200-Hr Teacher Training FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What style of Yoga is the JBYoga Teacher Training?
Jessica has 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. The JBYoga teacher training is not a ‘branded’ style of Yoga—I 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.
Is the JBYoga 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.
- Roey Ficaro: Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy
- Sinead Fitzgibbon: Anatomy
- Manorama (Thea) D’Alvia: Sanskrit, Chanting
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?
There will be some required reading and homework before the training begins. Throughout the course of our month together, there will be a small amount of nightly homework, review, practice etc, but I will absolutely keep in mind our long days and the intensive nature of a month long training and the need for downtime and sleep!
What if I need to miss a day? (or session)
You may miss a day or session due to illness or other circumstances, provided that you get all missed material from another trainee.
Are books and materials included in the training?
A JBYoga/AYCY Teacher Training Manual is included in the training. Books and any other materials are not included.