Welcome to your Kunga Yoga Lifestyle & Teacher Training!
Below you will find information to prepare you for the training before day one. This information is designed to help you get started on your journey, but don’t worry, you will receive even more detailed information once the training begins!
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Every day of the training will involve some lecture, a lengthy practice, and usually some practice teaching. That’s right, you’ll be teaching each other from day 1! The practices will become more challenging as the training continues, but Ahimsa, non-harming, is the word of the day. Participation is expected in order to receive your certificate, but as long as you are in the room, wide awake, and taking in the information, that counts as participation in our book!
WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED?
All items below can be purchased online through websites such as Amazon.
- Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
- Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
- Diet for a New America by John Robbins
- Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras interpreted by Georg Feurstein
- Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
- The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
- Yoga & Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon
- The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein
- A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
- Deeper Dimension of Yoga by Georg Feurstein
- Yoga Mat
- 2 blocks
- 1 strap
- 1 blanket
- White top (to wear on graduation day)
- Hot Yoga rug if you tend to slip on your mat
WHAT TO BRING?
- Required student forms on the first day of training
- Change of clothes (you will practice every day, so it’s nice to have a clean change of clothes to change into!)
- Yoga mat
- Required props
- Water (closed top water bottles only please!)
- Training Manual (you will receive this on your first day!). You will use this every training day so please bring it with you to each session.
- Notebook/Journal and pen
- 1 nametag for you to wear daily – you will be issued on Day 1 and will be responsible for using it for the remainder of the training. Wear this daily on your mat so that all teachers may see your name.
- Any daily homework assignments.
You do NOT need to bring your other required texts every day, only your YLTT manual and notebook/journal. However, it is helpful to have your Key Muscles of Yoga to follow along with during the afternoon Anatomy Posture Clinics if you wish.
There will be a specific prop and book needs on days throughout the training. Additional details on these needs will be announced at the end of each day.
WHAT CAN I DO DURING TRAINING?
Two of your homework assignments include observing or taking classes with any Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) to fulfill the remaining contact hours needed to complete your training. You may take or observe these classes either before or after your training day so that you complete this project over the course of your training. You can choose to take or observe classes here with our teachers or elsewhere with an RYT outside the days of your training.
**Immersion students please disregard the observation homework assignments. You will learn more about this during your immersion training.**
All teacher trainees taking trainings at Village Yoga will receive a free 10-class pass (a $130 value) beginning on the start date of their training. This pass will be available for your use up to 1 month after the end date of your training. If you are paying for a membership with Village Yoga, that membership fee will be put on hold until you have used your 10-class pass.
WHAT ARE THE HOMEWORK PROJECTS?
Reminder: You will receive MUCH more detailed information on each of these projects during the training. This is an overview so that you know what to expect and so you can get a jumpstart on a few things if you would like!
- Taking/Observing Classes Project – You will be required to observe a certain number of classes with RYTs and fill out an observation form with your top observation for each class. This can be done during the course of the training before or after your training day, as mentioned above, or can be done prior to the homework deadline, 9 months from the start date of your training**Immersion students please disregard the observation homework assignments. You will learn more about this during your immersion training.**
- Kunga Yoga Teaching Project – You will teach 5 classes to the underserved population of your choice. These must be free classes, but the population you teach is 100% up to you! It can be your mom, a homeless shelter, your friends, or anywhere in between! We recommend that you do not start this project until after you have begun practice teaching in your training so that you know how to sequence the class and are familiar with teaching a group.
- Living Yoga Book Report Project – You will read and write book reports on your experience of the following three required books:
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Diet for a New America by John Robbins
This is a great project to get working on prior to the start date of the training. These books provide the foundation of much of the theory and mission of our training. They are referenced throughout the training, so the more familiar you are with them the deeper your understanding will be. That being said, if you are unable to read them prior to the training you have until the homework deadline, 9 months from the start date of your training, to complete the project.
- Personal Sadhana Practice Hours – During your training and completion of the above projects, attendance at a minimum of 20 yoga classes is required by the time you turn in your projects. It is very important that you have a strong personal practice and commitment to your mat if you wish to teach others.
- Completed open-book test. This will be included in your manual, which you will receive on the first day of your training.
- A personal vision/mission statement and an overview of your goals. This will be reviewed during your teacher training and you will have time to work on this with the support of your leaders.
All Kunga Yoga Homework Projects (book reports, observing + teaching) outside of your training schedule will be required for your Kunga Yoga Certification. These projects are due nine months after the first day of your training program. Projects turned in after nine months will be accepted with an extension fee of $250. Projects turned in after one year will only be accepted with approval from teacher training coordinator and may require a retesting fee. These projects are detailed in your YLTT manual and all projects will be reviewed with you in detail during your training. Please save your certification questions for our review together.
Your most important homework is getting on your mat and practicing/reviewing what you learn, and being very familiar with every chapter in your entire manual, as well as the required reading. We encourage you to read the manual fully during your first week if you can so that you may use your time in class for questions that are non-repetitive, or for topics that you would like to learn more about. We also highly encourage you to take time from work and other obligations as much as possible to allow yourself quiet time at night to rejuvenate before the next day of training. Our training days are expansive, long, and full, so we highly recommend that your downtime is for resting and quiet activities. Abhyanga (ayurvedic self-massage) is highly recommended at night due to the physical nature of your program.
WHAT IF I NEED TO MAKE UP HOURS?
No problem! We understand that even the most committed student still has a life outside of teacher training. Regardless of the reason for your absence, even in the case of a medical emergency, in order to graduate you will need to complete all contact hours in the training. If you miss any hours you can make them up by doing private sessions covering similar material with our faculty, or the programs director may allow you to make up the hours by attending one of our workshops that covers similar material. All make-up hours, regardless of the reason for the absence, require an additional cost, but we make every attempt to find the most economical way for you to make up your hours.
WHEN DOES MY KUNGA SERVICE START?
Congratulations and thank you! Your service to the Kunga mission has already begun. Every payment for our Kunga teacher trainings feeds all the girls in the orphanage for an entire week.
Respect the Space:
*Cell phones must be off while you are in the studio. All phone calls should be taken outside the yoga studio. Do not bring your phone into the training space.
*No food is to be eaten in the studio.
*Be kind to the rest of your group and arrive 15 minutes early so that we can start on time! (attendance policy to be reviewed during training)
*All water bottles must have a closed lid on them to prevent spillage.
PEOPLE TO KNOW:
Katie Kennis 500RYT 200ERYT, Co-Owner of Village Yoga and Kunga Faculty Leader
Jessica Moody 500RYT 200ERYT, Co-Owner of Village Yoga and Kunga Faculty Leader
Charlee Ulmer 200RYT, Village Yoga Studio Manager
Ali Callahan 200RYT, Executive Director of Wilmington Yoga Center
Kristin Cooper 500ERYT, Kunga School Founder
Jessica Bichler 500ERYT, Yoga School Manager at Wilmington Yoga Center
Heather Metzler 500ERYT
Jamie Annette 500RYT
Kunga Teaching Assistant
Keegan White, 500ERYT
Noelle Whittington 500ERYT