World’s Premiere Interactive Online Yoga Teacher Training
Unlock the Power of Your Inner Teacher.
Beyond anatomy and asana, learn my hard-won and award-winning business strategies. Understand how to succeed as a certified yoga teacher in the digital age, whether you plan to teach online or in the studio. I am committed to YOUR success.
Within the Hatha/Vinyasa tradition, embrace the perspective that I endorse — every body is unique. I want to help *you* uncover your own personal teaching style. That’s why this is the most personal, high-touch, interactive yoga course online. I want to connect with YOU!
The best teachers draw from a strong sense of purpose. Helping you achieve YOUR destiny is what drives me. I’ll be supporting you in my training to discover what’s most meaningful to YOU — on the mat and in your life.
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DECIDING TO TRAIN ONLINE
Why train online?
THE PERKS OF ONLINE
TONS of FLEXIBILITY
Learn at YOUR own pace
When I completed my yoga teacher training, I struggled ‘big time’ with scheduling. I worked my guts out at a full-time job while attending classes on the weekends and at night. It was exhausting (and really not yogic at all).
I would have loved to have access to class materials and lectures from the comfort of my home or mobile phone (especially so I could watch and replay them anytime I wanted)
Three of my favorite words are:
And that’s what this training is all about.
Yes, there will be structure as to how we move through the material. But there also will be freedom within that structure to skip ahead, slow down or (literally) pause or press rewind. I embrace your in-person questions.
The Uplifted™ program is all about enriching YOUR life while offering you the most flexibility possible.
As someone who has completed Yoga Teacher Training online, I know the level of connectedness, learning, and transformation that can happen, even in a remote group. I was blown away by how enjoyable and intimate the experience turned out to be and still draw on that experience as I teach today.Val Geisler
Transform inside and out
The tools and insights you’ll gain in my training will ignite a spark that will radiate through your whole life. In the studio. Beyond the studio. You are transformed.
Immerse yourself in the power of the science and spirituality of yoga, supported by a group of like-minded peers
Embrace the opportunity to be a positive force for your students and within your circle of family and friends
Cut through difficult situations with grace, confidence and clarity, in the studio and in the world
Thanks to technology, anyone, anywhere, can become a yoga teacher. But you want to do it with a teacher you trust, whose values you embrace, with high-quality certification.
I’m SO excited you’re considering this path, with me as your guide…
I’ve done both a local in-person YTT and Brett’s online YTT (as a Bridge student). Brett’s YTT has an AMAZING module on how to GET yoga teaching jobs as well as how to teach online (very unique portion of YTT). I can’t recommend the training highly enough. Brett Larkin is truly revolutionizing the online YTT experience.Bec H.
6 PILLARS THAT SET Uplifted’s™ TRAINING APART IN TERMS OF QUALITY, CONVENIENCE AND CERTIFICATION:
1. Interactive Online Yoga Teacher Training
The Uplifted™ education is the most high-touch online yoga certification that exists. “Interactive” is not just filling out an online quiz or messaging on Facebook. Together, we’re on live video conference for over 3 hours each week.
These weekly video calls with me (and one another) bond us together as a group. Dive deeper into the material. Get your questions answered. Help one another.
In Uplifted™, you become part of a community. This is a global network of inspiring friends and colleagues. You’ll look to each other and call upon each other, long after completion of your teacher training. Current grads have visited together, vacationed together and collaborated professionally together.
Since I’ll be certifying and featuring you as an Uplifted™ instructor and mentor, it’s essential we get to know one another. This is why class space, despite this being an ‘online’ training, is so limited.
2. Yoga BEYOND the Mat
My passion is infusing yoga into every aspect of your daily life.
My goal is to help people use the ancient science of yoga and yoga tradition to solve modern problems.
The Uplifted™ training will equip you to meet students “where they are” in terms of their physical ability (with lots of anatomical expertise). Beyond that, the course will empower you to move through your own life in a way that feels centered and aligned with YOUR values.
Yes, I’ll be offering you my yoga method, my insights, my wisdom. I’ll also create constant awareness that no “one size fits all.” I want YOU to uncover your own inner teacher and unique style.
Uplifted™ training is all about giving you the tools to be uniquely you.
3. Focus on the In-Demand Field of Fascia
Fascia is the interconnective tissue that runs through your whole body like a giant 3D spider web. It’s what all your muscles and cells live in, and is often referred to as “the missing link in modern medicine.”
