Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about a destination yoga teacher training? We understand it's a big investment of time and resources, and we want to help you make an informed decision. Here is some useful information about the whys, whats and hows of YTT with Zuna Yoga®.
No. This program is for aspiring teachers as well as people who simply want to deepen their knowledge of yoga and their understanding of themselves. Yoga is a complete science system of better living, and we're excited to share it with you. About half our students sign up for the course with the intention of becoming a yoga teacher. Often, after completing the course, many other students find themselves inspired to share their newfound knowledge.
Zuna Yoga® 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs include a vigorous two-hour + asana practice twice daily most days. We strongly recommend that applicants have at least one year of consistent asana practice and are relatively comfortable practicing intermediate backbends and inversions. If you are new to yoga, this would not be an appropriate program in which to to participate. You will not benefit from learning yoga basics while simultaneously learning how to teach.
That being said, if you have a regular yoga practice and are physically fit, you may be more ready than you think. We're seeking students with a solid foundation in the basic and fundamental yoga postures. It is essential, if you are to reach your potential, to engage this training with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn and an understanding of the limits of your own body.
Yes. Many of our graduates begin teaching as soon as they return home from our training. You will get plenty of practice teaching, including one-on-one, small groups, and in front of the entire class. You'll have the opportunity to develop your own voice as an instructor. You'll also learn how to build safe, effective sequences. And you'll also gain essential information on the business side of starting your career as a yoga teacher.
There are many aspects of the science of yoga that are difficult to experience in a regular weeknight class or weekend training environment. That's why all our Yoga Alliance® accredited yoga teacher trainings are offered as intensives. There is no better way to go deeper, faster into the vast sea of yogic tradition than to immerse yourself completely, separated from everyday pressures and distractions. The deepest and most bountiful techniques require uninterrupted and dedicated practice in a way that is almost impossible to achieve if we try to tend to usual daily affairs on the side. Being sequestered from normal everyday concerns, social groups and responsibilities allows you the freedom and space for a rewarding inward journey. It's also an opportunity to travel to an exotic location and be immersed in a new culture, try new foods, and see amazing sights.
The number of participants is most often between 25 and 34 to ensure a comfortable practice space and a healthy teacher-to-student ratio. This is also venue dependent as sometimes we choose smaller venues for more intimate offerings.
Zuna Yoga® is a school of hatha vinyasa yoga. Our style can be described as traditional hatha, which is characterized by attention to alignment and holding poses longer, combined with dynamic vinyasa sequences. The Zuna Yoga® system includes the use of asana, bandha, mudra, pranayama, mantra, meditation, laya yoga and other components.
Zuna is a Sanskrit word that means to thrive or prosper. This is the true promise of yoga - to live a beautiful life, to live powerfully in the world. Through a systematic usage of the tools of yoga, one's practice is directed toward the attainment of health, strength, perseverance, patience and wisdom. The practice of yoga delivers so much more than flexibility or stress reduction. It enables us to live free and empowered, to experience the bountiful treasures of life, to realize our purpose and find success.
No. Graduates of our program go on to teach a variety of styles, including hatha, vinyasa, hot yoga, power yoga, yin, restorative, meditation, corporate yoga, SUP yoga, and children's yoga. You will not be in a tight box. Our programs are designed for students of varying ability levels, ages and interests. The tools we share are flexible and universal, giving you endless opportunities for your personal practice and your teaching. For students who are inspired to teach our style of yoga, we offer tailor-made mentoring programs, with assistant teaching opportunities at our global events.
Our instructors come from richly diverse backgrounds, and are all highly educated and competent in their fields of expertise. All Zuna Yoga® facilitators are graduates of our training programs, with decades of experience in practice, teaching, training, business and yoga studio management.
