Frequently Asked Questions 


What does 200 hr, 300 hr and 1000 hr mean?

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs are for students who have never taken a yoga teacher training and would like to begin their career in adaptive yoga, elevate their yoga practice and/or refresh from other foundational yoga trainings but in a more integrative way.

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training programs are for students who have already completed a 200 hour training and would like to take the next step in their professional career to become a RYT 500 level teacher. 

1000 Yoga Therapy Program is for students who have completed 500 hours of training and would like to further their education and become a certified Yoga Therapist. 

If you are not sure where to begin, email melmarieyoga@gmail.com

What is Yoga Alliance? 

Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.  

For more information visit there website here.

What are the differences between module, online or the general 200, 300 formats?

Our online program is the module program format designed as a self paced workshop and one on one mentoring blend. The general 200 or 300 hour formats are facilitated during designated dates and times over a several month period. The online/module format allows scheduling to be more accessible and can be completed between 4-12 months. 

For more information or questions on figuring out which path is right for you email melmarieyoga@gmail.com

What Yoga Lineage or type of yoga does this program teach? 

Our programs are well-rounded offering our students a taste of many different lineages. Our staff is certified in a variety of lineages and styles including Yoga Therapy, Hatha, Vinyasa, Structural Integration, Aerial, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Viniyoga and others. The Adaptive Flow program teaches many lineages so students are equipped, educated, and prepared to utilize different styles that meet the population they are serving. We honor each lineage knowing the powerful therapeutic benefits infused in each one, so this format allows students to realize which path resonates most within them. Our educational goal is not to indoctrinate students into one style but to allow them to realize their soul signature teaching style so they can offer their unique expression of the yoga practice to their students. We do not believe in competition and strive to nourish an open hearted educational environment focused on personal growth, service, and well being.

Is there any homework? 

Yes. The homework is designed to further implement what is being taught during training. It will be through written assignments, journaling, yoga practice, class observations, and other creative projects throughout the program. Furthermore, to break away from traditional, conditioned education expectations- this program is designed to meet YOU where you are. There is no grading scale. We hope to encourage you to SHOW UP in the best way you can and in your unique expression. These assignments are for you. The details on homework will be discussed on the first day of training. 

What is the recommended reading?

For Both Programs: 

The Yoga ToolBox (you can order this on Amazon)

For the 200 Hour Program

The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Yoga Body by Judith Hanson Lasater
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
The Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell
Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown

For the 300 Hour Program  

The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process by David Berceli
Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale
Yoga Fascia Anatomy Joanne Avison
Ayurveda and the Mind by Dr. David Frawley
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Sacred Commerce by Matthew & Terces Engelhart

Application 

How does the application process work? 

First fill out the short form  below or on the Yoga Teacher Training page.

Once we receive your interest email, we will respond with an information packet and to schedule your Intention Setting Call for the program. During this call we will discuss any questions or concerns you may have about this program. Furthermore, we will explore your intention for this program, what you hope to gain from it, and to ensure that we will be meeting your needs as a prospective student in the training. This call will provide you the opportunity to secure your spot in the training and to pay your deposit. 

You may also send us any questions or concerns you have through this contact box. 

Attendance

What if I have to leave the program midstream? 

We understand that sometimes life happens causing us to change predetermined plans! If something comes up where you are forced to withdraw during the program, refunds are generally prorated based upon the time you were in the program. Refunds are processed on an individual basis. We will provide further options through mentorship and distance learning if you wish to complete the training- depending on how much time you had already spent in the program. Again, this is processed on an individual basis. We will do all we can to work with you and ensure the best support possible. Please email with questions.

If I am traveling, do you provide housing or hospitality? 

Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations, however, we do provide suggestions and potential housing options. Please email with questions.

What if I cannot attend all the training dates or miss training time?

It is required by Yoga Alliance to complete 100% of the training to receive your Yoga Alliance Certification, but we will do all we can to work with you in the event that you miss time. If you miss a significant amount of time, you will need to pay the private hourly session rate $75-$100 to make up the workshops taught with that instructor. 

In the event where you miss an entire weekend, we will process this per situation and student basis to accommodate and arrange make up time. Please contact with specific details and questions.

What if I want to attend only certain modules and not the entire training? 

If you are a certified yoga teacher wishing to take specific training weekends to receive CEU credit hours, please email and we can enroll you for those specific weekends at a pro-rated cost. 

If you are a health care professional wishing to take specific training weekends to further educate yourself and provide opportunities for self care and deepening yoga practice, please email and we can enroll you for those specific weekends at a pro-rated cost.

Graduation 

How easy is it to find a teaching job after graduation? 

Our programs will equip and educate you in the Business of Yoga encouraging you from the first workshop and mentoring session to think on how you will carry these teachings into the world, if you wish. You will learn to create and find job opportunities in health care fields, fitness and yoga studios. You will learn the art of private teaching and building your own Yoga business (including the legal and ethical stuff behind starting your business). You will graduate this program with a 6 month goal of where your practice will take you with nourishing steps to keep you connected and accountable to your goals, whether that be in job opportunities or self growth. During the program we will be working on these opportunities to provide you the skills so your investment comes back to you multiple times over. We can only match your effort level, so the effort and energy you take in applying what you learn is to the capacity to where it will take you.

Furthermore, this program will broaden and improve your soul signature yoga style and personal brand as a yoga teacher. You will learn about working with special populations that interest you most and the business side to ensure sustainable commerce. There will be an opportunity for you to receive honest and constructive feedback on your yoga business plans. We will have a workshop on getting clear about your market and connecting with it while staying true to your values, vision, and care.

In today's world, so much business and opportunities are found online. The Business of Yoga module will teach you how to create a strong and profitable online presence while learning the art and science of mindful marketing and private teaching to build and benefit your clientele. We will learn how to create your ideal business and schedule to make sure you are not serving from an empty vessel!

The Business of Yoga workshop will help you develop boundaries and professionalism so you stay committed to your own self care. This workshop will equip you with the confidence to charge what you are worth, the importance of sacred contracts, and improving your communication skills so you can confidently ask what you want and create the work environment that will nourish you mind, body, and spirit.

What type of yoga will I be qualified to teach after graduating? 

You will learn how to deliver an inclusive and adaptive style of yoga to special populations such as pre & post natal yoga, military demographic, kid's yoga, senior yoga, yoga for amputees, addiction recovery, trauma sensitive populations and more. 

You will know how to lead practices in Adaptive Yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Chair, Alignment Based, Yin, Restorative, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, Chakras, Ayurvedic Sequencing, Ayurveda, Pranayama, and much more.

By participating in these integrative programs, it begins your path if you are hoping to pursue the field of Yoga Therapy.

Will I get a Yoga Alliance Certificate upon graduating? 

Not on graduation day. On graduation day, Melissa Aguirre will provide you with a Teaching Certificate (provided all requirements for graduation are met). Once you receive your certification you will upload it to Yoga Alliance's website and pay a membership fee to obtain the Yoga Alliance designation at the level you trained. We discuss Yoga Alliance during the program so that you will be completely prepared in understanding the process and other opportunities provided by YA. 

We will also discuss the opportunities and value of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. 

Financial Questions 

When is the $500 due?

Once we have had our intention setting call, there will be an opportunity to pay the $500 to secure your spot. For payment plans and unique situations, please bring up during the call and we can work with you. This is due before the first day of training. 

The $500 is non-refundable. 

Who exactly does the military discount apply to? 

Any service man or woman, veteran, retiree, spouse, or dependent.

Are there any payment plans? 

Yes. Contact melmarieyoga@gmail.com for more details and options to fit your specific situation.