Ground and Center Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program
The RYT 200 training program offered by Ground and Center Yoga in collaboration with Happy Dog Yoga Studios will give you knowledge, information, practice, and experience related to yoga teaching techniques, asana and postures, anatomy, and yoga philosophy.
This 200-hour Yoga Alliance (a national registry for yoga schools)-registered modular teacher training program offered through Ground and Center Yoga is open to those looking to begin their journey into teaching yoga and those who are looking to deepen their own personal practice, by learning about the physical side of yoga, including asana and sequencing, learning about anatomy and physiology relevant to the practice, and learning about the history and philosophy of yoga, including its roots and the yoga sutras. The program is also open to current teachers who would like to jump into a single module for continuing education credits.
For those looking to complete their RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance, you can begin the program at any time. You will have 18 months to complete the 8 modular intensives and other course requirements (see below for details). Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance for your RYT 200. You will be qualified to teach classes in the styles of Ashtanga, vinyasa, slow flow, beginner, yin, and restorative yoga.
Tuition, Fees, & Payment Plans
Individual Modules: $320 each
($200 non-refundable deposit due with registration plus $320 for each of the eight modules)
($200 non-refundable deposit due with registration plus $2,360) paid in full 1 week prior to your first module.
- Tuition Includes
- Refund Policy
- Grading & Graduation Requirements
- Attendance Policy
- Course Objectives
Trainee will receive: a copy of the training manual for each module paid for and a continuing mentor relationship with lead trainer, Katie Morey. You will be provided with lessons from registered yoga teachers and guest instructors who are experts in their styles of teaching and respective fields of study. Books and travel expenses are not included with tuition.
All trainees who are enrolled in the 200 hour program will receive a 30 class pack to practice at Happy Dog Yoga Studio, where the training will be held, to complete course requirements. If you are currently under contract for a monthly autopay, you can add the 30 class pack on to the end of your autopay contract or $33.33 per month for 9 consecutive months (maximum) will be deducted from your payment to cover the 30 classes. If you are not on autopay, you will receive a 30 class pack and must remain in good standing and as an active member of the teacher training program (not more than 3 months in between modules) or unused portion of classes will be put on hold or forfeited. If you have purchased a year in advance, the 30 class pack will be added to the end of your one year unlimited package.
All tuition and fees paid by the student outside of the $200 deposit will be refunded if a request is made within 5 business days of signing a contract with Ground and Center Yoga. The requested refunds will be returned within thirty (30) days. Once the 5 business days have elapsed, Ground and Center Yoga will maintain the policy that no refunds will be granted once the teacher training program starts. In the event that the teacher training program cannot be held or completed, all monies paid by the student to date will be refunded in full within thirty (30) days.
Pre-requirementsBased on the fact that students choose to complete yoga teacher training for various reasons, there are no pre-requirements for completing the Ground and Center YTT Program. However, it is highly recommended that you have a maintained a consistent yoga practice prior to enrolling for at least 6 months.
Grading & Graduation RequirementsStudents will be marked as either complete or incomplete for this program. To be marked as complete, students must meet the attendance policy, have a thorough understanding of yoga and teaching, and fulfill the required hours set forth by the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hour yoga teacher training within 18 months of starting the program. Certification will be given upon successful completion of all required modules, hours and assignments.
In order to maintain the standards set by Yoga Alliance and maintain the integrity of the standards set by Ground and Center YTT, students must attend 100% of the 8 mandatory modules. If a portion of a module is missed, it can be made up the next time the module is offered at no extra charge. Students will be responsible for completing all assignments before training ends.
Each module will be offered two times over the 18 months, allowing students the opportunity to attend at a later date if needed.
CertificationThe Ground & Center YTT certification course satisfies the entire requirements for the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training as required by the Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the program, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, experience and confidence to teach yoga in the community. You will receive a Certificate of Completion once all program requirements have been met and be eligible to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level (additional fees apply). Placement for students cannot be guaranteed.
Course objectives include but are not limited to the following. Students of the Ground & Center YTT Program will:
- Learn how to see bodies so that they can identify poses and practices that will work best with each individual student.
- Be able to address the specific needs of individuals to the degree possible in a group setting with varying levels of practice experience.
- Learn how to safely and effectively practice and teach asana.
- Learn how to safely and intelligently sequence classes.
- Learn basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and then learn to apply this knowledge to the function of asanas.
- Learn how to practice and teach pranayama and the various breathing techniques, how these various types of breath can benefit students, and how important pranayama is to a yoga practice.
- Learn the how-to's and benefits of meditation and the various techniques available.