Everett's exploration of yoga began in 1992 and has been a journey through many traditions, including tantra, hatha, Anusara Yoga®, kundalini, vinyasa, Taoism and more. Everett was cofounder of Divine Motion Yoga® Los Angeles (2001- 2009) which was voted “Best Los Angeles Yoga Studio” multiple times via an audience poll on City Search.com. In 2010 he moved to New York City's Upper West Side where he taught at the one of the city's premier yoga studios, Pure Yoga® and NYLovesYoga. Since 2013, Everett has been devoting his efforts to his own synthesis of yogic tradition known as Zuna Yoga®, which he shares through international workshops, yoga teacher trainings and retreats.
Katherine has more than 15 years experience in engineering, sales, marketing and corporate training. She has traveled extensively, is fluent in French, German and English, has studied Chinese and Spanish, and spent nearly 20 years living abroad. She completed her first 200 hour teacher training at Pure Yoga NYC in 2010. The same year, she was introduced to the Tantric Hatha Vinyasa style of Zuna Yoga® and was inspired by its depth. She left her job as an executive in the corporate world in 2013 to join the Zuna Yoga® team. She now co-facilitates Zuna Yoga® events, connecting with beautiful souls all over the world.
Think of 200 hour as Level 1 and 300 hour as Level 2. The 200 hour course is a foundational program. After its completion, you'll be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance® as an RYT200, giving you a globally recognized accreditation.
The 300 hour yoga teacher training is an advanced program, and most students will have already completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training course. You can participate in a 300 hour program without having done a 200 hour course if you are an advanced student looking to deepen your practice and are not interested in registering with Yoga Alliance®.
Many of our students enroll in 200 and 300 hour programs back-to-back (500 hour, or "Zero to 500"), to complete all of their training hours with us. It's a challenging yet rewarding option, and ideal if you can take two months uninterrupted out of your busy life. Completing both the 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings with the same yoga school ensures both consistency and depth.
Yes. Many of our 200 hour graduates return to complete their 300 hour yoga teacher training with us. This can be months or years after their first YTT, whenever they feel they are ready.
Our 200 hour course provides a strong foundation in the physical aspects of yoga, including asana, alignment, anatomy, adjustments, modifications and safe biomechanics. Every teacher of yoga should understand how the body works and be able to create physically and energetically sound sequences. Our yoga teacher trainings deliver much more than just asana. We explore the diverse teachings of the yoga tradition, its history and its philosophy. We’ll also introduce you to the advanced techniques of mantra, meditation and pranayama, as well as the principles of Ayurveda. You will get plenty of practice teaching and the opportunity to develop your own voice as an instructor.
300 hour students dive deeper into the advanced practices of pranayama, meditation, kriya and yoga nidra. This course assumes relative mastery of intermediate asana, and a desire to learn more about philosophy and the other aspects of yogic tradition. The focus of this program is on advanced techniques of yoga, rather than advanced asana. Its aim is to deepen your own practice and experience, to allow you to deliver richly meaningful classes.
A typical teacher training day begins with a group morning practice at sunrise, which is the most powerful time of day to set your intention and experience the power of asana, pranayama and meditation. After morning class we enjoy a healthy breakfast. Once we're all hydrated and nourished, we reconvene for morning lecture, where we cover much of the intellectual content of the course. Students break for a couple hours for lunch. Afterward we meet again for lecture, teaching practice, and our final afternoon asana and meditation class. The day finishes at around 6:30 pm. At select venues, there will also be evening meditation sessions. Two full days off during the training are included for needed rest and relaxation.
The most important factors that influence your success are: attendance, attitude, completion of written assignments. Students must engage the course with an open mind, respect for the teachers, traditions and fellow students, and a willingness to work.
To obtain a certificate, you must attend 100% of the classes to comply with Yoga Alliance® requirements as well as complete the written assignments. However, we understand that you may not be able to foresee every conflict, so we have devised the following procedures:
If you miss one or two days, you may still complete the program with your class provided that you schedule a private session (or group session) with an Assistant Trainer at some point during the program. A three-hour private session equals one day in the intensive. The maximum number of private make-up sessions is two.
