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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

PRE-REQUISITES

How much Yoga experience do I need?


Our foundation program is very suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners. There are no specific formal prerequisites to join this intensive course, although practical experience is of course beneficial. The key is your openness and your sincere enthusiasm! When you cultivate these attitudes everything else will unfold surprisingly easily. You can trust us on this one. ;-)




How can I prepare myself for the training?


To tune in, we of course suggest a very regular formal Yoga practice. We encourage you to also explore different styles by visiting new classes, and to strengthen your general constitution by adopting a healthy life-style.





STYLE & CONTENT

What kind of Yoga do I get to learn and to teach?


The teachings of our educational program are based on a very broad approach to Yoga. The foundations of our practice are classical Hatha Yoga, Spiritual Heart Meditation, and the non-dual vision of Advaita Vedanta. We teach an authentic form of Hatha Yoga which incorporates the focus on breath, chakras, and kundalini energy. Our balanced style combines engaging yang and relaxing yin qualities: The practice incorporates various dynamic elements, such as a variety of warming exercises, different variations of the sun salutations (including classical, A & B), Ashtanga type warrior sequence, demanding standing poses, basic arm balances and more. The contemplative atmosphere of our slow-flow cultivates mindfulness of alignment & breath, and emphasizes a refined awareness of the present moment in the style of Eckhart Tolle. The sequence of 36 asanas includes backward and forward bends, side bends, twists, and inversions. The syllabus also encompasses plenty of powerful pranayama exercises, purification techniques, and a lot of practical yogic philosophy. We transmit the ancient wisdom in an applicable, modern way, and incorporate a variety of classical practices such as meditation, heart centering, Bhajan chanting, Bhakti & Karma Yoga, Raja & Jnana Yoga, and so much more. In the hands-on instructor training we provide applicable tools for alignment & adjustment. To improve your ability to correct students, the curriculum also includes lessons in Thai-Yoga Massage & the art of touch. Lectures on teaching techniques transmit helpful practical knowledge about body language, voice, rhetoric, marketing & networking. We provide individual guidance in several one-on-one sessions, and personally supervise your practicum assignments, offering you detailed teacher & peer feedback. The authentic content of our teachings, the enthusiasm of the group & facilitators, and your sincere openness to transform and dive deep can turn this course into the experience of a lifetime. Our thorough educational approach will ground your understanding in authentic Yoga sources, while helping you to develop and refine your own personal practice. Our foundation course is a beautiful opportunity for self exploration, a stepping stone for future studies, and a very solid base for an aspiring Yoga teacher.




What is the actual content of this YTT?


Practice – Sun Salutation sequence with all standard variations – 36 classical Asanas – 3 fundamental Pranayama breathing techniques – 3 main Bandhas of Kundalini Yoga – Purification techniques of Shatkarma – Spiritual Heart Meditation – Bhajan chanting Teaching Techniques – Posture alignment – Adjustment & assistance training – Efficient instruction & skillful usage of voice – Holding space & leadership qualities – Class structure & sequencing – Responsibilities of teaching Yoga – Marketing & network strategies Anatomy – Introduction to anatomy: basic terminology & directions – Human anatomy: skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems – Applied anatomy: key muscles of the essential Yoga poses – Subtle energetic anatomy: chakras, nadis, vayus, panchakosha Philosophy – Philosophical basis of Yoga: unity & polarity – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras & the Eight Stages of Yoga – Yama & Niyama: ethical tips for a harmonious life – Classical paths: Karma, Raja, Jnana & Bhakti Yoga – Bhagavad Gita: the Yoga of selfless action – Yoga & health: intro to Yogic dieting & Ayurveda Teaching Experience in various Practicum Assignments. Our careful and competent guidance allows aspiring students to step into the new teacher’s role with confidence.





TEACHERS

Who is teaching the course?


