200-Hour TT FAQs

Both programs have the exact same curriculum and staffing. The main difference is the pace of study. Some people prefer to learn while fully immersed in yoga, and others prefer to digest the information a little at a time, over the course of nine weekends in six months.

Our 4-Week Immersion is an intense experience of living, breathing, sweating, and dreaming yoga! This dynamic program works well for those who like to focus on one thing at a time or whose schedule allows them to devote four full weeks to the study of yoga. There is time after the training is finished to complete homework assignments.

Our 8-Weekend Program moves at slower pace, with time to absorb, assimilate, and bring insights from the classroom into your daily life between sessions, which is then followed by regrouping together during training weekends for problem solving, Q&A, and continuing our journey of yoga. This program works well for those who need to keep regularity in their daily working and family lives while going through the training program. All homework is due by the end of this program.

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We offer our students a taste of many lineages in all of our programs. We consider them to be a non-biased, well-rounded, and eclectic yoga education. Our staff is certified in a variety of yoga schools including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Jivamukti, and Viniyoga, among others. By presenting different lineages of yoga, our hope is that students realize that many paths lead to the same goal, and can then decide what resonates most with them. Our educational goal is to help release the student of their conditioned educational expectations. We are not here to indoctrinate our students. This is a noncompetitive, open-hearted educational environment with an emphasis on personal growth, taught by exceptional leaders in the yoga field.

You must have at least six months of practice taking yoga classes from a live teacher in a classroom setting (no recorded or streamed classes). The experience in a live classroom setting is invaluable in preparing you to become a classroom teacher yourself. We don’t ask that you are super experienced, but just enough to understand how the classroom environment works. Some students have only six months of experience when they start the program, and some students have 20 years of teaching experience under their belt. We start with the basics and address so many layers of yoga that all needs are met, and our students will walk out with the confidence to teach yoga classes to the public.

  • You have a desire to deepen your yoga practice and broaden your understanding of yoga philosophy.
  • You’re ready to open your heart and learn all you need to know to become a yoga teacher.
  • You’ve been practicing yoga consistently in a classroom for at least 6 months.
  • You are 18 or older.
  • Register and select the immersion or 8 weekend program you are interested in attending.

We try to make it as simple as possible. After reading this FAQ list, if you still have questions you can contact our program director. Then, when confident, fill out the registration online, pay the full tuition amount, and that’s it! You will receive an immediate email of payment confirmation. After we have received your registration and enrollment fee, then a welcome packet will be provided via email within 10 business days.

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Yes, many of us will experience a change of heart regarding why we came to yoga originally. Repeating a program and refreshing your knowledge with us can help support you to more deeply understand your full potential. You will receive a 40% discount off the currently advertised tuition if you repeat either training program, regardless of which program you attended the first time around. Signing up is super easy: register online, make a note on your application that you are eligible for the 40% refresher discount, reserve your space with a registration and enrollment fee, and you’re in! If you are already a Yoga Alliance certified teacher then you won’t have to do all the homework! Please email us with questions.

The best places to search are Airbnb, VRBO, Craigslist, FaceBook under Asheville RiffRaff, and Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Mountain Xpress is the local arts and culture paper. They have some classified ads for housing rentals.

If you are looking for hotel recommendations, we suggest using websites such as hotels.com, expedia.com, and booking.com.

If you want to stay near AYC, search for accommodations in zip codes 28801 or 28804. The area of town that AYC is in is referred to by locals as “Downtown” or “North Asheville.”

If you’re interested in areas outside of Asheville but still an easy drive to the studio, consider searching in Woodfin, Weaverville, Mars Hill, Fairview, and Swannanoa. Also, cities south of Asheville to consider (Traffic is a little heavier coming from south to the north). Those cities are Arden, Fletcher, and Hendersonville. If you’re looking for a unique experience, google “Glamping Asheville” to find creative places to stay (Glamping=Glamorous Camping). Budget-friendly places to consider are hostels (Sweet Peas), Couchsurfing, and campgrounds.

If you have transport and don’t mind minor travel outside the city, other cities to consider: Brevard and Black Mountain. These two cities will be around 45-50 mins from the studio. Also, you can check online for places to park an RV or van.

Virtual 200-Hour TT FAQs

With virtual trainings now available, our Yoga Alliance certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program will give you the confidence and experience you need to start sharing your love of yoga with others. You will receive the same quality instruction through our virtual program as you would have in our in-person one.

