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TEACHER TRAINING
FAQ

How do I enroll?

Click the Teacher Training tab above and select an upcoming training and click the button to Enroll. Choose whether you would like to pay in full or set up a payment plan to reserve your spot. To receive the Early Bird discount, your 1st payment is due at the deadline noted.

What style does NJYTT teach?

NJYTT introduces and will help you to gain a basic understanding of various styles of yoga with a main emphasis on Vinyasa Hatha yoga with a strong focus on proper alignment and safety in form while flowing freely and comfortably from pose to pose. Vinyasa can be done at a slow or a quick pace depending on the level of the class and incorporates breath-work by encouraging transitioning at the pace of your breath. Trainees will be introduced to various other styles during training including and not limited to Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga and more.

What is the difference between the types of yoga?

There are many different styles of yoga but they are all based on breath and postures. Vinyasa consists of moving one breath with one movement as you flow through a series of postures to get your blood flowing and your body moving. Indigo Yoga offers a variety of styles of yoga to suit your needs for relaxation, to stretch, to strengthen, to explore alignment, balance, etc. To learn more about the various styles of yoga offered at Indigo Yoga, take a look through the class descriptions.

Fun Fact: Did you know yoga is more than just the poses we do on our mats? It’s a common question that we hear- “what kind of yoga do you teach?” A common answer is “Hatha” yoga. “Hatha” is a generic term, which encompasses all styles of physical yoga. Meditation is considered Raja Yoga. Living the yogi-life of selfless service is Karma Yoga. Learning and being open to new ideas and trying new experiences is Jnana Yoga. We as yogi’s practice living the yogic lifestyle by following the Yamas & Niyamas which are our commitments of living in truth, without greed & desire, without harm, without stealing, living respectfully and in moderation, living generously, practicing self-discipline and exploring knowledge, self reflection and contemplation, positive and pure thinking, and practicing proper hygiene and fueling our body and minds with healthy food and drink. 

Is NJYTT a Yoga Alliance accredited certifying school?

YES! Yoga Alliance is an international organization that was started in 1999 to create a standard for yoga teachers and teacher training schools to ensure that necessary topics are being thoroughly covered in certification programs to ensure thorough preparation for teaching yoga. NJ Yoga Teacher Training’s 200 hour and 300 hour training programs are accredited with Yoga Alliance.

What is included in the tuition price?

Tuition price for the 200 hour training includes  200-hour YTT manual, access to unlimited virtual and in-person yoga classes with Indigo Yoga during training, and group lessons.

Tuition price for the 300 hour training includes  300-hour YTT manual, access to unlimited virtual and in-person yoga classes with Indigo Yoga during training, and group lessons and group practice teaching sessions, up to 30 hours of Specialized Modules (*select modules are an additional fee)

What if I don't want to be a teacher?

That’s not a problem! NJYTT’s 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to learn more about yoga to enhance their own practice and immerse themselves in the yoga community, culture, and lifestyle. Learning to become comfortable leading a class will be a bonus for you ?

What are the requirements to graduate from the certification program?

In order to graduate from the program you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Tuition must be paid in full.
  • Attendance of teacher training sessions (or completed make-up sessions)
  • Completion of required class hours, practice teaching hours, and study hours and submission of log of record of completed hours.
  • Completion and submission of assignments.
  • Successful participation of final teaching practical and written test displaying safety and retained knowledge.
Do I have to be advanced in order to enroll in the teacher training?

No, you do not need to be advanced in order to participate in the NJ Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour program. This training program is appropriate even if you have no intention to teach but are trying to deepen your own personal practice. However, it is recommended but not required that you have at least 3 months of a consistent yoga practice before the start of the training program so that you start off with a basic foundation of how to do beginner level yoga poses before learning how to teach.

In order to participate in the 300-hour program, you must be a 200-hour certified instructor.

Who are the leaders of the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training?

