200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Training begins on January 14th! Have questions? Scroll down to join our upcoming Info Session on January 3rd!
This comprehensive 200 Hour Training will deepen all aspects of your yoga practice, allowing you to discover and foster the teacher within you. With a focus on Vinyasa Flow yoga, learn to develop dynamic, creative, and intelligent flows, and gain the ability to intuitively adapt sequences for all levels of practitioners and abilities. Establish a solid understanding of yogic principles, asana, alignment, and practical teaching skills. Learn to safely support the growth of each student and to provide skillful, intelligent assists. Discover a safe space to challenge and deepen your personal practice, allowing you to awaken your unique voice and style. Emerge from this transformative experience with lasting inspiration, an open heart, and the confidence to teach with authenticity and grace.
Topics will include:
Asana: Trainees will learn how to safely instruct over 85 Yoga poses. Basic salutations will be taught, including: Surya Namaskara A and Surya Namaskara B from the Ashtanga Tradition, as well as Chandra Namaskara and Dancing Warrior. Modifications and options for all levels of practitioners will be demonstrated and practiced. Emphasis will also include proper alignment, benefits, and contraindications of each posture.
Meditation Techniques & Practice: Trainees will develop an understanding of various meditation techniques and gain the practical tools to incorporate meditation into their yoga teaching.
Pranayama: Trainees will develop a solid understanding of various Pranayama techniques. Instruction will be spent on how to effectively incorporate Pranayama into class design.
Eastern Anatomy: Trainees will be provided with an understanding of various Eastern Anatomical systems, such as Prana, Chakras, Koshas and Nadis. Trainees will learn how to apply this knowledge in a practical way to both their personal asana practice and their teaching practice.
Western Anatomy: Basic anatomical systems, such as the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, as they relate to asana will be explored with an emphasis on safe alignment, injury prevention, and conscious movement.
Hands on Assists: Trainees will develop an understanding of how to assist and adjust their students using their hands. Focuses will include how to enter a student’s field of energy in a non-intrusive manner, how to safely guide students deeper into a pose, and how to protect themselves from injury while adjusting.
Additional Topics will Include:
A study of Pantanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga and an introduction to the Yoga Sutras
An in depth look at the Yamas & Niyamas
Ethics of a Yoga Instructor and the business of teaching yoga, including how to promote oneself as an instructor
Creative Sequencing including how to plan and execute a theme
Verbal cueing and correcting and effective and authentic communication
Integrative Nutrition and Health
The Yoga Teacher Training at Bloom was a transformative experience. The training was well structured, each weekend flew by and I was always looking forward to the next one. Our instructors were top notch, sharing with us their experiences and knowledge.
- ANGELA L (2016 GRADUATE)
DATES + LOCATION
The Training will include 6 select weekends (one weekend per month) beginning in January 2022 and concluding
in June 2022. In addition, a portion of the lecture content will be offered online via Zoom Meetings. Dates and details are as follows:
In house Training Weekends
Our in house training weekends will be held at Soulspace Yoga & Wellness, located at 26-28 W Main Street in Plantsville, CT.
Each in house training weekend will run on Friday from 6-9pm, Saturdays from 10am-6:30pm, and Sundays from 10am-6:30pm. Dates of our training weekends are:
January 14 -16, February 18 - 20, March 11 - 13, April 1 - April 3, April 22 - 24, May 13 - May 15, June 4-5
There will be 6 Zoom Meetings required, which will be offered on select Monday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm.
Please note, you will need a device with internet access in order to participate in Zoom Meetings. Dates are as follows:
January 24, February 7, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 9
Honestly, my first thought was that at 65, I was too old. I was eligible for Social Security, but certainly not to be a certified yoga teacher! My body couldn't handle it. I was so WRONG. This program has taught me that yoga is so MUCH more than postures. It offers a simple recipe to being healthy and happy in body, mind, and spirit. For me, the teacher training was magical and miraculous.....and a whole lot of fun.- LINDA G (2016 GRADUATE)
We require that you have been practicing yoga on a regular basis for at least 12 months in order to participate in this training. Applicants must have a basic knowledge of alignment, as well as the physical strength and stamina to complete a full 75 Minute Multi Level Flow class. Applicants must have a passion, desire, and commitment to learning. A program application must be completed by each trainee and approved by Bloom prior to the start date of the training.
