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300 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher FAQs

  • Our Modular Your Yoga program is well-rounded to help you dive deeper into Anatomy, Therapeutically-Oriented, and various specialties like Prenatal, Yin and Seniors. In this very flexible program, you get to decide which particular module you take, at what time and taught by whom. And you have 5 years to complete 11 modules (some students do it within 2 years though). 

    If you want to specialize exclusively in the therapeutic applications of yoga, then our Therapeutically-Oriented program makes the most sense. It is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in Private Yoga Therapy sessions. We cover in-depth anatomy, physiology, psychology, and energy anatomy as each weekend builds upon the next. This program spans 11 weekends over 9 months. 

  • If your dream is to teach, we believe there are opportunities out there for you!  Many students find teaching prospects even before they complete our teacher training programs. Others search awhile before finding a good fit. Our caring staff will help brainstorm creative ideas with you during the program itself, discussing resumes, auditions, and private sessions. Asheville Yoga Center graduates teach everywhere, from yoga centers, hospitals, schools, and churches to private businesses and homes. We do not provide job placement.

  • We have graduated over one thousand 18–75 year-olds in our Advanced Training courses! The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion.

    Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics of alignment and anatomy so we can build off of a solid foundation with sequencing and adjustments. Our graduates have come from all over the world, and it is not unusual to have a foreigner in class with English as their second language. The average “median” is female, age 43, with a few years of teaching yoga under her belt.

  • Yes, of course.

    Many of our students enroll in our teacher training programs unsure of whether or not they will teach. There are countless ways to “teach” yoga. Numerous graduates go on to teach yoga classes; others go on to teach one-on-one yoga sessions with individual students; others just use their well-spring of wisdom to enhance their lives. All of our graduates go on to transform the world by shining in new ways. These Modules all have a large amount of peer teaching requirements, which will not only help to build more confidence in teaching and sharing your knowledge, but will deepen your own practice and understanding of yoga.

  • You are more than welcome to apply and enroll, but we do not recommend it. Whether or not you are new to yoga, this may not be the best time to dive into something as intense as motherhood and a yoga teacher training program all at once. We pack a lot of movement and activity into these three weeks, and while yoga training requires many demands of your body, so does pregnancy. To do both could be very stressful, and optimally, the baby grows without mama’s stress. We recommend revisiting the possibility once your baby is born and you are feeling the support to be away from family. Remember, growing a life inside of you is such a miraculous and precious experience, and our yoga teacher training program does completely different miraculous and precious things to your body as well. If you do enroll, please consider the timing of your delivery, as you will be held to the same attendance standards as students who are not pregnant.

  • Yes, in fact, most of us have an injury (minor or major, emotional or physical) when we embark on the yoga journey. A vital part of teaching yoga is learning how to make modifications and/or adaptations for individuals with injuries. Throughout all of the practice sessions during your training, modifications are offered and anatomy is discussed. We all become students and teachers capable of learning from each other. Please share your details on your application, and share them again with your instructor on the first day of training.

  • We suggest that you let your instructor(s) know about your observances so that you will not be asked to do anything in direct conflict with your beliefs.

    Please email with questions: info@youryoga.com

     

300 Hour Advanced Studies FAQs

  • Just like our 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Programs, we offer our students a taste of as many lineages as possible for the most well-rounded approach. We consider our programs to be non-biased, eclectic, and inspiring, offering the “greatest hits” from the best lineages. Our staff is certified in a variety of yoga schools, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kundalini, Bikram, Jivamukti, and Viniyoga, among others. By presenting different lineages of yoga, our hope is that students realize that many paths lead to the same goal, and they can then decide what resonates most with them. Our educational goal is to help release the student of their conditioned educational expectations. We are not here to indoctrinate our students. This is a noncompetitive, open-hearted educational environment with an emphasis on personal growth, taught by exceptional leaders in the yoga field.

     

  • Nothing other than the Required Reading, which is listed on each individual Modular description. Because the Modular program is a drop-in registration-based program, we don’t have any cohesive homework element. You are required to complete 100 hours of student teaching and 25 hours of karma teaching.

    See below: “What exactly is required for Graduation?