What I LOVE about fascia is that it takes into account the whole body. It also has a deep anatomical and metaphysical philosophy of its own.
While other trainings focus only on yoga, Uplifted™ includes specific fascia modules. This includes an exclusive session with me and Tom Myers, who is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on fascia.
All this is a bonus to enhance your ability to teach, treat and heal the whole person.
4. Anatomy Meets the Subtle Body
Beyond learning the names of muscles and bones, anatomy expert Kristin Leal and I will be integrating anatomical knowledge into the dimension of the subtle body: the chakras, the koshas, the bhandas.
This training marries the scientific and the spiritual. You’ll graduate with a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy *and* how it ties back to ancient yogic philosophy.
This is a truly holistic approach.
5. Meditation Matters
Many yoga Teacher Trainings barely scratch the surface of meditation.
My belief: Awareness of breath transforms the theory of yoga into reality. It is water to a seed. Controlled breath ignites physical, mental and spiritual transformation. Control of the breath leads to meditation. And to me, meditation in yoga is PARAMOUNT.
Not only will I be covering in detail every pranayama (breathing technique) that I know, but you’ll be experimenting with them in our live calls. You’ll develop and create your own personal meditation practice. This can evolve into your own signature meditation that you can teach to others as you incorporate yoga and mindfulness into your yoga classes.
6. Be Your Own Boss
When enrolled in yoga Teacher Training, the words “job,” “income,” or (heaven forbid) “social media” were never mentioned in our classes.
“Money” as a concept was ignored completely by our teachers.
Uplifted™ is different! I completely understand that many of you yearn to earn from teaching yoga. So did I! I’ll share tales from the trenches of how to teach and make money. Take note: If you’re interested in teaching yoga as a profession, you’ve also just signed up to become an entrepreneur.
This holds true whether you choose to teach locally, online or run your own studio or retreats.
As a yoga teacher, you must be savvy about how you spend your time and build your income.
I won’t hold anything back as I share my journey and what it took to grow my passion for yoga into a thriving business. In fact, my yoga business surpassed my high-salaried tech day job in a span of two years. You’ll get all my up-to-the-minute tips, tools and techniques for both the studio and online worlds.
Meditation Techniques and Teaching
Uplifted™ Body Reading - A 3D approach
Inside the Yoga Sutras
Injury Management & Modifications
Yoga, Money, Business!
Social Media Marketing for Facebook & Instagram
Cardiovascular & Nervous System
Sanskrit - An Instrument of Yoga
Sequencing & Finding Your Voice
Waivers, Taxes & Getting Insured
Studio Classes vs Private Clients
Pranayama Techniques and Teaching
The Fascia & Body Reading
Science of Ayurveda
Tantra, Nadis & the Gunas
Chakras & Subtle Body Systems
Online Gameplan & Technical Training
Grounding & Energy Management
The caliber of students Brett attracts is world-class. I never want our YTT live calls to end. This isn’t your typical virtual training – Brett has truly created a studio experience online.
This has been challenging, inspiring, motivating, and all around wonderful. Buckle up, this is a ride, but one that is 100% worth it.Nicole W.
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In addition to flexibility, one major benefit to training online is you have lifetime access to the material. Go back and review it several times during the training or several years later. Another is that we have a very diverse group, more than you’d get in a local YTT, and it’s awesome to see the different perspectives. Also, Brett is amazing, and I decided I’d rather have her as a teacher than some of my local YTT options. I think it’s really important to really know and believe in the person doing your training.Elaine H.
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The Uplifted™ Teacher Training Course content will be delivered in an approachable, fun style via videos, audio lectures, written PDFs and live calls.
I’ll make sure it’s available on every device.
What is deeply rewarding — for me and for you — is that we’ll get to know each other well. You will get personalized and supportive feedback tailored to YOU.
Students tell me what they like most about practicing with me is the combination of precise instruction with compassionate support. I’ll be with you every step of the way in this rewarding journey of achieving certification.
My Personal Feedback
High-Quality Streaming Videos
Live calls ensure we connect as a supportive and motivating group, review the material in-person, and enable me to answer each of your questions personally.
These live calls happen on Zoom – an online, interactive video-sharing platform (if you’re an Uplifted™ member, you’ve used this before). We request that YTT students do their best to be live at one of the three live calls offered each week, even though replays are always provided.
In these live lessons, we’ll be supporting one another in reviewing poses. This enhances our understanding of yoga’s alignment and builds our community.
