Mindful Resilience Yoga Teacher Training

Frequently asked questions

How much does this training cost?

There is no cost to apply, however upon acceptance into the program, a participation deposit of $900 will be your responsibility. Upon successful completion of this program, your $900 deposit will be returned in full. All other portions of this program come at no expense to you, thanks to the generous donors of the Veterans Yoga Project and the NFL-Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) Salute to Service partnership to provide a “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community” grant.

There are so many 200 hour teacher trainings available. What makes this one so different?

Our program is derived from many different lineages, schools, and ideals. Our focus on anatomy, physiology, philosophy, and psychology will allow each student to truly explore the concept of yoga as a more holistic practice.

Our training will also allow for time to integrate the learned material between sessions. Divided into 4 parts - 2 online sessions and 2 in person sessions - students will have the space to practice weekly concepts on their own, allowing time for reflection and exploring questions or observations as they arise.

We also strongly believe in the guiding principle that support precedes action. Each student attending the training will be partnered with a local VYP teacher, ambassador, or regional team memberw33 3333 . The idea behind this partnership is to remind each other that we are never alone in our journey towards growth and betterment. Students will be able to connect with their Yoga Teacher Training partner, observe and participate in local classes (where available), and learn more about what it means to teach yoga to veterans, in all settings.

What is included in the training?

While this training is billed as a “200” hour teacher training, that billing only includes contact hours with one of the lead instructors. Homework, journaling, self exploration, and check ins with regional team members are not included in that time. You should expect to cover the following topics:

  • Yoga history - Terms, dates, styles

  • Yoga philosophy - Historical texts, important dates, and key ideas

  • Yoga asana - Commonly practiced poses, their historical context, how to safely sequence, anatomy and alignment with contraindications

  • Pranayama - Commonly practiced pranayama, effects on the physical and subtle body, sequencing to include adaptations and alternatives

  • Meditation, mantras, mudras

  • Anatomy and Biomechanics- Major bones, muscles and their functions in asana, types of joints and their movements

  • Physiology - Nervous, cardiovascular, circulatory, endocrine, and digestive systems

  • Ethics - Teaching responsibilities, governing bodies, business management

Travel, accommodations, food, books for required reading, manuals and associated handouts are all included in the training.

I already have my 200 hour teacher training. Am I still eligible?

Yes! We encourage all veterans to apply. In the event we have more applications that spot available, we reserve the right to accept non-200 hour teachers first.

I have a less than honorable discharge. Can I still apply?

Yes! We do ask for your DD-214 as part of the application process however it is simply to verify time in service. For active duty members, more recent orders can take the place of a DD-214.

What style of yoga does Veterans Yoga Project teach?

If you have been practicing yoga for a while, you may know that there is a style of yoga out there for everyone. Our style of physical movement or asana, is derived from several styles of yoga: hatha yoga, power flow, gentle and adaptive yoga, and Baptiste yoga. Despite our different backgrounds, you will be taught how to hold the space and share the practices of yoga, no matter the tradition or style you have practiced.

What if I don’t want to be a teacher?

We understand that everyone approaches yoga with different intentions. Some choose to answer the call to teach while others are drawn to explore these practices on their own. This program is designed specifically to support you in your journey from student to teacher; if you would rather not be a teacher, this program may not be for you as teaching yoga to veterans following successful completion of this program is a requirement.

I have an injury/special condition - can I still participate?

Of course! We welcome everyone, of all abilities, to apply.

Do you help organize accommodations and travel?

Yes. We have a Project Manager on staff to help you with all the logistics of air travel, accommodations at the Ranch, and any other program questions you may have.

What is the attendance and makeup policy?

Participants are required to be present to both in person sessions held at the Ranch; there will be no option to make up time missed and a certificate will not be awarded for students who are not present for each session in full. Participants may miss up to 2 hours of online sessions with the possibility to make up that time with a lead instructor.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete this teacher training program?

Yes! Upon successful completion of this training, you will achieve the basic entry-level requirement for yoga teacher positions and have the added skills and practicum experience to teach veterans yoga safely and effectively in both trauma-sensitive treatment settings and active duty military settings in their communities.

Who will be leading this teacher training?

On staff, we have two lead instructors, and two contributing instructors. Army veteran Rebecca Smith and Marine Corps veteran Brianna Renner are your lead instructors. Retired Coast Guard veteran Christian Allaire and clinical psychologist, VYP Founder and Executive Director Dr. Dan Libby are your contributing instructors.

Is there a prerequisite for this training?

At least 6 months of yoga practice and 6 months of meditation are required.

How do I apply?

If you are interested and you are ready, willing and able to commit to succeeding in this program, we invite you to APPLY HERE.

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