Frequently Asked Questions about Myofascial Yoga Teacher Training:
Q: What is a modular style program?
A: This teacher training program consists of eleven modules. Each module is a lesson on an aspect of the Myofascial Yoga system.
Q: Do I have to take the modules in order?
A: The Myofascial Yoga Training Program has been designed so that new students can jump in at any time and begin their training. You can take the modules in any order, but all eleven need to be completed before you are eligible to become an Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). It is recommended that you begin with modules 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. For your convenience, those modules are offered more frequently than others. It is our goal to make this program accessible to any aspiring yoga teacher, and to be a practical fit with your busy schedule.
Q: Can I become a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) doing the modular program?
A: Yes. Once you have completed all eleven modules and your written assignments, you are fully qualified to obtain RYT status with Yoga Alliance (USA).
Q: Why are the modules not listed in order on your website?
A: This is a non-linear style program. The modules are offered in order of popularity and demand. Think of it like a puzzle with eleven pieces: some people like to begin with the corners and then fill in the rest, and others prefer to begin with the edges. Still others would rather begin in the center and move out from there. You are welcome to complete your puzzle in any way that is convenient for you. The main thing is that you eventually fill in all the pieces so that you can see the whole picture. Once you have all eleven pieces, we are confident that you will have both the understanding and skill to successfully teach myofascial yoga.
Q: Will I be able to teach yoga after I graduate?
A: While it is not required, it is highly encouraged that all recent graduates participate in the Get Started/Get Well yoga mentorship program. This will give you confidence in your new skills while allowing you to build a clientele base and get your name out there in the yoga community. It is recommended that you teach for approximately six weeks or longer under the supervision of a senior teacher before going out and teaching on your own. You can read more about this program here.
Q: Once I graduate, can I take some seminars on Myofascial Release with John Barnes?
A: Yes, once you are an RYT you will have the pre-requisite required to attend John Barnes seminars. These seminars can be used to deepen your understanding of fascia and healing, and can be applied to your yoga practice. However, an RYT status does not give you a licence to touch in Canada for manual therapy. You will need to check your state or province licensing board to be able to provide hands on services to your yoga students. The ‘licence to touch’ laws vary from state to state and province to province. Myofascial yoga Institute of Canada does not provide a licence to touch upon graduation, your certificate will allow you to join NHPC (Natrual Health Practitioners of Canada) or YA (Yoga Alliance) which offers liability for fitness instruction, not soft tissue based manipulation.
Q: is there a 300 hour fascia yoga teacher training?
A: Yes, the 300 hour program will begin in September of 2017. You will need to have a 200 hour certificate of yoga to enroll.
Q: Is Myofascial Yoga the same as Yin Yoga?
A: No. While there are a number of similarities in the approach to stretching, and the overall idea of releasing fascia, Myofascial Yoga is a different style of Yoga than Yin Yoga.
Myofascial Yoga is based on the principles of John Barnes Myofascial release. After several years of mentoring with John, I put together this program inspired by the combination of his teachings and the results I was getting in my Myofascial Release practice.
There are close similarities in the long held postures about the attitude of entering and exiting yoga poses, and the length of time held in each pose. Although, in Myofascial Yoga, some poses are not done as long-held. The differences between Myofascial and Yin Yoga relate mostly to the fluid aspect of the fascial system. In addition to holding the poses for long periods of time (for some poses) Myofascial Yoga also engages that fluid aspect using balls, unwinding (pendiculation), and rebounding. It emphasizes the importance of the use of these tactics in order to not only soften and hydrate the ground substance, but also to retrain the elasticity back into over-stretched tissues. You can read more about the importance of unwinding and rebounding here.
Myofascial Yoga is a combination of the time-tested wisdom of yogic principles with the most recent scientific research of the fascia system.
Christine frequently consults with many of the leaders in the field of fascia research (including speakers in the World Fascia Conference in 2016) in order to bring you the latest and most effective ways to release your fascia and bring more freedom into your life.
Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of Myofascial yoga are based on my expertise as a Myofascial Release Therapist and RMT, and are not derived from my status as a RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.