  • They are priced individually on our online store All titles are also available for sale individually onsite at our Boutique.

  • You will be informed upon registering for each individual Module as to whether or not it is
    recommended that you bring your book(s) with you.

  • 1. To be eligible for the 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification, you will need to have already obtained a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. Your 200 Hour education can be from any approved school, not just the Asheville Yoga Center (more info on Yoga Alliance).

    2. Have an established daily Yoga Practice (recommended: 30–90 minutes, 5-6 days a week).  You will not be required to provide documentation, just work through the honor system.  More explanation in your Welcome and Information Packet upon registration.

    3. Because you are required to document 100 teaching hours to be eligible for Yoga Alliance credit (can be done before, during or after the program), we strongly recommend you begin teaching as soon as possible.  It can be public or private classes; individuals or groups; free or for a charge.  No matter what, get out there and start teaching! Our program will be addressing all kinds of “issues” yoga teachers find in the classroom, as we expect our 300 Hour students to be practicing what they are learning.

    4.  Application

    5.  Payment (see below “MONEY AND FINANCES”).

    6.  A willingness to grow.  A ready heart to receive and an open mind to blossom!

    We try to make it as simple as possible. After reading as much as you can from this website, if you still have questions please contact our 300 Hour Program Advisor. Then, when you’re confident that you are ready to begin accumulating your course credits, please fill out the application online and pay the $150 application fee. This fee does not count towards any individual Modules; rather, it covers all administrative costs. You will receive an immediate email of payment confirmation. After we have reviewed your application and received your deposit, then a Welcome and Information Packet will be provided via email within 10 business days (you will also be given the option to receive your welcome packet via the Postal Service).

  • You are strongly encouraged to complete the program within 2 years.

    Have all financial obligations completed. This means your full tuition balance must be paid in full to receive any credit or certification.

    Have 100% attendance.  We understand that sometimes, make-ups are necessary.  Please see tab “Student Details, Attendance and Demographics” for details on make-ups. You will be considered finished once the make-ups are completed and 100% attendance has been recorded (and 100% of all homework requirements have been met). There are no writing assignments in the Modular program, only student teaching (below), and required reading for each individual Module (which relies on the honor system).

    Have taught 100 hours of yoga: This can be done before, during, or after the program. We strongly recommend you begin teaching now! It can be public or private classes; individuals or groups; free, barter or for a fee.  No matter what, get out there and start teaching! Our program will be addressing all kinds of “issues” yoga teachers find in the classroom, as we expect all of our 300hr students to be practicing what they are learning. You will be allowed to grandfather in 12 previous months of teaching experience, if necessary.

    Have taught 25 hours of free yoga. This is not free yoga to your friends. This is our segment on SEVA: donating your time to those who would not otherwise ever take yoga: women’s shelters, jails, senior centers, VA hospitals, lower-income housing, etc. More details upon registration as well.

    Have a current CPR certification upon graduation (although we strongly recommend you get your training now, and maintain it throughout your entire life!). AYC does not currently have any instructors for this. We recommend you do your own research.

    Pay the $50 Completion fee: You will be given a special Completion link once all the above requirements are met, to complete your Asheville Yoga Center 300hr program. Once this administrative fee is complete, you will receive your certificate. This fee covers administrative costs in maintaining Yoga Alliance standards.

  • Asheville Yoga Center makes every effort to prepare for finalizing the program by sending out biannual emails to those people who are close to finishing. We apologize for not having a more efficient tracking system at this time; therefore, it is always in your best interest to also track your Modules yourself. We provide you these grids upon registration and can send you more if needed. Please let us know when you have completed all 11 Modules, and be sure to include your current contact info, mailing address, teaching grids, and CPR copy. We will then verify this through our system, confirm that all of your requirements have been met, and email you the link for the $50 Completion Fee. Upon receiving payment, you will receive your Graduation Packet, which includes Yoga Alliance instructions and the Asheville Yoga Center 300Hour Certificate. Please allow 10 business days for graduation processing. If you don’t hear from us, or even if you do, please contact our 300 Hour Program Advisor with any questions.