The training is led by Kirsten & Burkhard, the directors of the Akasha Yoga Academy, and their inspiring team. Kirsten & Burkhard both draw from more than 15 years of full-time research & practice. They each have more than 3000 hours of intensive teaching experience and continuously inspire others with their dedicated life-style. Kirsten & Burchard have been living in Asia since 2007, and have had the opportunity to study full-time under various eminent spiritual & academic teachers. During more than 4000 hours of education, they have explored Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha & Kundalini Yoga, Pranayama, Kundalini, Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, Sanskrit, meditation, and alignment with a variety of superb. Their classical style of breath-based Hatha Yoga is influenced by the Vinyasa Krama of Krishnamacharya. In their personal lives, they emphasize the practice of meditation in the style of Ramana Maharshi / Advaita Vedanta. They joined dozens of silent group retreats, and withdrew for 49 days into the jungle mountains of Thailand, dedicating themselves to 7 weeks of extensive solitary practice. The international team is complimented by qualified instructors & assistants. Their radiant presence & enthusiasm generates a truly heart-opening atmosphere of trust & connection.





CERTIFICATION

Is this training Yoga Alliance registered & recognized?


The Akasha Yoga Academy is a Registered Yoga School and has been a leading member of the internationally recognized Yoga Alliance for almost a decade (Registry-ID: 87485). Due to the current Covid exception, the curriculum of our accredited Online Teacher Training meets & exceeds the requirements of this leading global organization. Our primary instructors are Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers at the highest level (E-RYT-500). The public profile of the Akasha Yoga Academy can be accessed via the Yoga Alliance website: https://www.YogaAlliance.org/SchoolPublicProfile?sid=365




Will the certificate be acknowledged in my country?


You will receive an internationally recognized Yoga Instructor Certificate. With this degree you can sign up with the international Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). With more than 53,000 registered Yoga teachers & schools, Yoga Alliance is by far the largest provider of credentials and certification in the world. The US based organization is internationally recognized, and to sign up with them supports your reputation globally. Experience shows that most national Yoga associations also acknowledge certificates that are approved by the international Yoga Alliance. As we are accredited members of this global organization our graduates are usually able to register with their respective national associations. Please contact your local organization to verify the respective terms for your specific country. Find out how to register with the international Yoga Alliance: www.YogaAlliance.org/Credentialing/HowToRegister




What kind of certificate do I get?


Upon successful graduation you will receive an officially recognized Yoga Instructor Certificate. With this degree the Akasha Yoga Academy authorizes you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher and a member of the renowned Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). This Yoga Alliance certificate carries exactly the same value as a regular one coming from on-site 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. (It does not specify “online” anywhere on the actual certificate.) In addition to this full-fledged certificate, we offer continuing personal assistance in our long-term support program and our private Graduate Groups on Facebook & WhatsApp.





BECOMING A TEACHER

Does this course prepare me to teach right away?


On our tropical island we create the ideal conditions for you to grow into a competent and confident instructor. It is wonderful to see how the experience of teaching Yoga can empower and enrich our lives in so many ways. Our strong pedagogical framework and the supportive feedback of our professional instructors empowers participants to feel comfortable as a Yoga teacher. Our curriculum includes tremendous variety, with topics ranging from holding space, to voice training, to leadership qualities, which allow aspiring graduates to become truly inspiring teachers. A crucial factor in becoming a good Yoga teacher is practice. Our Teacher Training emphasizes the direct experience of teaching students in a studio setting. Five practical assignments help the student-teacher cultivate and eventually master the skills needed to successfully teach their own classes . After the practicum sessions the aspiring instructor receives systematic feedback from peers, and very thorough feedback from our advanced supervisors.




Can I find a job as a Yoga teacher?


It is surprisingly easy to find work as a certified Yoga teacher. Most of our graduates start teaching right after our training! In a modern world full of stress and burnout, Yoga has widespread appeal. Countless people need energization, relaxation, and the beautiful harmony that comes from a dedicated Yoga practice. It has been the experience of our students that their humble offerings are gratefully received in their communities. A 2016 study by Yoga Journal shows that there are currently more than 36 million people practicing Yoga in the USA. This is almost twice as many as 4 years ago! Not to mention that there are an additional 80 million Americans with an openness to take a first-time class in the coming year. The enormous numbers of this study show the incredible potential in this flowering alternative field. With almost 40 % of the US population generally open to Yoga, we can be sure that there will be a lot of working opportunities for all of us. When you combine the expanding Yoga scene with the “made in Germany” quality of our training, all doors can open for you. There are innumerable opportunities, and you will for sure find your niche! Here is the link to the mentioned survey: www.YogaAlliance.org/Learn/About_Yoga/2016_Yoga_in_America_Study/Highlights Yoga is a powerful and transformational practice. What a joy and a privilege to be able to pass on this valuable gift to others. We trust that you will find ways to share your love for Yoga with your community. Come learn the skills that can make sharing yoga as fun as practicing yoga.




