Why our teacher training is different
Sunstone Academy Teacher Training is an educational program containing content created from extensive yoga teaching experience and years of development. Our training is structured specifically to help students successfully turn a passion for yoga, fitness, health and helping others into a career.
Our trainees acquire three different types of knowledge during training, each of equal importance in preparing them to teach. Each will master yoga studies, become proficient in practicing yoga postures, and learn to excel at teaching classes confidently and accurately.
We not only teach theory and mastery of postures, but also provide training in the art of “how to teach”.
Each of the Sunstone Academy programs have been designed by our senior instructors and teaching faculty. We receive real world feedback on our results — from a community of Sunstone Academy graduates who teach over 640 classes a week. Our faculty remembers just what it was like to teach their first class, and is committed to presenting information and demonstrating skills that help each trainee grow into a successful yoga instructor. The courses are demanding, but the rewards are huge! And best of all, the techniques are tested every day in our thriving community.
We provide programs that accommodate all types of schedules, and make it easy to begin learning sooner without having to put life, family or a career on hold.
Sunstone Academy teacher training is divided into 200 Hour and 500 Hour segments that do not have to be completed back-to-back, thus making it easier to jump right in.
200 Hour Program
: Learn the principles of Vinyasa yoga – the most popular style of group yoga class – and develop your teaching skill by learning to teach Sunstone’s EARTH series Vinyasa flow class. We follow the Yoga Alliance training hour requirements in the following areas.
- Technique Training/Practice
- Teaching Methodology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
When you successfully complete the 200 Hour program, you’ll earn your Sunstone Academy 200-hour Teaching Certificate. You’ll also be ready to:
- Teach Vinyasa yoga, which is great for most organizations
- Apply for your Yoga Alliance 200-hour certificate
- Apply to join our 500-hour program
500 hour upgrade and Sunstone Certifications: Learn classical Hatha postures and an example Hatha class sequence, our Pain Free Yoga techniques, advanced Hatha methodology, Practicum teaching in the Hatha method, and delve deeper into Subtle Energy and Philosophy studies.
Upon successful completion of the 500 Hour program, we award Sunstone Academy’s 500-hour Teaching Certificate. At this level students are ready to:
- Teach vinyasa and hatha yoga – broadening your appeal as a yoga instructor
- Apply for Yoga Alliance 500-hour certificate
- Apply to join the Sunstone Team!