FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS TAUGHT ON THE TRAINING COURSE?

The style of yoga taught on the KinneretYoga teacher training course is what is referred to as Yang Yin/Restorative Yoga.  This approach to yoga training  is  integrated as opposed to focusing on only one school of yoga practice. Our Yang Yin approach draws for the “Yang (which refers to active)” on elements of practices of dynamic movements, flows and standing poses, Vinyasa Yoga and strength based active athletic practices. The Yin (referring to passive reflective) is a combination of actual Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga. This emphasizes postures practiced in a static way where poses are held for longer periods of time to increase flexibility while working on deep release and mindful release.

 

This integrated approach looks at all these elements in the context of a flow practice. Students who attend the course range from those with a power yoga background, to students who are looking for the in-depth knowledge of an alignment-based yoga practice, to students who come to yoga because of the breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation of a more restorative yoga practice.

 

We encourage our trainees to create classes with different percentage of Yang vs Yin by taking into account the population they are teaching and the needs of the students. More Yang creates heat in the body and pushes one’s edges in an active way in terms of active flexibility, strength and endurance. More Yin or Restorative Yoga facilitates greater release and a deeper sense of mindfulness and breath in order to guide one into greater flexibility and healing.

 

Trainees learn how yoga is not just a fitness class but is also in the modality of the healing arts. As such, we demonstrate how breathing, mindfulness, and stress reduction help students to integrate mind, body, and soul. Mindfulness is understood from either a non-Hindu, neutral perspective or from Jewish teachings.

 

What makes our course unique is that we are a supportive & comfortable environment for Jewish women to train in yoga since we honour our own jewish tradition as the core of our identity. Hinduism or an eastern spiritual framework is not at the core of our yoga practice. Our program is also comfortable for women of all ethnicities who honour the benefits of yoga while not feeling the need to be guided religiously in an eastern religious path.

 

HOW MUCH YOGA EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?

Women of all yoga and fitness levels and backgrounds have attended our course and there is no official prerequisite to join. That being said, KinneretYoga will assess each student’s level and may suggest to less experienced students that they take 24 hours of documented yoga class participation at some point throughout the year with a yoga instructor of your choice. We will provide you with a worksheet that helps you document these hours and process the learning from these hours.

At KinneretYoga, we believe that developing and maintaining an ongoing yoga practice is an essential component to becoming a quality yoga instructor. Refining one’s practice and teaching skills is a never-ending process, even for the most advanced practitioners and instructors. While these hours are not counted towards the 200 hours required by Yoga Alliance, they will be strongly recommended for students who need their own practice strengthened.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TEACH YOGA PROFESSIONALLY WITH THIS CERTIFICATION?

Yes. KinneretYoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Graduates receive a 200-hour certificate of training from KinneretYoga, which allows them to join Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher. In Israel, graduates can also join the Israeli Yoga Association. In addition, students who graduate from the course can apply for personal professional liability insurance.

IS THE COURSE MOSTLY THEORETICAL OR IS THERE A PRACTICAL COMPONENT?

Every workshop starts with a personal yoga practice lead by the instructor. The rest of the day is a balance between theoretical ideas around teaching yoga and the practical physical application of these ideas. Trainees do learning and practice in partners, small groups, and with the whole class. The volunteer teaching practicum allows trainees to practice-teach on people outside of the course.

WHAT IS KINNERETYOGA'S SPIRITUAL PHILOSOPHY IN RELATION TO YOGA'S MINDFULNESS?

KinneretYoga emphasizes and encourages mindfulness and breathing techniques to enhance one’s yoga practice.
KInneretYoga does not impose any one religious doctrine or philosophy upon our students, therefore, in our Yoga and Judaism discussion students of other faiths, may opt out of this class and replace it with a number of other topics.
KinneretYoga sees the art and science of yoga as an ancient yet evolving system that can optimize a person’s well-being, and therefore does not feel that there needs to be a Hindu religious component to it.
KinneretYoga strongly encourages every woman to embrace, develop and deepen her commitment to her own background and philosophy and therefore sees this individual emphasis as one of the core components which makes our program unique and powerful, and contributes to the high caliber and unique teaching styles of the women we train.

WHAT IF 200 HOURS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME IN MY LEARNING TO BE A YOGA TEACHER?

Two hundred hours is designated by Yoga Alliance as what a yoga teacher needs in order to begin teaching yoga as a qualified instructor. Also it is the required hours a student needs to get liability insurance. KinneretYoga does offer continuing education workshop hours for our alumni which students can attend once the graduate. However, if students wish to extend their training hours beyond 200 hours and receive more certifications, there are a number of programs that require students to have a 200 hour certificate. So once our course is complete trainees can seek further education.

CAN I TAKE THE COURSE IF I DO NOT LIVE IN ISRAEL, NEW YORK, OR TORONTO?

KinneretYoga offers an international option that allows a trainee to take one of our summer intensive programs and then take their part 2 follow up program from anywhere in the world. Click Here For More Info .

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