Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga Teacher Training
Q. How is yoga different from other forms of exercise?
Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga focuses on all-encompassing wellness of mind, body, and soul. It does bring fitness to the body, but the spirit is uplifted along the way.
Q. Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a Vedic science, first documented by ancient sages of India, which aims to unify the mind, body, and soul. This unification brings enhanced mental and spiritual awareness and wellbeing.
Q. My body is no longer flexible – can I still learn yoga?
Yes! Flexibility is not required to learn yoga. Our patient and empathetic teachers will help you increase fitness and flexibility.
ABOUT THE COURSES
Q. Do I need to be trained in yoga to join a course?
It is highly recommended that students have at least a beginning knowledge of yoga. You can start with our Free Yoga Course to learn basic postures and terminology. This will prepare you to participate successfully in the more advanced 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Q. What style of yoga will I be learning?
Yoga has many different styles, each having its own significance. At Siddhi Yoga you will be exposed to several forms of yoga, which will give you a holistic view of how and what you’d like to teach. Our goal is to give you the most comprehensive training we can.
You will encounter these styles in our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training:
- Hatha Yoga – Yoga of Body and Mind Purification
- Karma Yoga – Yoga of Action
- Bhakti Yoga – Yoga of Devotion
- Mantra Yoga – Yoga of Recitation
- Raja Yoga – Yoga of Meditation
- Vinyasa Yoga – Modern Yoga Flow
Q. Will I be qualified to teach when I graduate? At what level?
Students who pass the course by attending all the classes and completing the assignments – receive certificates of course completion and can start teaching. It is recommended that they apply for Yoga Alliance certification as well. We help you with that process too.
Q. Can I take the course to deepen my practice if I don’t plan to teach?
Absolutely. Many students join us for access to high-quality yoga training. This is a perfect place for those who want to go beyond the physical aspect of yoga, to study meditation and philosophy.
ABOUT YOGA CERTIFICATION
Q. What is the Yoga Alliance?
Yoga Alliance is an education and support organization for yoga schools. In order to become an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), you must adhere to their standards for curriculum, planning, training, and qualification. In the yoga industry, Yoga Alliance has become the standard certification program for any yoga training school, and most studios will expect it from their teachers.
Q. Is Siddhi Yoga Certified by Yoga Alliance?
Yes. All our Online Yoga courses are Yoga Alliance accredited.
Q. Will certificate issued by Siddhi Yoga work in my home country?
Yes, Siddhi Yoga has an excellent reputation internationally. We have trained students from more than 90 countries. More importantly, your Yoga Alliance registration is the international standard for teachers of yoga.
Q. Will I need to apply for Yoga Alliance separately?
Yes. The certification you receive from us on completion of the course will allow you to apply for Yoga Alliance certification. You will need to pay their fees seperatly. However this registration is not compulsory. If you wish, you can register in our graduate directory for free.
About On Site Courses
Q. I am traveling to India for the first time. What do I need to know?
Upon registration, you will receive the contact information for our course manager. Feel free to ask them your travel questions. You can also take a look at this article for more details.
Q. Can you arrange an airport pickup for me?
Yes, please let us know your flight schedule in advance, and we can arrange free pickup. If you wish to tip the driver, we recommend Rs.100.
Q. How many students are there in one class?
We have a maximum of 22-25 students in one class.
Q. What do I bring with me?
You should bring comfortable clothing for your practice, toiletries, and towels. You may also like a notebook, natural mosquito repellent, an umbrella, and an alarm clock. For Dharamsala, expect cooler temperatures and plan accordingly. You can also take a look at this page for more details.
Q. I have booked the course a few months in advance and accommodation was at ABC Hotel/Guest House but when I came it is different?
We arrange our training at the guest house or hotel at different locations. Usually, we book in advance and always notify participants if there is any change.
We only change it when guest house/hotel is not delivering what has been promised earlier. We need a clean and hygienic environment and quality food. In the event there is some issue and management is not able to provide the solution or sometimes due to some unforeseen circumstance we may need to change it. If you have booked the training at Rishikesh, you will still be attending at Rishikesh only. For Dharamshala, it will always be Dharamshala.
We are committed to the best quality in all aspects.
DURING THE COURSE
Q. What happens if I miss a class?
Students need to ideally have 100% attendance to receive the certification. If however, you are unable to attend a class due to illness, you can spend extra time with the teachers to complete the training hours.
Q. How much time will I need to spend on homework?
You will spend approximately one hour each day on homework.
Q. Will I have free time?
Yes. You will have free time daily between classes. Later evenings are free, along with a half-day Saturday and all day Sunday each weekend.
Q. Do you have students from different cultures and backgrounds?
We accept students from any ethnicity, religion, and country with open arms.
Q. If I don’t take meals on a particular day, do I get refunded?
No, it’s not refundable.
Q. I have special dietary requirements; can you accommodate them?
As long as you inform us in advance, we should be able to take care of you. Please be in touch before booking your course, and we will let you know.
Q. Is there a refrigerator in the room?
No, there is no refrigerator in the room. The kitchen has one, in case you would like to store anything there.
Q. Is credit card accepted in the market?
Most of the shops accept cash (INR) and major cards in India. Also there are several currency changers around for your convenience.
Q. Do you have Wi-Fi Internet?
Yes, we do have it in all our centres. Occasionally bad weather may disrupt it, but most times its back quickly.
Q. Are there ATMs nearby?
Yes there are ATMs near all our centres.
Q. What is your guest policy?
We do not allow any strangers on campus. However if any of your family members visit you during the course, you can get prior approval for them by submitting a copy of their passport, photo, and visa. If they wish to eat on campus, you must pay in advance for all meals.
Q. What is your policy for an extra stay before or after the course?
Ask us in advance, and we will let you know if there is availability. You must pay in advance for extra nights. For a refund, you must notify us more than 24 hours before your scheduled arrival.
Q. If I’m unable to attend the training will I get a refund?
The deposit that is required to reserve a spot in a course is non-refundable. The rest of your course fees are due one month before arrival. If a student has to leave training unexpectedly, he or she can join us to complete training during any program in the next one year by paying for the accommodation and meals again. However, tuition is non-refundable.
If you have paid the deposit and can no longer make the dates you chose, you must inform us 30 days in advance to reschedule your course within the next one year. If we are informed fewer than 30 days in advance, your deposit will be forfeited.
If you have paid the full fees and did not inform us that you are not coming, under “no show” your 50% fees will be forfeited. Rest of the 50% fees you can use within next one year against any of our course.
Q. I am pregnant, or injured, and can no longer attend training. Can I get a refund?
We are so sorry about your injury and happy to hear about your pregnancy. Unfortunately, the course fee is non-refundable. Please contact us to reschedule your training within the next one year.
Q. I noticed a promotion running after I booked my course. Can I receive a discount?
Sometime we need to run a special promotions to make sure there are enough people to run the course instead of cancelling it. Promotional price applies to the new bookings only.
Q. My visa did not arrive on time. Can I get a refund?
We recommend applying for eVisa in advance. You can get an eVisa 120 days before your travel date, and it’s valid for 60 days. It takes only three working days to get it. You can change your training dates as long as you inform us 30 days in advance.
Q. What if Siddhi Yoga postponed the course or canceled it?
So far we have not canceled any of our courses. Due to unforeseen circumstances, if we need to cancel our course, we will issue you 100% refund of the amount received by us. You will have the option to attend future batch also where we will issue you special discounts.