I believe there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to alignment. I honor each person’s uniqueness.
To me, it’s essential that we look at as many bodies and real-world examples as possible to help one another personalize our practice.
NOTE: For our training, you must be capable (and comfortable) taking photos of yourself in all basic yoga poses and posting them within our private YTT group.
The power of photos or video is an unparalleled tool in learning.
Photos just need to be clear, not pretty or slick, and can be taken with any smart phone. Lots of tips on how to do this will be provided.
To graduate, you must participate in live calls.
Assigned reading and written homework fuel your understanding of the principles we cover.
There is a final written online exam and practicum, after which you’ll earn your certification:
My busy and erratic schedule prevents me from being able to attend most traditional YTT courses. This training has allowed me to learn without sacrificing my ability to be present in other areas of my life.Ryan F.
Sample of Time Commitment & Schedule
Sample Week A:
- WATCH 2 hours of video content
- PARTICIPATE in one of three, 90-min live calls
- READ & REVIEW materials for 45-minutes
Sample Week B:
- LISTEN to 2 hour audio lecture
- PARTICIPATE in one of three, 90-min live calls
- PRACTICE & UPLOAD 5 poses for asana review – 45-minutes
Commitment: 8-10 hours a week. Remember if you fall behind or can’t complete the training at the pace of the group, you still have 18-months to move through the material at your own pace and graduate.
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Included online are detailed trainings on how to:
Get your first studio jobs
Score private and corporate clients
Create a basic website
Build an online presence
Optimize your social media
Run email marketing campaigns to fill your programs
The Bridge Program is for Students Who Already Hold a 200-Hour Certification from Another Yoga School
The Bridge Program is for those of you who already ARE yoga teachers.
You’ll receive everything from the Yoga Teacher Training – all the anatomy, subtle body systems, myofascial release and business materials – at a reduced rate as someone who’s already completed a 200-hour program.
Upon completion, you’ll receive six 20-hour certificates that count toward your Yoga Alliance continuing education.
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In my first YTT, we did not have the chance to really explore postures and alignment in depth. This online training is just so awesome because we have the ability to really freeze-frame and analyze alignment. LOVE it!Amanda P.
Brett’s YTT Manual is an amazing document. The Asana pages are priceless! The Myofascial Release and Body Reading information is helping me so much in cueing individual students.
As a Bridge student, I needed the further training even more than I realized!
Brett is a gifted and dedicated teacher who works tirelessly to enable her students to learn! (I am a career teacher; I do not say that lightly.)
With this YTT and the quality of the students Brett attracts, SUCCESS is guaranteed.Ellen J.
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In pursuing Yoga Teacher Training with me, you truly become part of my family. That means I’m going to do everything I can to help you succeed. This is a comprehensive program, beyond the scope of traditional YTT in a studio. Receive customized feedback from me, daily interaction, and a supportive online community.
Together, let’s embrace the next step on your yoga journey.
Nothing is more rewarding than to see your students blossom in their yoga practice. Their fulfillment becomes your fulfillment – this is the powerful blessing of becoming a certified yoga teacher.
I look forward to unlocking the power of your own inner teacher. I am so excited to get to know you better on this amazing journey — together.
From my heart to yours,
Brett Larkin, E-RYT 200, CYT 500
Brett teaches to a global audience where her classes are streamed for over 4 million minutes each month. She offers yoga and meditation as a tool to ignite your best life and open into your full potential. Her students hail her precise cues, compassionate support and warm sense of humor. She has twenty-five years of ballet and modern dance training, and is Ballet Barre certified. Brett is also a Massage Therapist specializing in myofascial release and unwinding. In her IT career, Brett created movement and dance videogames. She co-founded and sold two successful health & wellness businesses before developing Uplifted™ Yoga. She’s taught yoga in studios and at Silicon Valley’s hottest companies. In 2016, she won Youtube’s NextUp award as one of the top emerging yoga channels on Youtube. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Kristin Leal, Master Anatomist
Kristin’s in love with how esoteric anatomy links so effortlessly to Western anatomy, and her MetaAnatomy™ trainings blend serious scientific knowledge with a sense of humor and a deep connection to the divine within us all. As the creator of the Kaya Yoga 200- and 300-hour teacher training, she’s certified over 1,000 yoga teachers since 2005. Kristin also holds certifications in Reiki, Thai massage, neuromuscular and myofascial release, and is a co-author of the book The Yoga Fan (2003) and the author of MetaAnatomy™ (2014).
