Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training?

The course cost with the promotional online offer is currently $1,490 Australian Dollars (normally $2,999 AUD)

Do you offer Payment Plans to help spread the cost of the course?

The course can also be paid in 4 x monthly instalments – just select the Payment Plan when signing up

Will I be able to join the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training from anywhere in the world?

Yes, we have designed our Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training to be accessible from anywhere in the world! We have teachers and mentors based in Australia, Europe, India, USA and Bali, so all time-zones will have easy access to live classes as well as pre-recorded webinars, readings and videos.

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

If you choose to follow the structure of the course, you can complete the course in 5 weeks or 32 days. The course will run over 24 teaching days of in-depth study, but you will have weekends off to catch up and relax. For those that need longer, there is also the option to self-pace, taking as long as you need to suit your lifestyle and situation.

Why Train with Santosha?

Santosha has been offering Yoga Teacher Training for over 12 years and has graduated over 15,000 students. With our immersive online training experience your practice and understanding of Yoga can move to new depths. Gain a solid foundation for teaching, along with truly unique skills and wisdom to enhance your offerings as a teacher. Our diverse curriculum created by our handpicked team of master teachers makes this a training experience unlike any other: Learn specialist teaching skills, sequencing, asana, meditation, trauma-sensitive yoga, pranayama, anatomy, philosophy, ayurveda, kirtan, yoga nidra and so much more….! Our strong yoga therapy base will give you the knowledge to become an intelligent and confident yoga teacher with the ability to skilfully adapt your classes to meet the needs of all of your students.

Will I still feel supported as I work through the course from home?

Like yoga itself, the course goes far beyond the physical practice – this is a deeply connected mentally and spiritually rewarding yoga journey from our heart to yours. As soon as you join us, you become a loved member of the Santosha family. You have a group of supportive teachers, mentors and fellow students with you at every step. Every month you can join the next group to attend live classes or watch the recordings until you have completed your training! This allows you to benefit the most from this opportunity to become a certified teacher in a way that most enhances your life and empowers you through yoga.

What do the live classes cover on this course?

These daily classes will include live Asana, Pranayama and Meditation classes; Mentoring sessions; Posture Clinics; Breath Awareness workshops; Understanding Meditation and Philosophy. Don’t worry if you miss any of these as they are also recorded so you watch them again or catch up.

What does the pre-recorded content cover in this course?

Alongside these live classes and workshops you will work at your own pace through the pre-recorded classes in the following modules:

  • Anatomy  
    Overview of the body, anatomy and systems of the body needed to be a safe and informed yoga teacher. Lead by a trained and experienced Physiotherapist and Yoga Therapist.
  • Philosophy  
    Yoga is so much more than physical postures. Yoga philosophy delves deep into the ancient wisdom behind the practice – still as relevant today for creating long-lasting change and transformation in your life.
  • Yoga Postures  
    Go deeper into each Yoga Posture and how to teach, modify, adjust and ensure safety for all students in every pose.
  • Meditation  
    Learn and practice simple yet profound meditation techniques, and the ability to share them with others through teaching.
  • Developing Self Practice  
    Develop a personalised daily practice to specifically suit your lifestyle, and mental and physical wellbeing. A gift that lasts a lifetime!
  • Yoga Nidra 
    Yoga Nidra is a deeply healing practice known as “yogic sleep”. Learn about this healing art with downloads to keep for a guided practice.
  • Principles of Teaching Yoga
    Discover the principles for powerful, safe and effective teaching, so your students will stay safe – and keep coming back for more.
  • Kirtan  
    Kirtan is the beautiful art of devotional singing, which can be practiced by all. Learn simple chants to share and enjoy.
  • Therapeutic Application of Yoga
    Go deeper into helping others with the Therapeutic Applications of Yoga. Includes Yoga for Asthma, Mental Wellbeing, Trauma informed yoga and more.
  • Yoga Business
    Business skills for taking your teaching into the world to share with others and create your own community.

Is this course flexible?

