Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training

Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

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

The course cost is $2,990 Australian Dollars - which at the most recent exchange rate is $1,900 USD. This fluctuates daily so please check for the most up-to-date conversion rates online.

This can be paid in 5 x instalments - just select 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?

The course will run over 24 teaching days of in depth study, students have 2 days off every 5 days. 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. You will also have weekends off to catch up or relax 🙂

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.

Is the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training comparable to on-site training? 

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. 

The online course includes live classes, webinars, practice guides, online support and online mentoring. We have put much effort into replicate the live training as much as we can  - in an easily accessible online setting.

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

Every yoga practitioner is different, but if the student has been practicing during their study and passes the assessment to graduate, then they 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. 

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 24hr communication; and registration with Yoga Alliance that allows you begin teaching in gyms and studios immediately upon graduation. 

Are all courses the same?

No. Do you seek quality, depth and substance? Santosha has been running an online/distance learning yoga teacher training course for 10 years.  We are an authentic and established yoga school, having graduated over 6000 students from Santosha
 and counting! 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. 

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?

Yes, we open our doors for you to join us in person to experience a live Level 1 training– at no extra tuition cost – once normal proceedings have resumed. This does not of course include fights, accommodation, meals or transport 🙂

You can attend in full, or in part, meaning the experience can be tailored to your budget and needs - giving us all something to look forward to!

Do I have to attend the in-person course to register with Yoga Alliance?

No - you can register with Yoga Alliance / 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 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. Providing that you have satisfied all the assessment criteria outlined above you will receive your certification. You will not be required to teach any additional classes in order to complete your 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 - starts July 7th, 2020. 

Logistics, Study and Assessments

What is included in the course?

  • 24 Days Virtual Training Schedule - 4 hours as live/catch up classes and 4 hours as pre-recorded classes /study/ readings per day
  • The ability to attend – at no extra cost – a Santosha in-person training once normal travel resumes (*tuition only)
  • Three bespoke Santosha manuals: Breath and Movement; Vinyasa Krama and Anatomy. 
  • Live classes and practices
  • Connection to an online community from all over the world  
  • 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
  • You will receive a Santosha RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate
  • 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. 

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.

The Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training has a lot of material. Is there an easy way to concentrate on each stage? 

Yes, each module of your Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training 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.

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 between 8 hours per day to complete the course on a full-time basis in order to graduate in 32 days. Or you can work at a less intensive 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 the login to your first module, where you can access 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, when you are given access to all the modules in the course 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 in 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 (CET) 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. We will have separate timezone groupings for 1) Australasia, 2)Europe and the Middle East, and 3) the Americas. 

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, write and submit assignments on it.

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. 

Yoga Alliance + Yoga Alliance International

Can I register with Yoga Alliance upon graduation - even without attending an in-person course?

Yes, this is a fully certified Yoga Alliance RYT-200  Yoga Teacher training - meaning you can register with Yoga Alliance immediately upon graduation from your online studies. You can complete the entire training online in the comfort of your home. No need to join us in person to graduate! 

More info on Yoga Alliance here. 

Can I register with Yoga Alliance International upon graduation - even without attending an in-person course?

Yes, this is a fully certified Yoga Alliance International 200 Hour  Yoga Teacher training - meaning you can register with Yoga Alliance International immediately upon graduation from your online studies. More info on Yoga Alliance International here. 

What do RYT, RYS and YTT mean?!

A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) is a title that is offered to a yoga teacher who has received a certain standard of yoga teacher training at a Registered Yoga School (RYS). A RYS means that the yoga schools meet Yoga Alliance standards and requirements to teach yoga worldwide. A YTT is a Yoga Teacher Training.


Teaching Yoga

What style of Yoga is taught in the Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training?

Santosha concentrates on a authentic 'vini' 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.

I want to teach Hot and/or Power Yoga, will this Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training be suitable?

The Santosha RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training 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.

How can I develop Cueing Skills?

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.

What should be the ideal age to teach yoga?

There is no ideal age for learning OR teaching  yoga! 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 tend to be more flexible than older students, but there is so much more to yoga than flexibility.

When completing a Santosha Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Training how will I know if I am doing a posture correctly?

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.

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

Student safety is our #1 priority. Teaching is about the care and concern for your students and passing on your knowledge to them. 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.” 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.  We ensure that all teachers who leave Santosha have a solid basis for safe and effective teaching. 

How will I learn more about teaching Yoga safely?

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!

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

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.

Our Next Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Online Yoga Teacher Training
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