  • Our Modules average 30–80 people per event. Often the average is 35, which can seem like a cozy room, full of people and yoga props, but our instructors give ample Q&A time — as well as small peer group teaching time — so you leave each Module with the confidence to apply what you have learned. Most of our programs fill up ahead of time, so don’t wait too long to enroll!

  • You will be sent a tracking grid upon registration to keep a record of your credits.

    You should also be receiving an annual email reminder from our automated system indicating that you are 1, 2, 3, or 4 years into the program, to help you in remembering when your program expires (5 years from application date).

    To track your credits yourself, your account should be current in our system MindBody Online (MBO). You used this system to initially enroll for this Modular program, and you should be able to log into your account at any time. Choose “Purchase History” and click on “Show All Dates.” Any grandfathered credits from an earlier time at Asheville Yoga Center will be added within 10 business days of your enrollment. Please contact our 300 Hour Program Advisor, with any questions.

  • Yoga Alliance recommends 2 years, but allows 5. AYC is in agreement with a 2 year goal because as we know, Yoga is a growing field, and new training and information is always arising. Thus, AYC makes new Modules to inform the public, sometimes doing away with older or out-of-date Modules. In addition to frequent changes, pricing increases every few years, so it can be cost-effective to get it done within 2 years. If you have not met all of your requirements after 5 years, you will need to pay Asheville Yoga Center a $100 extension fee to be allowed 12 more months for completion.

Advanced Studies Money & Finances

  • To join our Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program, you need to register online with a $150 application fee accompanying your application. Then, you pay for each of the 11 Modules separately online, as you pick and choose your way through the program. There is a final $50 completion fee to cover administrative costs when you are finished with the program requirements. 

    This Modular format averages in total around $3800 – $4200 without any Early Bird discounts  (and around $3100 – $3400 with Early Bird discounts). A weekend Module averages $300, and it includes a Friday evening session, two sessions on Saturday, and one or two on Sunday. The longer the program, the more the pricing goes up. Each Module has its pricing and hours listed online individually.  We have no full program tuition.

    All pricing is subject to change.
    Tuition does not include books, housing, or meals.

     

  • The full $150 application fee is due upon immediate completion of the online application. This will begin the time clock; after that, you will have 5 years to complete your training, although we recommend sooner.

     

  • No. You will need to pay the $150 registration in full with your application. Then each Module must be paid in full with each online individual registration. There is also a $50 completion fee (see tab: Curriculum, Homework, and Yoga Alliance).

     

  • Partial scholarships may be available for each session depending upon enrollment. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information. Unfortunately, we do not offer work study for teacher trainings.

     

     

  • Refund Policy: Cancellation notices should be in writing (via email). Your initial registration fee of $150 is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    For individual Module refunds, cancellation requests must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event start date. Cancellations received with less than 24 hours’ notice will forfeit the full enrollment fee.

    Event PriceCancellation Fee
    $0 – $50$15
    $51 – $100$25
    $0 – $50$15
    $101 – $200$50
    $201 – $300$75
    $301 – $450$100
    $450 and up$150

    The Asheville Yoga Center reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. If this occurs, a full refund will be issued.

     

  • No. According to Yoga Alliance guidelines, no outside transfer credits are allowed in any 300 Hour program. All Modules must be completed through Asheville Yoga Center.

Therapeutically Oriented FAQs

  • ***To be eligible for the 300 Hour certification you will need to have already obtained a Yoga Alliance Certification at the 200 Hour level, (from the Asheville Yoga Center or elsewhere).

    Pre-requisites

    1. Certificate from a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance program (doesn’t have to be from Asheville Yoga). Please contact us if you have special circumstances.
    2. Own and watch several times: Anatomy for Yoga DVD by Paul Grilley
    3. Know your bones! You should be able to name all the bones from this diagram by heart on the first day of the course, as there will be a quiz.
    4. Read Yoga as Medicine by Yoga Journal and Timothy McCall   (one of our required reading texts). Then, write a one page paper: Pick 2 chapters between 8 – 27 from Yoga as Medicine, and write a chapter summary (1-2 paragraphs) and present 5 yoga poses a person with this condition could work on individually at home to ease any discomfort ,(cannot be same poses as presented in the chapter itself). Please bring this assignment with you to turn in on the first day of the program.
    5. A current CPR certification (two year expiration on certification). Please bring your copy to be shown to instructor on the first day of class.
  • ELEVEN Required Books (not included in tuition price)
    Order the entire book bundle or buy individual books

