200-Hr Teacher Training FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What style of Yoga is the KamaDeva Yoga Teacher Training?
Both Lois and Jessica have studied extensively over the past 25 years in styles ranging from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Anusara. Jessica was originally certified in 1996 in Jivamukti Yoga, which is a vinyasa style, and has also completed her certification in Ashaya Yoga, an alignment based system. Lois is an Anusara certified teacher (an alignment based system), and has studied extensively in the Ashtanga System as well. The KamaDeva Yoga teacher training is not a ‘branded’ style of Yoga—we teach you biomechanically sound principles of alignment woven into a flowing vinyasa sequence and allow you to take the teachings and uniquely and creatively find your voice as a teacher.
How proficient in Yoga do I need to be to apply?
We do not expect you to be a master in Yoga. A minimum of 6 months of study is required, along with a passion to learn. Many, many people come to a yoga teacher training program with no intention of teaching Yoga, but rather a desire to deepen their practice and understanding. Whichever is the case for you, at the end of this 200 hour program you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach a yoga class.
How many people are accepted into the program?
We intentionally keep our program small to ensure that we can work one on one with each of you, and we offer only one teacher training program a year so that our energy and time is devoted to you and only you! We cap enrollment at 15 people.
Is the KamaDeva Yoga Teacher Training a Yoga Alliance Certified Program?
Who are the teachers and what will they be teaching?
- Jessica Bellofatto: Yoga, Philosophy, History, Methodology, Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation, Physical Adjustments, Sequencing, subtle body anatomy.
- Lois Nesbitt: Yoga, Philosophy, History, Methodology, Anatomy (physical and subtle body), Physical Adjustments, Sequencing.
- Roey Ficaro: Restorative Yoga, Physical Adjustments, Meditation, Aromatherapy
- Sinead Fitzgibbon: Anatomy
- Manorama (Thea) D’Alvia: Sanskrit, Chanting
- Adam Kelinson: Nutrition, the Yoga Of Eating
What is the breakdown of course work?
As per Yoga Alliance requirements, the course work breaks down as follows:
- Techniques, Training and Practice (100 hours)
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas will receive substantial emphasis.
- Teaching Methodology (25 hours)
The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.
- Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (30 hours)
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:
– The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)
– Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
– Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher—student relationships and community
– Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
- Practicum (10 hours)
Topics in this category include:
– Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)*
– Receiving and giving feedback
– Observing others teaching**
– Assisting students while someone else is teaching
Is there homework and required reading?
Yes, there will be homework and reading between weekends that you will be expected to complete in order to receive your certification. Expect to spend about 2-5 hours between meeting weekends on homework.
What if I need to miss a class or weekend?
You may miss 16 hours (one full weekend) of the training and still receive your 200 Hour Certificate. If you miss more than that, you will be required to make up those hours privately with either Jessica or Lois. (One private hour equals 4 group training hours). These private sessions will be made available at the reduced rate of $80 per hour.
Are books and materials included in the training?
A KamaDeva Yoga Teacher Training Manual is included in the training. Books and any other materials are not included, although Jessica offers a onetime wholesale discount on yoga mats and props that you may need. The required reading can easily be purchased through Amazon.
What is the refund policy in the event that I sign up for the training and can not complete it?
The $350 deposit is entirely non-refundable. The remainder is refundable as follows:
- 60 days or more PRIOR to the first weekend of the training, tuition is 100 percent refundable less the $350 deposit.
- Within 60 days of of the first weekend, tuition is 50% refundable
- Once the training has started, 50% of the paid tuition is refundable within the first 4 weekends, after that time, the tuition is entirely non-refundable. If there is a medical issue (with doctors note), we will issue you credit towards a future training.
I don’t live in the Hamptons. Can you point me towards low cost accommodations?
Yes. There is sometimes the possibility of a spare bedroom in a fellow trainees’ home, but failing that, we can recommend low cost accommodation options.
What if I want to teach at KamaDeva after the training?
All teachers who successfully complete the course will be given the opportunity to teach at KamaDeva Yoga if they so desire. You may be put on the sub list first, until there is a more permanent opening. In addition, you will be considered for other teaching opportunities such as private students and group classes outside of the studio that come through the studio. Please note that there is a referral fee to KamaDeva Yoga attached to any employment opportunity that comes through KamaDeva Yoga.