Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will I be a certified yoga teacher after completing the course?
Yes. After completing the requirements of the training; online course work, live calls, and 5-day immersion, you will be a certified yoga teacher at the 200-hour level if you've never done a training. And 300-hour level if you've already completed a 200-hour.
2. How is this is both a 200-hour and 300-hour training? I already have my 200-hour teacher training, is the content the same for everyone?
A good yoga teacher knows that one training will not give you everything you need to know. Learning is lifelong and the best education is in the teaching itself. As
This certification is progressing the yoga teacher training model with the bulk of our content focused on applied anatomy, movement and how to put that into practice in real life, real bodies. This is content that most 200 and 300-hour trainings don’t cover, or go into as much detail and yet is what yoga teachers need to know to be effective teachers and why it works to have a blended 200/300 teacher training course.
In this way, everyone, no matter their experience learns new concepts, refines old ones and walks away feeling more empowered and clear.
As an online training, it allows us to make the material more streamlined and concise so that there isn’t the same kind of “filler” hours that you find in other trainings.
In our opinion, it's about the quality of the training over the quantity of hours. If you complete the requirements of the certification, we are happy to give a certification (200 or 300h) that the yoga world understands... but to us, that’s just a piece of paper. What you're really getting is a progressive training that is different, relevant and applicable to who you are as a teacher.
3. Are you Yoga Alliance registered?
Our yoga teacher training course is proudly different than the traditional training model. Quality over quantity is at the heart of this program. With over 70 + hours just in applied anatomy and movement education alone; we are able to offer our students the opportunity to learn information that can be immediately applied to real-life, different yoga styles, movement modalities and most importantly, to the diverse people that come to your classes.
Creating content to fit into a narrow box of outdated standards would be a disserve to what we know what yoga teachers need to feel confident in what they do. Augmenting the movement education with teaching tools and strategies, supported by leadership while integrated through mindfulness, yoga philosophy and history in a modern context and accessibility and social justice allows us to build a rich and well-rounded educational experience.
Our students choose this course because of the high quality of the content and understand the immense benefits of this approach to yoga, both for their own growth and for those they work with.
Yoga Alliance is simply a registry. There is no actual governing body in yoga. (Which is a whole other interesting discussion!) At the end of the training you will be a certified yoga teacher, but not Yoga Alliance registered unless you already have a Yoga Alliance registration from a previous training.
In most countries like Canada, the US, UK, you don't need Yoga Alliance registration to get insured as a teacher. Many yoga schools are forgoing Yoga Alliance affiliation as it's been shown to be not effective or relevant for them. There are many interesting articles out there if you want to do a google search and read more about it.
4. How much time will the course take to finish?
We know that our participants are here for more than just a piece of paper. How much you put into the course will be reflective of how much you get out of it.
In this training, we aim to disrupt the old models of test and measure, memorizing facts for the sake of a grade, and performative learning. We believe there are no mistakes, only opportunities for learning. This allows you to move through the learning process on a deeper and more integrated level. No pressure, no overwhelm, just space for exploration, questions and growth.
We've designed the online content so that most of the video lessons are no longer than 30 minutes, keeping the lectures streamlined and clear. You can do the course in manageable bite-sized chunks throughout your week.
People have easily completed the course while still having full-time jobs, kids and other responsibilities. We are here to help you move through the training and learning and fit it all in with steadiness and ease. For many people, they've found the course to be a supportive and inspiring course that enhanced their life, rather than feeling overwhelmed and pressured.
5. Is there a schedule for where we should be throughout the course?
The beauty of online learning is that it allows people from all over the world to have access to learning and to go at their own pace.
Yes, sometimes life gets busy. We know some people will struggle with self-directed learning and others will thrive. To work effectively with both types of people, we have a suggested schedule of where you should be in the course throughout the training.
The feeling of pressure, of falling behind or not doing enough is a trap. We do our best to mitigate those perceptions and help you focus on what really matters, which is the learning process.
There may be times throughout the year when you have more space and want to really dig into the work and go through more parts of the course. Other times you may have to take a break and attend to different responsibilities, vacations or duties. The length and structure of the course offers you ample opportunity to get it all done without the extra addition of stress and pressure.
We also connect those in the training who are interested in study groups. This allows small groups to be accountable to each other and their individual progress. As well as an opportunity to discuss and collaborate with each other throughout the group (and even afterwards as life-long friendships inevitably form!)
6. What are the graduation requirements?
- Complete the online content.
- Teach twice in your mentorship group and attend at least three mentorship calls beyond the ones you teach in.
- Submit a teaching video and written sequence for a class based around a theme of your choosing.
- Attendance to all live calls. If you can't make it live there will be replays available.
- Write a final exam. Don't forget, no pass or fail! We view the exam simply as a way to help you to see where you might have gaps in your knowledge and where to spend further exploration moving forward.
7. What are the live calls like? What if I miss one?
Live calls are held twice a month from October to June. They are the bridge between the online coursework and your community and teachers. It's the place to get your questions answered in real-time, expand on what you are learning and hear it in a different context.
We meet on Zoom video calls where you get to see Kat, Brea, Kallie and Mitzi in person as well as your fellow classmates.
The live calls are a blend of discussions, movement practice, workshop-style breakdowns of poses and anatomy along with community questions and insights.
The power of technology is huge and it's amazing to see how effective online learning can be.
If you can't attend live, the calls are recorded and added to the course a couple of days afterwards.
8. How long do I have access to the course after I'm certified?
Access to education, learning and utilizing the internet for the powers of good are part of the Heart + Bones philosophy. You have lifetime access to the course which includes joining the live calls with subsequent cohorts.
9. Is there a test at the end?
Yes. But... The test and measurement system of education does a disservice to the learning experience because we spend our time looking for the right answer or memorizing facts. This takes us away from the powerful experience of making mistakes, exploring new ideas, and reexamining old ones.
A foundational principle in our approach is that there are no mistakes. Only opportunities for deeper learning and understanding.
For the movement portion of the training, we aren't interested if you've memorized the names of muscles and bones. We want to make sure you understand the building blocks of human movement and how to apply that in an organic way to the people in your classes.
We have a test at the end, not as a pass or fail or a reflection of who you are as a teacher or person. We simply use it to see where there are gaps in understanding which then makes it easy to direct your focus as you continue the learning process.
10. I don't want to teach yoga, but I love your approach and want to learn more for myself. Can I still take the course?
Absolutely. We have many people who take the course for their own experience and get a lot out of exploring with a community of people from around the world and the focused time for their own learning and inner growth.
11. I don't have a lot of yoga experience, but I do other movement modalities, can I still take the course?
Absolutely. Because the content of the training is rooted in building a strong foundation of movement knowledge, that foundation can be applied to any style of yoga, movement modality and most importantly, everyday life. These are the building blocks that allow you to apply and create a practice that is best for you.
12. How do you build community and collaboration if part of the course is online and everyone is spread out across the world?
This is the magic of technology! It never ceases to amaze us how powerful online learning can be. We build community through the monthly live calls, small mentorship groups, private Facebook group and comment sections in each lesson. And those who want to join accountability or study groups with each other to stay on track, we help to organize that.
We also offer yearly alumni-only weekend workshops in both Canada and the UK for an opportunity for our global community to meet, move and learn in person.
14. Cancellation Policy:
Registration in this certification program means you are making a commitment to your learning, your practice and the process. There is a strict no refund policy to ensure that everyone participates and is fully committed and present in the educational experience.
Ready to join us on that path?