Teacher Training & Certification

The Wilmington Yoga Center is home to North Carolina’s premier yoga teacher training program. We offer both 200hr and 300hr Yoga Alliance certification trainings so that you can continue your yoga education. Take your love of yoga to the next level with us.

Yoga Teacher Training FAQs

Committing to a 200hr or a 300hr yoga teacher training is a big deal! We want to make sure all your questions are answered before you register. If your questions aren’t answered below, please contact us for more information about our yoga teacher programs.

Are books and materials included in the price of the training?

Your student manual is included in the price of your 200hr training. Any other required texts must be bought separately. We may have a limited number of copies of required reading in our retail section, but we cannot guarantee this; you may need to purchase your books from an outside source.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

Acceptance into our programs is granted based on your application and on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants + participants are required to have a current email address for all correspondence. After you submit your completed Teacher Training Registration, you will be contacted via email within 7 days. Your tuition will be processed upon receipt.

How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?

To benefit the most from our 200hr program we recommend a foundation in basic and fundamental yoga postures. Therefore, we suggest that applicants have six months of practice with an experienced, certified (RYT) yoga teacher. If you are brand new to yoga, this would not be an appropriate program to participate in unless you are choosing to go through the program for personal growth only. About 1/3 of our participants choose to participate for personal growth and healthy lifestyle immersion, and do not participate in the practice teach sessions. This is optional based on your needs.

That being said, the 200hr Teacher Training program is designed for aspiring teachers, as well as people with a regular yoga practice who want to simply deepen their own personal experience. Remember: An advanced practitioner is not necessarily someone who can move deeply into advanced postures. An advanced practitioner is someone who comes to the mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn and understand the limits of their own body.

To participate in any of our 300hr programs, we suggest that you have already obtained a your RYT200 from a Registered Yoga School and have begun teaching public classes, though this is not required.

What is the typical age range & class size of the participants?

Students generally range in age from 20-70 years of age. Class sizes in the past have ranged from 25-35 participants depending on location. Trainings are limited to help maintain an interactive student-teacher relationship, and programs with more than 25 participants have up to two teaching assistants in addition to the director.

What if I miss a class?

To receive your 200hr or 300hr Certificate, you must attend 100% of the required hours to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements. However, we understand that you may not be able to foresee every conflict, or have prior family obligations, so if you miss a session you are welcome to schedule private make-up sessions or discuss attending another Kunga module pending approval from the Yoga School Manager.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

We offer highly competitive partial scholarships each year to prospective students for each training. We also have a limited number of work trade positions available. To apply for a scholarship or work trade position, go to our Financial Aid page for more information. Spaces are limited and very competitive, and not available for every session, so apply soon! In order to be considered, scholarship/work trade applications must be received 3 months prior to the training in which you plan to enroll.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework and outside classes?

Expect to spend about 40 – 50 hours on your written assignments and assisting/teaching live classes. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. You will receive details regarding your projects on the first day of your Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Program. Please check your email regularly. You will also receive emails on topics, updates, & schedules. Email will be our primary form of communication with you. If you are not planning on teaching after this course, you may choose not to complete the homework assignments and take the course for non- credit. However, if you wish to receive a Certificate for the course, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.

Do you help organize accommodations?

Yes! We have a number of students that come to our yoga school from NC, SC, VA, MD and various other locales. We have a database of local yoga students within our community who offer home-stays to out of town guests for free, or for a small room rental fee. These homes are clean, safe, and offered with generosity from our wonderful students or past graduates from our programs. We also recommend Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) as a great resource for finding short-term housing. Simply select the state and region, and it provides some wonderful links for housing rentals. Another resource is www.Hotel-Guides.us for hotels. Finally, many students in our past training programs have ended up hosting co-students within the program after meeting on the first day, and we are happy to announce those that need home-stays. In the past these situations have often developed great friendships, and shared carpooling. Please see our accommodations page for more suggestions on hotels and bed and breakfasts or to request our home-stay list.

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What is the Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500-hour level.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

Yes! With the successful completion of all the requirements of the program, including your contact hours, and homework projects, you will receive your Certificate evidencing your training at the 200-hr Level. You may also register with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) at the RYT-200 level (Registered Yoga Teacher 200). Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele, friends and family, etc. Experienced graduates of our program are also considered for in –studio teaching internships + mentor programs at host studios, as well as work/study positions. Upon completion, you may also gain continuing education hours to keep your RYT200 current, and also the opportunity to take one of our four 300hr teacher training modules at discounted rates.

What is the cancellation policy if I am unable to participate in the training?

In the event of cancellation of either a 200 or 300hr teacher training, the following policies apply:

  • 60 days or more prior to the training: Your payment can be refunded for a $250 administration fee, or transferred to another WYC training at no cost.
  • 59-31 days prior to the training: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less $50 administration fee) to another WYC training.
  • 30 days or less: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less $150 administration fee) to another WYC training.

Withdrawals from active trainings will result in the loss of all fees paid.

Committing to a 200hr yoga teacher training or a 300hr yoga teacher training is a big deal! We want to make sure all your questions are answered before you register. If your questions aren’t answered below, please contact us for more information about our yoga teacher training programs.

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