Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to be interested in the Elements to benefit from the course?

A: This course is based in an Elemental approach as it is pivotal to all yoga philosophy, however the curriculum is both traditional and Elemental. You will learn how to be a good yoga teacher and how you chose to focus that is not an ambition we bring to our students. Our role is to open the doors to yoga teaching, and our experience tells us that the Elemental approach is both universal and easily learnt. There are many subjects outside this approach in the training.

Q: Are all course materials and books provided for the training?

A: No. You will need to purchase the books from the required reading list. What we provided is a Swara Yoga Manual, Energy Systems Manual and an Ayurvedic Nutrition Manual. The rest you can buy in a bookstore or even better www.amazon.com. We have a small library during every training, which you can use for consultation of several of these yoga books.

Q: Do I need to bring all the books that I purchase from the required reading list?

A: No. These books are for you to read before the training. However if there is one book that you can bring to the training is Light on Yoga. All the other books are for you to use as a future reference.

Q: What about the suggested reading?

A: They are simply books that we find interesting and are relevant to some of the interest subjects like Ayurveda or great writings that can help you in your self development process.

Q: What does it mean that we will attend the training in an “ashram style environment”?

A:  For every training we use a retreat center where we conduct the training away from noise, pollution or any distractions. It is a space where you can immerse in yourself, your training and your yoga. There is also beautiful nature around so that you can use some of your free time in peace and quiet. We run our courses  with similar rules that we experienced in the ashrams where we have trained.

Q: After the training do I get any kind of support?

A: Yes, we encourage every student to write us if they have any questions, doubts or simply to share how are they integrating the course in their lives. As you will see in this intensive courses, everyone has a  sense of family by the end, so we encourage an on going communication with the school and between themselves. We invite all your questions and take the time to help you develop your skills in your community.

Q: Is a yoga teacher training a life changing experience?

A: With no doubts, YES! In an intensive training like the Swara Yoga TTC, we are asking you to spend most of your day in full awareness of your personal journey, 5 to 6 hours a day on the mat, 3 to 4 hours in open style  lectures, supported by an Ayurvedic diet and meditation. The course offers you the time to be  observing yourself individually and within a group. How well you apply yourself to this opportunity determines how significant are the changes you will experience.  One of our recent graduates honestly said ” If I knew in advance what I was coming for, I probably would have not signed up, but now that I am here, I cannot imagine continuing living my life without doing this kind of work on myself”. The course is challenging, but all the support you need is available during and after the training.

As much as we train our students to be good yoga teachers, our focus is to spiritually unfold the potential in each individual by keeping it real, relevant and compassionate at the same time.

Q: Do I need to be an experienced Yogi?

A: You do not to be an advanced practicioner to come and do the training. We are open to receive any students as long as they have the clear intention to come and work honestly with themselves during the training. There is really no other way for being a good yoga teacher, than doing your “homework” first. Just be prepared that you will spend many hours a day on the mat, if you don´t practice yoga regularly (at least 3 times a week), you might want to consider preparing yourself for a minimum of 2 to 3 months before attending the TTC. For us what is important is your motivation to come and do the training, independently of your level of practice.

Q: I have been teaching yoga for many years, would I benefit from your TTC?

A: Yes. Our unique elemental approach to yoga combined with practical ayurvedic medicine and nutrition, is the reason why so many teachers are attracted to study with us. Once they complete the training they realize they can bring their teaching to another new level and even start therapeutical personal yoga programs for their students.

Q: Do I need to speak English to attend the course?

A: Yes. The whose course is taught in English so you will need to have a good understanding of English language for all lectures, homeworks, etc.. Jai and Sofia also speak fluent Portuguese and Spanish, so eventually they can help if these are one of your mother tongues, but as a requirement for the course you will need to have a good understanding of the language you are being taught.

Q: Do I get an Yoga Alliance qualification in the end?

A: Yes. Initially you will get a Swara Yoga Certificate that will enable you to register with Yoga Alliance. They provide the qualification by registering you with their organisation, though a certificate is not issued. Our school is a certified Yoga Alliance School, meaning that our teaching program is approved by the Yoga Alliance and our graduates can register with them as RYS200 (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours).

Q: But what is the Yoga Alliance anyway and do I need to register with them?

A: Yoga Alliance is an International certifying body that was created with the intent of recognizing standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the world are requiring their teachers to register with Yoga Alliance, as a way of keeping a good standard of teaching. The same happens with several insurance companies when it comes to insure yoga teachers. For more information please consult www.yogaalliance org.

Q: What is the maximum of students you take per training?

A: We do not take more than 18 students per training. We believe in personal attention for each student both in the classroom (adjustments, explanations, etc.) and outside of the training, when we provide also some holistic counseling when difficulties arise. This is just not  possible when you have big groups, so we like to keep it small and personal.