Lesley Fightmaster, E-RYT 500
Meet Lesley who runs one of the largest, most successful yoga channels on Youtube with close to 500K subscribers. Lesley’s on the faculty of the YogaWorks teacher training department and co-teaches modules on Restorative, PreNatal, finding your voice, and business success.
World-renowned myofascial authority Tom Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance, and has also produced over 15 DVDs on Fascial Release Technique and the applications of fascial research. He’s studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. Tom has practiced integrative manual therapy for over 40 years.
Sahara Rose (Ayurveda module) is the best-selling author of the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda (Penguin Random House) and has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She is a Certified Ayurvedic, Holistic and Sports Nutritionist, wellness blogger and host of the Highest Self Podcast, listed as top 7 podcasts by Yoga Journal.
Certified Yoga Teacher and digital marketer Kelly’s worked with amazing brands such as Lululemon, Hearst Magazines, Yogamatters, Propercorn and Kit & Ace to name a few. Learn from Kelly why you need a brand for your yoga business and how to easily create your own style guide and logo. Enjoy a step-by-step, 7 part video guide from Kelly on brand creation, included FREE as part of your online training.
Kassandra Reinhardt is one of the world’s leading online Yin Yoga instructors with more than 10 million views and 280,000 subscribers worldwide. Her book “Yin Yoga” was recently published by DK Books and has been nominated for the 2018 Big Book prize by Hearst Magazines. She instructs an incredible Yin Yoga module and shares the money mindset shifts that helped her achieve success in her business.
Powerhouse yoga teacher and graphic designer Erica’s authored Art of Attention with Elena Brower in 2012 and runs Chakra-based retreats around the globe. She speaks to us about the chakras, pranayama and finding the courage to teach.
Insurance specialists, Laura Binczak and Cole Rogers, co-teach a module on the legalities of yoga. Understand the nuances of liability, waivers, and yoga insurance. Launch your teaching career prepared, protected, and proficient in real world business concerns.
Who is this program for?
This online yoga teacher training program is for yoga students looking to deepen their practice, as well as those of you who are looking to teach yoga as a professional yoga instructor.
Do I have to be a certain level of yoga?
Being a good yoga instructor has nothing to do with being able to do fancy, complex inversions or arm balances. That being said, a solid personal practice in which you’re doing yoga regularly is required. Ideally, you love yoga and are practicing yoga postures daily, before this yoga instructor training even begins. Take a look at my monthly 2019 calendar that has a daily yoga routine designed to help you build your yoga practice right from home.
Do you have to have completed a certain amount of hours before this training?
No, this is a full 200-Hour level yoga instructor training and no prior training is required. This training course is for yogis who aspire to become a registered yoga teacher. To learn more about the different levels of certification, read my blog post about what is the difference between 200-, 300-, and 500-hour yoga teacher training programs.
What type of content will you learn in this program?
Opt to download the syllabus above which has a detailed week-by-week breakdown of everything that’s covered in my yoga teacher training courses. The curriculum includes content for both the philosophical and physical practice of yoga. This will include an in-depth study of the teachings of ancient yoga traditions, pranayama meditation, yoga asanas, and professional development. The curriculum is designed to improve your personal yoga practice as well as your teaching abilities, giving you a truly life-changing experience through this online yoga certification program.
Does it cover the business aspects of teaching?
Yes! There will be 10+ hours of business training with the option for additional mentorship from Brett, and/or the option to teach yoga or work within the Uplifted™ community. Once you complete the program, you will be able to proudly add it to your yoga instructor resume and start applying for teaching jobs with confidence.
How long does the training last?
Around 16 weeks (4 months) from start to finish.
What will the schedule look like?
The exact week-by-week schedule will be sent out two weeks prior to the training’s start date, but you can expect each week to have been 8 – 10 hours of teacher training commitments:
- 2 hours of video or audio lecture content assignments
- Three, 90-minute live calls (attendance required at one of the three)
- 30 minutes of at-home reading
Can I do this certification program with a full-time job?
Yes. In fact, this program is designed with full-time employees and parents in mind.
At what times exactly are the weekly live calls?
Below are the call times we’ve found work best for students all over the world. We request YTT students who are pursuing certification to be live at one of these three call times (so Monday, Wednesday or Saturday).
