Do I need to take the modules in a certain order? No, you can start from any module, and end with any module! Each module will begin with an introduction and end with a graduation to those who have completed all modules and requirements.
How long can I take to complete my 300 hour training? It is advisable to complete all the modules and requirements within a calendar year from the first module. Extended plans are available, but they need to be planned in advance with the teacher training department.
I am only interested in one module – can I sign up independently? Yes, you can sign up for just one or two modules. This way you get to learn the Advanced ISHTA Techniques but will not be certified unless you complete all the requirements.
I do not have a 200 hour certificate – can I still take modules? You can take the Philosophy and the Subtle Body module that focuses on the ISHTA Philosophy and Advanced Pranayama, Kriya and Meditation techniques. This builds on top of the ISHTA 200 hour program, so the ISHTA Immersion Program (all the ISHTA lectures from the 200 hour training) is a prerequisite for this module. Read more about ISHTA Immersion here. The other 2 modules require a 200 hour certification.
What other requirements are there outside of the modules? The requirements for the modular 300 hour training are the same as for the weekend format. You will assist your mentors 50 hours, assist a workshop, do In Class Privates and One on one’s, do a Svadhyaya (self-study) research program and attend 6 mentor meetings online.
The 300-Hour program consists of two major contact modules (In-Training Hours and Apprenticeship) and one non-contact module (Personal Teaching/Study).
- The In-Training Hours include approximately 180 hours of learning and practicing with your training group; thorough asana, posture, and spotting labs; and application of advanced techniques in asana, pranayama, and meditation. In addition, the In-Training curriculum includes advanced study in chakras and the glandular system, Ayurveda and asana, yoga and neurophysiology, Yoga Nidra, and more.
- The Apprenticeship is an eight-month, 120-hour course consisting of: weekly class assisting (an incredible opportunity to learn from and assist our senior teachers), mentor meetings (small monthly groups to refine your skills in teaching advanced techniques and get personalized feedback and attention from mentors and peers), One-on-Ones (where your skills in teaching individual students are developed), and In-Class Privates (to fine-tune your abilities in hands-on assisting and personal adjustments).
- The Personal Teaching and Study module consists of your out-of-training study and preparation, including reading, homework, additional techniques and teaching practice, and completion of a required research project on an advanced topic of your choice. While a minimum of 30 hours is required in this module, most committed students exceed this significantly!
I do not live in New York and can’t stay there longer than the modules. How can I complete assisting and other requirements from afar? You can complete as much of the requirements as you can in New York while you are attending the module. If there is an ISHTA Teacher in your hometown, you can assist them to complete the assisting hours. You can also assist ISHTA retreats and workshops worldwide. In the beginning of the training the ISHTA TT Department will assist you to create a plan of how to complete all your requirements to become Yoga Alliance certified.