    *of the following, any edition is fine*

    1. Anatomy for Yoga DVD (not a book) by Paul Grilley
    2. Yoga as Medicine by Yoga Journal and Timothy McCall
    3. Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman MD and Ellen Saltonstall
    4. The Muscle Book by Paul Blakey
    5. Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering through Yoga by Amy Weintraub
    6. Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice by Richard Miller (book and cd)
    7. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar
    8. Light on Pranayama; The Yogic Art of Breathing by BKS Iyengar
    9. Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind and Heart by Gary Kraftsow
    10. Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Sanford
    11. Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis by Loren Fishman MD and Eric Small

      Also recommended reading, not required:

      The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach
      Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel and Robin Dorn
      NonViolent Communication by Marshall B Rosenberg
      Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz
      The Yoga of Breath: A Step by Step Guide by Richard Rosen
      Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals by Richard Rosen
  • Full attendance in the program is required for Yoga Alliance certification. It is not recommended or desired that you anticipate missing any weekends or segments. In the case of emergency only, making up the weekend will require extra time, money and sometimes travel.

    100% attendance is strictly enforced. This includes 15 minutes increments.
    Absences will need to be made up on an agreed upon time frame with these expected fines:
    $300 if an entire weekend is missed
    $200 if a partial weekend is missed
    -both of these fees cover admin costs, private instructor hourly fee, and homework. Certification will be withheld until 100% attendance is completed.

    Do you have questions, comments or concerns? Please contact us.

  • Two additional weekend electives are required to complete this program. The cost of these electives is NOT included in your tuition. You can select any of our 300 hour YA modules that are part of our 300 hour Advanced Training Program to fill this requirement, (weekend workshop, 3 full days, 4 full days or 5 full days). We encourage you to choose electives that you feel will enhance your teaching, your personal growth and your home practice. We will support your choice if it is chosen with that integrity. You can find a listing of these here 300 Hour Advanced Studies Modular program.

    You may receive credit for electives you have already taken, as long as they were taken no earlier than one year prior to your start date, (your application will have room to list these). However, if you completed our 300 Hour Modular program (11 modules) we cannot give you “double credit”, you will need to take TWO additional modules. Luckily we have so many new and varied modules each year, you can still pick and choose whatever interests you, (even if you were to repeat a module that you loved you would still benefit immensely as repetition is sometimes our best learning method!)
    More details with registration packet upon acceptance, as well as detailed discussion our first weekend together.

    50 hours of teaching (paid or unpaid, group classes or private). These hours can be retro-active six months prior to start day of program and need to be completed within one year of your program start date. These 50 hours are in addition to the 25 required Karma hours below. More details with registration packet upon acceptance, as well as detailed discussion our first weekend together.

    25 hours of karma yoga (this is Seva, or free service). These are classes you offer to those who would otherwise not be able to come to yoga: (in hospital beds; women’s shelters; school classrooms; veterans, etc.)  These classes are not to your friends or family.  Think about different socio-economic groups that literally don’t have access to yoga – this is the karma yoga contingiency.  These hours can be retro-active six months prior to start day of program and need to be completed within one year of your program start date. These 25 hours are in addition to the 50 required teaching hours above. More details with registration packet upon acceptance, as well as detailed discussion our first weekend together.

    A personal yoga journal documenting your home practice 6 days per week for the duration of the program. More details with registration packet upon acceptance, as well as detailed discussion our first weekend together.

  • Please make sure your application is submitted to process your payment. You may pay in full or hold your spot and any early bird discounts with a $500 deposit.

    Tuition: $4200
    *Early Bird Special available*

    Payment Information:
    We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express with our online payment system.

    If you would like to pay by cash or check please do so at the Front desk of Asheville Yoga Center or email our Program Director with questions at info@youryoga.com.

    Tuition does not include accommodations, food or books. 

    Programs often fill months before starting date, so please plan ahead.  We suggest booking housing with us at Namastay House or contact info@youryoga.com.

