Frequently Asked Questions about Myofascial Yoga Teacher Training:
Read the section in blue if your question is regarding the 2021/2022 online program
Q: Can I still apply for RYT status if I attend all modules online?
A: Yes, Yoga Alliance has offered an exemption option for schools who have had to switch to an online platform due to Covid-19. Once this exemption has lifted in 2022 you will need to attend classes in person again to receive your RYT status.
Q: If I start the program in 2021 and don’t finish till 2023 can I still qualify if I attend only online classes?
A: Maybe, At the moment I have put in a request to Yoga Alliance to have my program extended to the longest possible date for exemption. I will update this with the latest date as soon as I hear back from them. At the moment they have extended it to the end of February of 2022, so if possible try and finish all assignments by then!
Q: If I start the training in March for module 1 will I be able to qualify for RYT status in time?
A: Yes, I will base the dates of the science of breath module repeat on what Yoga Alliance sends me. If they offer an extension I will take it! And the repeat of module 5 will be in March of 2022. If they do not extend the exemption I will run a repeat of this module in November of 2021.
Q: Can I make monthly payments or pay for each module individually if I am committed to the full 200 hour program? Or do I need to pay for the full training upfront?
A: Yes, Because this years training is being offered on a sliding scale you have options. You can pay for the full training upfront OR you can choose your sliding scale fee for the full program and make monthly payments for the year. However, IF the training fills to capacity, you will need to make one payment as a deposit to secure your spot in the full training.
Q: If I have paid for the full year training, how do I register with zoom for the login codes? Do I need to do this for each module?
A: Yes, You will need to click here and register via zoom for each new module to receive your login codes. (you can also find this link at the bottom of the teacher training tab drop down menu on the home page ~ See photo below) However once you have paid the full price you do not need to send anymore money. You are only registering via zoom so I can keep track of attendance and for the convivence of you receiving your login codes in a timely manner.
Q: What is the requirement to certify and receive an RYT certificate?
A: According to yoga alliance guidelines you will need to attend as many hours live via zoom as you can. Classes will be recorded, so you can catch the replay if you miss one or two, but we ask that you attend as many modules as possible live so you can ask questions and be supervised. You will also need to hand in assignments and do one non-formal research paper on a topic of your choice. (You will be fully supported in this process!) You will also need to be teach classes under supervision and attend the feedback circles live to complete the program. There will be multiple opportunities to accomplish this in addition to the dates set up on the website! There will also be live practice sessions offered on Wednesday evenings for the members of the myofascial yoga community. These classes can be used to make up any live classes you may have missed.
Q: What if I don’t want to become an RYT, but am interested in this program simply for my personal development or to support myself in healing from chronic pain?
A: You are most welcome to still attend this program for self development purposes! If you are not certifying you can stretch the self paced style of learning out at a more leisure pace than the one year set up it has now. You will still receive a certificate of completion if you finish the program within a 5 year period. But will not be able to register with Yoga Alliance specifically if you do not attend classes in person after March of 2022.
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.