- How long is the course?Open or Close
The course is a 200 hour course, split over 10 weekends running Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.
- Is the course accredited?Open or Close
Yes! The course is fully accredited with Yoga Alliance UK. Taking a course which is endorsed by Yoga Alliance is important as this provides you with an assurance of quality. Yoga Alliance courses have to meet high standards in terms of what is taught and must be delivered by accredited Senior Teachers. Having a Yoga Alliance certification also means your qualification will be recognised in the industry.
- What will the course cover?Open or Close
As this is a Yoga Alliance accredited certification, the course must devote a certain number of hours to different areas of study. All of which are important in making you a well-rounded and knowledgable yoga teacher:
20+ hours of learning the basics of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology and how they apply to yoga.
40+ hours on yoga philosophy, yogic lifestyle, qualities and ethics of a yoga teacher and how to make a business out of teaching yoga.
100+ hours on yoga poses; techniques, training, practicing yoga and most importantly learning how to teach yoga. While the course focuses on hot yoga, it will also introduce you to different forms of yoga, from traditional to modern, giving you a broad foundation from which to expand your teaching.
Full details of the program can be sent to you if you email firstname.lastname@example.org
- What style of yoga is taught?Open or Close
The course is a Hot Yoga Teacher Training Program. This means that the majority of the course is focused on hot yoga and by the end of the program you’ll be able to deliver a 60-90 minute hot yoga class.
As this is a foundation yoga course though, there will also be a large amount of time spent on teaching you the fundaments of yoga. So, while you’ll learn how to teach a hot yoga class, you’ll also have an understanding of yoga at a base level and experience and learn about other forms of yoga during the program.
The 50 postures you will learn will give you a basis for teaching all types of yoga class, in heated and non-heated environments.
- I'm not sure I want to teach hot yoga, is the course still suitable?Open or Close
In order to be a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, you need a 200 hour teacher training certification. These are offered in many different forms and can focus on different yoga specialisms – hot, vinyasa, yin, pre-natal etc. So, if you know you want to be a vinyasa yoga teacher, you’d probably want to look for a 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training program.
That said, there are some forms of yoga – yoga for children, elderly etc. for which a 200 certification is not available. In these cases you need to do a 200 hour certification in a different specialism to give you your foundation and then do add-on course(s), which are often just a week or a weekend and teach you the principles of adapting what you already know to different types of people.
On our 200 hour hot yoga teacher training program, you’ll learn 50 hatha yoga postures and how to teach them. All yoga is hatha yoga. Hot yoga is simply hatha postures performed in a hot room. So irrespective of whether you’re interested in teaching hot yoga or not, our course will give you a grounding and foundation in yoga (and it’s core poses) which can then be adapted to the types of class and individuals you want to teach.
- How often does the course run?Open or Close
Depending on the popularity of the course, we hope it will run once or twice a year.
- What if I have to miss a day/weekend?Open or Close
Full participation is a pre-requisite of certification. In some circumstances, for missed sessions, make-up work can be arranged. Please state any days you are unable to make in your application form so we can discuss that with you.
- I have a membership with the studio? Can I pause it while I am on the course?Open or Close
It depends on how often you want to come to class. As part of the course fees, on the weekends that the course is running, you will take the Saturday 10:30am class. You can also take an 10 additional classes at the studio during the programme.
The teacher training class pass does not include the Tuesday 6pm and Sunday 9am classes, or Bliss. If you’d like to take these classes and/or want to take more classes, we’d suggest you keep your membership running. Alternatively, we can place it on hold for you until the course completes.
- Will I be able to teach for Sweat at the end of the course?Open or Close
We hope so. One of the main reasons for running the teacher training program is to develop highly qualified teachers for the Studio. At the end of the program, we will identify people to join the Sweat Studios Training Academy. The Academy will help you make the move from newly qualified teacher to Sweat junior instructor teaching our Sweat Hot classes. As part of the Academy program you’ll work with senior Sweat teachers. You’ll be given developmental feedback to make you a truly great instructor. You’ll have the opportunity to teach a trial class for us in front of real clients, and, all being well, we’d aim to have you teaching your own classes on the timetable soon after graduation.
- Tell me more about the mentor program...Open or Close
We won’t lie, embarking on a 200 hour teacher training program is hard work. Particularly if you’re doing it on top of a full-time job. There’s a lot to learn and it can be overwhelming at times. Our mentor program pairs you with a member of the Sweat teaching team who’s been through it all before. They’ll be a shoulder to cry on but, most importantly, will pep you up when you need it. They can share their tips for learning dialogue, give you constructive feedback on your teaching and share their wealth of yoga knowledge and experience.
- Do I need to live in Milton Keynes?Open or Close
No. You’re able to travel in each day for the course. Alternatively we can help you find accommodation if you’d like to stay for the weekend. There are a number of hotels just a stone’s throw away from the Studio that offer preferential rates at weekends.
- I don't take yoga classes at Sweat. Can I still join?Open or Close
Yes. However, before we can accept you into the program we do need to see you practice. We’d also recommend you get to know us and our style of teaching before you apply so you can be sure that this is the right program for you.
Once accepted, we would strongly recommend coming to the Studio at an absolute minimum once a week starting as soon as you can to practice our Sweat Hot Classic class as this is the class you’ll be required to learn and teach as part of the program.