Can I join if I only want to deepen my own practice & understanding?


We build on sincere personal practice ourselves and strongly emphasize this essential element in the training. Every course day therefore contains around 4 hours of asana and breathing exercises. A strong self-practice is a wonderful foundation for anybody who wants to explore Yoga on a deeper level. One session per week is dedicated to your individual self-guided practice, and we also share useful recommendations on how to establish your own routine at home. Many of the students who join our courses come only to deepen and enjoy their own personal Yoga practice, without the intention to teach. Nevertheless some who come without that intention wind up teaching. When you love something, sometimes it is hard not to share it! The intensity of the program, the provided material, and our enthusiastic way of transmitting the yogic wisdom, provide a direct encouragement to practice and to pass on this valuable knowledge.





TESTIMONIALS

Where can I find reviews & testimonials?


We encourage you to take a closer look at the heart-felt testimonials on this page.

Check out the genuine videos & written accounts of previous participants on the testimonial page.

You can find a great variety of video testimonials on our YouTube channel.
Our Facebook page provides authentic ratings & first-hand reviews: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AkashaYogaAcademy/reviews/

Make sure to take a closer look at the independent public reviews on this official credential page: Yoga Alliance School Profile:
https://www.YogaAlliance.org/SchoolProfileReviews?sid=365

A thorough evaluation of our professional program is offered on True Yoga Reviews. True Yoga Reviews:
https://TrueYogaReviews.com/review/akasha-yoga-academy-200h-yoga-teacher-training-eviews

The intense practice & the eye-opening content of our full-time training trigger evolution on many levels – rewarding you with a new perspective on yourself & the world.

Our intensive course is thus much more than a formal Teacher Training that will certify you as a Yoga instructor. We explore the fascinating world of authentic spirituality, and cordially invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

Our exploration of the art and science of Yoga will most definitely provide a life-changing experience for you!





ONLINE TEACHER TRAINING

Is the online certificate the same as on-site?


The comprehensive curriculum of our fully accredited Online Teacher Training meets & exceeds the standards of the international Yoga Alliance. When graduating from our interactive online course, you will receive an officially recognized certificate that is identical to an on-site course. You'll get a regular full-fledged Yoga Alliance certificate that carries exactly the same value and looks exactly the same as one coming from an on-site course.




What is the duration of the course?


You are free to take the course at your own pace – while being fully supported by the momentum of a global group of Yoginis.
We offer interactive 1-hour live Zoom calls twice per day! You can join a minimum of 24 group sessions whenever it fits your own schedule.

To empower you to fit this educational program into your daily life, we do provide a personalized flexible schedule for you:
We offer customized sample schedules for a 1-month intensive format, and for slower formats taking 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 9 months. This gives you plenty of optional guidance, but you are of course fully free to change & create your own individual rhythm. Our experienced team will in any case guide you on each & every step of the way. Due to the Covid exception of the international Yoga Alliance, you can currently receive a regular, full-fledged certificate online. In order to get certified by the international Yoga Alliance, participants have to complete their training within 1 year from the time of purchase. The personal guidance ends after 1 year, but experience shows that we will find ways for you to graduate before. And remember that you have full life-time access to all videos & materials! (For those students who enrolled before August 01, 2021, the deadline for finishing the course is December 31, 2021.)




I'm a beginner. Are there any pre-requisites?


Experience shows that our foundation program is suitable for beginners with some basic practical experience. There are no specific formal pre-requisites to join this intensive course, although practical experience is of course of advantage. The key is your openness and your sincere enthusiasm!




How do you check my poses online?


If you need one on one assistance we are here to help, you have our full support & dedication to the process, just as if you were on-site with us. We check your asana postures during the class you lead and teach. – Our Support Team are always available for advice and assistance.




How will you teach adjustments online?