While couples and parent-adult child combos are welcome, we don’t recommend that students come to a training with non-yogi partners or young children who are not enrolled in the course. One of the benefits of doing an intensive course in a sequestered place like Cambodia or Bali is that you have space to grow, separated from daily obligations. It would be very difficult to attend to a child during the training, as the days are long, and emotionally and physically challenging. In the past, we have had students who have attempted to combine a family holiday with their training, and who unanimously wished that they had come alone. It's also important that the group be cohesive -- living together and enjoying each other's input and support, sharing free time together at lunch breaks, studying in the evenings as groups and partaking of communal meals. Take this time to invest in yourself.
At Zuna Yoga® residential courses, space is reserved exclusively for course participants.
We attract yogis from all over the globe, creating a vibrant community of students and teachers who share in our vision of a world that thrives. You can read testimonials from our past graduates here.
"I couldn't imagine a better 200 hour yoga teacher training, or a better way to begin my career as a yoga teacher. I would highly recommend Zuna Yoga® to any yogi or yogini who wants a fully immersive, life changing and well structured training. You will come out knowledgable and prepared should you want to begin teaching or simply take your personal practice to the next level." - Lucas, NYC
"Many thanks for what has been a truly transformational 500 hour teacher training. I loved the thoroughness, the manual, the lectures, the delivery, the humor, the discipline, the intensity, the attention to detail, the sharing of examples. These have all had a profound effect on me. Thanks for all your effort, strength and inspiration." - Claire, UK
"I can honestly say I have learned and truly engaged in class this past month more than I have through any other education course I have attended in my life. Thank you for such a treasured gift I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life, the gift of knowledge and the tools to live a happy, peaceful and beautiful life. I can’t wait to start truly living and fully implement this into my daily life so I can find my authenticity, and inspire others like you have inspired me." - Danielle, TX
We invite you to apply at your earliest convenience using the online form. These courses tend to sell out a couple months in advance.
The best way to prepare for a yoga teacher training is to keep practicing yoga. Develop a regular practice of at least an hour a minimum of three times a week. Try out different styles and different teachers, at your local studio as well as online. Practice mindfully and aim for gradual progress to avoid injury.
Start the required course reading before your YTT and begin learning about the foundational philosophies of yoga.
Our best advice is to plan your journey well in advance: researching visa requirements, making sure your passport is up to date, getting any required health check ups and vaccinations. Our blog on preparing for your YTT provides lots of details and links. Our website also provides destination-specific travel info.
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By registering with Yoga Alliance®, you will take an important step in enhancing your credibility as a yoga teacher. YA credentials are the premier form of recognition in the yoga industry, as they are the largest certifying body for yoga teachers in the world. Your registration with Yoga Alliance® is a globally recognized credential that helps ensure that yoga students can find knowledgeable instruction and training programs. If you become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®), you will be awarded a specific designation based on your level of training and experience. Currently, over 53,000 yoga teachers and 3,200 yoga schools have registered with YA.
All yoga teachers and teacher training programs (yoga schools) whose training meets YA's requirements are listed on YA's online directory for one-year terms. Teachers and schools must renew their registration on an annual basis to maintain active status with Yoga Alliance®.
Currently, yoga is not a licensed profession in the U.S., so it is not required that one register with Yoga Alliance® in order to teach yoga. Registration with Yoga Alliance is voluntary and is the premier form of recognition given to a yoga teacher or yoga school.
Teachers who register with Yoga Alliance® (YA) are listed on the YA online directory as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs®). The teacher registry is not a certification program but a listing of teachers whose training and teaching experience meet YA minimum standards. Yoga teachers that graduated from Registered Yoga Schools (RYS®) can receive varying levels of designation based on the amount of training and teaching experience they have. The E-RYT® designation (Experience Registered Yoga Teacher) distinguishes teachers with significant teaching experience.
Zuna Yoga® is an active RYS®, which means that upon completion of our Teacher Training, you can apply to YA for the corresponding registration.
