• modular training = maximum of flexibility 
  • state recognition = quality and government aid 
  • international trainer team = experience and authenticity 
  • individual coaching = personal and practical 
  • small groups = intensive training support 

Explain to me and I shall forget. Show me and I shall remember. Let me do and I shall understand.“ 
– Konfuzius

To train as a yoga teacher is one thing foremost: the deep rooting of your own prctice. 

During our modular teacher training you will experience utter transformation in body and mind that will leave an imprint- not only if you are teaching later on. Exeeding the International standarts you will be given further elements that enrich your everyday life as much as your teaching. 

The teacher training takes one month alltogether (divided into two modules of 2 weeks each) and includes the classical curriculum of a 200 HRS training, plus content that is especially given during the be better YOGA Teacher Training. (see „Training content“) 

be better has been recognized as Health Education Provider of German Senat Quality Standarts. Thus German residents can apply for Educational Leave at their work place and apply for State educational bonus up to 1000,- euros per Training. 

We are convinced by our programm. Convince yourself by testing us.

To give you the opportunity to try our training before committing to a full course, we have created the option to join for one week per module. 

Our "Intensive Retreat"

Called „Intensive Retreat“ this week allows you to experience the intense diving into asana practice, anatomy and philosophy classes and meditation without having to take the exam. Of course in this case you will not receive a certificate. But if you decide to take the full training during your stay, you can change plans and stay for the full time. Actually, this happens in most cases … ; ) 

be better is recognized!

State recognition

The be better YOGA Teacher Training is officially recognized by the Senat to offer Health Education. Thus you can apply for Educational Leave during work.

State Educational Bonus

Each module is supported with up to 500,- Euros from the German State Educational Bonus Program. Find out how to apply.

Recognized – by Yoga Alliance

Our be better YOGA Advanced Retreats are recognized as „Yoga Alliance Continuous Education Program” and can be certified as 50 HRS Continuing Education.

Certified – by Yoga Alliance

Our be better YOGA Teacher Trainings are recognized after “Yoga Alliance Education Standards” and will be certified as 200 HRS YTTC after successful completion.

Curriculum of our be better YOGA Teacher Training

You can start our training with module A as well as module B. Both modules are to be done in your chosen sequence. There will be closed curriculi as well as seperate exams, so you have a maximum of flexibility in chosing how much time and money you can invest in one year. 

Module A of our teacher training will take place from April 29th to Mai 11th 2019 in Berlin at beautiful Griebnitz Lake. Module B2019 will take place there as well from September 16thto 27th 2019.

 

Training Content

The curriculum of the be better YOGA Teacher Training 

meets the international 200 HRS standarts.

To offer as many people as possible the chance to take part in this training, we have split it into two modules of 2 weeks each. Thus even people with a regular job can do it and still make a real yogic experience of deep, ongoing practice. 

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 Hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 75 hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 50 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

2. Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 15 hours*
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 10 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.

  • Teaching styles.

  • Qualities of a teacher.

  • The student learning process.

  • Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal).

*Special Requirement: A maximum of five hours related to the business aspects of teaching yoga may be counted towards the Yoga Alliance Contact Hours requirements for this category.

The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category:


Example Techniques, Training and Practice Topics 


Example Teaching Methodology Topics 

The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.

Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.

Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.

Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles.

Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 20 Hours*

Minimum Contact Hours: 10 hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

*Special Requirements: A minimum of five of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 20 hours*
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)

  • Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma

  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community

  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

*Special Requirements: A minimum of 2 of the above Contact Hours must be spent on ethics for yoga teachers.

5. Practicum: 10 Hours

Minimum Contact Hours: 5 hours*
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 5 hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).*

  • Receiving and giving feedback.

  • Observing others teaching.**

  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

*Special Requirement: Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

**Evaluation or observation of yoga classes outside of the RYS Teacher Training constitutes Non-Contact Hours.

Remaining Contact Hours and Elective Hours:

The Standards detailed above ensure that all trainees of a RYS 200 receive training and instruction in five Educational Categories for at least 180 hours with 125 hours of those being Contact Hours. Any remaining required curriculum contact and Non-Contact Hours (totaling 200 hours in all) are to be distributed among the five Educational Categories, but the hours may be allocated at the discretion of each RYS based on their training’s focus.

Total Hours: 200 Hours

Total minimum Contact Hours: 180 hours
Total minimum Contact Hours with Lead Trainer(s): 65 hours