Frequently Asked Questions

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, either in public yoga classes and/or at home.

What certificate will I receive?
With your successful completion of the program requirements (course hours and homework) you will earn the 200-Hour Course Completion Certificate from the Savannah Yoga Center. This Certificate 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.
24 day Intensive-Due to the intensive nature of this program no days or sessions can be missed. Missing days or sessions will result in removal from the program.
8 Month Program-It is your responsibility to obtain any missed material, through additional workshops with Savannah Yoga Center or private Yoga sessions scheduled with one of the teaching staff instructors of the program. This make up time is an extra financial responsibility of the student and is not included in your Teacher Training Tuition. Please do not miss any sessions as it will cost you more money to make up the hours. Attendance of the first two weekends and the last two weekends are mandatory and required in order to graduate.

Who will be my instructor?
The Director, Kelley Boyd, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching Yoga for 11 years. A native of Savannah, GA. She attained her 200hr teaching certificate from Stephanie Keach, Asheville Yoga Center and her 500 hour certification from Dana Fynn, Laughing Lotus NYC. Kelley is currently influenced by these dynamic senior teachers: Dana Flynn, Kathryn Budig, Desiree Rumbaugh, Bryan Kest and Sean Johnson. Her varied background brings a creative and lively style to the class. Kelley, owner and operator of the Savannah Yoga Center teaches Flow Yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher trainings throughout the South East.
The 200-hour course will be taught by not one but several of the South East’s top yoga teachers.

OUR EXCELLENT STAFF OF TEACHERS INCLUDE but limited to:
• Ann Carroll, E-RYT 500, Certified Doula, specializing in prenatal, yoga for work, meditation and Yoga philosophy (aikyayoga.com)
• Betsy Boyd Strong, RYT, Children’s Yoga
• Barbara Hall, RN, IYT and AYC Certified, Anusara Certified, specializing in anatomy and Yoga therapy
• Christine Bellmor, YT500, Jivamukti Certified
• Jann Bowyer, Iyengar Certified (yogaonvine.com)
• David Keil –  Ashtanga, Anatomy, bandhas and more
• Katy Keyes, SYC certified, LMT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, specializing in anatomy and Yoga therapy for special populations
• Kelley Boyd, E-RYT 500, director of the program specializing in flow yoga, sequencing, pranayama and making yoga creative, fun and all yours
• Kevin Sharpe, RYA, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy yoga teacher. (cbmt.net)

The teachers of the 200-hour Level are Certified Yoga Instructors with over 10,000 hours of training, practice, and apprenticing.  They are also registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYTs (“Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher”) at the 200 or 500 hour levels (the highest level awarded). The members of the teacher training faculty have made very deep commitments to their own practice of Yoga as well as serving others and carrying on their Yoga lineage by training teachers.

How many people will be in class? We accept a maximum of 27 students.

Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have eleven books to read and as well as various papers to write and class evaluations as part of your homework..  Expect 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, Check out your local library or please try to buy them from your local mom and pop bookstore.

I am coming from out-of-town.  Where can I stay?
We will provide you with a list of local recommended accommodations, ranging from rooms in houses, to hotels and bed and breakfasts. Many students find that they prefer to set up carpools and shared lodgings with their classmates while they are here.  We regret that, due to privacy concerns, we are not able to share directory information with students until the course has begun.

After I graduate, where will I be able to teach?
Upon completion, you will be able to apply to teach yoga at a variety of venues, such as studios, gyms, park departments, and schools.  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.