Common Questions About our Online 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

General Questions

Q: This price of $990 for a Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 sounds too good to be true. Your price is really low, are there any hidden charges for tutoring online or phone calls?

A: When you consider all the money you could spend at an on-site teacher training intensive, it could equal more than double the base tuition cost of this online course. Santosha's Online Yoga Teacher Training 200 distance learning program is, in fact, a very low-cost yoga teacher training program. There are no hidden costs for the Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200.

Q: Will I be able to take this Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 if I don’t live in Australia?

A: Yes, we have Online YTT graduates from all over the world. With email and Skype support, the Online YTT is easier than ever.

Q: How long will it take me to complete this online course?

A: You have one year to complete your Online Yoga Teacher Training 200. However, experienced students consistently complete this Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 in three months or less.

Q: Do I have to be an experienced yoga practitioner to do this course?

A: No. All you need is a desire in your heart and the motivation to complete the Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 with 100% dedication. If you have no previous yoga experience, it would be best to practice with a local yoga teacher to get the basics down first.

Q: What style of Yoga is taught in this Online Teacher Training 200?

A: Our method at Santosha concentrates on a creative fusion of Classical Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama Yoga, and Iyengar poses woven together by a unique blend of vinyasa flow that is accessible to all levels and abilities. The Yoga taught is not another ‘style’ of Yoga, but rather, an authentic, integrated presentation of the whole spectrum of the ancient yoga teachings, drawing from the Sri T Krishnamarcharya lineage.

Q: I want to teach Hot and/or Power Yoga, will this Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 help me?

A: Santosha’s Online Yoga Teacher Training 200 will help you learn more about Hot Yoga or Power Yoga, since these yoga styles are using Asana, which is one of the 8 Limbs. However, this course was not specifically designed for those particular yoga styles.

Q: How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

A: Expect to spend between 8 to 10.5 hours per week on written assignments and class observations. There will be other assignments during the Online YTT 200 that can take up to 20 hours in total. However, some assignments may be completed before the commencement of your Online YTT 200. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and take the Online YTT 200 for no credit. However, if you wish to receive your Diploma and Letter of Completion for the Santosha Online Yoga Teacher Training 200, you must complete all the homework assignments.

Q: Is the Santosha Online YTT 200 comparable to on-site training?

A: Doing a yoga teacher training online (with technical email and Skype support) is a new method of tutoring. Of course you do not receive the completeness of the YTT 200 contact course as this is not able to be duplicated online! But you will be ready to teach and have gained a profound knowledge of yoga through the online course.

Q: Where can I access the Online YTT 200 syllabus?

A: When you submit an inquiry form, a practical information document will be mailed to you containing more information.

Q: What do I need to have in order to fully benefit from the yoga instructor training material?

A: Our Resource center contains all modules .The login password is sent to you in an email after payment has been received. Work through each one slowly and then send in the completed module for marking. Your assignments will be looked over, notes will be added, and it will be sent back to you. You may need to repeat or re-do questions, so be prepared for this.

Q: How can I develop Cueing Skills?

A: Cueing skills are developed by copying your past yoga instructors, and repeating the directions you have read in your texts. Once you have finalized your lesson plan, try doing it yourself or try it on a friend. Practicing your cueing technique will develop your skills. If you want to critique yourself objectively, run a tape recorder or video camera.

Eventually along your path you will develop your own cues and verbiage.

Q: What should be the ideal age to start yoga?

A: There is no ideal age for learning yoga. There are many styles of yoga which focus on the many different aspects within, such as diet, hygiene, strength, flexibility, better health, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, enlightenment, and much more. The fact is that anyone who can breathe can practice yoga. Older students will be more familiar with their bodies and less prone to injure themselves due to the tendency towards competitive thinking in younger people. Younger students are usually more flexible than older students, but there is much more to yoga than flexibility.

Q: The online course has a lot of material. Is there an easy way to concentrate on each stage?

