Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What will I get out of a training if I don’t want to teach? If I do decide to teach, what will I learn in training besides how to do that?

A: The practice of yoga helps us to live in this world with more resilience and persistence. In these times, where there seems to be so much dissonance and violence, practice is necessary so we can continue to show up as who we want to be in tumultuous times. Taking a training is not only to study and refine the way we move on the mat, but to also study and refine the way we move through the world. Learning to bring the principles and philosophies of the yoga practice is more than just physically empowering; it can help you to become a leader in your community, family, and in your own life.

Training is not just for those who want to become teachers, or just for those who can put a leg behind the head, hold a long plank, or balance upside down. A strong physical practice goes beyond the outcome of the pose and is reflective of the attention and awareness with which a person moves. Spending 200 hours devoted to all of the aspects of yoga practice will deepen your connection to the parts of yoga that have the potential to change the world: deeper listening, strong and sustained attention, courage, and heart.

Q: What will I learn?

A: Learning to teach connects you more fully to your own learning, and you’ll know what you know so much more deeply than you thought you could as you learn to communicate it to others. If you do want to teach professionally, the program includes a business course where you can establish clear next steps to teaching out in the world. You will also establish a foundation in alignment, assists, physical and subtle anatomy, yogic philosophy, history of yoga, sequencing, cueing and languaging, teaching methodology, Non-violent Communication, pranayama, and ayurveda. Here is a bigger breakdown of some of the topics covered:

Alignment, assists, benefits/contraindications for all basic and intermediate poses in the following categories: seated poses, twists, side bends, forward bends, inversions, arm balances, back bends. 

Yogic Philosophy: We will study the 8 limbs of yoga, the Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, the history of yoga, subtle/energetic anatomy such as the Koshas and the Chakra system. You will learn some Vedanta such as the three Gunas, and about Purusha, Prakriti, Atman, Brahman in a way that is accessible and relatable.

Non-violent Communication: a system developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, that we consider to be "meditation for your mouth". NVC is a form of communicating that allows one to have strong but compassionate boundaries, to identify one's own feelings and needs, so that in communication we can get right to the heart of the matter and connect with clarity. We believe this is important for all humans on the earth, but is especially pertinent to yoga teachers, as communication is a cornerstone of teaching.

Ayurveda: the sister science of yoga, we will learn self-care techniques, daily routines, and how to be in tune with our own nature and with nature itself so we can be more in the flow of life. 

Anatomy/Physiology: You'll learn from one of the foremost educators on anatomy for yoga teaching about muscles, bones, body systems, and how to integrate that information into understanding the physical asana practice more fully and how to let this knowledge inform your teaching. You will also learn how gross anatomy and subtle anatomy collide in a scientific way.

Sequencing: Learn how to sequence for yoga asana classes of all levels from different perspectives in a safe, anatomically sound, intelligent way. You'll practice co-creating and creating your own sequences, and understand on a foundational level the rhyme and reason for placement of postures in a class sequence.

Cueing/languaging: How to communicate the yoga practice, how to use words to bring understanding in your classes and empower your students in an authentic way, how to give cues that are helpful and bring understanding of alignment and breath that maintain the flow of the experience for students.

Business of Yoga: how to be a marketable yoga teacher and how to navigate the industry so you can put your expression of yoga and who you are out there into the yoga world. Learn from professionals in different facets of the yoga industry who are successful in the field.

Meditation: Develop a personal meditation practice, how to guide meditation in your classes, the science behind meditation.

Yin Yoga: Four hour intro to this practice that includes slowing down, changing the shape of connective tissue, introspection, and balancing out the body. If this is a path you'd like to follow in your own teaching, our resident yin teacher is happy to point you in the direction after training.

Pranayama: Learn many different yogic breath practices and how to guide them in your classes.

Q: Who are the teachers on staff at NSYA?

Q: There are so many yoga teachers? Does the world really need one more? Isn’t the market saturated?

A: The time has passed for hoping that someone else will step up and bring the hope and healing to the world that we know is needed. The yoga community needs to give a voice to the practice that brings us all personally so much peace so that we can contribute to the world with the clarity that it brings us.

Q: I have a busy life. How can I possibly fit this into my schedule?

A: You are able to miss and make up 20 hours of the training, which is helpful if you have prior commitments or something unexpected needs attending in your life. We have had doctors, ER nurses, doctoral students, mothers, and fathers successfully take training amidst their other responsibilities.

Q: I want to become a teacher. Will I be able to teach upon graduation?

A: Yes. If you want to learn to teach, NSYA gives you the skills to teach a safe, intelligently aligned vinyasa class and an understanding of the industry so you can be competitive in the field.

Q: What continuing mentorship is provided after the training?

A: CCY allows students who have successfully completed the training to assist one weekly class of a teacher of their choice (with the teacher's approval) for a committed time of 6 months. The student will receive 30-60 minutes outside of class time per week for mentorship and to review assists with their chosen teacher. The teachers from the training are also available for questions and support after the training is over.