- Mondays @ 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST / 6:30pm GMT / 5:30am AEDT (Tuesdays)
- Wednesdays @ 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST / 12:30pm AEDT (Thursdays)
- Saturdays @ 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm GMT
Bridge students are encouraged, but not required, to be live. Replays of all live calls are always available. We understand you may need to miss some live calls due to vacations, illness or family commitments. Just do your best to be live as much as possible. This is what makes this program so unique and interactive, and helps you make lifelong friends with your fellow classmates!
Is it all online?
Yes, unless you chose to separately study with Brett in-person, everything is online via pre-recorded material and live, group video chat discussions. Unlike the majority on online teacher trainings you may explore, this is a high-touch, deeply interactive experience in which you are live with Brett and fellow students for 3+ hours each week.
Would the Yoga Teacher Training certification specify “online”?
No, your certification and diploma is a regular 200-Hour Certification and says nothing about being “online.” Keep in mind that weekly live attendance is required via our video calls in order to graduate. There is the option to conclude your online training with an in-person training or retreat if you would like to.
Is there a maximum number of students?
Yes, we close enrollment once the maximum number of students has been reached. This is to ensure individualized attention for each student.
How is the Bridge Program different from YTT ?
The Bridge Program is for those of you who already ARE yoga teachers. You’ll receive everything from the Yoga Teacher Training at a reduced rate as someone who’s already completed a 200-hour program. Bridge students move through the same content as YTT students and are able to own the Uplifted™ Yoga Teacher Training manual.
YTT students are required to participate in live calls and upload photos of their poses. For Bridge students, this participation is encouraged, but optional. YTT students are required to pass a final exam and practicum in order to graduate. Bridge may optionally take the exam to test their learning. Bridge students do not submit a practicum.
Note: Bridge students are required to submit proof of their 200-Hour diploma after signing up for the course. If you are currently enrolled in a YTT-200, you are eligible for the Bridge program is your YTT-200 is more than 50% complete by the time of the online training’s start date and can prove you are currently enrolled in a YTT-200 (proof of payment or letter of confirmation).
What system/other requirements are needed to participate?
- A webcam or smartphone with a camera
- A decent internet connection
- You will need to purchase the Uplifted™ Yoga Teacher Training manual and required reading books, in addition to the price of the program (less than $75). More information regarding this will be provided after registration.
- Proficiency in English, as all instruction and the final exam is given in English.
Can I complete the program on my iPad or other mobile devices?
Yes, you can use your iPad or other mobile devices to complete this the training.
Is there a course outline syllabus I can view?
Yes, enter your details here to be emailed the Uplifted™ Online Yoga Teacher Training course syllabus from last semester as a sample.
Can I preview the certification program and curriculum to see what it’s all about?
Yes, click here to get the brochure and see four sample videos from the training.
How to do I complete my final practicum? What do I need to do in order to graduate?
To graduate from the 200-Hour program you must: (1) Pass the online multiple choice exam (2) Complete a final teaching practicum by sending in a 20-min video of you teaching. Don’t worry if you’ve never filmed a yoga video before. We’ll guide and walk you through how to film your practicum, step-by-step.
Can I take this training while pregnant?
Yes! What a wonderful gift for you and your baby! If you would like to learn more about practicing yoga while pregnant and teaching methodology for prenatal yoga, then you might also enjoy our prenatal yoga training course. While this course does not provide a yoga instructor certification, it teaches you about the anatomy and physiology of yoga with respect to pregnancy.
Can I take this training if I have an injury?
If you are able to photograph yourself in most yoga asanas (yoga postures), then yes. Submitting modified versions of the poses is not only OK, but it’s also encouraged! However, if you can’t do any yoga at all, waiting for one of my future training courses is the best option. Being able to take and submit photos of yourself for review is an important part of the interactive experience in becoming a certified yoga instructor through this program.
What payment options do you accept?
You can pay with a credit card or PayPal. All pricing is listed in US dollars and payments will be automatically be converted to US dollars if you are paying with another currency.
Is the $300 deposit applied toward my tuition?
Yes! After placing your deposit, your spot in the training is secured. Right away, you’ll receive an email with next steps and links to either pay your balance in full or enroll in one of our interest-free payment plans.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes. Many students choose to enroll in our interest-free payment plan options. Please download the full training brochure above for tuition, dates and details, as well as information on our interest-free payment plans.