Whether you would like to become a yoga instructor in the near future, or you are just hoping to deepen your personal practice and understanding of yoga, this training will benefit you!
My experience with the Bloom Yoga School teacher-training program was extremely positive. The instructors are very knowledgeable. They all go above and beyond to give their students the best learning experience possible. Overall, I was very satisfied with the curriculum and the beautiful training facility. I would highly recommend this school to any other students who are looking to become certified or deepen their practice. -LEXIE B. (2015 GRADUATE)
TOTAL COST & CANCELLATION POLICY
Total cost of the training is $2800 plus 6.35% CT Sales Tax ($177.80)
(see below for Early Bird Discounts and Payment Plan)
This fee includes the Bloom Yoga School manual and any additional hand-outs and Training materials. All Trainees receive 50% OFF classes at Bloom throughout the duration of their Training.
The cost of the required books is not included in this fee. All books must be purchased separately prior to the start date of the Training. Books can be purchased in hard copy, digital, or audio format. Cost varies, but books will average a total of around $150.
Pay in Full - Early Bird Discounts:
We have two Early Bird Discounts available.
1. Pay in full by October 15, 2021 and receive a $300 discount (totaling just $2500 + 6.35% Sales Tax)
2. OR Pay in full by December 1, 2021 and receive a $150 discount (totaling just $2650 + 6.35% Sales Tax)
OR enroll with our Payment Plan: an initial deposit + 6 equal payments):
An initial non-refundable deposit of $300 due by December 30, 2021 and 6 equal installments of $446.30 due on the first of the month from January 1 - June 1.
All payment plan participants must keep a credit card on file at Bloom and monthly payments will be withdrawn from the card on file.
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
There are no refunds or credits available for any amounts paid. Please understand our cancellation policy is firm and we will not make exceptions.
The Bloom Yoga School Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program seeks to diversify yoga by training yogis from underrepresented groups to become yoga instructors. It is our wish to contribute to an environment of inclusion and diversity within the yogic community, and strive to train teachers in underrepresented groups so that all students of yoga can feel safe and seen.
We have a limited number of scholarships available for the 2020-2021 YTT class. The Scholarship amount is $2200. The awarded amount of $2200 will be deducted from the regular tuition rate of $2800, reducing the tuition cost to just $600. The reduced Tuition rate of $600 can either be paid in full or can be broken up through a Payment Plan (6 equal payments of $100, to be withdrawn on the first of each month from January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022).
Application for our 2021-2022 Diversity Scholarship is now open! Click the button below to download the Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 30!
I'm interested in the Training but I'm not the most flexible or the strongest yogi. Are you sure I'm ready?
There is a huge misconception out there that you need to be an expert at Yoga in order to become an instructor. We are here to tell you that this is simply not true! You don't need to be able to stand on your head or contort your body into a pretzel in order to teach yoga. The practice of Yoga consists of a whole lot more than postures, and the physical aspect of yoga is just the tip of the iceberg! If you've been practicing Yoga for at least 12 months, have the strength and stamina to complete a 75 Minute Multi Flow class, have a basic knowledge of alignment, and an overall passion, commitment, and desire to learn - then the answer is YES your practice is strong enough, and you are ready!
Am I too old to participate in a 200 Hour Training?
Oftentimes people express fears that they're too old to participate in a 200 Hour Training... "Will my body be able to handle it? Will I make a fool of myself?" Here's our answer... Yoga is for everyone. Every age and every body. Yes, the Training will be emotionally and physically demanding at times. However, we are welcoming to all ages and have had graduates ranging in age from 18-66!
I'm interested in the Training but I'm not sure that I really want to teach Yoga. Can I still participate?
Absolutely! We've had many people participate in the Training as a way to deepen their Yoga practice, grow on an emotional and spiritual level, or learn more about Yogic Philosophy. The Training is a wonderful journey - even for those who have no desire to teach.
