300 Hour Teacher Training FAQs
How do I know if I am ready? Has it been too long since my last training? Is it too soon after my 200 hour training?
This is a tough question for anyone to answer other than you, but the answer is you are more ready than you think. As a yoga teacher, you will likely be a lifelong learner.
If you have waited a while since your training, even if you never took on teaching, then lets reignite the spark. If you just finished a training program, still feel really new at it, I also know that you will only grow by committing to learning. As a life long learner myself, I will likely take trainings for the rest of my life and each training I have enrolled in was perfectly timed and increased my impact as a teacher and human. There are very few growth opportunities that have been presented in anyone’s life that the stars were completely aligned for and that readiness was not a part of the mental chatter. If you heart and mind are calling for new knowledge, strongly consider enrolling.
Will the 300 hour be like my 200 hour? Will there be practice teaching? Will it mostly be lectures?
Every 200 hour is different, but inside of a 200 hour there is usually a big emphasis is building the skills to stand in front of a room and teach. Also, in most 200 hours, lots of mini lectures are offered on specific areas of yogic study but the retention and reiteration of this content is not required. In The River 300 hour, each weekend will have unique content. The unique content will be offered with the intention of enhancing your teaching. There will be plenty of opportunity to practice within the training and practice teaching will still be a component, but the big difference is as a trainee you will have the opportunity to find and commit to areas of study that light you up. As a teacher of yoga, you will learn to incorporate and share these areas with students in a drop in class. The 300 hour training will go deep into yoga and call upon your existing ability to stand up and teach from your 200 hour training.
What will the requirements beyond our time together include? Is there homework? What is the independent study project?
As a 300 hour participant, you will complete 270 hours together at the studio between March 29 and July 24. The 30 remaining hours are for reading homework, a Facebook page with bi-weekly insights and discussion, and an independent study project. We will read three books together across the training. In addition to that, a forth book that correlates to the independent study project will also be expected. Every other week, trainees will light up Facebook with lively discussion on module topics to enhance learning and extend the training beyond the weekend hours. And finally the independent study project is an 18 hour commitment, required by YA, on a topic of your choosing. The project will unfold individually but trainees will receive support from 300 hour staff. Research, practice, a presentation, and a written explanation will be expected before our final day of training in July 2016. There are no additional yoga practice hours expected beyond the training time.
Do I have to complete all 300 hours in one sitting? Can I sign up for just a couple of weekends?
There is absolutely a way to be involved in the training and not complete all 300 hours, space permitting! Individual modules are available to all 200 hour trained teachers and can be taken solo or in conjunction to a few topics that interest you. However, not committing to the full 300 hour program does open you to risk of not being able to complete the full 300 hours in spaced out modules. At this point this is the only 300 hour training on the schedule. It is our intention to continue this program in the future, but again, no guarantees. If you are looking to get 500 full hours (or more!) under your belt, signing up for the full training (all weekend modules and every Tuesday evening) is your best bet.
What is the benefit of doing the entire training versus just a weekend or two?
Doing the entire training allows participants extra time together and with the lead instructor on Tuesday evenings.Tuesday evenings will be exclusive nights of trainees available to only full participants. In addition to practicing as a group, trainees will have the opportunity to teach the entire group, receive individualized support, and coach one another as teachers. There is also an independent study portion of the training that is available only to trainees with personal support from training staff.