Square One Yoga 200-hour Yoga
Teacher Training Program

January 15 - May 8, 2022

Please join us for an information session:

Sunday, November 14th from 4 PM - 5 PM.

This session will take place on Zoom.

Register Here.

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For many of us, the desire to continue learning about yoga and deepening our practice is strong. We see how we are happier, stronger, and more resilient as the direct result of our practice. Many of us even go so far as to say yoga saved our lives. We practice, and the results are obvious, but we still have questions that aren’t answered in our regular yoga classes.

Questions like: 

  • Why is yoga so effective at improving physical and emotional well-being? 

  • What can I do to deepen my practice beyond yoga poses and studio classes? 

  • What is the history of yoga? 

  • What are the philosophical underpinnings? 

  • How do I practice safely and effectively? 

  • What do I need to understand about movement and anatomy so that I can develop a deeper understanding of my body? 

  • If I want to teach yoga, what are the best practices and how do I get started? 

  • If I share this practice with others, how do I best create an inclusive, trauma-informed, and body-positive experience for my students?

If you have wondered these things or you find the questions compelling, then yoga teacher training is your next logical step.
 

What makes Square One’s program different?

Square One is committed to making yoga as accessible as possible to a broad range of students. 

Accessibility has a lot to do with how we teach poses, of course. But we take accessibility to a deeper and more subtle level: how are the teachings inviting, not just to a wide range of bodies, but to a wide range of human beings with all our complexities, psyches, and emotional constitutions? In other words, yes, let’s teach poses in a way that invites people with all manner of physical abilities to practice, and let’s also make sure that the way we teach and the way we create spaces for yoga are inviting for people emotionally as well.  

We understand that accessibility means safety. If we do not feel emotionally and physically safe in a space, it is actually not accessible to us. Our job as a yoga school is to create an environment that is accessible because it is a safe place for students to bring their entire selves. That means our classes and our programs strive to be body positive, trauma-informed, socially aware, and respectful of the culture that brought us this practice.

Square One Yoga acknowledges that people of color are under-represented in yoga communities, particularly yoga studios. In order to encourage diversity in yoga spaces, we offer one full scholarship to a student of color who plans to teach yoga professionally. Please email katy@squareoneyoga.com for application details.

 

Square One’s Yoga Teacher Training Program is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an opportunity to talk with the director and faculty about the program?


Yes, we will hold information sessions both online and in-person. Currently scheduled information sessions are:
Sunday, October 3rd from 2 PM - 3:30 PM. This session will take place on Zoom. Register here.

Tuesday, November 9 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM.
This session will be in-person at the El Cerrito studio with a Zoom option. Register here.




What are the time and financial commitments?


The schedule for the training is: January 15 - May 8, 2021 Saturdays from 11:15 AM - 7 PM at the El Cerrito Studio and Sundays from 12:15 PM - 7 PM at the Temescal Studio We will take February 19-20 off for Presidents Day weekend. We will also break April 9-10 for Spring Break, and the morning of May 8 will be free for Mother’s Day. Some outside work and practice are expected. Most students commit 1-2 hours per week on average for study and at least 3 hours per week for practice. The cost of the course is $3250. If you register and pay the $350 non-refundable deposit by November 15, 2021, the cost of the training is $2950. Payment plans are available. An administrative fee of $55 applies to payment plans. In addition, the cost of books will run around $100. Tuition includes unlimited classes from January 15 - May 8, 2021. Members receive 10% off tuition. Membership must be active from registration through January 14, but may be paused during training. The repl memberships are not eligible for discount.




Are there any scholarships available?


One full scholarship will be awarded to a person of color who plans to become a professional yoga teacher. In addition, we typically offer 1-2 partial scholarships for people who are willing to be assistants in the training. The duties include light cleaning, taking attendance, and making copies. Preference is given to people who are currently participating in our work-trade program. For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please email katy@squareoneyoga.com. Application deadline is December 1, 2021.




What if I am not interested in being a yoga teacher?


At least half of the people who have completed our program did not register because they wanted to teach. While we will cover a considerable amount of information about teaching, this work will enhance your own practice and possibly your professional pursuits outside of yoga. Our yoga teacher training is a broad education in yoga, from poses to philosophy and beyond. It is suitable for curious students, whether or not they plan to teach. Many people enter the program without any intention of becoming yoga teachers, but after the months of practice and reflection offered in the training, they end up with a strong desire to share yoga with others and start teaching.




Are there any prerequisites required for registration?


There are no formal requirements to participate in the training, except a strong desire to deepen your yoga practice. If you plan to teach, we recommend that you have at least two years of regular practice before beginning teacher training.




What if I have injuries or am not able to do certain poses?


Working with injuries and physical limitations is helpful to everyone in the training since we are there at least in part to understand the body and learn from each other how to make yoga a sustainable practice for everyone. Many people worry that if they can’t do fancy poses like handstands or arm balances they are not ready for advanced yoga training. The vast majority of our asana practices during this training will consist of simple, everyday poses and sequences. Students will be encouraged to go at their own pace and take care of their individual needs. While we will spend some time working on challenging poses, it is not mandatory that you are able to do them at any point during the program. We only ask that you come to those practices with an open mind and a sense of playfulness and adventure.




What is the refund and cancelation policy?


Students who cancel November 30 or earlier will be refunded all payments except the $350 non-refundable deposit. The deposit can be applied to a future training. Students who cancel between December 1 and December 31 will be refunded all payments except the deposit and a $150 administrative fee. The deposit can be applied to a future training. No refunds or credits will be given after December 31.




What happens if I need to miss some of the training?


Attendance at all sessions is required for graduation. Up to 12.5 hours may be missed for emergencies and crucial family events, but make-up work is required.





Who is on the faculty of the training?