With all online yoga teacher training plans, your billing cycle will be based on your initial payment date. You can choose any date prior to the deadline. For example: if you choose the 7-month plan and submit your first payment on October 15th, the subsequent payments will process on the 15th of each following month.
Can you provide me with proof of tuition payment for my own business or tax purposes?
Of course! Good thinking! If you are already a yoga teacher or in a profession in which yoga certification could enhance your business (aka a massage practitioner, nutritionist or similar), your tuition could be tax deductible. Please check with your accountant.
What are your refund policies?
Your deposit holds your space in the training and is non-refundable. If you need to drop out for any reason, your deposit can be credited toward a future online training within 15 months from your date of purchase. See deferment policy below.
Tuition payments are 100% refundable (minus a $75 admin fee) 30+ days before the training start date. Within 30 days of the training start date, tuition payments are 100% refundable minus a $175 admin fee. Once training begins, course materials release, live calls start, and no refunds are issued. All refunds are made in USD and we are not liable for changes in exchange rates or foreign transaction fees. ANY non-refunded tuition payments can be credited to a future online teacher training within 15 months from your date of purchase (see deferment policy).
We cannot apply tuition credit to Uplifted™ membership payments, Pregnant & Powerful™ products, DVDs, journals or any other products other than teacher training. Your spot in teacher training is non-transferable, so cannot be used by any person other than you. Thank you for your understanding.
Note: In the unlikely event that Uplifted™ Yoga LLC cancels a training for any reason, a full refund, including the deposit, is issued.
What if I enroll, but then need to defer?
You may choose to defer your enrollment to the following training class anytime up to 30 days prior to the start of training. This is free of charge. Simply let us know via email.
Within 30 days of the start of training, enrollment has closed. We can no longer accept deferrals at this time.
If you do choose to defer within 30 days of the start of your training or after training has begun, access to any training materials will be revoked. You are welcome to re-enroll and join a future class for a $350 deferment fee. When the training you’ve chosen begins, access to your training course material will be reinstated.
Is this YTT ACE approved?
While not officially affiliated with ACE, past YTT students have successfully submitted this yoga teacher certification to count toward their ACE continuing education hours. If submitted properly, the training fulfills close to 2-years worth of ACE’s continuing education requirement. A great option for personal trainers and fitness instructors!
Is this YTT Yoga Alliance approved?
Brett’s in-person trainings are Yoga Alliance approved and is a Registered Yoga School – RYS-200 Yoga Alliance ID 197303. If you already have a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification, modules in this online training count toward your YA Continuing Education. This online training covers and far exceeds Yoga Alliance’s requirements in terms of material covered and hours of study, however, Yoga Alliance is still struggling with the online world, so defines “contact hours” to be in-person, as opposed to over webcam or distance learning.
If you feel the need to pay to register with Yoga Alliance, you must attend Brett’s Yoga Alliance approved in-person trainings for a full 65 contact hours with Brett and 180 contact hours in total.
Keep in mind, Yoga Alliance is a private, nonprofit entity that is optional for teachers to pay to join. Yoga Alliance is not sanctioned by any local, state, or federal government. Paying Yoga Alliance to be listed in their directory is not a requirement to get insurance or be legally protected while teaching yoga.
Unsure or undecided about Yoga Alliance?
We encourage you to do your own research on Yoga Alliance. Unlike professional accreditation organizations in other fields, YA openly adheres to a “social credentialing” model, meaning they do not actively ensure or check the quality of the studios or teachers they list. Members simply self-report their adherence to YA standards by little-scrutinized surveys and document submissions, and, of course, pay yearly fees. You can read about the controversy:
- Brett’s podcast on what “yoga certification” really means
Please explore the comments section to expose yourself to varying points of view.
“In my decade of teaching at over a half-dozen reputable studios and contract work for big companies, the words “Yoga Alliance Certification” were never a condition of being hired or even mentioned at all. I choose to contribute funds to YA since they work to advance pro-yoga legislation in our government. However, I do worry that YA capitalizes on less experienced practitioners and schools vying for credibility.”
This blog post puts it well, “None of your favorite teachers were hired because they’re an “RYT”. They were hired for their skill, character, professionalism and capacity to nurture and inspire.”
Can I teach with this yoga teacher certification?
Yes, you can teach privates, corporates, yoga studios, and obtain insurance (module on how to secure your insurance is included in the training) and/or start your own Youtube channel or online yoga business. You’ll also be featured as an Uplifted™ Yoga Teacher on Brett’s site featuring your bio, teaching schedule, and contact information. If you need a letter of recommendation from Brett for a particular teaching job, this can be provided.