The weekends seem really long. Will I be able to handle it?
We've put a tremendous amount of thought and care into our Training schedule and have done our very best to structure the Weekends in a way that is both manageable and enjoyable. We will be honest in saying that the Weekends might sometimes feel challenging... any 200 Hour Teacher Training - whether it's offered as a weekend format, intensive, etc. - is challenging by nature.
You will be pushed and encouraged to grow on every level: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. However, there will also be a lot of fun, laughter, and friendship along the way. Your fellow YTT Trainees will become an incredible network of support throughout your journey. Your weekends will be full of fascinating content - from lectures on yogic philosophy, to adjustment clinics, to practice teaching, meditation, and so much more.
In other words, the Training weekends are intense, yet deeply rewarding. Many past Trainees have commented that the experience far surpassed their expectations, and the 6 weekends seemed to fly by faster than they had ever anticipated.
Will there be a lot of homework?
The Training consists of 180 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours. This means that you will have about 20 hours of reading, homework, and assignments to complete at home during the course of 6 months. Homework assignments might consist of reading, practicing yoga at home, meditation, practice teaching, etc. There will be one book report due at the very end of the Training - but you'll have the entire 6 months to complete the book and write your report. All of the assignments are very manageable, and we'll provide you with plenty of notice and support.
Is your Training accredited?
It’s important to note that Yoga is not currently regulated by the State and no State licensing is required in order to teach (in fact, you do not even technically need a certification in order to teach yoga in the U.S.--however, it’s unlikely that a Studio would hire you without a certificate!). The only form of accreditation for Yoga in the United States is offered through an independent organization known as Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance formed in the 1990’s with a focus on offering accreditation for Yoga Training programs. Yoga Alliance created a set of standards for Yoga Schools with the intention of maintaining integrity and quality within the Yoga industry. Accreditation is 100% optional, and we have found that it has little influence on the quality of a training. That being said, for several years Bloom chose to register our Training with Yoga Alliance in an effort to reassure prospective trainees that our program was reputable. We received approval and praise from Yoga Alliance representatives for our detailed and well rounded curriculum.
Recently though, Yoga Alliance has made several major changes to their required standards. They have increased their requirements for anatomy and asana (a positive change in our opinion!), but in turn have greatly decreased the hours allotted towards philosophy and history. While we are in support of delegating more hours to anatomy, we were greatly disheartened by their decision to cut out philosophy. Yoga is SO MUCH MORE than physical poses, and the philosophy and history of yoga is equally (if not more) important to the practice. Bloom is committed to honoring Yoga in its purest form and maintaining the integrity and tradition of this ancient practice… to us, this means supporting new teachers in ALL aspects of Yoga--from asana and sequencing, to philosophy and meditation.
With much discussion and deliberation, we came to the decision that we cannot stand behind these changes and no longer wish to partner with Yoga Alliance. We made the choice to part with Yoga Alliance and because of this, we are no longer considered a “Yoga Alliance accredited” program. That being said, we hold ourselves to extremely high standards and offer the same fantastic and detail-oriented curriculum that we always have. We are proud to share that our Training is rich with anatomy and asana but ALSO with philosophy, meditation, history, and so much more.
Additionally, as Studio Owners, we can confidently say that whether or not you choose a Yoga Alliance accredited program will have little bearing on your success as an instructor--and also has little bearing on the quality of a Training. We owned and operated our brick and mortar studio for 10+ years and have interviewed and hired instructors from all over the State. We can honestly say that we have never made a hiring decision based on whether or not that teacher attended an accredited program, and instead we sought out instructors who demonstrated heartfelt teaching, creative sequencing, and an understanding and respect for all 8 limbs of yoga. We can promise you that our Training will teach you all of this and more, and will provide you with every tool needed to succeed as an instructor!
Do I get a discount on classes throughout the Training?
Yes! All Trainees receive FREE access to Bloom Online throughout the duration of the Training. Bloom Online is our
on-demand yoga and fitness membership and includes access to 80+ classes.
What type of Yoga will I be able to teach after graduating?
