FAQ.s

FAQ.s

Open Source Yoga sees all of creation originating from one Source. Therefore, the practices of yoga, no matter how unique, are simply an expression of our nature, developed by individuals and passed on freely. The techniques of yoga practice and teaching exist to serve students and teachers, and can never really be owned or trademarked. Below are some frequently asked questions about our training:

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How advanced a yoga posture practitioner do I have to be to take the 200 hour yoga teacher training?

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A You need some familiarity with physical practice. You will be practicing one full 75 minute led class per day and at least another 60 – 90 minutes of workshop style practice and practice teaching. If you are brand new to Yoga, we suggest you find a teacher or studio you like and practice daily for 3 months prior to the training.

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What will I be certified to teach when I complete the course?

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You will be certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor. Hatha Yoga is an umbrella term that includes all yoga practice involving movement and breath. Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga are all forms of Hatha Yoga, and are all studied within the course. The majority of time during physical practice is spent on a dynamic style of Hatha yoga – moving from posture to posture at a medium pace. Headstands, Handstands, backbends, and linking movement to breath (Vinyasa or flowing yoga) are part of the practice.

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How easy is it to get a job teaching after I graduate?

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Teaching yoga is a micro-business. You will be an independent contractor offering your unique gifts through your teaching. Yoga is growing steadily in popularity, and there will always be a demand for skilled, engaging and dependable teachers. Success in this field depends largely on your ability to determine your gifts as a teacher and market them intelligently using internet marketing, word of mouth and developing symbiotic relationships with those who need your services.

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What percentage of your graduates are teaching?

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Of the graduates that expressed a strong desire to take the course to teach professionally, most are teaching. Some students take the course to teach friends and family, or simply to expand their own understanding or enrich a discipline they are currently employed in (counseling, therapy, education, meditation).

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Why is there such a difference in the cost of different trainings?

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There is no standard rate for yoga teacher training. Each school has their own specific curriculum and expenses. We have tried to offer high value and professional teaching in our course at a reasonable cost.

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What is the average age of your student teachers?

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We accept applications from students 18 years or older, and we’ve had students from the age of 18 up to 65. The average age would be around 35 years old.

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What are the requirements for graduation??

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Attendance, attitude and participation in all components of the course. Completion of all assignments, 70% passing grade on final written exam and competen teaching of 3 key poses. Demonstration of safe, effective teaching that includes good observation, verbal and physical adjustments when necessary, clear language and providing a context or intention for the class. Feedback wiill be provided on your class – seeing your gifts as well as areas that could be improved. Students also have the option to record their class for self-review and feedback by the lead instructor.

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English is a second language for me – how proficient do I have to be to take the course?

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Learning to teach yoga involves concise and skillful use of language. Yoga philosophy requires fluency in the language used in the training (English). If you have any concerns about your ability to communicate with proficiency in English, please contact us by phone and we can set up a phone interview to determine if the course is a good fit.

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How much do yoga teachers get paid?

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Yoga teachers working in a studio generally get paid per class, and that can be anywhere between $25 – $90 per class depending on the studio, the size of class and the location. If you are running your own classes it is up to you to determine a cost for your class or course of classes. Full-time yoga teachers would normally teach between 10 – 15 classes per week. Retreats, workshops, corporate yoga and private classes can also be part of a yoga teacher’s income.

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What is the philosophy behind this style of yoga?

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It is through our reception of the gifts and challenges of life that our sensitivity and wisdom increases. Our yoga sees all of creation as a manifestation of nature. Our physicality is one end of a spectrum from dense to subtle, relagating Spirit and Nature as separate is a mistaken starting point. The world is the only place we know of where we can practice yoga. Within this diverse and astonishing world, there are things we consider to be “good” and “bad”. Rather than seeking a practice to escape from or avoid what we consider to be our problems, we use our yoga practice to engage fully with whatever life presents.

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how can I find out more about the program before I register?

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Contact Dan through this website for more information on our 200 hour yoga teacher trainings on Texada Island and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2015