- How long is the course?Open or Close
The course is a 200 hour course, delivered over 11 weekends.
- Is the course accredited?Open or Close
Yes! The course is fully accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals. Taking a course which is endorsed is important as this provides you with an assurance of quality. Yoga Alliance Professionals courses have to meet high standards in terms of what is taught and must be delivered by accredited Senior Yoga Teachers. Having a Yoga Alliance Professionals certification also means your qualification will be recognised in the industry.
- I'm not a Sweat Studios member, can I still join the course?Open or Close
In order to be accepted onto the programme you need to have been practicing yoga for over 2 years. If you are not a current member of the studio, we will ask you to come and practice a class with us. This is important, so you can get to know us and we can get to you know you. We’ll be spending a lot of time together and we want you to be sure that we are the right studio for you to train with. We also need to see your yoga practice. For you to be ready to teach others, you need to have a good understanding of the poses yourself. If we feel you could do with spending a little more time focusing on your own practice before embarking on a journey to become a teacher, we will let you know.
- What style of yoga is taught?Open or Close
The course is a Hot Yoga Teacher Training Program. At the end of the program you’ll deliver a 60 minute hot yoga class.
To deliver this class you will learn 50 hatha yoga postures. While these postures form the basis of most hot yoga classes, they can also be taught without the heat. We will teach you how to adapt the poses you learn for different environments and groups of people, how to sequence the poses together for more dynamic, flowing classes and how to slow them down for beginners. By the end of the programme, you’ll have the tools you need to begin teaching in hot and non-hot yoga studios, as well as gyms, fitness centres, village halls etc.
- 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 Professionals 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
The course currently runs once per 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 note in some instances this will result in an additional charge. Please state any days you are unable to make on your application form so we can discuss that with you.
- 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. 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, 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 buddy 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 buddy program pairs you with someone 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.
- Do I need to live in Milton Keynes?Open or Close
No. You’re able to travel in each day for the course. Alternatively, there are a number of hotels just a stone’s throw away from the studio that offer preferential rates at weekends.
- Do I need to take classes at Sweat outside of the teacher training weekends?Open or Close
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. You’ll have around 40-60 hours of homework to complete.
- 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 twice 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.
There will be books to read on the anatomy and science of yoga.
Most importantly you’ll be learning dialogue. This can be done 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 daily 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 helpful 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 and yoga classes on the training weekends 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.
There is also the opportunity to complete a First Aid for Yoga Teachers course during the programme. This is optional and there is an additional charge of £30 for your certification should you wish to go ahead.
- How do I apply?Open or Close
To apply we simply need you to complete a quick application form. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org this will be sent to you along with the course syllabus and terms & conditions. After that, you’ll have a quick telephone/in-person chat with to run through your application form. If you’re accepted, you’ll need to pay the £500 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
- When do I need to pay the course costs by?Open or Close
The course fees need to be paid in full a month prior to the course commencing. If your full payment is not made by the deadline, your space will be offered to anyone on a waiting list and you will forfeit your deposit payment.
- 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. Beyond this no refunds are given in any circumstances.
- What if I become injured/pregnant during the course and can no longer participate?Open or Close
This will need to be discussed with the Senior Yoga Teacher and/or the Sweat Management team. Wherever possible we would look to make adaptations to keep you on the course. In some cases, we may be able to offer for you to complete the course at a later date. Please note, this may result in additional costs.
- How many students do you accept onto the course?Open or Close
We need a minimum of 6 people to run the course and there is a maximum number of 12.
Should the minimum number of students required not be reached, you will be advised a least one month prior to the course starting and any payments made will be refunded in full.
- 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 two years 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 Professionals 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! The main focus of the course is equipping you to deliver 50 yoga poses and ensure that you leave the programme ready and able to teach.