Requirements and Certification

JOY of Yoga is Yoga Alliance certified. Students who complete our 200 or 300 Hour Teacher Training Program will receive a JOY of Yoga certificate. You will then be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 or RYT 300/500.

02-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200Guidelines for Completion of 200 Hour Teacher Trainings

The guidelines support becoming an instructor at the 200 hour level. You are drawing from expertise that you have developed over the course of two hundred hours of Joy of Yoga training. Test out dates take place at the end of the Dynmaics Training.

  1. Apply and gain acceptance in the JOY of Yoga 200 Hour program.
  2. Have one year minimum consistent practice.
  3. Complete Phase 1: Foundations and Phase 2: Dynamics. Both courses are offered as ten day intensives, totaling 200 hours of yoga teacher training.
  4. Pass the Anatomy test with over 80% at the conclusion of the Dynamics Intensive.
  5. Pass the Sanskrit test with over 80% administered at the conclusion of the Dynamics Intensive.
  6. Teach a one hour class to your peers at the conclusion of the Dynamics Intensive.
  • The class should be based upon a Joy of Yoga “all levels” class. Plan your class to include all eight limbs of yoga, with an emphasis on one yama or niyama as a theme for your class. Teach postures covered in Jennifer Prugh’s 84 postures found on Yoga Anytime. Please do not teach poses that are not on these Syllabi or do not directly relate to them.
  • Please demonstrate two postures for your class. The correct explanation and use of props should be demonstrated where appropriate. Include elements of the key distinguishers of Joy of Yoga: breath, alignment, and directing awareness. The class should end in one of the meditations offered within your training.
  • Your teaching should elucidate key features of alignment and structural positioning that highlight your ability to teach the postures safely. Please provide modifications and variations of postures in order to make poses more accessible to students where appropriate.
Key Elements
  • You can create a theme based class such opening the hips, shoulders, twists, inversions, etc. You may also design a class that builds toward achieving a “peak” posture. But you must sequence your class drawing only from the 84 postures.
  • Joy of Yoga teachers inspire students, aid in deepening their practice, provide insight into the nature of the yogic teachings and create an inspiriing teaching environment. Every Joy of Yoga class emphasizese flow of breath, asana and cultivation of awareness, according to the teacher’s own interests, capabilities and strengths.
  • Begin each class with a centering/grounding activity such as a seated meditation. The opening meditation should emphasise becoming present. Include an invocation or chant in order to connect to the depth of tradition.
  • In your presentation, consider how you project and articulate your voice, and use fresh, descriptive language particularly when describing movement. Show your ability to relate to students. Be attentive to your pacing, sequencing, knowledge of material and knowledge of alignment.
  • Share with your students an element of the Joy of Yoga teachings such as the yoga sutra, a dharma principle, poem or a story. Because of Joy of Yoga’s emphasis is upon union in part through connection of others, relate the principle to what you have learned personally through experience. This may be done either at the beginning or the end of the class. What you share relates directly to the theme of your class.
  • To begin your class, set a welcomng tone in the room. Begin with simple movements to warm up the body and move to the more complex.
  • Please ask the room if anyone would prefer not to be touched today. Please find a way to do it to respect the students’ privacy.
  • A sequence of warm-up postures should be incorporated to prepare the student for more dynamic movements. These may include sun salutations and standing postures to begin to generate heat or tapas.
  • There should be a theme to the class such as a sequence to open the hips, shoulders, twists, inversions, etc. You may also design a class that builds toward achieving a “peak” posture.
  • Incorporate specific principles of alignment in order to enhance the student’s capacity to execute the poses. Give cues that support structural awareness so that the postures are anatomically sound. At the same time provide language that gives students a greater “felt sense” of the posture to foster in the student the ability to listen to and sense what is happening in their body/mind complex.
  • Please circulate around the practice area observing alignment, proper use of props and give both verbal and physical assists to support your student’s postures.
  • Demonstrate the postures when appropriate in order to visually inspire and educate your students.
  • The wisdom, asana, sequencing and pace of instruction must be consistent with the students’ capabilities that are present. Be sure that your class reflects the experience level and abilities of your students.
  • While remainig true to the principles of safe alignment and cultivation of awareness, present with an attitude of openness.
  • A JOY of Yoga class is accessible to people of any spiritual faith.
  • Closing: Classes should conclude with a savasana and a meditation sequence. Recommended time for meditation is five minutes. Recommended time for savasana within this format is five minutes. Choose one to complete your class.
  • At the conclusion of your class, everyone in the room will provide feedback. Once that feedback is provided, I will let you know whether you have passed. If you need to return to teach again, I will let you know the areas to improve upon for next time. If you passed, you will receive your certification.

