If you love yoga deeply, you are already sharing it on a teacher-level. People around you experience your love and it teaches them yoga. Maybe these days that’s just people in your “pod.” Maybe it’s just family. Maybe all the sharing you do is online. That’s the way it is at WYC now. Someday we may have “in person” yoga sharing again, but we’re not trying to figure out the future. We’re rolling with our present reality and doing what we’ve never done until now: Online Teacher Training.
And we have a Intro video for you as an introduction to the program:
So, as you can tell from our video, connecting yoga practice to humor, having fun, and being creative are our favorite things. So if this is really more of a business decision for you, good luck. You should find another program and be lied to about the present yoga world reality. No one knows how the yoga world is going to look when the dust settles–if it does ever settle. Yoga teacher jobs? Who knows? Will the (corrupt) Registry known as Yoga Alliance still have us by the balls? We hope not. We keep paying them and students who certify with us will still be able to registry with YA, but we suggest that no one look at this in relation to business right now. We suggest you look at it in relation to love. Do you love yoga so much you want to share it? If so, who care about being a Registered Yoga Teacher. It never really mattered. It was all a scam the whole time and we’ve said so. We pay YA their blood money and any of our students who wants to register with them like we do will be pulled into the commerce. You will have to pay us to finalize your paperwork and completion of YA requirements. We’re not doing that bullshit for free. But you do have an option. It was never a legal requirement to for yoga teachers to register with YA. Certify with us. It works just as well and sounds better since you’ll have been actually certified by Western Yoga College. 🙂
Oh, and another thing about us: we were always too anti-commercialism and anti-materialistic to spend any time making yoga videos to sell or anything like that, but we did make real films, with story lines, and acting, and music and everything. And being good at that stuff has made it possible for us to be making Teacher Training videos. We’re now making videos to help you do Teacher Training with us. There is way more art to them than necessary on a practical level, but oh, well. We think they’re fun to watch. They’re really fun and funny. Strange too. Still, they do communicate what needs to be communicated. In fact, we think they communicate way better than any regular yoga videos ever have.
So, right there, you have something cool. You can watch our intro video to see if you like our style. To be frank, we’re artists. You don’t have to self-identify as an artist to join us, of course, but it’s probably important that you at least like quirky art to do Teacher Training with us.
If you do, and if you love yoga and just want to learn how to share it even better than you do now, our WYC’s next Teacher Training Program will give real depth to that sharing. The love has to be there already, but if it is, we can guide things from there. Everything that yoga is has a place in our programs. It’s a matter of heart. The heart opens us up to real yogic knowledge and then love pours into it naturally.
So don’t worry about whether you’re ready to be a yoga instructor. If you love yoga, you’re ready to start the process. Again, it may already be happening, and maybe you already know that. It’s also possible that you’re already teaching yoga. Even so–even if you’re already a yoga instructor–our program can be great for you. Frankly, it deepens everyone’s ability to teach no matter what your experience level is.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF WYC’s NEW ONLINE TEACHER TRAINING IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Okay, the next real step is for you is to ask us questions. Email or call us. When you’re ready, Scott will conduct an interview, but what he’ll really be doing is to help you decide if WYC and you might be a good fit. Again, if you actually love yoga and at least like art, chances are great that we’re a good match. Even on a political and religious level, if you love yoga and art it’s unlikely our political and religious views will clash with yours. We’re political, scientific, and religious. We believe we’re good at all three of those things, but like everyone, we continue to grow. How a person votes, and how they apply science and religion in their life is not the question. Are they good at those three things is the question. Weird statement? No, it’s not. Everyone should be good at politics, science and religion. We believe you can only be as good at science as you are at religion and vice versa. They are opposite things when it comes to the study of reality, but like inhales and exhales, if you are bad at one, you are bad at both and we believe that being good at both things is what creates the all important third thing: spirituality. But politically speaking, you can check out the About Us page for more on what we support. Of course, most yoga people understand that yoga promotes social justice and religious pluralism. So if you love yoga, we probably are right for you there. If you feel a connection with our approach so far, then check to see if the days and times of the next course work for you. If you do want to pay money to YA for registration, talk to us about it. That will cost you money with us too. Still, it’s a simple process.