All of our participants will be working with practice models (friends or family that they are in quarantine with) and that is how they will practice the hands-on adjustments, this included with intensive teachings as well as inter-active live sessions and direct feedback from the teachers will provide a strong foundation for your development.




What language will the instruction be in?


English




What happens if I have questions?


Any questions that arise will be answered via multiple channels (Zoom/Facebook/WhatsApp)




What timezone are you in?


We are located on the wonderful island of Bali. The local timezone is the same as Singapore = Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) = WITA GMT +8 = UTC +8
Makes use of helpful sites like:
www.TheTimeZoneConverter.com




What if I have problems with my internet connection?


Don't worry if your internet connection is somewhat slow. Our state-of-the-art system allows for streaming to mobile devices in lower resolution. But you can even join when you sometimes do not have any online access: It's a special feature of our course that you can download all videos to your devices. This is actually a very unusual & generous offer which most other schools do not offer. Our download option enables you to join our digital course even with limited online connection, and also allows you to enjoy the benefits of full life-time access to all materials.




Are there any assessments/examinations?


Please see below for the rough outline of how your participation will be assessed and integral standards measured. As you are taking the program at your own pace, the below schedule will be spaced out accordingly. Week 1 - Quiz, Film & send self-practice. Week 2 - Film & send 60 min practicum. Week 3 - Film & send 90 min practicum. Final Assessment: 30 multiple choice questions along with a written exam part (that replaces the physical part of what we would do onsite).




Interactive tools for online participants?


We’ve been offering outstanding educational programs for more than a decade and our premium online courses provide a great variety of interactive ingredients. See for yourself: PERSONAL SUPPORT
You will receive plenty of one-on-one guidance, starting with a customized schedule and continuing with individual support on all levels.
Various practicum assignments give you a chance to send us videos of your own practice & teaching. In turn we provide detailed feedback & personalized supervision for you.
There are so many other interactive communication tools offered: connect directly with us via WhatsApp, email or messenger, ask questions in the forum of our exclusive online platform, interact with your new global Yoga family in private Facebook & WhatsApp groups, etc. It doesn’t get much better than this. LIVE ZOOM CLASSES
We offer 1-hour group Zoom calls twice per day. You can join a minimum of 24 live sessions whenever it fits your personal schedule. This provides the best mix of individual freedom and heart-felt group support. Connect directly with your teachers, ask any question, share your experience & learn from others in our uplifting international community. It’s really such a beautiful experience. Trust us on this one. A LIFE-TIME OF RESOURCES
In addition to the awesome one-on-one and peer-to-peer support, you get full access to all professional materials:
The entire 200 hours are recorded in true high-end audio & video quality. We produce all sessions in our state-of-the-art Baliwood Film Studio (as compared to the common amateur webcam approach of other schools). Playback on any device, pause, rewind & refresh in future months & years with complete life-time access – a priceless gift of learning. For more than a decade, we’ve been upgrading & polishing our 4 Teaching Manuals to perfection. You get free access to the useful pdf files & printed books. In addition to these 700+ pages of complimentary reading, you receive a grand variety of mind-blowing resources on all related topics. Bottom line: We’ve got you covered on all levels. Really.




Live session timings?


The live Zoom sessions offer a great opportunity to directly connect with your teachers, and to enjoy the uplifting community atmosphere with students from around the globe.
You can ask questions, share your experience & learn from others in various interactive ways. (detailed timing below)
We offer these heart-opening sessions on a daily basis, but it is not necessary for you to attend them daily! To receive the Yoga Alliance certificate you need to attend at least 24 of them.
(We recommend spreading these 24 live sessions evenly over the entire period of your training – knowing that you're of course welcome to join more.)
TIMING
The good news is that we offer many calls, making it easy for you to fit them into your individual rhythm.
This is the current schedule of our daily Zoom calls. The starting time of these 1-hour live sessions is listed below in our Bali timezone (GMT +8): Tuesday, Friday & Sunday:
08:00 = 8 am Tuesday & Friday:
14:00 = 2 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday:
18:00 = 6 pm Bali = Singapore = AWST = WITA time = GMT +8 = UTC +8
Makes use of helpful sites like:
www.TheTimeZoneConverter.com We're very much looking forward to meeting you soon!




