All three forms below must be completed prior to the first class.
Section 1 — Release and Waiver
Any program of physical activity will involve a certain amount of strenuous exercise. For this reason we suggest to all enrollees that a pre-attendance medical examination is advisable.
In consideration of the consent of Ananda Church of Self-Realization and Ananda World Brotherhood Village and any individual teachers who may participate in Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Online for the dates January 8, 2023 - June 4, 2023, said consent having been given upon my express request, I hereby assume all risk of injury or damage to my property during the program of physical activity, or incidental thereto, howsoever and wheresoever occurring, and however long the physical activity course may continue, and I hereby release Ananda Church of Self-Realization and Ananda World Brotherhood Village and all individual teachers from any and all claims and demands or liabilities for any injury to my person including death or to my property in any way arising out of or incidental to my participation in, or presence during said physical activity course.
Section 2 — Emergency Contact
Please provide us with the name and contact of a person to notify in case of emergency.
Section 3 — Consent for Assistance
I hereby give my consent to the instructors and assistants of the above-mentioned program to verbally/visually adjust my bodily position in the yoga postures during the program. Please consult the AYTTO faculty if you have questions.
Following are the requirements for certification as a Level 1 Ananda Yoga® Teacher.
Students are responsible for keeping their online Attendance Log (google sheet) accurate and up to date as they are completed on the course webpage. Students will be provided with a link to a google sheet to access their Attendance Log for verification and updates.
- Attend all mandatory live classes for their entire duration which totals 32.5 hours (see list).
- Attend an additional 65 hours minimum of the remaining live classes.
- If you miss any of the other remaining live classes, you will need to watch the video recordings and take a quiz, but watching those videos does not count toward the 65 hours.
- Full participation in all live classes (synchronous learning) and assignments. This means being actively engaged during the entire session.
- Full participation in all pre-recorded material (asynchronous learning) including sadhanas, presentations, group discussion forums, self-quizzes, video and reading assignments, as listed on the course site and schedule.
- Pre-recorded content for each unit will be released on Friday at midnight with due date for completion the following Saturday morning prior to the live classes.
- Full participation in at least 16 hours of livestream sadhana (spiritual practices) during the course, beyond what is listed on the course schedule. Students may choose which to attend unless otherwise announced. A separate schedule for live sadhanas with zoom link will be provided.
On-time attendance is required for live classes. Chronic tardiness will result in non-certification.
Absences from any live class on the schedule require notification through use of the online Attendance Log (google sheet). Students are responsible for material covered during absences, and may be given extra assignments to demonstrate their understanding of that material. Absences from mandatory live classes are excusable only for serious illness or family emergency. Any unexcused absence, or absence from your team teaching sessions for any reason, may delay certification. If class absences exceed these conditions, the student will not be certified until s/he completes those classes during a later offering of the course.
All assigned reading must be completed for certification. Each reading assignment needs to be completed by the end of each unit.
Assignments and Self-Quizzes
Students must satisfactorily complete all required course assignments by the end of each unit in which they are assigned, plus an in-class final quiz at the end of the course. “Satisfactorily” means on-time completion with answers that demonstrate a good understanding of the subject material.
Safety and Awareness in Personal Practice
Each student must exhibit a safe personal practice, showing appropriate consideration for her/his own body’s abilities, limitations, and conditions.
Attitude and Aptitude for Teaching
To graduate, students must demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to teach Ananda Yoga clearly, safely, and completely. The staff makes every effort to help students remedy shortcomings, but we may withhold certification from students who we feel have not demonstrated these attributes.
Students must follow the AYTTO Participation Guidelines and conduct themselves with maturity, take responsibility, cooperate, be open to correction, and show respect for others and for the Yoga tradition. To be certified, students must sign and return the Code of Ethics at the end of this course. Graduates must follow the Code of Ethics for Ananda Yoga teachers (see front section of AYTT manual).
Course Fees and Cancellation Policy
The course must be paid in full to reserve your space and prior to the course start date. If you cancel on or before January 8, your payment will be refunded, less a $150 processing fee. If you cancel January 8-30, 50% of your payment will be refunded, and the remainder will be forfeited. For cancellations after January 30, the full program cost will be forfeited.
Self-Representation after Certification
Graduates have a limited, non-exclusive right to state in their promotional materials that they are certified Ananda Yoga teachers. Without express permission, they may not say or imply in any way that they represent Ananda, Ananda Yoga, The Expanding Light, Ananda Sangha, or Ananda Church of Self-Realization. For details, see the AYTT manual (Section 5).
Use of Course Materials
All course materials are copyrighted by Ananda Church of Self-Realization and may not be reproduced or shared with anyone except as outlined in Section 5 of the manual. Any other use requires prior express written permission. Contact the Director of Ananda Yoga (530-478-7518) for assistance.
Every yoga teacher should pursue continuing education after graduation. By signing this agreement, the student agrees to do so regularly and conscientiously, even though there are no specific continuing education requirements for maintaining Ananda Yoga Teacher certification.
Replacing a Lost Certificate
There is a small fee for replacing a certificate. Contact the Director of Ananda Yoga (530-478-7518) for help.
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