Level One Teacher Training

What is teacher training like??

“I took my yoga teacher training at Yoga Flow and did not realize how much they taught until I started going to other studios to practice and teach. Yoga Flow really prepared me and I honestly feel like they set me up for success, I’m so grateful to have learned from Dominique and Michelle. They are so detail oriented but also keep the training FUN! Thank you so much for being a guiding light for my journey and my life, I LOVE Yoga Flow and all it’s Yogis.

Namaste, Marisa Class of 2019
Welcome

Training Details

In just 5 short months, become a Yoga Flow and Yoga Alliance Certified teacher. Yoga Flow has one of the best reputations for helping aspiring teachers gain the knowledge to be successful, safe, and well-respected. Yoga Flow is the only studio in the Pittsburgh area that has a community class training program that allows our trainees to teach actual yoga classes for an entire year as part of their training. Yoga Flow Teacher Training has certified over 150 teachers in the Pittsburgh area. Our training program walks you through learning the foundation of the asanas supported by the history of yoga as well as tuning into the spiritual energy within the yoga room. Yoga Flow has a unique Ujjayi Vinyasa sequencing created by Dominique Ponko. Our program led by Dominique and co-director Michelle Planert will prepare you to design a well-balanced yoga class and help you to pursue your dream of becoming an instructor by giving you the tools to share with others what Yoga has given you.

What to Expect:

Six Week Intensive Saturdays & Sundays
Trainings are in our Aspinwall location 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 2023 Dates:
  • 14th + 15th
  • 21st + 22md
  • 28th + 29th
February 2023 Dates:
  • 4th + 5th
  • 11th + 12th
  • 18th + 19th
    (26th if needed due to any weather cancellations)
Four Once-A-Month Meetings in our Aspinwall Studio
Sundays 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM
  • March 5th
  • April 2nd
  • May 7th
  • June 4th
  • Graduation Day

Assisting - Totaling 20 hours

*These hours can be completed at the Yoga Flow studio or studios most convenient to you.

You will then be required to assist a Yoga Flow teacher for 2 classes a month. You have the option if sitting in the back of the room taking notes on the teachers cues or walking around and adjusting the students (or a little of both). Each class you assist will be counted as 2 hours.

Classes - Totaling 80 hours

*These hours can be completed at the Yoga Flow studio or studios most convenient to you.

Each 'teacher in training' is required to take 40 Yoga Flow classes within the 5 months. This equals roughly 2 classes per week during the 5 month training. You may take as many or as little classes a week to compliment your work schedule. It is required, however, that you have all 40 classes completed before you can receive your certificate. We have noticed that the trainees with the most success practiced twice a week or more. And we suggest the more, the better. All 40 classes over the 5 months course are included in the cost of tuition. Each of the 40 classes will be counted as 2 hours.

The training totals 200 hours of a Yoga Flow Level 1 Teacher Training. You will be certified through Yoga Flow as well as Yoga Alliance, enabling you to teach anywhere in the world.

5 months unlimited yoga included in the tuition. Teacher Trainee will be responsible for regular Yoga Flow membership after the 5 month program has ended. Yoga Flow will provide the Training Workbook.

Trainees are responsible for the required books:

Quantum Yoga by Laura Baumann: the new expanded edition printed in Spring of 2013.

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff: second edition

People doing yoga

Pricing Details

$200 Training Deposit is Non-Refundable
$200 Deposits paid before December 1, 2022
TUITION GRAND TOTAL $2,600
$200 Deposits paid after December 1, 2022
TUITION GRAND TOTAL $2,800
Monthly payments available, please email us for details
yogaflowpittsburgh@gmail.com
If a trainee withdraws from the 2023 program after January 21st, they are responsible for the full tuition. Once trainees pay the remaining tuition they will be eligible to complete training in 2024.

Tuittion must be completed as of June 4, 2023.


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Yoga Flow RYT200

FAQs

How long is the program?

You can become a RYT200 in five short months

Is your training Yoga Alliance Certified?

Yes, Yoga Flow has been a certified school as part of Yoga Alliance since 2009 allowing its graduates to have the ability to teach anywhere in the world.

How many hours of training will I receive?

Our program is 200 hours over the course of 5 months, completing a level-one registered yoga teacher training.