A: Yes, each module of your Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 has a different emphasis, so stay present with each, not worrying about getting to the next but rather enjoying the teachings, so as to stay present to the teachings.

Q: When completing a Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200, how will I know if I am doing a posture correctly?

A: About alignment: Always work with other yoga teachers, even after becoming a certified yoga teacher. It helps you learn new things, creates valuable contacts, and keeps you sharp. Watch your practice in a mirror and remember adjust for YOUR body – practice YOUR yoga, not clone yoga! Find the best yoga teachers in your area to learn from, work with, and possibly work for. If you are far away from a yoga instructor, mirrors are the next best thing, because they help you see your asana alignment. With the aid of mirrors you could develop your knowledge of alignment. If you have a Yoga friend who has knowledge of posture alignment, you can both make progress together.

Q: How can I practice alone?

A: You don’t have to; you can practice with a local yoga teacher, with friends, or visit us for an inexpensive yoga teacher training intensive.

Q: Will I learn to care for my students so they can avoid injuries and work around injuries they may already have?

A: Student safety is priority #1. If you injure your students, they will not be back and you may be opening yourself up for a liability lawsuit. Teaching yoga is not a “show or exhibit.” Teaching is about the care and concern for your students and passing on your knowledge to them. Many “gifted” student practitioners, who are able to manipulate their bodies due to elongated joint capsules (“double jointed”), believe that everyone in the class is the same. Unfortunately, this type of thinking will push your students to the threshold of injury.

Q: How will I learn more about teaching Yoga safely?

A: Some, but not all, of the different safety issues are covered in the manuals that you will download. For example: contraindications are mentioned in several of the manuals for the Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 in preparation for your final exam.

Your online mentor will go over the safety guidelines for you during the course, and of course your books that are recommended to you are a wealth of knowledge for you to draw back on at any time, but you will learn to teach intelligently, so therefore if you ensure you teach in an intelligent, aware manner you will never harm your students!

Q: How will I be able to teach Yoga to others whenever I experience my own challenges (physical or mental)?

A: Yoga gives us a “path” toward self-realization. This path allows us to be present for our practice, and to see ourselves from within. So therefore if we stay on our path, each day is a new day with new realizations. The more we practice the better our teaching and personal practice becomes.

Q: What yoga teacher training level should I start from, and how do I proceed to the next teacher levels?

A: Once you have completed your Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 you can proceed to a Santosha Level 1 YTT 200 course for your contact hours.

Q: How much time will it take to be ready to teach yoga to others after completing the Online YTT 200?

A: Every yoga practitioner is different, but if the intern has been practicing during the 12 month study then the intern will be ready to teach upon graduation. The self practice will give you a strong foundation in relation to the basics of yoga. Within yoga training, there will always be something new to learn. Every good yoga instructor is a student at heart who will continue to learn for life. It is suggested that each intern attends a contact Yoga Training upon completion of the online course, and for all online YTT there is a discount applied to the price of the YTT contact course.

Exams and Assessments

Q: What exactly are you looking for on the Practical Exam?

A: Please refer to your practical information document that has been sent to you when you sent in your inquiry form.

Q: Please explain the complete examination requirements to successfully become a Yoga teacher.

A: The following will be required to successfully complete your Santosha Online YTT 200.

Assessments / Exam / Video

  • Each module contains 15-30 questions that will need to be completed.
  • There will be one final exam at the end of the course.
  • You will need to keep a log or journal of your Yoga Practice to submit along with your final video.
  • You will also need to keep a log or journal of your Meditation/Pranayama practice to submit along with your final video.
  • You will need to send in a final video of you teaching a class. This will be outlined to you according to your needs.
  • Record of attendance to: two yoga related workshops e.g. Anatomy, Ayurveda, yoga workshop/retreat during the 12 month online Yoga Teacher Training. These workshops/retreats do not have to be registered with or accredited by Yoga Alliance or approved by Santosha. Santosha also has a number of further education events you can attend – please see our website for more details. There are no certain hours that need to be met, although we would urge that the workshop you choose have some substance to it in terms of providing a solid amount of knowledge in the area of your seeking. If you are in doubt, please email us to verify the workshop you have chosen.

