Yoga School,llc, a teaching and learning organization, offers ongoing year round teacher training, meeting Yoga Alliances standards for 200 hour Foundational Training (RYS 200 - January 2005) and an additional 300 hour Advanced Training (RYS 500 - September 2007). CEU's are also offered on a regular basis and provide a time of very intense and enriching learning experiences.

Yoga School,llc offers an in-depth and professionally run career program designed to further one's personal-growth experience and prepare students to teach safe, balanced, challenging classes. With over thirty years of experience, Becky Gelatt, the primary teacher has developed a method for covering the vast and complex teachings in a format that brings life and gives meaning to the teaching and broadens the scope of learning.

Much of the learning is experiential in practice sessions with instructions by the primary teachers as well as by fellow students. These practice sessions focus on enhancing teaching skills and confidence and include constructive feedback from teacher and peers, on the postures, the sequence, and the language of instructions.

Our curriculum offers an integrative approach to the vast science of yoga in small groups providing in-depth support and direction, allowing more time to nurture dynamic and effective learning, and to address questions and resolve misunderstandings. The individual high quality personalized training is geared to promoting purposeful, personal growth using the principles of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Raja Yoga.

High expectations lead to higher levels of achievement and higher levels of achievement require higher levels of support. Support and direction are given to develop leadership, professionalism, personal effectiveness, self-mastery, as well as practical and ethical teaching skills.

Our goal is to produce graduates who excel in both scholarship and the practical disciplines.

The schedule for training teachers with the Yoga School, llc is flexible, designed to accommodate family and work commitments, the many demands on one's time and energy, while maintaining a steady flow of immersion in the program. Hours are accrued until the required contact hours are accumulated.


At the required initial interview, the potential student and primary teacher together determine how the program can best assist the student in reaching their desired goals.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Do you want to become a teacher of yoga asana, pranayama and/or meditation?
  2. Are you considering full-time, part-time or seasonal employment?
  3. As an independent contractor or employee?
  4. Is your desire for personal growth, physical health, mental well-being or spiritual transformation?
  5. Do you envision yourself becoming a teacher of yoga teachers?
  6. Do you wish to serve others and share what you have gained by becoming a yoga therapist?

If it is determined that the program offered is beneficial to both the potential student and the Yoga School,llc, a workable and adaptable plan to move toward the goal of completion is established. At this time the number of hours, both contact and non-contact the student can commit to training is determined and the method and timing of payments is established.

The enrollment process includes the completion of several forms including, contact information, health history, waiver and code of conduct. A one-time fee of five hundred dollars provides the student with the training manual (paper or digital), an anatomy and physiology coloring book and a set of asana cards.

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Course Study

The course study is divided into five categories focusing on theory, principles, application and practice. A designated number of hours is required in each of these categories to qualify for registration with Yoga Alliance. Additional projects must be completed to quality for certification by Yoga School,llc. Most legal experts acknowledge that certification demonstrates minimal competency, instruction from a knowledgeable and recognized professional.

1. Techniques includes

  • Asana - form, function, formulas, sequences, modification and adaptation
  • Pranayama - balancing, expanding, energizing, calming
  • Meditation - introduction to meditation practices of different traditions
  • Kriyas - shat kriyas of Hatha and Kriya yoga of Patanjali
  • Sanskrit - history and pronunciation
  • Mantra and chanting - call and response, with translation and meaning

2. Teaching Methodology

  • Principles of teaching yoga
  • Components of a class
  • Qualities of a yoga teacher and a yoga student
  • Students process of learning
  • Lineages, traditions, current styles of yoga
  • Business of teaching yoga

3. Anatomy and Physiology

  • Gross Physical Body
  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology, covering all the systems of the human body.
  • Subtle/Energetic anatomy including Samkhya, Ayurveda and Tantra models Samkhya - purusha/prakriti, antahkarana, gunas, indriyas and bhutas
  • Ayurveda - sarira, doshas, vayus, upa pranas, and marma
  • Tantra - chakras, nadis, granthis

4. Philosophy, Ethics, Lifestyle

  • Introduction to philosophy, ethics and lifestyle
  • Hatha, Tantra, and Raja Yoga
  • Caturashrama model
  • Four Paths of Yoga - Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga
  • Shad Darshana - Astika and Nastika
  • Yama and Niyama
  • Lifestyle as relationships
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras - Sadhana Pada and Samadhi Pada
  • Ashtanga Yoga - Eight limbs
  • Sruti - Vedas, Samhitas, Brhmanas, Upanisads
  • Smriti - Vedangas, Upavedas, Manu Samhita
  • Itihisa - Ramayana, MahaBharata, Bhagavad Gita

5. Practicum

  • Scribing, scripting, presenting and teaching a series of practice classes.
  • Includes asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting.
  • Giving and receiving productive feedback from peers and teachers.

