How did you hear about Amala?
How long have you been practicing yoga? Where/with whom are you currently practicing?
How long have you been teaching yoga and what type of certifications have you received? What style of yoga do you teach?
Do you have any additional qualifications that might be relevant to this training?
Have you ever taught prenatal yoga in a group or private setting? What has your experience been?
Why are you interested in teaching yoga to prenatal and postpartum women?
What skills do you have that will enhance your ability to serve this population?
What will you see as your primary challenges to serving this population?
Do you plan to pursue your RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) status through Yoga Alliance (please see the event description for the additional requirements for achieving this certification)?
Why do you want to enter our teacher training program at this time in your life?
Based on your own experiences and passions, what are a few things you hope this training will provide you with? Do you have any specialty areas of interest?
What are your goals as a yoga teacher if you become certified?
Please discuss with Cassie or Lela any medical condition that might affect your participating in the Program and practicing and teaching yoga. All information that you provide in this application, or to any of the instructors will be held strictly confidential.
Are you or have you been under medical treatment for any physical or psychological condition?
Are you currently pregnant or trying to get pregnant?
Do you currently have any physical conditions or injuries or anything that might limit you from fully participating in this training? If so, what?
Tuition and Fees
Full payment will be due and payable before the beginning of the first class you are registered for. No refunds will be issued once the training you are registered for has begun.
For cancellations more than two weeks prior to the start of the event, you may request a refund for your total payment amount, minus a 10% administration fee (minimum of $15). For cancellations less than two weeks prior to the start of the event, you may request an Amala School of Yoga credit for your total payment amount, minus a 10% administration fee (minimum of $15). If you simply do not show up for the event, no refunds or credits will be issued. For cancellations 24 hours or less before the event, no refunds or credits will be given. I understand that I am entitled to no refunds, credits, or adjustments resulting from my failure to complete or satisfy the certification requirements.
A 200 hour certification is required to be eligible for this program (exceptions may apply for experienced birth educators and specialists with extensive yoga experience). Individual modules may be applicable towards cumulative credit for certification if you are unable to complete the full program this year. Individual modules may be applied toward Continuing Education credits for yoga teachers.
This curriculum conforms to the Yoga Alliance standards of a Registered Prenatal Yoga School. Upon completion of this full training and all requirements (listed below), you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher credential (Yoga Alliance requires 30 additional teaching hours after completing our training). Amala is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School with Yoga Alliance since 2014.
We require 100 percent attendance to receive a certificate of completion and for you to be eligible to apply for RPYT status through YA. If you need to miss any session you must speak to the Program Directors prior to the session to make arrangements for your make up. You are responsible for any course material missed.
In addition, all students must possess the skills and abilities necessary to safely and competently teach yoga, and a high level of emotional and mental stability and maturity.
Additional Requirements for Certificate of Completion (95 hour training)*
-10 elective credit hours, which need to be completed within 365 days of finishing the three courses. You can begin these additional hours at any time after completing your first course. These elective credits can be fulfilled in the following ways:
- Attending a childbirth education course of your choice. We have arranged 50% discounts for our participants at Sweet Pea’s Studio in Chicago.
- Attending a yoga workshop with a focus on restorative yoga, gentle yoga or meditation. This specialized workshop does not need to be teacher training, but does need to be applicable to working with prenatal and postnatal students. Pre-approval required.
- 10 hours of observing or apprenticing in prenatal or postnatal yoga classes led by a Registered
Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).
· One additional training day for final exam and teaching clinic
· Attend three prenatal yoga classes as an observer. Submit written reviews of each class.
· Complete all required course homework.
*Yoga Alliance requires all teachers applying for RPYT status to have completed 30 additional hours of teaching.
You may not call yourself a certified prenatal yoga teacher through our school until all requirements are met and you are issued a certificate of completion. Amala Yoga School reserves the right to deny or revoke certification to any participant deemed unsafe or unfit to teach yoga. Please view the Yoga Alliance Code of Ethics for further information.
Subject to meeting all of the requirements for certification described above, certification will be granted when all payments and fees have been fully received by the Program. The Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, or sexual preference.
Release of Liability
I recognize that I must be in good physical and mental health to participate in the Program. I understand that the Program may require intense physical exertion, and I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical condition which would prevent my full participation in the Program. I recognize that the Program may cause or aggravate a physical injury or medical condition. I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician before my participation in the Program. If I have done so, I have taken the physician’s advice. I understand that the Program reserves the right to refuse my participation on medical, fitness or any other grounds.
I will not hold the Released Party responsible if I am to suffer from any physical injury or exacerbation of condition while participating in this program. I understand my physical limitations and I am sufficiently self-aware to stop physical activity before I become injured. In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in the Program.
In further consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any “Claim” (as defined below) I may have against the Amala Yoga School, its owners, managers, teachers, workshop presenters, employees, independent contractors and staff (each, a “Released Party”) for any Claim that I may sustain as a result of participating in the Program even if the Claim arises from the negligence of any Released Party or anyone else.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless each Released Party from any loss or liability incurred in defending any Claim made by me or anyone making a Claim on my behalf, even if the Claim is alleged to or did result from the negligence of any Released Party or anyone else.