You can also just email us about attending regular zoom classes first. Maybe the easiest thing of all is to attend our Saturday zoom class at 8:30am. It’s an experimental class and we are experimental. Or come to Monday night Yin Yoga where there is room for talk. Attend, stretch, listen to Scott talk, and ask questions. Or come on Sunday at 9:00am for a longish, really active “Ashtanga” class. It’s not at all a prerequisite for enrolling in the Teacher Training program, but (along with the WYC Intro Video) attending some WYC open online sessions will give you the best sense of what we do. Besides, the sessions themselves are great training for teachers. And if you’re already teaching, it’s even better. For people already doing some teaching, coming to WYC’s advanced open sessions will be like post-graduate work. Lots of teachers maintain their own personal practice with us. That’s another reason for our existence. It may seem strange, but lots of yoga instructors have a challenging time keeping up their personal practice. They teach yoga, but they teach yoga at the same times when all of the other yoga classes in the area are happening, and it’s hard to consistently practice on their own. The teachers who practice with us have solved that issue by practicing with us in the morning (Wed 7:30am). You can join us then too if you talk Scott into letting you, and for those of you who are not teaching yet, the truth is you can learn how to be a teacher just by practicing at WYC. That’s fine with us.
Either way, experiencing WYC might…
- Enable you to share your love of yoga with deeper energetic awareness
- Increase your knowledge of yoga poses
- Treat you to the joy of teaching asana, pranayama and meditation
- Expose you to all forms of yogic philosophy and spirituality
- Unlock your authentic inner voice
- Open your heart and connect you to other open-hearted people
- Teach you practical anatomy for understanding injuries, poses, and mind-body energetics
- Expand your awareness of energy and its yogic expressions
- Develop your teaching style
- Demystify the principles of class and pose sequencing
- Prove for you that yoga art and yoga music can be expressed by anyone.
BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE ONLINE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
It starts in October. Until things change with the pandemic, sessions will be every other Sunday at 2pm. The schedule is set and posted or soon will be. Each session will last two hours. We’ve learned already that being online is more tiring than real life so we keep the session time down. So Sunday sessions go from 2pm to 4pm. There is some required reading, but the homework is relatively light. The emotional engagement experienced during program weekends is intense and you will need time to rest Sunday evenings.
Students receive a Program manual through email files. The files contain what you can print out to create a whole folder. In it, there are explanations of everything taught in the course. There’s a full schedule in it and the schedule includes a sequenced list of main poses and associated teaching concepts. The order of those poses is meaningful because they come together to create the structure of a regular yoga class. So the things that happen at the beginning of a regular yoga class are taught at the beginning of the program, the things that happen in the middle of a regular yoga class are taught in the middle of the program, and the things that happen at the end of a regular yoga class are taught at the end of the program. It creates a meaningful structure and helps students understand how to sequence poses.
The course structure is also designed to increase what we call “energetic sensitivity.” It’s what society numbs. Energetically sensitive humans don’t do what society wants in respect to commerce. Numb people buy things they don’t need, thinking it will make them happy. Energetically sensitive people experience freedom from the societal enforcements related to unhappiness. People who are effective energy experiencers feel good to the point of being at least relatively free. And that’s why the WYC program starts out with spiritual experiencing. We jump right in to the highest levels of yogic engagement so that our coming together as spiritual beings elevates our consciousness. And the initiation process is more creative than intellectual, involving WYC YOGA MUSIC AND ART.
And if that scares you a little, don’t worry about it. If the ideas in that last paragraph weren’t scary to most people–even most “yoga people”–they wouldn’t be true. What happens in our programs is a little scary, and WYC’s Teacher Training programs are not just scary in spiritual ways. We’re scary creatively too because unlike other yoga teacher training programs, we expand the usual scope of yoga training courses with yoga music and art. Of course, in the end, it’s more fun that frightening. In fact, in the end, it’s not scary at all. The music and art just enhance our energetic understanding of yoga and in turn, the enhanced love of yoga makes it easy to understand the philosophies and methodologies that have confused even the most renown contemporary yoga teachers.
That’s the tricky part to explain. There’s so much confusion about what form of yoga everyone does today that explaining things isn’t enough. We have to actually experience yoga spiritually, soulfully, intellectually, emotionally, and physically for the explanation to make sense. So, in WYC’s Teacher Training Program, you get to do yoga in all the ways it can be done. Most of those ways don’t happen in regular yoga classes. There are different “styles” of yoga and doing yoga in regular studio classes exposes you to the different styles. Even in WYC’s regular open sessions, people are exposed to a style. It’s called Ashtanga. But WYC’s Teacher Training Program is not based on any style. The way we teach students how to instruct the poses has been influenced by all the main styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Kundalini, Sivananda, and Viniyoga.
