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What is yoga teacher training (YTT) ?

YTT is the process of diving into the deeper aspects of yoga that do not get covered in a typical 1 hour studio class. Summit YTT will help you deepen your personal journey with yoga as well as give you the tools to create your own vinyasa flow class (or Hatha or Yin class) and develop your personal teaching style.

Why Summit YTT and not some other YTT ?

Summit meets you where you are in your current level of yoga practice regardless of your intention to teach. You do not need a certain number of yoga hours practiced in order to do our training while some other YTTs do require many hours of practice in their style of yoga! We give you feedback customized to your level so that no matter what... you grow! Plus our prices are VERY COMPETITVE and we train in multiple locations in DFW and soon in Oklahoma!

Will YTT help me with my climbing?

If you show up and participate, yes! Yoga is not just poses and handstands. And YTT is not just learning to teach others. Yoga and YTT are personal transformative journeys of the self. You will learn your strengths and weaknesses, both physically and mentally. We'll teach you think differently about yourself. Think you can't climb that black route? Then you definitely can't! It won't be easy, but it will be worth it!

I'm new to my yoga practice. Can I do yoga teacher training?

We think so! A consistent or long-term yoga practice is nice to have, but not everyone who goes through Summit YTT is a seasoned practitioner. We love the diversity we attract at Summit YTT! Many teachers went through YTT early in their yoga practice to build a strong foundation for themselves from the start.

What if I am interested in learning the tools and information in YTT, but don't want to teach?

No problem! Many people participate in YTT as a form of personal continuing education. You will learn to improve your communication and leadership skills, gain confidence, learn yoga history, and yogic lifestyle as well as learn some teaching tools and how to create your own classes. You can use the tools to teach others or just for your own use at home! Many yogis want to improve their home practice and this course will show you how to create effective yoga posture sequences.

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What are the age limits for Yoga Teacher Traning?

All ages above 18 and all levels of yoga practice are welcome to join us at Summit for YTT.

Who will train me during yoga teacher training?

All of our YTT faculty teach for Summit Yoga studios in the DFW area and are registered (RYT200 or higher) with Yoga Alliance. We follow the Yoga Alliance guidelines which dictates who can teach your teacher training categories and you can find out more about that here: https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Standards/200-HourStandards

We want you to learn from many teachers to receive varied perspectives on yoga. Each faculty teacher comes from a unique background and we feel this diversity ensures a well-rounded training experience.

What is the training schedule like?

Summit Yoga now offers 2 training formats to fit your schedule!!

The intensive weekend YTT program:

  • 8 weekends of training (Sat & Sun, 7:30am to 7:30pm)
  • 200 Hour Vinyasa (or Hatha/Yin) Teaching Certification aligned to Yoga Alliance’s standards
  • 1 to 2 break weekends so it may take 9-10 weekends until you arrive at YTT graduation day

The intensive WEEKDAY YTT program:

  • 3 weeks of training (Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 7:30pm)
  • 200 Hour Vinyasa (or Hatha/Yin) Teaching Certification aligned to Yoga Alliance’s standards
  • No training on Saturdays and Sundays

How much time will I spend studying and practicing outside of my training days ?

Most YTT students will do homework between 2-3 hours per week, but ultimately that is up to each trainee. Results vary depending on what you want to achieve from your YTT. You will, however, come out of training with a deeper understanding of yourself! You get out of training what you put into it!

We recommend you continue your regular practices before and throughout YTT with extra attention to care for yourself and rest enough during the off days to be ready for training weeks/weekends. We don’t suggest any extreme lifestyle changes during YTT... other than spending 16 full days with us for a life-changing experience!

How much does Yoga Teacher Training cost?

Full price for the 200 Hour Certification is $2,200. This includes a pass for you to practice unlimited yoga classes, climbing, and abs/TRX classes at all Summit locations during your YTT training.

There are early enrollment discounts up to $400 off your training to make it even more affordable!

  • Enrolling 1 month prior to training = $200 off ($2,000 total for your training).
  • Enrolling 2 months prior to training = $400 off ($1,800 total for your training).

Payment plans available by request.

Tell me about the full scholarship!

Summit Yoga is pleased to offer 1 full scholarship per Yoga Teacher Training group. Scholarship applicants are asked to answer the following question to be considered: “Why did you choose Summit for your Yoga Teacher Training?”

Applicants who are members of the Summit community are given preference IF they have answered the scholarship question in 500 words or less. The scholarship is not based on financial need - we do not ask for any sensitive income information to be considered. The scholarship is based on your desire to contribute to the Summit and surrounding community!

Scholarship entries that have avoided answering the application question are subject to possible disqualification. Scholarship entries over the 500 word limit are subject to possible disqualification. Summit gym employees also have opportunity to apply for an Employee Scholarship for YTT!

To submit your essay entry, go to summitgyms.com/events and look for your prefered YTT training date for the link to apply!

Do I have to pay for my Summit membership while I am in Yoga Teacher Training?

Nope! You are provided a YTT pass that allows you access to the climbing gyms, yoga classes, and abs/TRX classes - UNLIMITED! Once training is over, you can choose to renew your regular membership. If you are hired to teach yoga for Summit, you receive a free Staff membership!

What is Yoga Alliance and why should I care about them?

Yoga Alliance (YA) is the standardizing & certifying organization for yoga teacher training. They have determined how many hours of which subjects we teach in our Registered Yoga School (RYS200) and what level of teacher may teach you these subjects! This provides you a solid and well-rounded training that will provide you the basic tools of teaching a yoga class and to understand yourself yogically. Upon gradation from our RYS, you will receive a teaching certificate recognized by YA and yoga studios worldwide.

Check out our reviews on Yoga Alliance here.

Do I have to register with Yoga Alliance to teach yoga?

No, you don’t! It is optional to join YA as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). But you cannot display the RYT or E-RYT designations without registering with YA. They provide continuing education, discounts, insurance, and many other membership benefits.

Are you hiring teachers who have completed a YTT somewhere other than Summit YTT?

Yes! All of Summit Yoga’s instructors have attended YTT through a Registered Yoga School (RYS200 or higher). If you are interested in auditioning for a position at Summit Yoga, email your yoga resume and RYS certificate to Sarah@summitgyms.com and you will be contacted before the next round of auditions (3-5 times per year).

SUMMIT YTT: THE EXPERIENCE

Curious about how the training process is, from a student's perspective? Read these blog testimonials from a YTT trainee, about her thoughts and experiences while participating in a YTT program.