How much is training?
  • $200 non-refundable deposit
  • Tuition is $2800 (register before December 1st and receive a $200 discount) 
  • We offer a monthly payment plan (inquire for more details)
  • If a Trainee withdraws from the 2023 program after January 21st, they are responsible for the full tuition. Once trainees pay the remaining tuition they will be eligible to complete training in 2024.
  • Tuition must be paid in full by June 4th, 2023. 
How many people have completed teacher training with Yoga Flow?

Yoga Flow has successfully trained over 300 yoga teachers in the Pittsburgh area. We’ve also recently trained 20 virtual students.

What sorts of skills will I gain from Yoga Flow’s training?

Aside from learning the fundamentals of teaching and designing a well-balanced yoga class and safely moving your students through postures, you can expect to gain the following skills:

  • People skills: interacting with your students from the time they walk in and roll out their mat to when they leave after class
  • Studio prep: creating an atmosphere for your students by engaging all of the senses through aesthetic, sounds, scents, temperature, lighting, etc. 
  • Confidence building: gain experience speaking in front of a room, projecting your voice and inspiring your students through leadership skills.
  • Management skills: managing your class schedule, being responsible for the studio while teaching, customer service and processing sales while in-studio and helping to maintain a clean and safe space. 
What is something I should know about Yoga Flow’s training compared to others?

Over the years Yoga Flow’s training has cultivated a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals. You can expect to meet life-long friends that will be with you long past your teacher training journey.

Will I receive opportunities to teach?

Trainees will have the unique opportunity to teach real, in-person, classes while observed by a Yoga Flow instructor. We believe this aspect of our training is key to a teacher’s success as it gives real-life experience on and off the mat.

How is the training structured?

We start with a 6-week intensive training on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-7pm in our Aspinwall Studio

  • January 2023 Saturday/Sunday
  • 14/15
  • 21/22
  • 28/29
  • February 2023
  • 11/12
  • 18/19
  • (26th if needed due to any weather cancellations)

After the intensive, we have four once-a-month meetings from 11:15am-3:15pm covering yoga anatomy, yoga injuries, prenatal information, names in Sanskrit, chakras, mudras, music/playlists and adjustments.

  • March 5th
  • April 2nd
  • May 7th
  • June 4th
  • Graduation day
Who leads Yoga Flow’s teacher training?

Yoga Flow has a unique Ujjayi Vinyasa sequencing created by Dominique Ponko. Our program is led by Dominique and co-director Michelle Planert with a combined teaching experience of 40 years.

Do I get to take class for free?

During the duration of teacher training, all trainees will receive a month-unlimited (5 months unlimited) package to attend class at any of our 5 studios

What are the requirements for training?
  • Attend 40 classes (an average of 2 classes per week)
  • Assist 20 classes (meet the teacher before class, prepare the room, observe the class and take notes, help close studio and receive mentorship from experienced teacher)
  • The time spent taking and assisting classes count towards your 200-hours.
Do I have to be good at yoga to do teacher training?

NO! You learn as you learn to teach. Your body will become stronger and more flexible through our comprehensive training. The only requirement is the desire to learn more about this sacred practice and to possibly teach yoga!

Will I learn how to adjust my students while in postures?

Yes, included in your teacher training hours you will learn and practice proper adjustment skills so that you can confidently keep your students safe while in a variety of postures.

Will the heat be on during training?

No, the studio is kept at room temperature for all of the training sessions.

What can I expect for the training sessions?

During training we spend an average of 50% of our time sitting on our mats, openly discussing and learning the material while completing the workbook. The other 50% of our time we spend practicing teaching each other in smaller groups as well as practicing with the class as a whole. The best way to gain teaching experience is to teach!

Will I have to purchase books?

A teacher training workbook will be provided on the first day of training, however, you will be responsible to purchase Quantum Yoga by Laura Baumann: the new expanded edition printed in Spring of 2013 and Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff: second edition prior to the first day of training.

What should I bring to training?

A journal/notebook, pens, highlighters, comfortable clothes (dress in layers), snacks and drinks, your purchased yoga books, yoga mat, quarters for parking on Saturdays. 

Do I get a lunch break?

Yes! We recommend bringing a packed lunch but there are some local options. We usually break for an hour.

Should I be nervous?

NO! There are no tests, no pass or fail. We keep working together until you feel confident. Get ready to go on the adventure of your life; finding your yoga tribe and discovering a new passion within you! 

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