How long will the course take me to complete?
Each unit has reading, videos, and homework. The reading could be two or three hours per unit; the videos are between three and four hours per unit. Homework will take an additional two or three hours, with the exception of unit 3 homework, which will take longer, as it involves going to classes. There are also resources for additional study that could add many hours.
Then, for the certification track, there is an exam (say, three hours), and recording/watching/self-critiquing a teaching video, which will take at least three more. (I’ll get feedback to students on homework, exam, and video within two weeks of their submission, and I aim to answer questions sooner than that.) We’ll also consult as needed, which will probably be a few more hours of chat time (phone or video).
Putting that together, estimate 8–10 hours per unit x 5 = 40–50 hours for the content, plus another 8–10 more for the certification materials.
Is there a timeframe for completion?
You can do this all on your own schedule—that’s the beauty of the online format. If you’re on the certification track, I’m happy to help set you a timetable and nudge you. Some of us do better with oversight and deadlines!
How does the online content differ from the in-person content?
It depends where the content is offered. The Kripalu training is a slightly condensed version of the online course. We have four three-hour sessions and six two-hour sessions there; in the five-day intensive I lead in Carrboro, there are five days, where we met 9-5. That gives us more time for group work, which in the online course is homework, and for discussion and practice.
That said, the content is pretty similar. Tuition is lower at Kripalu, but the overall cost goes up when you add the room and board charges. And if you are interested in certification after attending the Kripalu course, you can buy the online certification component for $800, which would give you access, upon completing the homework, exam, and teaching video, to many more resource pages on working with various sports and injuries.
As you make your choice, consider how you learn best. Some students vastly prefer the live classroom setting, while others have logistical concerns that make online an appealing option.
Is there a payment plan?
No, but as the course is always available, it’ll be waiting for you when you are ready to pay in full. If money is tight, consider the content track as a starting point. There is also an option to work à la carte through the content track.
Will this count toward my 200-hour yoga teacher training?
No. The course will help you specialize in the niche of yoga for athletes; it is designed as an add-on after your original training. It also would be a nice addition run concurrently with a 200-hour-level training. Think of it as a master’s degree, on top of the bachelor’s degree you earn at the 200-hour level.
Will this count toward my 500-hour yoga teacher training?
Maybe. Talk to your 500-hour program director.
Will this count toward continuing education?
Yes, it counts as 20 non–contact hours toward Yoga Alliance renewal and as 5 USAT CEUs for USA Triathlon coaching recertification.
What if I’m not sure I want to work with athletes?
The course is really an exercise in figuring out how to help our students by determining what stresses they undergo in daily life—whether through sports training, a tough job, or illness and injury—and learning to devise routines to support them. In that way, it’s appropriate for all yoga teachers, especially those who want to sharpen their abilities to work with special populations.