Q: Why do I have to send a video or DVD for my practical exam? Couldn’t I just send a few photos or do an extra essay instead?

A: The practical exam (Video/DVD), Skype or in-person evaluation portion of the course is an integral part of the yoga certification process. In order to evaluate you, we must be able to see how you would teach a typical yoga class. Please refer to the Resource Center for the most current information available.

Q: What video formats do you accept for the final project?

A: We only accept clear .avi, .mp3, .mp4, and .mov files. Please do NOT send your file as 3gp, .asf, .rm, or .swf.

Q: I really want an on-site practical exam. What is the procedure for an on-site Yoga teacher practical exam

A: The on-site practical exam is an excellent option. Many Yoga Teacher graduates prefer the preparation and live feedback they get after their on-site practical exam session. To take your practical exam, first set a date with us. Right now, we need at least 30 days notice to schedule you in, and this will be done with a Senior Teacher through a Skype session. You will need to ensure you have GOOD Skype connection and the area is quiet. If you wish to visit the Senior Teacher on-side, then we can work this out at the time.

Q: In regard to the written exam, should my answers be straight from the book, other resources, or from my personal experience?

A: Unless the question asks, “according to the author,” you are free to insert information from outside resources, your own experiences, and your yoga knowledge. It is always more interesting to read your thoughts and experiences. One of the purposes of the yoga teacher written exam is for you to have this basic knowledge “at hand” when you teach your own yoga classes.

Q: What happens if I am unable to finish the online course in the required 12 months?
A: We understand that sometimes situations occur that may prevent you from completing the course within the 12 month period. Upon written request extension may be granted.

Q: What happens if I fail the online teacher training?
A: Exam: you can re-sit this at any time

Video: you can resubmit your video after a 14 day time period.

Yoga Alliance Registration / Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Q: What is the Yoga Alliance?

A: The Yoga Alliance is an independent third party registrar. If you are from North America, it can enhance your Yoga teaching certification to join Yoga Alliance. To apply for an RYT, you should download a copy of their latest application or call them for details.

The Yoga Alliance will research your contact hours, Yoga teaching certifications, Yoga teacher Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200s studied, and so on. The Yoga Alliance registration process may take months to process, so be patient.

For the latest information about Yoga Alliance Standards please visit:

Q: Is Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 recognized by the Yoga Alliance?

A: The Yoga Alliance has changed its standards over the years. To apply for the RYT 200 you will need “contact hours.” If you desire an RYT certification with the Yoga Alliance, we have a program for it, but it involves on-site training. No correspondence with Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 will meet the contact hour requirements of the Yoga Alliance.

Our on-site training program will make you eligible to apply for the Yoga Alliance RYT. As of 2006, the Yoga Alliance wants 180 contact hours and will allow 20 hours for independent study. Yoga Alliance will recognize our Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200 for continuing education of current RYT’s. To be sure of current Yoga Alliance standards you should contact them directly.

For the latest information about Yoga Alliance Standards please visit:

Q: What is the difference between and CYT and RYT? Do you offer both or just the CYT?

A: CYT is a Certified Yoga Teacher, and RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher

The first step in teaching yoga would be to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. Think of this step as earning your Bachelor’s Degree. Optional steps, after becoming a CYT, are to become a Registered Yoga Teacher or to go for Level 2 certification. This is a more enhanced aspect of being a CYT. Think of this achievement as earning your Master’s Degree.

