200 Hour Teacher Training FAQs

What is the benefit of a 200 hour yoga teacher training?

The River’s 200 Hour yoga teacher training was created so that participants can learn about the history, philosophy, anatomy, assisting, energetic, ethical and business aspects of yoga. Trainees will finish 200 hours of teacher training with their knowledge of yoga expanded, their self awareness piqued and ready to confidently, competently and safely lead a 60 minute yoga class.

Whether or not one choses to teach yoga and share what they have learned or simply enrich their understanding of yoga, this training will deliver a well rounded experience. Students will learn strong, safe alignment, modifications for injuries and the “why” behind alignment queues and principles.

Over the course of 200 hours, trainees will learn effective methodology for delivering the message of yoga or really whatever they wish to convey, in clear and concise language. Through repetition, feedback and self study, trainees will find or refine the style of expression that best suits them.

Do I have to be at a “certain level” of yoga to do training? Do I need to be able to do crow/handstand/insert any pose name to do a yoga teacher training?
A variety of experience levels is expected and appreciated in The River Teacher Training Program. Beginner students make great teachers as they have a fresh perspective and remember what it’s like to be new. No specific amount of yoga experience is required. Participants will practice yoga often to learn what each pose feels like in their bodies. In the last teacher training program we had students that had been practicing yoga anywhere from 6 months to 10 years.
What happens if I need to miss a day during the teacher training course?
Stress not! We will be offering make up hours! Even if you need to miss 10%, that’s a whole weekend, you can catch up. While we know you won’t want to miss a second, we understand that life happens. You will receive the content for your missed session and/or come to a make up session. If you know in advance what date you’ll miss, even better!
Finances are tight. Is there any way to pay the yoga teacher training cost over time?
To help make The River Teacher Training course affordable, we have payment plan options! A $500 deposit before the start of the program secures your spot (we did sell out our first one!) but then the remainder (or your first payment) is not due until January 1st. You can pay as you go. We just ask that you’re paid in full by the end of your training. You can post date checks for every month or bi-monthly. We will work with you to make it happen!
I don’t think I want to be a yoga teacher? Is that okay?
Of course it’s ok! The River teacher training is a whole life experience. You will learn the confidence to speak powerfully in front of people. To convey the knowledge you learn and the knowledge that’s already in you. You will be in the best shape of your life, feel amazing and inspired. You will make life long friendships with your community and with yourself. You will shed layers, become even lighter and you can always teach later if you change your mind. Or not!
I have already completed a power vinyasa teacher training already. Will I benefit from this 200 hour yoga training or should I look for an “advanced” training?
You will absolutely benefit from the training. Between The River’s trainers, faculty, guest speakers, fellow trainees and alumni, you will surely learn something brand new about yoga and yourself. This will be a completely unique experience. In our last teacher training, we had established teachers attend and they certainly benefited as their teaching is even stronger now!
Will my yoga practice grow stronger? Will my voice grow clearer/louder if I complete this teacher training?
With nearly 100 hours spent on inside of the practice of yoga, you will undoubtedly grow stronger chatarungas and back bends. You will finally discover a favorite “peak” pose you may not have gotten before. If public speaking or even authenticity has been challenging in your life, we will begin on the very first weekend cultivating a stronger sense of self. Each day in training there will be an opportunity to bring light to any place you would like to grow. Yoga teacher training is an experience where you will get out whatever you put into it.Each step you take whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual will create change in your life, especially if that is what you seek. With that said, this yoga teacher training will require not only intention, but work, so showing up, asking questions, and being vulnerable will only enable your goals to come to life.
Why should I choose The River to complete my yoga teacher certification?

The River Power Vinyasa Yoga Studio is a locally owned and operated Denver yoga studio where its students experience is priority #1. The River teachers are encouraged to be authentic and creative. The River has created a template for what a power vinyasa class is, which is taught inside of the training and each teacher in our community is then supported as they share their view of yoga through it. Though you will start with a set sequence, you will be encouraged to be creative in sequencing soon after completing yoga teacher training and in so many others ways always. We want you to be you! Our instructors provide a balanced training, working on strong principles of instruction and knowledge of yoga in its totality, as well as creating a foundation on which an individual can shine whether that is in front of a yoga room, from behind a desk, or in their own living room. Connection and empathy are the roots of The River yoga teacher training program. The doors are open for questions, feedback, and even hugs. The River yoga training will meet participants where they are and initiate the creation of great yoga teachers. It is likely, should you join the teacher training that it will begin just before our first OM together and will carry on long after our last.

What does “Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training” mean?
Yoga Alliance creates the structure that legitimizes teacher training programs. They created the criteria that studios need to meet in order for training to be endorsed. When The River teacher training content was created, it was created with the 200 hour Yoga Alliance standards and criteria in mind. Since then, Yoga Alliance has certified our 200 hour teacher training and The River is committed to continuing to meet their expectations as they deliver future trainings.
Will I be able to get a yoga teaching job when this is over?
At the competition of The River teacher training, if all expectations of the training have been met, you will receive a 200 hour yoga certification for our program. Almost all studios, gyms, and other facilities offering yoga require a minimum of 200 hours of yoga teacher training. In that regard, you will absolutely be qualified. At The River, we are committed to not creating a teacher training factory line. We will invest in each and every participant. While we are unable to declare that we will hire everyone, The River has created an internship program that reflects our commitment to the growth of every teacher training graduate.
Does your program create cookie-cutter classes or do we create our own classes/sequences? What about my authenticity?
The River is invested in authentic teachers. As a student at The River, every class is different and based on the teacher’s view of power yoga. In our training, we begin with a sequence skeleton. This sequence was thoughtfully created to benefit students and teachers alike. Throughout the 11 weeks of training and the internship that can follow, participants will use “our sequence” to enhance and accelerate their learning. While the sequence is set, Christen will also lead two weekends worth of sequencing and give trainees an opportunity to begin practicing their own formation of intelligent and impactful sequences. We believe that using a sequence AND teaching sequencing is the most optimal way to prepare teachers to serve students.