Below are the standard designations that YA offers for yoga teachers:
✓ Completed a 200-hour training program with an RYS 200®
Teaching hour requirements:None
Teaching time requirements: None
Teachers can register as an RYT 200® if they have successfully completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program with Zuna Yoga®. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200 hour requirement. Teaching hours are not required for this designation.
✓ Completed a 500 hour training program (200 hr TT + 300 hr TT = 500) with Zuna Yoga®, or a different RYS® registered as an RYS 200® - RYS 300® (such as Zuna Yoga®)
Teaching hour requirements:
✓ Has at least 100 hours of teaching experience since graduating from an RYS 200® - RYS300 (such as Zuna Yoga®) or RYS 500®
Teachers can register as an RYT 500® if they have successfully completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance®. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200 hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200 hour certification with an active RYS®. Applicants must submit 100 teaching hours for this designation, which must be completed after graduating from an RYS 200/300® or RYS 500®.
Below are the advanced designations that YA offers for yoga teachers:
✓ Completed a 200 hour training program with an RYS 200®
✓ Has at least 1000 hours of teaching experience since graduating from an RYS 200®
✓ Has taught for at least 2 years since graduating from an RYS 200®.
Teachers can register as an E-RYT 200® if they have successfully completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance® and have taught a minimum of two years since graduating from an RYS200® and have at least 1000 hrs of teaching expereince after having completed a Yoga Alliance® approved course by an registered Yoga Alliance® RYS®. Once registered, an E-RYT 200® is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a director or primary instructor of a 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
✓ Completed a 500 hour training program with an RYS 500®, OR
✓ Completed a 200 hour training program with an RYS 200® AND an additional 300 hours of training with either the same RYS® or a different RYS® registered as an RYS 200/300 (such as Zuna Yoga®)
✓ Has at least 2000 hours of teaching experience since graduating from a RYS 200/300® or RYS500®. At least 500 of these hours must be taught after graduating from a RYS300® or RYS 500®.
✓ Has taught for at least 4 years since graduating from an RYS 200® or RYS 500®
Teachers can register as an E-RYT 500® if they have successfully completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance® and have taught a minimum of four years since graduating from an RYS200®. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200 hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different RYS®. Applicants must submit 2,000 teaching hours for this designation; 1,500 of the teaching hours must have been taught after graduating from a RYS 200® and RYS 500® of the teaching hours must have been taught after graduating from an RYS 500®. Once registered, an E-RYT 500® is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a director or primary instructor of a 200-hour or 500-hour teacher training program.
Schools that register with Yoga Alliance® are listed on the Yoga Alliance® online directory as "Registered Yoga Schools" (RYS®). Registration acknowledges that the training program meets standards for curriculum developed by Yoga Alliance® and that training is conducted by experienced instructors.
Once a school is registered, all graduates of an RYS® are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance® as an RYT®. Yoga Alliance® reserves the right to suspend or revoke an RYS® registration based on evidence that the school no longer meets RYS® standards. Yoga schools can receive varying levels of designation based on the levels and types of training they provide.
Here are the standard designations Yoga Alliance® offers for yoga schools:
This school provides a 200 hour training program that meets or exceeds Yoga Alliance® standards. Graduates of these schools are eligible to register as an RYT 200®.
This school provides 200 hour yoga teacher training and an advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training that meet or exceed Yoga Alliance® standards. These schools offer 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting graduates to become either an RYT 200® or an RYT 500®, depending on the level of training completed. The 300 hour standards are advanced standards of study, therefore an RYS® may not offer only a 300 hour advanced program without also providing the foundational 200 hour program.
This school provides only complete 500 hour yoga teacher training that meets or exceeds Yoga Alliance® standards. Graduates of these schools are eligible to register as RYT 500®.
We are certified to teach and award graduates of our programs a diploma that assures they can get their own RYT certification from Yoga Alliance®. We offer 200, 300 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programs for RYT200® and RYT500® Yoga Alliance® certification.