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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our list of frequently asked questions will help if you are considering our online yoga teacher training. Most prospective teachers have the same questions about the certification program. We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions so you will feel comfortable registering and beginning your yoga certification journey.

1. Do I have to be practicing yoga to take this yoga teacher training course?

No. It does not matter how long you have been practicing yoga or how flexible you are.

As a matter of fact, whether you have been practicing yoga for many years or this is your first experience, Yoga is for everyone. And in this certification program, All are Welcome.

2. Does my age matter?

The American Yoga Academy has trained and certified Teachers from the age of 15 to 87, and all ages in between!  In other words, age does not matter.

If your interest is there, you can teach yoga.  Yoga is not about how far you can reach or how perfect you do poses. You will discover the poses you love and the aspects of the philosophy you enjoy.

3. What if I have injuries or limitations? What if I’m overweight?

At one point or another everyone has had an injury, physical limitation or challenge with weight. The beauty of yoga is it is about choices. In light of that, one of our main focuses is to teach variations in each pose.

You will be able to welcome all levels, regardless of any limitations, shape or size. Whether you have chronic back issues or knee and hip issues, Claire will work with you one on one during your personal healing journey, which will ultimately make you a better teacher.

4. Who is my Teacher?

Claire Diab, founder and lead educator, will guide you throughout the teacher training. She will be with you every step of the way – during and after your training.

5. How long will the online yoga teacher training take?

The American Yoga Academy Online Teacher Training is a flexible, self-paced program. The average time is about 4-9 months or more, depending on your lifestyle. Enjoy learning at your own pace.

6. Will I be able to teach after this certification?

Yes! You will be able to teach nationally and internationally. Teach Yoga Classes, Chair Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing Techniques, Relaxation Techniques, and so much more with confidence.

The American Yoga Academy Training Program incorporates an entire section to the Business of Yoga and teaching Yoga in every field you can imagine.

7. How long have your been training teachers?

The American Yoga Academy was founded in 1993. We have been training teachers in person for the past 25 years. The past 15 years we also incorporated online teacher training.

Presently, due to COVID we are now 100% virtual. Despite being online, we pride ourselves on maintaining a personal experience so you always have access to Claire Diab for any questions.

8. Are you registered with Yoga Alliance?

Absolutely! The American Yoga Academy has been a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance since 2001 and all classes are Yoga Alliance approved. Yoga Alliance is an organization that created standards for yoga schools. We have hundreds of positive reviews, which you can check out on our school profile page.

9. What materials do students receive with the course?

All course materials are provided. You do not need to purchase anything else. There are no additional or hidden fees.
Some people like digital materials. Others want something to hold. Either way, we’ve got you covered. You will receive a beautiful and durable American Yoga Academy canvas bag which includes:
* The American Yoga Academy Teacher Training Manual
* Breathe… Move… Meditate Workbook
* The American Yoga Academy Teacher Script
Lifetime Access to all Course Materials, Modules, Lectures, Class Recordings, and more on the Teachers Portal… During and After your training.

10. How do I accumulate 200 hours for the American Yoga Academy (AYA) Yoga Teacher Training Certificate?
There are 15 modules comprised of lectures that take approximately 4 hours each to view and there is associated practice with the individual modules. Overall, You will accumulate the hours by completing:

* 15 Yoga Teacher Training Modules with Recorded Lectures
* Yoga and Meditation Classes
* DVDs and Yoga Instruction Videos
* Studying Course Materials and Handouts
* Practice Teaching Family and Friends


11. Is this course just a bunch of videos?

Absolutely not. Most online courses provide you with a teachers portal full of videos to watch and expect you to figure things out on your own. However, you can’t be a great teacher without feedback.

One of the cornerstones of our program is Claire is a pro at explaining correct form but secondly, we offer weekly question and answer sessions. These calls are recorded and published the same day so you can watch at your convenience. This allows the ability to learn through other students questions.

At the end you will submit a short practical and receive direct feedback from Claire. Claire is available 6 days a week for support.

12. Will I have interactions with the other teachers in training?

We have two types of teachers in training – busy professionals focused on completing the course on their own and people interested in a class experience with interaction. For those teachers in training that want to connect with each other, you’ll have access to the student roster and Claire.

We encourage students to reach out and support each other. Our school is a wonderful community with likeminded people from all around the world with different professional and cultural backgrounds. It’s a wonderful way to make friends that have the same interests. Our 500 hour students, currently registered yoga teachers, routinely serve as a resources for the 200 hour students.

13. What style of yoga does The American Yoga Academy teach?

The American Yoga Academy is known for its unique blend of Yoga, Meditation, and Eastern philosophies. We infuse the philosophy of Yoga into each class in an easy, yet powerful way so students learn to live Yoga on and off the mat. 

The online teacher training program classes are a combination of fluid movement, breathing, and relaxation which create strength, flexibility, and balance. It is a beautiful style of Yoga practice with different poses and variations for all levels. The American Yoga Academy style is for everyone whether you’ve been practicing Yoga for many years or you are new to Yoga.

14. 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, and meditation. It also covers social and personal behavior, nutrition. You will learn a way of living in union with your mind, body and spirit.

15. What is different about The American Yoga Academy Training?

The American Yoga Academy Teacher Training program is more than a course, it is a wonderful teaching experience filled with many jewels and tools. As a result, you will be able to incorporate the teachings into your daily life. 

You will feel confident teaching Yoga for Everyone- welcoming all levels, Meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing Techniques, Chair Yoga, and so much more.  You will learn the Art of Teaching and to be a Health and Wellness Educator, teaching more than just a Yoga class. You will have access to all the materials, course recordings, and lectures during and after your training. You will also have continual support, 7 days a week from Claire and The American Yoga Academy Staff.

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