- Is it possible to work full-time and do the training?Open or Close
Yes, the course has been structured to allow you to do just that. It will eat into your free time outside of work though. There’s a lot to do and learn between the weekend sessions. As a guide, you should plan to be spending every weekend from the beginning to the end of the course training for your certification. Time that you’re not physically training with us in the Studio would be used for the home study aspects of the course. Obviously if you’re not available for a weekend, that time would simply need to be found elsewhere.
- What work am I expected to do outside of the weekend sessions?Open or Close
You’ll be expected to complete a daily journal. This might only be a sentence or two but it will help you document your journey and process how you are feeling.
You need to be doing a minimum of two yoga classes a week. Make sure you’re practicing the Sweat Hot classes regularly to get the sequence down and learn the dialogue but also try different classes. Go to other studios. See what’s out there. Build a picture of instructors you like and you don’t like. Start to think about the kind of teacher you want to be.
You need to have a regular home practice. At least two times a week. Start playing with yoga poses; connecting different ones together, seeing how they feel. It doesn’t have to be a full one hour class, it can be as little as 15-20 minutes. You can write your experiences in your journal.
You’ll be expected to meditate daily. This can be as little as 5 minutes. Again, you’ll document your experience in your journal.
There will be books to read on the history and science of yoga and essays to write.
Most importantly you’ll be learning dialogue. This can be practiced anywhere; we have audio you can be listening to on your journey to work, books you can read before bedtime. You’ll just start slotting it into your every day. Talking through poses as you wash up, make the bed etc. The teacher training will start to form part and parcel of your life.
- Learning 50 postures sounds really daunting...Open or Close
Yes, it’s a lot to learn, but you can do it and we’ll give you all the help and support you need. We have everything from written scripts, to posture breakdowns and audio files to aid your learning. It will be broken down into manageable chunks as you go through the course.
- What do the course costs cover?Open or Close
The course fees include; all training and course materials, all instruction, 20 yoga classes and all mandatory reading materials.
Outside of this you need to factor in the following costs; parking, registration with Yoga Alliance, personal liability insurance, costs of classes taken at studios outside of Sweat, the costs of class passes/membership at Sweat if you’d like to take additional classes.
- How do I apply?Open or Close
To apply we simply need you to complete a quick application form. If you email email@example.com this will be sent to you along with the course syllabus. After that, you’ll have a quick telephone chat with Kathy Ran, the Senior Yoga Teacher delivering the course and, if you’re accepted, you’ll need to pay the £500 non-refundable deposit to secure your place.
- When do I need to pay the course costs by?Open or Close
The course fees need to be fully paid a month prior to the course commencing. You’ll benefit from a £200 early bird saving if you pay in full before the end of December.
- What if I have to cancel my place on the course?Open or Close
Cancellations can be made up to one month before the course starts. Refunds will be subject to a 15% administration fee and the non-refundable £500 deposit.
- What if I become injured/pregnant during the course and can no longer participate?Open or Close
This will need to be discussed with Kathy Ran and the Sweat Management team. Wherever possible we would look to make adaptations to keep you on the course.
- How many students do you accept onto the course?Open or Close
We need a minimum of 8 people to run the course and there is a maximum number of 14.
- How good at yoga do I need to be?Open or Close
There’s no such thing as being “good” at yoga. We accept anyone with a dedicated practice of a year or more onto the course. What matters most is your interest in and passion for yoga as you’re going to be dedicating a lot of your free time to learning more about it. To be a good yoga teacher, you definitely need to have a regular practice, but you don’t need to be able to wrap your leg behind your head. We teach you to instruct your class through words not showing, meaning you don’t have to be able to do the pose to teach the pose.
- Where will I be able to work when I have graduated?Open or Close
With a 200 hour, Yoga Alliance accredited certification you’ll be ready to start working at yoga studios, gyms, church halls, community centres or anywhere that yoga teachers are required.
You can chose to go on to study additional courses to develop more specific skills in areas such as children, elderly, pregnancy, or learn more about different yoga disciplines such as yin, restorative, vinyasa etc. Or, simply get stuck in.
The good news is there are yoga studios all around the world crying out for good yoga teachers. And, with hot yoga on the rise, hot yoga teachers are in high demand.
Being able to adapt to the requirements of different studios and clients will be key. Many hot yoga studios have their own signature sequences that you’ll be required to learn. And, if you’re teaching in a village hall, you’ll need to make your classes a little more dynamic as you won’t have the heat of the yoga room to warm people up. There’s no need to worry though. The 50 postures you’ll learn as part of the course will give you all the foundation you need.
- I'm worried the teacher training will be really hippyish...Open or Close
It’s true that at Sweat there’s a lot about yoga that we leave at the door – the gongs, incense, chanting etc. in order not to intimidate people. If you want to be a yoga teacher though, it’s important you have an understanding and appreciation of yoga in its broadest sense. The training will touch on all aspects of yoga (called the 8 limbs) of which at Sweat we teach two – postures and breathing. How much you want to explore these different areas of yoga will be up to you. The course will give you an introduction and you can choose to leave it there or delve deeper. There will be new things to learn, such as Sanskrit names of postures, yoga history and philosophy, but we promise it’s all super interesting and actually really fun!