If for any reason you must cancel, the following conditions apply: • If cancellation is one month before the program begins or earlier you will receive a full refund, minus a $50 service charge. • If cancellation is later than one month before the program begins, you will forfeit your $300 deposit. • If cancellation is after the program begins, there will be no refund. You may, however, transfer your tuition to another program. Program guidelines
We request that you: • Complete the reading assignments given during the program • Dress appropriately during training sessions • Eat moderately, and do not fast for prolonged periods of time • Refrain from wearing scented products out of respect for those with sensitivity • Not enter into a new romantic/sexual relationship during this program • Do not wear heavy jewelry or anything that may injure your or another student.
In order to receive your Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Certification your tuition must be paid in full and regular attendance is required.
You are responsible for attending each day. To be considered present, you must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session or you must talk to staff before leaving a session early. The training staff will note tardiness and absence, and excessive tardiness and absence will result in not receiving certification. If you need to miss any session you must speak to a teacher prior to the session. You are responsible for any course material missed. In addition to training sessions, home practice and independent study assignments are required to integrate the material learned in class.
You must demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of yogic concepts and practices by successfully completing written and practical examinations. If necessary, you may re-take the exams until this understanding is demonstrated. During mandatory practice teach sessions you must demonstrate ability to guide and teach yoga classes using the methodology presented in the training. All required work must be completed before graduation.
As a final certification requirement, it is important that you be balanced and conscious in your behavior and adheres to the Code of Ethics outlined below.
Code of Ethics
The nature of Yoga (union of body, mind and spirit), on or off the mat, is to open the body and psyche through which profound transformation can occur. As teachers of yoga, we are stewards of the trust our students place in us. It is our responsibility to uphold and foster a safe and sacred environment in which to allow this work to happen. It is essential that anyone teaching Integrative Yoga Therapy have a high degree of personal integrity and maintain clear boundaries in the role of serving the students.
Holding ourselves as teachers places us in a position of power over our students, however subtle or obvious. We become their mentors, facilitators and helpers. Some students may idealize us or project that we are wiser or more evolved than they are.
As professionals, we must remain aware of this power dynamic and never exploit the vulnerability of a student for personal gain or gratification. Professional organizations (such as Insight Meditation Center, The American Psychological Association, etc.) require waiting periods of 6 months to 2 years before acting on an attraction that began in a care-giving or mentor-student context.
Students need to have a place to come where they can safely open their hearts, observe their own deeper dynamics and be free from sexual distractions and conditioned behaviors. Because of this, we ask that yoga teachers refrain from sexual involvement with students. The intention is not to be punitive or repressive. Although our first commitment is to practice restraint with romantic involvement, we recognize that an attraction between a student and a teacher could develop, with care and sensitivity, into a healthy, conscious relationship.
1. I agree to hold myself as steward of safe and sacred by refraining from romantic or sexual relationship with any student. I understand that a sexual or romantic relationship is potentially distracting and possibly even harmful for the student who has come to do inner work. I will not invite, act on, respond to or allow sexual, romantic contact during the time that person is a student in my class, even if the student is the initiator.
2. If a romantic attraction does develop with a student, I agree to seek support and clarity from an objective party before involving the student or acting on the attraction.
3. I understand that the purpose of this agreement is to protect the environment of sanctuary for the students and to support the clarity, consciousness and self-responsibility of individuals. I agree that my purpose as a yoga teacher is to serve the students’ personal exploration. I agree that I will avoid any activity or influence that is in conflict with the best interests of the students or is solely for my own personal gain or gratification.
4. I agree to conduct my business and professional activities with honesty and integrity.
5. I agree to refuse to unjustly discriminate against students.
I have read and understand the terms and conditions as outlined in this document, and agree to be bound by these conditions. I understand that I must meet the above criteria to in order receive certification. I agree to honor this Code of Ethics.
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