FAQ

Kendall Coleen Andie Laughing Soul School 2015

 

 

What are the upcoming dates for Soul School 2016-2017?

Information Meeting: Sunday, August 28th. 2-3:30pm. Downtown.

Applications due September 16th, 2016.

We will meet on the following weekends. Please note that the first and the last weekend are 3 full days, and start in the morning on Friday.

Opening Retreat: Oct 21-23

Weekend 2: Nov 4-6
Weekend 3: Dec 9-11
Weekend 4: Jan 13-15
Weekend 5: Feb 3-5
Weekend 6: Feb 17-19
Weekend 7: March 24-26
Weekend 8: April 7-9

When will applications be available, and when are they due?

Applications will be available at the Information Meeting with Sean and Mitchel on Sunday August 28th, 2-3:30pm at Wild Lotus Downtown.  Applications will also be available at both locations after the summer info meeting and will be due by September 16th at 6pm at either location. On the day you submit your application, please also email your contact information and a photo of yourself to soulschool@wildlotusyoga.com

 

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

We would like to be able to accept all applicants into the program, but spaces are limited to ensure a healthy teacher-student ratio and supportive learning environment. After you submit your completed Teacher Training Application, emailed photo and contact info, and $25 non-refundable application fee, you will be contacted via email or phone by the evening of September 23rd. If your application is approved, your payment will be processed upon acceptance. If you are not accepted into the program, we will make suggestions for you to continue a path that will help you prepare for future teacher training.

 

How proficient in yoga do I have to be to participate in the program?

The Soul School Teacher Training program includes rigorous asana practice. We strongly recommend that applicants have one year of consistent asana practice. If you are newer to yoga, this would not necessarily disqualify you from being accepted into the program. However, if you have a regular yoga practice and are looking for a deeper understanding of the practice and history of yoga, its postures, alignment, the ability to create and convey a comprehensive, safe sequence to others, and capacity to teach in a soulful and imaginative way – this program will be a good fit.

 

Is a payment plan available for tuition?

UPDATED: We have a limited number of spaces in the program and ask for the full commitment of each participant for the duration of the training. For students with financial constraints that prohibit them from paying full tuition up front, we do offer a payment plan with a contract. Please email soulschool@wildlotusyoga.com for more details on the payment plan option.

 

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

Wild Lotus Yoga offers a limited number of need-based partial work scholarships for each training program to low-income students with exceptional circumstances. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a need-based work scholarship and explain your circumstances. Space is limited and not guaranteed to be available. Recipients of these partial scholarships will be asked to make a reliable time commitment to help assist the studio and the training in various ways throughout the duration of the program.

 

Are books and materials included in the price of the training?  Are there other costs?

Students who are accepted into the training will receive a reading/listening list for the training. These books are not covered in the cost of the program. The Soul School teacher guidebook and much of the printed materials handed out are included. Students will also receive PDFs of portions of the manual to print out on their own.  To reinforce the experience of Bhakti yoga practice we also require all Soul School trainees to attend 2-3 kirtan concerts over the course of the training at a discounted rate of $10 for each concert.

 

When will my unlimited yoga classes begin?

As part of your tuition, you are eligible for unlimited yoga classes at both the uptown and downtown studios. This includes all ongoing classes, but does not include workshops or courses. Your unlimited classes will begin after we have officially accepted you into the program and your payment has been paid in full. The first day you can begin to attend unlimited classes will be Monday October 24th, right after our opening retreat weekend. If you have a current class pass with us, it will be put on hold until the end of training. The unlimited classes will end on the last day of training, and any class pass on hold will be re-activated. No refunds or extensions will be given on unlimited yoga classes.

 

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

Prepare for Soul School to be a big part of your day-to-day life during the course of the training. Homework will be between 6 to 12 hours per week, which may include reading, written assignments, meetings with buddies, and class observations. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. At the end of the program you will be given a take-home, open book final exam to help you integrate and crystallize the content of the training. You’ll have a month to finish the exam. If you wish to receive your Certificate of Completion for the course, you must complete all homework assignments.

 

Absentee Policy

To get the most out of your Teacher Training Program, it is critically important that you attend 100% of the training. If you miss 1-2 days, you may still complete the program with your class, provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with a Designated Trainer at some point during the program. A two-hour private session equates to one day of training. The cost of a private session is $100 per hour (in other words, $200 per day that you miss). The maximum number of scheduled training days you are allowed to miss (and still graduate with your class) is two. If you miss 3 or more days of training, you will not be able to complete the program with your class, and should you decide you would like to finish the training and earn a teaching certificate, you may only do so through making up the extra missed classes in a subsequent training. If you miss more than 2 days, you may choose to make up the first two days you miss with a private session during your training, but the additional days will need to be made up in a subsequent training.

 

What is Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios and fitness clubs across the country are requiring their teachers to be registered with Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500 hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher.Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

Yes, with the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework and final exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion evidencing your training at the 200-hour level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level. Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. After completing Soul School, you will find the practice of teaching on a regular basis to be a great learning opportunity and another phase of your growth as a budding yoga teacher. Many new teachers also decide to continue their Teacher Training education in other programs as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge and style as a yoga instructor. At the completion of Soul School, some of our graduates are invited to apprentice at Wild Lotus and participate in a process of becoming a teacher at the studio – please know this is not guaranteed.

 

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

Yes, with the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including contact hours, homework and final exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion evidencing your training at the 200-hour level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level. Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. After completing Soul School, you will find the practice of teaching on a regular basis to be a great learning opportunity and another phase of your growth as a budding yoga teacher. Many new teachers also decide to continue their Teacher Training education in other programs as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge and style as a yoga instructor. At the completion of Soul School, some of our graduates are invited to apprentice at Wild Lotus and participate in a process of becoming a teacher at the studio – please know this is not guaranteed.

If you have any other questions, please email soulschool@wildlotusyoga.com.