With respect to becoming an RYT: Yoga Teacher Training schools certify, but don’t register Yoga teachers. Yoga Teacher Registration is done by a third party registrar like the Yoga Alliance. You can also be registered through the Yoga Alliance, if you have the contact hours to meet their requirements. For their 200-hour RYT credential you will need at least 180 contact hour plus an additional 20 hours of onsite Yoga training or independent study.

For the latest information about Yoga Alliance Standards please visit:

Q: Will I be completely certified when I successfully finish this Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200?

A: Yes, upon completion, you will be a certified yoga teacher. You will need to be CPR certified if you work with health clubs or groups with large numbers. You will not, however, be qualified to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT at the 200-hour level until you complete contact hours.

Q: What will my certification say? Is it a Hatha Yoga or another type of certification?

A: The method of our Teacher Training is multi-style, which concentrates on a creative fusion of Hatha, Ashtanga, Classical Yoga woven together by a unique blend of Vinyasa Krama flows that is accessible to all levels and abilities. The teachings draw from the great master Sri T. Krishnamacharya tradition. Sri Krishnamacharya was the modern day father of yoga and understood the meaning of Yoga on a level which is difficult to put into words. The emphasis of the modules is based upon teaching yoga to suit the individual, rather than the individual changing to suit the teachings. Therefore you will learn to be ‘intelligent teachers’, layering the knowledge and progressions of the 8 limbs to suit your students' needs. You will also learn how to develop your own self-practice in an appropriate manner to suit your body. Santosha is dedicated to the truth of Yoga Teachings, not just another style of Yoga. Santosha offers teachings, which are authentic and are passed from those who understood the true meaning of Yoga. Your Yoga diploma will state that you are a completely certified Yoga Instructor. It is the same world-recognized diploma we issue to our on-site Yoga teacher training graduates.

Q: What are the benefits of becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)?

A: The RYT certification is an enhanced credential, issued by independent third party registrars like the British Wheel of Yoga and The Yoga Alliance. It is not currently required in the U.S. or Canada, but may be required within some countries. You should check on your country’s regulations, if any, pertaining to the licensing for Yoga instructors. Yoga is largely unregulated in many countries. Yoga certification alone will open employment doors, but becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher will open many more.

Q: How would I get contact hours that the Yoga Alliance will recognize?

A: There are currently four ways to get contact hours for the Alliance RYT.

  1. Join an existing Santosha Level 1 YTT 200 course.
  2. Mentor with one of the Santosha's E-RYT teachers or a Santosha Teacher who holds a RYT 500 who will vouch for your hours.
  3. Visit one of Santosha’s partner Yoga Courses for more hours and for work in specialized areas.
  4. If you ever need to schedule an intensive for contact hours, mentoring, or a short apprenticeship, we can make arrangements. There will be additional costs. This could take one week or two depending upon the amount of material we have to cover. You are always welcome to visit us for a customized yoga teacher training intensive. Call or email at least 30 days in advance to find out details and make arrangements.

Q: I have a local certified yoga teacher who will work with me during my internship with you. What is the best course of action for me to become a Registered Yoga Teacher after I successfully complete my yoga teacher certification requirements with you?

A: If you are currently working with a certified Yoga teacher, you should meet the Yoga Alliance’s requirements. From the Yoga Alliance site, you can download a copy of their application to see their current requirements, and discuss this with your Yoga teacher. He or she can act as your tutor during your internship, so you are in a much stronger position than most distance-learning interns. You should discuss these options with your Yoga teacher and make a decision from there, since he or she will vouch for your Yoga teacher training contact hours and we will vouch for your Yoga study hours with us. Lastly, always contact the Yoga Alliance to clarify their current standards for the Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) credential. For the latest information about Yoga Alliance Standards please visit:

Q: When I finish the Santosha Yoga Online Teacher Training 200, can I use your yoga certification diploma to teach yoga in a neighboring country?

A: You can use your Yoga teacher certification in any country. We are not aware of any country that does not recognize our Yoga teacher certification. As it would be – we have Yoga teacher graduates worldwide.

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