Our Santosha Fully Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training online course is 100% flexible and you can choose your own pace of learning to become the amazing teacher you are meant to be. We understand life can get in the way of dreams, and we want to help you make the most of this opportunity to study from home. Whether you’re working full-time, parenting, studying, shift-working – or just a long To-Do list,  our online yoga community will support you to make sure you fulfil your goal of becoming an accredited yoga teacher.

If I cannot make a live class and fall “behind”, how are we able to catch up?

There is no need to worry about ‘falling behind’ or missing a live class. The course has been designed so that you can complete this in your own time or follow our suggested schedule. You can catch up easily before the next live session with the recordings of live sessions, you are given links within 24 hours so you can watch these back in your own time.

If you do miss a class we recommend you join your next live session regardless as these help to build a sense of community, perhaps there will be discussions of items you have not yet learnt but you will soon catch up. You have lifetime access to all the course material as well so there is no cut off point!

I have work / family commitments – can I study at my own pace?

You can ‘self pace’ or set your own pace through the course to fit around your life and work situation. We have created this online course to be as flexible as possible and to enable you to fit this around your work, life and family commitments. The classes are very relaxed and welcoming spaces to allow you to learn from the comfort of your home.

Do I need to take time off work to complete this course online?

No, you certainly don’t have to unless you choose to. You will be able to fit the course around your work even if you want to keep up with the schedule. All live classes and live Q&As will be uploaded within 24 hours onto the learning platform so you will be able to catch up if you miss any. You also have the option to self-pace if you prefer to take the course at a slower rate or struggle to keep up with the assignments.

What’s the longest I can take to complete the course? For example, if I have to pause for a week or two and then pick it back up- is that possible?
The course is designed to be flexible so you can pause and catch up when you need. Students can also move to the next course the following month to attend the live sessions and watch the recorded classes so that you can always have a community around you to support you through to completion. So you may want to complete the course at the appropriate pace for you and will still be able to benefit from the same level of support throughout your journey.

There is no cut off or end date at present if you choose to register with Yoga Alliance International, but we would recommend that you try to complete the course within 3-6 months to keep the momentum going. All of our deadlines are based on Yoga Alliance guidelines, should there be any changes to deadline dates set by YA we will inform all students in plenty of time.

To note that recently, Yoga Alliance USA has changed the deadline so you have to complete your online YTT by 31st December 2021. 

What is the difference between  Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance USA?

We offer you accreditation for your training from both the Yoga Alliance International (valid globally including the USA) and Yoga Alliance USA. Whichever you choose to register with this allows you to teach all over the world. 

Yoga Alliance International allows you to finish your online studies without a time frame or deadline currently.  Whereas, Yoga Alliance USA has changed the deadline so you have to complete your online YTT by 31st December 2021. 

How do I build my hours as I complete additional training?

You can build up your training hours with Yoga Alliance International which means that you register as a 200hr RYT on completion of your Level 1 200hr YTT course. Once you have completed additional training such as a 50 hr training – you can then register this with the Yoga Alliance and become a 250 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and so on.

With Yoga Alliance USA you build up your hours and register them as Continuing Education Credits rather than additional hours.

 Do I have to be an experienced yoga practitioner to do this course?
All you need is a desire in your heart and the motivation to complete the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training with 100% dedication. If you have no previous yoga experience, it would be best to practice with a local yoga teacher or online to get the basics down first.

What if I don’t want to be a teacher but want to learn more about yoga? Is this Course right for me?

This course is not just about wanting to teach but coming back to your heart. You can join this course if you are on a personal journey to find a deeper connection to your inner self, to find a sense of peace and to take your yoga and meditation practice to a whole new depth.

Is the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training comparable to on-site training? 
Yes. Our course is live – not pre-recorded! You will learn to teach Live from our teachers, mentors and masters. Our team have worked hard to ensure our Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training will deliver the same high level of quality, support and expertise students have come to expect from Santosha. We have further enriched and added depth to our training so you can benefit from our signature teachings from our master teachers as a virtual live training in the comfort of your own home.

You will be attending live asana and meditation classes, posture clinics, lectures and will receive live support sessions with your mentors. The course is delivered across three time zones so you will always be able to attend a class.

