WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS THE BIG SOUL 26+2 HOT YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?

The 26+2 is a hot hatha yoga based studio that teaches the 26+2  method. It originates from Bishnu Ghosh lineage and was made world famous by Bikram Choudhury.

HOW PROFICIENT IN YOGA DO I HAVE TO BE TO DO THE BIG SOUL HOT YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 200-HOUR PROGRAM?

We require that you have a minimum of 6 months of a consistent yoga practice before enrolling in our teacher training program. We want to make sure that trainees have a basic foundation in the yoga postures before learning how to teach.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE 200-HOUR BIG SOUL TEACHER TRAINING?

In addition to making lifelong friends and deepening your experience of yoga, you will study the following topics:

 • 26 Asanas and 2 Breathing Excercises

 • Alignment - with modifications and variations

 • Working with different bodies/students

 • How to observe bodies in practice

 • Working with injuries and limitations

 • Giving adjustments

 • Practice teaching

 • Anatomy

 • The History and Philosophy of Yoga (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

 • The business of Yoga and how to be successful as a teacher

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?

No problem. Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our Community.

I HAVE AN INJURY/SPECIAL CONDITION – CAN I TAKE THIS COURSE?

We recommend that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class. With your doctor’s permission and release, minor physical limitations can also serve as helpful demonstrations to learn to work with students with similar limitations.

WHAT IS BIG SOUL TEACHER TRAINING CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?

A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment to hold your spot. If you cancel 14 or more days before the teacher trainings start date you will forfeit your deposit and be refunded any balance minus a processing fee of $150.  

These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 14 days before the start of the program or do not attend the program, the entire deposit and program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once the program begins the program tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

WHAT ARE THE BIG SOUL 200-HOUR GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS?

In order to graduate the program you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:  

 • Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions

 • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum

 • Completion of class taking requirement

CAN I PRACTICE AT YOUR STUDIOS DURING TRAINING?

When you enroll for a 200-Hour program at a Bikram Yoga L.A. studio, you will have access to all regularly scheduled classes at one of our studios during the duration of the training, starting on the first day of your training (certain limits may apply).

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO TAKE THE TRAINING?

You must be at least 18 years old to take the teacher training.

ARE ANY BOOKS AND MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRAININGS?

All Bikram Yoga L.A. Teacher Training Manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books.  We will inform you of your book assignments prior to the start of training.

WHAT IS THE 200-HOUR ATTENDANCE AND CLASS MAKE-UP POLICY?

Yoga Alliance requires that you complete all 200 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy listed below. Please note that you can miss a maximum of 27 training hours, and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. If you miss more than 27 hours or do not complete your make up hours within one year, you will receive a not passing status and will be required to pay in full to retake the training.  

You have the following two options for making up your missed time:  

Option 1: Schedule a private session with your trainer at some point during the program. The cost of a private session ranges from $100-$150 per hour:

 • 1 hour private = 1-4 hours of missed time

 • 1.5 hour private = 5-6 hours of missed time

 • 2 hour private = 7-8 hours of missed time

 • 2.5 hour private = 9-10 hours of missed time

 • 3 hour private = 11-13 hours of missed time

Please note: Only two sessions of private instruction, regardless of hours, are allowable and are subject to trainer availability. The remainder of your missed time will need to be made up in a future training (see Make Up option 2 below). Private make up sessions are only an option during your current training and are not an option once the program is complete.

Please note that if you miss over 27 hours, you will not pass the program and will be required to pay in full to retake the program.

Option 2:

  • 9-24 hours: You will be given the opportunity to make up the hours in a future training free of charge, subject to space availability. You must complete these make-ups within one year of the program end date. If you do not make up the hours within one year of the program end date, you will not pass the workshop segment of the program and will be required to pay in full to retake the workshop series.

 • If you miss over 24 hours: You will not pass the workshop segment of the program and will be required to pay in full to retake the workshop series.  

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 in the US. More and more yoga studios across the country are requiring their teachers to register with the Yoga Alliance, either at the 200-Hour or 500-Hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher. The Big Soul 26+2 Hot Yoga Teacher Trainings are approved at the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour and 500-Hour level in the United States.

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 you will receive your Letter of Completion and Diploma evidencing your training at the 200-Hour 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. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 300-Hour Professional Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge, and style as a yoga instructor.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING HIRED TO TEACH AT A BIKRAM YOGA L.A.?

Bikram Yoga L.A. seeks a diverse, committed, and well-trained faculty who uphold our high standard of quality for safe, effective and accessible teaching in the field of yoga. The process to teach at Bikram Yoga L.A.  starts with successfully completing a certified yoga teacher training, working with the trainers and fellow trainees to become ready to teach a class, and then audition classes will held by the Bikram Yoga L.A. teachers, managers and at least one senior teacher.

Please note that being hired at Bikram Yoga L.A., or at any institution, is not only a matter of completing a training, but of the right teaching fit for that studio as well as the availability of openings on the schedule. It is never guaranteed.