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Yoga Teacher Training: Your Questions Answered


Weekends Program (8 or 4 months program): 

It’s your responsibility to obtain any missed material, through additional workshops with Savannah Yoga Center or private sessions scheduled with one of the program instructors. This make-up time is an extra financial responsibility of the student and is not included in your teacher training tuition. Attendance at the first two weekends and the last two weekends are mandatory and required to graduate.

Who will be my instructor?

Kelley Boyd, E-RYT 500 and founder of Savannah Yoga Center, is the director of our yoga teacher training programs. To foster diversity, our 200-hour course features several teachers, all of whom offer a unique perspective on the art of yoga. Learn more about Kelley, and meet the SYC teachers. Our excellent teacher training staff often includes:

  • Ann Carroll, ERYT 500: Yoga Philosophy, Pregnancy Yoga, Women’s Issues, Chakras, Meditation.
  • Betsy Powers, ERYT 200, Somatic Therapist: Meditation, Movement Therapy, Vinyasa Krama, Yoga for Emotional Healing
  • Carol Morrissey, RN, 500 hr CYT, Anusara Certified: nutrition, anatomy and biomechanics
  • David Keil: Ashtanga yoga, anatomy, bandhas and more: visit David's site
  • Dragana Pavic-Zappia, Kundalini Yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy, Reiki.
  • Lauren McDonald, Forrest Yoga Certified
  • Jann Bowyer, Iyengar Certified Teacher
  • Kathryn Budig, Certified Senior Yoga Teacher, Author, sequencing, advanced asana, general badass: visit Kathryn's site
  • Katy Keyes, SYC certified, LMT, Ayurveda: anatomy and Yoga for Seniors and Yoga for Cancer Survivors
  • Kelley Boyd, E-RYT 500: Lotus Flow, sequencing, musicality, business of yoga, pranayama. As the founder of Savannah Yoga Center, Kelley’s mission is to make yoga creative, fun and your personal offering to the world.
  • Kevin Sharpe, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Ethics of Teaching Yoga, Author.
  • Namrata Jain, Certified 500hr Yoga Teacher, Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Pranayama, Chanting

All 200-hour yoga teacher training instructors are certified and hold over 10,000 hours of training, practice and apprenticeship. They’re also registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYTs (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) at the 200- or 500-hour levels. Our teacher training faculty have made the deepest commitments to their practices, serving others and carrying on their yoga lineages.

How many people will be in class?

We accept a maximum of 26 students for the 8-month & 4-month programs..

Will I have homework?

Yes, you will be assigned 11 books, and you’ll be asked to write various papers and turn in class evaluations. Expect to do about 30-40 hours of homework during the 200-hour course.

How much should I expect to pay for books and materials?

Your books should cost around $220. You can buy them from the Savannah Yoga Center, though you can always try your local library or buy them from your local mom-n-pop bookstore.

I’m coming from out-of-town. Where can I stay?

You may want to start with our list of recommended accommodations, which range from rooms in houses to hotels and bed and breakfasts. Many students prefer to set up carpools and shared lodgings with their classmates.  Due to privacy concerns, we’re not able to share directory info with students until the course has begun.

After I graduate, where will I be able to teach?

With your 200-hour certification, you’ll be able to apply to teach yoga at a variety of venues—studios, gyms, park departments, schools, etc. While there are no legal requirements for teaching yoga, most studios require their teachers to be registered with Yoga Alliance. The 200-hour level of training will equip you to teach basic classes; your teaching repertoire will grow as you increase your level of training.

Are there prerequisites for applying?

Yes, applicants must have an established asana practice for a minimum of 6 months. This means practicing physical yoga 3-6 times a week, in public yoga classes and/or at home.

What type of certification will I receive?

Upon successful completion of program requirements (course hours and homework), you’ll earn the 200-Hour Course Completion Certificate from the Savannah Yoga Center. This certification enables you to register with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level if you choose.

What if I miss a class?

Attendance is essential to understanding the progressive manner of the material. A maximum of 12 missed hours are allowable. Any more than 12 hours and we ask that the student reapply at a time when their life has space for the dedication required in the program.

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