Our Training has an emphasis on Vinyasa Yoga. There tends to be some confusion over what this means, and we've found that the term "Vinyasa Yoga" is often misinterpreted to mean "Power Yoga."
To clarify - Vinyasa simply refers to a fluid style of yoga that moves gracefully from one pose to the next, and links breath with movement. This is the most popular style of Yoga taught in the United States, and it is likely that you've practiced Vinyasa Yoga many times before without ever knowing it! Vinyasa can be taught at any level including beginners, gentle, all-levels, power, and more!
In addition to Vinyasa yoga - you will be exposed to a variety of other styles throughout the Training including Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, and more. You will have the opportunity to take classes with many different instructors, at a variety of levels. Our goal throughout the Training is for you grow your personal practice, discover what you love most about Yoga, find your own niche as an instructor, and learn to teach in a way that is authentic for you.
Upon completion of this Training you will have a solid foundation in Yoga and will be able to teach a variety of classes - such as beginners yoga, gentle yoga, all-levels yoga, power yoga, and more. You will learn how to modify poses and structure classes for all levels and will be comfortable teaching a broad population.
Some of our Trainees will choose to continue their education by receiving specialty certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Kids, Therapeautic Yoga, etc. While we will touch briefly on how to modify for some of these populations throughout the 200 Hour Program (such as the contraindications for pregnant women), it's important to keep in mind that Yoga Alliance might require further certification in order for you to teach exclusivley to these populations. Bloom offers many of these specialty certifications and we will be happy to provide you with further guidance should you choose to develop a specialty and continue your Yoga Teacher education.
I have a scheduling conflict with one of the Weekends and might need to miss some days. Can I still participate?
Each Training weekend is packed with valuable content and hands on learning. For this reason, making up time is challenging and there is limited flexibility when it comes to missing days. However, if you give us advance notice before the start of the Training there is a possibility that we will be able to find ways for you to make up hours in the event that you absolutely must miss. Keep in mind that this is not always possible depending on the content scheduled, and there will likely be extra fees associated with making up hours.
Will I have to take a written test in order to Graduate?
We do not require our Trainees to take a written test in order to graduate. However, there will be a practical exam which will include teaching a yoga class to your peers for a designated length of time. Your Final Teaching Practice will take place on the very last weekend of the Training and we promise that by that time you’ll have all the tools and knowledge to complete it successfully!
There are so many different Trainings out there. Why should I choose Bloom?
It wasn't long ago that we were in your shoes - scouring the internet for Trainings and feeling overwhelmed by the tremendous number of options out there. Searching for a Yoga Teacher Training can be a daunting task. Our advice to you is to follow your heart... each one of us is unique and you will need to find a studio, training format, and schedule that clicks with you and your learning style. If you think that Bloom’s Training might be a possibility, here are a few things to know about our Program that might make your decision a little easier:
1. Our Attention to Detail: Bloom is family owned and operated. This studio is our home and our Trainees are our extended family. Everything that we do here is done with the utmost amount of care and attention to detail. We have put our entire heart and soul into this program and every detail – from the manual, to the schedule, to the homework assignments – has been carefully thought out and structured. When you enroll in a Training at Bloom we promise that you will receive a high quality program with instructors who truly care.
2. Our Program Schedule: There are a LOT of ways to approach a 200 Hour Training and finding a schedule that meets your needs can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are programs that offer 4-week intensives, programs that matriculate, weekend immersions, week-day programs, and more. At Bloom we’ve put a lot of thought as to how to structure our schedule in the most effective way. In our experience meeting once per month on the Weekends has offered our Trainees the best of all worlds. Here’s why:
We space things out: The amount of content covered in a 200-Hour Training is immense. We’ve learned from personal experience that trying to tackle it all in a short span of time, such as in a 4-week intensive, is not always effective. Time off between weekends allows you to rest, reflect on the content, fully absorb it, and apply it within your life.