Our unique mix of recorded sessions and live instructor-led sessions offers you the opportunity to learn the essential elements while also having the platform to interact directly with our knowledgeable instructors.  There will be approximately a combination live interactive sessions with 24 hours of pre-recorded videos. Lots of online teacher trainings offer no live session where you get the opportunity to build community with your cohort and instructors, but you will get that opportunity at AYC – even in the virtual reality we all are learning to adapt to.

We use two platforms to host our trainings; TalentLMS and Zoom. TalentLMS is your hub of information. It will have access to Zoom links, handouts, homework, pre-recorded videos and more.  You will work your way through your course and can track your progress through this platform. Zoom will be used for your live-stream sessions.  You’ll follow along during instructor led lectures and practices while also breaking out into smaller groups for peer-based work.

Please have the following available for your live stream course:

  • A stable internet connection
  • A yoga mat – check out our online boutique at shop.youryoga.com for an array of options
  • Comfortable clothes to practice yoga and meditation every session
  • Course materials which will be provided to you through TalentLMS
  • Your copy of the Yoga Handbook
  • A notebook and pen for taking notes
  • If you have a block, blanket, bolster (or two) and strap, those items will be useful. If not, you can improvise with a thick book (for the block), any blanket or towel, couch cushions and a belt/tie.
  • Cell phones should be turned off and distractions kept to a minimum.
  • A camera and microphone set up. If you do not have a tablet or laptop with built in camera/mic, we would suggest buying a webcam to hook up to your computer. Attending on your cellphone will most likely not be sustainable.

You need to be present for all live-streaming sessions as attendance is mandatory. It is important to us to build a strong sense of community through this training as we believe that creates an optimal learning environment. There are also some supplemental pre-recorded videos to view on your own time each week, approximately 24 hours in total that will need to be watched outside of the live stream sessions.

  • Schedule for 8-Weekend Trainings:Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm EST.
    Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm EST.
    Sunday: 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm EST.

    Schedule for 4-Week Immersion Trainings:Monday-Friday
    8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm EST.

In order to emulate the closest experience to an in-person training, we will not be providing video recordings of the sessions. It is mandatory that you are present during each session and take in the information as they naturally would. These trainings are not designed to have students memorize everything each instructor says, but rather to take in and write notes about information that is pertinent and resonates with you.

You will have access to your Talent LMS account 90 days after your training ends. In that time, you can download any handouts or readings you might want to your computer

200-Hour TT Financial Information

Partial scholarships may be available for each session depending upon enrollment. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information. Unfortunately, we do not offer work study for teacher trainings.

Please see our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for more details.

200-Hour TT Details, Attendance & Demographics

We have graduated over three thousand 18–73 year olds! The minimum age requirement is 18, and there is no maximum limit, as yoga is not influenced by age, gender, or religion. Regardless of your age and even past yoga experience, we start off covering the basics of alignment and anatomy so we can build off a solid foundation with sequencing and adjustments.

Trainings will have anywhere from 10 to 40 students in them. Many of our programs fill up, so don’t wait too long to enroll! If you are wanting to be in a smaller group, let us know, we can direct you to the programs that we feel will best suit your needs.

Yes, of course! Many of our students enroll in Asheville Yoga Center’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs unsure of whether or not they will teach. There are countless ways to “teach” yoga. Numerous graduates go on to teach yoga classes, and others go on to teach one-on-one yoga sessions with individual students. All of our graduates go on to transform the world by shining their bright yoga lights in new ways.

This is a program in which you are required to participate in every session. A 100% attendance policy is strictly enforced. You are strongly urged not to register for a teacher training program knowing that you will need to miss any time. We begin on time. If you have three tardy arrivals or leave class early you may be suspended from the program, so please plan to log in promptly and stay for the full session.
It is important that you attend all sessions, so let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend every session. Please note that there are transfer and cancellation fees. You will be required to have a daily practice five days a week (journal guidelines will be provided). The daily practice cannot be recorded before the start date of the program, but feel free to start a daily practice now. This must be completed during your training.
During your program, you will have additional reading assignments, writing assignments (papers from one to five pages long), class evaluations, quizzes, and one written exam. If you are not able to or choose not to finish your homework assignments during the program, you have 90 days to complete them.

