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teacher training FAQS

BEFORE Teacher Training

Are there any prerequisites for 300 hours Teacher Training?
Yes. Some experience in teaching yoga and/or experience with the Jivamukti Yoga® method is strongly suggested but not required. Before your arrival at the training you need to submit full payment, a signed Ethical Guidelines form, a signed Teacher Certification Agreement and a signed Medical Information form (all available/included in your online registration forms). You must also complete required reading and submit spiritual commentaries. Please visit the Prerequisites page for more details.  
What is the tuition cost for the 300 hour Teacher Training?
Tuition cost is $ 6.550.

No. You must purchase a separate accommodations package, the prices of which can be found on the information page of each specific teacher training. Most accommodation packages include the full room and board, including 3 gourmet vegan meals per day, full facility usage, and transfer to/from the airport. Travel and materials are always the responsibility of the student.

Can you hold a spot for me for the 300 hour Teacher Training?

A payment of 50% of your selected package will hold a place for you in one of the teacher trainings and confirm your accommodation.

What are your payment plans?

Making your minimum deposit will hold your place in the training. Thereafter you are free to log into your account online and pay little by little if you like. However, full payment must be received by the specified payment deadline.

Are there scholarships available?

 Occasionally, we receive grants that allow us to offer some discounts to those that qualify. These are very limited and are allotted quickly on a first come, first served basis to eligible candidates. Please inquire to for further information. You can download the application here.

Do you offer work study/work exchange programs for Teacher Training program?

No, we do not. We have a world class faculty that spends years pursuing their own studies to bring you these teachings. We encourage you to make the commitment to study and delve deep into your practice and think of creative ways to engage support for your journey to teacher training. Please reach out to our TT consultants for ideas.

DURING Teacher Training

Does participating in this training automatically confer certification as a teacher of Jivamukti Yoga?

Generally speaking if the student commits to being present for every class session offered during the course certification is assured, but If you don’t show up for classes and refuse to do the required work including prerequisite readings and book commentaries you might not receive a diploma of certification at the time of graduation.

If I fail to get certificated will I get a refund?

All fees for this training, including tuition and accommodations, are nonrefundable 30 days before the program begins. There is no refund if you leave the training early.

Can I record the lectures and other sessions?

No. No audio or video recordings of any kind are permitted during the course. Still photographs are permitted without flash.

Do I have to stay on site during the trainings?

In India, all students must stay at the Govardhan Ecovillage. At other venues, students may be permitted to stay off site, please email for more information.

I can not get away for a month, can I take the training in modules?

One of the essential components of the JYTT program is immersion into your practice and the month-long commitment and shared experience is what makes this training so potent and special. We do not offer it in modules and though we understand it can be difficult to get away for a month, we encourage you to view it as an essential part of the training.

Can I bring my spouse/kids with me to the training?
In most circumstances, yes! Each year several people bring their loved ones in order to be able to attend. Please inquire to find out if this would work for you and your family.

AFTER Teacher Training

After I get certified can I automatically open my own jivamukti yoga center?

Successful completion of the program will certify you to teach Jivamukti Yoga and that is a first step, but in order to open a Jivamukti Yoga center, you must have received Advanced Certification. You are of course free to open/own a studio and teach Jivamukti Yoga classes, but it cannot be called a Jivamukti Yoga studio without meeting the requirements.

Does the training count towards Yoga Alliance Certification

Jivamukti Yoga is one of the 9 internationally recognized methods of Hatha Yoga, and considered by many to be the most comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training available. Jivamukti certified teachers teach at studios, programs and festivals all over the world. Because Jivamukti Yoga School does not recognize the Yoga Alliance as the universal governing authority on Yoga, JY school chooses not to be a member of YA. The coursework and curriculum for Jivamukti TT far surpass the YA requirements for RYT 200 hr certification. That said, some teachers choose to take the Jivamukti course and then supplement with additional YA recognized courses if they feel the need to be YA certified for any reason. An article was recently published by Yoga Teacher Central about the nature of Yoga Alliance, accreditation and certification versus registry/database. Please read here for more information, facts and figures.

Can I go ahead and take the 800 hour Teacher Training if I'm already certified yoga teacher trough another TT program?

No, in order to qualify for the 800 hr apprenticeship program you must have completed the 300 hr Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training program. It is the foundation course for the method and learning to teach Jivamukti Yoga.