- Gain knowledge on the history and foundations of yoga and how it applies to practice and life, as a yoga teacher and personally, on and off the mat.
- Learn to find their own individual voice in a yoga class setting and be provided with a safe and supportive environment in which to practice their teaching skills.
- Gain knowledge on the basics of the yoga business.
Course Work, Syllabus, & Detailed Module Topics
In order to have a well-rounded exposure to yoga and all of its principles, philosophies, and components, we require a range of assignments to be completed. Assignments and homework include but are not limited to: a home yoga and meditation practice, reading books, writing essays, oral presentations, and journaling, leading classes and meditations, and volunteering in the community. All assignments must be completed in order to receive certification.
Classes will be held on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Friday sessions will be held at the St. Clair Happy Dog Yoga Studio and the Saturday and Sunday classes at the Port Huron Happy Dog Yoga Studio, unless otherwise specified.
Those enrolled in the training will also be required to practice for a minimum of 30 hours in a yoga studio while enrolled in teacher training. 18 of these hours must be completed at Happy Dog Yoga Studio (recommended to attend class on Friday and/or Saturday and/or Sunday) while enrolled in the program. The remaining classes may be completed at Happy Dog using the 30 class pack provided or at their own expense at another studio of their choosing.
Coursework includes, but is not limited to (additional information and forms will be provided):
- Home yoga and meditation practice, gratitude journal
- Complete assigned readings
- Writing essays and papers
- Oral presentations
- Karma yoga (volunteering)
- Class observation
- Feedbacks and leading classes
- Individual reading assignment
The course topics have been chosen in order to not only meet, but to exceed the standards set forth by the Yoga Alliance. At Ground and Center Yoga we fully understand that practitioners of yoga are diverse and that teachers need to be prepared to encounter students from all backgrounds. Therefore, our syllabus covers the following topics:
Asana:Learn to teach poses safely in the styles of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Slow Flow, Beginner, Restorative, and Yin. You will learn the five foundations of Ashtanga, the benefits and precautions of a yoga practice in general and in respect to the various styles of yoga, principles of alignment, and how to safely provide physical and verbal adjustments and modifications.
Anatomy and Physiology:Topics will cover the basics of the major systems of the body, including the musculoskeletal system, fascia, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers:Lifestyle focus includes traditional texts with concepts such as non-violence and karma, and ethics topics will include teacher-student relationships, community, and service.
Meditation and Pranayama:Students will learn how to use and deliver various breathing techniques and the basic concepts of meditation and stillness.
Teaching Methodology:Topics include how to construct and sequence a class, choosing appropriate music, and finding your voice and own teaching style.
Teaching Practicum:Practicum includes teaching back to the class and receiving feedback from peers and instructors. It is expected that students will be prepared able to lead Karma (Happy Hour) classes on their own over the course of the teacher training program. Over the course of the program you will be required to observe a minimum of 6 classes, one class of each style.
The Business Side of Yoga:Here students will learn about professional conduct, advertising, setting prices, and respecting other studios and teachers.
Yoga History and Philosophy:This section may find some overlap with lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers. Students will learn about the history and foundations of yoga including the eight limbs, yoga sutras, and yamas and niyamas. Students will also learn Sanskrit as it relates to teaching and everyday yoga practices.
Learn More about Ground and Center Yoga's Teacher Training Modules!
Friday: St. Clair Happy Dog Yoga Studio, 7:15 – 9:30 PM
Saturday: Port Huron Happy Dog Yoga Studio, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: Port Huron Happy Dog Yoga Studio, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
History & Philosophy: September 6 - 8, 2019
Asana & Alignment: October 4 - 6. 2019
Anatomy & Physiology: November 8 - 10, 2019
Foundations & Movement: January 3 -5, 2020
Sequencing & Assists: February 7 - 9, 2020
Pranayama & Meditation: March 6 - 8, 2020
Teaching Methodology: April 17 – 19, 2020
Yin & Restorative: May 1 – 3, 2020
Please note, module dates are subject to change. In the event that a module date needs to be changed, a minimum of 3 months advance notice will be provided.
Anything outside of this including observations and feedbacks will be scheduled with the instructor(s) once training begins.
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
- Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson
- The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
- The Science of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka
- Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
Teacher Training Code of Conduct
- Arrive on time, preferably early, to class and come prepared and ready to learn
- Respect your fellow students and instructors
- Honor your own inner perceptions – listen to your body, mind, and emotions. Adapt if necessary and remember self-care is important.
- Practice the yamas and niyamas at all times, both in and outside of yoga teacher training and the yoga studio
Students who violate these conditions will be expelled and not readmitted, in this case all tuition and fees will be forfeited.