COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM:
1. What is YogaFit® and how is it different than “traditional yoga?”
YogaFit® is specially designed for fitness environments and health club participants. All physical yoga is hatha yoga. Hatha means “hot and cold” balance, and yoga means to join or to “yoke.” YogaFit® is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest. The fitness environment provides many challenges that can be overcome with the YogaFit® style:
- Most health clubrooms are cold and air-conditioned – The YogaFit® style heats the body sufficiently through its heat-building flow, which then creates a safer, more effective environment for the participants. This gradual heat-building helps reduce incidence of injury.
- In a health club setting, there is a constant flow of new people mixed with regular students. The YogaFit® style allows the instructor to challenge the more seasoned students while creating a safe, accessible workout for the newer students at the same time.
2. Are certain yoga poses contradictory to general Exercise guidelines?
The practice of yoga has been around for 6000 years, which is much longer than aerobics. Therefore, we wouldn’t expect yoga to fit neatly into the aerobic guidelines. If we look closely, though, we see that the practice of yoga contains the five components of fitness: Cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance and body composition. If a student finds that he/she is uncomfortable with any pose, there are always options or variations of that pose to consider. Inversions can always be taught with the option of legs up the wall pose. The Special Conditions section of the Level 1 manual contains more specific information for different populations of students.
3. How do I receive my Level 1 certificate?
Upon completion of the initial Level 1 training, trainees are required to teach 8 hours of community service classes to a group of people that are not currently being served by the Yoga community; i.e. seniors, children, people with disabilities, cancer patients, those living in homeless shelters, corporate executives, etc. Trainees then need to submit the Certificate Request Form found in the Level 1 Manual along with two letters: 1) a letter on letterhead from the organization where the 8 hours of community service were completed verifying the dates/times that the classes took place and 2) a personal letter detailing the community service experience.
The Certificate Request Form and two letters should be mailed to:
YogaFit Training Systems
Attn: Certificate Processing
2321 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
5. How do I become a trainer for YogaFit® ?
Becoming a YogaFit® Trainer begins by proceeding through a well-structured Apprentice Program. In order to be considered for this program, one must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Must have RYT 200 through YogaFit® Training Systems.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years of vinyasa yoga teaching experience.
- Must reside within 1 hour from a major metropolitan airport.
- Must have a valid passport.
- Must have a national fitness certification through American Council on Exercise (ACE), OR plan to obtain one if accepted into the program and moved into the Paid Assist category. We do accept CanFitPro for our candidates from Canada.
Interested candidates should send the following information via email to the Apprentice Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Current resume, including teaching history
- Current headshot & body shot
6. I teach seniors…how can I modify the practice?
Begin by focusing on breath work. Remember that our Senior population needs to focus on functional movement—getting up and down, bending safely, maintaining joint mobility, balance, etc. We also want to incorporate chest openers, as osteoporosis has begun to affect many of our seniors. We want to keep them as mobile as possible for as long as possible. Using a chair for support or balance is always a nice option, as well. We always want to bring our Seniors’ classes back to functional, restorative movements.
7. Why should I not do inversions on my menstrual cycle:
There is a widely held belief that practicing inversions during the menstrual cycle can lead to endometriosis. While there is no medical evidence to support this belief, we do believe in safe yoga and erring on the side of caution. We advise that anyone who feels and discomfort during inversions while menstruating should abstain from practicing those poses during their cycle.