose as part of your training. We ask our trainees to honor any physical limitations, modify their physical practice when needed, and seek guidance when they are uncertain about how to do so. If you have significant physical limitations or other concerns about the physical aspects of the training, please talk to us.
What will I learn in the course?
Like most endeavors, you will get as much out of the course as you invest into it. Our intention behind offering this yoga immersion and teacher training program runs much deeper than teaching a series of physical poses; for at its core, yoga is a way to help you reach your fullest potential. Through the process of deep and honest self-study, discipline, and surrender, we expand our minds and hearts. Precepts of the program are creating community and self-awareness, and living authentically, not just learning how to teach Warrior 1. For this reason, it is wise for you to be clear about your intention for embarking on the journey.
Practically speaking, you will:
- Cultivate self-care and create a balanced home practice
- Study asana, as well as pranayama, meditation techniques, philosophy and embodied anatomy
- Understand the art and science of sequencing poses for safety and optimal movement intelligence
- Explore practical anatomy & physiology (including alignment, pose modifications, and posture assisting) as well as energetic anatomy
- Study the philosophy of yoga, according to Patanjali, as a guideline for living a full and joyful life
- Experience extended practice sessions
- Explore and learn the importance of good studentship and concentrated practice
- Work one-on-one with your mentor
What if I have no desire to teach, but simply want to deepen my practice?
Many yoga practitioners enter yoga trainings with no intention of teaching, for it is an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge and experience yoga in a way you simply cannot do in regular classes. First and foremost, the training is an immersive yoga experience.
This course was designed to offer you the theoretical and practical knowledge base for you to be able to teach yoga, as well as provide information and skills to make you a stronger, more flexible, and more compassionate human being. Whether you choose to teach or not, the positive effects of that growth will spill over into all aspects of your life. So, whether you aspire to teach yoga, already teach and want to refine your skills, or simply want to immerse yourself in the practice, you can find what you are looking for in this program.
Do I have to be there for the entire training?
For the sake of continuity, you are strongly discouraged from missing any part of the course. Missed sessions must be made up to receive a certificate.
What if I have to miss a class?
While it is possible to make up some parts of the weekend modules, other portions are impossible to make up. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know as early as possible and we will work with you toward a solution. Missed material must be made up via private instruction at the teacher’s private instruction rates ($100/hour); makeup work varies from module to module.
What if I decide to discontinue the program before completing?
You are entitled a refund of all tuition less the $300 deposit and a $250 administrative fee if withdrawn prior to January 15th. Without exception, there are no refunds after January 15. If you have uncertainty about the intensity of the course or the time commitment involved, please talk to us before registering for the program.
What is the assessment process?
In order to graduate from the Embodiment Etudes program, the following items must be complete:
- Perfect attendance (or hours made up) and active participation in all weekend modules
- 25 documented classes with approved teachers
- 5 documented hours of assisting/observing with approved teachers
- Satisfactory completion of all assignments
- Demonstrated Competency
What do I receive at the end?
Successful completion of the Embodiment Etudes teacher training program entitles you to a certificate of completion, with which you may apply to Yoga Alliance for registration as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level.
Is this program registered with Yoga Alliance?
Embodiment Etudes is a registered yoga school (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance.
What if I want to continue my studies after the 200-hour training?
Embodiment Etudes offers a 300-hour teacher training that continues your education, giving you a full 500 hours of professional training. We also offer specialty workshops that offer Yoga Alliance CEU’s.