200-Hour Teacher Training FAQ's

What if I have to miss a weekend because I have something important (wedding, family trip, 5K charity race, etc.)
Attendance at each and every session is mandatory to participate and graduate from Laughing Lotus Teacher Training. We are unable to schedule make-up sessions for any planned absences or missed sessions. This is non-negotiable. If the timing does not fit for a particular training check out one of our other programs.

What books make up your required reading list?
A Path with Heart, by Jack Kornfield
The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar
Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar
Healing Mantras, by Thomas-Ashley Farrand
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchidanada

Besides attending the weekend sessions what are the other time requirements?

  • Mentor and Buddy Meetings: At Orientation you will be assigned a mentor and yoga buddy and you will meet with each of them once a week to check-in, practice teach and go over assignments.

  • Classes: For the Weekend Program (Fall and Winter/Spring), two weekly classes are required: One Level 1 (Basics) and one Lotus Flow, 2,2/3 or Sun Celebrations. Hour Open level classes, Restorative, Lotus FLY, Community, Mash-ups do not count toward these required classes.

  • Homework: There will be weekly asana and essay assignments and readings from your handouts and textbooks. These will be handed in to your mentor for grading. You will also be sending weekly summaries of your practice to one of the Directors.
You will have to two Oral Presentations based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one service (Karma Yoga) Project (Fall and Winter/Spring), and have to attend one Kirtan and write about it.

Who are our mentors and yoga buddies?
Your mentor is a Laughing Lotus Teacher and your Yoga Buddy will be a fellow trainee.

Is it recommended that we practice at Laughing Lotus prior to applying?
It is recommended that you take a few classes before you commit to the training if possible.

Are my classes are Laughing Lotus Yoga Center included in the tuition?
All of your classes are included in your tuition at Laughing Lotus provided you have placed a deposit and begin on April 15 for Summer, July 15 for Fall and December 1 for Winter/Spring.