Because the course is emotionally intense, prospective students are strongly encouraged to consider the timing of doing the program. There should be room for change in your life and if there are already intense things happening for you–a death in the family, divorce, or alike–please let us know ahead of time, so we can discuss that.
While the course begins each October, because the weekend course material scheduling is consistent year to year, students with enough previous experience can join programs in progress and then attend the first part of the next program to complete the course.
WHAT IT TAKES ON A PHYSICAL LEVEL
You do not need to be able to do so-called “advanced” yoga poses. If you can do a basic Sun Salute, you’ll be fine. Doing Headstand is not a pre-requisite. Those people with physically advanced practices can add to the program curriculum by attending WYC’s advanced open sessions and learning from that experience as well. Those people with less experience and who want help developing the physical aspects of yoga can come to regular open sessions to receive help with basic pose execution.
Being willing to challenge yourself on all levels is important—possibly more important than your present state of yogic knowledge and experience. Again, the online version of our program is easier on a physical level than our in studio one. Even people relatively new to yoga can be immersed in yogic spirit and find a new way of sharing yoga especially in relation to the online level of that. So your physical abilities are of little concern. You need to be confident, but not physically gifted. And even if you have some doubts about your physical ability to be a yoga instructor, you can get over that insecurity with a little patience. You’ll see that physical limitations never kept anyone from being a wonderful, loving yoga teacher. Others in the group will be dealing with the same insecurities you have. If you let yourself receive love and support from the group you’ll be fine. Teacher training fellows often become life-long friends.
Frankly, this is the biggest difference between online Teacher Training and what we use to do. The group energy online is much less intense. It will still be a group experience, though, and powerful in its own way. You will be part of a spiritual group. Yogis call it a “Sangha.” What makes yoga Sanghas so powerful, even online, is that they can tolerate and even foster diversity.I In fact, online, we can foster more diversity by being less “ablest” about things. And in any case, everyone in the group believes what they believe, and while it takes an open mind to grow, outside of the aforementioned belief in social justice and religious understanding, you will not be encouraged, much less required to believe a certain way. Yoga Sanghas support spiritual individuality even as they inspire collective spiritual joy. Again, the group experience is far less intense online, but maybe that’s an okay thing for you. If you want more, maybe someday the program will happen live again. You can do the course online first and then, with added confidence about being able to handle the material, do a live one. There are people who have done our live program as many as seven times because it’s so fun!!! And that’s why you each of our new groups, even those online now, have “mentors.” They are people who have done the program already and who repeat the program not only to continue growing themselves, but to give back. They had mentors who helped them and they want to help you. It’s truly an amazing gift of love and if WYC weren’t so generous as an institution alumni wouldn’t volunteer to be mentors they way they do. Mentors are the best!!!
Call us or email us until you can make a good decision. If the conversation we have is inspiring, that’s a good sign. You can contact Scott Miller directly at 951-522-6266 or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scott conducts pre-registration interviews himself because they are not just a step in your process, but a really important step that helps begin your journey well.
With live programs we had to give people warnings about how emotionally powerful things could get for someone. These days, we don’t. Online is way less intense. But like any important journey, if you knew ahead of time what it would entail, you might think too much. And at this point, you probably can’t grasp how your love of yoga can make it easy to learn everything in the program. But it does “just” happen. The group love makes it easy for everyone to learn practical and effective asana instructional techniques and principles, teaching methodologies, anatomy, directed and non-directed meditation, chakras, sutras, mudras, mantras, sacred chants, pranayama, Taoist theory, meridian theory, class design, observational skills, social awareness, business and teacher ethics, and the dynamics of teacher/student relationship.