How much time will it take to be ready to teach yoga after completing the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training? 

You will be ready to teach straight away once you graduate! A lot of our online students are already teaching yoga online and in person. We are also about to launch our Santosha Online Yoga Studio and will be giving our graduates the chance to teach online classes every month!  Every yoga instructor is always a student at heart who will continue to learn and develop both their teaching and practice for life.

I see a great degree of cost variation in online courses for 200 hr Yoga Teacher Trainings. Why is Santosha priced as it is?

Santosha has been running teacher trainings and retreats since 2008 – meaning we can celebrate 12 amazing years of helping our students transform their lives and step into their strength. Our founder Sunny has gathered an incredible team of teachers and support staff, who share her passion for sharing the benefits of yoga and sincere desire to help others live their best, most fulfilled and openhearted life. They can’t wait to meet you and get started with you on this journey.

Santosha offers live classes, mentors to provide you with support throughout the course, the course is run across 3 time zones, we offer 24 hour communication; and registration with Yoga Alliance that allows you begin teaching in online, in gyms and studios immediately upon graduation.

Are all courses the same?
No. Our courses offer quality, depth and substance.  Santosha has been running our in-person courses for over 12 years and an online/distance learning yoga teacher training course for 10 years. Our teachers are Master teachers who specialise in their areas of expertise and bring you comprehensive course modules based on their collective decades of practice and study. This isn’t a fast track course to a qualification, this is a nurturing life changing and transformative experience to enable you to become the amazing yoga teacher you were meant to be!

I have work / family commitments – can I study at my own pace?
Students can self pace throughout the course to fit around and support your life and work situation. We understand that this is an online course that you are managing around work, life and family commitments. Therefore you may want to complete the course at the appropriate pace for you and will still be able to benefit from the same level of support throughout your journey. Students can also move to the next course and attend the live sessions and watch the pre-recorded classes. You will have lifetime access to all the course materials.

Do I need to take time off work to complete this course online?
No, you certainly don’t have to unless you choose to. You will be able to fit the course around your work even if you want to keep up with the schedule. All live classes and live Q&As will be uploaded within 24 hours onto the learning platform so you will be able to catch up if you miss any. You also have the option to self-pace if you prefer to take the course at a slower rate or struggle to keep up with the assignments.

Can I join an in-person course once travel has resumed?
If you wish to join us in person when travel resumes, we will minus the cost you have paid for the online training off the full cost of the in=person course you choose to attend. Note that our in-person costs cover tuition only – flights, accommodation and meals must be covered by you.

Do I have to attend the in-person course to register with Yoga Alliance?
No – you can register with Yoga Alliance and/or Yoga Alliance International immediately upon graduation from your online studies. Meaning you can complete the entire training online in the comfort of your home.

Do I need to teach some additional hours at a studio or online to be eligible to complete the certification?
You will not be required to teach any additional classes online or in a studio in order to complete your course.

How will I be assessed?

You will practice teaching throughout the course and be continually assessed. Then you will submit a yoga class that you have filmed as part of your final assessment – this does not need to be high-quality footage, and can be shot on a phone. We can assist you with any part of this you find challenging! Providing that you have satisfied all the assessment criteria outlined above you will receive your certification.

What is included in the course?
• 24 Days Virtual Training Schedule – 10 hours live (or recorded catch-up) per week
• The ability to join us and have your online payment be discounted off the full costs of a Santosha in-person training in paradise once normal travel resumes (*tuition only)
• Three bespoke Santosha manuals: Breath and Movement; Vinyasa Krama and Anatomy.
• Live asana classes and practices
• Connection to an incredible supportive an online community from all over the world of your fellow students and teachers
• One-on-one online (Zoom) sessions with Santosha’s senior teachers. During this time the teacher will assist you to develop your own Asana, Meditation and Pranayama practice, as these practices will become your teachings. The teacher will be able to answer anything for you during these sessions
• Santosha RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Certified RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
• Lifetime access to your online course materials and lectures
• Guided Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Kirtan Practices to download and keep
• A wealth of knowledge and heart full of love!

