Is the PYMT only for those who are teaching or want to teach?
No. The PYMT is designed to enrich and is open to all dedicated students. Details can be found here.
Q. How do the PYMTs relate to the Yoga Alliance registration levels?
1. For 200 hr RYT: you need 5 PYMT’s + corresponding book reports
2. For 500 hr RYT: you need all PYMT’s + corresponding book reports
Q: How much is asana a part of your teacher trainings? I also want to take my teaching to the next level as far as sequencing, providing students a more challenging workout and becoming more comfortable with adjustments. Also, when someone commits to studying with you, is there an opportunity for discussion and/or feedback in between training sessions?
Yes indeed. The focus of the Parayoga Master trainings is exactly that–how through an Asana practice, a practice that a lot of students feel comfortable and are familiar with, a teacher can weave the experience and philosophy of the deeper teachings. All it requires is that we make arrangements and set aside the time to do so.
Q: I'm interested in joining your training program. I don’t know if I'm under-qualified or over-qualified for it. I've studied in different systems and have a 200-hour RYT from my local Yoga studio here in Reno. What can you tell me?
A: There is no rule for how much training or experience one needs prior to enrolling in the Parayoga Master Training. Different students need, depending on their capacity and passion, a different minimum of hours of practice and/or training to best prepared to get accreditation in our system. The truth is, some people take the training just purely as a way to deepen the practice and understanding of yoga while others have already seriously been practicing for years and are already teaching, or are certified in other systems.
Q: I was up for your training, but I just saw photos of you doing asana and I am afraid I won't be able to keep up.
A: Asana performance is about the last thing you need to worry about. My philosophy is that a Parayoga teacher should be able to improve the quality of life for even a paraplegic. What we teach and emphasize is beyond Asana. Although there is Asana practice within the training, what you can and can't do physically should have little bearing to you not participating in the course.