FAQs

 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "BIKRAM YOGA" CLASS AND AN "ANCIENT YOGA JOURNEY" CLASS?

The "Bikram Yoga" series and the "Ancient Yoga Journey" class are both the same exact 26 static postures and 2 breathing exercises that come from from Patanjali’s 84 postures that were documented over 4,000 years ago. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN CLASS?

You will need a laptop or smartphone and internet connection to login Zoom. Whether you want to use your camera and show yourself or not is your choice. As with any yoga class you will also need a mat, towel, and water nearby. 

 

HOW CAN I ACCESS THE YOGA CLASS SCHEDULE?

You can view our live schedule here. To attend a class you will need to log into your member portal.  Classes will be held everyday taught by a variety of teachers. As more people sign up, we will also continue adding more classes and times to the schedule. This is just the beginning, and your support is appreciated. Please take note that all classes in the schedule are pacific day light time be careful when saving to your calendar and make sure to adjust to your local time zone.

DO I NEED MORE THAN 1 MEMBERSHIP IF PEOPLE IN THE SAME HOUSE WANT TO TAKE THE CLASS?

One membership is all you need for everyone in your house to enjoy yoga together. We have a goal to bring yoga to as many people as often as possible, all over the world. So feel free to enjoy class with friends and family as long as using the same computer or device to login and take class together. We do not allow you to share your login details with other people who aren't physically with you.

WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE?

No experience is necessary. Make sure to have some water near by, a towel and take it easy if it’s your first time. Don’t push and sit down when you need. It’s a practice, the more you come the better your balance and flexibility will get.

DO I NEED TO HEAT MY ROOM?

The heated room has always allowed us to sweat more and push deeper. Given this is an online course being done likely in your home, we encourage all students to be mindful of not needing to push as hard physically. Instead we are finding there’s new opportunity to explore deeper parts of the practice not noticed before. There are a few tips and tricks students are using to warm up their rooms and bodies if you’d like to give them a try.

1. Take a warm/hot shower or bath before class

2. Drink warm/hot tea 

3. Portable space heater https://amzn.to/2YgEhcO

We are grateful for any feedback or ideas you have for this and will continue sharing on our social media on ways our community finds ways to practice hot yoga at home.

ARE THE CLASSES INTERACTIVE OR DONE ON MY OWN?

The classes in this teacher training are done both on your own time and interactively using zoom. You will be required to complete video and written assignments, plus online testing as you move through the coursework. There will be mentors and teachers you can actively interact with during the course.

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES OR ANYTHING NEEDED FOR TEACHING TRAINING?

Although it's always nice to have some yoga experience, there are no prerequisites to become a certified yoga teacher of the original hot yoga 26+2 sequence, or as we call it, an Ancient Yoga Journey. Because the journey is an online yoga teacher training course a webcam, camcorder or video capability on your smartphone as well as a decent internet connection to access the course materials and classes through zoom is needed. Proficiency with English is recommended, as all instruction is currently given in only English. 

HOW LONG IS TEACHER TRAINING? WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

The course is 350 hours and take 9 weeks until you receive you become a certified yoga teacher. In that time, you will be taking yoga through zoom, watching lectures, materials, interact with teachers and mentors, connect with students and continue your journey as you progress through the course. Once you graduate, you have a lifetime membership of free yoga in our online classes that we plan to continue adding class times to the schedule and have access to any of the materials for teacher trainers available. 

WHAT IS THE CERTIFICATION?

Upon successful completion of The Ancient Yoga Journey 350+ Hour Teacher Training with Francesca Asumah, you are certified in the original hot yoga, 26+2 series recognized by The Original Hot Yoga Association "OHYA". "OHYA" is The largest and most stringent resource for authentic Original Hot Yoga Studios around the world. Their board of credentialed instructors, owners, and service professionals vet studios to ensure they are meeting the highest of standards, so yoga enthusiasts to discover the real Original Hot Yoga with highly-trained instructors and traditional, therapeutic, 90-minute 26 & 2 classes. They have a dedicated and searchable website for certified teachers which feature bio, teaching schedule, and contact information so the world can see that you’ve met their rigorous testing standards and demonstrated your ability to lead stellar classes for a wide variety of students.

This online program far exceeds the common standards of a "200 hour" teacher training: Here is how...

Get personalized guidance, review, and feedback of yoga and assignmentsReal Time Rigorous testing standards including video uploads of various teaching techniques (sequencing, adjusting, anatomy, cueing, dharma talks, meditation, chanting, etc.)  Master Teachers including Francesca Asumah and Leyla Assadi, a Doctor of Yoga Chirayu Thakkar and other teachers with a combined experience of over 65+ years.350+ hour full immersion yoga trainingLessons, training and educators are readily available to consult and review as needed when needed.Extensive information covering all aspects of yoga & teaching techniques that is yours to reference.20+ hours of training in anatomy for yoga:  essential  knowledge for all teachersFeedback and review of your teaching and practice throughout the courseLessons and insights into the business of yoga, getting a job, the marketing needed, social media, and how to navigate in a digital world.Learn ancient practices including sacred texts, yogic mythology, and philosophy. 

 This is some of the unique features we are excited to share with you during our online teacher training. We look forward to be able to train many all over the world who make not otherwise been able to attend this teacher training in person. Because we are an online program we are able to keep our costs low and have decided to pass on the savings by offering this course at a very discounted price all while making sure we pay our teachers well. After all, we are community. 

WHEN DO I GET MY CERTIFICATE?

You can expect to receive your internationally recognized teacher training certification within 7 days of completing Ancient Yoga Journey’s 350 hour courses and yoga classes.