We are a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, so when you complete our live 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, you are eligible to submit your credentials to Yoga Alliance to become an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Earning your Registered Yoga Teacher certification through a Yoga Alliance School is the gold standard in the yoga industry.
Please note that only live yoga teacher trainings are eligible for RYT credentialing; it is against Yoga Alliance policy for any school to grant an RYT status for distance study programs (for distance study, see our CYT program). Nashville Yoga Teacher Trainings are held frequently. Most are weekend formats. Other locations are available; check the registration page for details.
Many of our trainings offer a convenient weekend schedule, making the programs flexible enough for almost everyone. We also offer intensives for those wishing to finish quickly, as well as modules, meaning students can take as long as they'd like to finish their RYT.
Styles of Yoga:
Our Registered Yoga Teacher Training program teaches you several styles of yoga, but they are all rooted in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Our study of Thirumoolar's Ashtanga Therapeutic Yoga influences our style.
Difference between a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Program
At White Crow Yoga, our YTT program is an RYT program. This means that when you complete our 200-hour live training, you can submit your graduation certificate to Yoga Alliance (YA), along with the YA fee, and they will grant you the designation of an RYT-200. Some schools offer a Yoga Teacher Training program that is not Yoga Alliance approved, which means you can’t register as an RYT with Yoga Alliance. As noted above, the RYT designation is a standard in the industry. Does it matter if you have this designation? For most of us, yes, it does, because many teaching jobs depend upon you having this credential. Also, our students are more educated than ever, and they may look for this credential in a teacher. We opted to have our program YA approved because we believe it offers our graduates more teaching opportunities and it allows more Yogis to find our program. We also want to continue to grow as the YA standards emerge.
What You Will Learn and Practice in our 200-Hour RYT Program
Here’s a glimpse of the content:
- Pose Breakdown for over 150 asanas
- Eight Limbs of Yoga, Four Paths or Schools of Yoga
- Yoga Philosophy and History: Deep study of Sutras and Gita, History of Asanas
- Bandhas, Mudras, Kriyas, Chanting, Mantras, Props
- Pranayama, Meditation
- Class Themes, Pose Sequencing and Modifications , Cuing and Corrections
- Types of Learners, Teaching Qualities, Styles of Yoga
- Hatha, Vinyasa, Seniors, Gentle, Prenatal, Restorative, Yoga Nidra
- Sanskrit, Chakras, Ayurveda, Marmas, Nadis, Koshas, Gunas
- Assisting and Adjustments
- Anatomy and Alignment
- Business of Yoga, Marketing Plans, Specialty Workshops
- Sutras for Kids, Gratitude/Vision Boards, Malas, Journaling
- Team Teaching, Injury Prevention and more!
See our Course Outline, which meets Yoga Alliance requirements.
Why Should I Choose Your 200-Hour RYT Program? What Makes Your Program Unique?
Yoga Alliance guidelines must be met by all Registered Yoga Schools, which means we, like other schools, meet the requirements that dictate how many hours we spend teaching you teaching methodology, techniques and training, yoga philosophy and lifestyle and anatomy and physiology, as well as how many hours we spend on practicum. So, how are we different?
- Collaboration: This program wasn’t developed by one person, but is a collaboration of teachers with thousands of hours of education and practice. We’ve studied with many great instructors and we offer you the “best of the best” knowledge that we’ve gleaned from our gurus.
- Consistency: Every teacher has areas of training that resonate with her more strongly than other areas, but we are committed to comprehensive coverage of each learning objective. This means there is program consistency, so you’ll get the same training if you take it in Washington, Florida, or anywhere in between. We don’t vary the program based on our personal affinity for a particular topic. All subjects are thoroughly presented. In speaking with instructors and through our personal experiences as YTT students, we’ve learned that some programs brush over important topics. Our teachers avoid this by working from a well-planned curriculum that includes a timeline for each topic, assuring you receive an education that provides depth and breadth of knowledge.
- Transformative: We allow time and space in our programs for true personal growth, which changes your relationship with yourself and everyone in your life. Learning to use our yogic tools changes the way we approach everything in life – from daily inconveniences to life-changing decisions and how we interact with and love both ourselves and others.
- Lineage: We are proud of our teaching lineage and make sure our students understand the lineage, history and philosophy that drives our practice.
- Multiplicity of Styles: You will leave our training prepared to teach a variety of styles and you’ll understand how to offer pose modifications to teach a multi-level class. We introduce you to powerful Vinyasa Flow classes, Thai Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and more.
- Yoga Tradition: While you may teach in a gym, this isn’t “gym-based” yoga. It is yoga that is steeped in deep tradition. White Crow Yoga founder Mary Irby studied in India under Dr. Asana Andiappan in Chennai, who was awarded the 2003 Gandhi Award and has made a place for himself in the history of Yoga through his work in Tamil. He was a student of Bangalore Sundaram and Swami Gitananda.
- Teaching Preparedness: We’ve experienced some YTT programs where students aren’t given ample opportunities for partner or team teaching or where students aren’t asked to create their own class flows and class themes. Some programs don’t allow enough time in class to allow each student to create and practice cues that work for the individual teacher. We believe that giving trainees a chance to do these things helps teachers find their unique teaching voice and gives them the confidence they need to actually start teaching when they leave the program. Furthermore, we spend many hours teaching and practicing hands-on adjustments and assisting, which is another area where we feel some programs are lacking. We want you to leave our program feeling confident about offering both correctional adjustments and “feel good” assists that enhance a student’s posture or create more relaxation in an asana. This is a key component of being a successful teacher!
- Convenience and Schedule Flexibility: We will continue to add workshops to our schedule because we want to offer training near you and a schedule that fits your needs. We offer many weekend trainings, which allow working professionals to earn an RYT.
- Fun: While our RYT program is a lot of work, we also strive to make the program fun. We use many hands-on learning activities that appeal to all types of learners. You’ll participate in fun projects that help you deepen your yoga knowledge, such as creating vision/gratitude boards, making mala bead bracelets for meditation, designing creative cards to teach the Sutras, and working in groups to develop community service projects that reflect the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
Bottom Line – Why Our Program Works!
You’ll learn so much more than we could ever put into words. It’s not just about the knowledge you’ll gain; it’s about making a deep connection with your inner self and consciousness. We want you to leave our program feeling that it was the best 200 hours you’ve ever spent in your life!
You’ll be treated with respect and you’ll learn from humble teachers with compassionate hearts. No one will judge you or place any expectations upon you. You don’t have to wait until you are “better” or “more advanced” to take our RYT program; we meet you where you are in your yoga journey.
To find upcoming workshops or schedule a training, please visit our registration page.
In our RYT-200 course ( 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program), you will learn to teach:
You’ll also learn how to:
You'll deepen your personal yoga practice in a meaningful way that's difficult to put into words. We spend a lot of time with introspection and personal work, because unless we are truly immersed in our personal yoga practice (not just an asana practice), it will be impossible for us to share yoga with an approach that helps our students live their yoga "off the mat" since we can't share what we don't have. While we love asanas and devote a lot of time to pose breakdown, teaching you alignment, cuing and adjusting, we want you to come out of this training with so much more than asana. Some of the greatest yogis in the world have physical limitations that prevent them from doing complex postures, but that doesn't hinder their yoga practice in any way because they realize there is so much more than asana. We will all age and our physical bodies may decline, but our yoga practice can continue to grow throughout our lives!