The 200-Hour Training is led by Stephanie and Cynthia, daughter and mother, who began practicing yoga together in 1999. In 2011 they immersed themselves in the study of yoga and shared the experience of becoming E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructors. From there they continued to expand their yoga education through workshops and certifications in various styles of yoga as well as prenatal/postnatal yoga and children’s yoga. They have also advanced their spiritual exploration and knowledge of physical fitness in other areas and are collectively trained in Aerial Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Reiki Level I, II, & III, CrossFit Level 1, and Strongman. They believe yoga is their “gift,” and the purpose of life is to give that gift to others. Stephanie opened Indigo Yoga in 2013 with the intention of fulfilling that purpose. In 2016 Stephanie and Cynthia started New Jersey Yoga Teacher Training with a vision of guiding others to find their gift and to teach them how to spread that gift and love of yoga.

Cindy + Stephanie are joined by a team of professionals in the yoga and health industry who each lead workshops focusing on their area of expertise. Alex Devoid is a physical therapist leading the anatomy section. Fiona Torbick is Ayurveda certified and trained and leads our nutrition portion of training. Donna Donofrio, co-owner of Indigo Yoga focuses on various areas of professionalism, ethics, class experience + etiquette. Jordan Best is our arm balance + inversion extraordinaire. Freddie Harris specializes in the history and culture of Yoga and yoga philosophy.

Who are the leaders of the 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training?

The 300-Hour Training is led by Donna Donofrio, E-RYT-500, YACEP. Donna began teaching yoga in 2012 and her goal is to provide a nurturing environment for each trainee to evolve as yoga instructors and have a safe place to explore their curiosities. Donna enjoys the interaction with. the trainees, sharing her knowledge and experiences of yoga.

Donna is joined by a team of professionals in the yoga and health industry who each lead workshops focusing on their area of expertise. Alex Devoid is a physical therapist leading the anatomy section. Fiona Torbick is Ayurveda certified and trained and leads our nutrition and Ayurveda portion of training. Stephanie Parcells, co-owner of Indigo Yoga focuses on various areas of business. Tiffany Curren leads lessons on marketing. Jay Karlinski leads advanced asana and Koshas. Stacy Rosales leads our Chakra workshop. Agnes Terngedy specializes in stages meditation, pranayama, Sadhana, Kundalini and the history of yoga. Michelle Medina is a contortionist coach who leads advanced asana workshops.

What is the difference between the types of yoga?
  • Teaching techniques and alignment points in yoga poses including modifications, variations, and use of props. How to identify and fix misalignments.
  • How to identify misalignments and how to cue
  • Sequencing and time management in preparing a creative and effective class
  • Hands-on-adjustments
  • Anatomy applied to yoga postures, including various common ailments
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • The history of yoga
  • Yoga philosophy and lifestyle
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Meditation, Mantras, and Chanting
  • Nutrition
  • Teaching methodology
  • The business of yoga and how to effectively market and price your services
Is NJYTT a Yoga Alliance accredited certifying school?

YES! Yoga Alliance is an international organization that was started in 1999 to create a standard for yoga teachers and teacher training schools to ensure that necessary topics are being thoroughly covered in certification programs to ensure thorough preparation for teaching yoga. NJ Yoga Teacher Training’s 200 hour and 300 hour training programs are accredited with Yoga Alliance.

What will I learn in the 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training?
  • Teaching techniques and alignment points in advanced asana and how to progress into challenging poses
  • How to identify misalignments and how to cue
  • Advanced Sequencing and preparing a creative and effective class
  • In-depth anatomy immersion into the joints, muscles, bones, nervous system, and organs
  • The history of yoga: Sanskrit + Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga philosophy and lifestyle
  • Pranayama, Meditation, Sadhana
  • Ayurveda
  • Teaching methodology
  • Diving deeper into the business of yoga: opening, managing + marketing your yoga business, organizing yoga retreats, class series and workshops
How much does the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training cost?

The online 200-Hour YTT is $1295 if paid upfront (Payment plan available: 3 monthly payments of $450). Early registration is $995 if enrolled prior to the date advertised.

How much does the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training cost?

The online 300-Hour YTT is $2100 if paid upfront (Payment plan available: 5 monthly payments of $435). Early registration is $1599 if enrolled prior to the date advertised.

    Are there any pre-requisites to enroll in the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training?

    In order to participate in the 300-hour certification program, you must be 200-hour certified with a Yoga Alliance accredited program.