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.
- Register and pay for the course.
- You must complete all scheduled hours outlined on our site and all assigned homework.
Our locations, along with a map, are found on our Contact Page.
Course also offered remotely.
Note: Aqua Yoga live courses are scheduled for Pensacola, FL unless otherwise noted.
We are offering our RYT300 remotely at this time.
When we teach live classes, these dates are shown on the calendar and are also listed under “Upcoming Class Dates” on https://whitecrowyoga.com/training-overview/core-trainings/300-hour-yoga-wellness-specialist-ryt/
The following book is required:
- Pain Free by Pete Egoscue
The following books are highly recommended. Thes are in order of recommendation. (The first one is most highly recommended.) I don’t necessarily think you need the Trail Guide books but some students feel differently. I recommend waiting until you see the anatomy sections of the course. Then, you can see if you think the material provided with the course provide enough information or if you feel you need more physical anatomy study. It depends on your background and learning style.
- A Handbook of Chakra Healing by Kalashatra Govinda
- Postural Assessment (Hands-On Guides for Therapists) by Jane Johnson
- Trail Guide to Movement 2nd edition by Books of Discovery
- Trail Guide to the Body 6th edition by Books of Discovery
The following books are recommended (nice to have, but not as highly recommended as the ones above):
- Trail Guide to the Body Flash Cards 6th edition, volume 2 (muscles) by Books of Discovery
- Relax & Renew by Judith Lasater
- Restorative Yoga with Assists by Sue Flamm
- Yin Yoga: Principles and Practices by Paul Grilley
- Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga by Gary Kraftsow
- The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
The following books are great books, too. I wouldn’t necessarily buy all of these at once, but maybe select 1 or 2 that resonate with you. I particularly like Yoga as Medicine.
- Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall
- Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment by David Emerson
- Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine by Larry Payne
- Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living by Craig Williamson
- Somatics: Reawakening The Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, and Health by Thomas Hanna
See our Satya Guarantee. This applies only to classes taught by White Crow Yoga and does NOT apply to classes taught by affiliate schools or live classes. It applies to online courses only.
There are several really cheap RYT’s online right now. Please remember that most of the time, you get what you pay for. We are 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 you can see it took a lot of time to create the course. 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.
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 currently further her spiritual studies and plans to return to India as soon as feasible so that she may continue to enhance the programming each year.