Frequently Asked Questions
At Awakened Life School of Yoga we invite all levels of students to our 200 Hour Program. All our classes are designed to meet the needs of beginner level students and those who have more advanced practices. This way we can all learn together in a community-spirited atmosphere.
Our program attracts a wide-range of students from across the globe and from all generations. This encourages a strong community of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and wisdom to offer the group experience through the program.
Yes, Awakened Life Yoga School is registered and approved by the Yoga Alliance. All students will receive their internationally-recognized RYT designation at the completion of their training.
The primary yoga style is Vinyasa. You will gain exposure to elements of Jivamukti,
Hatha, Iyengar, and Yin Yoga. This will help you cultivate your own unique teaching
Yes, we suggest that you read the entire required reading list, and watch the DVD(s), to adequately prepare yourself. Please take notes, highlight areas of questions and other points of interest for yourself. You are not required to do any book reviews or reports.
Yes, this is considered education and is tax deductible under US guidelines. Be sure to check
with your accountant for a definitive answer. For other countries you will need to research tax
laws to confirm.
Absolutely! Even though all of our Yoga Teacher Trainings meet Yoga Alliance requirements, many of our students are not necessarily planning to teach. Our trainings also have a a rich personal development component, which makes them especially beneficial for anyone interested in transforming their lives.
Our program is almost entirely inclusive. For the Bali YTT programs, we did not include dinner, as most students like having their evenings free to do as they please. (Dinners for our Bali programs start at about $5. Our other programs include all meals.) Other items not included in your tuition include: airfare, transportation to and from the airport and venue, gratuity for hotel staff (gratuity is encouraged, but not required), private sessions with teachers, and for Costa Rica, excursions during your free time. (In Bali, a certain number of excursions are included in your tuition, depending on which program you attend).
Even if you have medical insurance, it probably won’t provide much coverage out of your country. Travel medical insurance can help provide peace of mind, and many companies offer it for a low fee. Travel website such as Fodor’s and Frommer’s have a wealth of information and recommendations that you can use to help choose a plan and provider that is right for you. You may also be able to purchase travel medical insurance through your credit card company, such as American Express.
A regular yoga practice, an interest to grow yourself, a good sense of humor, and a sound
mental, physical and spiritual body.
You can easily come early or extend your stay at any of our venues. Please alert us and we will help coordinate your reservation with your training. Additional nights and meals are not covered in your YTT pricing.
You don’t need a car for Bali or Costa Rica. Transportation can easily be arranged from both venues.
You will need to bring your yoga mat, your required reading materials, a blanket and strap. A water bottle is good to have for refilling and a tea / coffee thermos to take on the go. A notebook, pens and a highlighter are good to have and can be purchased upon arrival in the closest town to our venues.
Yes, your curriculum includes education on how to get started with a yoga business.
We have carefully chosen our venues to promote relaxation and promote wellness. All of our venues and the local towns are safe and friendly – take the same level of care you’d take when traveling to any foreign country, and you’ll be fine.
Bali: A visa is required for Bali (Indonesia). For people traveling from most countries (including the U.S., Canada, and may European countries), you can obtain your visa as a “Visa Upon Arrival” when you arrive at the airport in Bali. The Visa Upon Arrival costs $35 USD and is valid for maximum 30 days.
If you will be in Bali/Indonesia for more than 30 days, you must arrange for a longer-term Tourist Visa through the Indonesian Embassy in your country. These are generally very easy to obtain. In the US, a single-entry Tourist Visa valid for up to 60 days can be obtained for $50. (If you’re coming to the 7-week, 500-Hour YTT, you’ll need to get a Tourist Visa – the Visa on Arrival only allows you to be in Indonesia for 30 days!)
Costa Rica: For people traveling from many countries (including the U.S., Canada, and most European countries) no Visa is required – your passport (valid at least 6 months after your departure) is sufficient.
Yes, you will need a passport, and to be safe, one that does not expire within 6 months.
We always recommend that you exchange money once you arrive to your destination, in the local town. You will get a better exchange rate here than you will in the airport facilities. Please alert your credit card companies that you are traveling to avoid a fraud protection action against your account.
We require a $250 deposit to secure your spot and this is credited towards your tuition. We know everyone’s circumstances are different, so once you’ve paid your deposit, we work with you to come up with a payment schedule that works for you and us. We ask that all balances be paid prior to the start of your YTT.
Our Bali and Costa Rica venues both have a wonderful spa where you can take advantage of lovely body treatments. You will also have the opportunity to work 1:1 with your faculty in private yoga sessions, private meditation training, personalized life coaching and other healing modalities. Information on these options will be provided to you upon your arrival.