Yoga Teacher Training Q&A

by Rose Lamont

Answers to common questions about our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training 

Study: Ayurveda, philosophy, pranayama, asana, adjustments & meditation on our upcoming 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified Course! 

What if I feel don't feel ready to teach, or don’t wish to teach at all ? 

Over the years we’ve noticed that often people want to study yoga, but hold back from undertaking a 200hr because they feel unready to teach or are unsure if they’d like to teach at all.

These concerns are common and make a lot of sense given that virtually all yoga courses are geared toward training students how to teach yoga. Ritual’s 200hr course is designed to address this particular conundrum, before you start teaching you need the right knowledge & experience under your belt. Yes, you will learn to teach, however our primary focus and priority is to give you a comprehensive education on the yoga practice as your starting point!

Over the course of 6 months our faculty of senior and highly educated/experienced teachers from around the globe provide you with in-depth teachings on the many different facets of the yoga tradition. Importantly the course content is balanced equally between theory and practice so that you can properly integrate what you’ve learned. If instructing yoga is your goal, or becomes your goal, great! We will give you not only the skills to do that, but the support to do so, by offering all graduates the opportunity to teach community classes at Ritual. This is bolstered by ongoing mentorship with Ritual’s senior teachers so that you can flourish as a new yoga teacher in the field.

 What kind of yoga will I be studying ? 

The development of yoga as we know it draws on many different philosophies and lineages and all share the ultimate goal of liberating us from our unconscious,  habitual patterns that cause us suffering. In the course we will study the 8 Limbs of yoga which include: 

  1. The Yamas are yogic values and ethics which include include ahimsa (non-violence or non-harming), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), bramacharya (energy regulation), and aparigraha (non-possessiveness).
  2. The Niyamas are rules of personal observances including saucha (purity), santosha (contentment), tapas (discipline), svadhyaya (self- study), and Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender). 
  3. Asana refers to yoga postures but in Patanjali’s initial practice, it referred to mastering the body to sit still for meditation. The practice of yoga asanas came about eight centuries later, which helped disciples ready their bodies for meditation.
  4. Pranayama yoga breathing techniques  and practice designed to control prana or vital life force (energy).
  5. Pratyahara  withdrawal / sublimation of the senses.
  6. Dharana concentration.
  7. Dhyana meditation.
  8. Samadhi experiencing non-duality or the true Self. 

Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of yoga and its key teachings, free from the limitations if dogma so that you can experience them in the context of your own life and belief system. That being said, it is imperative to understand yoga’s historical and cultural underpinnings, of which we will explore extensively in order to have an accurate understanding of exactly what it is we are learning and practising. 

Is my practice advanced enough to start? 

The focus of Ritual’s 8 week course is about allowing students to understand and experience the core teachings of yoga on a practical level and is open to anyone who wants to study yoga and is suitable for beginners to advanced students.

If you’re feeling the call for inner and outer transformation, feel ready to embark on a journey of self-study, head to our website for more info on how you can sign up today.

Enrolments are for our next intake are now open!