This training program definitely prepares you for traditional yoga routes, but if you’d like to venture into teaching online courses, running your own yoga business, or learning how to market yourself as a yoga instructor, then check out my 300-hr yoga teacher training program where I teach you ALL of that!
Can I get yoga insurance?
Yes. Through our partnership with beYogi, which offers the best support and coverage in the yoga insurance industry, you even have the option to purchase a student policy right at the start of training.
How many years experience do you usually have before training?
Everyone is coming to yoga with a different background. The most important thing (more than time or years spent practicing) is your passion and dedication/commitment to your own personal practice of yoga. There are many factors to consider before you become a yoga instructor and your experience is only one of them.
What kind of ratio will we be looking at for time allotted to learning more about physical yoga practice/demo-ing, versus the business aspects of teaching?
Request the syllabus for a breakdown of what’s covered, week-by-week. The majority of our time will be spent covering anatomy, philosophy, reviewing one another’s yoga poses to practice teaching within the group. However, this training covers a significant amount on finding business success with yoga as well. This will include teaching methodology, how to market yourself as a yoga teacher, and where to find yoga students.
Will the teacher training program cover teaching any other parts of living a yogic lifestyle besides just leading physical classes?
Yes! This program has a heavy focus on meditation, pranayama breathing techniques, the fascial system, chakras, igniting your best life through yoga asana and bringing yoga philosophy into your daily life. We will focus on the ancient traditions of yoga, giving you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle. Not only will you deepen your personal yoga practice but you will also experience profound personal growth along the way.
What style or styles of yoga will be taught?
Alignment-based vinyasa flow with a focus on igniting your best self through the science of yoga. Strong emphasis on myofascial release, mindset, and translating yoga’s wisdom into our modern lives. This is yoga in the Hatha/Vinyasa tradition, which will not only help you improve your personal yoga practice, but will also help prepare you to teach many types of yoga. Your instructor certification will prepare you to teach Vinyasa yoga, yoga Nidra, Hatha yoga, Restorative Yoga, and more. It will provide a firm foundation for other, related types of yoga, such as Ashtanga yoga.
Will there be other faculty teaching the course work?
Yes. Kristin Leal author of Meta Anatomy™ co-teaches Anatomy with Brett. Several other guest experts who are beloved by Brett will present modules as well.
Is there help in finding your voice and own personal style?
“Yes! I’m not here to make you teach like me or embrace my methodology. I want to empower you to discover what makes YOU special.” – Brett Larkin
Are there books or other materials that aren’t included in the price?
Yes. Please budget $75 in total to acquire the Uplifted™ Teacher Training Manual and two required reading books. The literature will support both your teaching practice and your personal yoga practice. Whether you decide to teach yoga in a yoga studio or you’re simply looking to deepen your practice through this online yoga instructor course, these materials will support you.
Will there be a separate community created for everyone in the yoga certification program (like Yogahackers or Uplifted™)?
Yes! Yoga teacher trainees will have their own Facebook group that Brett also moderates heavily. We offer deep community support throughout your instructor certification program so that you can continue to learn and grow, even when you’re not in class.
Is this a one-time thing, or will there be others for those that can’t do it this time?
The full Uplifted™ Online Yoga Teacher Training brochure has all the details on upcoming dates and registration. Yoga teacher training courses are offered multiple times throughout the year, giving you a variety of dates to choose from. Note: You have lifetime access to our community and all training videos, even after successful completion of the program.
Visual vs didactic learners – is the online yoga instructor program for both learning types?
The training is a mixture of video, audio, reading, writing and live group participation, catering to a wide variety of learning styles. Most importantly, you’ll be getting personal feedback and attention. Together, we’ll ensure you succeed.
Is it a self-paced type online training or is it more scheduled?
As a group, we’ll be moving through a set schedule in which we cover material week-by-week. If you fall behind, you can still graduate as long as you complete all the requirements within 18 months of your start date and attend the required number of live calls. This is not your typical “self-study” online course in which you have no interaction or oversight. This program is HIGHLY interactive and designed to foster a sense of community among participants, with lots of direct access to Brett. I am dedicated to your success!
Yoga fuels your focus.
Yoga ignites intention.
By deepening your practice, you achieve your stretch goals.
In the studio. And in life.