You are more than welcome to register and enroll, but we do not recommend it. Whether or not you are new to yoga, this may not be the best time to dive into something as momentous as motherhood and a yoga teacher training program all at once. Yoga training requires many demands of your body, and so does pregnancy. To do both can be very stressful, and optimally, the baby grows without mama’s stress. We recommend revisiting the possibility once your baby is born and you are feeling the support to be away from family. Remember, growing a life inside of you is such a miraculous and precious experience, and our yoga teacher training program does completely different miraculous and precious things to your body as well. If you do enroll, please consider the timing of your delivery, as you will be held to the same attendance standards as students who are not pregnant.

Please email our Program Advisor to discuss. Thanks!

We suggest that you let your instructor(s) know about your observances so that you will not be asked to do anything in direct conflict with your beliefs. Please email us with any questions.

Students receive a detailed syllabus upon arrival, but generally there is about 50% asana and 50% lecture/discussion each day. At AYC our Yoga Alliance certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program meets or exceeds all the required standards set forth by Yoga Alliance in the areas of:

Techniques, Training, and Practice 

Asana Foundations & Alignment Principles

Pranayama

Meditation

Anatomy & Physiology 

Anatomy

Physiology

Biomechanics

Yoga Humanities 

The History of Yoga

Yoga Philosophy

Ethics

Professional Essentials 

Teaching Methodology

Business of Yoga

Practicum

Additional Areas of Study

Intro to Ayurveda

Seniors Yoga

Back Care

Kundalini

Kids Yoga

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Yoga Nidra

During our winter Immersions, (December, January, February and March), the two days off listed in the training schedule details need to remain open and you need to remain available for make ups on those days, in case of inclement weather. This means sometimes our regular class session is cancelled due to snow or ice, and we need to make it up on our day(s) off.

During our nine weekend trainings, if there are weekends scheduled over December, January, February or March, there may be a chance of cancellation. For this training, we have a built in a backup weekend for such an event. Please keep it free.

200-Hour TT Graduation, Homework & Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Visit www.yogaalliance.org for more information. Upon completion of the program, which entails having 100% participation, completing all homework, and attending to all financial obligations, you will receive the appropriate paperwork to apply with Yoga Alliance after graduation.

Here are our hours as they are registered with Yoga Alliance:

  • Yoga techniques: 100 hours
  • Yoga teaching methodology: 20 hours
  • Anatomy/physiology: 20 hours
  • Yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle: 20 hours
  • Yoga teaching practicum: 10 hours
  • Electives/homework/student teaching: 60 hours

Find more information on our Yoga Alliance page or on their website.

Yes! It will be helpful to have read, skimmed, or peruse several of the required readings. In addition, you will need to complete two different types of yoga classes and evaluate using the “Evaluation Form” which will be submitted through TalentLMS. You will also be asked to complete one additional assignment and details will be provided in your welcome email.

Yes, in addition to the required reading (see next question), there will be written assignments, evaluations, class observations, a daily practice journal, and student teaching assignments to be completed throughout the program. All homework details will be clearly explained during the first day of your training, but please understand that you will need to dedicate time outside of class hours to these assignments.

1. The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach

2. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

3. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman

4. The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

5. Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz

6. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

7. The Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell translation

8. The Heart of Yoga by Desikichar

9. Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

10. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda

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The following books will be actively referred to throughout the training, so it will be helpful to familiarize yourselves with them before the training starts. Please bring them with you every day of the training.

  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikichar
  • The Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell translation
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda
  • The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

The following texts are recommended. They will not be actively referred to, but they will be helpful as supplemental texts.

  • Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  • Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz, M.D.
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
If you would like to buy the books from our online bookstore, please utilize this link!

If your dream is to teach, we believe there are opportunities out there for you! Many students find teaching prospects even before they complete either of our teacher training programs. Others search awhile before finding a good fit. Our caring staff will help brainstorm creative ideas with you during the program itself, discussing resumes, auditions, and private sessions. Asheville Yoga Center graduates teach everywhere from yoga centers, hospitals, schools, and churches to private businesses and homes.

No, unfortunately it is a closed event.

Not yet. Upon graduation day, Asheville Yoga Center will provide you with an Asheville Yoga Center Teaching Certificate (provided all homework and finances are completed). Then you will upload your AYC certificate to Yoga Alliance’s website and pay a membership fee to obtain your YA certification. We discuss Yoga Alliance (business and teaching as well) in an in-depth manner during the program so that you will be completely prepared to understand the process.

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