“Claim” includes but is not limited to any and all liabilities, claims, demands, expenses, fees, legal actions, rights of actions for damages, personal injury, mental suffering and distress, or death that I may suffer, my children may suffer or that my unborn child may suffer (including any legal fees or expenses) in connection with participation in the Program.
I, my heirs or legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue any Released Party for any Claim caused by any negligence or other acts of a Released Party.
I hereby understand that the Program from time to time may photograph or video classes or events occurring at its studios and place such photographs and videos on its Website. I hereby consent to the use of my image that may appear in any such photograph or video.
This agreement shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by, the laws of the State of Illinois and that all actions, suits, claims and proceedings relating to this agreement shall be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Chicago, Illinois. In case any provision of this agreement shall be held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall not affect any other provision of this agreement and this agreement shall be construed as if such provision had never been contained herein.
I acknowledge that I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I voluntarily and knowingly agree to the terms and conditions stated herein. I am aware that by signing this agreement, I am giving up substantial rights, including my right to sue and certain legal rights my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators and assigns may have against any Released Party.
Participation and Challenges
During my participation in this Program, I am responsible for monitoring what is safe for
me and I can stop my participation in any experience at any time. Although my attendance is required in each session to become certified as a prenatal yoga teacher, I recognize my responsibility to speak up or take myself out of an experience if I feel unsafe. I do not, and will not hold, any Released Party responsible for my physical and psychological well-being.
Revocation of Teaching Certification
Any complaint about the unethical behavior of a teacher who has been certified by the
Studio’s Program will result in a thorough and fair investigation by the Committee. This
investigation will offer the opportunity for the teacher to present his or her statement of
the facts and circumstances of the behavior. If the Committee finds that a teacher has violated the Yoga Alliance Code of Ethics, the certification may be revoked in the sole and complete discretion of the Committee.
In order to make an informed decision about your application to enter the program, we must be able to rely on the truth and completeness of your information. You must answer all questions fully and honestly. If you are forced to leave the program because of a health consideration, your opportunity to continue in another session is at the discretion of the Teaching Committee. By signing below, you affirm that the information provided in this application is true and complete.
If I am participating in the Program to become certified as a prenatal yoga teacher, I have carefully read the Certification Requirements and accept the requirements, conditions, and agreements expressed therein. I understand that the Teaching Committee may deny the opportunity to pursue certification to any student who it determines has not met the Certification Requirements in the exercise of its sole discretion. I understand that my failure to meet the criteria will result in my not being certified. I understand that providing inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading information is grounds for rejecting this application, being required to leave the Program after I have commenced participation, or the revocation of my certification after completing the Program. I have carefully read the Agreement and the Release of Liability and understand that the Amala School of Yoga/Cassandra Rodgers/Lela Beem is not responsible for any physical or psychological harm that may result from my participation in the Program. I have read this document in its entirety, understand it and agree to honor it.
I agree to sign this agreement electronically pursuant to the provisions of the U.S. E-SIGN Act.
Restrictions on Use of Training Manual
The purpose of our teacher training program is to prepare and support trainees in The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga (“Amala”) in their own personal journey and to prepare and support Amala's graduates to develop group classes, work privately with students, and create workshops for pregnant or postnatal students. Completion of this 85 hour training and all additional requirements does qualify you to call yourself a certified prenatal yoga teacher or prenatal yoga specialist.
In connection with your training, we have provided to you our “Training Manual (as defined below). You recognize and agree that the Training Manual is confidential and proprietary information belonging to Amala. You agree that you will keep the Training Manual strictly confidential and will not disclose the Training Manual to any third person or party.
You may not copy, reproduce or distribute this manual to any other person. You may not scan, upload, transmit or distribute any portion of this manual over the Internet or any social media program. You may not use this manual, in whole or in part, in connection with any other teacher training program or workshops in which you may participate in the future. You may not modify this manual in any way nor may you copy any portion of this manual and include it within any written materials, articles or training manuals that you may create in the future. Your participation in our training program and your receipt of a copy of this manual evidences your acceptance of these restrictions on your use of the Training Manual.
You understand that the Training Manual is copyrighted by Amala. No part of the Training Manual may be copied, reproduced, transmitted, publicly performed or displayed without the written permission of Amala. To do so is to infringe Amala’s copyright and may expose you to legal damages and other liabilities.
Your breach of any of these provisions may result in continuing and irreparable harm to Amala for which there may be no adequate remedy at law. Accordingly, Amala may enforce these provisions by any equitable remedy. If Amala pursues such an action against you, you shall be responsible for all legal fees and expenses.
If you wish to use any part of the Training Manual for any purpose other than your personal practice, you must contact Amala for licensing opportunities.
“Training Manual” shall collectively mean Amala’s teacher training manual and all other documentation, texts, audio and video files, module titles, photographs, illustrations, charts and other content provided to you in connection with the Program.
I have read and agree to the above terms and conditions
I agree to sign this agreement electronically pursuant to the provisions of the U.S. E-SIGN Act.
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