Requirements for Certification


Our educational online program is fully accredited by the international Yoga Alliance and the curriculum meets & exceeds the official standards.
In order to reward you with the famous RYT 200 certificate of the Yoga Alliance we require:
dedicated & full-hearted participation, completion of all practicum assignments, understanding of the content demonstrated in simple quizzes and a final exam, as well as acting in a respectful manner.
You are required to fulfill the above obligations to receive the accredited certificate. Please note that tuition payment alone does not guarantee certification from the Akasha Yoga Academy Teacher Training.
We invite you to use all interactive tools we offer to grow into a competent & confident teacher. In our educational programs we offer outstanding professional quality on all levels – and we trust that our dedication will inspire your own journey. Successful graduation from our online program authorizes you to become a full-fledged & officially Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). In order to get certified by the international Yoga Alliance, participants have to complete their training within 1 year from the time of purchase. The personal guidance ends after 1 year, but experience shows that we will find ways for you to graduate before. And remember that you have full life-time access to all videos & materials.
(For those students who enrolled before August 01, 2021, the deadline for finishing the course is December 31, 2021.)




Online Certification


The Akasha Yoga Academy is a Registered Yoga School and a member of the internationally recognized Yoga Alliance (Registry-ID: 87485). The curriculum of our fully accredited Teacher Training meets & exceeds the requirements of this leading organization. Upon successful graduation from the course, you will receive the officially accredited certificate. This authorizes you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and enables you to optionally sign up with the international Yoga Alliance. Successful graduation from our online program authorizes you to become a full-fledged & officially Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). We are registered with the international Yoga Alliance based in the US. However, the different international Yoga Alliance branches across the world share very similar standards for Yoga Teacher Training Programs and Continuing Education. They all maintain an updated registry of certified Yoga Teachers and Yoga Schools and tend to recognize one another.




Do you offer payment plans?


You can either choose to pay the tuition in full. Or you can alternatively opt for a convenient 3-month payment plan. Please find the details of this special offer HERE. You are free to choose between PayPal and Credit Card. Other options are available on request.




Booking Conditions & Cancellation


The premium content of our educational program is truly inspiring, so we doubt that you would ever choose to drop out. Once you signed up for the online course your tuition fee & payment plan are however non-refundable.
Thank you very much for your kind understanding of this common practice in the world of online courses. We give ourselves with an open Heart, and we trust that you can find ways to receive the priceless gifts we share.




How much time do I have to get certified?


We do offer life-time access to all learning materials. We even provide for you the exceptional possibility to download all videos and teaching manuals. The dedicated Akasha team offers a generous amount of personal attention to each student: Our premium program incorporates a great variety of interactive elements, such as heart-opening Zoom calls, caring 1-on-1 feedback for various practicum assignments and sooo much more. In order to get certified by the international Yoga Alliance, participants have to complete their training within 1 year from the time of purchase. The personal guidance ends after 1 year, but experience shows that we will find ways for you to graduate before. And remember that you have full life-time access to all videos & materials. (For those students who enrolled before August 01, 2021, the deadline for finishing the course is December 31, 2021.)




What happens if it takes longer for me to graduate?


The dedicated Akasha team offers a generous amount of personal attention to each student: Our premium program incorporates a great variety of interactive elements, such as heart-opening Zoom calls, caring 1-on-1 feedback for various practicum assignments and so much more. In order to get certified by the international Yoga Alliance, participants have to complete their training within 1 year from the time of purchase. The personal guidance ends after 1 year, but experience shows that we will find ways for you to graduate before. For students that don't manage to graduate before the end of the generous 1 year time frame, we charge a fee of US$ 50 per month to cover the costs for the ongoing personal guidance. And remember that we offer life-time access to all learning materials. We even provide for you the exceptional possibility to download all videos and teaching manuals. (For those students who enrolled before August 01, 2021, the deadline for finishing the course is December 31, 2021.)




What payment methods do you offer?


We offer the common & safe options of PayPal and Credit Card.
All major cards (such as Visa, Master, American Express) are supported.
Upon request, we can of course also provide other payment channels (such as bank-to-bank wire transfer, Transfer Wise, etc.) You can either choose to pay the tuition in full. Or you can alternatively opt for a convenient 3-month payment plan. Please find the details of this special offer HERE.