How do I apply to the Prajna Yoga teacher training program and when will I know if I have been accepted?

You’ll need to fill out an application for the program and within one week of receiving your application we will  make a determination regarding your acceptance. You will be notified by email or phone when we have received your application. Or you may call the Prajna office at 505-988-5248. Once you have been accepted into the program you may register for one or more of the sessions or workshops by sending in a $250 deposit.

Is there a required reading list, and are books included in the price of the training?

Tias has a recommended reading list for the 200 Hour and for the 500 Hour Teacher Training Program.

These books and materials are not included in the price of the training and you will have to acquire these materials on your own. They are available from book stores or from on-line booksellers like amazon.com or you can borrow them from libraries.

Your student manual, which you receive on the first day of class, is included in the price of the training.

What qualifications must I meet to be accepted into the program?

We strongly recommend that applicants have one year of consistent asana practice and are relatively comfortable practicing urdhva dhanurasana. The Teacher Training programs include a two-hour asana practice. If you are new to yoga, this would not be an appropriate program to participate in. You will not benefit from learning yoga basics while simultaneously learning how to teach. However, if you have a regular yoga practice, you may be more ready than you think. Keep in mind this program is not only for aspiring teachers, but people who want to deepen their practice.

To qualify for one of our Teacher Training Programs, you must complete an application. Each application will be individually reviewed for past experience and background in yogic studies. If there are specific health concerns, they will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

Prajna Yoga offers a limited number of partial scholarships each year to prospective students with exceptional circumstances. For a partial scholarship, we offer up to 10% discount off the full tuition in exchange for 20 hours of a work-exchange position. Positions range from being an office assistant, to helping with props, marketing projects and landscaping. To apply for a scholarship, please email a letter explaining your circumstances and your request with your application. Spaces are very limited and not guaranteed to be available for every session.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200 Hour Teacher Training Program?

With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, you will receive a Letter of Completion and the Prajna Yoga 200 Hour Certificate evidencing your training at the 200 Hour Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200 Hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, etc. with private clientele (friends and family).

Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 500 Hour Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge and style as a yoga instructor. The 500 Hour curriculum builds on the material presented in the 200 Hour training. This training is a thorough professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It rounds out and solidifies a teacher’s complete education. Once a student has successfully completed 500 hours, they are eligible to receive the Prajna Yoga 500 Hour Certificate and are able to apply for the Yoga Alliance certificate.

What is the Yoga Alliance?

In 1999 Yoga Alliance organized to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500 Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal or an absolute requirement for teaching yoga but being a Yoga Alliance registered teacher adds credibility to your teaching credentials. Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Certification offers the added benefit of a listing on their website and the recognition of a national certifying body. 

What is Prajna Yoga’s Financial Policy?

Please read before purchasing any events with Prajna Yoga, we have a firm financial policy.

  • A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit or full payment is due at time of registration.
  • If a deposit was placed, the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the first day this event.
  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start of any event, will receive a refund credit to your internal Prajna Yoga account, on any amount paid minus the non-refundable/non-transferable deposit.
  • No refunds or credits within 30 days of the event.
  • Account credits can only be used for events at Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe.
  • All retail sales are final.