Online Course FAQ

General Questions

Will this count toward continuing education?

Yes! For Yoga Alliance:

Is there a timeframe for completion?

You can do this all on your own schedule—that’s the beauty of the online format. If you’re on the certification track of Teaching Yoga to Athletes, we’re happy to help set you a timetable and nudge you. Some of us do better with oversight and deadlines!

Is there a payment plan?

No, but as the courses are always available, they’ll be waiting for you when you are ready to pay in full. If you’re interested in Teaching Yoga to Athletes and money is tight, consider the content track as a starting point. There is also an option to work à la carte through the content track.

Will this count toward my 200-hour yoga teacher training?

No. These courses will help you build professional skills and, in the case of Teaching Yoga to Athletes, specialize in the niche of yoga for athletes; they are designed as an add-on to complement your original training. It also would be a nice addition run concurrently with a 200-hour-level training. Think of these as coursework for a master’s degree, on top of the bachelor’s degree you earn at the 200-hour level.

Will this count toward my 500-hour yoga teacher training?

Maybe. Talk to your 500-hour program director. If you’re interested in the Carolina Yoga Company 500-hour yoga teacher training, which is structured to accommodate students from out of town and around the world, YES, it counts. Read all about Carolina Yoga Company’s advanced studies yoga teacher training.

What’s your refund policy?

Satisfaction is guaranteed! If you aren’t completely satisfied with the content of the online courses, we offer a full refund within one year of purchase for Teaching Yoga to Athletes and Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste, and within six months of purchase for all other offerings.

Course-Specific Questions

How long will Teaching Yoga for Athletes take me to complete?

Each unit has reading, videos, and homework. The reading could be two or three hours per unit; the videos are between three and four hours per unit. Homework will take an additional two or three hours, with the exception of unit 3 homework, which will take longer, as it involves going to classes. There are also resources for additional study that could add many hours.

Then, for the certification track, there is an exam (say, three hours), and recording/watching/self-critiquing a teaching video, which will take at least three more. (I’ll get feedback to students on homework, exam, and video within two weeks of their submission, and I aim to answer questions sooner than that.) We’ll also consult as needed, which will probably be a few more hours of chat time (phone or video).

Putting that together, estimate 8–10 hours per unit x 5 = 40–50 hours for the content, plus another 8–10 more for the certification materials.

How long will Sequencing Yoga Classes from Welcome to Namaste take me to complete?

Each unit has four videos: a morning lecture (about an hour), a morning practice (about an hour and a half), an afternoon discussion (about an hour), and an afternoon practice (about half an hour). Each unit also contains journaling exercises for you, encouraging you to notate and develop a sequence library of your own and to contribute to our communal library. These exercises can take an hour or more for each unit.

Thus, consider 4–5 hours of video per unit, plus an hour of workbook exercises, for about 30–40 hours of information and processing.

How long will Professionalism for Movement Teachers take me to complete?

You’ll have ten discussions to enjoy, for a total of about ten hours. Watch and listen on your own time. Along the way, take time to reflect on the prompts we give you for ways to consider building your career moving forward, and enjoy three quarter-hour practices and one meditation.

How long will Classroom Management and Safety take me to complete?

You’ll have nine lecture/discussions to enjoy, for a total of about eight hours. Watch and listen on your own time. Along the way, take time to share your own experience, and enjoy three long-format practices.

How does the online content of Teaching Yoga to Athletes differ from the in-person content?

It depends where the content is offered. The Kripalu training is a slightly condensed version of the online course. We have four three-hour sessions and six two-hour sessions there; in the five-day intensive I lead in Carrboro, there are five days, where we meet 10–5. That gives us more time for group work, which in the online course is homework, and for discussion and practice.

That said, the content is pretty similar. Tuition is lower at Kripalu, but the overall cost goes up when you add the room and board charges. And if you are interested in certification after attending the Kripalu course, you can buy the online certification component for $800, which would give you access, upon completing the homework, exam, and teaching video, to many more resource pages on working with various sports and injuries.

As you make your choice, consider how you learn best. Some students vastly prefer the live classroom setting, while others have logistical concerns that make online an appealing option.

How does the certification track of Teaching Yoga to Athletes differ from the content track?

Certification involves all the content, as well as unlimited back-and-forth mentoring with Sage. Together, we’ll review your homework, exam, and teaching video, to be sure you are as clear as possible on how you can help athletes achieve their personal best—and how you can structure your career for maximum impact.

What if I’m not sure I want to work with athletes?

The Teaching Yoga to Athletes course is really an exercise in figuring out how to help our students by determining what stresses they undergo in daily life—whether through sports training, a tough job, or illness and injury—and learning to devise routines to support them. In that way, it’s appropriate for all yoga teachers, especially those who want to sharpen their abilities to work with special populations.

Your books focus on endurance athletes. Does Teaching Yoga to Athletes include all sports?

Indeed! We discuss everything from curling to surfing. Each unit contains homework and discussion that will get you thinking about the best ways to help athletes in all sports. You’ll get to focus on the sports of particular interest to you, and to hear from others about their interests.

Is Teaching Yoga to Athletes geared to new teachers, or experienced teachers?

Everyone, but the more experience you have, the better, whether it’s as a yoga teacher, as a coach, or as a personal trainer or physical therapist. The course presumes you’re comfortable analyzing movement patterns and eager to consider how asana can help correct imbalances in your athletic students’ bodies. I then guide you through several exercises (with my feedback, if you do the certification side) to structure useful routines for athletes in various sports and at different stages in their training cycles. We go beyond asana, as well, to create mediations and visualizations to help sharpen the mental game. Finally, we investigate the profession, covering questions on pricing, business structure, and marketing.

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