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YTT Q & A

200-hour program at Quintessential Wellness – Clayton

What are the qualifications for applying to the program?

You should have a regular and consistent yoga practice for at least one year prior to applying. It is best if you are willing to be dedicated, open to experiencing new concepts and ideas about your practice.  We will conduct a brief phone interview to ensure this program is the right fit for you.

What if I have to miss a class?

While it is possible to make up some parts of the weekend modules, other portions are impossible to make up, such as those with guest instructors. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know as early as possible and we will work with you toward a solution. In general, missed classroom hours must be made up at the rate of $40/hour.

What hours are required for the course, outside of weekend modules?

There are nine weekend modules, once per month for nine months. In addition, trainees are required to complete:

  • 8 Yoga classes outside of the hosting facility
  • Personal practice of at least 7 minutes a day
  • 10 hours of Karma Yoga (assisting yoga classes, volunteer with YogaFest, Karma Yoga)
  • Journal entries

In addition, there will be reading and writing assignments each month, to be completed before the next module. Total program hours exceed Yoga Alliance requirements in all categories.

What is a typical weekend schedule?

You are expected to be on time and ready at the start time. That means seated and ready for meditation with everything needed for that day.

  • We begin on Friday at 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday sessions run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday morning begins at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This program provides you with nine weekend modules, handouts, one-on-one mentoring, guest lectures and more. Books on the reading list are not included in the course fee, but may be purchased through amazon (consider free download versions or used).

What is the assessment process?

In order to graduate from the program, the following items must be complete:
    • Perfect attendance (or hours made up) and active participation in all weekend modules
    • 8 Class reviews completed before final YTT weekend
    • 10 hours of Karma Yoga completed before final YTT weekend
    • Satisfactory completion of written assignments
    • Passing grade on written exam
    • Successful final practice teach, based on five criteria:
        1. Teaching skills (effective use of voice, demo, connection to students)
        2. Verbal and physical assists (appropriate and effective use)
        3. Language (verbal cues, clarity of instruction)
        4. Demonstrate understanding of proper alignment, benefits and contraindications and safety of asana

What do I receive at the end?

Successful completion of the yoga teacher training program entitles you to a graduation certificate, with which you may apply to Yoga Alliance for registration as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level.

What is the refund policy?

Course deposit of $150 is nonrefundable. Withdrawal from the course prior to Jan. 1st 2017, results in a refund of tuition paid. Without exception, there are no refunds after January 1.  If you have uncertainty about the intensity of the course or time commitment involved, please talk to us before registering for the program.

Contact Nancy Gilbert, ERYT, RPYT 919-210-9782

Can I attend if I am not from the area?

Absolutely, we have available for a small fee (20.00 a night) a lovely home in the Clayton area (2 miles from QW). The home has 2 bedrooms, one room has a queen bed and the other has twin beds, and a private bath for these two rooms to share. The home is offered on a first come bases and will require RSVP before January 1.

I don’t want to teach yoga, is this the right program for me?

It is an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge and experience of yoga and it is up to you to decide if you want to share yoga. I will add that those who have attended in the past who said they did not want to teach found that teaching yoga is exciting and easier than they thought with our system for class structure. Bottom line – it is your call.