You will learn:

  • teaching tips and presentation skills for visual and tactile demonstrations
  • teaching and training methods for diverse populations and ages
  • how to adapt postures, regardless of flexibility, strength or endurance, creating a deep integration of body, mind and breath
  • how to read and understand abilities and limitations
  • in depth asana instruction covering the mechanics of postures and their related benefits, risks, counter poses and contraindications
  • technique and alignment in asana
  • adjustments, adaptation and modification
  • class design and management
  • instructional effectiveness
  • skills and techniques of teaching
  • business operation and management
  • yoga philosophy and ethics
  • self-care and self-practice
  • components of a class
  • voice techniques and vocal development
  • creative variations on traditional asanas
  • prosperity consciousness
  • leadership and personal development
  • relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  • verbal cueing and imagery techniques
  • restorative practices
  • professional/career development

Foundational Training - 200 Hours

The 200 hour foundational yoga teacher training provides a complete and comprehensive program based on the principles and techniques of Hatha, Tantra and Raja Yoga. It is designed to prepare students for teaching safe, challenging classes that include asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting in a variety of settings to a broad population. It provides the techniques and hones the skills a beginner teacher will need to offer a balanced, effective class. The foundational training provides opportunities to begin a process of lifelong personal growth and tools for optimal living.

The course study is offered in the context of theory, application and practice:

Study includes the biomechanics of asana, along with the physical and energetic systems of anatomy and physiology, art and science of sequencing, principles of observation, connection between the gross and subtle bodies.

Theory is presented in the format of lecture and engaging group discussion, covering philosophy, ethics and lifestyle.

Application includes asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting.

Teaching experience is provided in practice classes in contact with the primary eRYT (experienced registered yoga teacher).

“Yoga as a Business” is addressed in detail guiding one through the process of writing a vision/mission statement, developing a business plan, writing employee/employer agreements and/or establishing a protocol of self employment as llc or sole proprietor.

Of the 200 hours of training, 180 must be contact with eRYT and 65 with primary eRYT. The remaining 20 non-contact hours must be approved by primary teacher and are accrued in the categories of anatomy/physiology and prescribed readings from philosophical texts on yoga.

This level of the training is divided into 8 modules of approximately 24 hours each. Each module covers the five categories, establishing the foundation for continued training.

Foundational Teacher Training Fees

One payment of $2400 @ $12 per hour

  or $13.00 per hour as follows:

    Module A - 52 hours $676
    Module B - 48 hours $624
    Module C - 36 hours $468
    Module D - 42 hours $546
    Module E - 30 hours $390

  or pay per class @ $15.00 per hour

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Transfer (transferring hours)

Requirements for those who have acquired 200 RYT from another RYS and are seeking 300 hours of advanced training from Yoga School,llc towards 500 RYT.

Personal interview to determine the particular courses needed.
Written description of teacher training experiences including:

school or teacher, location and date, program focus

Resume of yoga teaching experience to include:

length of time actively teaching
number of classes taught each week
populations (general classes, special populations, etc.)
levels of students ability
full-time, part-time, substitute, etc.

A transcript outlining the number of hours in each of the categories covered in 200 hour training.
Satisfactory completion of the tests required by the Yoga School,llc in the 200 hour training.
Enrollment fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00). Tuition to be determined at interview.

Advance Teacher Training - 300 Hours

~ Learning is a Constant ~ Time is a Variable ~

Semi-Monthly ~ 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

The Advanced Teacher Training program requires an additional 300 hours which builds on the 200 hour Foundational Training. It is designed for those wishing to continue their studies and gain the level of 500 RYT.

This more comprehensive phase of the training offers a more in-depth study and presents a broader view of the yoga tradition. It provides the experience, knowledge and confidence to establish a career as a yoga teacher, expand teaching opportunities and live a life inspired by one's own personal practice.

Advanced Training consists of 6 modules of 50 hours each.
Each 50 hour module will contain:

  • 30 hours in contact with primary eRYT
  • Techniques -10 hours practice, 3 hours theory
  • Teaching Methodology and Practicum - 7 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
  • Philosophy, Ethics, Lifestyle - 6 hours
  • 10 hours non-contact, non-supervised, approved independent study
  • 5 hours of documented teaching
  • 5 hours with an eRYT 500 or approved teacher in a related modality

Examples of topics for presentations:

  • Creating thematic classes to address different populations, settings and styles
  • Leading stress-reduction workshops
  • Facilitating participant centered individual sessions
  • Dialogue to enhance the body/mind consciousness
  • Functional application of sequences
  • Combining postures to maintain the students interest and enthusiasm
  • Creative adaptation for special needs practice
  • Socio-emotional learning
  • How to use interactive communication tools
  • Krishna's role in the great war
  • The story of Hanuman
  • The avatars of Vishnu
  • The ritual of puja
  • Centering prayer
  • Teaching methods for various meditation techniques
  • Body mechanics - precautions and contraindications
  • Ramayana - the story and characters
  • Stories from the Upanishads
  • Sampradya - spiritual traditions of India
  • Trimurti, as a concept
  • Common conditions and symptoms
  • Endocrine system and the Chakras
  • Advanced assisting skills

Advance Teacher Training Fees

One payment of $3600 = $12 per hour
Fifteen payments of $260 (20 hour increments) = $13 per hour ($3900)
Per 2 hour Session $30 = $15 per hour ($4500)

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Yoga Center of Louisiana, llc
603 South Tyler Street
Covington, LA 70433

Take Madisonville/Covington Exit 59 off I-12; head north on La. State Hwy 21, (becomes TylerStreet when crossing the bridge over the Tchefuncte River);St.Tammany hospital will be on the right between 8th and 11th Avenue; continue northon South Tyler Street;Yoga School, llc is located on the southwest corner of South Tyler Street and SixteenthAvenue