Where can I access the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training materials?
All live and pre-recorded classes, manuals, videos lectures and readings are accessible via our learning platform – so you will be able to access them at any time and work through them at your own pace if need be – to suit your timetable.  We also use the easily accessible Google Classroom for assignments and course communication. Technophobic? We will assist you to access all of this if needed! As soon as you sign up you will gain access to the materials to get started straight away!

What Books are required to complete my studies?
We provide all the materials and manuals needed to complete the course. The only additional reading needed is ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. This is readily available in audiobook, book or e-book for Kindle.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
This depends entirely on how you choose to pace yourself. You could spend between spend 6-7 hours per day studying and working your way through the material to complete the course on a full-time basis and graduate in 32 days. Or you can work at a less intensive more flexible pace to suit your lifestyle and needs – especially suitable for parents and full-time workers.

How do I access the Manuals for the course?
Upon the receipt of your payment, you will receive access to all the course Manuals and the Pre-assignments for your course, as well as practice videos to get you started. The RYT-200 Online Teacher Training will officially begin on Day One of the course, when you are given access to all the modules and have your first meeting at the Online Welcome Circle – the time will depend on your individual region. This will be our first live connection and a chance to meet and go over the course. From there, you will have daily live classes and sessions, as well as a mix of pre-recorded webinars and teachings; with time for self study, journalling and practice.

What are the Assessment requirements of the course?
In order to pass the course and qualify as a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Yoga Teacher you will need to complete the following:
• Each module contains questions/checklists to complete
• Final open book exam at the end of the course
• Email journal of your Asana, Meditation and Pranayama Yoga Practice
• A final video of you teaching a yoga class at home or in a studio (this does not need to be professional quality)

Do I learn how to sequence yoga classes appropriately?
Absolutely! The goal of yoga is intelligent sequencing. We teach you how to sequence appropriately for any student that walks into your class, no matter the age or physical limitation. You will have a deep understanding of the intention of each posture along with knowing how to develop and apply the breath appropriately for your students.

Do I learn how to develop my own self practice?
Yes, we teach you to create a supportive practice for your individual needs, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Self practice is a vital component of being an intelligent teacher.

Do you provide feedback on my teaching in live classes?
We do this  throughout during our posture laboratory classes from week 1 of the course, so you will be able to gain confidence in teaching right from the start.

Are the teachers available for any questions that I may have outside of the live classes?
Yes! We have specialist teachers in each area that are only too willing to assist you through your journey should questions arise. The teachers are also available for you on a one on one basis should you need any additional support with the course material.

What timezone will this course be run on?
The course is centrally managed from Australia (AEST) time. However the course is delivered across three time zones with one of our senior teachers teaching the live sessions at times that will be manageable for your geographical location.

What if the live session is scheduled at a time I cannot attend? Or what if I miss a live session? 
The live sessions are scheduled across three time zones to make it easier for you to attend. But if you miss a live session you will be able to view it through the online portal within 24 hours. You can also set your own pace throughout the course so you don’t need to worry about falling behind.

Where do I submit assignments?
You will submit assignments on Google Classroom. This will all be clearly explained to you in a tutorial at the start of the course.

What if I fall behind on submitting assignments?
You can complete your assignments at your own pace and submit them when you’re ready.

Do I need a laptop?
You will need access to a laptop or tablet ideally to make it easier for you to access the course materials. However a smartphone will be adequate if you are able to download, upload material and submit assignments.

Will I have a mentor available for me to contact during the course?
Yes, we have mentors that will hold sessions every week with our groups in a live discussion format and are also available at any other time one on one should the need arise. Our goal is to support and nourish you each step of the way on your journey through the course.

How do I join up to the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training?
We’d love to have you join us! Please visit the course page to hold your place on the next upcoming intake of our course.

When will I receive my certificate of completion for my online training?

Certificates for all courses will be provided once you have satisfied all attendance and assessment criteria for the course and paid all course fees in full. You will then receive the certificate within 1 working day of satisfactory completion 🙂 The certificate itself is exactly the same as for our ‘in-person’ 200hr YTT.

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