You’ll start and end your Journey as a team: There are many programs that offer Trainees the opportunity to matriculate – which means that you can rotate into the Program at any time of year. While this certainly has the benefit of convenience – there is a definite sense of bonding that is lacking from this structure. At Bloom you will begin and end your journey together. Your group of Trainees will turn into a family that supports one another through every challenge and triumph. You’ll arrive at the finish line as a team, and end your Training with a heartfelt graduation ceremony and celebration!
3. Our Student Teaching Program: A 200 Hour Teacher Training Program will provide you with the knowledge and certification to teach… however, there are certain things that can only be learned from experience – and a large part of your learning process will take place once you’ve begun your teaching journey. This can make for a bit of a conundrum… you’re a Teacher who’s certified and ready to teach, but you lack real world experience and might feel intimidated to walk into an established studio and teach amongst seasoned instructors.
For this reason, we’ve designed an optional Student Teaching Program for all of our graduates. Every Summer, after our Teacher Training is complete, Bloom adds a select number of $5 Drop-In classes to our schedule that are taught by participating graduates. Our clients pay a discounted fee to take these classes and they are fully aware that their instructor is certified, but brand new to teaching (and probably a little bit nervous!). This allows you to gain real world experience without all the pressure!
I feel compelled to do this Training but I'm feeling nervous and afraid. Any advice?
Fear is the number one thing which prevents people from attending a Teacher Training. Fear that they're not ready, fear that they can't afford it, fear of missing out on time with family, fear that they just can't make the commitment. Trust us... we've been there. We know that feeling of being paralyzed by fear and worry. Here's our advice:
Remember that there will never be a perfect time to do this. Whether it's money, kids, your time, your spouse... you will ALWAYS be able to convince yourself that the timing isn't right. The voice of fear can be very convincing... but if you simply listen a litlle bit closer, the voice of your heart will provide you with the answers you are seeking. When we follow our heart and let our intuition guide us, things tend to manifest exactly the way that they are meant to. This doesn't mean it will be easy, comfortable, or perfect. In fact, a Teacher Training is quite the opposite. But it is through discomfort and challenge that we GROW... and through this Training, you will indeed grow!
In the words of Joseph Campbell:
"Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else."
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A DAY IN THE LIFE:
8:45AM: Arrive a few minutes early. Take a seat on our beautiful patio, around the fire pit, and sip on a cup of hot organic tea (it's complimentary)
9:00AM: Head into the Training Center and settle in for your morning lecture. Topics might include - Pranayama, Ayurveda, Chakras, the Business of Yoga, and much more.
11:30AM: Take a short break
11:45: Head into the studio for an energizing Yoga Practice
1:15PM: Lunch break! Grab your lunch and head out to one of our picnic tables to eat, chat, and get some sun.
1:45PM: Meet back in the studio for a Guided Meditation
2:15PM: Asana overview. Learn a variety of poses including alignment, modifications, adjustments, cueing and benefits. Discover how to offer hands on assists, how to structure a class, theming, creative sequencing, verbiage, and much more! Time will include demos, practice teaching, yoga games, and more.
5:40PM: Clean up time and closing.
6:00PM: Head home for the night - your day is complete!
ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
Step 1: Fill out the Application.
Step 2: Submit your application.
Applications can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,or via snail mail to Bloom Yoga - 92 N. Summit St. Southington, CT 06489
Step 3: Make your deposit
We require a deposit of $300 to hold your spot. To pay your deposit you can either call the Studio with Credit Card information at 860 620 4530, stop by the Studio to pay in person (we accept cash, checks, and all major Credit Cards.) or mail a check to Bloom Yoga - 92 N Summit St. Southington, CT 06489, along with your application. Please note, if you are paying via check, your spot will not be secured until the check has been cleared.
Step 4: Purchase your Books
Books from the Required Reading List are not included in the cost of the Training and must be purchased separately. Please purchase all books prior to the start date of the Training. You are welcome to start reading your books prior to the Training, but this is not required. Reading assignments will be given throughout the duration of the Program.
Optional: Early Bird Discount
To pay in full and receive the Early Bird Discount, please give us a call at 860 620 4530 or visit the Studio during any of our regular business hours! Save $150 if you pay in full by December 1, 2021.