Yoga East 200 Hr Teacher Training Course
Yoga East has been offering yoga teacher training since 1974.  Yoga East is the only yoga school in Kentucky that offers 200 Hour, 300 Hour and 500 Hour teacher training courses that are registered with Yoga Alliance.  Since 1994 we have offered 23 teacher training courses and have trained 169 teachers.  Our graduates teach in their own studios, in YMCA's, fitness centers, hospitals, corporate settings, and in their own yoga studios.

Our expertise is recognized in India by the K Pattabhis Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.  When you train with Yoga East, you form an alliance with an established yoga organization that has been training teachers for over 40 years.  More than that, you become part of a dedicated yoga community. 

Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that has established uniform standards and credentialing for yoga schools. Go to the Yoga Alliance website for a description applicable standards.

The Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Standards Webpage (click)

Complete Course Details are on the Online Schedule
Dates, times, locations, descriptions and class fees are found on our online schedule. 
Teacher Training cannot be accessed from the Mindbody phone app.

Dates of the Course
Orientation - July 29, 2017, 2:30-5:00 pm..
Classes begin  August 4, 2017.
Classes end December 16, 2017. 

Commencement is December 30, 2017.
Classes are shown on the online schedule on the Teacher Training Tab.
200 Hour Course Application

200 Hour Course Application

Application Deadline is May 31, 2017

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Next Steps After You Submit Your Application
1. If you are new to Yoga East, it will be helpful for you to begin taking classes at Yoga East. Laura Spaulding, Susan Reid, Anne Kosko, Kara Price and Kim Eisner are the teacher trainers for the 200 hour level. These are the teacher trainers who will be working with you the most. Don't wait until the training starts. It's helpful for us to meet you and see your practice.

2. Download the Yoga East Syllabus of Postures. This is a chart of postures taught at Yoga East. Start learning the names and forms of the postures.

3. Register for Orientation on July 29, 2017, 2:30-5:00 pm. After you register for Orientation, you will be emailed the Course Syllabus showing the dates, days, and times of each of the classes you will need to attend.
Payment of Course Fees
Register online in advance for each class or workshop. Fees are shown on the online schedule.
Friday Philosophy classes are $10 per class, $160 for the series of 16 classes.
Saturday Foundations of Yoga, $25 per class, $400 for the series of 16 classes.
Saturday Anatomy, $25 per class, $400 for the series of 16 classes.
Saturday Art of Teaching, $50 per class, $400 for the series of 8 classes.
Internship series of 12 classes, $400 for the series.

Unlimited yoga classes from August through December, $400 (pay $80 per month, register at Orientation).

You are required to take Doug Keller's (Aug 11-12) and Ramanand Patel's (Nov 10-12) workshops. If you miss these workshops your graduation will be delayed until you can make up the hours.

200 hr Module (RYT 200) Certification Requirements  
Hours Needed for Certification 200 Hr
Yoga Alliance requires that a certain number of hours be in classes with the lead trainer (Laura Spaulding). More details about requirements are shown on the course syllabus which will be given to you when you apply, are accepted and register.  Contact hours are hours in class with your teacher.  Non-contact hours are hours you spend practicing, reading, studying, viewing DVD's, doing research, etc. Yoga Alliance sets a maximum number of non-contact hours they will allow.  Total with
Techniques, Training and Practice 100 50 10
Teaching Methodology 25 10  0
Anatomy & Physiology 20 0 10
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 20 0 5
Practicum (Yoga East requires 20 hours - 10 assisting and 10 teaching) 20 5 5
Texts and Materials Needed
Always bring a notebook and pen to class.
Recommended Props for Home Practice: Yoga sticky mat, 2 4" blocks, 10' D-ring yoga strap, rectangular bolster, 2 cotton blankets (Props are available at Yoga East. A 20% discount is given to teacher trainees.) 
200 Hr: Required Texts: Yoga the Iyengar Way, Mira Mehta; Anatomy Coloring Book, 4th Ed., Kapit & Elson
200 Hr Research Project
Each teacher training student must complete an original research project. The project can be in the form of a written paper, but it can also be in the form of a video, graphic, mixed media, musical or theatrical performance.
If the project is a written paper, it must be typed, printed, and bound in a report cover so it can be stored in the Yoga East library. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, using MLA or Chicago-style citation forms.  The paper does not need to be of any particular length.  For examples, look at well-written yoga-related articles for publication in Yoga journal, Yoga International, Integral Yoga, or Elephant Journal. 
Certification Exams
An accomplished level of practice and understanding of the principles and traditions of yoga is required for certification. Simply meeting the required hours is not sufficient for certification as a Yoga East Teacher. Final certification decisions are made by the Certification Committee composed of senior teachers who sit on the Yoga East Board of Directors. Certification decisions are based on the results of your final certification exams. Exams will not be scheduled until you have met all your hourly requirements. Students with excellent class performance and attendance may have exams waived.
Asana Exam A tests the level of your personal practice.
Asana Exam B allows you to demonstrate alignment points of important asanas.
Teaching Methodology Exam C shows how you instruct beginning students.
Theory and Philosophy Exam D is a written exam on anatomy, philosophy and ethics.
Finally, there is an Oral Exam with the Certification Committee. 
Certified Graduates of Yoga East are given a certificate that shows the hours you have completed. This certificate allows you to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200.
Frequently-Asked Questions  
Q: What if I miss classes? Can I make up my hours?
A: It's easy to make-up missed classes.

Q: What if I don't want to teach yoga? Is it okay for me to take the course to deepen my own practice and experience?
A: Yes! 

Q: I'm afraid that everyone in the course will be more advanced than me. What if I'm not ready?
A: We are not expecting a certain level of ability except that you should be established in a daily practice. 

Q: What if I have work or family obligations that prevent me from taking enough Mysore hours with Laura? 
A: You need to talk to Laura when you submit your application.

Q: Can I pay for the course in one payment?
A: Yes, see Laura Spaulding if you want to pay for the entire Course. 

Q: I would like to be certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Can I do that through Yoga East?
A: Ask Laura about this in person.
Make Up Policy

You can make up missed classes. See Laura on how to do this.

Requirements for Admission

We recommend that you have two years of yoga class experience.  Having a daily practice of yoga is the best preparation.  


If you need more information or have questions about your readiness to enroll, phone Laura Spaulding or see her in one of her classes.
Phone  502-585-9642 Monday-Friday during business hours.  Leave a message if she is not in and she will promptly call you back.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students
Yoga East, Inc. Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation. Donations to Yoga East are tax-deductible charitable donations and support our scholarships and community programs.

Yoga East, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.