Teacher Training FAQ

Here’s a FAQ of the most common questions we hear about our teacher training programs. If there’s anything we haven’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask. Hope to see you in the studios soon!

I want to become a yoga teacher. Where do I start?

The first step is obtaining a 200-hour certification. All of Kindness’s training programs are Yoga Alliance certified. With this certification you can teach yoga anywhere–the Yoga Alliance standard is recognized worldwide. Kindness asks that our students be practicing for a minimum of a year before applying for a teacher training program.

How proficient in yoga should I be before participating in yoga teacher training?

On one hand, teacher training with Kindness Yoga has no specific prerequisites, and you certainly don’t have to master all the postures before enrolling. We don’t think yoga teachers need to be advanced yoga athletes; they do need to be hungry for learning and growth – and ready to joyfully take responsibility for themselves and the experiences that inspire them.

On the other hand, our teacher training is rigorous. We strongly recommend that teacher trainees have at least one year of consistent asana practice. The more comfortable you are as a yoga practitioner, the more you will be able to focus on the teaching and transformational aspects of your training. Remember that our 200-hour teacher trainings aren’t just for aspiring teachers; they are also for students who want to deepen their practices.

How should I decide which training to take?

There are several things to take into consideration when choosing the program that’s right for you. Our trainings feature a variety of different schedules, style emphases, and teams of trainers. We recommend that you contact our team at training@kindnesscollective.com to talk through your options and find the combination of features that’s right for you!

How many students are in your trainings?

We strive to keep our teacher trainings small enough for students to get plenty of individual, hands-on attention from their trainers. The maximum number of students in our trainings ranges from 12 to 24, depending on the training you wish to enroll in. No matter the training, we strive to keep the student/teacher ratio relatively consistent.

What is the typical age range of students who take your trainings?

Students generally range from 20-55 years old. Kindness Yoga trainings tend to be diverse and attract folks from all walks of life.

What happens if I miss a day or weekend?

You are strongly advised to attend all sessions. But we understand that this is a significant commitment and life happens! If you miss something, you will be required to make up the missed material by taking a private session with one of the leads for an additional cost and/or completing homework.

If you miss less than 20 hours over the course of your training, you may still graduate with your class. If you must miss more than 20 hours, you may need to complete coursework in a future training.

What if I need to withdraw from the training?

We require a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot in the Kindness Yoga Teacher Training. The rest of your tuition is fully refundable any time between the day we receive it and thirty-one days before the start of the training you originally applied to attend. 

You are eligible to transfer one time to an open training on our calendar, and the transfer must occur 14 days before the start date of your original training. One the training begins, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Does the cost of your trainings include textbooks?

The cost of your training includes the Kindness Yoga Teacher Training Manual and all special events and field trips, such as Soulful Breathwork and cadaver labs. It does not include additional books and resources. We have a library of books you are welcome to use during class, but we do recommend that you purchase your own copy of at least one asana-focused book such as Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga after completing your training?

Yes! Once you’ve successfully completed the 200-hour requirements, you will receive a graduation certificate from Kindness Yoga. You may also register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level. Many new teachers also choose to continue their education by enrolling in our 300-hour professional yoga teacher training program. Upon completion of this advanced curriculum, you will be eligible to enroll with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 level.

Does Kindness Yoga offer scholarships?

Kindness Yoga collaborates with Comeback Yoga to offer 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training scholarships to active duty service members or veterans of all service branches of the U.S. military. If a veteran is approved for a Comeback Yoga scholarship, Kindness Yoga may offer one spot per training for veterans at 50% of the full cost of the training. If a candidate is not successful in the Comeback Yoga scholarship process for any reason, they may still approach Kindness for a 50% scholarship. For more information about Comeback Yoga and their scholarship opportunities. please click here.

I need a new certificate. How do I get one?

We can help! If you're a Kindness 200-hour or 300-hour graduate, simply email our team at training@kindnesscollective.com. Electronic copies of your certificate are free, and hard copies are $50. Whichever version you would like, in your email please include your name as you'd like it to appear and specify the training from which you graduated.