Frequently Asked Questions? Answered!
What style of yoga does the American Yoga Academy teach?
The American Yoga Academy is known for its unique blend of all the various styles of Hatha yoga and Eastern philosophy, much like the eclectic mix of so many different cultures in America. We incorporate the philosophy of Yoga into each class and teach people to live their Yoga on and off the mat. The classes are a combination of fluid movement, breathing and relaxation which create strength, flexibility, and balance. It is a beautiful flow of many different postures offering variations for all levels. All of our instructors incorporate their own uniqueness into each class... always making it fun and informative. This style is for everyone whether you've been practicing Yoga for many years or if this is your first time!
What is Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is the physical aspect of yoga. There are many different styles of Hatha yoga coming from different teachers and different parts of India. Yoga is a beautiful philosophy that incorporates relaxation, movement, meditation, social and personal behavior, nutrition, and a way of living in union of mind, body and spirit.
Do I have to be practicing yoga in order to take the training?
It does not matter how long you have been doing yoga, whether or not you can touch your toes, what age you are, or what ability you have. This yoga teacher training program is for everyone.
What is different about this yoga teacher training?
This teacher training is more than a course. It is an experience. You will learn more than just how to teach a Hatha yoga class. You will learn about living yoga on and off the mat, as well as teaching students how to live yoga on and off the mat. Claire encourages students to be creative. The American Yoga Academy provides a wonderful template for learning and then encourages the individual student’s own creativity to flow.
The training also teaches students how to do workshops and lectures on yoga. Claire is a professor of Asian Studies teaching a 3-credit course called Zen and Yoga: the Art of Living at Seton Hall University, one of the most popular courses on campus. This class is also open to all the yoga teachers in training. It is an incredible experience.
Does my age matter?
NO! Age does not matter, if your interest is there, you can teach yoga. The American Yoga Academy has trained everyone from 15-year olds to an 80-year old, and all ages in between!
What is Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is an international organization which has created a standard for yoga teachers and yoga schools. It is important to look into schools that are registered with Yoga Alliance to be assured you receive a thorough training. For more information, visit the Yoga Alliance website at www.yogaalliance.org.
What materials do students receive with the course?
You will be given a yoga teacher training manual written by Claire Diab which is an informative, in-depth and detailed guide to your yoga teacher training journey. You will also receive 6 DVDs including: Breathe.. Move.. Meditate, Creative Yoga, Sun Salutations, Sun Moon Series, Yoga for Firefighters & Athletes and Zen and Yoga: The Art of Flow. There are 2 booklets included as well: Breathe…Move…Meditate and Yoga and Pregnancy.