Our lineage is outlined on our About Us page. As you will read there, we are heavily influenced by Thirumoolar’s Ashtanga Therapeutic Yoga. Ashtanga means “eight limbed” and it is not what most Westerners think of when they hear “Ashtanga”; this usually conjures images of challenging sequences fathered by Pattabi Jois. While you will learn how to create vinyasa flows (poses that flow together, linked with the breath), and you may decide to make them a challenging sequence (or even a faster paced sequence), a ‘workout’ is not our primary focus.
Our goal is to teach you to offer mutli-level hatha yoga classes that encompass all eight limbs, including breath work and meditation. This means you will be taught to cater to both the least physically fit person in the room and the athletes in the room in the same class. You will learn to offer modifications that make the poses easier and options that make the poses more challenging. We’ll teach you how to meet people where they are; meaning we show you how to ease students into the eight limbs in a way that feels comfortable for them.
Once you understand the basics of making yoga accessible to anyone, yet challenging enough for more advanced students, you’ll be able to decide if you want to offer more specialized classes that cater to a specific group, such as athletes, seniors or meditators. We equip you with the tools you’ll need to grow your teaching skills in any direction you’d like!
See “Lineage and Class Styles” on our RYT-200 registration page.
Our locations, along with a map, are found on our Contact Page.
We are also offering a remote RYT200 and RYT300 temporarily, as an exception has been granted by Yoga Alliance during COVID-19. Act quickly!
You can join our Remote RYT200 and do the work anytime. We do not have a face-to-face Nashville/Brentwood class scheduled at this time.
The remote RYT200 works like this:
#1. Register on this page.
#2. You will be set up on our student portal and can begin to work on your course. You will receive an email from us within 48 business hours (usually much sooner).
#3. You’ll be sent Zoom meeting invitations. These are schedule for September 21-November22, 2020. The exact schedule is published here but you may start ANYTIME – before, after or during Zoom call dates. If you cannot attend during the schedule Zoom times, the calls will be provided to you to watch later.
#4. Participate in calls (live remote or watch later) and do all online homework assignments. These are things such as reading books, writing short essays, taking quizzes, etc. You will be reviewed teaching (either via the web conferencing or video).
#5. Receive your certificate of completion
#6. Optionally, pay dues and upload your certificate to Yoga Alliance (not required, but most students do this).
Please contact us and let us know which city you want to attend.
You must complete your RYT200 within 12 months, including all homework and any make up sessions or a late fee may be assessed. Please work with your teacher if you believe you will be need more than 12 months to complete your program.
Yes. You’ll be required to read a few books and do a few written assignments.
Your attendance at scheduled classes is mandatory. We understand that emergencies and illnesses occur, but please make every effort to attend class unless you are contagious. Your instructor reserves the right to require students to make up any missed hours or topics in a manner he/she sees fit. This may include additional face to face time or additional homework.
There are several really cheap RYT’s online right now. Please remember that most of the time, you get what you pay for. We offer a lot of hours of Zoom content (which you may watch after the calls or during the calls, depending on the schedule). We are also available to jump on a Zoom call for clarity or demo if needed (outside of the regularly scheduled calls). We offer a lot of individual coaching and feedback. We treat you as if you are in our live RYT class and you get the same level of service.
We spend about 8-10 hours preparing for each one hour of content, so it literally took us 1800-2000 hours to prepare the course, and if you add the live Zoom hours that Mary will present, that’s a lot of time! We are not, in any way, disparaging others programs because they might be wonderful, but we can’t imagine selling a course that we put this kind of time and effort into for a few hundred dollars, which makes us wonder how thorough the cheaper program materials are.
Of course, it is possible these programs are trying to offset their expenses with a high volume of students. That’s one way to approach business – high numbers. That’s not wrong or bad, but it is not our model. We know we won’t get the high numbers because there will always be students who see a low price elsewhere and buy it because they will get the same piece of paper at the end of the class (RYT). If that’s what is important to a student, that’s a smart choice. We know we will draw fewer students with higher prices, but we are ok with that because we want to offer high quality and doing so means charging more to make the same or less money. Again, that’s not a judgment, but simply a choice each of us must make.
We respect your choice and know each student has to do what is right for them at the time, but we can guarantee you high quality and personalized service. We consistently get great ratings on our course – both online and in each city where we teach. Read our testimonials and check us out on Yoga Alliance.
We’ve had students take our RYT200 who already held an RYT200 designation, but didn’t feel prepared to teach (or who were teaching but felt something was missing) who have told us that they learned more in one weekend of training/study with us than they learned in their entire RYT200. That is not meant to boast or brag, but to let you know that there are great RYT courses and some that are not as well prepared.
Our founder, Mary Irby, holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She has thousands of hours of yoga training and continues to travel to India for further training. She is preparing to enter her doctoral program in Kinesiology, as well, to continue to enhance the training she brings to you.