Q.1) What experience or qualifications do I need in order to join the Maa Shakti Yog teacher training?Generally, there is no prior experience or qualification needed in order to join the 100hrs, 200 hrs, 500 hrs and Intensive Maa Shakti Yog courses. Those courses will introduce you to the philosophical and practical aspects of yoga regardless if you’re a complete beginner or a long-time practitioner.
However, we do recommend students to get basic yoga knowledge prior to starting the training. You can take up a course at a local school to get attuned to yoga terminology and basic asanas. This will help you to pick up the more rigorous asanas of RYT 200 hrs and the other activities of your daily schedule comfortably. For the 300 hrs teacher training a 200hrs certificate from Maa Shakti Yog or any other yoga school is required in order to join this course.
Q.2) I’m not flexible – can I still learn Yoga?Yes! Flexibility is not a prerequisite to learning Yoga. Our patient teachers will work with you according to your individual bone and muscle structure and will help you to stretch tight muscles and strengthen muscles that are weak.
Q.3) Which yoga styles will be taught during the Yoga Teacher Training?Yoga is a vast subject with many traditions and styles. During the courses we will look at all key pillars of this ancient art. We aim to establish a practical and theoretical base leaving you with the relevant skills to teach and grow further. Specifically, you will be trained in multi-style yoga practices such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Iyengar and Vinyasa flow as well as Bhakti, Karma and Mantra Yoga.
Q.4) In what language are the courses taught?The courses are mainly taught in English. Thus, a basic understanding of the English language is helpful to get the most out of the program. People who are not proficient in English are welcome to enroll for the program as well. For them yoga can be experienced on a spiritual and emotional level. In addition, you will be taught Sanskrit terms throughout the courses, too.
Q.5) I want to join a course to deepen my practice and not teach. Is this fine?Absolutely. Many students come to us to get a more intensive yoga training to deepen their personal practice. Although our courses are meant for yoga teacher trainings, they also cover deeper, more complex asanas and meditation levels that you can use for.
Q.6) What are the class sizes of the Yoga Teacher Training program and what kind of students usually sign up?The maximum class size for the 100hrs and 200hrs courses lies between 10 to 15 students. In the 300hours Yoga Teacher Trainings we can teach 10 to 12 students and 08 to 10 students for our 500hours courses. We believe in quality over quantity which is why we keep our class sizes small. This ensures that we can address all questions from students and give each one proper attention.
The age of our students ranges from 18 to 65. We welcome students regardless of their sex, religion or the country they are from. Maa Shakti Yog is a place of respectful co-existence. We consider our students a part of the yoga family helping each other to learn and grow.
Q.7) What happens if I am unable to attend classes continuously?Since the duration of the Yoga Teacher Training is short each class is important to develop your yoga and teaching skills. Just by missing a day of your teacher training fundamental principles can be lost. We understand that due to sickness you might be unable to attend a class. However, missed topics discussed in class should be self-studied by the student. In order to receive your teaching certificate, a 96% course attendance is required.
Q.8) How much free time will I have?Our course schedule runs from Monday to Saturday afternoon. On Saturday the classes run for half the day and there will be no classes on Sundays. Occasionally we offer spiritual tours based on availability on Sundays. During your teaching days, we make sure you have enough breaks between classes
I visited Rishikesh in early January to find a course but none really stuck out for me. I later came to Maa Shakti based on recommendation and it was the BEST DECISION Iâ€™VE MADE. I don't usually post reviews but I felt my unreal experience needed to be shared. Sumit is easily the best teacher I've had. I started the course with a lower back issue from previous yoga practice...
MAA Shakti Yog school was a transformational experience for me. I learned so much in 200 hrs. Our instructor Sumit taught how to do all poses safely and with proper alignment. A personal growth journey for mind, body and spirit. I treasure my memories of being at the school and under the instruction of Sumit and Jaggi. I highly recommend the 200 hr course at MAA Shakti Yog school.
An incredible school with incredible teachers. I came to Rishikesh to do my 200hr YTT and to deepen my understanding of yoga beyond just asanas and I am so happy to have chosen to do this at Maa Shakti yoga school. They teach with such passion and have such an in depth understanding of the practice, philosophy, pranayama and mediation techniques. You cannot go wrong with this school.