02-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-300300 Hour Requirements

The guidelines support moving from instructor at the 200 hour level to a teacher. You are drawing from expertise that you have developed over the course of three hundred hours of Joy of Yoga training and you are teaching a program you have developed to your students.

  1. Apply and gain acceptance in the JOY of Yoga 300 Hour program.
  2. Complete Jennifer Prugh’s 120 Hour Teaching Intensive (roughly one weekend a month for six months).
  3. Complete the remaining 180 hours by enrolling in other intensives offered through JOY. Intensives that qualify for hours include:
    • Yoga for Trauma Recovery
    • Kundalini Intensive
    • Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Immersion Training
    • Restorative Yoga Intensive
    • Yoga and Cancer Intensive
    • Vinyasa Intensive
    • Flying Lotus (Aerial) Program
  • Submit your class on a USB media stick: A 1-hour and half hour DVD video is required of all students applying to gradutate from 300/500-hour certification in Joy of Yoga.
  • Your class should be based on your chosen emphasis or area of specialization. The entire “classroom experience” will directly relate to your student base. In keeping with the JOY of Yoga methodology, plan your class to include all eight limbs of yoga, with an emphasis on one yama or niyama as the theme for your class. The theme you select is particularly poignant for your chosen emphasis and the population you are serving.
  • In your presentation, consider how you project and articulate your voice, and use fresh, descriptive language particularly when describing movement. Show your ability to relate to students. Be attentive to your pacing, sequencing, knowledge of material and knowledge of alignment.
  • Please demonstrate three to five postures for your students. Include mirroring and pointing out detail to the students.
  • The correct explanation and use of props should be demonstrated where appropriate. Please conclude your class with a meditation and and a wrap up of your theme.
  • The video should capture images of you “holding the space” for the class at the beginning and end and show you active in the class assisting your students.
  • Your teaching should elucidate key points of alignment and structural positioning. This should highlight your ability to teach the postures safely and demonstrate that you can articulate correct action in the postures.
  • Your video should capture an entire class from start to finish.
  • Video and audio must be clear and a stationary camera is preferred.
  • Please provide alternative variations of postures in order to make postures more accessible to students where appropriate.
  • A minimum of five students should be present in your class.

Videos will be reviewed by Jennifer Prugh or a Joy of Yoga Faculty within your area of emphasis. Feedback will be provided to you with the Joy of Yoga Final Class Assessment Review Form (which I’ll be writing).

Key Elements
  • Joy of Yoga teachers inspire students, aid in deepening their practice, provide insight into the nature of the yogic teachings and create a kind and open teaching environment. The methodology behind of JOY of Yoga is based upon flow of breath, steadiness, ease, inquiry, cultivation of awareness, according to the teacher’s own inspiration, capabilities and strengths.
  • Begin each class with a centering/grounding practice. The opening meditation should emphasize becoming present. Include an invocation or chant to formally begin the practice.
  • Share with your students some element of the JOY of Yoga wisdom such as a yoga sutra, early texts or a story. Because of JOY of Yoga’s emphasis upon union, and in part, through union through connection with others, relate the principle to what you have learned through experience. This may be done either at the beginning or the end of the class. What you share relates directly to your theme.
  • Opening: set a warm and welcoming tone. Begin with simple movements to warm the body and move towards more complex movements. These may include sun salutations and standing poses to begin to generate heat or tapas.
  • Give cues that support structural awareness so that all postures are anatomically sound. At the same time provide language that gives students a greater kinesthetic sense of the posture. Combine verbal cues for precision of alignment with metaphorical language that cultivates awareness.
  • Teachers should circulate around the practice area observing alignment, and proper use of props. Give both verbal and physical adjustments to enhance students’ postures. At the beginning of this class, as with all Joy of Yoga classes, please ask the students if they would prefer not to be touched in a way that supports their privacy.
  • Teachers should demonstrate the postures when appropriate to visually inspire and educate students.
  • Be sure that your class reflects the experience level and abilities of your students. The wisdom, asana, sequencing and pace of instruction must be consistent with the students’ capabilities.
  • As a yoga teacher through Joy of Yoga, your classes are accessible to people of any spiritual faiths.
  • Closing: Classes should conclude with savasana and a meditation sequence. Recommended time for meditation is a minimum of five minutes. Recommended time for savasana within this format is five minutes.

