Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training FAQ’s

Before you commit to Yoga Teacher Training, you probably have questions – and we have answers. See below for frequently asked questions about the Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Studies Programs at Pulsation Yoga. Also, join us on Sunday, December 6, 2020, for an online Q&A session with our lead instructors. All meeting participants will also get a free yoga class good at our yoga studio in Arlington Heights, our yoga studio in Lake Zurich or for any of our online yoga classes.

I’m looking for Yoga Teacher Training near me. Where does your Yoga Instructor Training take place?

The Pulsation Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training and Yoga Studies programs take place in both of our yoga studios in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago:

  • Pulsation Yoga studio in Arlington Heights, IL, (17 E Miner Street)
  • Pulsation Yoga studio in Lake Zurich, IL (729 W Rt 22)

Typically, Saturday classes and meetings will take place in the Lake Zurich yoga studio and Sunday classes and meetings will take place in the Arlington Heights yoga studio. Exact schedules and locations will be shared prior to the training week and are dependent on current class schedules, workshops and instructors. In addition, due to COVID-19, we are offering trainees to join live-streaming for a portion of the yoga classes and teacher training.

What is the difference between your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and your Yoga Studies Programs?

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (200 hour YTT) will fully equip you to take the seat of the teacher. It covers yoga philosophy, history, traditional practices, class planning, sequencing, languaging, cueing and more. This training will also help you discover your unique style and voice as a teacher. This program includes in-person training, yoga classes, readings, homework, a practicum, class observations, practice teaching, and workshops.

The Yoga Studies programs (50 or 100 hours) are a solution for students who want to deepen their knowledge but not take it as far at this time. For yoga studies, you can choose between a 50 hour or 100 hour program, which will meet the first several weekends of the 200 hour program. These yoga studies programs were developed to immerse you in yoga philosophy, history, and traditional practices, and to strengthen your asana knowledge. Some homework and reading will be required, and some yoga classes will be included. All hours accrued in the Yoga Studies Program can be applied toward a future 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Pulsation Yoga.

How much yoga experience do I need before Yoga Teacher Training?

We recommend that you have at least one year of a regular yoga practice before committing to the training. All levels are welcome, but a base knowledge and commitment will help you to have a foundation from which you can build during training. You don’t need a specific level of practice – we welcome all levels from Basics to Advanced, as well as restorative and yin practitioners. Also, you don’t have to be a current student at Pulsation Yoga to apply. However, we do encourage you to take yoga classes at our yoga studios in Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, or online with the YTT Lead Instructors, Alison Tseng and Sandy Smith, prior to choosing our program.

How should I choose my Yoga Teacher Training Program? Is the Pulsation Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training right for me?

How to choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program is very personal, and no two trainees experience it in the same way or for the same reasons. At Pulsation Yoga we have trained experienced yoga instructors looking to refresh their knowledge and experienced yogis looking to deepen theirs. We have trained young students and senior students, basics students and Level 2 students. The program has attracted physical therapists seeking new approaches, social workers looking for calming techniques, and students with disabilities who changed their lives with yoga and wanted to help change others’ lives as well. In other words, no two stories are ever the same, and no two outcomes are ever the same. Not every trainee seeks to become a yoga instructor.

We encourage you to attend classes at the studio and get to know the lead instructors, Alison Tseng and Sandy Smith, to assess whether Pulsation Yoga is the right path for your journey. We are always happy to discuss the possibilities with you. We are also offering an online Q&A on Sunday, December 6, 2020, and all participants in that meeting will receive one free class pass.

Read what past trainees have to say about the program here.

What kind of yoga is primarily taught at Pulsation Yoga?

Pulsation Yoga is rooted in the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. The studios were founded by Kathy and Jim Simonik, both Anusara trained and certified teachers. Current co-owner and YTT instructor Sandy Smith is a registered Anusara Inspired Teacher. All current teachers at Pulsation Yoga have trained under one of these Anusara instructors. Classes are rooted in this knowledge, but all instructors at Pulsation Yoga teach their own personal style within that knowledge. We don’t use scripts and no two classes are ever the same. The Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training encompasses several yoga styles, continuing our focus on Anusara. For more information on the Anusara philosophy and style of Hatha Yoga, visit www.anusarayoga.com.

Is Pulsation Yoga a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance?

Yes, Pulsation Yoga is a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance. Lead Instructors Alison Tseng and Sandy Smith are both ERYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP through Yoga Alliance. We have a five-star rating through Yoga Alliance. You can click here to see what others have to say about their experience with our program.

I’m interested in becoming a yoga instructor and getting my yoga instructor certification. If I complete your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program, do I automatically get my yoga instructor certification?

Upon completion of the Pulsation Yoga Teacher Training program, you will be eligible to apply for your certification through Yoga Alliance. Once you successfully complete all training hours, observations, assisted teachings, independent studies and a practicum assignment, Pulsation Yoga will provide you with a certificate of completion. You are then responsible to register with Yoga Alliance, and Pulsation Yoga (as a Registered Yoga School) will approve that registration. You will then be certified to teach yoga classes.

How much does Yoga Teacher Training and Certification cost? What does my tuition with Pulsation Yoga cover?

We require a $280 deposit upon acceptance of your application to hold your spot and prepare your training material.

  • Tuition for the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Pulsation Yoga is $2800, due in two installments
  • Your initial $280 deposit is applied toward the first installment
  • This tuition is reduced to $2700 if it is paid in full by January 2, 2021
  • If you would like to discuss additional payment plan options for the full amount, please join our online Q&A meeting on December 6, 2020, or call the studio at 847-989-7792.

The tuition includes the in-person training, required yoga classes, and discounts on additional yoga classes while in training. In addition, it includes several workshops that take place during training, including a 3-day workshop series with master instructor Desiree Rumbaugh and philosophy with master instructor Gabriel Halpern.

Trainees will be provided with training materials for each session, but will be responsible for purchasing their own books for independent studies.

If you would like to learn more, please click here. Email us at info@pulsationyoga.com with any questions or to request an application.