    We accept the first 28 applicants that qualify. If you apply but the program is already filled, we will contact you and place you on the waiting list if you choose.

    Once you pay the $500 deposit, you must have half the tuition paid by first session, with full balance paid off by weekend 4, otherwise you will be suspended from the program. Of course, you may pay off your full balance before or by the first session.

    Cancellation Policy:
    From your deposit or full tuition, $150 is non-refundable and non-transferable until 7 days before the start date. Cancellation notices (via email or phone calls) received within 7 days of the start of a training session will result in forfeiture of your entire $500 deposit, any remaining balance will be refunded. Withdrawals from active trainings will result in the loss of all fees with refunds to be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Attendance and Demographics

  • We have graduated over one thousand 18–75 year-olds in our Advanced Training courses! The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion.

    Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics of alignment and anatomy so we can build off of a solid foundation with sequencing and adjustments. Our graduates have come from all over the world, and it is not unusual to have a foreigner in class with English as their second language. The average “median” is female, age 43, with a few years of teaching yoga under her belt.

  • Our Modules average 30–80 people per event. Often the average is 35, which can seem like a cozy room, full of people and yoga props, but our instructors give ample Q&A time — as well as small peer group teaching time — so you leave each Module with the confidence to apply what you have learned. Most of our programs fill up ahead of time, so don’t wait too long to enroll!

  • Yes, of course.

    Many of our students enroll in our teacher training programs unsure of whether or not they will teach. There are countless ways to “teach” yoga. Numerous graduates go on to teach yoga classes; others go on to teach one-on-one yoga sessions with individual students; others just use their well-spring of wisdom to enhance their lives. All of our graduates go on to transform the world by shining in new ways. These Modules all have a large amount of peer teaching requirements, which will not only help to build more confidence in teaching and sharing your knowledge, but will deepen your own practice and understanding of yoga.

  • You will be sent a tracking grid upon registration to keep a record of your credits.

    You should also be receiving an annual email reminder from our automated system indicating that you are 1, 2, 3, or 4 years into the program, to help you in remembering when your program expires (5 years from application date).

    To track your credits yourself, your account should be current in our system MindBody Online (MBO). You used this system to initially enroll for this Modular program, and you should be able to log into your account at any time. Choose “Purchase History” and click on “Show All Dates.” Any grandfathered credits from an earlier time at Asheville Yoga Center will be added within 10 business days of your enrollment. Please contact Dana, our 300 Hour Program Advisor, with any questions.

  • Yoga Alliance recommends 2 years, but allows 5. AYC is in agreement with a 2 year goal because as we know, Yoga is a growing field, and new training and information is always arising. Thus, AYC makes new Modules to inform the public, sometimes doing away with older or out-of-date Modules. In addition to frequent changes, pricing increases every few years, so it can be cost-effective to get it done within 2 years.  If you have not met all of your requirements after 5 years, you will need to pay Asheville Yoga Center a $100 extension fee to be allowed 12 more months for completion.

  • You are more than welcome to apply and enroll, but we do not recommend it. Whether or not you are new to yoga, this may not be the best time to dive into something as intense as motherhood and a yoga teacher training program all at once. We pack a lot of movement and activity into these three weeks, and while yoga training requires many demands of your body, so does pregnancy. To do both could be very stressful, and optimally, the baby grows without mama’s stress. We recommend revisiting the possibility once your baby is born and you are feeling the support to be away from family. Remember, growing a life inside of you is such a miraculous and precious experience, and our yoga teacher training program does completely different miraculous and precious things to your body as well. If you do enroll, please consider the timing of your delivery, as you will be held to the same attendance standards as students who are not pregnant.

  • Yes, in fact, most of us have an injury (minor or major, emotional or physical) when we embark on the yoga journey. A vital part of teaching yoga is learning how to make modifications and/or adaptations for individuals with injuries. Throughout all of the practice sessions during your training, modifications are offered and anatomy is discussed. We all become students and teachers capable of learning from each other. Please share your details on your application, and share them again with your instructor on the first day of training.

  • We suggest that you let your instructor(s) know about your observances so that you will not be asked to do anything in direct conflict with your beliefs.

    Please email with questions: info@youryoga.com