Additional options for students to earn credit toward the JOY of Yoga 300 Hour program:

  1. You may earn credit hours by attending workshops at our studio. All workshops at our studio count toward your certification, excluding kirtans and sound healing workshops.
  2. You may earn up to 60 elective credit hours of outside training (workshops or intensives not held at Breathe Together). Students must obtain permission from Jennifer prior to enrolling in outside trainings.
  3. You may earn credit hours should you join any of Jennifer Prugh’s retreats offered in the US, Europe, or Asia.
  4. You may earn credit hours should you attend a silent meditation retreat in Vipassana or Zen for a minimum of three days.
  5. You may earn up to 20 credit hours should you create a yoga outreach program for an demographic in need and volunteer your time. Students must obtain permission from Jennifer prior to initiating service work. Twenty hours of service equals twenty hours of credit towards your 300 Hour certification.
  1. 200 Hour Application

    General Information

     

    Joy of Yoga Teacher Training Terms and Conditions

    • Investment
      Phase 1 – Foundations (100 Hrs.) : $1800
      Phase 2 – Dynamics (100 Hrs.) : $1700
      Note: During each 100 hour training, as well as the time between Foundations and Dynamics, all of the classes you take at Breathe Together are free.

      Refund Policy
      We request 50% of tuition as a non-refundable deposit to confirm registration in each phase of the JOY of Yoga 200 Hr. Teacher Training program. Full payment is due fourteen (14) days prior to the start of each phase. Should you have to withdraw from either the Foundations or Dynamics phase within fourteen (14) days of the start of the training, 50% of the total tuition will be credited to your Breathe Together account and can be used toward a future training. No other refunds or credits are available. I understand that I am entitled to no refunds, credits, or adjustments resulting from my failure to complete the certification requirements or to uphold any of these conditions.

     

    Joy Of Yoga 200 Hour Certification Requirements

    • JOY Certification Requirements Participation in all practice sessions is mandatory for certification. We require 100 percent attendance. You are responsible for marking the attendance each day. If you need to miss any session you must speak to Jennifer prior to the session. You are responsible for any course material missed. All program and administrative fees must be paid in full prior to receiving certification. Certification will be granted when all payments have been fully received by Breathe Together and Joy of Yoga.
      Two 100 hour trainings, passing of an anatomy and Sanskrit test and teaching your own class completes your certification for Yoga Alliance. Certified 200-hour JOY of Yoga teachers must possess the skills and abilities necessary to safely and competently teach, and a certain level of emotional and mental stability. We reserve the right to withhold certification from any student who fails to develop and demonstrate the necessary skills. Every attempt will be made to provide input that leads to certification. Any student denied certification has the right to seek the review of the Jennifer Prugh whose decision will be final. Full participation in and completion of all course components is mandatory for certification. Breathe Together and JOY of Yoga does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, or sexual preference. The information in this application will be treated as confidential.

     

    Verification

  2. 300 Hour Application

    General Information

     

    Joy of Yoga Teacher Training Terms and Conditions

    • Investment
      We require $500 non-refundable administrative fee due upon registration. This fee covers the cost of tracking student progress. Students will receive an email once a quarter detailing their hours achieved toward the 300 Hour certification. Students are still encouraged to track their own hours.

      Note that each workshop, intensive, and retreat is a separate and additional cost as the student progresses through the program.

      Refund Policy
      We apologize, but we do not offer refunds or account credits on the $500 administrative fee.

      I understand that I am entitled to no refunds, credits, or adjustments resulting from my failure to complete the certification requirements or to uphold any of these conditions.

     

    Joy Of Yoga 300 Hour Certification Requirements

      1. Apply and gain acceptance in the JOY of Yoga 300 Hour program.
      2. Complete Jennifer Prugh’s 120 Hour Teaching Intensive (roughly one weekend a month for six months).
      3. Complete the remaining 180 hours by enrolling in other intensives offered through JOY. Intensives that qualify for hours include:
        • Yoga for Trauma Recovery
        • Kundalini Intensive
        • Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Immersion Training
        • Restorative Yoga Intensive
        • Yoga and Cancer Intensive
        • Vinyasa Intensive
        • Flying Lotus (Aerial) Program

      Additional options for students to earn credit toward the JOY of Yoga 300 Hour program:

      1. You may earn credit hours by attending workshops at Breathe Together. All workshops at the studio count toward your certification, excluding kirtans and sound healing workshops.
      2. You may earn up to 60 elective credit hours of outside training (workshops or intensives not held at Breathe Together). Students must obtain permission from Jennifer prior to enrolling in outside trainings.
      3. You may earn credit hours should you join any of Jennifer Prugh’s retreats offered in the US, Europe, or Asia.
      4. You may earn credit hours should you attend a silent meditation retreat in Vipassana or Zen for a minimum of three days.
      5. You may earn up to 20 credit hours should you create a yoga outreach program for an demographic in need and volunteer your time. Students must obtain permission from Jennifer prior to initiating service work. Twenty hours of service equals twenty hours of credit towards your 300 Hour certification.

     

    Verification