And despite what we said about YA, you may care that training sessions and extra hours watching videos and attending regular classes will easily total 200 hours. You will easily fulfill the 200-hour Yoga Alliance RYT registration requirement, and this point, because it makes sense financially for them, it’s cool for programs to happen online. That may change. It may not. Again, who knows? YA has always been a mess. They act like they’re not but they are. But in any case WYC makes the part of becoming an RYT with Y.A. particularly easy by providing “open regular sessions” that are included in your free connection with us. These regular sessions are open to everyone, not just students enrolled in Teacher Training, but they are also taught on teacher-level. Lots of instructors and WYC alumni attend our daily open sessions, making it a great environment for teachers in training. But do keep in mind that making things official with certification certificates and paperwork and practicum tests at the end of the program will change our financial relationship so talk to us about that if it applies.
FACTS ABOUT WESTERN YOGA COLLEGE
WYC has been in existence for over a decade and the studio-style Yoga Teacher Training Program we conduct has been going on since 2001. WYC director, Scott Miller, began doing the first studio-style Teaching Training Programs (outside of universities) in the area right after founding what was once the largest non-Coastal California yoga studio.
But WYC is also just a little group of yoga lovers. You can tell by our logo that we have a sense of humor. We’ve been around long enough to see the ups and downs of yoga’s popularity. We stand outside the trendiness through a unique combination of hardcore dedication and could-care-less-ness. So what makes WYC’s programs different has to do with creativity. We create an original yogic theory, methodology, music, and art, and we try to be humble about it. That’s the hard part. WYC was not founded by a humble man. Before establishing WYC, Mr. Miller was science fiction television writer, and before that he was a highly regarded visual artist. Mr. Miller has written three books on yoga, and the ideas in those books have been incorporated into the fantastically creative WYC curriculum. You can read the new (unpublished) first four chapters of his book “What Is(n’t) Hatha Yoga?” HERE.
And here are a few more bullshit facts that might matter to you:
WYC is registered with Yoga Alliance. WYC graduates are immediately eligible to become “Registered Teachers.” That registration status is recognized by Yoga Studios, Fitness Clubs, Hospitals, Universities and Community Colleges, Community Centers, Public Schools, and Wellness Centers who hire yoga teachers. As a registered school with Yoga Alliance, Western Yoga College is able to guarantee that our graduates will become RYTs through a simple, automatic filing process.
All WYC graduates can repeat the program in a connection with an even smaller tuition. WYC is registered with YA as both a “200 and 500 hour School.” So graduating repeaters are eligible to register as E-RYTs at YA.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR TEACHER TRAINING
The first step in registering with WYC Teacher Training is to complete a telephone interview with Scott Miller, the program director. You can call Scott directly at 951-522-6266 to get this process started. But even if you do call directly, it’s helpful to also email Scott directly at email@example.com with your info.
YA RELATED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
This can be a 200-hour program. Students will complete 120 of those hours during the weekend sessions of the 8-month course, or by doing two-week intensive courses when offered.
The accumulation of the additional 80 hours will be the trainee’s responsibility and can be handled in a range of ways at no (or very little) extra cost. We will help guide you through your options, which can and ought to be highly individualized. They include the following (but remember the total does not need to exceed 80 hours):
- up to 40 hrs of regular public classes at approved venues
- up to 20 hrs of approved workshops and, or kirtans
- up to 40 hrs observing, adjusting, assisting, and, or student-teaching at approved venues
- up to 10 hrs creating a spiritual art project (yantra) above and beyond what the project usually takes.
- up to 25 hrs teaching family or friends as your students and writing a report about it
- up to 20 hrs teaching regular classes at an approved venue
Students who want to register with YA will also complete the following in connection with direct program instruction:
- complete a Final Exam (open book and notes, so don’t stress)
- complete a yoga art project called a yantra.
- read the required books
Certificates verifying completion of a 200-hour program in yoga instruction from Western Yoga College will be presented to all graduates interested in registering with YA. Since Western Yoga College is accredited by the Yoga Alliance, graduates of our program will have completed the necessary requirements for becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). The RYT recognition from the Yoga Alliance will follow separately, upon acceptance of individual applications from graduates.
The WYC Online Manual.
You also get Scott’s book online…What Is(n’t) Hatha Yoga? –
HELPFUL (BUT NOT REQUIRED) BOOKS…
- The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice
- Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika
by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition
by Leslie Kaminoff
- Yin Yoga
by Paul Grilley
- The Breathing Book: Vitality & Good Health Through Essential Breath Work
by Donna Farhi
- Dancing the Body of Light
by Donna Holleman
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
by Stephen Cope